Best Singers of 20th Century

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

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

The Top Ten

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

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!

I cried as a 12 year old delivering newspapers seeing the headline that freddie has died. all these years later and his music is still in my van, cd, usb etc. all my 4 sons could quite happily sing every word to every song! the man was and still is a legend. id doubt very much if the universe will ever have another equal to freddie. AMAZING PERFORMER, SINGER AND HUMAN BEING

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.

The greatest singer of all time, and he could sing in so much genre. He could do everything with his voice. Massive talent. RIP

Elvis Presley  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. ...read more.

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

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

The very best. King of Music. Full stop

Simply the best there ever was

Frank Sinatra Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

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.

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

Greatest entertainer and voice of the 20th century

Phrasing, personalization, style.

Rob Halford Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.
Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time.

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.

My favorite singers

Enrico Caruso Enrico Caruso was an Italian operatic tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and the Americas, appearing in a wide variety of roles from the Italian and French repertoires that ranged from the lyric to the dramatic.

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

Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.
Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

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

Top two definitely

Michael the first

Michael is my # 1

David Bowie  David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (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. ...read more.
Maria Callas  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.

The Contenders

Mario Lanza  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

Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant (born 20 August 1948) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.
John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

Expressed his searing heart and brilliance through his amazing voice!

Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister.
Paul McCartney 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 .
Karen Carpenter Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard Carpenter, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters.

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

Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time.

Simply amazing...

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

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

Edith Piaf  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.
Judy Garland  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.

"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".

There was no other singer.

Bing Crosby Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, Jr. was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark warm bass-baritone voice made him the best-selling recording artist of the 20th century, having sold over one billion records, tapes, compact discs and digital downloads around the world.

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.

Bob Dylan 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

Elton John  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.
Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top ...read more.
David Ruffin  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".

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