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.
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.
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.
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
Alright, listen, I prefer Freddie Mercury, but holy does Michael deserve this vote, he is a great singer and he has a unique voice, I enjoy his songs a lot and he does indeed deserve 2nd place. There will never be another
He is the ultimate artist.. No Elvis or any other could really come near him.. If any artist even imagine to be compared with Michael Jackson.. He is the biggest fool. Mike is the real King.. He's an icon who changed face of music all by himself.. And when he is on stage not even all the artist on this planet could compete with him.. His singing and breath taking dance moves could surpass any other Artist.. And his voice really got energy and this energy could blow away billions.. There is no artist who got such a powerful voice.. Mike rocks forever.. He is the true King of Pop, Rock and Soul and the only one who will always rule music world.. This guy breathes music.. He breathes dance.. That's what makes him so superb and above every other artists.. And yeah why we have Mariah Carey for greatest singer.. This poll is for singing not for crap..
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.
One of the best singers of all time. He played a key role in Zeppelin with the other three. Rock music isn't rock music if you didn't have Robert Plant. I was here only for Plant.
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.
I think he deserves #1 on the list rn.
He is the greatest bassist of all time on the greatest band of all time.
I like his mccartney iii reimagined album with others such as mccartney iii and mccartney ii.
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.
Whitney is the best female vocalist. You know you are truly great when your live performances eclipse the recorded versions of your songs every time. Her power, rich tone, incredible control, and emotive ability are second to none.
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.
Extremely talented, one of the best singers/songwriters ever. I literally love every single one of his song (esp ones he wrote whilst in the Beatles)
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.
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
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
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.
Great singer, top live performer and underrated songwriter. His debut with Iron Maiden in 1982 shocked and influenced many metal singers since.
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
BTS, BlackPink, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry, Whitney Houston, Andrea Day, Daya, Ava Max, Andy Grammar, James Athur, Ariana Grande, One Republic, One Direction, Harry Styles, Nial Horran, 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 1. 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 to 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 that listen to Heavy Metal or rap songs.
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.
I have gotten into Frank Sinatra recently and so far, I really like him. I think his voice is very beautiful and he has a nice jazzy feeling to his music.
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.
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.
He healed so many hearts with his songs. Even though he was struggling with his own addiction and other inner demons, he always offered his heart and gave his fans a fighting chance with his powerfully beautiful, heart-touching voice. Listening to him and his band, Linkin Park makes you want to be a better person, and ignite some spark in your heart. Best frontman ever. A true legend.
12? Seriously? He's the best singer I've ever heard. He can scream the longest. He can scream like a demon, and he can even sing as soft as an angle. This Legend should be higher. Vote Guys!
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"
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.
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 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.
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!
She should be in the TOP 5 because during her prime in the '80s. she was being compared to Michael Jackson as the "Female Michael Jackson" She never afraid to push the boundaries and always fights for what is right. SHE PAVED THE WAY FOR MODERN FEMALE ARTIST THAT WE HAVE. She shows the world how a female can also dominate in a world full of men. And she is the first female artist who has a consistent number 1 hit around the world. Also, she is the first female artist who knows how to control her image and her Music. She disrupts the toxic norms during her time and opened the minds of many people. She was the first female artist to dominate in a full of the male music industry. She was the sounds of the '80s and changed the Pop culture landscape forever. Many artists were inspired by her like Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, and many more. She never cares for other peoples' opinions that's why she is the "BEST SELLING FEMALE ARTIST OF ALL TIME" and the "HIGHEST GROSSING TOUR OF ...more
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...
Axl Rose is without a doubt the greatest singer of all time for 10 reasons-
1. He has one of the most amazing vocal ranges in the world.
2. He was the lead singer and co-founder of GUNS N' ROSES!
3. He writes a d sings some of the most beautiful songs ever.
4. He is really fit.
5. His stage presence is awe inspiring.
6. He's a misunderstood genius.
7. He's my idol and he's changed my life forever.
8. He's better than all these pop singers.
9. He changed Rock n' Roll forever.
10. He is almost 50 and he's still going, I don't care what anyone says I still think he's great.
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.
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!
A vocal juggernaut, great range with ungodly power in his voice, the blueprint for metal vocalists, there's a reason why he's the bench mark for so many.
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!
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!
I think Katy Perry has an amazing voice. She's a good actor in my opinion. But my 1 favorite singer is Andera Bocelli. Made you who is this guy? He's an Italian singer. He is an romantic singer. Michael cane is in the band. He is a from America. He is blind. He is very famous. Well I'm learning Italian. How long have been study it? I have study it for a year and 1 and a half months. I love how he sings. I can almost understand the songs. I have two disc and DVD. I listen ever night. He the best singer in the world.
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.
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.
As they said about Freddie Mercury, this guy doesn't need a microphone so everyone can here 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 is def people! Listen to the Sabbath bloody Sabbath c.d., and I think you'll change your mind about this list and put him at #1.
Ozzy, while maybe not owning an operatic voice, is very unique in his sound and knows what limits he can sing in. Sabotage and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath show he can hit those high notes and sing very well. Lots of his Solo work show this too. He has personality and uniqueness that sounds good and for me that's why he tops singers like Bruce Dickinson and such.
Should be higher. One of the greatest heavy metal vocalists. Why "Bruno Mars" and "Katy Perry" are higher than the Prince of Darkness? Why you people have voted for some rubbish "pop" singer? Vote for singers that actually can sing, which are 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 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!
Steve Perry number 30? Have you people been living under a rock in the 80"s and 90s and 2000? His vocal range is much wider than most of the people in this group. His ability to deliver on songs such as "Patiently" and the songs on his solo albums are uncanny. Some of the vocal improvisations were never done before he joined Journey. Besides that he is an awesome songwriter. Some of his songs still make me cry when he does those arpeggios. The man stands alone vocally. The Voice!
THE Best...Don't know why David Gates (The lead singer of "Bread") isn't any where on this list. I don't know who votes on these, but they need to get their ears checked. Bob Seger at 1130...what
Late 70's he delivered high notes, somehow amalgamating with the 70's Jazz/Blue's instrumental-heavy group, transforming them into something new altogether. You can't stop his voice crawling over your skin during the high notes of Any Way You Want It etc. Then the unforgettable melodies of 80's, they delivered classic after classic. Then in the late 80's and especially in 90's when his voice got raspier, he brought an altogether different element to the group's direction vocally, and they all gelled, musically delivering us a masterpiece like Trial By Fire. That's called improvisation to it's best and converting it into an art. Hail Steve Perry, the VOICE!
In comparing all the male singers since the days of recording music, in my opinion Steve Perry holds the title of the best singer ever for a variety of reasons. Obviously his range remains unsurpassed by anyone. I'm not saying that an opera singer can't hit the same registers, but it's different. When pertaining to rock, pop, and ballad music, Steve stands alone. And it's not just the range. It's the USE of this range. It's not just belting out ridiculous high pitches for the sake of belting out high pitches. Mariah Carey is a perfect example of one that has an amazing range, but in many of her songs she sounds like a mouse that's been slowly squashed by a devil child. No, Steve Perry hits the notes not to overwhelm the song with his range, but rather to augment the feeling the song is supposed to generate.
Another completely unique quality to Perry's voice is his ability to practically "curl", for lack of any proper word, certain notes. This is demonstrated in such songs as ...more
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,
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.
What is Stevie Wonder doing at 24th? There's no question, he belongs in the Top 10. You Lady Gaga fans need to start educating yourself on actual music. This man is literally impossible to hate.
Not gonna lie...
His song "I just called to say I love you/"
He kinda sounded like a girl.
It's a nice song...
But I used to think he was a girl.
Sorry if this, uh, insulted anyone.
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
One of the greatest voices of all time. Great power, great range, great emotional connection with the music and can do stuff that other artists can only dream of, is honestly on the same level as Mercury and Dio and there's a case for him being better than both.
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.