Best Singers of All Time

The top 10 best singers ever based on over 400,000 votes. The greatest vocalists, frontmen, and divas from rock, pop, metal, and more. Disagree with the top 10? Place a vote for your favorite.
The Top Ten
1 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 vocal range. Before he became a singer he has been in 3 other bands (Ibex, Sour Milk Sea, and The Hectics). He died on November 24, 1991 from bronchopneumonia as a result from HIV/AIDS

How could you not vote for Freddie Mercury? Just imagine his lovely, bright character, his sweet sense of humor and is adorable, unique voice. He is the idol of a whole bunch of now beloved musicians like Lady Gaga..
So come on Darlings..

Freddie Mercury is the greatest vocalist and singer of all time. Why? That is because he has a unique voice that can simply not be replicated. The most unique and most beautiful voice that has ever graced this earth. There is no vocalist before or after him, that I could think of, that can sing the song "The Show Must Go On" or "Who Wants to Live Forever". What makes him so special is beyond my understanding. Maybe its his tone, or maybe its his accent. Whatever it is, it is the most amazing thing ever recorded and nobody will ever be able to pull it off.

Freddy Mercury, probably the best and the most iconic male vocalist of all time. No one can deny the talent and the legacy of this man. And don't forget he was the leadsinger of Queen, the most legendary rock band in history. His #1 spot is absolutely deserved.

FREDDIE MERCURY = PERFECTION! Freddie is the epitome of the perfect performer!
He didn't just sing a song, he Became the song! With every fiber of his being, Freddie put his heart and soul into every word.
He imbued every song, every lyric with such unbridled passion, electricity, & magnetism. His dynamic deliverance made the music come alive.
Freddie was hypnotic, mesmerizing, charming, delightful, engaging, funny, generous, sweet, kind, confident, and shy - all at the same time.
He was one of a kind.
And I haven't even mentioned his VOICE! ! It is the voice of God, reaching down from the Heavens, snatching your heart out, bringing life and joy, and leaving you wanting more. Freddie's talent and genius come to life while he's performing his magic. Truly, a precious gem was Freddie Mercury! A treasure trove of pure ecstasy!
He will be remembered, adored, admired, and emulated as the most amazing, most awesome, and BEST performer ever to grace the Earth.
RIP... ...more

2 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson (Michael Joseph Jackson; August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter. He passed away from cardiac arrest caused by a propofol and benzodiazepine overdose 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 the initials MJ. Dubbed the King of Pop, he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. more.

No one is giving MJ a sympathy vote... Are you crazy? Anyone saying something like that does not know what an amazing range he had, how he could control his voice, or what he could do with it. His vocal range was a 4 octave of a tenor, he had an amazing vibrato and sang across just about every genre of music... It is one of the things he is known for. It's sad that some just don't know enough yet comment or merely dismiss him because he was a fantastic dancer as well and somehow they forget what he was originally known for, which was singing from a very young age with the soul of an experienced adult. The emotion and passion he sang with was so authentic and palpable. I am tired of seeing some people discount him when he was both a fantastic singer as well as dancer. He was the complete package as an artist.

Just because your favorite is someone else doesn't mean that it's right to belittle an artist that clearly was an amazing singer or ignore facts that have been in evidence ...more

Started in the Jackson 5 being a superstar then and then going on to sing songs such as thriller and billie jean, you can't go against him! The King of Pop

Of course, the King of Pop, the Gloved One, Applehead, the greatest entertainer of all time! Not many people realise this, but MJ was a phenomenal vocalist besides a dancer and a performer. I may not be a massive MJ fan anymore, but he'll still always have a place in my heart.

He is the ultimate artist.. No Elvis or any other could really come near him.. If any artist even imagine to be compared with Michael Jackson.. He is the biggest fool. Mike is the real King.. He's an icon who changed face of music all by himself.. And when he is on stage not even all the artist on this planet could compete with him.. His singing and breath taking dance moves could surpass any other Artist.. And his voice really got energy and this energy could blow away billions.. There is no artist who got such a powerful voice.. Mike rocks forever.. He is the true King of Pop, Rock and Soul and the only one who will always rule music world.. This guy breathes music.. He breathes dance.. That's what makes him so superb and above every other artists.. And yeah why we have Mariah Carey for greatest singer.. This poll is for singing not for crap..

3 Elvis Presley Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Dubbed the "King of Rock and Roll", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, led him to both great success and initial controversy. more.

I was a teen when Elvis Presley began singing, but very few of his songs appealed to me: I grew up in a family of classical music lovers. Last year I found a station that played nothing but Mr. Presley's music, including the several takes required to make a master that satisfied him, his live concerts, and informal recordings of his in-studio and at-home jam sessions. I'm 64 years old, and I've never heard anything like Mr. Presley's voice. I still don't "like" everything he sang, but he has no equal among recorded singers. He could, and did, sing anything. When I read that the great tenor, Placido Domingo said, "He had the voice I wish I had gotten", I listened a little harder. Musicians themselves still place Mr. Presley at the top of their lists of excellent singers. If you don't, you haven't listened to the whole body of his work. Frank Sinatra sang for 60 years and recorded three times as many songs as Mr. Presley did in his scant 23 years-career, but even his magnificent voice ...more

Elvis rocked the music world when he came out into the music universe. He isn't just the greatest singer of all time because of how he changed the music industry, he vocal skills are still intoxicating forty-five years later.

With an almost 3 octave voice, he is the only singer who's voice has been studied at colleges and universities by voice professors through the years. One of the Three Tenor's said, while admiring his voice, "Elvis can sing like me, but I can't sing like him. " There is no one ever who could sing all kinds of music, and it all be so good. And be so darn sexy and move like he did. So many singers said they would never have been stars had it not been for Elvis. Paul McCartney said that recently. John Lennon wore ELVIS on his lapel when he dressed to go out. Bruce jumped the wall to get at him. Elvis is the most revered singer to ever live. The long list of celebrities who visit Graceland every year is mind-boggling. One year Bon Jovi were flying over Memphis and decided to stop and see where Elvis lived. They made the tour. Kings, Queens, Prime Ministers and Presidents, Senators, Governors, very famous celebrities and ordinary people have toured that mansion. Over 600, 000 a year. They ...more

Elvis will always be the King of Rock n' Roll. He was the very FIRST American Idol and the world's best entertainer - ever. Elvis had it ALL! He was STUNNING. His voice, his looks, and his compassion toward others were to be admired. I have adored Elvis since before I could walk... Even before I learned how to recite my ABC's! Elvis is still around us in some form or another daily... Listen to him when you're grocery shopping, hear him serenading while you shop at the Mall, see or hear his name mentioned in hundreds of movies and books. Notice that his former home (Graceland) is still visited by more than 600, 000 fans per year... Only second to the White House. Yes, Elvis is definitely still with us and rightfully so. He could sing any genre and he attracted all ages, world-wide. He had such a tremendous talent and that's why we are still (to this day) building statues of Elvis and playing his music.

4 Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant (born 20 August 1948) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Robert Anthony Plant. Where do I begin with this legend? Well, first of all, he is the lead singer for the smashing, outstanding band Led Zeppelin. Second, his screams and perfect soprano vocals amaze me and fit so well with the beat and rhythm in his songs. (Led Zeppelin or solo career) Third, he can reach high notes, but he can also reach those low notes. Don't believe me? Listen to When the Levee Breaks, my favorite vocals in a Led Zeppelin song. Also, he's a fantastic writer and he sure can be amusing to watch on stage. Freddie Mercury is a legend as well, and he is in Queen. (Queen is my favorite band) But Plant's vocals are just outrageous. He easily wins the title of best singer of all time. It doesn't matter that he couldn't play guitar, it doesn't matter that he didn't have a stylish appeal, it doesn't matter that he didn't dance on stage but only moved his hips. No, what matters is his beautiful singing talent. I believe he easily wins the title of the best singer of all ...more

AC/DC might have been a tighter band, and the Beatles probably were better songwriters. But never in the history of music has there been a band comprised of more talented individuals than Led Zeppelin. Jimmy Page is arguably the best guitarist of all time, with his only real rivals being Hendrix, Clapton, and maybe Stevie Ray Vaughan. Bonham too is probably one of the best, if not the best, of his kind. John Paul Jones, though less well known than the others, was still a powerful musical force of his own right. And then we have Robert Plant. Emotional, talented, and versatile, Plant could wail, scream, croon, and whisper- sometimes all in one song. His unique voice became the iconic "hard rock" voice that so many other singers aspired to- but no one ever was as good as he was.

Up until 1972, he was always on point, with amazing, soulful and POWERFUL vocals. His characteristic voice - so feminine, yet so manly. Then 1973 he started getting raspy, but his vocals had even more emotion. By 1975, he was even raspier, but that was awesome. It was a perfect style for where they were at the time. Listen to Kashmir and you'll know what I mean - this image of the wise man who has been through some and does not need to raise his voice much in order to tell a tale to the youth around him. Even in their later days, songs like "In The Evening" show how much emotion was there. The fact that he could just explode at any point. Also his awesome use of the voice as an instrument, creating dope vocal riffs that you will remember and hum for years.

Robert Plant deserves a higher ranking on this list simply because his singing and performance style paved the way for so many other Rock singers who came after him. Every single rock singer who followed (from Steven Tyler to Ann Wilson, Jon Bon Jovi, Axl Rose, Steve Perry, Ozzie Osbourne, Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, and even Freddie Mercury) and, who sings at his or her highest vocal range and develops that range is, in some form, referencing Robert Plant. Not to take anything away from such gifted singers like Freddie Mercury who made significant contributions to the genre, but very few singers of Plant's generation have had such a lasting impact on Rock singers that continues to this day. He has also proven that he can sing in any genre--blues, folk, bluegrass, rock, funk, progressive, country, and even EDM/dubstep (Listen to "Little Maggie" on Lullaby... and The Ceaseless Roar, 2014). His own influences are vast, his knowledge of music history is enviable, and he has always been ...more

5 Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) 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.One of the most successful composers and performers of all time, he is known for his melodic approach to bass-playing, his versatile and wide tenor vocal range and his musical eclecticism, exploring styles ranging from pre-rock 'n' roll pop to classical and electronica. His songwriting partnership with John Lennon remains the most successful in history

He live his music! He have his vocal identity and he know his voice. He is not a diva but the fact that he did simple but flexible is why I can make happy everyone. I would vote after in my list for Barbra steinsand, Radiohead and Sufjan Stevens but I cannot find them.

So, best singer should be measured by pure voice tonality, and other criteria related to voice. So, based on this, I would not pick Paul McCartney to be number 1 (but I would definitely not pick Michael Jackson either). So, Paul had definitely a greater influence on music than anyone on this list... ANYONE! At the same time, his voice is well suited to the songs he sang... Anyone who has heard "Baby I'm Amazed" and has at least one living cell in his/her body must recognize he does not deserve being at #60. Justin Bieber is rated higher, in 5 years Justin will be another, "What ever happened to" while Paul... Huh... Why am I even comparing the two. I'm an idiot! ; )

Come on guys, he deserves the #1 position because he is a legend. How can you compare him with all these singers that do not know how to make an album the greatest hit of all time like Sir Paul McCartney he is the richest musician of all time. He was the leader of the band who are considered the gods of the music. The band who started music the band who sold more albums than any other band or any other artist. The person who found enormous amounts of success even after his band broke up. Did anything left out that I have to say to prove his legacy. Do you think that it is an easy job to do?

He should be number 1! Paul McCartney is the leader of the most famous band so he should be the most famous guy. I looked up top 200 most famous people of all time and this guy was even more famous than William Shakespeare. Okay he was only ranked better but still he should deserve the spotlight, he should deserve the show, and he should deserve the best rank ever. He inspired me. When I was a kid I used to listen to Hey Jude. Everybody should like that song. When I was at my church instead of singing hymns, I would sing Hey Jude. He's part of me.

6 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 million records sold worldwide. She released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification.

Whitney Houston is the greatest singer ever. Period. Although Michael Jackson was the superior performer because of his outstanding dancing ability, there is no comparison when it comes to singing. Whenever I hear Whitney sing You Give Good Love it gives me chills because of the unparalleled soul and emotion she poured into that song. I mean when she sings "so good" at the end of the song you felt the love she was giving from her heart. Mariah may have the greater range but in terms of overall singing nobody and I mean nobody is better than the incomparable Whitney Houston.

Always been fascinated by her voice, not one professional singer nor a unprofessional singer can sing like Whitney,... I even wondered how scientifically even she could do it, I have considered that the drugs she was doing somehow cleared her nasal area allowing her to place much more clear vibrations in her mouth-nasal resonators. Or that she unlike many she just had a unbelievable way of making her chest so soar into her head voice. Either way though many may come close they never can sing as clearly and powerfully and with such control, Anybody who says she is not that great obviously never heard her version of I will Always love you, ir her version of the national anthem,

Whitney had great range, great dynamic, beautiful tone and great power. She belted and cradled notes, delivering every word with real emotion. You didn't just listen to her sing, you felt every meaning behind every word. You believed what she sang, experienced the story she told through her songs. She could make you cry or dance with joy. She was a singer who had a perfect recoding voice yet sounded even better live. She knew her instrument, watch her live performances, she always delivered. She could simply sing anything. Her voice was just stunningly beautiful.

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How on earth can somebody say Mariah Scarey or regine vaseline is better than Whitney! Like I said this has nothing to do with taste...those people should be declared insane...How on earth and in their right mind can people say Mariah, Celine, Regine are better than WHITNEY! Even Mariah and Celine would say "The people who voted for us are lunatics or children" Everybody in their right mind and who's being honest would say that title belongs to Whitney, period!

7 Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, (born 7 August 1958) is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.Outside his career in music, Dickinson has pursued a number of other activities. He undertook a career as a commercial pilot for Astraeus Airlines, which led to a number of media-reported ventures such as captaining Iron Maiden's converted charter aeroplane, Ed Force One, during their world tours. Following Astraeus' closure, he created his own aircraft maintenance and pilot training company, Cardiff Aviation, in 2012. Dickinson presented his own radio show more.

Bruce should be at the top of this list. Proof?
1. Run to the Hills
2. Hallowed be thy name
3. The Trooper
4. Quest for Fire
5. Flight of Icarus
6. To tame a Land
7. Aces High
8. Time of the Ancient Mariner
9. Powerslave
10. Moonchild
11. Infinite Dreams
12. Caught somewhere in time
13. Wasted Years
14. Alexander the Great

From the newer materials:
1. The Wicker Man
2. Brave New World
3. Blood Brothers
4. The Nomad
5. Dream of Mirrors
6. The Fallen Angel
7. Thin line between Love and Hate
8. Wildest Dreams
9. Rainmaker
10. No more lies
11. Paschendale
12. Gates of tomorrow
13. Face in the sand
14. Different World
15. These colours don't run
16. Brighter than a thousand Suns
17. Out of the Shadows
18. Lord of Light
19. The Legacy
20. The Final Frontier
21. El Dorado
22. coming home
23. Starblind
24. Isle of Avalon
25. Man who would be king
26. When the wild ...more

Listen to his range that sings true both in the studio and live. There are lots of good singers and screamers, especially in metal. But very few can dig as deep and have such a broad repertoire.

One of my favorite albums is Piece of Mind which is pretty good for showing off his range. The Dune inspired one "To Tame a Land" not the best song but gives you an idea. Or Monsegur which is very hard for a singer to sing.

Alive at the Marquee has a really good selection of his solo songs without Iron Maiden and is really well sung.

I Like Judas Priest when he can be bothered to sing properly, Geoff Tate had a great voice that didn't get used to it's potential in mostly weak songs. Ian Gillan was good in deep purple. Dickinson is by far the best.

Most of this list is a bad joke. Best singer doesn't mean popular or good tune. It's about the singing. Elvis and Freddie Mercury are great singers and deserve to be near the top. But the rest... Come on guys.. Your having ...more

Not only is his pure talent and amazing ability as a stoyteller above and beyond so many on this list, his longevity is superhuman. His later work with Maiden spanning decades still rivals and sometimes surpasses his early work. On top of all that he recently overcame tongue cancer during the recording of Book of Souls to come back and finish this amazing double album. I have listened to and loved Iron Maiden since Number of the Beast. He is an inspiration and continues to impress me with each album.

Bruce Dickinson is the Best Heavy Metal vocalist of all time he's a legend his voice is Amazing and iron maiden is my favorite Band in Heavy Metal History my favorite songs are Number of Beast, Trooper, Somewhere in Time, Wasted Years, Run to the Hills, Because these songs are why I like Heavy Metal. My Dad listened to iron maiden when he was in high school saw them two times in concert it was 1988, 1992 my Dad still likes them today. and still owns CD'S of iron maiden.

8 Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988) is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles like Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You, Hello, Easy On Me and the success of her second, third and fourth studio album which is 21, 25 and 30.

Okay, I'm going to admit I was going to vote for Chris Martin or Adam Levine but seeing Katy Perry in front of Adele makes me want to kill every little girl who had bought her crap little robotic songs. I thought this was Top Ten Singers, Katy Perry can't actually sing. However Adele had a real voice and easily the best of her generation, it is perfect. She has classic songs like Someone Like You, Rolling In The Deep, Chasing Pavements, Set Fire To The Rain, Skyfall, Make You Feel My Love, Hometown Glory and Don't You Remember. And that's in only 2 ALBUMS. Besides Katy Perry's first hit was your So Gay. What does that tell you about her, huh? She can't spell and she's rude. Adele is so much better.

I barely even know the singers up on the Top 10. This singer has gotten more Grammies than anyone except for Whitney Houston who tied with her. How is Katy Perry and Lady Gaga ahead of Adele? She made soul more popular than ever. All her songs sound beautiful and true. She can pump you up. You can dance to her songs, cry to her songs, jam to her songs, and ponder the meaning of life with these songs. They make GREAT talent show songs and what makes Adele the best is that she writes all her songs except for a few that she doesn't help with at all. Has Katy Perry or One Direction written practically all their songs? Nope. Adele is the new sensation. Sure she comes out with an album every two to three years, but that just shows how REAL she is and not rushing out with a terrible album. Learn from her.

She isn't pop or country or RNB... She has her own - let's see - style of singing. I must admit, I love Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, well, okay, you get the point. But the reason I chose Adele is, like I mentioned before, special. Like, everything about her. Her voice, her song style, even her looks! I mean for example Demi Lovato, she says she doesn't starve herself so that people don't feel left out. Okay, that's sweet, but look at Adele! She doesn't either, and neither does she cake on makeup or wear revealing clothes, she truly is unique. Like an 80's superstar that jumped out into our world. Her songs are special, either full of rhythm, soul, sorrow, like she put her own emotions in there. Her voice - Oh my god - no one can COMPARE to her voice. It's like a mixture between Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, and Celine Dion. Compassion, power, and rhythm are essential in her music.

ATTENTION EVERYONE - Great now I have your attention this list is greatest singers. So why is Katy Perry ahead of Adele when Katy perry doesn't sing, she uses auto tune to create what apparently is music. When you are listening to an Adele song you can feel the power in her soul. She doesn't sing pop or r&b or rap like a lot of artists she sings soul, which is an outdated genre and she can make is be a number one hit. Not only does she have hits but a lot of her best work are songs not on the the top 100 but hidden deep in her albums. She has a truly extraordinary voice and what's even better, she knows how to use it.

9 John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (9 October 1940 - 8 December 1980) 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. Lennon was characterised by the rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing and drawings, on film, and in interviews. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in history.

John Lennon may not have had the range of MJ or the power of Whitney Houston but when it comes to raw emotion and a beautiful tone, he has no match. He was an innovator, a worldwide icon and a pioneer of the 21st century. Nobody else on this list would ever have such a large part of an Olympic Games Closing ceremony devoted to them which just proves what an incredible singer, songwriter and person he was. He has led the most popular band in the world and sung what is arguably the most popular song in Britain (Imagine) and if that isn't enough to take him to #1 I don't know what is.

No words needed. Greatest singer of all time right here. This guy is just magical, if the Beatles were together another ten years imagine how many more good songs he would have written and sung. But in saying that, in his ten years with Yoko, they made some brilliant songs. Just listen to Mind Games or Mother. His voice was just unique just like the voices of MJ and Freddie Mercury. My top three would be them because they just sound so good and different. Music wouldn't haven't been the same without Lennon. John, you are magical and you will never be forgotten.

I think this was one more messed up dude that was in this group or for that matter any other groups. He had a crazy psycho wife which was the reason he split with the Beatles. No, I think John was okay for a Beatles, but when he left and tried on his own, forget it. He needed Paul. As far as his singing goes, not very good. Maybe he wrote some descent songs with McCartney, but that was it. He should be at the bottom. As for someone saying he was a good person, he was very moody and difficult to work with. I don't think he was a great or nice person.

What can I say about this personality. If I ever met with god then then the first question that I will ask to god that is john lennon was really a person? Then I know that god will say I do not know about him because I never made him. John lennon. Still I cannot believe that there can be a human whose appearance tells a story and the story which cannot be read or understand you can only feel it. Whenever I saw him in his interview and his songs videos he make me feel relax I cannot believe that he is dead. A person who leaves behind his legecy and his influence to the music I have only one dream in my life that one day I will met him and tell him that he was not something which I feel but he is something. Oh I do not have words to complete the sentence because he cannot be describe.

10 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. Referred to as the "Queen of Soul", she has twice been placed ninth in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". With global sales of over 75 million records, Franklin is one of the best-selling music artists from the second half of the 20th century to the present.

I really appreciate what this woman did for the music industry. She had a difficult and traumatic upbringing, while she could still produce sassy R&B songs. This lady was way ahead of her time and she helped pave the way for future black female musicians like Diana Ross and Janet Jackson.

Aretha Franklin is easily top ten material. No offense to people ranked higher, such as Elvis, who had a more profound impact on the music industry than Aretha Franklin but she is a much better singer than Elvis. It is also completely ludicrous that people such as Justin Bieber and Eminem are ranked higher than Aretha Franklin simply because of popularity. Those two have barely any singing talent whatsoever. People need to vote on these lists based on criteria and not popularity.

Eminem is a rapper, not a singer. He also has a grating voice, and his lyrics are about wanting to kill women. He also uses homophobic slurs. And somehow these idiots voted him above the Queen of Soul? If the list "Worst Users of TheTopTens" was deleted, this list should be too, so an idiot like Eminem isn't above the greatest female singer ever. If Whitney Houston were still alive, she would probably say that Aretha is the best female singer ever.

Aretha Franklin is an American institution. No one could rock the soul, lift the spirit, open the heart, or raise the body temperature like... Queen Aretha. She is unmatched in her incomparable body of work from gospel, opera, soul and rock. She crossed over all genres of music. She drowns out the crowd because of the power and versatility of her voice. She owns the stage.

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11 Frank Sinatra Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) 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.

He is, in my opinion one of the best singers of all time, if not the best (I can't say the best since I haven't heard all the singers in the world) We live in a world of Justin Bieber, One Direction and about a hundred other popular, yet near-talentless bands when compared to Sinatra. Even those who are exceptional singers, such as Adelle, for example, are rarely as good at songwriting as Sinatra was, and those who are good at songwriting, such as Springsteen and, let's say, Bob Dylan are not exactly known for their beatiful voices. Franky had the best of both worlds and he is, in my opinion, fully deserving of the title of the best singer of all time.

Frank Sinatra invented the "Concept album", so Thriller, Sgt Peppers, Tommy and on and on (would have never happened if it wasn't for Sinatra's IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS" which was the very first concept album. And probably the greatest vocal album of all time. He recorded 25 Masterpiece albums. The Beatles recorded five. And The Beatles were probably in second place. Dean Martin, Bing Crosby recorded not one masterpiece albums. Nat King Cole is a MONSTER (Probably better than anyone on this list before Sinatra) recorded two albums that were in the Masterpiece category. Sinatra recorded 25. If you haven't listened to the Albums created by Sinatra, you are missing an incredible lot. He's the Greatest Singer America has ever produced.

Without question the GREATEST singer of ALL TIME! His voice was FLAWLESS. He was called "The Voice" and "The Main Event"; among others, for good reason. It is a shame that the youth of today truly don't know what good music is or good movies for that matter. You could take a couple of turds and put them in front of a blue screen and it becomes a blockbuster. Music has become unimaginative and remakes. No originality anymore. It's all degrading and lip synched. Nothing but crap.

I am 14 and Sinatra has been my favorite singer for a long time now, if that means anything. Of course he doesn't have as much range as some of the people higher on this list, but he has a certain type of passion about him that I love. He wasn't educated in music nor could he play instruments, but he had a natural gift for understanding how music should sound. And how could someone mistake that voice for someone else? He'll go down as my favorite artist of all time.

12 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. Before he was known for Linkin Park, Bennington was the lead singer of post-grunge act Grey Daze who was heavily inspired by Stone Temple Pilots they released two albums with Chester before his death. Wake Me and No Sun Today, a third album called Amends would be released in 2020 consisting of voice samples from Bennington. After Grey Daze dissolved, Bennington would join Linkin Parkin in 1999 formerly called Hybrid Theory, replacing former vocalist Mark Wakefield, who would go on to become Taproot's producer. Even with Bennington's more.

Chester was/is by far the most difficult vocalist to replicate. He used his voice in more ways than any other artist ever has. He was a vocal technician. He was the "Beauty & Beast"!

The hybrid voice of screaming and clean vocal that Chester Bennington produced cannot be imitated. The best singer in my opinion.

Chester is the best singer I've ever heard.
He definitely deserves first. He can scream
For over 25 seconds, without the assistance
Of any vocal editing or tuning. He screams
Live unlike most other bands, because they
Usually need to tune the voice before using
The song in an album. Plus, Chester can sing in
Any pitch. He can scream (In the song Given Up)
He can sing normally (In Linkin Park's cover of
Adele: Rolling in the deep) Or he can sing softly.
Chester deserves to be first. I get on here every
Chance that I have to vote for Chester. For those of you
That don't know, Chester is the lead singer in "Dead by
Sunrise" and one of the vocalists in "Linkin Park"

Chester should be #1! He has great vocals, and he can cover a wide variety of pitches. Whether he's singing for Linkin Park or Dead By Sunrise, this man has real talent! Not only that, but he's been singing for more than 15 years and he still sounds amazing! You think Bruno Mars and all those pop singers are good, no. This is actual, real- life, TALENT. Sure, his voice is probably edited in the albums, but listen to him live. He's obviously not lip-syncing, he's actually singing. He has the perfect edge of gruffness or softness whenever he chooses, and literally sounds like five different people when he sings! He is the BEST. How is Eminem higher?! The difference between Chester and Eminem singing wise is that Chester actually sings and has real talent. Eminem doesn't even qualify as a singer, he's a rapper! He just raps to music. Chester's voice is timelessly amazing.

13 Bruno Mars Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. more.

Bruno expresses his emotions well in many of his songs, especially When I Was Your Man, and his live mixing of songs around Show Me and Our First Time. It's R&B and to me sounds similar to Marvin Gaye, though I'm not sure he doesn't realize this. I love his live version of If I Knew, especially how he engages his audience in call and response. His voice is versatile, clear and has a good range. I often prefer a lower range for male singers but he is an exception for me. Another sign of creativity his how he improves and adds to/embellishes and modifies his recorded songs as he tours.

He's also quite good as his style/expression vary so much, we can be sure he'll continue to surprise us as he's at heart an experimenter, fearless. It's ok to want to be popular to establish yourself first, then he'll get more creative.
Eventually, I believe he'll sing more about what's meaningful to him as an issue, nature, the ocean, the environment. However, while I treasure meaningful social ...more

His voice is just heavenly awesome. I've rarely in my life praised or even admire singers. His is the first. With his appearance and voice, his is going to catch everyone's ears! As for his songs, I would recommend you guys the 'When I was your man', 'treasure' and 'lock out of heavens'... Of course there is still some more awesome songs sang by this gorgeous man but those songs I mentioned, it's really worth of your precious time to just settled down beside a cup of nice coffee and enjoy the warmth of music delivered by Bruno Mars.

Whoa he's such a good singer actually he's not good.. He the best I don't see how in this world he is at 30 and how in this damn world are mariah carey and Madonna higher than him he has just recorded his first album and holds four no. 1 singles he is such a good singer his each song is so good and so contrast than his other songs he is most versatile singer winner of this years BRIT awards international had 6 grammy nominations he should be in top ten I don't know how but in my eyes he is even better than Michael jackson! He is the rising star of our era guys VOTE FOR HIM OR It's A SHAME ON MUSIC!

Why is he not in this list? He should be ranked higher, seriously. He can sing high notes AND he was the youngest Elvis Presley impersonator professionally at the age of 2. Later in his teen years he started impersonating Michael Jackson (which means he can moonwalk) He's also a songwriter, producer and many more! He has a good personality and good sense of humour ;) And his performances are never boring!

14 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 in metal culture and is known for his medieval themed lyrics. Dio possessed a powerful versatile vocal range capable of singing both hard rock and lighter ballads; according to Rainbow/Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore upon hearing him sing, "I felt shivers down my spine." Dio sold over 47 million albums throughout his career. He died from stomach cancer in 2010 at the age of 67.

Ronnie had such a strong voice. He starred in a multitude of bands including Elf, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and Dio, as well as some others. Such a powerful voice. Anyone reading this who hasn't heard Ronnie before, listen to songs like Stargazer by Rainbow or Die Young by Black Sabbath

He is a God because he is immortal. Even if death took him so early he will live forever in the hearts of true music fans and in the small underground record shops that have shouldered to preserve a huge part of our civilization, rock music. Rock was so much more than just music. It was a movement, a statement of young people against oppression and discrimination. They said "enjoy your life because you only have one and don't believe in this bs church tries to pass as morality. Jesus never said that you should always live in abstinence and away from pleasure".

Songs of that time were pure poetry. Take Pink Floyd for example. And now most of the modern songs talk about butts and Britney Spears is believed to be better than Dio.

Long live Ronnie!

One of the best singers in contemporary singing! No one could come even close to his raspy and tough sound! If you've ever listened to Ronnie's raw vocals version, you know what I mean... Listening to this guy, raises your expectations for singers! Just as Rob Halford, who along with Ronnie and Bruce (I'm) is consider one of the best metal singer described Ronnie as his METAL GOD, so,

He is the MOST underrated singer in music history. He is also one of the most underrated lyricists. Listen to his work with rainbow, with his amazing soft voice in the songs: catch the rainbow, rainbow eyes, temple of the king. and his powerful voice in the songs: rainbow in the dark, last line, man on the silver mountain. These are only few of the many amazing songs this legend wrote. He was a better singer then Michael jackson, mick jagger and many others who are considered one of the best.

15 Amy Lee Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.

Boi why the hell is she below Taylor Swift? Taylor Swift has a limited vocal range and her voice is too soft, innocent, and weak. Taylor Swift is fake as hell too. No wonder why Amy doesn't like popstars that much. I swear Amy Lee is so underrated, she's the outcast in music, being shadowed by most of the singers who have barely any talent. Amy Lee has been doing her thing since 19--95, I wasn't even born until 6 years later! I found out of Amy Lee in 2016 and I was 14 going on 15 at that time. I wish I found out of her sooner. Amy is my inspiration along with Demi Lovato if I become famous, I sing both of their songs all the time and they are both equally talent and equally beautiful to me.

I seriously can't believe that Amy's not even in the top 10. Even the top 20 would be ok. But she beats everyone on this list. She has an incredible vocal range and her voice is just beautiful. There are so many people beating her on this list that can't sing at all, and that pisses me off. Seriously people, you need to get your heads on straight, and listen to real singers. Amy Lee beats everyone on here. I'm serious.

One of the most unique singing voices ever. She sounds beautiful and enchanting whenever she opens her mouth. She hits you with the perfect amount of emotion. Please move her to the top ten. I am surprised Adele is as high as she is because she's awesome, we need Amy Lee to get just as high please. She is definitely not worse than Katy Perry and Mariah Carey. Up she goes!

Number 41?! You aren't serious! I'm not saying she's the best ever or anything... Most of the top ten deserve their places. But my personal opinion is that Amy Lee and Madonna need to switch places on this list. Madonna is good at other stuff, but she CANNOT sing! Amy Lee has a better range by far, and she doesn't lip sync her live performances.

16 Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

He is high on the top, whatever are your preferences, he is more than a musician, he is a performer. His vocal range and his voice is an instrument like Mariah Carey but they ruin it a bit with alcool and drugs. They still sing better than 100% than all the singer I know. I put him first because he is more consistent, I like how he sits between power and color, he is composer and he playing guitar, moove and have a lot of great songs. I am deceive by Gun n rose last album, I hope they will be more like their previous style but like before with creativity!

I don't think anything needs to be said. Simply listen to him sing. Then try and tell me there's someone out there better than him. I get it's all about personal taste, but have you seriously ever heard anyone sing quite like him? If you have they're just imitators. This man is the real deal

No one can cream and sing as high vocal as Axl Rose. I have compared him with all other greatest singers but no one can sing like him. He sings the most beautiful melodies with the most aggressive tones and the most outrageous, freakish range, " says Sebastian Bach. "There's maybe five people in the world that can sing in his range. " Slash once described the sound of Rose's voice in slightly different terms: It's like "the sound that a tape player makes when the cassette finally dies and the tape gets ripped out, " he said, "but in tune. " It's immediately identifiable, with a combination of brute force and subtlety that is easy to overlook amid the sonic assault of Guns n' Roses. Ballads like "Patience" and "November Rain" reveal a startling intimacy, even vulnerability, but it's his fearsome screech on full-throttle metal like "Welcome to the Jungle" that can still peel paint off the walls, more than 20 years later. So why is he not in number 1,

Whatt? 19? Axl should at least be in the top three although he is my number 1. Trust me iv been a heavy metal freak for 15 years and I have never heard a voice so powerful, beautiful and skilled and never seen a presence so out of the world. The way he moves on stage is kick ass! And myles kenedy is above axl? I'm a huge myles and AB fan but I just heard the recent myles covers of Guns N' Roses songs and he worked his butt off to hit the high notes and when he did hit em it still sounded quite bad. Axl made the songs and he sang them effortlessly while jumping on and off the stage. Myles is extraordinary but there just not in the same league.

17 Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone, known professionally as Madonna, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears. She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA. She has 14 studio albums (Madonna, Like a Virgin, True Blue, Like a Prayer, Erotica, Bedtime Stories, Ray of Light, Music, American Life, Confessions on a Dance Floor, Hard Candy, MDNA, Rebel Heart, and Madame X), 3 soundtrack albums (Who's That Girl, I'm Breathless, and Evita), 4 compilation albums (The Immaculate Collection, Something to Remember, GHV2, and Celebration), more.

She's amazing! Madonna has been an inspiration to a lot of people over the years, including and especially famous and well known singers song-writers and even actors! She has a GREAT voice and she makes a difference in the world using her voice, using the lyrics of her music to send over a message to others. For example her song "Hey you" is telling you not to give up, it doesn't have to be of a specific topic not to give up on, but everything in general. If there's any problems you have, you keep trying, maybe you'll succeed. That's why Madonna really does deserve to be on the list of 'Top 10 American Singers Of All Time'

Madonna shouldn't be in here. She's the most overrated, tasteless and talentless singer of all time. Olivia Newton John's rendition of Evita was much better than Madonna's. And I liked Sarah Brightman's performance of Evita too. So these people who like to listen to Madonna's Like a Virgin, are so neurotic enough just to listen to that nauseously childlike voice behind it. Madonna's only redeeming quality would be her dancing as she is really
good at her craft. I don't see any awards listed during Madonna's 'singing' career. Also her career was tainted with numerous controversies regarding her behavior. Debbie Gibson has been so underrated before she retired from her music career.

Let's give the Top Tens some credit here. It is so refreshing to see an ALL TIME top ten singers that does not include the names Evancho, Underwood, Amy Lee, or Lambert on it. They are all fine singers but they do not have enough of a track record to be worthy of top ten on an all-time list, and have influenced nobody, although they probably will in time. Every one of the singers in your top ten has a proven track record, a long string of hits, and several artists they have influenced. It is a model for other Top Ten lists. Way to go!

Madonna is great. The songs are not always so special and her voice is not Mariah Carey's but it's the way she puts herself out there, changing like a chameleon and always being curious of new styles. First time I saw her record was in 1985 and she hade neon green tutu, loads of braclets and just a bra. I thought Who is this girl! She's the coolest I have ever seen. Although she did borrow/steal from Deborah Harry in Blondie...

18 Celine Dion Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. She is best known for her song "My Heart Will Go On", which is the main theme of the 1997 film Titanic, which was the first film to gross $1 billion at the box office.

Celine Dion sings at the highest level many musical genres including the French ones, she is bilingual, she identifies herself with the styles of other singers or bands she collaborates with, her amazing voice blows us away.

Celine Dion, the Best-Selling female artist in the World, is the greatest singer, to me! She has an inevitable ability to sing amongst legends before her time. She is capable of singing with any other artists and she gives you more than your own money's worth. She's devoted to many foundations and support many positive events. She unlike no other. I adore her as my all-time favourite. She has goals and she accomplishes every single desire! I see here doing well all the way! She's come this far by faith, and she keeps pressing onward! A mother and family-oriented,... a lady of many standards; Celine Dion is simply blessed and highly favoured! Love her!

She must be in top 1 cause she is really amazing... I love her so much...
And she had the most beautiful and unique voice ever...
She's really a great superstar for me.
I really admired her cause what you really want to find and what you really want to hear in a one voice. You can really find it to her. She's a one of kind singer I really wanted to describe. She's really easily be identified but hard to find. Her voice is super amazing and awesome. Sometimes their's a song I don't really like but when she sing it... It becomes beautiful in my ear. All her songs captivated in my heart and lifting my soul. Sometimes when I hear her French song maybe I can't understand but I just love to hear it when I played her music.

Celine Dion must be on the top spot. For me she is the best and the greatest singer because all of us know that she is the greatest female singer of all time because in just a decade, she can earn more than a hundred million. She must also be on the top spot because she has a great and high voice. She has a five octave voice and has a belted note ranging from lower C5 to higher C6. She has also a vocal range of Head Register fom G5 to Eb6 or E6. If you are watching concert of Celine, you will be surprised that she is singing her songs consecutively without any break for a long time. She is truly a legend! She must be #1!

19 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 Seattle home in 1994.

I love Kurt and Nirvana in general with a passion. He was such an amazing singer and guitarist, it's truly saddening that he couldn't see it himself.

Kurt is so down the list because of a few simple reasons.
Majority of the youth doesn't know who he is. And thus choose to vote against the rather more popular artists.
The style of his songs. To understand his music and his songs, you'd have to picture yourself in a place like his.
He re-invented music. He is the reason why genres like grunge alternate rock exist these days. His lyrics were twisted. One needs to understand the sarcasm, the metaphors in his lyrics, only then can one appreciate this legend.
He is like Shakespeare. Tough to understand, but a true joy to listen to.

How can he be this low? That just boggles the mind. A complete grunge legend, maybe one of the first and few grunge singers to actually have semi-clean vocals at times. Amazing.

Probably does not rank high in most people's books, but I have always liked Cobain's acidic vocals. Not enough people respect his quality/uniqueness, as shown by the rating, but I think they should. Along with Geddy Lee, he is one of the few vocalists who are both unique and unyielding. Did he care if you liked his screech? No. Did he sell Pepsi products like Michael Jackson... No. He just made good music and sang from his core.

20 Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known by her stage name Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF.

She is also is one of the best-selling artists of all time. She won 4 Guinness World Records, 5 MTV Awards, 5 American Music Awards, 16'ASCAP Pop Music Awards, 5 Billboard Music Awards, 14 People's Choice, 1 Juno Award, 2 Myx Music Awards, 3 NRJ Awards, 6 Teen Choice and a Brit Award. more.

A lot of people say she can't sing live. The media portrays her as not being able to sing when in reality she has a pretty amazing voice, she can hit high notes, low notes, etc. She is a very talented successful singer. She is the 1st female singer to get 5 #1's off of one album. An achievement only accomplished by Michael Jackson himself. She is also the only artist in the world with 3 Diamond songs, Roar Firework and Dark Horse. Also there are only 14 Diamond songs in the world. Katy owns 3 of them. She is just very successful and her albums are amazing. She deserves to be higher in this list. She is amazing and has an amazing persona.

Katy Perry is one of the best, she is the only one I voted for on this list because she is the only reasonable one here are my reasons: She is so sweet in person, 2. She makes amazing songs, 3. Her voice is so beautiful.
No brained she is the best one

Better than Taylor Swift, that drama queen who looks for and gets all the attention, she doesn't deserve those grammies she wins all the time, how do people like her better than Katy? Taylor Swift got mad at Katy just for getting her dancers back and played the victim just to make Katy look bad and get more people on her side. Plus Taylors music has no creativity and feels bland, how do people like bland drama music better than creative fun music? Katy has a stronger voice and lyrics. One of The Boys is better than 1989. Katy deserves those many grammies, not Taylor. My favorite song of hers is One Of The Boys.

After that disgusting Dark Horse video, which was basically a "hand written letter to Lucifer," which included an attack on Muslims where she killed the suitor wearing a necklace with God's name, I've hated Perry. Muslims are going through a hard enough time as it is with the media's portrayal of them all as "terrorists" and "unruly" people (only a handful are-just like a handful of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs etc can be horrible as well-generalising is not the answer) and this horrible being goes and does that. For shame!

21 Stevie Wonder Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

I suppose being number 20 is still fantastic but even so I'm pretty sure most singers and vocal coaches would agree there were very few in any genre on the same level as Stevie Wonder.

Not my favorite singer, in fact I'm not a big fan of his music. However, this is a list of the best singers in the world and Stevie is without a doubt worthy of the top five. In my opinion I would put Elvis first, John Lennon second, Stevie wonder third, Robert Plant forth and Freddie Mercury fifth. But that's just my opinion peace and love.

This is a joke, how can Stevie Wonder be this low? The list is about singing talent, not songwriting talent or screamo talent or if they were with a band that you like the sound of the most. It's a list about singing talent and only singing talent. Stevie Wonder had perfect pitch and insane control over his whole range and could out do 99% of this list.

Not a fan but his voice is out of this world he should be at least in the top 10. Where's Sam cooke, Charles, Nat king cole, Aretha Franklin should be in the top ten! Some in the top ten deserves it but seriously others are there only "cause of popularity!

22 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. In 2002, Staley was found dead in his home of a drug overdose.

Layne Staley has the dramatic quality in his voice that reaches out and holds everyone in their darkness. His vocal opera is something that isn't easy to forget.
Layne Staley has saved many people by giving them a voice to relate to. He has gone beyond addiction and has become the icon of a pained human being. The beautiful thing is that it's not just the fans who have been touched but even giants like Black Label Society, Phil Anselmo, or Stained pay tribute to Layne because in their own unique situation they've been touched in their dark hours when only Layne could relate to the depth of how painful it can be to be human.
Alice In Chains weren't trying to be pop. Popularity wasn't their aim yet they managed to reach such a massive fan base by being honest, humble and vulnerable in everything they did. It's admirable and it's not something that is likely to be duplicated ever again, but Layne Staley lived a life where there was only pain. He as blessed to have an amazing range ...more

I know there's a lot of great singers, but no one stands out to me like LAYNE STALEY. He had a heart of GOLD and a beautiful SOUL, and sang with such pure and raw EMOTION... From the depth of his soul RESONATING into mine. I FEEL him... Some of his songs make me long to hear more while others make my heart ache and bring tears to my eyes. I HEAR him... His voice range is AMAZING... Notes from deep within his chest, sounding like the biggest burly man to notes so high that they could only come from an ANGEL. He WRITES... His lyrics from somewhere deep inside, and is a great POET connecting with so many people. I think LAYNE is the most under rated talent of modern times! *PURE GENIUS*

Layne's voice is one of the unique and powerful voices of this century and many vocal chords have been shredded in an attempt to emulate what came naturally to him. Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, Mark Arm, Mark Lanegan, and Kurt Cobain have all commented on the sheer brilliancy of Layne's vocal abilities. Cobain said "I'm not much of a singer... But Layne, Layne's got one hell of a voice. " It is a complete tragedy that his talent was taken from us due to the powerful addiction of drugs. May his music and memory live on forever. Oh, and I've never heard anybody else ever be able to hit the notes in Man in the Box. Just saying.

Layne poured all his emotion into his singing and opened up to the world about his problems. He sang with a voice so unique and different from everyone else it made him a legend. Between him and Jerry Cantrells harmonies Alice In Chains became a true legend of a band. Layne deserves to be number one because no other person has such a unique voice as him. Listen to his screams in "Man in the box" right down to "Junkhead". In "love hate love" he really shows some great range near the halfway mark. And "nutshell" is full of so much emotion that no other human could sing it as great and beautiful as Layne did. Layne deserves to be number one.

23 Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing personal songs and for having won 11 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old, and after watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt that she should go to Nashville to begin a country music career. She then signed a contract with RCA Records and began to write songs.

Taylor Swift does write a lot of breakup songs but some of them aren't and even though some of her music isn't always that meaningful a lot of it is. I been listening to her since I was little. Have a good day!

She has talent-a lot of it-but I can't help saying that she's overhyped.

I can't take an hour long car ride without hearing one of her songs being played like ten times. There are a lot of other talented artists, ya know, there's a reason this list exists...

Diary type songs are kind of obnoxious if you keep writing about the same thing over and over until it feels like you're breaking up just to make money. She has a nice voice, but it honestly could belong to anyone. It's nothing special-not a huge range in songs, no especially distinct timbre...pretty, but similar to all the other pretty stuff. Her songs are classics but not creative. I understand emotions aren't something you can really control, but does every song have to be about breaking up or falling in love? Don't even get me started on writing on other people's expense.

Taylor Swift is amazing! I don't get how people are saying she's a bad singer, she's so good live! Not only is she a terrific singer, she also writes her own songs. She wrote Speak Now entirely by herself! And she is THE best songwriter around. No doubt.
"Please don't be in love with someone else Please don't have somebody waiting on you"
"I'd tell you I miss you but I don't know how I've never heard silence quite this loud"
That's just a few. If you listen to the rest, you can be rest assured she is a genius and a songwriting prodigy.
Back to December
You Belong With Me
Love Story
Teardrops On My Guitar
I Knew You Were Trouble
Begin Again
Last Kiss
Long Live
Those are just a few of her most amazing songs ever!

Taylor Swift does not deserve number one. I agree with the Fanbase saying Katy Perry should be lower than her, but I think that some of the the lower ranked singers that are underrated should be higher up than Taylor Swift. Her songs are unoriginal. Guess what? They're about love, forgiveness, and breakups...yay? To those saying that she's pretty as a reason to be number one, WHY THE HELL would that even make sense? Pretty does not count as a factor and by pretty I think you mean how much makeup does one slather on their faces. Second, it doesn't matter how many fans or squealing girls and boys are chasing after her. That's absolute bull. This list is ranking singers by their talent, skill, range, and uniqueness in their voice, songs, and lyrics. So please, Fanbase down in the comments, be ' reasonable and have some logic. Enjoy her ranking right now and be grateful that she was even high up here.

If you're really pissed and aggravated by this comment or if I struck some nerve, ...more

24 Rob Halford Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.

To see Rob Halford down here is almost disgraceful. Along with Geoff Tate, Dio and Bruce Dickinson; he belongs in the top 20 if not top 10.
I have no arguments with MJ and Freddie on top but who the heck is Rhydian and how do people have the nerve to rate him higher than the Metal God?
Hell, that Rhydian guy has only released one album which amounts to nothing.
Rob Halford has been performing since 1974, astonishing people with that awesome voice. He had a range of 4 - 6 octaves and could easily change his style to match the music. From sweet, soft, sad songs like Dreamer Deceiver; Blood Red Skies; Last Rose of Summer and Beyond the Realms of Death to vicious snarling metal tunes like Breaking the Law; Hell Bent for Leather; Delivering the Goods; etc. He could reach notes so high, it could make fine crystal break. I'm talking about Dissident Aggressor; Painkiller; Sinner; Exciter, Ram it Down and the mac-daddy of Priest songs, Victim of Changes, where his entire vocal range ...more

Rob won't ever place high on any top whatever list because these things are popularity contests, not true evaluations of vocal skill and ability. Not to mention there are relatively very few of us who appreciate, love, or even know that Heavy Metal exists. Another thing that isn't really analyzed are factors like song writing, emotion, genre crossover, and lyric command. Those of us who love and adore Rob Halford know these things are all prevalant in his performances to such a degree that when we see him perform or listen to any album he performs on, we're always blown away.

You all Are NUTS! How can anyone ever compare singers like Michael jackson and axl rose with the Metal God Rob Halford?! In his prime he had a vocal range over 6 octaves and tell me who else in the world had a better falsetto wail/tenor voice than him, huh? I'm sick and tired of people not giving Heavy Metal music the honor and respect it deserves. Rob Halford is the greatest Metal singer and the greatest singer/frontman of all genre of all time.. If he is second then he's second only to Robert plant and no one else and don't you forget it! Metal God Rules!

It makes me really sad how Billie Joe Armstrong and Rihanna are higher than Rob. This guy can sing pretty much anything, from Christmas Carols to very aggresive songs and sounds good doing it. He possesses a vocal range of 4 octaves and has control over all of it. Listen to Dreamer Deceiver, for example. He starts off with some pretty high, very light singing and moves on to much deeper, low larynx vocals. He finishes off the song with entire verses in the 5th octave, up to a sustained clean G#5!

25 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her four-octave vocal range has received critical acclaim, and her personal life has been the subject of widespread media attention. She has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including two Grammy Awards, one Brit Award, one Bambi Award, two Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, nine MTV Video Music Awards, and 27 Guinness World Records. more.

@GeckoEyes, this is what you do:
It's one thing saying that people are put under a spell (for having opinions) but it's another thing saying that Ariana can't sing. You obviously don't seem to know HOW many years she spent working HARD to get that career of singing. Some people are willing to do anything just to be a great singer like she is an millions of other singers just like her. From age 15 on Victorious to age 28 of present time, she worked super hard to be a successful singer and all you can say is, "she can't sing". So according to your logic, since you are entitled to disliking a singer, it means they can't sing? Like, who do you think you are, Simon Cowell? You can't judge her voice because you're not even successful yourself. All you do is sit behind a device all day and talk BS about Ariana because you're jealous. I'm not that type of fan who doesn't respect opinions but you are honestly too much.

This is seriously starting to piss me off. All I hear about today is 'Ariana Grande this' and 'Ariana Grande that'. People say she's an amazing person, but all you Ariana Grande lovers just cover up for her and acting like she does nothing wrong. You guys are acting like she's always innocent. On the other hand, you people constintly keep hating on Justin Bieber, acting like it's okay to do. I don't get the obsession over her. I really really don't, but to this day I keep hearing her name. People say she has a good voice to, but she really doesn't. What also pisses me off about her is how rich she thinks she is. If you watch her music videos, for example, 7 Rings, you can see her ego boost out. I hate this girl, and I will never like her.

@GeckoEyes, can I just say something? No one is forcing you to like her. But I've seen a lot of your comments on her, and you don't really respect opinions at all. Funny how people who like her are supposedly "put under a spell," but when it's for you saying rude things about her you suddenly know what an opinion is. Hypocrite much? Just because you don't like her doesn't mean you have the entitlement to get people to dislike her as well. Liking Ariana Grande does not mean you're put under a spell. It's called having an opinion smart-alic. And saying that she can sing doesn't mean she's put under a spell. This is a fact. Imagine saying you don't like a singer and then you can suddenly claim that they can't sing. Make it make sense. She spent her entire career following her dreams to become a singer, literally has amazing vocal ranges, like God she can sing, and then all you can do is compare her octaves to totally different people. What does Lewis Capaldi and Adele have to do with ...more

A lot of people say she's rude but I'm pretty sure those are just assumptions and most people who hate on her never actually see her do anything bad before. Also, yes she does have her diva moments but doesn't every celebrity have 'em? Also, people complain on how high pitched her voice is. Um Excuse me that's just her singing style! It's supposed to be high pitched! Duh! I think her music and lyrics are amazing although all her song tunes sound pretty similar.So too all the haters out there, rather than hating on her all day long just go listen to someone else's music

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