Best Deceased Singers


The Top Ten

1 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.

From the womb to the tomb, the all-time best. Please don't compare, because only Sammy Davis Jr. and a few others were jamming as hard as Michael at the age of 4. All too often these days we witness the caliber of half-baked, high school talent show, now-how. The next thing you know that person is called a genius. Michael never had to marinate. He was music unabridged. Example: My grandson just turned 9 in April of 2019 and obviously was born after Michael Jackson's passing. What did he want for his birthday? He wanted a Michael Jackson cd. I got him the Off The Wall album instead. He wanted to play the Michael album before his other gifted item, a Play Station 4 game. Enough said. - Anotherinsanelesane

Knew it he was gonna be at the top - BorisRule

The best singer

great man

2 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave more.

How is Freddie not top? Freddie was such a great man with such a flamboyant stage presence. He made such good music with the band and in his solo albums as well. He deserves to be top next to Michael. - QueenIsLife

Legendary. Faster vocal chords than Pavarotti. The most powerful voice. 4 octaves if not 5. Charming, witty. God's greatest masterpiece.

The greatest singer, frontman, performer of all time. And a great songwriter. And a great pianist.

He Is Absolutely Beautiful R.I.P Who Wants To Live Forever

3 Michael Hutchence Michael Hutchence Michael Kelland John Hutchence (22 January 1960 – 22 November 1997) was an Australian musician and actor. He was a founding member, lead singer and lyricist of rock band INXS from 1977 until his death in 1997.

Still mourn his passing nicest person ever very funny man and fantastic singer. Loved him

Number 1

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!

4 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an 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. more.

Pure smooth voice...gone to soon

Unanimous number one

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

Why is he not on top seriously!

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.

Best singer ever!

Unequivocally number one!

Absolute legend even covering Ben E. Kings Stand By Me sounded almost as great


6 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 more.

She is so pretty

i love her

She was such a good singer

One of a kind of singer. Her voice could not be duplicated. So sad she is gone.

7 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

The epitome of class

Him and Dean martin are the best

Was, and will always be, "The Man"

My kindergarten graduation song was “the theme from New York, New York”

8 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. more.

I miss you so much

So dearly missed. a legend.


9 Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.

Best female singer ever xxx

I really admired Amy; she could sing Rock, Ska, Blues, Jazz and Soul. Her Voice was extremely unique and I still miss her music two years on. A real loss to the music industry. - Britgirl

No one could have the passion as amy winehouse rip

Favourite singer of all time

10 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. more.

The Contenders

11 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 more.

He's Black

hease cool

12 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, more.

Mans not hot till he perishes

He deserved to die

Mejor que Brian Johnson

13 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 more.

Come on now... ahead of his time, some beautiful love songs, a voice that resonates...

14 George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison (1943 - 2001) was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
15 Bob Marley Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

Bob Marley because he stood for justice for Jamaica perhaps all over the world! He sang because in trench town Jamaica there is a lot of violence not only there but all over the world when he got shot in his house he survived! 3 gun shots in the chest! Then the shooting got worse so he gave away a free concert his wife Rita Marley said Are you sure you want to do this? Bob says yes then he said I know that god protects me I got the full armor of God on. Then he died of melanoma sadly in the year 1981 but he still lives in our hearts. He jah pon our heads thxs Bob! I was born in Jamaica

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

Best Reggae out there

He was the best. He spoke truth. He was blessed, as is anyone who listens to his music and takes it to heart. Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery none but ourselves can free our minds.

16 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" .

A gifted artist!

Greatest voice

He should be #3 not 20 again these people are STUPUD as Heck

17 Scott Weiland Scott Weiland Scott Richard Weiland was an American musician, singer and songwriter. During a career spanning three decades, Weiland was best known as the lead singer of the band Stone Temple Pilots from 1989 to 2002 and 2008 to 2013.

Nice Variety of Singing Ability.

Gran pérdida.

18 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. more.

I don't understand how Bowie isn't in the top ten. Bowie was such an amazing singer who brought happiness to everyone. Another one gone too soon. I love you, David Bowie. - QueenIsLife

My favourite artist! While listening to David Bowie's songs you listen to so many different genres, it just makes me think about the great legacy he left behind. I hope so much that this legacy and the brilliant man who created it will live on in the minds of us and the generations after us as time passes.

My favourite singer of all time!

He was a star

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20 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 more.

Music is supposed to inspire... The only authentic voice from the rap community who, at the ripe age of 22, summoned the country to grow up into what America aspires to become. He had some frailties that come along with youth, but his grassroots empathy for the people helped us accept that our existence isn't relegated to being "the little people". His wild virtue, pinch-point insight, raw honesty are a breath of fresh air. I miss Tupac. - Anotherinsanelesane

He should be first go tupac or biggie

My wife don't like him but I do

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.

21 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. more.

I think Chester b was the best. The heart he put into his music you can see the pain the hurt the laughter the happiness the emotion he put into his music he will be miss always!




22 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister.

Queen of soul in her own right.Soulful voice ever...

23 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.
24 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 more.
25 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. 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 more.

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

Umm... I've low-key been looking up, "Best men of all time, Best guy singers of all time, Then I looked up, Best dead singers of all time" Just to see his beautiful name on a list!

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

Inspired the rock stars we have today

26 George Michael George Michael Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, known professionally as George Michael, was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham!.

He was incredible, should be number 1-5

Loss of a true inspiration to a generation

Should Ben WAAYYY higher up the list </3

27 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.
28 Jim Morrison Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

My favorite...

29 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. He died of more.

He is a LEGEND in country music. He should be on the top 10. So should his wife June Carter.

Why the hell is this guy not in the top tens I haven't even heard of most of these other guys so...why...the...! IS THIS OLD MUSIC LEGEND NOT IN THE TOP TENS

Hell no he should be in the top 20

30 James Brown James Brown James Joseph Brown was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul".

This guys music got me laid

31 Davy Jones Davy Jones David Thomas Jones was an English singer-songwriter, musician, actor and businessman, best known as a member of the band the Monkees, and for starring in the TV series of the same name.

Best voice ever no one could do it better.R.I.P. davy Jones.

32 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Christopher John "Chris" Cornell was 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. His vocal range was C2 to A5, while more.
33 Etta James Etta James Etta James was an American singer who spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel.
34 Levi Stubbs Levi Stubbs Levi Stubbs was an American baritone singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the R&B group the Four Tops, a band known for a variety of Motown hit records and other songs created in the 1960s and 1970s.
35 Lemmy Kilmister Lemmy Kilmister Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.
36 Christina Grimmie Christina Grimmie Christina Victoria Grimmie (March 12th 1994 - June 10th 2016), known on YouTube as zeldaxlove64, was an American singer-songwriter known for participating in The Voice and for her covers of hit songs by contemporary pop musicians. She was shot dead during a meet-and-greet in Orlando, Florida, by fan more.

In my opinion she is the best of the best she might beat Selena perez

She was so beautiful and had a great voice, she did not deserve to die. RIP - Absolite

37 Luther Vandross Luther Vandross Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr. was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in-demand background vocalist for several different artists.

Way higher than 38, top 10

38 George Jones
39 Eva Cassidy Eva Cassidy Eva Marie Cassidy was an American singer and guitarist known for her interpretations of jazz and blues. In 1992, she released her first album, The Other Side, a set of duets with go-go musician Chuck Brown, followed by the 1996 live solo album titled Live at Blues Alley.
40 Elliott Smith Elliott Smith

His voice was unique and raw. No one could ever recreate his music with as much as emotion that he had.

41 Brian Connolly
42 Roy Orbison Roy Orbison Roy Kelton Orbison, professionally known as Roy Orbison, nicknamed Big O, was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and musician, mostly known for his complex voice and for hits such as, "Oh, Pretty Woman".

Best singer from the 50's and 60's. Much better quality than Elvis Presley.

43 Glenn Frey Glenn Frey Glenn Lewis Frey was an American singer, songwriter and actor, best known as a founding member of the rock band Eagles.
44 Eazy E Eazy E Eric Lynn Wright better known by his stage name "Eazy-E", was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. He is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta Rap". He was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California. On March 26, 1995 Eazy-E dies from complications more.
45 Jim Croce Jim Croce James Joseph Croce was an American folk and rock singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and singles. His songs "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Love this guys singing,

46 Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time.

Versatile magical artist legend his music was soundtrack to my life

Has to be one of the great voices

47 Pantelis Pantelidis


48 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.

True pioneer if rock n roll.

49 Shannon Hoon Shannon Hoon

Shannon has one of those voices that you can recognize immediately, very powerful. If you've only heard No Rain then you must listen to Blind Melon's other songs

50 Paul Williams

Best baritone singer I have ever heard.

3 things about paul
- He was a vocal god
- He was a loyal god
- He never been a bad influence R.I.P

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