Best Singers of All TimePick who you think is the greatest singer of all time.
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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
Katy Perry higher then Chris Cornell?V 107 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.
How in the WORLD is Layne Staley not positioned at number one!? Layne is the golden standard of all vocalists, and he is the best of all time. There has never been, and will never be, a greater singer than Layne. his grit, his soul, his absolute emotion, there is nothing out there quite like it. he remains as the best frontman in the history of the universe, and that will never change. how could you not fall in love with Layne and his beautiful, beautiful voice?V 362 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...
the men is just amazing, maybe not in a stetic and impecable kind of way, but his voice really reaches anybody's soul
Unlike most singers these days, he doesn't lip sync, use auto tune, etc. With his instruments, unique singing voice, and grunge style, he deserves to be AT LEAST in the top ten. Never forget Kurt.V 328 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!
Shouldn't be so low. This is dumb. - Elijah_CookV 609 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!
Normally I’d vote Plant or Rose, but seriously, DIO, DIO UNDER EMINEM AND RIHANNA - InsertCleverNameV 98 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
Best flow, best lyrics, best beats, best singing, voice, best rapper ever he's best artist ever. Both of his personality, slim shady and Marshall Mathers, are great to listen to. He has a song for whatever mood your in, If you need to get pumped up listen to Till I Collapse - i4V 1032 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.
The best metal vocalist in my opinion. Ozzy, Rob, and Dio are all great, but nothing beats Bruce, at least for me. - MetarockV 168 Comments
Unusual, unique but amazing voice. Brilliant singer. - icepaw99
Ozzy has always had a great voice. It has never changed. - ernest
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. - Astaelian
Ozzy my man! - SoldierOfFortuneV 79 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
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 generation
Because it’s obviousV 294 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.
There is no one on the planet that can sing like this woman and I doubt there ever will be. Her songs are instantly recognizable and provoke a mad scramble to the dance floor. There will be be no one like her for a long time to come. Her only equivalent would be Michael Jackson.
Aretha is easily top five, if not #1.V 71 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.
In addition to the other comments, let me add that he performs lots of songs outside his genre--a ballad one minute, a killer rocker the next.
Musical Genius, composed fantastic and catchy pieces. Easily one of the best singers of all time. Great voice, and fantastic pianist.V 55 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
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. - metalmaiden
Listen to the song "Run of the Mill" and you will be amazed. He can go from very low to inhumanly high with the most amazing clear emotional and/or hard driving voice. If you were to actually pit him one on one with any on this list he could beat them up vocally. He is definitely the best.V 87 Comments
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.
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
P! nk is so awesome! - PowerKemekV 68 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!
Haven't seen another singer with such a vocal range as matt bellamyV 224 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!
Should be #1 - WorkspongeV 210 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
She is my favorite! Always changing her style and trying out new things, and pulling it off wonderfully. She is a superstar and very talented.V 865 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 voice
Uses his laringe chords as it was an electric guitar bending and stretching notes all ranges. Along with Robert Plant (who has lost his...same for Axl), Rock n Roll haven't had any great shouter for a long time with that attitude and esplendor. And he got stage looks too...even in real life!.V 92 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
Listen to this. Thank me laterV 203 Comments
She's a so talented singer, beautiful girl, wonderful mother and simply very kind person.
Hum... There sould be a problem with this Top Ten List. Like, Christina is so much better than Madonna, for example. But ain't a list that changes the fact that she is the best. She has a POWERfull range and she is SIMPLY THE BEST. SORRY.
Christina I think shall be above any other pop singers in any list in terms of singing. Simply because Christina really know how to sing and artistic enough to become a legend.
Amazing singer, artist, woman, she definitely is the best singer on these days.V 156 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
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
has anyone listened 2 some of the singers at the top of the list compared to this guy... they got nothing on him he creams them easily... he's great
If you don't like him, you're crazy or just out of mind!V 113 Comments
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