A top ten list of all the best singers (male and female) ever. On number one we have Freddie Mercury with his fabulous voice, the number two spot is for Michael Jackson and the third place is for Elvis Presley.
1. Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara (Stone Town, Zanzibar Sultanate (now: Tanzania), September 5, 1946 – London, November 24, 1991), was a British rock musician. He became known as the lead singer and “front man” of the group Queen and became one of the most popular rock and pop artists of all time. He was known for his extravagant stage personality and his explosive performances. He is also known as the man with a four-octave vocal range, which is extraordinary for a male singing voice.
2. Michael Jackson
Michael Joseph Jackson (Gary, Indiana, United States, August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009), also known as The King of Pop, was an American singer, dancer, and composer. He is considered one of the most successful artists of the 20th century. Jackson was distinguished by his recognizable voice and his typical dance moves.
Jackson was on stage as a member of The Jackson 5 at a very young age and started a solo career as a teenager. In the early 1980s he was one of the biggest pop stars internationally. He achieved his greatest success with the album Thriller, which with 65 million copies sold is considered the best-selling album of all time. Jackson has sold between 300 and 400 million albums and singles worldwide.
Jackson enhanced his music and image with eye-catching video clips, which clearly express his rhythmic dance style. One of the most famous video clips, “Thriller”, lasts fourteen minutes.
3. Elvis Presley
Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Often referred to as The King of Rock and Roll, or The King for short, he is considered one of the most significant cultural icons of the twentieth century.
Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and moved to Memphis, Tennessee with his family when he was 13 years old. His musical career began in 1953 when he recorded a song at the later Sun Studio that was released on Sam Phillips’ Sun Records. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley became an early popularizer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country and rhythm and blues. The record company RCA Victor took over his contract in an agreement prepared by Colonel Tom Parker, who would serve as the singer’s manager for more than two decades.
Presley’s first single That’s All Right was released in July 1954. Then, in January 1956, Heartbreak Hotel was released, an American number 1 hit. After a series of successful television appearances and records reaching the top of the sales charts, he was recognized as the foremost figure in rock and roll. His energetic interpretations of songs and sexually provocative stage performances, combined with a remarkably appealing fusion of multi-ethnic influences that coincided with the rise of the civil rights movement, made him hugely popular and controversial at the same time. America just after the Second World War experienced a great economic growth, with the youth getting more to spend. Individual development gradually became more important and thus a youth culture emerged with different subcultures that opposed the older generation. Presley was the epitome of this and thus became the first pop idol.
4. Robert Plant
Robert Anthony Plant (20 August 1948) is an English rock singer, best known as the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, but also for his successful solo career. He is known for his powerful style, wide vocal range and often mystical lyrics.
Plant was born in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England. After the end of Led Zeppelin in 1980, Plant continued as a solo artist. In 1984 he released a mini-album with the semi-band The Honeydrippers: The Honeydrippers: Volume one with the hit Sea of love. Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck also played on this. No Volume two has been released so far.
In 1993, Plant provided a song for the soundtrack of the movie Wayne’s World 2. In 2005 Plant formed a new backing band (Strange Sensation) with which he recorded the album Mighty rearranger.
Plant still regularly works with Page. In December 2007, the living members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, supplemented by Jason Bonham, the son of original drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980, gave a one-off Led Zeppelin reunion concert at London’s O2 theater. This was set up as a tribute to Atlantic director Ahmet Ertegün, who passed away earlier that year. Despite the fact that the concert was a resounding success, Robert Plant later stated in an interview for BBC radio that, as far as he is concerned, there will be no Led Zeppelin reunion.
5. Paul McCartney
Sir James Paul McCartney (Liverpool, June 18, 1942) is a British pop singer and composer. He became known as the bass guitarist, pianist, guitarist, singer and songwriter for The Beatles. Since 1997 he can call himself Sir. In 1965 he already received the decoration from MBE, but it does not have the predicate Sir.
In 1957 McCartney met John Lennon through a mutual friend, joined his band The Quarrymen and made history with him, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as a member of The Beatles. McCartney co-wrote much of the Beatles’ material with John Lennon, although they only occasionally actually wrote a song together – usually one wrote the biggest piece and the other finished it. Their working relationship was more of a competition than a collaboration, but an early arrangement they made all the Beatles songs, in which one or both participated, were credited with Lennon-McCartney.
After the Beatles split in 1970, McCartney immediately embarked on a solo career. He released the McCartney album with the well-known Maybe I’m Amazed. Then followed the album Ram, which was poorly received. In fact this album was ahead of its time due to its low-fi approach and today Ram is considered one of his best albums.
In 1971 Paul McCartney founded a new band: Wings. Despite the many staff changes, Wings was very successful in the 1970s.
6. Whitney Houston
Whitney Elizabeth Houston (Newark, August 9, 1963 – Beverly Hills, February 11, 2012) was an American singer and model who also acted several times during her life. Houston is the most awarded singer of all time according to Guinness World Records and is one of the best-selling artists ever with 200 million records sold worldwide.
7. John Lennon
John Winston Ono Lennon MBE (born John Winston Lennon), (Liverpool, 9 October 1940 – New York, 8 December 1980) was an English pop musician, peace activist and founder of the Liverpool group The Quarrymen, which evolved after some changes in the line-up to The Beatles. Along with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, Lennon played an important role in pop music with this group.
Even before the end of The Beatles, Lennon founded the Plastic Ono Band with his second wife Yoko Ono and became one of the main faces of the hippie movement. In addition to his musical contributions, Lennon also became known for his political and ideological position as a peace activist and freethinker, in his music both as a member of The Beatles, with the Plastic Ono Band and as a solo artist, most notably with the songs Give Peace a Chance , Power to the People, Happy Xmas (War is over) and Imagine.
8. Bruce Dickinson
Bruce Dickinson (Worksop, August 7, 1958) is a British singer, pilot, (radio) presenter, author and marketing director, best known for being the lead singer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
In 1981, Dickinson accepted the invitation of Steve Harris (Iron Maiden bassist) to join this group, after Harris saw a performance by Samson where Dickinson sang. In his time with Iron Maiden, he has made some legendary NWOBHM records such as The Number Of The Beast and Piece Of Mind. In 1993 Dickinson left Iron Maiden to pursue a solo career, but in 1999 he returned to the band with a guitarist who performed solo. In addition to his solo work, Dickinson is still the lead singer of Iron Maiden in early 2019. After the reunion, Iron Maiden released the albums Brave New World, Dance of Death, A Matter of Life and Death, The Final Frontier and The Book of Souls.
9. Frank Sinatra
Francis Albert Sinatra (Hoboken, New Jersey, December 12, 1915 – Los Angeles, May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor, film producer and film director.
Frank Sinatra, born in Hoboken, New Jersey, decided to become a singer after hearing Bing Crosby on the radio. He started out in small clubs in New Jersey and thus came to the attention of trumpet player and band leader Harry James.
After a brief stint with James, he joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and after debuting with them in 1940, he rose to fame as a singer. He had a great appeal for the teenagers of the time (the so-called bobby soxers), who were a whole new audience for popular music. Until then, this music was reserved for adults, making Sinatra the first teen idol.
10. Chester Bennington
Chester Charles Bennington (Phoenix (Arizona), March 20, 1976 – Palos Verdes Estates, July 20, 2017) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He was the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Linkin Park and released his debut album in October 2009 with his side project Dead by Sunrise. Bennington was the lead singer of the grunge group Gray Daze before 1999.
Bennington became known with Linkin Park through their debut album Hybrid Theory, a commercial success, and then released several albums and singles. He has collaborated with artists such as Jay-Z, Jonathan Davis, Young Buck, Julien-K, Busta Rhymes, Slash and Aaron Lewis.
In 2013, Bennington took the place of fired frontman Scott Weiland at the Stone Temple Pilots. With Bennington as lead singer, the single Out of Time was released in May 2013 and the EP High Rise later that year. Bennington left the band on good terms in late 2015, due to commitments with Linkin Park.