This list is my thoughts on who combines pitch, range, quality, endurance & other factors. It is quite eclectic as a result of being born in 1956 & being exposed to a wide range if vocalists & genres. A product of parents who encouraged us to become involved at an early age you will find vocalists from as early as the 1920s through the mid 1980s.
The Top Ten
1Freddie MercuryFreddie 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 ...read more.
I am in awe of this man's vocal range. He really sang his heart out. I have added Carl Wilson and a couple others to your most excellent list, anonymous. - PetSounds
3Neil DiamondNeil Leslie Diamond is an American singer-songwriter and musician with a career that began in the 1960s.
4Frank SinatraFrancis 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.
5Enrico CarusoEnrico Caruso was an Italian operatic tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and the Americas, appearing in a wide variety of roles from the Italian and French repertoires that ranged from the lyric to the dramatic.
The only male voice in history who might have rivaled Pavarotti. Pop/rock singers like Freddie Mercury are like children by comparison.
6Robbie WilliamsRobert Peter Williams is an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012. He has also had commercial success as a solo artist.
7Elvis PresleyElvis 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. ...read more.
Elvis all the way! No one like him!
8Barry ManilowBarry Manilow is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, musician, and producer with a career that has spanned more than 50 years.
10Ray CharlesRay Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.
11Luciano PavarottiLuciano 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.
12Adam LambertAdam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor. Since 2009, he has sold over 2.5 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.
Oh my God! This man is truly incredible. I’ve been lucky enough to meet him and what you see, is truly what you get. And vocally?!?! The control that Adam has, and even stylistically he can do it all. It’s no secret how talented he is since Queen asked him to front the band. It showcases his talent perfectly, also allowing him to express himself. I’m always shocked that Adam isn’t as popular as he should be. He should be on the radio, he should win Grammys and get the recognition he deserves because honestly, Adam can do it all and more. He is underrated like I’ve never seen before, and man I cannot wait to see him with Queen in July, AND HIS NEW ALBUM! ❤️
14Paul McCartneySir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .
17Bing CrosbyHarry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, Jr. was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark warm bass-baritone voice made him the best-selling recording artist of the 20th century, having sold over one billion records, tapes, compact discs and digital downloads around the world.
18Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time.
19Roy OrbisonRoy 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".
21Rivers CuomoRivers Cuomo is an American musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist and songwriter of the alternative rock band Weezer, with whom he has recorded eleven studio albums.
23Adam GontierAdam Wade Gontier is a Canadian musician and songwriter. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for Saint Asonia, but is best known as the former lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.
24Art GarfunkelArthur Ira "Art" Garfunkel is an American singer, poet and actor. He partnered in his earlier years with Paul Simon in the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel.
25Van MorrisonSir George Ivan Morrison OBE is a Northern Irish singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and record producer. In 2016, he was knighted for services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland.
27Brendon UrieBrendon Boyd Urie, more commonly known as Brendon Urie, was born April 12, 1987, in St. George, Utah. He is an American singer, songwriter, musician and multi-instrumentalist. He is best own as the lead singer of the American pop-rock band Panic! At The Disco. He is the only original remaining member. ...read more.
29John LennonJohn 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.
I mean duh, it’s so sad that I had to add him on here. - CaptainAce
30Robert PlantRobert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.
31Elton JohnSir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.