Who is the best singer? there can’t be a single answer to this question. There are numerous great singers who have ruled their genre in their times. The choice of best singer or the best song solely depends on what you like. From a singers voice to their relatable lyrics, every one of us has our own favorites. And as like all industries, the music industry is always evolving so it’s not really fair to compare singers from different generations or even different genres. On this list, we’ve named the musicians that we think remains a great influence even decades after their farewells. Here are 10 Of The Best Singers Of All Time in no particular order.
10 Of The Best Singers Of All Time
1. Freddie Mercury:
Regarded as one of the greatest lead singers in the history of rock music, Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar to Parsi parents from India. His family later moved to Middlesex, England. Mercury formed Queen in 1970 with Brian May and Roger Taylor. Songs including “Killer Queen”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Somebody to Love” and “We Are the Champions” are few of his hit songs for the band. Freddie Mercury also led a solo career and served as a producer for other artists. Freddie Mercury received numerous awards and applauds throughout his career and even after his death.
2. Aretha Franklin:
Aretha Louise Franklin aka “The Queen of Soul” started her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. She began her secular musical career as a recording artist for Columbia Records in 2018. But she found her commercial success in 1966 after signing with Atlantic Records. She gave hits such as “Respect”, “Chain of Fools”, “Think”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”. She was the first female performer to be included into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
3. Elvis Presley:
Known as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, Elvis Presley aka “the King” began his career in 1954. He started recording at Sun Records with producer Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African-American music to a wider audience. The song “Heartbreak Hotel” earned Presley an international recognition. Elvis Presley is one of the best-selling solo artists in the history of recorded music.
4. Michael Jackson:
One of the most talked-about artists of all time, Michael Jackson aka the “King of Pop” made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers. He began his solo career in 1971 and in the early 1980s, became a dominant figure in popular music. Regarded as one of the greatest entertainers, Michael Jackson is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He not only impressed everyone with his music but also his legendary dance moves. There many controversies that still surround him, but no matter what Michael Jackson is undeniably one of the best singers of all time.
5. Frank Sinatra:
Regarded as one of the most influential musical artists of the 20th century, Frank Sinatra remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He born to Italian immigrants in New Jersey and began his career in the swing era with bandleaders Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. After beginning his solo career, Sinatra faced some ups and downs before his career was reborn in 1953 with the success of From Here to Eternity. His albums In the Wee Small Hours, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!, Come Fly with Me, and Only the Lonely brought him critical fame. Frank Sinatra worked very hard from a young age to improve his abilities and he remains an iconic figure.
6. Whitney Houston:
Named the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records, Whitney Houston began singing in church as a child and became a background vocalist while in high school. Even today Houston remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Both of her first two studio albums, Whitney Houston and Whitney reached number one on the Billboard 200. She is the only artist to have seven consecutive number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
7. John Lennon:
John Lennon found his international fame as the founder, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney is regarded as the most successful in history. After the Beatles broke up, Lennon started the Plastic Ono Band with his second wife, Yoko Ono. Lennon was known for his rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his art. Lennon was included into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice as a part of Beatles and as a solo singer.
8. James Brown:
Often referred to as the “Godfather of Soul”, James Brown is known as a progenitor of funk music and a major influencer in the development of several music genres. He had a career that lasted over 50 years. He began his career as a gospel singer in Georgia and went on to join the group the Gospel Starlighters aka Famous Flames. Known for his live performances, James Brown is often cited as the most sampled artist of all time.
9. Stevie Wonder:
Stevland Hardaway Morris aka Stevie Wonder is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century. Wonder was a child prodigy known as Little Stevie Wonder and at the age of only 11, he signed with Motown’s Tamla label. He is the youngest artist ever to top the US Billboard Hot 100. He is one of the most awarded artists of all time as well as the best-selling music artists of all time.
10. Bob Dylan:
A major influence in popular culture for more than fifty years, Bob Dylan’s songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin'” became anthems for the civil rights movement and anti-war movement. With the release of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Dylan made his breakthrough in the industry. Dylan’s love for art went beyond music, he has published eight books of drawings and paintings. Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016 for creating a new poetic expression inside the great American song tradition.