The GOAT's - Greatest (Singers) Of All Time
Everyone will give a different answer when asked “Who’s the best singer of all time?” For some it’s Aretha, for others it’s Sinatra or Elvis. With so much amazing talent in the world it’s almost impossible to narrow it down to one singer, so we’ve included a list of the top singers of all time. These artists are from different eras and genres, yet they transcend both and remain iconic to this day.
Best Female Singers
How you can have a list of best female singers without including the Funny Girl, Barbra Streisand. Her unique voice made her the queen of the ballad, often imitated never replicated.
As the world remembers Aretha Franklin we are reminded of her power and musicality. She was saucy in all the best ways and commanded R-E-S-P-E-C-T from all those around her. She will forever be an icon and one of the best singers of all time.
Patsy Cline had a country voice that was smooth and rich. No matter what age, everyone knows her rendition of “Crazy.” No one could sing quite like her, and she has set the bar for female country artists for decades to come.
Ella Ftizgerald said, “The only thing better than singing is more singing.” She was The First Lady of Song, the Queen of Jazz and it isn’t hard to see why Lady Ella is revered down to this day. Her scat singing was so unique and improvisational and her tone so pure that she is forever one of the greats.
Not only was Karen Carpenter a fantastic drummer, her contralto voice eventually made her the front woman of the brother sister duo, The Carpenters. While she referred to herself as “a drummer who sang,” her voice said otherwise.
Best Male Singers
There is a reason Elvis Presley is called The King, and it isn’t just for his charisma and wild hips on stage. His baritone voice was rich and able to sing everything from rock to gospel. No wonder his music is still celebrated today.
Frank Sinatra is a timeless classic. His musical phrasing truly made each song his own. Sinatra’s voice is so clear and distinct it can be instantly recognized.
A soulful tenor with a bit of rasp makes Sam Cooke unique and easy to listen to. His musical phrasing and diction really portrayed the messages of his songs and the polish he put in his music is just one of the reasons he’s admired by singers everywhere.
Freddie Mercury is known for more than his colorful stage outfits. His voice is an envy of rock artists everywhere. His power and range are just a few of the reasons he is a rock legend.
Velvet is just one of the words used to describe Luther Vandross’ voice. He started out as a backup singer, but as people realized the beauty in his voice he quickly became a frontman. His popularity was such that he went on to duet with Beyonce, Diana Ross, and Janet Jackson just to name a few.
Best Pop Singers
Celine Dion is so much more than her hit song “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic. She has been singing for decades, yet her effortless sound and range are just as breathtaking as ever.
A true testament to a singer’s ability as an artist is the feelings they evoke from listeners. George Michael was able to make you cry or dance with just a few opening verses. It’s no wonder why his distinctive sound is loved by millions.
He originally studied acting, but how thankful we are that Josh Groban pursued singing as his passion. From Broadway to Italian arias to pop music, Josh’s incredible and versatile voice shines no matter what.
You can’t discuss pop legends without mentioning Whitney Houston. She could sing everything from ballads to dance songs and make you want to sing right along with her- just leave the vocal runs to her.
Best Rock Singers
Hard rock and heavy metal require a lot of vocal power and and Sammy Hagar has just that. He brought Van Halen to the legendary band it is, and is still rocking with a few other bands today.
No one could wail like Robert Plant. He’s best known as the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, his incredible range and charisma making him a great frontman.
Ann Wilson has a dramatic soprano voice and incredible range. The Heart frontwoman still sounds as wonderful today as she did decades ago.