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Top Ten Best Singers of all Time

Elvis Presley​
Elvis Presley​

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.

Michael ​Jackson​
Michael ​Jackson​

Key Tracks "I Want You Back" (the Jackson 5), "Billie Jean," "Man in the Mirror" (solo) Influenced Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, Usher Michael Jackson is a perfect storm of innate talent and training.

Freddie ​Mercury​
Freddie ​Mercury​

Key Tracks "We Are the Champions," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "You're My Best Friend" Influenced Axl Rose, Joe Elliott, George Michael. He's "the most inspirational frontman of all time," says My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way.

Aretha ​Franklin​
Aretha ​Franklin​

Aretha has everything — the power, the technique. She is honest with everything she says. Everything she's thinking or dealing with is all in the music, from "Chain of Fools" to "Respect" to her live performances.

Whitney ​Houston​
Whitney ​Houston​

Her voice is a mammoth, coruscating cry: Few vocalists could get away with opening a song with 45 unaccompanied seconds of singing, but Houston's powerhouse version of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" is a tour de force.

Paul ​McCartney​
Paul ​McCartney​

Paul McCartney is an amazing singer. If you don't agree listen to Hey Jude, Let it Be, Silly Love Songs, Maybe I'm Amazed, Let 'em In, Yesterday, and Blackbird. Blackbird is my favorite song of all time because of the amazing vocals and instruments. This song is credited to the Beatles, but all in all this is sololy Paul McCartney.

John Lennon​
John Lennon​

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Mariah Carey​
Mariah Carey​

Born March 27th, 1970 Key Tracks "One Sweet Day," "Vision of Love," "Fantasy" Influenced Brandy, Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis "When I was little,&q

Elton John​
Elton John​

100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Aretha, Elvis ... John Lennon once told Rolling Stone that when he heard Elton John singing "Your Song" — the 1970 ...

Beyoncé​
Beyoncé​

She sung it just as good as her and Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson are just fantastic singers. Beyonce is the greatest singer of all time because she has a song for anything that you're going through.

Robert Plant​
Robert Plant​

Rob Sheffield on the 98 Best Songs of 1998: ... 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Aretha, ... Robert Plant was obsessed with the rawest American blues.

Stevie ​Wonder​
Stevie ​Wonder​

Stevie Wonder is an awesome song writer and singer. He never fails to entertain people and his songs are all time classic and everybody knows the lyrics of his amazing songs. He is a pure talent, an amazing PERFORMER.

Frank Sinatra​
Frank Sinatra​

Frank Sinatra invented the "Concept album", so Thriller, Sgt Peppers, Tommy and on and on (would have never happened if it wasn't for Sinatra's IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS" which was the very first concept album. And probably the greatest vocal album of all time. He recorded 25 Masterpiece albums. The Beatles recorded five.

David Bowie​
David Bowie​

There are singers with a more naturally beautiful voice than David Bowie's dramatic, powdery, British-accented baritone, but nobody else in rock is as gifted at acting in song. Before he became a pop star, he studied theater, which served him well: Every great Bowie song has a specific persona ...

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Prince​
Prince​

Born June 7th, 1958 Key Tracks Little Red Corvette," "When Doves Cry," "Kiss" Influenced OutKast, D'Angelo, Gwen Stefani, Kevin Barnes "Prince is the

Madonna​
Madonna​

Madonna has been an inspiration to a lot of people over the years, including and especially famous and well known singers song-writers and even actors! She has a GREAT voice and she makes a difference in the world using her voice, using the lyrics of her music to send over a message to others.

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Axl Rose​
Axl Rose​

The greatest singer of all time? AXL ROSE: ... a website has plotted the vocal range of singers widely considered to be the best, ...

Adele​
Adele​

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Bob Dylan​
Bob Dylan​

Dylan has tried out so many personas in his singing because it is the way he inhabits his subject matter. His closet won't close for all the shoes of the characters that walk through his stories. I love that album Shot of Love.

Ray Charles​
Ray Charles​

But Ray synthesized the blues into a language everybody could relate to. You can't listen to Ray Charles and not say, "This is a man who felt deeply, who has lived this music." He shows you his humanity. The spontaneity is evident. Another guy might say, "That was a mistake, we can't leave that in." No, Ray left it in. The mistake became the hook.

Marvin Gaye​
Marvin Gaye​

The first time I was really introduced to Marvin Gaye was the What's Going On album, and I fell in love. It was so moving to hear him talk so desperately about the state of the world, on top of all that brilliant musicality. One of my favorite things he did was to follow the strings with his voice, or double things that the instruments are doing.

Lady Gaga​
Lady Gaga​

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Bruce ​Springsteen​
Bruce ​Springsteen​

Springsteen has used numerous vocal approaches over the past four decades: soul shouting, Roy Orbison belting, Elvis-style crooning, country-folk drawling, garage-rock hollering. "He finds the emotional drama in the characters in his songs," says Etheridge.

Celine Dion​
Celine Dion​

Celine is without a doubt the best singer of all time. She can bring tears to your eyes or joy to your heart with the songs she sings, she puts so much passion into every song. She has never ending personality, charisma, love for all people.

James Brown​
James Brown​

For me, James Brown was never just the voice. It was the whole package. But the impact of that voice gave me hope, because it was a simple presentation and didn't trade on range.

Mick Jagger​
Mick Jagger​

Mick is a disciplined artist, completely dedicated to his craft. His voice has changed somewhat and has a different texture, but it's stronger now. One time the Stones were on tour, and during a two-week break Mick and I went on vacation in the Bahamas. We'd hang out during the day, go to the beach, shop at the market, cook dinner, drink wine.

Eminem​
Eminem​

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Johnny Cash​
Johnny Cash​

John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide.

Jim Morrison​
Jim Morrison​

Still, Morrison, who was at least as influenced by Frank Sinatra as he was by Presley, was capable of surprising delicacy: On "People Are Strange" and "Light My Fire," he lets his baritone glide, crooning just above a whisper.

Steven Tyler​
Steven Tyler​

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Bono​
Bono​

A lot of Bono's free-form singing comes from the band's rhythms and the church-bell feeling of the Edge's playing, the way the guitar sings in that delay. Bono can glide vocally through all of that. But it's very natural.

Christina ​Aguilera​
Christina ​Aguilera​

100 Greatest Singers of All Time. ... Christina Aguilera has had the finesse and power of ... World" at last year's Grammys was "one of the best performances ...

Janis Joplin​
Janis Joplin​

Joplin's gravelly rasp, over the psychedelic blues of Big Brother and the Holding Company (on 1968's breakthrough Cheap Thrills), and the rough-hewn country soul on her later solo albums, represented an entirely different approach for female vocalists: wild and uninhibited yet still focused and deliberate.

Tina Turner​
Tina Turner​

Born November 26th, 1939 Key Tracks "Proud Mary," "River Deep — Mountain High," "What's Love Got to Do With It" Influenced Beyoncé, Mick Jagg

Stevie Nicks​
Stevie Nicks​

Born May 26th, 1948 Key Tracks "Landslide," "Dreams" (Fleetwood Mac) "Stand Back" (solo) Influenced Natalie Maines, Sarah McLachlan, Courtney Love Sheryl C

Roy Orbison​
Roy Orbison​

Tom Petty called him "probably the greatest singer in the world." Another of his fellow Traveling Wilburys, Bob Dylan, said he had "the voice of a professional criminal." Roy Orbison shared rockabilly roots with Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley — he recorded the bopping "Ooby Dooby" at Sun Records in 1956 — before his soaring, symphonic vocals brought a new level of majesty and mystery to rock in the early Sixties.

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Kurt Cobain​
Kurt Cobain​

Kurt Cobain's ferocious rasp clawed its way out of the rock & roll underground in 1991, transforming the fury and anguish of punk rock into pop singing like nothing else had before. He could scream himself raw in tune.

Taylor Swift​
Taylor Swift​

Taylor Alison Swift (Taylor Swift) is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys.

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Steve Perry​
Steve Perry​

When he was 10 years old, Perry heard Sam Cooke's "Cupid" on his mom's car radio, and decided he had to be a singer. After singing in a college choir, he joined Journey at the age of 28, quickly revealing a penchant for quavering, reverb-soaked melodrama that appealed to millions of fans — but few rock critics.

Ariana ​Grande​
Ariana ​Grande​

Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress . She was born on June 26th 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She is best known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom, "Victorious". She later become a singer ...read more.

Justin Bieber​
Justin Bieber​

The celeb has made it clear that he is the best you Whitney fans. Justin's haters don't really have an actual reason to hate him. They hate him because people around them hate him. And the reason? He got arrested. Sings like a girl. Uses autotune. I mean, seriously? That guys has struggled so much and yet he is one of the best singers in the world.

Billie Holiday​
Billie Holiday​

Billie Holiday Biography. Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday was born in 1915 in Philadelphia. Considered one of the best jazz vocalists of all time, Holiday had a thriving career as a jazz singer for many years before she lost her battle with substance abuse. Also known as Lady Day, her autobiography was made into the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues.

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Rihanna​
Rihanna​

Rihanna has to be one of the best female artists of all time! I mean 12 number 1 singles, Most music video views in 1 day, 7 albums in 7 years! And there's waay more than that came from.

Karen ​Carpenter​
Karen ​Carpenter​

Impossibly lush and almost shockingly intimate, Carpenter's performances were a new kind of torch singing, built on understatement and tiny details of inflection that made even the sappiest songs sound like she was staring directly into your eyes.

Sam Cooke​
Sam Cooke​

Sam Cooke reached down deep with pure soul. He had the rare ability to do gospel the way it's supposed to be — he made it real, clean, direct. Gospel drove Sam Cooke through his greatest songs, the same way it did for Ray Charles, who came first, and Otis Redding. He had an incomparable voice. Sam Cooke could sing anything and make it work.

Britney ​Spears​
Britney ​Spears​

britney spears should be no1. best female singer. just a bit better than rihanna brit has amazing style, to sing & perform so professionally. entertained crowds for years. a unique voice. femme fatale is in my opinion best album brits ever done. u rock girl till the world blows.

Bruno Mars​
Bruno Mars​

Bruno Mars is a great singer, born in Honolulu in the USA, he has a great voice and he can perform brilliantly. Example: The Super Bowl 2014. His songs: grenade, runaway baby, treasure are all amazing.

Katy Perry​
Katy Perry​

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Kelly ​Clarkson​
Kelly ​Clarkson​

Kelly Clarkson is simply the most versatile, naturally gifted singer of our lifetime. Because of her American Idol past, she is not always taken seriously, and that is a shame -- one only has to listen to her sing live to know this girl has it all -- an uncanny sense of pitch, impeccable control, and an innate sense of the emotion of a song.

Barbra ​Streisand​
Barbra ​Streisand​

'The Legend Of The Century", Miss Barbra Streisand has broken ALL Major Awards, even before the age of 30. 71 Albums, and the Greatest Selling Artist of ALL time, second only to Elvis, and has surpassed the Beatles.

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