With all the 21st technology still science has failed to invent a musical instrument that can do better and move the masses more than a human voice. Legendary or rather great musicians express a word of emotion with just a single note, permeate the most unambiguous lyrics and turn simple sweet melodies into symphonies. The below list of the top 10 best singers of all time lists individuals who have a combination of good tone, they are versatile, have the best vocal range, have the best voice and above all have credits in terms of sales, inductions to show their greatness.
Lets have a look on the top 10 best and greatest singers of all time.
10. Axl Rose
Axl Rose is one of the best in the genre of rock music. He has a powerful and perhaps the most recognizable voice among rock artists. Today he is the lead vocalist of Guns N Roses hard rock band and a lead singer of AC/DC. It was until 1987 that Guns N Roses truly reshaped and made a mark on hard rock image when they debuted album, Appetite for Destruction which sold around 33 million copies globally. Some other albums of theirs that sold more than 35 million copies globally in 1991 were “Use Your Illusion I” and “Use Your Illusion II”.
Often referred to as the queen of pop Madonna is one of the greatest artists we have heard in the planet. She is the best-selling female recording artist of all time, best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century, in 2008 inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , most successful solo artist in the history of the U.S single charts and highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time, having sold more than 300 million records and earning more than $1.3 billion from her concerts. Her music is in line with the genre of dance, electronic, pop and rock. Some of Madonna’s greatest music are “, “Take a Bow”, “Papa Don’t Preach”,”4 Minutes”, “Like a Prayer”, “Hung Up”, “Like a Virgin” among many others. She exploited controversy, talent and MTV to craft one of the most prosperous careers in music history.
8. Frank Sinatra
Although he is no longer with us Frank left a legacy of greatness with us as an icon in the music industry. He was one of the most popular and influential music artist of the 20th century. Through his career Frank sold more than 150 million records worldwide becoming one of the best-selling music artist of all time. Before his death he had received eleven Grammy Awards among them Grammy Legend Award , Grammy Trustees Award, and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award .Some of franks best music and albums that still rocks today is Only the Lonely (1958), Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1956), “Polka Dots and Moonbeams”, “Imagination”, “Night and Day, Nice ‘n’ Easy (1960), among others. Frank was a man of many talents as he was a very talented film actor and some of his films are Man with the Golden Arm 1955, High Society 1956, Guys and Dolls 1955, among others.
7. John Lennon
Assuming you know about “the Beatles” if you don’t this is most decorated, commercially successful and musically influential band of all time John Lennon was a co-founder of the band. After the Beatles disintegrated in 1970 John produced some of his own solo albums and songs such as “Plastic Ono Band “and “Imagine”, “working class hero”, “give peace a chance” and “Double Fantasy”. After the release of Double Fantasy album John was murdered. John has been named among the 100 greatest Britons, fifth greatest singers of all time by Rolling stone and inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
6. Robert Plant
One of the best song writers and a musician who is currently the lead singer and lyricist in the rock band Led Zeppelin is one of the greatest singers of rock and roll all time we have today. He has even been named greatest metal vocalist of all time by Hit Parader, named greatest of all lead singers by Rolling stone and among the top 100 greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone as well, and position three greatest rock frontmen of all time. Some of his successful albums are Pictures at Eleven in 1982, The Principle of Moments 1983, Now and Zen in 1988, among many others. Plant has influenced many artists among them AXL Rose, Freddie Mercury, Jack White and Ann Wilson.
5. Paul McCartney
Among the most talented multi-instrumentalist, singer and a song writer is Sir James Paul McCartney. He was among the Beatles and that’s where he gained worldwide fame. Before Beatles band broke up Paul had recorded a song “yesterday” which up to date is the most copyrighted song in history with more than 2200 artists. Today he is iconized as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, a two time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 21 Grammy awards winner, has received the most excellent order of the British Empire award winner. He has released a catalogue of songs as a sole artists and composed many classical and electronic genre music
4. Whitney Houston
Whitney can only be described as a legend. She was the most awarded female actress of all time as stated by Guinness world records, she is among pop music best-selling music artist of all time, and perhaps the greatest female artist who has ever lived. All her 2 soundtrack albums, and her 7 studio albums have a gold, platinum, multi-platinum or diamond certification. In addition to her achievements Houston is the only artist up to date to chart 7 consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits and the only female artist ever who has had 2 number 1 Billboard 200 Album awards. Some of her greatest songs are “How Will I Know”, “Thinking About You”, “Saving All My Love for You”, “The Greatest Love of All”, among others.
3. Elvis Presley
We can’t just forget the “the king of rock and roll” as he was one the most significant cultural icon of the 20th century. He is one of the most celebrated and commercially successful artist in many genres among them pop, blues, and gospel. Presley during his career sold more than 600 million units making him one of the successful solo artist ever. Presley due to his prowess in music he had received 3 Grammy awards, and inducted in numerous halls of fame.
2. Freddie Mercury
Mercury was a multitalented individual as he was an instrumentalist, a live performer, a singer, and a song writer as well. He was a man who had four-octave vocal range and a powerful voice that allowed him to handle myriad of genres. As a member of the rock band Queen he composed several hit songs such as “We Are the Champions”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, among others. After his death he was recognized as one of rock’s greatest all-time entertainers, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hollywood walk of Fame, among other awards.
1. Michael Jackson
Although the king of pop is no longer with us he is the most successful entertainer of all time and that’s a recognition by Guinness Book of world records. His Thriller Album too has been recognized by the Guinness Book of world records the World’s Top-Selling Album of All Time. The thriller album is the only album to have RIAA 30X + Diamond status and the best-selling album of all time with more than 105 million sales. His total music sales have exceed more than 1 billion making him the most successful record producer, singer, dancer to have ever lived on earth. Michaels music, artistry and choreography has continued to a source of inspiration to upcoming generations of hip-hop, soul, R&B, pop and fans.
The above music artists are the top 10 best singers of all time. Many young artists should emulate the positive influence portrayed by these artists here and learn from their failures as well. Let the list be an inspiration to all upcoming and start-ups artists who are looking to gain some ground in their career. Everyone successful artist started somewhere down there and rose on her way or his way up through hard work and determination so as a young artist don’t give up.