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 - Bridaly-Crazy8
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.
Perfect Singer! I never even heard of the guys at number 3 and 2. Every Queen song blows me away!
I know you heard of the number 3 and you know and I know where should be. The truth will set you free. - buckles
I love Freddie Mercury! A few months ago I lost an uncle to cancer and a best friend who moved away just before the school year ended because her father got a job transfer. About two months after she moved away I got a call from her except it wasn't her it was her parents and I will never forget this until the day I die but they told me that she had been murdered the night before and knowing that I had spoken to her that evening I was horrified and I could not believe that anyone would ever want to hurt her and I felt even worse because she told me that evening over the phone that she felt as though someone was watching her constantly ever since she moved. I told her it was probably nothing and shrugged it off and remembering her telling me that made me feel just as guilty if not more guilty than the murderer himself especially since I made up some stupid excuse to get off the phone with her because I had to finish a stupid project. After that I thought that my life was going to end ...more1690 Comments
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. - Kittensarecute
Michael Jackson is the best singer in the world. No doubt about that but people are loving Justin Bieber. This is just foolishness. You have to vote Michael Jackson. He is the greatest ever ever ever king of every thing in music. He is dead so what he is still alive in our hearts. This I am saying to every Michael Jackson fan. I am the greatest Michael Jackson fan ever in the history of the world. I love Michael Jackson very very very much. Michael Jackson is the greatest singer of all the time. His name will be remember ever in the history of all the centuries. His all songs were very very very nature loving and very very very sweet. I love them very much.
I agree. Michael jACKSON HAS really cool songs. His quality is awesome. Literally! - SuperBacca
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. - buckles
There really isn't anybody in this business who is as talented, skilled, diverse and unique as Michael Jackson. Everything from his pronunciation to his choices in when to use aggression on his voice vs tenderness (listen to Butterflies and then Scream). His use of vocal expression is unparalleled and he knew exactly what to do and where to do it. If you listen to Michael's acapellas you will notice that sometimes his pitch can waver (who is it acapella) but the take used is perfect because of the absolute expression and emotive conveyance delivered, as though he would literally act while he sang (his voice cracking from crying in She's Out of My Life). His ability to control his voice was through sheer dedication and work and he was personally coached 3 times a day during peak performance lengths by Seth Riggs (a man revered as one of, if not the, most extraordinary coaches in the world) who cites Michael Jackson as a vocal genius saying that his range alone (spanning approximately 4 ...more
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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 ...more
I couldn't say it as nice as you did... he will always be the king no matter what
Elvis Made Music As it is today, Without his great moves, Looks and Music, What Would Today's Music Be Like, a No1 Single By Rebecca Black's Friday.
Very attractive and sexy for his time. Beautiful voice, good entertainment. Would be in top 10
Would be in the top ten? Have you ever really listen to any of Elvis's music I mean really listen not just hound dog and don't be cruel. I mean the guy has more gold records than anyone charted more than anyone photography more than anyone copied more anyone never made a movie that didn't make a profit and the freak they got as number 1 was nothing but a poor Elvis imitation. People what's up with this crap you know who's number 1 I know who's number 1 and everyone on this list know's who's number 1 so stop insulting ELVIS he deserves better. These one dimensional singers don't belong on the same list with a three dimensional singer. I hope the blinders have been removed. - buckles
Elvis Presley was the Greatest Singer/Entertainer who ever lived. He was the whole package - he had the talent, the looks, the voice, the moves, the stage act, the humour and was extremely humble with it. He could also sing in any musical genre he cared to which is more than can be said of most others. Throughout his career he matured with his fans and did not remain locked in musical style catering mainly to teenagers like others have. Of course Elvis was more than just an entertainer but quite an historical figure. It was he alone who broke down social and cultural barriers in 1950's U.S.A. making it easier for all artists who followed in his footsteps. In doing so he helped Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With the introduction of the Civil Rights Movement. Elvis remains the Greatest Record Seller for any artist or group throughout the World and his voice and image are everywhere in today's culture. He remains the template by which success is measured in the music business. Remember, ...more1104 Comments
Robert Plant had a true quality of Rock in his voice, like he sung Rock itself. He could sound crazy, beautiful, disturbed... whatever he needed to fit the song, and the passion he sung with is unbeatable. Certainly the greatest singer in the Rock Genre and probably the greatest vocalist of all time.
It's really sad that Plant didn't get on the top ten...
he is by far the greatest rock and roll singer of all time, and will always be emulated, but never surpassed. He is much too original to ever be forgotten for his contributions.
I think that Robert Plant is good but still he has a good band to follow him, jimmy page and john bonham, but still Led Zeppelin is the best band of all time
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
Great vocals... great songwriter!
The Beatles changes music forever. Paul McCartney also has a much better voice than MJ. He really should be higher up on this list, if not #1.
Why isn't he top, he has an enormous range, but not only that, he has got an extremely good voice, the best singer of all time in my opinion
Freddie Mercury is overrated385 Comments
I love the range and how good you can control the pitches so well
She's the best singer I've ever heard! The most beautiful voice to listen!
This has nothing to do with question of taste.....bla bla bla
How on earth can somebody say Mariah Scarey or regine vaseline is better than Whitney!!! Like I said this has nothing to do with taste....those people should be declared insane........How on earth and in their right mind can people say Mariah, Celine, Regine are better than WHITNEY!!!!! Even Mariah and Celine would say "The people who voted for us are lunatics or children" Everybody in their right mind and who's being honest would say that title belongs to Whitney, period!!!
My sister has loved this singer all there life619 Comments
He should be number one
listen to 'girl', 'a day in the life', 'imagine', especially 'mother'
all very emotional
really grips your mind
Great person, good vocals, Innovator
When you listen to lennon's voice in the early beatles like twist and shout and help his voice is like none other. Then later there's come together and jealous guy and he doesn't even sound the same but he still sounds awesome. John lennon obviously deserves to be in the top 5 alongside paul or the beatles weren't the best band ever
Incomparable person. Despite being flawed like every other human to walk this planet, he was courageously and unflinchingly self reflective and honest which was reflected in his compositions and his beautiful, haunting and so full of emotion. Love you John Lennon. There will never be another like you!339 Comments
This guys scream is enough to knock Michaels Jackson's nose off.
Best metal singer along with Rob, tate, kiske and dio
Amazing singer with a huge range. Can sing high and rival Di'Anno's earlier work, or sing low and replicate Blaze's work.
Yeah, Bruce Dickinson is definitely one of the best singers, if not, the best singer to ever live.199 Comments
A lot of clueless people out there. Frank is hands down the greatest entertainer of all time
Should be number one. The was he brought a story into a song and put emotion into it is unrivaled. His vibrato control is the best of any singer past or present. The beauty of his breathing technique is so subtle and unappreciated. My vote for top 3 of all time.
Beautiful smooth. This describes the man and the voice. Would definitely make the top ten
Not one other name in this list compares with Frank...Singer and entertainer he will be listened to forever.325 Comments
Axl should be number 1! How can you compare welcome to the jungle and Chinese democracy to michael jackson? Both are really powerful songs. Axl still has it!
Axel is no doubt the greatest front man in history. He had an amazing voice which is sadly overshadowed by his disputes with Guns N' Roses. Still doesn't take away the fact that he is up there with the Rock Gods. 20 years later he still is the best!
I've heard many 1000's rock bands, and I'm sure "Axl is the best singer ever"
You should take another listening again as there are tons of better singers! Mercury, Plant, Dickinson, Gillan, Daltrey could outsing him anytime. Even he strongly disagreed when some random poll ranked him the best singer over Mercury, Presley, Mccartney and some other better. - AliBab
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 1,506 Comments
One of the best voices I've ever heard. Just awesome. You never get bored, always the felling when you heard it first...
Amy Lee has amazing and beautiful voice which is definitely is loved by us!
Amy lee is the best rock singer I've ever heard... She writes her song herself that is called talent and the way she dress is just awesome... Her songs are just epic
Awesome vocals truly #!151 Comments
Beautiful voice and amazing music. One of the best artists of the new millennium.
Why isn't Adele at the top? In my opinion, she deserves to be number 1! Adele is amazing, for she puts soul, heart, and feeling into her music. She inspired me to sing, so bring her to the top people!
Oh, she totally has a better voice than Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, King Diamond, Lemmy Kilmister, James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, Tom Araya, Joey Belladonna, and Steve Souza. *Obvious sarcasm* - CostcoHotDogs
With the people already on here adele definitely deserves a spot
Yes very much should be higher adele is good and is just good have a wonderful day636 Comments
Chester=the best. PERIOD. No one even comes close to chester, he can sing everything and has the ability to scream better than anyone and can just straight up sing... Go Chester, go LP, go Dead by Sunrise(name of Chester's side project)!
But screaming isn't singing, this is a list about singing and Lennon is one of the best. - Stalin
I think chester bennington is by far the best singer of modern day. He gives LP songs the edge that no other song has. No one can really compare to Chester Bennington. His voice is the most unique and powerful voice I have ever heard... Chester Rules!
Chester is "THE BEST. " He is absolutely the best. It does not matter how many albums sold; how many concerts attended; whatever. His voice is so much better and he really gives it emotion. He's also a great person, too. Listen to "Given Up. " Its like a 15 second huge scream. Its amazing. This guy deserves #1, no doubt.
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"
he is the best! his voice is amazing and he is really pretty and nice. so I think, that he is on of the best. Bruno Mars YOU ARE my special singer!
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!
He is my favorite singer... Bruno Mars! YOU ARE THE BEST! I loved his songs. Just the way you are, Grenade, lazy son'
Calling all my lovelies!555 Comments
Please tell me how Kelly Clarkson and Britney Spears are above the living legend: DIO?
Too soon, then again, it will always be too soon to mention the legend's death - kempokid
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.
Dio's name means God! And he is the God of singing! His career spanned decades and he never released a bad album! From his first album with Elf to Master of the Moon, I enjoyed every word that he sang! Dio may be dead, but his legacy will live forever!
Best voice ever heard. Every rock fan should know this name. He was really a god of singing. Unfortunately, only the good die young!120 Comments
No offense, but I think Katy's voice can get a little robotic after a while, unlike others on here. I respect the many achievements she has done and made but that's just my main problem with her.
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.
Greatest sexiest live performer, Superbowl show was the best eva
Literal garbage - CaptDeadeye622 Comments
This God Is Better Than Michael Jackson By Miles... The Vocals In Master Of Puppets Are So Much Better Than The Ones In Thriller
Did it occur to you that he's using one Metallica example too? He's got much better vocal songs. Listen to their self-titled Black Album if you want to hear James's greatest singing. Particularly the Unforgiven and Enter Sandman. - Songsta41
I fell down from my desk after seeing him under lady gaga. Find another game guys.
WHAT THE HILL IS AMR DIAB DOING IN TOP 3 this man sucks in a very disgusting way and by the way james is far better than Michael jackson just listen to FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
Listen to One, Listen to Welcome Home (Sanitarium)144 Comments
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
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
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!
You know, I like Iron Maiden more than Judas Priest and Bruce Dickinson has an amazing voice but, Rob Halford I must admit is superior. Sorry Bruce. - metalmaiden98 Comments
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. - feiy_o6
Mariah has angelic voice but is kinda girlish! Whitney had angelic and feminine tone. - martin1
I clicked on this on accident
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!
Girl You Are the QUEEN of music. I don't see why you haven't got the top ten hammered down. Your Great! Just keep the great music comming. Love Ya! Madonna - Cort2011Spenc
Queen of music? Lol, Beethoven's music destroys everyone else's music except for Liszt's, Chopin's and Mozart's. - TheHater248 Comments
Layne's voice was one of a kind. He sang with such emotion and such soul. He delivered all the time. He should be number one. Not 13. There is not another singer that can match the power and conviction of Layne Staley.
So unique. Gives me chills to hear him sing. He left way before his time.
Layne Staley belted out lyrics with pure emotion. You can actually feel it in every note. His music touched souls and changed lives. His live performances were stellar as he gave 100 ~~ of himself... Body and soul! He may be gone, however his music will always live on.
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
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.
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
He deserves to be at number 1 in my opinion
The guy has got the best voice in rock history
He is got a huge vocal range only in chest voice
And He can pull it all off live and beautifully
Some are even better than the studio
To me cornell is a god of singing and he deserves to be at the top
Chris is one of the greatest singers of all time. The reason he's so low on this list is because of his genre. Grunge isn't mainstream like every other band above him in this list. Had Chris been a pop singer he'd be top 5 easy.138 Comments
"The Voice" is none other than Steve Perry, one of the greatest singers of our time! His vocal range is second to none and he can sing anything! Steve's talent seems to be appreciated more and more as time goes on by his generation, as well as new generations. Timeless and awesome - that's the voice of Steve Perry!
Steve Perry is the consummate performer! He can sing ANYTHING; he's not boxed in by one particular kind of music. Remember, Steve Perry is "The Voice" and he will go down in music history as one of the very best singers of our time, bar none!
People must be blind if they don't vote for steve perry, one of the great majestic singers of all time. He still writing and producing music till this day. Don't stop believing hold on to that feeling, put him the top 2 make him #1 HE DESERVES THIS. I WILL BE A FAN FOREVER.
You are so very totally correct! He is the best singer of ALL TIME!
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 ...more
Unusual, unique but amazing voice. Brilliant singer. - icepaw99
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 has always had a great voice. It has never changed. - ernest
Ozzy is literally god90 Comments
hey, celine dion must be in top 1..
because she has the greatest voice ever!
no one can bet her! and her song my heart will go on is hte greatest song ever!
Surprised that Celine is not in this. One of the power house voices to be reckoned with.
Top 5. With Whitney, Mariah
As THE best selling female artist ever, her voice speaks for itself and is far superior to Mariah's or Whitney's
Celine who has nasal tone and lip sync and sings with pre-recorded vocals often will never surpass Whitney! - martin1
Has the potential to grow better...Classics such as My heart will go on...They will last forever445 Comments
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.
Father of Grunge, an example and inspiration to a big number of today's bands
Simply the best! Thank you for all, Kurt. We will always remember you...
Yeah, Kurt and his band didn't create grunge but they made it POPULAR. - Bammer73
the men is just amazing, maybe not in a stetic and impecable kind of way, but his voice really reaches anybody's soul
How can Kurt Cobain be so low in the list!352 Comments
Why is he not in the top ten stevie should be in the top 3
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.
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! - AliBab
Original voice, one of a kind. Great entertainer. Inventive.108 Comments
Bon Jovi sings about what is real and what is going on in the world. Bon Jovi sings with energy, emotion, and relationships.
Jon has incredibly powerful voice and he's also a great rhythm guitarist. Songs like My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms give you thrills.
Please! JON BON JOVI is the best still they keep in the top to all the songs RESPECT! ^^ long life to BON JOVI the big, the best of the world
The best Singer ever. Strong, powerful voice and a great songwriter.219 Comments
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.
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 can't believe Aretha ranks so low. She was rated the number ONE female vocalist of all time.
In the top were Anne Lennox, Janice Joplin, Billie Holiday and Etta James. This list should be split into male and female vocalists. - jazzbea
Greatest singer ever, just ask Freddie Mercury91 Comments
The most artistic and charismatic male singer of our time! His voice, his phrasing and a play with tone gives limitless broadness in music! He's also a wonderful actor in his songs! - AlexakaRosco
The most beautiful voice ever - Margarida
bovie is always creative in his songs through which we can see his inner desire for dreams and the love deeply rooted for human being.
he might being called a liberting,but,how should i care,the one thing i should know is that he is really excellent - cmonchina
Beautiful baritone, great range, and songwriter with political savvy. What's not to love! Pure, thought provoking - I miss him so much.135 Comments
Rihanna has an unique voice and she deserves be on top 10
I love rihanna this is my opinon but I think she is better than beyonce don't hate on this
She's ahead of Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, and Elton John. Why? - RobertWisdom
Probably because the people who voted for her have never heard of any of them. - DaWyteNight
I just love RIHANNA251 Comments
Mariah Carey is an inspiring singer! I'd love to be like her. She has many hit singles including 'always be my baby', 'bye bye', 'I'll be there' and hit Christmas single 'all I want for Christmas is you'. Although my favorite song of Mariah Carey is 'Hero' because every time I listen to that song it reminds me to never give up no matter what. Also it shows, the soldiers in war are all really having a hard time. But the most amazing thing is she actually wrote the song. When I listen to Mariah singing it(on You Tube)she shows great emotion and I believe she actually means what she is saying.
Mariah Carey is not like many other singers today- she doesn't just create an 'upbeat' song to make a lot of money and to have fame but because she wants to show why she is singing and why she became a singer in the first place.
Mariah can really sing her songs
Have any of you people heard her sing? She has a range like nobody else, and she is also HOT HOT HOT!
You shouldn't like a singer just because they're attractive. By that logic, Geddy Lee and Steven Tyler are horrible singers... except they're not. - CaptDeadeye
She should be #1421 Comments
One time when she sang I got a headache for 3 months she sucks
! Amazing singer! Should be #1! But, one mistake she made was getting that plastic surgery. She was already pretty!
Amazing singer! - LilyGladon
Whoever said she sucks die313 Comments
His voice is great and in spite of it's changes, it still be great. It was high and tender in Elton's youth, than it became more mature and now it's absolutely individual and looks just cool. He has a wonderful voice and I vote for him)))
In early 70s his voice was amazingly versitile and would carry an amazing range, his vocals pure and raw showing his absolute talent as a singer.
In later years, his voice grows in maturity, emotion, and power, and his ability to carry the tone and emotion of a song straight into the hearts of the audience would become almost unmatched. The depth of his voice can easily bring a tear to my eye, and that almost never happens to with other performers. Quite simply, this man possess a talent and voice that only changes to the better with time, and is easily one of the absolute best in the world, and my all time favorite artist, singer, and performer.
Good But Not As Good As Freddie Mercury Or Brian May Or Roger Taylor
Best artist of all time65 Comments
Taylor swift is just amazing! she deserves to be at least in the top 10. I love her! her songs are about what she feels like, and she knows her fans are dealing with the same thing. its like shes looking at our diaries or reading our minds.. thats how awesome taylor is
No offense, but I have to disagree. She's beautiful and she's got a great voice but all she ever seems to sing about is breaking up. She's not very creative in her music. It seems like break ups are all she ever sings about.
Taylor Swift should be number 1! She has the best voice and I hope I grow up to be just like her! (and she is so pretty).
Taylor Swift is definitely not number 127 she is definitely number 1
She rocks and EVERYONE in the entire world knows it
She has more fans than anyone can count and P.S. I am her #1 fan
So whoever runs this website better make taylor swift #1 because she without a doubt deserves is and no offense but taylor swift is a better singer than miley cyrus but miley cyrus should be #5
No offense but Bruce Dickinson is better than Taylor Swift any day in my personal opinion. - OliveBranch222
Taylor Swift deserves to be #1, okay? She has given even the haters plenty good reasons why she should be first!
I mean, how many people have switched from country to pop successfully? Not a lot!
Also, for the haters who are reading this, stop saying she only writes about her exes! Like, really, did you not get the point of Shake It Off? She doesn't care!
But, one question for the haters: if you don't like her music, why do you know the lyrics?
WHY IS PINK NOT NUMBER 1?!
Pink is one of the only modern artists whose songs actually have some sort of meaning. Just Give Me A Reason is one of those songs which their lyrics make you want to go "I know right? "
"Try" is one of the most inspiring songs ever written. (The other two being Titanium by David Guetta ft. Sia and Stronger by kelly Clarkson.)
"When there is desire there is gonna be a flame/When there is a flame someone's bound to get burned./But jsut because it burns doesn't mean you'll die/You gotta get up and try, try, try.
And most of all, this song is arguably the best song ever written, why is it not popular like Gangnam Style...
BLOW ME ONE LAST KISS
This song perfectly describes many strained relationships, no matter who or where or when. The lyrics are concise, perfectly timed, allegorical, anything you want. This song also perfectly describes my feelings towards my abusive mother who I cannot escape the ...more
Have you ever listened to Wake up by Mad season? Those lyrics might be more inspirational. - Feirceraven
Obvious I would think. She is so talented and has traveled through 3-4 genres of music with success in each one. Obviously she has skill.
Who could ever be better than PINK? What about all the times you never gave us answers?
OH MY GOD!
WHY IS THE ALMIGHTY QUEEN P!NK ONLY AT 79! ARE YOU KIDDING!
P!NK CAN OUT SING THESE PEOPLE ANY DAY
SHE IS THE GREATEST LIVE PERFORMER IN THE WORLD, HAVE YOU SEEN ANYONE IN THE TOP 10 SWING FROM A TRAPEZE OR SILKS FROM 40 FEET IN THE AIR WITH NOTHING BUT HER STRENGTH KEEPING HER UP AND NO NET UNDERNEATH HER AND STILL SING LIVE WITH NO AUTOTUNE WHAT SO EVER AND STILL KEEP AN INCREDIBLY STRONG VOICE AND STILL STAY IN TUNE!
ANY WAY FORGET THIS PINK WAS NAMED THE TOP ARTIST OF 2000 TO 2010 BECAUSE OF HER AMAZINGNESS WHO NEEDS THIS STUPID LITTLE LIST TO FIND OUT WHO IS THE BEST
UGH WHY IS P!NK SO UNDERRATED PEOPLE
NOT ONLY THAT BUT FOR HER TRUE FANS
HER VOICE IS LIKE MEDICINE, IT ALWAYS CALMS US DOWN,
WHEN WE FALL SHE IS ALWAYS THERE TO PICK US UP
WHEN SHE SINGS IT IS LIKE SHE IS WITH YOU IN HEART AND NEXT TO YOU LIKE SHE IS THERE
WHEN WE ARE BROKEN SHE HELPS BUILD WITH HER MUSIC
WHEN WE ARE FALLING SHE WILL SAVE US WITH HER MUSIC
AND WITHOUT ...more
O.K. if I am not hallucinating, Corey Taylor is behind Justin Beiber. How? He sings for 2 bands, he can go from hard rock to soft rock (ex. The Nameless. ), and does not have about 2 million dislikes on YouTube.
Amazing range, and great at both clean and harsh singing. - Cyri
I was stuck in which to vote between Eddie Vedder and Corey, but this guy is just amazing.
It has a wide range of low and high voices. His scream is unique, Never listened to someone with that quality of voice.
So much diversity and such a great voice! Not to mention to amazing bands! His screaming and singing on Slipknot's 2nd album "Iowa" is explainable, you can feel the raw emotion in his voice throughout the entire album. All of Slipknot's follow ups were great also. Then to cap it off his work in Stone Sour with his best vocal performance coming on the song "Say You'll haunt me". All in all Corey Taylor has one of the most beautiful yet powerful and bad ass voices of all time!90 Comments
Beyonce is the best.. She should be on the top. Her singles like single ladies and halo cannot be beaten.. They make you want to move... Shes the best and I am her biggest fan.. Love you beyonce
OH HELL. NO! They call her Queen Bey for a reason, because there is Queen Bey and King Michael. 1 and 2! She should be second only to Michael. Have you ever heard the song Listen? Listen to Listen and then go listen to songs from the people you have put above her, who's singing is the best?! Plus, she can dance at the same time without lip syncing! She had the best song in 2002 with destiny's child, 2003 (Crazy in love), 2007 (Irreplaceable) and 2009 (Single Ladies). First woman to headline Glastonbury in 25 years! Everyone knows who she is, everyone knows the uh-oh dance and not to mention "to the left, to the left"... She is one of the most famous women ever to walk the face of this Earth. One word, BEYONCE!
I just don't get it why does everyone and their mother overrate Beyonce she is not a very great singer and there are people who actually have unique voices and Beyonce is not one of them! - TheThomasThomas
She's called the Queen, it's not for nothing. That's all I have to say.
Beyonce placed 30? What? You gotta be kidding me. Beyonce is definitely one of the most inspirational, astounding, beautiful, warm-hearted, funny, diligent, and powerful singers and entertainers of our time. From her Destiny Child days to where she is now, she has always shown great commitment and passion in her music career as well as her fans, including ME! I love many songs by her, especially Crazy in Love, I Was Here, Listen, and, ah so many! She can rock it on stage, dancing in those high heels and still can sing and reach every single note without even taking a breath. I love her so much as I am one of her many admirers, and may she be blessed to continue to make many more great songs and inspiring people around the world from generation to generation309 Comments
BEST SINGER EVER
Should be #1
Deamon of screaming
Amazing variety of songs
Wonderful song writer
Go listen to dream on, the other side, mama kin, don't wanna miss a thing, deuces are wild, nine lives, you see my cryin, trip hoppin, monkey on my back, and dude (looks like a lady) and you'll start to get an idea of why he is the best(i didn't put all these because they are my fav. More because they show a lot of variety)
he should be number 1 what a beautiful sexy sultry voice. He makes the
women go mad and the guys wish they were like him. No way he's number 72.
Will some of the artists voted higher then him be that way at 63. He's
amazing and forever young.
No way how is that possible... The first song I learned how to sing Sweet Emotion and It was not very easy I think he has a great voice96 Comments
If you really think that Mathew Bellamy deserves to be this low on the chart, simply look up MUSE- Micro Cuts. After that, If you really, really think that Matt is not one of the best singers IN THE WORLD, then you are obviously a fanboy of some sort.
Honestly, looking at this list and many others is just saddening. Too many times have they put singers such as John Lennon, or Kurt Cobain too high. When singers like Matt Bellamy are ranked low. I guess it's more of a popularity contest than actual singing? Don't get me wrong, they're all great singers, but if you have Kurt Cobain (Just an example) at number 45 (Referring to Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time) when Matt Bellamy isn't even on the list seems wrong in my opinion. I mean, since when does making you one of the best song writers of all time make you one of the best singers of all time? (John Lennon is ranked higher than Freddie Mercury on that list... ) That's like saying, the best reader is the best writer, sure they're very related and being a great reader helps your writing, but it doesn't necessarily make up for the talent for writing. What I'm trying to say is, people need to stop picking their favorites in these types of things. Yes, song writing is a ...more
Matt can do anything he wants with his voice. He has a wide vocal range. Just listen to songs like Micro Cuts, Stockholm Syndrome, New Born, Supermassive Black Hole, and Exogenesis Part 1: Overture, and YOU'LL SEE WHY HE SHOULD BE #1!
So much emotion in his voice, it's so powerful and his range is endless238 Comments
No one, ever will be such an amazing artist as BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG
DEAL WITH IT!
There's a contest between Billie and Reverend Strychnine Twitch and Wilhelm Fink... but I pick Billie.
The List makers do not know or have not yet listened to BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG,
A voice like he has got is just incomparable, its a big shame that people like Chester(who know only to shout), Michael Jackson(who is a disguised male, Madonna, Celine Dion and others...
You can listen to wake me up when September ends for a better knowledge of how good he is...
Or listen to 21 guns, Macy's day parade, good riddance basket case,...
Just any green day song...
GREEN DAY ROCK AND ARE IMMORTAL and so is BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG
He deserves a top 15 spot guys!224 Comments
Mick.. WOW.. Mick should be at the top of this JOKE of a list.. Mick is the best front man a band could ever have, I seen him in Regina twice.. Ran half the length of the football field SINGING and didn't miss a beat.. If you can find a singer who started in 62 and can do that that well.. Look me up... MICK IS THE BEST - landonlee
Words cannot describe my utter disappointment in god for letting you morons put Mick Jagger as 105! I guess no one has any good taste anymore... - rush2ryme
Seriously? Behind Ariana Grande?
That is such a big mouth - CaptainKirk3767 Comments
She the coolest singer ever. Her PUNKY look and her own style, shows and proves that she is the most fab singer. Her songs have rocking beats and all her slow songs like complicated, when your gone, etc are so damn touching. You may find her a girl next door and the very next moment a princess. Her voice is awesome and I think that she deserves to be among top 30. Her videos are perfect and depict her cool lifestyle. She is the coolest girl vid her great voice. Love her. And can't wait for her next song.
I think can't find any one to compare with her! She has many fan in all of the world!
She's my first idol. Avril is the most admired female singer now. I will love her forever.
Even though I live in China and I am Chinese. BUT I will try my best to support her.
For me she is the number 1. All her songs are amazing. They are so relatable and the videos too. Most of the times her lives are better than the studio version. Her every album from Let go to Head above water is awesome. Her style is exceptional. She made a great come back with Head above water after 6 long years of struggle through Lyme disease and she will always remain my favourite...192 Comments
Grest songwriter and singerof all time, with the best well-known songs and amazing to watch in concert!
Adam Levine is the singer for my favorite band. Love him, love him, love him. He is so amazing, he should be top 10!
How can Adam Levine be in 91? Are you guys crazy!?!?! HE should be at least at no.15 or no.10
I know all of his songs and I've listened to them multiple times and they are great. And even his solo songs are good but still not as good as when the rest of maroon 5 is there. This should be too of the list.113 Comments
Demi lovato is the best! Keep on going! You would get to the top 5 your songs are superb and so great that I listen to them everyday! I love you Demi!
Are you kidding with me? DEMI SHOULD BE NUMBER 1. She's so amazing and inspiring. She is both a hero and a great singer that deserve a better place in this top. Think of what she have been through and then look at other artists that always use autotune. DEMI = the best.
Definaely the best singer to come from Disney in recent memory. She is heaps better than Gomez and Cyrus and actually better than most mainstream singers older than her. Demi is very talented, beautiful and a great role model too!
She should be way higher on this list. Great voice and has a lot of good songs! Great live and she is an icon! - ArianaMarvelHPVine456176 Comments
No artist since Charles Baudelaire, the cursed poet, had managed to express with such magnificence and lyricism the beauty of the dark side of the human soul. Where most artists are paddling in shallow lyrics and soppy feelings, Lady Gaga reaches deep, right to the core of our hidden self. She steps where no-one dared to step before, and expresses with simplicity, honesty and charm the very emotions that the self-righteous society is striving to suppress with prudishness.
Lady Gaga isn't just a talented pop singer, dancer, actor and composer. She is a poet and a philosopher, the starting point of a new school of thought whereby humans are to understand their part of shadow and accept that they are born this way.
Gaga.. Your "romance" is "born" within you.. With whom I want to " marry in the night ".. With your "Judas".. I would like to see your"Alejandro" sitting on the "Edge of Glory" and want to "Dance" and talk with you on " Telephone ".. Seeing you.. I am so " Starstruck " watching your "Poker Face".. "You and I" would watch "Paparazzi" clicking our photos.. This is the "Love Game"!
I was scrolling down and down looking for lady gaga and I can't believe she's all the way down here. I love her so much and the reason for that is because well, there is many different reasons. One of them is that she really devotes herself to her little monsters and her music. She also has the most beautiful voice. Another one is because she helped people get through really tough times with the messages in her songs. She helps us express ourselves and accept ourselves for no matter who we our. These are the things that make her stand out but their is something different and special about her that makes her unique. She has really showed the world how wonderful she is. I love lady gaga to death and will do anything for her. She is so talented. I love you mother monster. Paws up!
I like lady gaga song, like you219 Comments
Justin bieber, shakira and britney spears better than Eminem?
Who vote for them don't know nothing about music.
Eminem is above Sinatra, Beyoncé, Aretha, Adele, Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi. I mean, he's good, but his voice just can't be compared to those music legends.
I love every single song eminem has wrote favorite would have to be NOT AFRAID, STAN, CRACK A BOTTLE, LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE, AND MOCKING BIRD
These guys don't really know the music! How can shakira be better than eminem? Come on
The fact that Demi Lovato is ahead of Eminem disgusts me - Unnamed Google User Remade1038 Comments
Damn, it's sad to see that Johnny Cash is down here and not in the Top 30 or so. Such an underappreciated singer. Despite many of his songs and covers being well remembered, he never really gained a cult status mainstream. A great man who, even after falling back into addiction, managed to pull himself back together, always stood true to his principles, stood up for the unheard, worked relentlessly up until his death, while always staying on top of things himself. Even what he called his lowest effort was still written or sung with heart. And while he filmed some commercials, he never fully committed to just making it off these, which probably had its part in him being forgotten later on. Guess I should've figured the better known ones would come up top, not that they don't deserve it.
Johnny Cash all the way down here? That's insane. - themusicking101
This list is about singing. Not about songwriting. Then again, if John Lennon is a better singer than Aretha Franklin then why the hell not. - marmalade_skies
He should be in the top 35 AT LEAST 40 how is he 46 - simmonsjen11
Johnny cash should be at least top 10 his songs are so relate-able to everyone his voice is amazing like really he's not even top 100 that's not right he should be some where in top 10 the hurt, ring of fire, walk the line, jackson, folsom prison blues, give my love to rose and get rhythm are just pure genius songs he's amazing people who haven't listened to him or those you should go and listen to those songs right now or some of his other amazing songs ok cause johnny cash should NOT be 114 he should be at least top 10 if you listen to some of his songs you will understand how AMAZING he is I love him <3 R.I. P66 Comments
These kinds of lists are just boring and disrespectful. Can you imagine a list of the 100 best tennis players of all time that has roger federer at number 100? What a joke. The vast majority of artists on this list, including michael jackson, would be embarrassed to be rated above the big O. Furthermore, pretty much everyone in the music business that's mattered, eg presley, dylan, bono, springsteen, the beatles etc, has already spoken of roy orbison as being the best singer in the world. And that's the bottom line.. The opinion of ones industry peers holds a little more weight than speculative wannabe lists such as this. Nice try, but roy orbison was, is, and probably always will be, the best singer in the world. End of discussion.
People, this list should be based on artistic talent and perfect pitch. Which was the epitome of Roy's signature voice. I enjoy the music of many of the singers above Roy. But most of the singers on this list have terrible voices. They are popular that's all. - jazzbea
The real king. Elvis couldn't carry his jock straps.49 Comments
I think that Avenged Sevenfold should be better known. They are a great band! And M. Shadows is amazing!
Man if anyone can hit the notes like him at the end of "I won't see you tonight part 1", I'll bow to them. That my friend, is unreal.
Two Words... Avenged Sevenfold... None better... Never will be.
This man can sing to me any time of the day! He can rock with the best & lull you with a slow song. Dayum!179 Comments
...He is a funny guy, but 50th best singer of all time? No. - JazzaM
Trapped in the drive thru funny song! - Gaming_With_Kay
The most versatile voice on the list. try and prove me wrong I dare you
Smells like nirvana is one of his funniest parodies18 Comments
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