Best Deceased Singers

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The Top Ten

1 Michael Hutchence Michael Hutchence

Multi million dollar voice, wonderful lyricist, and gave his all on stage. Should be in the top 10

Certainly one of a kind, and should be noted accordingly!

This legend should be at the top. Not only was he probably THE best frontman of a band but an awesome lyricist and beautiful soul. His down to earth Aussie persona endeared him to thousands and thousands of fans...still twenty years on after his passing.

BEST OF ALL TIME

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2 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King ...read more.

He was and always will be the king! RIP M.J.

He was OKAY but that doesn't mean he couldn't sing or dance!

He is and will always be amazing

He is the best forever and forever...no one can beat him😊😊💐💐💐

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3 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury was born in Stone Town, Tanzania he later became a British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Before he became a singer he has been ...read more.

And why isn't he number 1? Wait... No, Michael and Freddie both at least deserve first place. But, still, in my eyes, Freddie was the greatest.

He was amazing aha

Why isn't he number 1? Well, because he isn't, and ranks well behind Pavarotti, Bjorling, Caruso, Callas, and any number of classical singers, and even in the pop/rock world he is far inferior to Sinatra, Presley, and several more.

FREDDIE MERCURY IS THE BEST

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4 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

Never seen someone climb to fame so fast and die so young at 42. Elvis was really good

The biggest-selling solo act of all time by a mile.
True that The Beatles sold a little more than Elvis, but he has sold more than MJ, Queen, and everyone else on this list put together.

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5 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

4th?

6 Layne Staley Layne Staley Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more. V 1 Comment
7 Buddy Holly Buddy Holly Buddy Holly, born Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was a rising star when a tragic plane crash struck him down at age 22. ...read more.
8 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.
9 Bon Scott Bon Scott Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, ...read more. V 2 Comments
10 George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

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? Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Chris Cornell is an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave.

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11 Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959), known as Ritchie Valens, was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, Valens' recording career lasted eight months, as it abruptly ended when he died (aged 17) in ...read more.
12 Bob Marley Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

His music was so peaceful and relaxing. He is the best reggae singer of all time. RIP Bob Marley ;'( - Catacorn

I didn't think he was that good

Music lives on. Message lives on One Love.

Are you kidding me with Valens more famous than Bob

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13 Scott Weiland Scott Weiland Scott Weiland is an American singer, musician, and composer for the American grunge band Stone Temple Pilots. V 1 Comment
14 J.P. Richardson
15 Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.

Tupac is the one who seldom Rapped about human desires. He rapped about the problems a society faces and the remedies of those poblems. He was a leader and a movement himself. He was A true great.

Rap is part of the problem. No thanks Tupac.

Never sang about bad but sang about good

Tupac is the greatest

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16 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.
17 Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.
18 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

One of the best rock stars, RIP. When I just discovered Nirvana a few years ago, my heart broke when I discovered that you died. - Catacorn

He was god of rock n roll music that's enough.

Inspired the rock stars we have today

He was an angel on a life path channeling poets

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19 Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time.
20 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" . V 2 Comments
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1. Buddy Holly
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