Best Singers of All TimeThe 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.
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.
An outstanding singer and songwriter, wrote some of the most unique and epic songs that the world has ever seen such as 'Bohemian Rhapsody', okay okay, but this is about singing, and he was a phenomenal singer it's hard to describe. He could sing in so much tones and his voice sounds different in about every song even if it's just by the slightest..Another One Bites The Dust compared to something like Love Of My Life proves that. He had an outstanding vocal range, and there will never be another one.
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.
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
Michael Jackson is one of the best of the best...
entertainers on this planet and he is irreplaceable. His love, compassion, kindness, and humanity are truly descendants from above. He is the most loving person in this universe ...OMG I still cannot believe that he is no more in this world but his living legend will always be in our hearts ❤️ we miss you MJ you are the best.
Michael Jackson is the most iconic singer of all time, he didn't deserve to get hate and allegations! Also I have seen a lot of videos and he seems to have a good humor! Overall he is an amazing singer!
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
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.
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 move easily into a hard driving rock song. His manager did him no favors with his movie contracts. It turned a great singer into a very pedestrian one and he could have done so much more. His charisma and his looks disguised what was a most exceptional musical talent. During his lifetime, he was underrated. Now almost 40 years past his death - his music is still the hallmark of the American 20th century. Skip the movie songs (for the most part) and key in on his 68 "comeback" special and watch how great he could be.
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
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.
He does everything really well, from tender sweet ballads to the raunchiest of rock screaming. And he does every genre in between. And 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 on. Instead, listen to something soft like Yesterday, My Love, or For No One, then a couple 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.
Honestly, Whitney Houston is amazing and she has a very perfect voice for songs, my favorite is "I will always love you" because we will always love you Whitney!
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.
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.
The most inspirational, brutally honest snd self reflective human that ever lived. He was the driving force of the Beatles and incomparable as a solo artist. He changed the world. Loved him so much!
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.
How can she even not in the top ten? Her songs are like blessings to the ears, and she has managed to inspire so many great artists as well.
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.
Dudes range is insane, his voice is great at conveying power and he is a brilliant showman. Always tells a story through his song. Not to mention he is also a pliot
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
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
10. No more lies
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
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.
Adele is a very amazing singer and deserves to be at least on the top 10! Her songs "Rolling in the deep" and "Easy on Me" is just amazing! She deserves to be voted.
What is Adele doing above great vocalists like Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Holiday and Etta James? I swear people who vote for Adele are in love more with her songs then know anything about actual singing. Your favourite singer does not mean she is the best singer. She cannot sustain a single higher note live without her voice cracking. She has a terrible singing technique that is why she requires surgery after every album tour. This is not to insult her this is a matter of fact. Celine Dion had a similar problem but she got it fixed once she knew how to train her voice and sing with the right techniques. This cannot be blamed on stage fright. All singers experience stage fright. Yes she has a beautiful voice and tone. She sings with passion and emotion but that alone does not make someone a great singer. Technique matters too very much and if you don't believe me just listen to and asses the singers I've listed best live performances or their vocal falsettos, riffs and runs, ...more
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.
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.
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.
Axl rose this man who came from the small town of Indiana with the dream of being a recognized rocker. He fought, suffered, did everything he could and finally he reached the sky.
His voice is unique, his vocal range is unmatched, his style is unmistakable. To see him on stage is something magical... He has the ability to write songs that move the deepest emotions in people's souls... Love, anger, hate, everything can be expressed from his heart... In the most truthful way. He had inspired man people around the world... He is the best...
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.
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"
I was really hoping to find him here, and I found he.
My favorite singer of all time.
He had a spectacular voice and the character is even better.
I will really miss he a lot.
Linkin park made the best music I ever heard, songs like in the end, Numb, castle of glass and given up should be listened by everyone.
It's my idol
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.
Chester has gone up in the rankings since 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 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 at The Little Things Give You Away). Chester is an incredible vocalist and artist in general, he should be higher on this list.
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
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 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!
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.
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...
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
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.
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!
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!
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!
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 realise that she - with her range, power, stability, beautiful lyrics, and vocal accrobatics akin to Houston's - was one of the utmost top-notch singers this world has ever seen.
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!
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.
Kurt Cobain is the most quite and kind people at that time, Very intellectual and just So Calm. His song were incredible like Dumb or Sappy which had Incredible lyrics.. Actually the first time I heard Kurts cover to Where did you sleep last night I cried because of how Raw and emotional it was. Just an incredible soul! Sadly on April 5th 1994 he committed suicide, he lost his Gorgeous Blue eyed baby Frances Bean and Beautiful wife Courtney Love Cobain,
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.
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
If you even listened to Halls of Vallhala for example and took in mind that he wasn't young right there, you know that he's solid singer... Like absolutely top class!
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!
Why is Cornell not higher on the this list? In terms of vocal range, songwriting ability, stage presence, diversity and longevity he is easily one of the greatest singers of all time. Admittedly Soundgarden never quiet achieved the popularity they were capable of, Temple of the Dog has become a forgotten treasure and Audioslave was over before they began. Really, Chris Cornell left before their debut album was released and came back after it was successful. His solo career seems unfocused with too much trying to be a poor man's Jeff Buckley. Chris Cornell could have been much more but he's still a legend.
Chris Cornell was so good that other musicians from many other genre called him "The Voice"! Temple of the Dog, his solo albums, Audioslave and Soundgarden, show what a diverse range of music this man could compose. He had the most thoughtful and intelligent lyrics of any musician, and trained his breath control to the point he could sing one line of notes at his lowest range directly after a line of notes in his highest range. Who else could do that? And he got BETTER with time/age, not like some other singers who lost it after their first or second album, Chris Cornell just got better and better. In my humble opinion, CC should be much higher on this list, as a matter of fact he has done covers of songs that I would rather listen to than the original; examples are "Nothing Compares To You" and "Thank You" from Led Zep. The only "better" singers than CC are maybe Robert Plant or Freddie Mercury. His voice is equal to that of Layne Staley, but you can not compare them, because Layne ...more
Chris was/is a very direct and powerful singer, with an astonishing ability to communicate with his audience (live). His sense of timing and phrasing are unusual, but very appealing within the context of the rock genre. The only fly in the ointment is that Chris blew his voice out, for various reasons, very early in his career. Fortunately for him his ability to connect with a live audience is exceptional, which overcomes the latter day limitations in his voice.
First off, if it were best frontman ever, the title would easily go to James Brown or Sting. Best vocal ability and talent? Has to be Chris without a doubt. I personally love almost every type of music. My favorite is between hard/alt rock with leanings towards metal. I grew up on 80's pop and country. WITH ALL THAT IN MIND, my actual evaluations of many singers voices has led Chris to the top. Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, I understand how they could be up in the top 5 and beat out Chris. But in all honesty, Katy Perry? Bruno Mars? Really? I love both of them but I mean Katy Perry was rejected by multiple record companies in her early years cause her voice "wasn't good enough." Chris is by far one of the most talented vocalists and he has the best range in music besides maybe, MAYBE Sting.
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
Teardrops On My Guitar
I Knew You Were Trouble
Those are just a few of her most amazing songs ever!
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 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.
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Taylor Swift's deep cuts are what makes 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 it. She is a super talented songwriter, who does occasionally write break-up songs, but more importantly 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 be relevant for over a decade, which is something very few singers can do, which is commendable in itself.