Top 10 Best Male Singers of All TimeThere's something special about male singers that have the ability to captivate us with their voice. Whether it's a powerhouse voice that can hit high notes with ease or a smooth, sultry voice that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, male singers have been a staple in the music industry for decades. From old-school crooners to modern-day pop stars, there's no denying the impact that male vocalists have had on music.
This list features some of the most iconic and influential male singers of all time, spanning a variety of genres from rock and roll to R&B, and everything in between. Whether you're a fan of classic rock or contemporary pop, there's something for everyone on this list.
Freddie is a rock legend, and Michael is a pop king. I'm seeing people writing bad comments about Michael and calling his voice girlish and weak. That's really unfair! Michael too had a 4.6 octave voice and a very high pitch. He could sing amazingly, and his voice was unique, sweet, and melodious. That's what made him great. I love both, but if you love Freddie more, it doesn't mean you should disrespect Michael. Even Freddie would not like that. Michael also had unique skills; his voice was angelic and smooth. So, I believe both can be on top because they both have different genres. Stop insulting each other and respect both. Everyone has different voices. You can't expect Michael to have a voice like Freddie.
It's a fact! Not an opinion that - Freddie Mercury is the greatest voice of all time. Someone wrote MJ had 4 octaves? Uh - that MJ could sing so high, so low? You couldn't even hear him. Not once did I ever hear MJ sing low or deep, nor with a growl. It's The Queen of Rock, Freddie Mercury, who holds the throne, right next to the King of Rock & Roll - ELVIS. Besides, MJ was obsessed with Elvis and adored Freddie. He married Lisa Marie, remember! And check the facts about who Michael admired. I think most of us admire, are in awe of MJ, and we do consider him a wizard. That doesn't change the fact that ELVIS and Freddie Mercury had both the vocal diversity and stage performance in spades. The King & Queen of Rock, period. Thank you for the amazing music.
Michael Jackson's history proves that he should be listed as number one. Michael has sold more albums than Kim. He has a larger fan base than Kim and is more well-known worldwide. Michael is also a much better stage performer than Kim, and he is far more creative. His vocal range is far more versatile than Kim's. Michael has easily achieved iconic status at a very young age and is the only pop megastar to ever receive that title. He is the King of Pop and a legend who will be remembered for centuries to come. On the other hand, Kim will never pack stadiums filled with 60 to 70,000 screaming fans. I can almost guarantee you that more people in China know who Michael Jackson is than Kim.
The best singer, dancer, and person - simply the best! I could talk about him for hours. He is and will always be one of my idols, especially when it comes to singing. Unfortunately, many people have said and continue to say awful things about him. They judge him as if he were a criminal or worse, as if he were the worst person imaginable. They even spread Malicious rumors about him and his family, causing them great pain. I must admit that I have shed tears over these things and, at times, I started to believe them. I've been angry with him and sometimes even scared, but I now realize it was just a nightmare. I don't know how he managed it, but I simply cannot stop loving him! Vote for him, he truly deserves it!
Are you people crazy? Yes, I know Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson have great voices and were great artists, but no artist compares to Elvis! He could have a soft voice, a hard voice, a deep voice, and sometimes a somewhat high voice! People say he danced weird, but I think he danced amazingly! Also, the way those girls screamed in the old videos of Elvis is crazy! I don't blame those girls. I'd be screaming with them too! Sometimes I wish I was born in the 40s or 50s so I could see Elvis perform live. I honestly think I should have been born in the 40s or 50s because I love oldies music and fashions, and hairstyles! Anyway, Elvis was amazing in every way. So watch some of Elvis' performances, and you'll see what I'm talking about!
In my opinion, Elvis Presley had the most versatile and powerful voice in the history of popular music. If you need convincing, just listen to a few of his songs such as Jailhouse Rock, Are You Lonesome Tonight, In the Ghetto, If I Can Dream, Suspicious Minds, Heartbreak Hotel, Burning Love, Kentucky Rain just to mention a few and then try to come up with another singer who could perform all of those songs anywhere near as well as he did. Music has obviously changed quite a bit throughout the years, and there have been plenty of great singers who could sing in one particular style very well, but none, in my opinion, in his prime, could match the overall singing voice of Elvis.
Francis Albert Sinatra is the obvious choice and is the right choice. Not only because of his seminal influence (longitudinal) in shaping modern interpretive singing, and not only because he was widely regarded by his peer musicians as the best of the best (within genre, but also contemporary classical and jazz musicians), but also because his influence was and is pervasive throughout our culture. In other words, his musical idiom (e.g., his 'devil may care' approach to swing) profoundly influenced other art forms as well as mainstream behavioral norms.
Frank Sinatra is by far the greatest singer I have ever heard. I wish that he was still alive so I could see him live. Sinatra's music is not just musing to a beat to make one feel good. Each song tells some kind of story, whether it's love, despair, or a mix of emotions, the way he sings them makes the story that much more touching.
Some songs that are well known are My Way, That's Life, The Way You Look Tonight, and many more, but his less known songs are some of the greatest that will take you on a journey and as the song comes to an end, you feel as if you lived through the song and end up being satisfied.
If you're someone who thinks he's just an old singer of a dying breed, I pray to you to listen to his music and give it a chance. Truly listen to the words, and you will most likely relate it to your life in some way to make it that much more meaningful.
John Lennon is the best singer I have ever heard, and better yet, the best singer of all time. He's better than Elvis, and better than everyone else for that matter. His voice is raw, real, seductive, and perfect for rock 'n' roll all at the same time. It goes to show just how his voice can sound in many different tones. Not a lot of singers can sound like he could.
Personally, I think he is one of the best singers. Far better than some of the singers that broke the top ten. He came before a time of digitally remastering soundtracks to take imperfections out of your voice. I think those were true musicians. Nothing against any of today's singers because there are some very talented ones, but nothing compares to real old-school vocal training.
Not only a great singer, but a northern British bloke who worked his way up by pure sweat and steady gigs to learn his craft, develop into a deep thinker and even a philosopher of sorts. His poetry and harmony, while being such a prominent member of the Beatles, ushered in a new era of music in our country. How fortunate we were to have had the British Invasion as part of our musical history.
Helter Skelter, Let it Be, Live and Let Die, Maybe I'm Amazed, Till There Was You, Sergeant Pepper, Band on the Run, Hey Jude, Blackbird, Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey, Long Tall Sally, Got to Get You Into My Life, Eleanor Rigby, Tomorrow, Dress Me Up as a Robber, and so on and so on.
Writer of over 65 songs that sold over a million copies. Multi-instrumentalist, great live performer, and singer (wider vocal range than Mercury, for instance).
Bob Dylan on McCartney:
"I'm in awe of McCartney. He's about the only one that I am in awe of. He can do it all. And he's never let up... He's just so damn effortless."
As a singer, songwriter, musician, and renewer, McCartney tops the whole bunch!
Another special result of the British Invasion that brought us such tender harmonious melodies. Like his fellows, Paul was a Newcastle bloke who had genius and the perseverance to develop it into beautiful new exciting sounds and perceptive language that puts some of our current output to shame. And best of all, Beatles music was, is, not only a superior work of art but it is rousing unencumbered fun. But it took a while. I recall asking the NYC Rainbow Room conductor to play us some Beatles music to dance to. His huffy answer: We don't play THAT here. Can you imagine?
One thing that should be mentioned when you bring up Plant is not only his Led Zeppelin and solo work, but he and Alison Krauss won six Grammys eight years ago for an incredible recording, "Raising Sand." An unlikely pairing, but one that really clicked, thanks to the genius of T-Bone Burnett. I sometimes feel Raising Sand gets overlooked when it comes to Plant's accomplishments, and it certainly shouldn't.
This list was created by heathens. Why is Robert Plant not in the top ten? His voice is fantastically versatile, compare something like 'In The Evening' to 'Tangerine,' for example - it sounds completely different. Plus he's still an incredible singer at the age of, what, 60 now? The album he released recently with Alison Krauss, 'Raising Sand,' is bloody brilliant.
Robert Plant was the Golden God of rock and a mesmerizing frontman in Led Zeppelin. As a solo artist, he continues to reinvent himself. His voice is one of a kind and ranges from primal howls to seductive to folksy. His lyrics are beautiful poetry that can transport you to another time and place. There is simply no one like him.
Stevie Wonder has shown everyone a variety of various songs that he has created. Many include 'Sir Duke', 'Part-Time Lover', 'I Just Called To Say I Love You', 'Isn't She Lovely', and 'Superstition'. Stevie Wonder is one of the greatest male singers of all time and should definitely be in the Top 5. Along with Stevie Wonder, other recording artists such as Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Gary Puckett, and more belong in the Top 20. Many other singers and musicians around the world are amazing and have different voices. Such as the well-known Rock bands, Journey, Triumph, and Rush. Three excellent bands with three excellent voice ranges. This concludes my opinion.
Musical Genius all the way. The voice, the talent, and the incredible gift of transmission that he received from the creator put him in one of the higher spots when it comes to great singers.
Steven is not only one of the best live singers of all time but simply one of the best singers, period. His vocal range is legendary, from deep and low to awesome screeching. Not to mention his brilliant vocal control and power. Has everyone forgotten who sang I Don't Want To Miss A Thing? (One of the best songs of all time) Just awesome!
About time he's seen on here! He's got such a unique, powerful, special, and outright amazing voice! I doubt there's anyone on this planet that can do what he does, for as long as he has!
Come on, people! Steven's voice is so awesome. There is only one better than Mr. Tyler, and that's Freddie Mercury from QUEEN.
He should be at the top of every list of this type. He can scream like a beast and can also sing you to sleep like an angel. He had both the heaviest and the softest voices. He started his career with metal songs, carried on with rock, and ended with pop. How can you compare anyone with him? How? He has also left behind his beautiful lyrical legacy. But no one cared about such a talented vocalist. And thus, he had to end his life. Please vote for him as a tribute. Please. He really deserves this.
Chester Bennington deserves to be in the first position on this list...
No doubt, he is the best singer in this entire universe... He sings like an angel and screams like a devil... He is blessed with a magical and heavenly voice... He is glorified for his screaming powers... He marks the birth of the best band this world has ever seen, Linkin Park... He is a crazy guy... He is sexy... He has created many immortal pieces in music... He is the best singer this world has ever seen... Love you, Chaz... CHESTER RULES
Mars rose to fame in 2010 with the release of the successful singles "Nothin' on You" by B.o.B and "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy, both of which featured his vocals on the hooks. His debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010)... read more
I love Bruno Mars because he is perfect. He has a beautiful and amazing voice and also he is adorable and hot. I love all his songs. I am one of his biggest fans. All his fans out there should vote for this amazing guy. I'm telling you, he's really good. I mean, come on, he won thousands of times at the Grammy Awards. Isn't it obvious that he is the best? He wrote good songs, and when he sings, it's like being in paradise. He puts on good and great performances, definitely not boring. I mean, like his whole band, he's moving and dancing along in joy. And Bruno Mars also performed in the Super Bowl, and he was really good. You wouldn't regret if you chose Bruno Mars to win. He is a hard worker. Girls are all crazy about him! I love you, Bruno Mars!
At first, I hated his guts when he released these terrible songs, especially Grenade. But somehow impersonating and copying artists made his songs really good, which he released Treasure, Locked Out of Heaven, and featured in Uptown Funk, both one of the greatest songs of their years. Then he stopped making throwback hits and started doing R&B hits, where he also released That's What I Like and 24K Magic. They're both great songs, but not as good as his throwback hits. Then he released Versace on the Floor, which is better than the two R&B songs he made (tl;dr: I used to hate him and now I love him).
I love this guy. I remember being 8 years old and seeing him in a magazine for the first time, and I was just mesmerized by his looks, his sex appeal. He has SO MANY songs and a wide range of genres, tempos, and vocal ranges. He can play so many instruments, and he performs better than anyone else I've seen so far (I'm 17). This man just never fails to amaze me. I hate that barely anyone seems to know who he is because he has more talent in his pinky than all the artists that are taking Grammy awards home today. I wish I could've been alive in the '80s to have seen him live because I'm pretty sure it would be one of the greatest experiences ever. "If I Was Your Girlfriend" is my favorite song (from him and generally speaking) so far, but even today, I'm still discovering new Prince songs, so hopefully, I will gain more favorites. This man should be the #1 greatest artist of all time.
He deserves to be in the top ten or even top five! He is music royalty, and even though he is deceased, he is still committed to his music as he still has hundreds of songs yet to be released. He's the only singer I know of that is still alive but is dead. Without him, the music world wouldn't be the same. We wouldn't have many unique songs he had written for others. He is a GREAT role model and shouldn't be at 15. He deserves the top 5 for everything he has done for the music world. He has made music history and, in my opinion, is the greatest singer to have ever lived. It is an understatement to say he is a good singer/songwriter. He is the definition of unique and a legend.
He is forever in my family's heart, and we are thankful for growing up with his music. It is a shame such a beautiful person had to go so early.
I have almost run out of words to describe Adam Lambert. He is awesome. Having seen him on tour, I have to say that you can actually FEEL his voice in your body. His resonance is so strong that it is rather like feeling the drums at a rock concert. It envelops you. He is the best and can't wait for his next album out soon.
Whatever genre of song he performs, Adam infuses each with the drama, intensity, and charisma that few singers can match. The visceral connection with his audience. The powerful and magical quality of his voice, unparalleled technical vocal mastery, and mesmerizing stage presence have earned him worldwide acclaim and demand for his performances, more often than not as sold-out, highly praised, and begging-for-more personal appearances. There's a reason: A wall of sound surrounds and envelops so thoroughly that the effect is so unbelievable people want not just to see and hear this magnificent performer but to repeat "the Voice" experience not just once but many times over to discover if Adam is for real, so incredibly unearthly his gift is. Despite all the highest and widest of acclaim from fans far and wide, Adam remains hardworking, grounded, and humble, endearing him to people of all ages and persuasions.
For many years, this amazing singer has been followed by fans who want him to make a comeback. He's known as "The Voice," a title given to him by his friend Jon Bon Jovi, for a very good reason. His voice, which has such a broad range, is distinctly his. Thanks to his awesome voice, energy, showmanship, and charisma, as well as his excellent songwriting ability, he put the rock group Journey on the map. Even though the band has had three frontmen since Steve Perry has recorded and performed with them, his voice is still THE voice of Journey. That will never change, thank God! It's so exciting that new generations are hearing his voice and becoming die-hard Steve Perry/Journey fans like the rest of us. Steve Perry is the consummate performer!
There are no words to accurately describe just how much I adore this man's voice. He can put so much emotion and beauty into songs like Open Arms or sing soaring rock songs like Mother, Father. His range and ability are impressive, as well as his aptitude for different styles. His technique is also flawless, and this is particularly apparent in concert. He is a master at improvisation, interacting with his audience, while never going out of key. He has performed many incredible feats on stage, giving the crowd all he can, hitting those high notes, and singing the ballads to melt your heart. Even today, with a somewhat limited range, he still has his finely refined skill and can still put just as much emotion into everything he sings. His ear for music and finding melodies, and his ability to create it, have only improved. Steve Perry will forever be my golden standard.
Kim Jaejoong is a great singer. His singing may not be the best, but he puts in the most effort. His dancing may not be the best either, but he is certainly the most dedicated. Despite debuting many years ago, he remains humble. In my heart, he is the best.
Kim Jaejoong is one of the best singers in Asia. His magnetic voice attracts millions of girls from all over the world. Besides, he is also a real artist as he has composed many famous songs for his group. Additionally, he is also a new star as an actor. Kim Jaejoong is my life!
Jaejoong is a great singer and composer. He has a very beautiful and healing voice. Jaejoong is a real artist! He is amazing!
I love his voice in his prime. I think people discredit him because his voice isn't the same, but Jon in his prime had a very powerful voice.
In my humble opinion, he should be right up there with Freddie Mercury in the top five of all time. Jon has been an amazing singer for decades now, and still sells out arenas and stadiums. He has a huge catalog of songs to choose from, sings each one as if it's his favorite, and can perform for hours to the delight of each and every person in the audience.
One of my favorites. Glad he made the top 15, at least for now, and yes, he definitely beats a lot below him like Timberlake, but not Prince, Elton John, or Ray Charles. But still, I'm glad because his range is so wide, and something about his voice can touch my heart like a bird singing in the sunset. A beautiful man.
I love Elton John. Rocket Man is one of my favorite songs, and since I was very little, I have loved Your Song. I was really happy yesterday when my mom was listening to music, and she was listening to Elton John. Please vote for him!
Tiny Dancer, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Levon, Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Candle in the Wind, Bennie and the Jets, and Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me. He's both an amazing pianist and singer who has inspired many artists to be creative.
Do you people even know this guy?!?! He is a legend. As of now, he is the most successful solo male singer alive, behind only Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Madonna when it comes to record sales.
Marvin Gaye's voice was trained to sing gospel in his father's church. That fact alone makes him a great singer, as most gospel singers somehow reach the top faster than any other type of singer. Just to give you an example, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Jackie Wilson, David Ruffin, and Mavis Staples, just to name a few, grew up singing in church. Marvin Gaye had a 5 to 6 octave voice. David Ruffin had a 4 to 5 octave voice. That means that they could hit notes that the average singer couldn't hit if they tried. That is only part of what a great singer is. They can also make you feel the music that they sing in your heart and soul. So all of those are great singers. I just happen to believe Marvin Gaye is the best.
Eminem? Higher than Marvin? Whatever kind of joke it is, placing the worst musician ever, who isn't even a singer and is a rapper, above Marvin Gaye. Whoever voted for Eminem, leave TheTopTens.
A beautiful American, great guy, and a very special singer. Another example of someone who couldn't see the world around him but was not blind to his love for music and his need to share his talents and inner sight with us all. When I hear his deeply soulful voice begin "Oh beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain," I'm so grateful and proud that Ray Charles and I both share that same country.
Come on, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake are above Ray Charles?! I don't have anything against Bruno Mars or Timberlake, but Ray Charles was a genius! Great singer and awesome pianist! He was blind, yet he was a better musician than Mars or Timberlake could ever dream of!
Eminem? No, somebody wake me up from this awful nightmare. Eminem is sexist and homophobic, has an awful voice, and is not even a singer. He is a rapper and the worst musician ever. If you voted for Eminem instead of Ray, go to another site. We don't need you.
Usher has the most sexy voice! His falsetto is all nasally and irritating. It made me melt anytime!
Usher is one of the best live performers out there, true performers, real singing, real dancing!
With MJ gone, RIP, now Usher is a leader of dance and singing at the same time, but Usher's dance moves never disappoint. They are very smooth!
Justin Timberlake is good, but he can't dance like Usher. His voice and swag carry him through any and every performance.
MJ actually used to lip-sync a lot, and Justin never danced as much as Usher while dancing. Chris Brown can dance well, but he can't sing like Usher.
So Beyonce and Usher are actually the best right now when it comes to live singing and dancing simultaneously.
Usher should be second. He is awesome. I have been wanting to sing with him forever. Usher, I love you, and please watch my YouTube video, Little Miss Usher. I will be posting soon! You have absolutely amazing talent. You are an amazing dancer, and it would be such an honor to be on stage with you again. You are AMAZING, and you should at least get second. I don't know why you're at the bottom because you have so much talent! I <3 you, Usher!
Josh Groban is by far the best male singer out there at the moment. He's not in league with anyone else. His music is genre-less. It can't be easily categorized. He is admired and respected by those in the music industry who have made it to the top - which is where Josh belongs. He'll be around for a long time to come! His voice is both soothing and upbeat to listen to. He sings from the heart, and the lyrics of his songs have real meaning and are beautiful to hear. I like the fact that this young man doesn't try to emulate anyone else. He's "Just Josh," who has real talent as well as being a kind and giving person.
What can I say? He plays well to the very young and the very old. I think that he is someone that teenagers and octogenarians can listen to in the same room and at the same time with equal enjoyment! I guess you could say that he, in his own way, bridges the generation gap. This could only be done with a tremendous amount of talent.
Billy Joel, in my opinion, is an underrated singer. People talk all day about his hit songs, his piano skills, and his never-ending energy, but rarely is his voice analyzed. He possesses a rare ability to truly transform the sound of his voice depending on which song you listen to. He also has a wide range, and pretty much every song he has recorded is fantastic.
One of the best singer-songwriters of all time. He is simply and utterly one of the most talented musicians in modern history. Everyone at least loves a handful of his songs and shows his surprising and incredible vocal range. Some songs don't even sound like him, but it's his voice, just being incredibly versatile with it.
Ok. Billy Joel, to me, could not be classified as the Greatest Vocalist of All Time. But to put him below people like Bruno Mars and Usher, now THAT is offensive. Billy Joel had that classic sound that brought nostalgia, but at the time was so original that he stuck out. His style alone could easily put him up there ahead of Michael Jackson.
While Kurt, iconic frontman of Nirvana, may not possess the control and range of some other singers, he poured his heart into his words like no other. He was also a real singer and artist, unlike about 95 percent of the singers ranked higher than him. Some of my favorite songs which exhibit his voice are School, Lounge Act, Big Long Now, Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle, Heart-Shaped Box, All Apologies, Where Did You Sleep Last Night?...
Kurt Cobain's voice is beautiful, and I'm surprised he's not up farther. His voice is so incredibly unique. I love the raspy sound to it. Kurt Cobain deserves to be way farther up this list (or at least past Justin Bieber). Nirvana forever. RIP Kurt Cobain - my inspiration and role model. A true legend.
Kurt Cobain has a very unique voice. It is composed of a raspy sound and mostly yelling out of anger. He also has a very good soft voice. This is in songs like Something In The Way, Silver, Dumb, Rape Me, etc. I believe he should be in the top 5.
Greatest singer who ever lived, in my opinion. Ronnie James Dio is my hero. He could sing any genre he wanted. His voice always astounded me, not only the power but how his voice could also be so soft. I love that he sang about dragons, rainbows, and demons. His lyrics were full of wonder. I can't believe he is so far down this list.
His vocal range was truly amazing. No one can sing like Dio. Many singers have talent that appears once in a generation. There will never be another Ronnie James Dio, no matter how long humans exist.
I can't believe he is this far down. Listen to Holy Diver or Rainbow in the Dark. Justin Bieber is higher than him. Who's voting on this website? Idiots, obviously.
Truly, at least he is open with liking young girls. There are a lot of young men out there who are more scumbags than R. Kelly, who are molesting their own blood behind closed doors. I do not condone R. Kelly's behavior, but if these girls were examples, they would not have allowed him to be intimate with them in the first place. However, I believe R. Kelly should have ranked higher, as he is one of the best R&B singers. He is talented, gifted, and blessed and has always produced #1 singles. It may not be recently. That is my opinion, and I am entitled to it!
It seems the mainstream will never recognize his true potential if he keeps doing hip-hop, but his balladry is untouchable. A phenomenal range can do every technique in singing. Easily the best male R&B singer of our generation.
I believe I can fly, I believe I can fly!