Top 10 Best Singers of All Time

Singing, a universal form of expression, transcends cultures, languages, and periods. From the earliest chants to modern multi-layered productions, the human voice has always been at the center of musical storytelling. The best singers don't just hit the right notes - they infuse each song with emotion, paint vivid pictures with lyrics, and have the power to make us feel, understand, and connect on a deep, human level.

In this top ten list, let's explore some of the most influential and iconic singers in music history. From the soulful melodies of Aretha Franklin to the raw power of Freddie Mercury, these singers have all made an impact on the world of music in their own unique ways. Whether it's through their vocal range, emotional depth, or stage presence, the top artists on this list have earned their place among the greatest of all time.
The Top Ten
1 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury, the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen, possessed an unparalleled voice in rock history. He had a remarkably wide vocal range, estimated to span over four octaves, and an inimitable ability to convey raw emotion through his performances. His skill set encompassed various techniques, including powerful belting, intricate harmonies, and a sense of drama that held audiences captivated. Whether it was rock, opera, or anything in-between, Mercury's voice seemed to transcend genre, making him an icon in the world of music.

How could you not vote for Freddie Mercury? Just imagine his lovely, bright character, his sweet sense of humor, and his 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 simply cannot be replicated. The most unique and beautiful voice that has ever graced this earth. There is no vocalist before or after him, that I could think of, who can sing the songs The Show Must Go On or Who Wants to Live Forever. What makes him so special is beyond my understanding. Maybe it's his tone, or maybe it's his accent. Whatever it is, it is the most amazing thing ever recorded and nobody will ever be able to pull it off.

Freddie Mercury was 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, and magnetism. His dynamic delivery 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 Freddie Mercury, sweet ...more

Freddie Mercury was in possession of one of the greatest voices the music business has ever known. While he wasn't classically trained, his voice could handle an amazing four-octave range. His voice was also very versatile and recognizable. For example, he could sing the most lovely ballads in a clear, sweet-layered manner but also could belt out the most powerful rock anthems with ease. On stage, he seemed simply unstoppable, always giving his audience a full 100%. To this day, I have never seen anyone who comes close to his standards. Freddie Mercury may be dead for 20 years now, but his legacy lives on forever. I recommend people who aren't convinced yet to watch Queen's live performance during Live Aid in 1985... If that won't convince you, I don't know what else will.

2 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson, often referred to as the "King of Pop," had an extraordinary vocal range that could cover over four octaves, a feat that is incredibly rare for male singers. His falsetto was distinctive, and his ability to switch styles almost effortlessly allowed him to master various genres from pop to rock to R&B. Additionally, his vocal techniques like the iconic "hee-hee" shriek became legendary, making him one of the most mimicked vocalists ever. Beyond his voice, Jackson's unrivaled stage presence and intricate dance routines contributed to him being a globally celebrated artist.

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 four-octave 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 to 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 were so authentic and palpable. I am tired of seeing some people discount him when he was both a fantastic singer and dancer. He was the complete package as an artist.

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

This is so true, just listen to each of his songs. He sang with different vocal ranges and also with so much love and soul. He was truly amazing. He showed us who he was with everything he did, and he is dearly loved. He offered the world so much that no one can ever surpass. He moved the world and made it better. We should take to heart and mind what he said: "Before you judge me, try hard to love me" from his song Childhood.

If only everyone took the liberty to know him, all would discover the true person he was, even with all the tabloids. His greatness will always be in our hearts. I am really amazed at how he expressed such emotions in words that most of us wouldn't imagine he would feel, and he sang his songs with all the love that he gave. He will forever inspire people. He changed my life within just two months by watching him and listening to what he wanted to say. I really hope people would learn to know him too.

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Michael Jackson. What can I really say? He is music itself. He is the greatest singer/entertainer in the world. He is my inspiration. I look up to this man. He has saved my life. He is a pure genius. It's sad to see this generation go downhill in music taste. Justin Bieber and One Direction are nowhere close to this man. If you disagree, I'm sorry. But I have more than enough evidence proving Michael Jackson is worthy of this title. I've defended this man so many times and am willing to do it again. I was teased and bullied in my younger life for sticking up for him. That's what you do when you have so much faith in a person. I truly believe Michael Jackson is the best singer ever to exist. Go buy some of his albums. You won't be disappointed. His talent is out of this world.

3 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley, also known as the "King of Rock and Roll," possessed a baritone voice that was both emotionally evocative and technically skilled. His versatility allowed him to excel in a variety of genres including rock, country, and gospel. Presley's natural vibrato and soulful delivery connected deeply with audiences, leading to an enduring influence on popular music. His charisma and groundbreaking stage performances further solidified his reputation as one of the greatest singers of all time.

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-year career, but even his magnificent ...more

With an almost three-octave voice, he is the only singer whose voice has been studied at colleges and universities by voice professors throughout the years. One of the Three Tenors 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 have it be so good, and be so darn sexy and move like he did. So many singers have 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 was flying over Memphis and decided to stop and see where Elvis lived. They took the tour. Kings, Queens, Prime Ministers, and Presidents, Senators, Governors, very famous celebrities, and ordinary people have toured that mansion. Over ...more

We saw Presley's voice strengthen and deepen over time - he literally grew from a boy into a man vocally. He could sing slow ballads and easily transition into hard-driving rock songs. His manager did him no favors with his movie contracts. It turned a great singer into a very pedestrian one, and he could have achieved so much more. His charisma and good looks concealed the fact that he possessed an exceptional musical talent. During his lifetime, he was underrated. Now, almost 40 years after his death, his music still represents the epitome of American 20th-century music. Ignore the movie songs (for the most part) and focus on his 68 "comeback" special to witness his greatness.

Elvis sang three octaves, could even sing bass, and he successfully sang every type of song there is, from rock to country to gospel. The quality of his voice sometimes gets lost in the personal issues he struggled with and the incredible fame. If you haven't heard him sing gospel music, no one rivals him. His Grammy Awards were for his gospel music. His voice was rich and beautiful, and it had this inexplicable quality that made you feel the emotion, the heartache, and made it seem like he was singing directly to you. I remember listening to him as a small child and feeling like I knew him. I also liked his speaking voice. Elvis should be No. 1. I won't badmouth anyone else on the list, but I will say more than half of them don't belong. I would put Adele and Whitney Houston at second and third. Freddie Mercury definitely.

4 Robert Plant Robert Plant, best known as the lead vocalist for Led Zeppelin, brought a unique blend of rock and blues to the world of music. His voice, characterized by a distinctive wail and a forceful, emotional delivery, became synonymous with hard rock and heavy metal. Plant's improvisational skills and his willingness to explore different vocal textures and styles contributed significantly to the evolution of rock music. His contributions as a vocalist are often cited as an influence by countless artists across multiple generations.

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

Up until 1972, he was always on point with amazing, soulful, and powerful vocals. His characteristic voice was so feminine, yet so manly. Then in 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, Ozzy 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

Robert Plant is the gold standard for nearly all types of singing. He sings hard rock in Dazed and Confused, folk in Battle of Evermore, upbeat pop in Fool in the Rain, soft rock in Hey Hey What Can I Do, and nearly all of the above in Stairway to Heaven. Not to mention his range. People always say he has an incredibly high voice only, but that is not the case. Listen to Achillies Last Stand, then listen to In the Evening. The difference is shocking. Like the rest of his famous band Led Zeppelin, he is one of the most versatile artists for his respective position. Michael Jackson always had the same high-pitched pop voice, Freddie still sounded calming even when singing hard rock, and Elvis, as we all know, never sung a note away from his constant genre, and it doesn't help that so many of their songs are the same style, but that isn't the case with Zeppelin and Plant. Robert Plant pulled off so many different styles, ranges, and genres flawlessly, and not many singers can say that. ...more

5 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston was renowned for her astonishing vocal power, clarity, and emotive delivery. She possessed a mezzo-soprano voice that could soar to great heights, delivering intricate runs and striking high notes with apparent ease. Houston's interpretation of songs often transformed them, turning simple melodies into anthems of love, loss, or joy. Her ability to cross multiple musical genres like pop, R&B, and gospel showcased her unparalleled versatility.

Always been fascinated by her voice, not one professional singer nor an unprofessional singer can sing like Whitney. I even wondered how scientifically she could do it. I have considered that the drugs she was doing somehow cleared her nasal area, allowing her to place much clearer vibrations in her mouth-nasal resonators. Or, unlike many others, she just had an unbelievable way of making her chest soar into her head voice. Either way, though many may come close, they can never 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 or her version of the national anthem.

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 feel the love she is 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.

This has nothing to do with the question of taste... blah blah blah.

How on earth can somebody say Mariah Scarey or Regine Vaseline are 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 the title belongs to Whitney, period!

Whitney had great range, great dynamics, 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 recording 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.

6 Paul McCartney Paul McCartney, one of the founding members of The Beatles, has a unique vocal style that is both melodious and expressive. His voice has a warm, tuneful quality that has made songs like "Yesterday" and "Hey Jude" timeless classics. McCartney is equally adept at delivering soft ballads as he is at belting out rock numbers, demonstrating a versatility that spans multiple decades and genres. His songwriting prowess coupled with his vocal skill make him one of the most influential musicians in history.

So, the 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 has definitely had 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 "Maybe I'm Amazed" and has at least one living cell in their body must recognize he does not deserve to be at #60. Justin Bieber is rated higher. In 5 years, Justin will be another "whatever 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 who 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 is considered the gods of music. The band that started music, the band that 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 I leave anything out that I have to say to prove his legacy? Do you think it's 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 the 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 a part of me.

He does everything really well, from tender sweet ballads to the raunchiest of rock screaming. And he covers every genre in between. His vocal range and his ability to utilize it are just insane. Forget the fact that his songwriting and musicianship influenced every other act from the sixties onwards. Instead, listen to something soft like Yesterday, My Love, or For No One, then a couple of screamers like Long Tall Sally, Oh Darling, or Maybe I'm Amazed, then listen to some of the countless hits where he sang in so many other voices.

7 Adele Adele is celebrated for her stunning contralto voice, which is both powerful and emotive. Her vocal control allows her to execute complicated runs and transitions between registers with ease. The London-born singer is particularly acclaimed for her ballads, where her voice becomes an instrument of raw emotional storytelling. Her multiple Grammy Awards and international chart-toppers stand as testament to her extraordinary vocal talents and her impact on contemporary music.

I barely even know the singers up on the Top 10. This singer has gotten more Grammys than anyone except for Whitney Houston, who tied with her. How are 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. Have 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.

Adele has an awesome voice! It's really calming, yet still has a sense of power and beauty. People, this is what I call a singer! You can go listen to some meaningless beats, but right here is a great album that Adele has to offer! Her album "25" is really good, by the way! I really like her songs "Water Under the Bridge" and "Set Fire to the Rain." Hopefully, she's releasing some new singles or albums. How old is she, anyway? 28? Since Adele names her albums after her age? I think her new album will be called 28 or 29 or something around that. Anyways, Adele has some really great talent!

BTS, BlackPink, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry, Whitney Houston, Andrea Day, Daya, Ava Max, Andy Grammar, James Arthur, Ariana Grande, One Republic, One Direction, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Ed Sheeran, Freddie Mercury, Joseph Vincent, and more can't compare to Adele. Adele is the most amazing singer in the history of the world. She should honestly be number one. Adele's voice is just so unique compared to other singers. When I listen to other female singers, to me, they just sound the same, but Adele's voice is so different from other people. A lot of singers aren't like her, and she's just such a nice person. People can't compare to her, but a lot of people hate on her like it's nothing, and sometimes they say that, for example, Ozzy is better. But those are people who just don't respect slow music and listen to heavy metal or rap songs.

Another one who will be remembered better after her career comes to a close. She produces a lot of really bitter songs - songs with a lot of pain, jealousy, hurt, or pride - but if you take into account nothing but her voice and pure vocal talent, then you cannot deny that her voice can rival almost any female singer in all history. She has a great range that starts from a really low octave and just keeps going upward and upward! Really popular in this era, which means that in the next 10 or 20 years, she will become immortalized as one of the greatest ever.

8 Bruce Dickinson Bruce Dickinson, the frontman of Iron Maiden, is highly regarded for his operatic vocal style, which sets him apart in the realm of heavy metal. Possessing a wide range and robust tenor voice, Dickinson has the ability to evoke the theatricality and grandeur often associated with the genre. His vocals can transition effortlessly from melodic to powerful, making Iron Maiden's music both dynamic and emotive. His contributions to the world of metal have made him one of the genre's most iconic and enduring vocalists.

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", is 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 its potential in mostly weak songs. Ian Gillan was good in Deep Purple. Dickinson is by far the best.

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Not only is his pure talent and amazing ability as a storyteller 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, and his voice is amazing. Iron Maiden is my favorite band in heavy metal history. My favorite songs are Number of the Beast, Trooper, Somewhere in Time, Wasted Years, and Run to the Hills. These songs are why I like heavy metal. My dad listened to Iron Maiden when he was in high school. He saw them two times in concert, in 1988 and 1992. My dad still likes them today and still owns CDs of Iron Maiden.

Michael was the king of pop. Elvis Presley was the king of rock. But Bruce was the king of metal. With Dickinson's multi-octave vocals, he could easily beat every singer on the list until number 20. I saw some singers on this list who have more votes than they deserve. But some people still don't have what they deserve. Bruce is one of them. So, people, consider and pick the right guy.

9 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin, known as the "Queen of Soul," had a voice that was steeped in emotion and gospel-rooted power. Her mezzo-soprano voice was versatile, capable of delivering complex runs, belting out high notes, and diving into sultry lower registers with ease. Franklin's unique vocal phrasing and rhythmic sensibilities made even well-known songs distinctly her own. Her influence is palpable across a myriad of genres, from soul and R&B to pop and gospel, marking her as one of the most legendary vocalists in music history.

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 that 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.

As if the technical skills and the impregnable confidence she has are not enough, it's her absolutely incredible interpretative intelligence that makes her the best singer I've ever heard. I mean, how is that even possible? Even if you know music, it's hard to put a finger on her x-factor. Maybe that's why she's been widely called the Queen of Soul for decades now.

10 John Lennon John Lennon, a founding member of The Beatles, had a voice imbued with both raw intensity and heartfelt emotion. His vocals could transition from soothing and melodic, as in "Imagine," to passionate and abrasive, as heard in "Twist and Shout." Lennon's voice was an instrument of socio-political change as much as it was a medium of musical expression, touching on themes of peace, love, and revolution. His influence on rock and popular music is immeasurable, and his vocal work continues to inspire musicians today.

A legend. He had a very distinctive voice and was one of the greatest songwriters of all time. The Beatles are the greatest band ever, in my opinion. John was great, but along with Paul McCartney, another great legend, they were pure gold.

What can I say about this personality? If I ever met God, the first question I would ask is, "Was John Lennon really a person?" Then I know God would 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 understood; you can only feel it. Whenever I saw him in his interviews and his song videos, he made me feel relaxed. I cannot believe that he is dead. A person who leaves behind his legacy and his influence on music. I have only one dream in my life: that one day I will meet him and tell him that he was not just something I feel, but he is something. Oh, I do not have words to complete the sentence because he cannot be described.

When you listen to Lennon's voice in the early Beatles songs like Twist and Shout and Help!, his voice is like none other. Then later, there's Come Together and Jealous Guy, and he doesn't even sound the same, but he still sounds awesome. John Lennon obviously deserves to be in the top 5 alongside Paul, or else the Beatles wouldn't have been the best band ever.

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 have been the same without Lennon. John, you are magical and you will never be forgotten.

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11 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra, known as "Ol' Blue Eyes," had a smooth baritone voice that was impeccably controlled. His mastery of vocal phrasing and dynamics allowed him to convey complex emotions effortlessly, making each song uniquely his own. Sinatra was a pioneer in the concept album, where he used his voice to take listeners on an emotional journey, exploring themes like love and loneliness. His work across genres such as jazz, big band, and traditional pop has made him one of the most enduring singers in American music history.

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 Adele, 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 beautiful voices. Frank had the best of both worlds, and he is, in my opinion, fully deserving of the title of the best singer of all time.

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 filled with remakes. There's no originality anymore. It's all degrading and lip-synced. Nothing but crap.

Frank Sinatra invented the "concept album," so Thriller, Sgt. Pepper's, Tommy, and so on would have never happened if it wasn't for Sinatra's "IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS," which was the very first concept album. It is probably the greatest vocal album of all time. He recorded 25 masterpiece albums. The Beatles recorded five, and they were probably in second place. Dean Martin and Bing Crosby did not record any masterpiece albums. Nat King Cole, who 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.

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 Amy Lee Amy Lee, the lead vocalist of Evanescence, is known for her mezzo-soprano voice that can deliver both power and vulnerability. Her classical training is evident in her technical proficiency, enabling her to navigate complex vocal arrangements and hit demanding high notes. Lee's vocal style incorporates elements of gothic, rock, and classical music, making for a distinct sound that has garnered a dedicated following. Her emotive delivery and the atmospheric quality of her voice have made her a standout figure in the alternative rock scene.

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 pop stars 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 1995. I wasn't even born until 6 years later! I found out about Amy Lee in 2016, and I was 14 going on 15 at that time. I wish I had found out about her sooner. Amy is my inspiration, along with Demi Lovato. If I become famous, I'll sing both of their songs all the time because they are both equally talented and equally beautiful to me.

Some singers should move up like Adele, Whitney, Bruno, Celine. All others should drop. Freddie should be #1! Amy Lee, move up. The rest don't belong in the top 10. Some were known for their dancing or screaming, like Chester.

She is one of the most talented singers of all time and an amazing lyricist. I'm surprised she was on this list. I didn't think a lot of people agreed!

I seriously can't believe that Amy's not even in the top 10. Even the top 20 would be okay. 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.

13 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington, the frontman of Linkin Park, had a voice that was both gritty and angelic, capable of delivering heart-wrenching emotion and raw power in equal measure. His ability to scream without losing pitch or musicality set him apart in the world of nu-metal and alternative rock. Bennington could also show great vulnerability in softer, more melodic moments, capturing a wide array of human experiences and emotions. His unique voice and emotional depth have cemented his legacy as one of the most impactful singers in modern rock history.

Chester should be number one! He has great vocals and 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 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.

Chester has gone up in the rankings since the last time I was on this website! But... Seriously?! Katy Perry? Mariah Carey? Bruno Mars? ABOVE CHESTER?! That's not right. Chester has an incredible range and can scream for 18 seconds straight (Given Up), sing so emotionally that it makes you want to cry (Breaking the Habit), pull off a really good Adele cover (Rolling In The Deep cover), and then sing so softly that it makes you just go like, "Wait, what is that?" And then rewind back to the beginning of the song to hear it again (My reaction to The Little Things Give You Away). Chester is an incredible vocalist and artist in general; he should be higher on this list.

He has one of the best vocal ranges I've ever heard. He can go so low pitched and then just go high pitched in an instant. It's insane. I mean, I love Michael Jackson, but seriously it's just nostalgia driving people to put him at #1. He's not even that good of a singer. His songs are just insanely catchy and suit his voice perfectly. I'd love to see MJ try to sing a Linkin Park song like "Final Masquerade" or "Numb". People will say Chester has a "whiny voice". What does that even mean? Whiny? No. Perfect? Yes. Also, yes, I'm a fanboy. I love Linkin Park, so if any of you are gonna call me a fanboy, don't waste your breath. LP FOREVER!

Some of the people on this list, like Bruno Mars and Katy Perry, shouldn't be ranked higher than Chester. No offense to them or their fans, obviously. I'm not saying they're bad, but... Chester. No one even comes close. He can sing, scream, and has a super unique voice. He has a huge vocal range and can sing almost everything, which he has proved with his work in both Linkin Park and Dead By Sunrise. I mean... He's just the best. He can pull off everything from metalcore to Adele, and he does it amazingly every time! He always puts so much emotion into his music, and he's just the best in general.

14 Bruno Mars Bruno Mars has a tenor voice that is incredibly versatile, adapting to various styles like pop, R&B, funk, and soul with seamless ease. His vocal range allows him to hit high notes with remarkable clarity while also delving into rich lower tones. Mars' exceptional ability to convey sentiment and groove makes his music infectious, engaging audiences around the world. Coupled with his stage charisma and musicianship, his vocal talent makes him a standout performer in modern music.

Whoa, he's such a good singer. Actually, he's not good... he's 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; each of his songs is so good and so different from his other songs. He is the most versatile singer, winner of this year's BRIT Awards International, and has 6 Grammy nominations. He should be in the 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!

His voice is just heavenly awesome. I've rarely in my life praised or even admired singers. His is the first. With his appearance and voice, he is going to catch everyone's ears! As for his songs, I would recommend you guys "When I Was Your Man," "Treasure," and "Locked Out of Heaven"... Of course, there are still some more awesome songs sung by this gorgeous man, but those songs I mentioned are really worth your precious time to just settle down beside a cup of nice coffee and enjoy the warmth of music delivered by Bruno Mars.

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 a good sense of humor ;) And his performances are never boring!

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, it sounds similar to Marvin Gaye, though I'm not sure if he realizes 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 is how he improves and adds to, embellishes, and modifies his recorded songs as he tours.

He's also quite good as his style and expression vary so much. We can be sure he'll continue to surprise us because he's at heart an experimenter, fearless. It's okay 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 ...more

15 Axl Rose Axl Rose, the frontman of Guns N' Roses, is celebrated for his astonishing vocal range, which spans nearly six octaves. He's especially renowned for his raspy, screaming high notes and his capacity to maintain control over his voice even in the most vocally demanding performances. Rose is a master of numerous singing styles, from soft ballads to fast-paced rock, and his stage presence adds an additional layer of magnetism to his performances. His versatility and technical prowess place him among the ranks of the world's finest singers.

He is high on top. Whatever your preferences, he is more than a musician; he is a performer. His vocal range and voice are instruments like Mariah Carey, but they ruin it a bit with alcohol and drugs. They still sing better than 100% of all the singers I know. I put him first because he is more consistent. I like how he sits between power and color. He is a composer and he plays the guitar. He moves and has a lot of great songs. I am deceived by Gun N' Roses' latest album. I hope they will return to their previous style but with creativity, like before!

Number 19? Easily be top 3. If it were my pick, he would be very close to number 1. I listen to their songs all day, every day, and if I'm not listening to them, I am singing them, humming them, talking about them, or at least thinking about them even at school and work.

What? 19? Axl should at least be in the top three, although he is my number one. Trust me, I've been a heavy metal freak for 15 years, and I have never heard a voice so powerful, beautiful, and skilled, nor have I seen a presence so out of this world. The way he moves on stage is kick-ass! And Myles Kennedy is above Axl? I'm a huge Myles and Alter Bridge 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. However, when he did hit them, 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 they're just not in the same league.

"No one can scream and sing as high vocally as Axl Rose. I have compared him with all the 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 are maybe five people in the world who 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 ...more

16 Katy Perry Katy Perry is recognized for her powerful soprano voice that resonates with youthful exuberance and emotional depth. Her vocal range allows her to perform catchy pop anthems as well as heart-rending ballads, often within the same album. Perry's unique timbre and stylized vocal phrasing make her instantly recognizable, and she has the ability to convey a range of emotions through her dynamic performances. With numerous chart-topping hits and accolades, her vocal talents have secured her a prominent place in contemporary pop music.

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 first female singer to get 5 #1s 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. Additionally, there are only 14 Diamond songs in the world, and Katy owns 3 of them. She is just very successful, and her albums are amazing. She deserves to be higher on this list. She is amazing and has an amazing persona.

Better than Taylor Swift, that drama queen who seeks and receives all the attention, she doesn't deserve those Grammys she wins all the time. How do people prefer her over Katy? Taylor Swift got angry at Katy just because she got her dancers back and played the victim just to make Katy look bad and gain more supporters. Additionally, Taylor's music lacks creativity and feels dull. How can people prefer dull, dramatic music over creative and enjoyable music? Katy has a stronger voice and lyrics. One of The Boys is superior to 1989. Katy deserves those numerous Grammys, not Taylor. My favorite song of hers is One Of The Boys.

Oh my gosh, yes, Katy Perry! She obviously has a good and strong voice, and I totally think that this singer deserves to bump it a bit like... push number 2 aside and put Katy in there! Some of her songs inspired me a lot and made me think about some of my sad or happy memories! Also, some of her songs may be a bit too fast or slow... but it ain't cheesy!

So say no to Katy being stuck below 10... WE GOTTA BOOST HER UP!

By the way, about those weird little robotic voices that Katy sang with... the voices were edited.

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:

1. She is so sweet in person.
2. She makes amazing songs.
3. Her voice is so beautiful.

No brainer, she is the best one.

17 Madonna Madonna, often hailed as the "Queen of Pop," possesses a unique vocal tone that is immediately recognizable. While she may not have the widest vocal range, her strength lies in her ability to convey emotion and personality through her voice. Her singing style has adapted over the years to embrace a variety of genres, from pop to electronic to ballads, proving her versatility. Madonna's unique vocal styling and her contributions to music, fashion, and culture have solidified her status as an icon in the entertainment industry.

She's amazing! Madonna has been an inspiration to a lot of people over the years, including, and especially, famous and well-known singers, songwriters, 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 a message to others. For example, her song "Hey you" is telling you not to give up. It doesn't have to be about a specific topic, but about everything in general. If you have any problems, keep trying, and maybe you'll succeed. That's why Madonna really deserves to be on the list of 'Top 10 American Singers of All Time'.

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 about new styles. The first time I saw her record was in 1985, and she had a neon green tutu, loads of bracelets, 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...

Madonna has a beautiful voice. Her voice is a bit thin, which means she can't sing well, right? Well, the truth is she sings great. Her voice has a lot of emotion and her songs turn out well. If you say she can't sing, let's see this: many other artists have covered her songs, but they can't make them better than the original Madonna versions. Please give her the credit and applause she deserves.

In terms of singing ability, this position is well-deserved for Madonna. She has changed from a young and bubbly voice of the Virgin days into a deeper and more humane voice of Ray of Light and Music. But if there is a poll on the best musicians ever, she should come first. No one has maintained as long a career as her, released more hit songs than her, and is as chameleon-like as her.

18 Celine Dion Celine Dion has a voice that is often described as crystalline in its clarity and breathtaking in its range. Trained in the classical technique, her voice has the power to effortlessly convey complex emotions and transcend language barriers. She has tackled multiple musical genres, from pop to classical to film soundtracks, always infusing each performance with technical mastery and emotional authenticity. Dion's consistency and longevity in the music industry serve as a testament to her exceptional vocal talent.

Celine Dion, the best-selling female artist in the world, is the greatest singer, to me! She has an incredible ability to sing among 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 supports many positive events. She is unlike any other. I adore her as my all-time favorite. She has goals, and she accomplishes every single desire! I see her 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 favored! Love her!

She must be in the top 1 because she is really amazing... I love her so much. And she has the most beautiful and unique voice ever. She's really a great superstar to me. I really admire her because what you really want to find and what you really want to hear in one voice, you can really find it in her. She's a one-of-a-kind singer I really want to describe. She's really easily identifiable but hard to find. Her voice is super amazing and awesome. Sometimes there's a song I don't really like, but when she sings it... It becomes beautiful in my ear. All her songs captivate my heart and lift my soul. Sometimes when I hear her French song, maybe I can't understand, but I just love to hear it when I play her music.

Celine is sure to go on and be remembered as one of the - if not the one and only - greatest singing divas of all time. However, a person only really stakes his or her claim in fame after he or she dies. Look at Freddie Mercury, Lennon, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Sinatra, Marley, Dylan, and, of course, Whitney Houston. After her career is over and she is replaced by other upstarts, people will look back and realize that she - with her range, power, stability, beautiful lyrics, and vocal acrobatics akin to Houston's - was one of the utmost top-notch singers this world has ever seen.

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

19 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio, a towering figure in the realms of hard rock and heavy metal, was celebrated for his rich, powerful voice and his expansive range. He was capable of both belting out aggressive vocals and delivering softer, emotive performances, often within the confines of a single song. Dio's singing was often described as operatic, evoking a sense of grandiosity and drama that became a defining feature of the bands he fronted. His legacy as a master of vocal techniques and as a pivotal figure in the metal genre remains indisputable.

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 the responsibility 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 the BS the church tries to pass off 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!

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, and Temple of the King, and his powerful voice in the songs: Rainbow in the Dark, Last Line, and Man on the Silver Mountain. These are only a few of the many amazing songs this legend wrote. He was a better singer than Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, and many others who are considered one of the best.

I'm pretty sure this whole list is just one big popularity contest. No one knows what singing really is anymore. As long as the person's songs are catchy, people are hooked. MJ, Freddie Mercury, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Dio, Robert Plant, etc. are the real legends. How on earth could people place Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Eminem above them? I think our generation needs to get their heads screwed on straight and listen to real music! Dio, Halford, Dickinson, Mercury, all the way!

One of the best singers in contemporary music! No one comes close to his raspy and tough sound. If you've ever listened to Ronnie's raw vocal versions, you know what I mean. Listening to this guy raises your expectations for other singers. Rob Halford, who, along with Ronnie and Bruce, is considered one of the best metal singers, described Ronnie as his Metal God.

20 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift possesses a soprano voice that has been a key element in her journey from country darling to global pop sensation. Her vocal style is often characterized by its narrative quality, enabling her to tell intricate stories through her music. Swift's voice is versatile enough to tackle a range of genres, from country ballads to pop anthems to indie folk. Her unique blend of vocal talent and storytelling ability has earned her critical and commercial success on a massive scale.

In my eyes, I see Taylor as an incredible, talented, and beautiful woman who deserves to be way higher than 21 on this list. She has such a lovely voice and amazing songwriting ability, not to mention her great storytelling. I also agree that she should be higher than Katy Perry. I mean, she is also great, but come on! She is one of the greatest female singers of all time.

Taylor Alison Swift is such a wonderful singer. Taylor Swift is best known for the songs Dress, Are You Ready for It, End Game, and Mean. Not only is Taylor Swift my favorite singer, but she is also a role model for anyone who has been bullied. Even her songs give me a positive message.

Taylor Swift's deep cuts are what make her deserve to be on this list. Yes, she is a phenomenal pop star with some great bops, but her slower or less poppy songs are what really make her stand out. Look to "Haunted," "All Too Well," "State Of Grace," "I Wish You Would," and "Holy Ground," all fantastic songs with a great rock edge to them. She is a super talented songwriter who occasionally writes break-up songs, but more importantly, she explores emotions and love in general. She has a super diverse discography of songs, exploring everything from country, folk, pop, and rock. Taylor Swift has managed to stay relevant for over a decade, which is something very few singers can do, and that is commendable in itself.

I don't care about these rankings, and whoever has ranked it is really mad and dumb. Please don't get me wrong. I mean, come on, are you joking? How can it be possible? How come Taylor Swift is at rank #23? She should be and definitely deserves to be at #1. She is the best singer in the entire universe. And I am just shocked that someone can sing so excellently and so well. I am just in love with her high pitches, and I am in love with her too. She is very creative and imaginative. Her song lyrics and her quotes are really good. I am really impressed with this girl. She is 26 years old, and she is so pretty and beautiful that she looks around 20 to 23 years old. If I were a boy, then I would definitely marry her. She is the best singer in the universe, and there's no doubt about it. Whoever I talk to about Taylor Swift always compliments her by saying that she is very beautiful and has very good and pretty legs. Always a Taylor Swift fan. Always a Swiftie.

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21 Layne Staley Layne Staley, the lead vocalist of Alice In Chains, had a haunting, soulful voice that became a defining element of the grunge movement in the 1990s. His vocal style combined guttural growls with melodic harmonies, capturing the angst and despair that resonated with a generation. Staley's performances often ventured into deeply emotional territories, making listeners feel every word he sang. His voice remains one of the most distinctive in rock music, leaving an indelible impact on the genre.

Layne Staley had the dramatic quality in his voice that reached out and held everyone in their darkness. His vocal opera is something that isn't easy to forget.

Layne Staley saved many people by giving them a voice to relate to. He went beyond addiction and became 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 situations 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 wasn'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 was 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 underrated talent of modern times! Pure genius.

Layne's voice is one of the unique and powerful voices of this century, and many vocal cords 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 brilliance 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 emotions into his singing and opened up to the world about his problems. He sang with a voice so unique and different from everyone else that it made him a legend. Between him and Jerry Cantrell's harmonies, Alice In Chains became a truly legendary 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 great range near the halfway mark. And Nutshell is full of so much emotion that no other human could sing it as greatly and beautifully as Layne did. Layne deserves to be number one.

22 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain, the lead vocalist and guitarist of Nirvana, had a voice that became the defining sound of the grunge era. His vocal style was raw, emotional, and often tinged with a sense of despair that resonated with a generation. Cobain's singing could move from a whisper to a scream, capturing a range of emotions that few could emulate. While not a traditionally trained vocalist, his unvarnished delivery has had a lasting impact on rock music and continues to be influential.

Kurt is so down the list because of a few simple reasons. The 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 is unique. To understand his music and his songs, you'd have to picture yourself in a place like his. He reinvented music. He is the reason why genres like grunge and alternative rock exist these days. His lyrics were twisted. One needs to understand the sarcasm and 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.

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.

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 and 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.

23 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey possesses one of the most extraordinary vocal ranges in music history, spanning over five octaves. She is renowned for her use of the whistle register, effortlessly hitting notes that many vocalists can only dream of reaching. Carey's virtuosic technical skills are complemented by her ability to infuse songs with heartfelt emotion. Through her mastery of genres ranging from pop and R&B to gospel, she has firmly established herself as one of the greatest vocalists of all time.

There really is no other voice like Mariah Carey's. Many have tried to replicate it, but to no avail. Her melisma and range are unparalleled. She also writes all of her own material, which makes listening to her sing her own songs such an intimate experience. Her effortless transitions from head voice to the "whistle" register are phenomenal and represent a difficult feat. Although she is known for her incredibly high whistles, she also has an underrated lower register. Any naysayers should watch her live videos at Proctor's Theater, MTV Unplugged, her Daydream tour in Japan, or in Madison Square Garden. I'm beginning to realize there are too many to list.

Mariah Carey is the best singer ever. She is beautiful, a genuine singer, and a living legend. Mariah Carey's voice sounds like that of an angel and is the most beautiful voice ever. She also writes many good and inspirational songs.

Mariah Carey has real talent and a unique voice. Who else can reach such high notes and sound like a songbird? Who else can whisper like Mariah? Who else can sound so clear and angelic? Only Mariah Carey can.

She is still singing and looking beautiful and amazing. Only Whitney Houston can be considered her equal. However, Mariah Carey's voice is more angelic and beautiful than Whitney's. Other singers can't come close. The most important thing about her voice is that it is angelic, heavenly, and incredibly strong. Her vocal range and control are amazing and powerful. She is one and only. MC is Number 1 and the best.

Mariah Carey is the best singer of all time. Such range and power. She possesses incredible flexibility and agility in her voice. She can truly sing anything and make it great. That is why she is the best-selling female artist of all time, an artist of the millennium, and has had the song of the decade two times in a row. She also holds the record for the most #1 singles by any solo artist in history on the Billboard Hot 100, and has the longest-running #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, among other achievements. But really, Mariah's voice is like no other - often imitated but never duplicated. She's such a talented artist, and let's not even get started on the fact that she writes all of her own songs!

With her 5-octave range and 18 number-one singles, her success speaks for itself. She will forever go down in history as one of the greatest female voices that have influenced generations of singers. One of the key factors that separates her from many different artists, besides her near-perfect technique and control over 5 octaves, is the fact that she writes her own songs - a trend that has sadly declined in recent times. Her 30-year career is yet another attribute that shows her impact and the longevity of her songs. She is a forever queen.

24 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.

Ariana Grande's song One Last Time, is a really good and amazing song, but it's so emotional and sad. It's pretty much in reference to the Manchester Bombing that happened a few years ago and every single victim that was involved.

Ariana is a strong, confident, brave and kind woman. It's good enough that she can seriously sing so good, but just look at her. She cried and had pity for all those victims and not only visited them but made a One Love Manchester concert. I seriously wish I could meet her and just tell her how what she's doing is so touching and how much of an amazing confident woman she is. She was even crying. A lot. If I were there, I would've been crying too.

Although it was a few years ago, I still feel like crying whenever I hear One Last Time. The lyrics are literally making me tear up and I'm listening to this song right now and I feel like crying. The reason I'm posting this, is because this reminds me of the pandemic, and all those who got involved, ...more

She is the best. Her vocals are awesome. She is literally a queen. And her high notes, my God! When I hear them, I think, "Is she human?" Wow, the best high notes. And what doesn't she have? The best vocals, the best high note skills, beauty, hotness, sexiness, and she's a billionaire. All I want from her is a collaboration with Joel Pimentel Deleon, my celebrity crush. This is my last wish, believe me, this is true.

Please, if Ariana Grande reads this, please... do a collaboration with Joel Pimentel, please... this is my last wish.

I may not know much about her, but recently I've been listening to her music. She sings really well. She is also a beautiful and nice person with a great sense of style. She comes up with great songs and isn't afraid to show her personality or her feelings. She is young, and I think she deserves to be in the top ten. I bet it would mean the world to her if she knew she was in the top ten. Ariana all the way!

I have only listened to Ariana Grande for four years, and I have listened to most of her songs. So far, she did great. She is very, very, very attractive. She is a very talented actress and singer and has a boyfriend whom I am jealous of. Sure, she can't sing better than Michael Jackson, but come on, she must be the youngest one here.

25 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne, often referred to as the "Prince of Darkness," has a unique vocal style that blends melodious singing with a raw, gritty edge. His voice is unmistakable, characterized by its nasal timbre and emotive delivery, which has become emblematic of classic heavy metal. Osbourne's vocal prowess is not just limited to his powerful belting but also includes softer, more introspective moments that reveal his versatility. His iconic status is further solidified by his enduring influence on generations of rock and metal vocalists.

Ozzy, while maybe not owning an operatic voice, is very unique in his sound and knows the limits within which he can sing. Sabotage and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath show that he can hit those high notes and sing very well. Lots of his solo work demonstrates this as well. He has a personality and uniqueness that sound good, and for me, that's why he surpasses singers like Bruce Dickinson and others.

As they said about Freddie Mercury, this guy doesn't need a microphone so everyone can hear him! This man was more successful than Paul McCartney, and Black Sabbath was more successful than The Beatles! The only people that don't think he can sing are deaf people! Listen to the Sabbath Bloody Sabbath CD, and I think you'll change your mind about this list and put him at #1.

Should be higher. One of the greatest heavy metal vocalists. Why are Bruno Mars and Katy Perry higher than the Prince of Darkness? Why have you people voted for some rubbish pop singer? Vote for singers who can actually sing, such as heavy metal vocalists like Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Dickinson, Tom Araya, Corpsegrinder, and many more!

The Prince of Darkness/Godfather of Heavy Metal should be at least in the top five! He's got a distinctive and unique voice, and even after leaving Black Sabbath, he has still done some amazing music. He rocks! He is, without a single doubt, one of the gods of rock!

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