Best Singers of All Time

The Contenders: Page 4

61 Sam Cooke Sam Cooke Sam Cooke was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is mostly known for being a part of the soul movement.

I live in Mississippi, and Soul and the Blues are very popular around here. And I remember the first time I heard Sam Cooke, I was with some friends and it came on the radio, the song was "A Change Gonna Come", and it spoke to me so deeply. All the emotion he put into the song, it was simply amazing. He could almost whisper at times and then hit the high notes gracefully, and switching between those like the flick of a switch. I love Sam Cooke, and I hope others can learn to also. He may have passed away in '64, but his music is still loved today. You know what they say, "The shine outlives the star. "

One of the best voices ever recorded, you felt every note he sang, so great he was nicknamed Mr. Soul. In my opinion truly one of the greatest singers of all time.

What I don't understand is how The Rolling Stone - A highly respected magazine - has Cooke at #4 on their list, and you guys have him at 99.

Honestly deserves #1 but the fact he's not even in the top 10 is so sad to me

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62 Jason Derulo Jason Derulo Jason Joel Desrouleaux, better known by his stage name Jason Derulo (an alternate spelling of his surname), is an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. He is best known for his singles such as "Wiggle", "Talk Dirty", "Trumpets", "Want To Want Me", "In My Head", and "Whatcha Say", all of which have ...read more.

Jason Derulo USED to be a great artist, but was then sucked into the inescapable black hole that is our generation and produced trash like "Talk Dirty To Me" and "Wiggle". It's a shame to see a promising artist go bad with garbage songs like those two.

He's The Best, And deserves top 10 place

Jason Derulo, your song wiggle sucks. Come up with a song without butts in it

He can't sing at ALL, what is he doing here? - DCfnaf

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63 Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.

I had no idea Demi Lovato and Britney Spears are so talented! I think Janis should be a little closer to #1 than #136.

Yep, faith lost. I guess Taylor Swift is better than Janis Joplin. She's not 1 but top 15 would have been suitable. 88 though? WOW. - therootbeer

Janis Joplin was a pioneer of hard rock and one of the greatest artists of all time. She led the way for all the women that ranked higher than her.

Janis Joplin is a voice that won't be heard EVER again in the world. She was a one and only and nobody will have the same talent again. And all of these vocalists that can be easily replaced are above her. What a joke. - Plonderss

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64 Corey Taylor Corey Taylor Corey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.

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.

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!

Boi finna the best

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65 Hansi Kursch Hansi Kursch Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records ...read more.

Amazingly expressive, powerful, dynamic, massive vocal range... This guy composes his own material and performs it with greater aptitude than any of these punks that got a higher spot. Just give night at the opera by blind guardian or demons and wizards debut. You will KNOW who is the true best!

He should be much higher. These lists are so messed up. People vote for popular singers and not for the best. Hansi is a very impressive singer - he's got a powerful and expressive voice, and vocal technique of multi-layered vocals that was used by Freddie Mercury. - Metal_Treasure

Hansi kursch so low? Damn! He is better than 90% of the singers ever existed! Such an underrated vocalist! So powerful and emotional voice! Blind guardian are one hell of a band! He is a legend - BlindGuardianValhalla

This guy should be in the top 10 at least - christangrant

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66 Bon Scott Bon Scott Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, ...read more.

What the hell is the problem with all you ignaroids, bon scott had the greatest voice of time. - acdcfan1

To be able to scream such raw sound and then to come back with cheeky smoothness is amazing

Bon scott would beat all of em in a showdown way is he not number 1 way damn it way

Why is he not up the top ten

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67 Barbra Streisand Barbra Streisand Barbara Joan Streisand, known professionally as Barbra Streisand, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker.

The incredible trills of her fortissimos riffs shake the soul of anybody that has one. While she doesn't have the deep timbre of a Dinah Washington or the piercing soprano of Melanie, her artistic command of the mid-ranges stands supreme among the singers of her youthful era. Even in this era, only Celine Dion can sing with such majesty and power.

If you just formed a nation, Barbra is the one who's singing your anthem.

wow! no one compares to her, I am
a female impersonator of many singers, she is the one singer I have to concentrate and focus on the most. many singers I impersonate come very easily to me
she is the one that takes the most
concentration, her length of holding onto those notes wow!

I can hardly believe Barbra isn't in the top 5 - she has the purist pitch, tone, flexibility, resonance and range of any singer in the era of electronic recording - she is the singers singer. She is of such a higher standard then most of this list - Listen to her in her 20's and 30's on you tube - so many beautiful songs made so because of her voice. Pamela R

The one and only. Very few singers have a six decade career.

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68 Luther Vandross Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross had one of the best vocal ranges, if not the best, ever. He could sing any song and he had one of the most purest, soulful, and sincerest voices of all time. He collected 8 Grammy awards with 4 of them being Best Male R&B Vocal Performance; he also sold over 25 million albums. Luther Vandross is one of the most influencial singers of all time and should be voted the greatest singer of all time.

This man is hands down one of the most talented singers ever. For him to be this low, far below the likes of Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift, is an absolute joke. RIP Luther. Go listen to his rendition of A House is Not a Home, and try to tell me otherwise. - guizzy

people clearly dont know good singers

He is amazing! - NicoleJohnnyLutherBrianFan

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69 Selena Gomez Selena Gomez Selena Marie Gomez is an American actress and singer. She is best known for songs like "Come & Get It", "Good For You", "Same Old Love", and "Naturally". Selena Gomez's voice is mezzo-soprano but she usually sing in alto .

Please vote for her I think she is the best singer of all time I just love her I want to see her at the top 5 I just love her songs her voice is also so sweet loovee please give her all your votes everyday her nabeel

I think selena gomez is a great singer she is number 23 for top 25 celebrities she rules she is beautiful selena gomez works on the show wizards of Waverley place.

She is the best female singer to ever live guys. Some of her songs get over 100 million views and way more likes than dislikes. I understand most girls are jealous at her because she is dating, or was, Justin "idiot" Bieber but very few liked both. She is actually the only singer of today to make some of my favorite songs the rest are classic songs. Her song "who says" is actually my favorite song.

Please vote for her, she deserves to be in top 5. sh is very talented. my favorite celebrity.

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70 Adam Lambert Adam Lambert Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor. Since 2009, he has sold over 2.5 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.

Adam lambert is the best of the best. Why he is 218? He can sing opera and rock and blues and pop. He can sing! He always promotes others as the best, but he is the best. He just don't see that. Some day I hope everyone will see this! He is the Best of the best. This is the One. He is the Living #ONE. Thank you

Most Phenomenal Voice since Freddie Mercury. Incomparable! Best singer in the music biz TODAY! Asked by Brian May & Roger Taylor of QUEEN to perform with them at the MTV EMA's... The crowd went WILD!

Incredibly singer. Super Sexy. Has an new album named Trespassing coming out in February or March of 2012. - Glambertfan20

ADAM is much better than many on this list before him... he belongs among the Top 10! Why is he being so underrated? He can sing rings around some of those in the Top 10 & so can a lot of other fabulous singers here! At least the World knows how good he is or he wouldn't have sold out concerts when he tours with QUEEN & solo! ADAM has another album coming up & we can't wait to hear his next Masterpiece! Please move him up on this list.. he deserves better than this! Brian May & Roger Taylor (QUEEN) say his is "A Gift from GOD" & "one in a billion"! That's good enough for me! His Voice is "Incomparable" & He is destined to be Iconic! Watch for QUEEN + Adam Lambert the end of this year & the beginning of next... 2017-2018! There I Said It! >> LAMBERT Outlaw

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71 Roger Daltrey Roger Daltrey Roger Harry Daltrey, is an English singer and actor. In a music career spanning more than 50 years, Daltrey came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the founder and lead singer of the English rock band The Who, which released fourteen singles that entered the Top 10 charts in the United Kingdom during ...read more.

I swear the voters on this webpage just fail. Flat-out fail. There is no way Roger Daltrey could be so far on the list. The Who brought us some of the best instrumentalists of all time, plus the best singer, how the hell are they nowhere on this site? - TKDCats312

Roger Daltrey HAS to be one of the top 5 greatest ROCK singers. "Won't get fooled again"
(Who's Next)

It just doesn't get any better!!

That's it. This is the last i ever have to do with this site. It is insulting to see Daltrey so low, Love Reign O'er Me is the epitomy of Rock and Roll. Goodbye.

Roger Daltrey needs to be higher than Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and all the other modern auto-tuners. Roger is a legendary singer.

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72 Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake

Honestly, one of the best MALE singers of all time. Should be A LOT higher on the list, like top 20. The girls love him and most guys whether or not they want to admit it he has a killer voice plus he gets all the girls guys dream they could get.

His voice quality is different from others... Too good!

Where is he?! Timberlake is totally the best singer. He seems to have just the right voice for his different songs. He expresses how he feels in the best of ways, and I can relate to him a lot. You are crazy to not put JT on here. And what about Timbaland and KanYe West? Your list makes me sick.

How isn't he higher

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73 Hayley Williams Hayley Williams Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer, songwriter and musician. She is best known as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the American rock band Paramore.

Duh. Hayley. She shouldn't be top 100, she should be top 20. Okay, so her voice, compared to others is THAT good, but you have to understand she has no head voice. Which is a disadvantage to her. However, she can still sing as well and even better than most of the singers out there. Although one's voice might be important, it is also crucial that you have really good stamina to sing. Hayley has both of them. She runs while singing all of Paramore's songs and she is always able to sing well even after running around the stage or even headbanging. I mean, THAT uses a lot of energy. But she still can sing. SO WHY IS SHE PUT SO LOW, WHEN HER VOICE IS SIMPLY BRILLIANT? I'm confused, really.

Hayley does have a head voice. She usually belts the high notes though, instead - jaxie

Number 109? Surely the world has gone mad!

Her vocals are amazing and so are Paramore - she should definitely be in a much, much higher position than this. I mean, Justin Bieber above the amazing, inspirational Miss Williams? Come on! What is going through your minds, people.

Paramore's live performances are among the best, full of energy and excitement! She knows how to get the crowd going!

my hayley! you are the best singer of all time! at least she should be near Amy Lee! or in the top 100!

Not that good - 1507563

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74 Michael Buble Michael Buble

Oh how I love his voice, and his song.
I love his cover of Sway, and the best if Save The Last Dance For Me.
Lovely.

Umm Michael buble has at least to get top 20 come on his voice is pure gold and he definitely beats Justin Bieber by a long shot.

listen to him, and you'll know

He is plan out amazing. His voice rules all other voices. My dad once said you can't get any better voical than him

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75 Jeff Buckley Jeff Buckley Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997) raised as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...read more.

I am shocked where Jeff is, he is clearly one of the greatest singers of all time. I would say No. 1
His voice was so powerful and full of emotion and also had and unbelievable range. This is someone withoiut vocal training like most the fake people on this list. It doesn't matter how many records these people sold! its how beautiful the music and lyrics are. Jeff should at least be in the top 10... - Adam0209M

THIS IS THE GREATEST MUSIC ARTIST IN HISTORY AND THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. I've never seen someone with the talent that Jeff Buckley had inside him. My admiration for him renders me speechless. A voice as angelic and unhuman as Freddie Mercury's, lyrics as extraordinary as Dylan's, guitar playing skills with the flair of Jimmy Page and a charisma that only Bowie could equate. This man and his music transcend reality and earthly art. I would never forgive humanity for ranking him #91.

All you people should be ashamed of yourselves to not have Jeff Buckley even in the top 10. No-one has a better, more beautiful voice than Jeff and he should definitely be No. 1

Jeff is definitely one of the best singers in history, it's sad he's gone too early, in my opinion it's TOP1

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76 Otis Redding Otis Redding Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout.

Otis should be much, much higher on this list. He could convey feeling in a song and touch the listener like no singer that I know. Songs like "Try a Little Tenderness" and "I've Been Loving You Too Long" are phenomenal to say the least. Otis graced us for a very short period of time but left an incredible legacy of great recordings.

An amazing soul singer, with unrivalled depth and range. Managed to make any song soulful and meaningful - case in point, his cover of Sam Cooke's "Cupid".

Absolutely ridiculous that such a raw talent is so low on this list. One of the greatest singers of all time.

Best singer the world has ever seen. 'enough said. - SettingSon

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77 Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lynn Lopez, also known as J. Lo, is an American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author and producer.

She is the best female singer
I don't believe this list
She must be in top
She has a very good voice and she is so talented
More than this singers that are in the top of the list

She is the best latino star in Hollywood..
She is Queen..

I know, many people hate her but get real - she is by far the most versatile and unique female dancer! Her 1999-2003 music is unbeatable. Her modern music is a bit worse but she still makes catchy and inspirational music. Jenny is a fantastic performer! - Lacritia

Nice voice but her songs seem the same to me

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78 Billie Holiday Billie Holiday Eleanora Fagan, professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years.

Before I start this I would like to mention the fact that someone's favourite singer is subjective, however a "best" singer is decided by in my opinion, innovation and talent.

Alright here is what really grinds my gears, so many talentless "singers" are ahead of one of the most talented Jazz singers period. Nicki Minjaj? Madonna? Chris Brown? Rihanna? Arianna Grande? I could on for days but I think you get the point. Even two of my favourite singers on Bob Dylan and Thom Yorke are above Billie and even that upsets me. Why?

Billie Holidays ability to interpret songs and manipulate them into the most honest sounding and personal songs ever is completely undervalued on this list. Listen to songs like I'm a Fool to Want You or I Get Along Without You Very Well and you will understand what I saying.

Another one of Holidays strengths was her ability to adapt to her changes in voice. It's clear that there is a decline in power in her vocals from her ...more

I highly recommend her to you the precursor of all soul sisters

This list is messed up. Billie Holiday sang from the heart and added her own take on every song she sang. She should be in the top 20 at the least.

Billie Holiday is nr 1 and then there are a long way to all the others!

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79 Ian Gillan Ian Gillan Ian Gillan is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple, and the original singer on the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ).

Going solo seems to be a labor of love more often than not, and it's an opportunity for an artist (frontman or otherwise) to delve into unexpected genres or styles. Deep Purple's Ian Gillan is no stranger to the solo project, with many of his personal endeavors of the past 20 years taking a more watered-down approach to the Deep Purple tradition. Gillan's latest album One Eye To Morocco, shows that the singer is perfect & might be returning to form. Gillan is still a capable vocalist, but the edge that was present in songs like Highway Star is gone at this point. At the age 60+, this shouldn't be a huge shocker and edginess probably wasn't the singer's intention anyhow. For me, he is the No. 1!

why did I have to scroll so far down, I mean he's not even on the first page!
i was gonna vote for Robert Plant or Freddy Mercury, but seeing Ian so low on the list ill just vote for him

come on, no one can sing Child In Time exept for Gillan
he's also one of the best live singers

he also performed the role of Jesus in the original Jesus Christ super star btw

The number of singers that had the chops of Ian Gillian in the early 70's are very few in numbers. Showboating a powerful, masculine voice Ian also had screaming high notes, the likes of which had never been heard before. While the few other male singers that could hit high notes sang like girls (i.e. Robert Plant) Ian had a strong hold over the low notes as much as the high notes and he delivered them both with machismo. - GuitarZero

Are you serious? Big Ian on 119. place? Seriously? He is one of the greatest vocalist of all time. His legendary falsettos, great vocal range and his unique baritone should be enough to be at least in the first TOP10!

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80 David Draiman David Draiman David Michael Draiman is an American songwriter and the vocalist for the band Disturbed as well as for the band Device.

Wow how is he so low... He should be top ten... He actually sings about real things and come on an get up and get down with the sickness

Davids scream makes me having goose bumps. Great voice and great songs from Disturbed.

Draiman have very clear and strong voice and I thought he will be in the top 15 but of course pop-stars must be higher. It's just hall of fame list

Well he is higher than the other amazing bands skillet and Three Days Grace which is cool Disturbed is awesome - TheUltimateNavigator1

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