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)

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!

Singing skills, vocal range, amazing vibratos, hardest songs to sing: 10/10.

Amazing vocal skills and vibratos, amazing stage presence and charisma.

His voice was from another universe, I think he was not human, he was an alien.

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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.

This man had the best voice I have ever heard. He can sing absolutely anything.

Simply the best there ever was

3 Frank Sinatra (1915-1998)

Great vocals

Phrasing, personalization, style.

Sinatra' peerlessness sings for itself

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

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.

Greatest there ever was

6 Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007)
7 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.
8 David Bowie (1947-2016) David Bowie (1947-2016) David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, and was the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. more.
9 Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

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

Michael the first

Michael is my # 1

10 Mario Lanza (1921-1959) Mario Lanza (1921-1959)


The Contenders

11 Robert Plant (1948-) Robert Plant (1948-)
12 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.
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 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

17 Celine Dion (1968-)

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

18 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.
19 Marvin Gaye (1939-1984)

Simply amazing...

20 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.

21 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".

22 Jussi Björling (1911-)

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

23 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".

24 Levi Stubbs (1936-2008)
25 Marvin Lee Aday (1947-)
26 Sarah Brightman (1960-)
27 Barbra Streisand (1942-) Barbra Streisand (1942-) Barbara Joan Streisand, known professionally as Barbra Streisand, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker.
28 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".
29 Yma Sumac (1923-2008)

The greatest singer I have ever heard

30 Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999) Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999)

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

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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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