21 thoughts on “The Best Singers of All Time: List of Greatest Male & Female Vocalists

  1. I really enjoyed this Blog! It showed me all the timbers and styles that have captivated our hearts over the years. It is amazing how a song well sung can bring us to tears or make us laugh and feel joy in a way that nothing else can. There is really so many reasons to take lessons and expand one’s potential. Getting professional tutelage insures we don’t damage our vocal cords, trying to get better. PLUS it also prevails the shortcuts only a professional can make available and can eliminate the time you waste not even knowing what you’re doing wrong. Great Piece! Thanks 😉

  2. I loved this blog, I really appreciate that you mentioned Freddie Mercury, Robert Plant, and Stevie Wonder, but there are other great singers you haven’t mentioned. Michael Jackson and Axl Rose were not in the list, but they deserve to be listed.

  3. The list could definitely use some more jazz singers. To me the biggest omission is Sarah Vaughan (!). But there are also many other great ones, like Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Carmen McRae, Johnny Hartman, Tony Bennett, Helen Merrill, Nancy Wilson, and many more.

    1. Actually, this is one of the best lists I’ve seen, very well put together. Narrowing down to 5 by genre is pretty difficult to do, considering the pool of great singers we’ve heard over the years. I especially feel you hit the nail on the head with the best female singers of all time. Karen, Ella, Aretha & Barbra are locks although, as ADB mentioned above, Sarah Vaughan should definitely be in there somewhere (maybe move Patsy to country or yesteryear) .. Dionne Warwick, Minnie Riperton, Dusty Springfield, Ray Charles and many more deserve heavy consideration as well, but you’ve pretty much covered it – kudos

  4. Freddie Mercury is the best and it’s not even close. He is not a rock singer. People identify Queen as solely a Rock group but just look at Another One Bites the Dust, Who Wants to Live Forever, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Innuendo, Love of my Life, Stone Cold Crazy and The Millionaire Waltz. Their catalogue of variety is insane. Also, Freddie’s solo songs such as Barcelona and La Japonaise and Living on my Own just show how out of this world he was. Then consider his legendary live performances and that he wrote so many of Queen’s hits. He is truly in a class of his own.

  5. Is this a “greatest” list? Or most popular? Because “greatest” in country should include Vince Gill and Martina McBride.

  6. Mariah Carey should be in the top female of all time. Mariah is legendary, all of the octaves she can reach!

  7. “Best pop singers of all time” How about to at least name the King of Pop for instance? He should be putted on 1.st place, he’s a king for the reason…

  8. This list was better than most I’ve seen. Many give the impression there was no music before 1955. I was happy to see Karen Carpenter recognized. I would have found places for John Denver, Johnny Mathis and Linda Ronstadt, but maybe that’s just me. And, I definitely feel there should be a category for best harmony group. Sometimes the magic isn’t in one voice, but in the weaving of several voices.

  9. Was there crack involved during the creation of these lists???
    Where is Mariah Carey? She is literally the most successful female singer of all time…the biggest selling female recording artist in history. She has the most #1 singles (18), more than any other solo artist male or female and secondonly to the Beatles (20) she also has the #1 song of the decade on both the 1990s and 2000s. One Sweet Day is the longest running #1 song of all time (only recently being tied by Despacito). Not only has she been credited by nearly every single vocalist that came after her (Beyonce, Kelly, Jessie, Jojo, Lady Gaga, Demi, Ariana justto name a few) as one of their biggest influences, she was named the Greatest Voice of All Time. She is responsible for bringing pop and r&b/hip-hop/rap collaborations to the mainstream and making music what it is today. People often credit Madonna as one of the biggest influences on the music industry but it really is Mariah who has been one of the biggest influences in the music business and people don’t recognize her contributions. Most of the singers and music we have today would not exist as they are had it not been for Mariah and her contributions. Oh yeah let’s not forget that she wrote and writes almost every single one of her songs with the exception being her covers of other songs.

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