Best Singers of 20th Century

100 years a long time .There were more than 100 good singers in 20th century .But only few singers were best among all of them

So I've tried my best to make list of the best of the best singers .

The Top Ten

1 Freddie Mercury (1946-1991) Freddie Mercury (1946-1991) Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave more.

There are some singers...and there is a legend called Freddie Mercury.

Not only for his unique sweet and loveable voice but also because of his sound's diversity and amazingly effortless register changing power makes him the human with most euphonical sound

Incredible talent, who was working till his death. He sang like an angel until the end. Listen "Motherlove", the last song...he had amazing voice in it, when he could barely walk and see (nearly blind in one eye), he had so much pain...and he sang in this condition, like nobody else. He deserves respect. He was very brave, when he appeared in the "These are the days of our lives" video, his appearance was scary and sad, but he wanted to say a last goodbye to his fans: "I still love you"...not a lot of people would have been so brave!

He can hit notes that no one else can. He is strong and brave. The greatest singer ever to be born. So strong to sing 'mother love' 'these are the days of our lives' 'i'm going slightly mad' and so on.
They say legends never die,and Freddie is a legend because he is not dead.

2 Elvis Presley (1935-1977) Elvis Presley (1935-1977) Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. more.

Perfect pitch, amazing range, ability to sing any genre.

He beats everyone combined.

The very best. King of Music. Full stop

Simply the best there ever was

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3 Frank Sinatra (1915-1998)

His voice could go right through your soul, transporting you instantaneously in another state of mind.

Phrasing, personalization, style.

Great vocals

Without doubt the greatest popular singer of the last 100 years. in my opinion he took the interpretation of popular music to a new level. Brilliant breath control, with the unique ability to get inside the songwriters intention, and yet make the song his own.

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4 Rob Halford (1951-)
5 Enrico Caruso (1873-1921)

Greatest there ever was

Generally considered by experts as the greatest male singing voice of all time, with Pavarotti second. Elvis, Freddie, Levi, and a few others are the greatest of rock and pop, but this guy was on another level altogether. A shame that due to the time he lived in, only a few poor-quality recordings of his performances still exist.

6 Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Top two definitely

Michael is my # 1

Michael the first

Not even in the top ten? But... but... his voice is amazing! - TheFourthWorld

7 Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007)

The absolute best of the tenors. That includes Caruso, Gigli, Domingo, Carreras. Maybe someone was better before recordings and my birth (1945) but no one can touch Luciano in his prime.

8 Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010) Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010) Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.
9 David Bowie (1947-2016) David Bowie (1947-2016) David Robert Jones (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. more.
10 Mario Lanza (1921-1959) Mario Lanza (1921-1959) Mario Lanza was an American tenor of Italian ancestry, and an actor and Hollywood film star of the late 1940s and the 1950s. Lanza began studying to be a professional singer at the age of 16.

Tenor without rasp


The Contenders

11 Maria Callas (1923-1977) Maria Callas (1923-1977) Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI, was a Greek-American soprano, and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Many critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic interpretations.
12 Robert Plant (1948-) Robert Plant (1948-)
13 John Lennon (1940-1980) John Lennon (1940-1980)

Expressed his searing heart and brilliance through his amazing voice!

14 Aretha Franklin (1942- )


15 Paul McCartney (1942) Paul McCartney (1942) Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .
16 Karen Carpenter (1950-1983)

Didn't need histrionics to convey the emotions of a song. She just sang naturally and it could touch you deeply.

17 Bob Dylan (1941- ) Bob Dylan (1941- ) Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.

The best ever

18 Bing Crosby (1903-1977)

More #1 songs than anybody in history, even exceeding The Beatles. However, during his era of the 1920's to 1940's, there is zero information about how many actual sales he garnered.

19 Celine Dion (1968-)

How come she is not on this list. The world's greatest female singer

20 Edith Piaf (1915-1963) Edith Piaf (1915-1963) Édith Piaf was a French cabaret singer, songwriter and actress who became widely regarded as France's national chanteuse, as well as being one of France's greatest international stars.


21 Marvin Gaye (1939-1984)

Simply amazing...

22 Judy Garland (1922-1969) Judy Garland (1922-1969) Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. The American Film Institute named her 8th greatest female star of classic American cinema. She's also the mother of actress and singer Liza Minnelli.

There was no other singer.

"The World's Greatest Entertainer", first woman to win a Grammy for Album of the Year (Judy at Carnegie Hall), known for her contralto vocals. Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz".

23 Levi Stubbs (1936-2008)
24 Jussi Björling (1911-)

Jussi Björling (1911-1960) The greatest lyric tenor of the century.

25 Mariah Carey (1970-)
26 David Ruffin (1941-1991) David Ruffin (1941-1991) David Eli Ruffin was an American soul singer and musician most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of The Temptations during the group's "Classic Five" period as it was later known.

All you need to know is that he was the lead singer on "My Girl".

27 Marvin Lee Aday (1947-)
28 Sarah Brightman (1960-)
29 Barbra Streisand (1942-) Barbra Streisand (1942-) Barbara Joan Streisand, known professionally as Barbra Streisand, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker.
30 Roy Orbison (1936-1988) Roy Orbison (1936-1988) Roy Kelton Orbison, professionally known as Roy Orbison, nicknamed Big O, was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and musician, mostly known for his complex voice and for hits such as, "Oh, Pretty Woman".
31 Yma Sumac (1923-2008)

The greatest singer I have ever heard

32 Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999) Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999) Curtis Lee Mayfield was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, and one of the most influential musicians behind soul and politically conscious African-American music.

From his early work with The Impressions to his soulful solo work, an amazing singer.

33 Cher (1946-) Cher (1946-) Cher is an American singer and actress. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her five-decade-long more.
34 Elton John (1947-) Elton John (1947-) Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.
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Top Remixes

1. Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007)
2. Enrico Caruso (1873-1921)
3. Freddie Mercury (1946-1991)
1. Elvis Presley (1935-1977)
2. Freddie Mercury (1946-1991)
3. Bob Dylan (1941- )
1. Freddie Mercury (1946-1991)
2. Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010)
3. Rob Halford (1951-)


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