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.
The Top Ten
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..
I agree with Freddie Mercury, as I believe Queen would have been listed as the greatest band ever, had Freddie not passed on at such a young age. I'm wondering where Prince would have listed on this vote...Mariah...no Prince? Go watch Purple Rain
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.
I like Freddie Mercury. Because , as a musician I was amazed of his vocal power and his powerful voice. His range of notes is unbelievable. For anyone who does not like Freddie I recommend to watch the Bohemian Rhapsody movie to sweep away the foolishness off your mind. I also like Michael Jackson . I'm a huge fan of him but when I'm comparing the two of them I figured out Freddie was the best . He is the number 1 , no doubt
With a vocal range that reached four-octave range, I think Freddie Mercury is the pinnacle and an inspiration to any up-and-coming vocalist. But I also have to give a nod to Queen as whole, especially to Brian May, because if it wasn't for their chemistry and artistry together I don't think Freddie could have really shown his full potential. The only vocalist that I think can go hand-in-hand with Freddie is Aretha Franklin but I still artistically that Freddie was better.
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
Michael Jackson was great. His death was horrible and sad but some say he could still be alive. He was still awesome.
Michael Jackson songs describe about his soul and emotion singing with passion dedication.
No-one even close to him. Michael iswas, is and will greatest singer of all time. All world know about him in every generation old child young global figure.
Modern entertainment platform is the creation of Michael's.dancing singing in every entertaining platform MJ's soul desolve. He is like a God of music and greatest living personality ever born on earth
Michael Jackson could sing anything. He could sing a happy joyful song, or a slow emotional song, or hard rock, you name it. He's the most versatile singer I've heard in my life. He sounded awesome when he was 6 years old right until when he was 50.
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
Self proclaim don't leave that out. That's what he called himself and demanded MTV to address him as so, no one gave him that title he gave it to himself. Where in Elvis's case it was given to him by other singers and entertainers and he never care for it and denounce it many times. Of all the great compliments given to Elvis by all the great people in the business all your boy and I do mean BOY had to say was they call him the king why not me. So there you go a little history lesson for you. And one more thing Bill Bailey created the moon walk not your boy just an impersonator nothing of his own.
They didn't call him the King for nothing, Rocked it every time he was on stage. It has even been described as watching a god, in Vegas the top entertainers of the time would come to see Elvis. Frank Sinatra / Tom Jones / and many of the greatest entertainers of all time said Elvis was a cut above the rest.
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
I couldn't say it as nice as you did... he will always be the king no matter what
I am furious about this list because Elvis should be #1. I can't believe he is way down the list he is a MUCH better singer than the top ten. Whoever is voting for the top ten do not have good taste in music AT ALL. I mean to say that all of these singers especially Madonna and Mariah Carey are better than Elvis is a huge joke and the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. There is NOBODY better or even a little bit as good as Elvis Presley and the people who think that are CRAZY because Elvis had an amazing voice that would give you chills and he could sing anything and these singers on this list can not. So that is what I have to say about this list. And also Elvis was the best performer, singer, and the nicest out of all these artist's who are stuck up these days. And he was also the best looking person who will ever live. No one will ever come close to equaling him in any way.
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
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
Many people judge a voice according to its range an power, but I think Robert Plant was much more than just a good screamer like many rock heroes of his time. Robert Plant was an artist: he sang from his heart and he could make you feel every word and every sound in his songs. Every time he performed a song, he made that song different and unique; he could give it other meanings and, while he was singing, he also became an actor interpreting the role of the song: you could see on his face and in his gestures the pain of loss in "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You", the sensuality in "Whole Lotta Love", the melancholy of "Going to California", the pride of the warrior in "Immigrant Song".
I've heard people saying they preferred Plant's studio work because it was more accurate. I personally cannot listen to the album versions of the songs anymore. For me, the real Robert Plant, the artist, can be found only in his live performances. With him, the songs are not only "live", they become "alive" ...more
Robert Plant is the gold standard for nearly all types of singing. He sings hard rock in Dazed and Confused, folk in Battle of Evermore, upbeat pop in Fool in the Rain, soft rock in Hey Hey What Can I Do, and nearly all of the above in Stairway to Heaven. Mot to mention his range. People always say he has an incredibly high voice only, but that is not the case. Listen to Achillies Last Stand, then listen to In the Evening. The difference is shocking. Like the rest of his famous band Led Zeppelin, he is one of the most versatile artists for his respective position. Michael Jackson always had the same high pitched pop voice, Freddie still sounded calming even when singing hard rock, and Elvis, as we all know, never sung a note away from his constant genre, and it doesn't help that so many of their songs are the same style, but that isn't the case with Zeppelin and Plant. Robert Plant pulled off so many different styles, ranges, and genres flawlessly, and not many singers can say that. ...more
I came here to vote for Plant. He has one of the best vocal ranges out there. He has such good technique that he can sing incredibly difficult parts.
Listen to Stairway, it showcases his voice incredibly well. It starts off showing his ability to sing beautifully, with the voice of an angel. It is great. And post-solo, he shows how his voice can make anything heavy. Stairway is one of those songs that shows that clean guitars and good vocals can be incredibly full sounding, beating out so many metal bands.
Plant can sing so beautifully as to make you tear up, or sing in a style as to knock you out of your seat. That's the sighn of a skilled musician.
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 rank 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.
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 deserve the position 1 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 is considered the god of the music. The band who started music the band who sold out more number of album than any other band or any other artist. The person who found enormous amount of success even after his band breaks away. Did anything left out that I have to say to prove his legacy. Do you thing that it is an easy job to do.
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.
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,
I grew up listening to Whitney's early albums because my Mum was and still is a huge fan so, eventhough they were recorded before I was even born, they were playing in our house every day. I loved her voice from the start and I love all the ballads and as my mum calls them 'Torch songs' she ever did but I have to admit we went off her a little when she went away from that style and tried a more up-tempo R&B, dance and hip-hop style for an album or two. We both agreed that didn't suit her.
To die like she did was such a tragedy and such a waste of a beautiful, unique talent but thankfully her music lives on and for me she will always be one of the greatest female singers of all-time.
Whitney is incomparable and will always be loved! No one has ever been able to obtain THE VOICE Whitney was gifted with and there will never be another Whitney Houston 💓
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.
Just go listen to "You've got to hide your love away". How can anyone sing so well! Then, there are songs like "twist and shout" and "rock and roll music" and "mother" and "nowhere man"!
He was great in The Beatles! After The Beatles broke up and stopped making music, he still continued making good music later. In 1980, some crazy fan shot him. That’s wrong!
What can I say about this personality. If I ever met with god then then the first question that I will ask to god that is john lennon was really a person? Then I know that god will say I do not know about him because I never made him. John lennon. Still I cannot believe that there can be a human whose appearance tells a story and the story which cannot be read or understand you can only feel it. Whenever I saw him in his interview and his songs videos he make me feel relax I cannot believe that he is dead. A person who leaves behind his legecy and his influence to the music I have only one dream in my life that one day I will met him and tell him that he was not something which I feel but he is something. Oh I do not have words to complete the sentence because he cannot be describe.
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.
its funny how so many would say rob halford is better then bruce dickinson beacause he is a better screamer, if this was top 100 screamers I would understand how halford got ahead of bruce dickinson but are people honastley trying to tell me that he has a better voice, listen to these songs and you will understand what I mean
brave new world
flight of icarus
then you will see who the greatest singer of all time is. and michael jackson? yah right its really sad what people no about vocols these days. and don't get me wrong rob is great but just not as good as bruce but then again whio is?
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.. ...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
The power and beauty in his god-like voice brings shivers down my spine, taking my breath away and causing my heart to sink. It made me feel deeply of this world over 8 years ago, and inspired me to seek greatness rather than comfort. No doubt a huge impact in my life.
Some of my favorite songs:
-For the Greater Good of God
-Empire of The clouds
-The Book of Souls
-Brave New World
-The Wicker Man
-Dance of Death
-Hallowed Be Thy Name
-The Thin Line Between Love and Hate
-The Longest Day
-The Number of the Beast
-Where Eagles Dare
-Rime of the Ancient Mariner
-Caught Somewhere in Time
Maybe the most amazing voice I've ever heard, he has a lot of power that he can use in different ways. Listen to Numb, New Divide or Burn it down and you'll find that he uses his voice differently in every song.
Chester Bennington is easily one of the best singers of all time, he deserves to be higher up than this!
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.
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.
I have been listening to him for a very long time. He got me into the more peaceful, jazzy music. I really hope he gets good credit, he is the best, hands down, one 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.
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.
Sinatra a classics singer who first sung the really very old song before himself which is now known as "My Way" this song wasn't written by him, but it was discovered by a man who thought Sinatra was the prefect man to sing this song.
Yes, I am pretty young compared to probably most of the other people here, but I still do think that Adele is top tier, one of the best singers. Her style is very unique and despite coming from a semi-pop era she doesn't mumble and speaks her words not only with confidence but also power. She also expresses herself with every song and makes the message powerful. This is also backed up by her amazing vocals and beat. She is a Queen.
How is Adele higher than Beyonce, Aretha Franklin & Mariah Carey? Real soul singers Adele tries to imitate? Because she's a white woman trying to sing soul that automatically makes her more popular. She is not a great singer. Adele herself will tell you Beyonce is a greater singer than her. Can Adele sing opera? Or can she do even half the things with her voice like the vocalists I mentioned above can including Opera? Not even close!
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.
She isn't pop or country or RNB... She has her own - let's see - style of singing. I must admit, I love Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, well, okay, you get the point. But the reason I chose Adele is, like I mentioned before, special. Like, everything about her. Her voice, her song style, even her looks! I mean for example Demi Lovato, she says she doesn't starve herself so that people don't feel left out. Okay, that's sweet, but look at Adele! She doesn't either, and neither does she cake on makeup or wear revealing clothes, she truly is unique. Like an 80's superstar that jumped out into our world. Her songs are special, either full of rhythm, soul, sorrow, like she put her own emotions in there. Her voice - Oh my god - no one can COMPARE to her voice. It's like a mixture between Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, and Celine Dion. Compassion, power, and rhythm are essential in her music.
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.
Best. Voice. And. Band. And. Lyrics. Ever. I am the biggest fan of Amy Lee ever. Evanescence is the absolute best band to ever exist. I can't express how much I love Evanescence.
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!
I mean, Axl Rose has one of thise voices you either love or you hate. He's got such a ring that really fits Guns N' Roses but I feel doesn't fit much else really. What cannot be denied is the poems he has written for Guns N' Roses and the stellar vocal performances he still performs to this day every night. We all gotta love Axl and Guns N' Roses.
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.
Talking about great singers, we have a lot celin dion is an awesome singer michael jackson is god elvis is awesome lou reed is a king demis is a tresor... We can name hundreds.. But I'm gonna talk about the perfect singer who is no other than Axel Rose, can anybody in the world show me a singer who can sing notes this high and sing soprano opera and sing heavy metal and growl? This guy is a singing God, can anybody take this much drugs and this much alcohol and sing like this? I'm not saying it's a good thing being on drugs and alcohol I'm just saying that how in the world can he keep on singing? And don't complain about me calling him a God I don't mean "God" but I couldn't find a word that could fit him better that's all I have to say is anybody disagrees I may ask you write a comment down here
It's ironic how all the well known pop artists are also ranked high for "Worst singers of all time". Probably just people that hate pop in general.
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!
I just think Bruno gives some kind of energy on some of his songs that some other singers don't, like come one who dosen't like Mars?:) And he made a lot of kids chilhood. He should be at least top 5.
Bruno Mars? More like a Brutal Barf. I will start with his fans. They are an educated people think he's so talented because an uneducated corporation told them he is. He is about as talented as talented as a dying cat. He is just another pathetic sissy rubbing on £100 bills you brain-dead bogey brains gave him. Just look at him, why does he wear a very stupid hats all the time? Is it because his hair looks like Chewbacca's pubes? Argh! One of his most popular songs was Grenade. In the song he says he will catch a grenade, cut off his arms, and jump in front of a train for some girl. What a stupid noob. And you rug munching fangirls actually think this suicidal maniac is romantic. Read a gosh darn book and stop being stupid for concert tickets. In another song called It Will Rain, he talks about how he will get addicted to drugs if his girlfriend breaks up with him. Well anyway the point is Bruno Mars is one of the worst singers in pop music today. I don't know why I made this comment ...more
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.
How does she sing live? Lip-sync! How do you think she's not out of breath!?
Katy Perry cannot sing, gawd almighty, if she could, all she'd have to do is stand there on stage as her voice would be so awesome, BUT she has to prance all over the stage w/ this big-ass choreography and stage production and do tons of antics to compensate for her lack of vocals.
Talented singers only stand there...that enough, cause their voice is almighty powerful! NO, Katy is not a singer, she's a performer, like in a circus.
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.
Katy perry should be number 1 she has a beautiful voice like a godddess of love she can sing and knows how to play guitar like a real true rock star. She can play all types of music like rock pop folk rap country gospel etc music. She can even play awesome punk rock music like blink 182 and Katy Perry's a billion Infiniti and beyond times better then Taylor swift and her boring music. And you can actually really truly fall in love with Katy Perry's music it's fun to listen to and it's easy to listen to and her music is peaceful and Katy perry music is the key to life to find true human peace and it's filled with love and life. Katy Perry's music is the inspiration of my life I always thank her for my success and happiness in my life and she taught me how to be true to myself be brave and always have light and happiness in my heart and I hope everybody can know Katy perry and her beautiful music and I want to share my happiness with everybody so we can live in a peace love able world ...more
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'
I LOVE Madonna. Singing is not all about how good your voice is. But what you do with your voice.
I CAN'T BELIEVE CHARICE HAS A HIGHER RANK HERE THAN THE GREAT ELVIS, MARIAH, CELINE DION, AND ALL THE OTHERS!
MARIAH HAS A VERY ANGELIC VOICE... I ALMOST GET DEAF WHENEVER I HEAR CHARICE, NOT THAT SHE'S NOT GOOD. BUT SHE ALWAYS SCREAMS ESPECIALLY IF IT'S A DUET... SHE'LL SCREAM EVEN IF SHE'S ALREADY OFF KEY. :P
Sarah Geronimo can sing in different genres... And she's good at all of them. And when she can't do something, she'll admit it and not struggle to do it because she know she can't unlike Charice.
Mariah has angelic voice but is kinda girlish! Whitney had angelic and feminine tone.
Madonna not being higher on this list is pathetic. She paved the way for modern music and her discography is unmatched. Queen of re-invention
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!
Why the hell is Katy Perry, Bruno Mars above him...you guys have a bad taste in music...he has one of the most unique voice and no one can best him
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.
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.
Step away from the keyboard, right now. I love Ozzy but Black Sabbath aren't as successful as The Beatles.
RHIANA AND TAYLOR SWIFT?! HIGHER UP ON THE LIST THAN OZZY?! This absolutely sickens me, today's teenage 'artists' who probably don't even write their own music are ranked to be better than a musical legend who's been in the business since the days that he was in Sabbath (And probably longer than that, too). Someone explain this to me, how is this even possible?
Listen to stargazer, holy diver, rainbow in the dark, heaven and hell. come on, he is like Freddy mercury of metal. Only person who can come close in metal was Bruce Dickinson. He should be in top 10 at least.
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!
Ronnie James Dio is one of heavy-metal godfathers, had an amazing career with Black Sabbath and Rainbow, not to speaking of his solo career. His voice was and still is one of the cleanest which people could ever hear.
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.
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
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.
The man was a baritone with a four octave range and was still loud enough to break multiple condenser microphones, need I say more?
My favorite vocalist of all time... I love all of his bands from soundgarden to audioslave even temple of the dog... My all-time favorite. I know that whitney houston is a great singer... But people are all obsessed with her now because she died! That's not right, you might brag that you have all the 45's of houstons, but did you have that before february 11th? Now people are gonna be buying up all the donna summer cds (even though I love her voice) half the people that have all her cds have never heard of her since a couple of days ago. But I'm not bashing any of these singers, and I pity anyone who does. No one should be bashed for their talent. People who do put down other people are jealous who have nothing better to do... Perfect example: justin bieber. You either love him or you hate him... I personally hate his music (I'm a grunge head so I hate new music) but I think he's an alright person. Turning into a douchebag, but he still has potential and people shouldn't bash other ...more
There are a lot of good vocalists, espiecially in metal and rock genres. I have listened to almost all of those artists from the list, and I am a huge fan of Geoff Tate, Dio, Dickinson, Bowie, Prince, Barbara Straisand, Aretha Franklin, Presley, Cohen, Johnny Cash and many many more. But to see Rob Halford down on the 17th place is interesting and somehow disturbing. Out of all those Amazing singers which I mentioned and many more which I did not include, simply because there are too many, Rob Halford definitely stands out. I am not saying he should be right at the top, but surely he should be more appreciated. Since the early 70s Halford tried almost every technique a vocalist can do. He can sing poppy songs, opera (Nostradamus album), he can sing ballads, agressive songs, he can hit extremely high notes, growls. I even remember him trying some ''jazzy'' vocals on one of the first Priest's records. When it comes to range of all the singing techniques, he is without a question the ...more
this list should be renamed, it should be called "top singers with the biggest fan base". in what world are all these untalented pop artists are ahead of rob halford or bruce dickinson?
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 ...more
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!
The most powerful voice in the world, accompanied by an angelic voice makes Celine Dion the greatest singer in the entire Universe!
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!
Although not the most technical singer, Kurt Cobain had a fantastic voice, one that will remain iconic for as long as music is around.
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.
Kurt Cobain was a natural talnt and his songs and music expresses life and beyond without mincing it -the raspy death yell at times, the soulful, tugging at the heart musical expression at times, plain fun and nirvana at most times.. Simple lyrics unfathomable meanings. I grew up in the nineties.. So I wouldn't know the artists before that but Kurt is my top artist. Funny I don't give a damn about the new artists either except a handful bunch who can sing n touch.
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*
Being a friend of laynes and close to aic I am surprised he isn't higher up on the list. Not only was layne thomas staley a great singer and front man, he was also very funny, humble and just a good person in general. Too much has been done to his memory in negative ways. People stealing from his estate, bad mouthing him and his memory, layne suffered much in his final months the depression and addiction that a lot of us have been fighting took him from all of us. He is most surly missed and that voice is never ever going to be duplicated. One of a kind man in so many ways, and he should be much higher on this list. Thank you
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.
WHAT IS OUR WORLD COMING TO! There's just so much trash music everyone listens to with lyrics that don't mean anything. There's way too many things I have to say about Layne Staley. First of all there's just something just so powerful and dramatic that yes reaches out and holds everyone in their darkness. Again it just bothers me so much that now from 2000 and above people have basically destroyed what music is supposed to be. Justin Bieber making a song called baby. I mean if you listen to the lyrics of the song and listen to a song by Layne and compare the two you would get what I'm saying. I can't believe #12 is Katy Perry and 14 and 15 is Bruno Mars and Eminem. Layne deserves to be ahead of both of those. Not many people realize just how amazing his voice is and no one could ever have a voice as amazing as his. This comment seems like it's been filled with a lot of hate so I'm sorry but it deserves to be told.
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 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!
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. Its 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.
Whoever voted for Justin Bieber rather than this amazing singer should probably seriously consider jumping off of a very, very steep cliff. Rolling Stone magazine voted Ms. Franklin as the number one singer of all time. Justin Bieber (who is FOUR spots HIGHER on this list) was not even mentioned in the conversation. There goes my little rant about you dumbasses that make me vomit.
Now on a more positive note, Aretha belted out notes better than any other artist ever could. She was a role model not only for all women in the singing business, but also, all singers. She sang with all her heart and soul, not holding anything back. Aretha was, and forever will be, an icon of what actual music can be. Beautiful voice, unbelievable passion, and limitless soul is what made Aretha the greatest singer of all time.
I'm glad Aretha made it to the Top 20 because she's prominent and a famous figure that many artists look up to eve till this day. Shes incredible! and I voted her because she needs to REMAIN in the Top 20 because her career and grammys speak for herself so vote for her so she can remain in such a good place here on this site because she's amazing like the artists above. But I totally understand why MJ is at the top, He deserves it but Aretha deserves to be almost at the Top staying in 20 would be good and moving up in to 19 would be also good but not her dropping and reaching 21 or more then this whole thing is pathetic. Aretha all the way boo
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.
This list trash, why? Cause Freddie Mercury the guy who’s number 1 on this list said himself he wishes he could sing like Aretha.