Top 10 American Singers: Incredible Voices, Timeless Hits

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Introducing the top 10 American singers in music history! From iconic voices that have shaped generations to chart-topping hits that remain etched in our hearts, these unbelievable talents have left an indelible mark on the music industry.

  • Journey through the annals of American music as we celebrate the incredible voices and enduring legacies of these artists.
  • Bold and Exciting Welcome to a musical journey like no other! Get ready to be blown away as we explore the top 10 American singers in music history.
  • Brace yourself for a thrilling ride through timeless hits and extraordinary vocal talents that have shaped the very fabric of our favorite songs.
  • These legendary artists are the epitome of American music excellence, and we’re here to pay homage to their incredible contributions.

10 Prince

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The musical genius Prince spanned genres with his broad sound and colorful demeanor. “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Kiss” are funk, rock, and pop. Musical legend Prince inspired American music.

BornPrince Rogers Nelson
June 7, 1958
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedApril 21, 2016 (aged 57)
Chanhassen, Minnesota, U.S.
Cause of deathAccidental fentanyl overdose
Other namesThe Artist (Formerly Known as Prince) (TAFKAP)
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, musician, record producer, actor
Years active1975–2016
SpousesMayte Garcia​​(m. 1996; div. 2000)​Manuela Testolini​​(m. 2001; div. 2006)​
ParentJohn L. Nelson (father)
RelativesTyka Nelson (sister)
Musical career
GenresFunk, rock, R&B, neo-psychedelia, pop, progressive soul
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboard, bass drums
DiscographyAlbums discography
Singles discography
LabelsWarner, Bros.Paisley, Park, NPGEMI, Columbia, Arista, Universal

09 Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey’s five-octave voice and lyrics dominate pop and R&B. Classics include “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” “Hero,” and “Vision of Love”. Carey’s vocal gymnastics and chart-topping success make her America’s best vocalist.

BornMarch 27, 1969 (age 54)
Huntington, New York, U.S.
EducationHarborfields High School
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, record producer, actress
Years active1988–present
WorksAlbums, singles, songs recorded, videography, performances
SpousesTommy Mottola​​(m. 1993; div. 1998)​Nick Cannon​​(m. 2008; div. 2016)​
Musical career
GenresR&B, pop, hip-hop, soul and gospel
LabelsColumbia, Crave, Virgin, MonarC, Island, Def Jam, Epic, Butterfly MC

08 Johnny Cash

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Johnny Cash, the “Man in Black,” had a powerful voice and narrative. “Ring of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “I Walk the Line” are renowned internationally. Cash’s country and folk music remains.

BornJ. R. Cash
February 26, 1932
Kingsland, Arkansas, U.S.
DiedSeptember 12, 2003 (aged 71)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Other names“Man in Black”John R. Cash
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, musician, actor
Years active1954–2003
SpousesVivian Liberto​​(m.1954; div. 1966)​June Carter​​(m.1968; died 2003)​
Children5, including Rosanne, Cindy and John
RelativesTommy Cash (brother)
Military career
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1950–1954
Rank Staff sergeant
Musical career
GenresVocals guitar
Instrument(s)Albums singles
DiscographyAlbums singles
LabelsSun, Columbia, Mercury, American, House of Cash, Legacy
Formerly ofThe Highwaymen

07 Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop,” wowed audiences with his concerts and music videos. Breaking records, “Thriller,” “Billie Jean,” and “Beat It” changed pop. Jackson’s impact on music, dance, and fashion is unsurpassed.

BornMichael Joseph Jackson
August 29, 1958
Gary, Indiana, US
DiedJune 25, 2009 (aged 50)
Los Angeles, California, US
Cause of deathAcute propofol intoxication
Burial placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California, US
Other namesMichael Joe Jackson
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, dancer, record producer
SpousesLisa Marie Presley​​(m. 1994; div. 1996)​Debbie Rowe​​(m. 1996; div. 2000)​
Children3, including Paris
ParentsJoe Jackson (father) and Katherine Jackson (mother)
Musical career
GenresPop, soul, rhythm and blues, funk, rock, disco, post-disco, dance-pop, new jack swing
DiscographyAlbums discography
Singles discography
Years active1964–2009
LabelsSteeltown, Motown, Epic, Legacy, Sony, MJJ Productions
Formerly ofThe Jackson 5

06 Frank Sinatra

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Frank Sinatra, known as “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” captivated audiences with his silky voice and charm for decades. The classics “My Way,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” and “New York, New York” by Sinatra influenced jazz and pop for decades.

BornFrancis Albert Sinatra
December 12, 1915
Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedMay 14, 1998 (aged 82)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Burial placeDesert Memorial Park
OccupationsSinger, Actor, Producer
Years active1935–1995
Notable workSinger,Actor, Producer
Political partyRepublican (after 1972)
Other political
Democratic (until 1972)
SpousesNancy Barbato​​(m.1939; div.1951)​Ava Gardner​​(m. 1951; div. 1957)​Mia Farrow​​(m.1966; div. 1968)​Barbara Marx ​(m.1976)​
ChildrenNancy, Frank Jr.Tina
ParentsAntonino Martino SinatraNatalina Garaventa
GenresTraditional, pop easy, listening, jazz, swing, big band
LabelsRCA Victor, Columbia, Capitol, Reprise, Warner Bros.
Formerly ofRat Pack

05 Beyonce

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Beyoncé changed pop and R&B. In “Single Ladies,” “Halo,” and “Formation,” she set high creative standards. Her fascinating performances and strong voice made her one of the best American singers of her day.

BornBeyonce Giselle Knowles
September 4, 1981 (age 42)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Other namesHarmonies by The Hive, Queen B, Third Ward Trill
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, record producer, businesswoman, dancer, actress, director, philanthropist
Years active1997–present
WorksSolo discography, songs videography, performances
TitleFounder, chairwoman, and CEO of Parkwood EntertainmentCo-founder and owner of Ivy Park
SpouseJay-Z ​(2008)​
Children3, including Blue Ivy
ParentsMathew Knowles (father) and Tina Lawson (mother)
RelativesSolange Knowles (sister)Angela Beyincé (cousin)
Musical career
GenresR&B, pop, hip-hop
LabelsParkwood, Columbia, Music World
Member ofThe Carters
Formerly ofDestiny’s Child

04 Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan has wonderful lyrics and a unique voice. His 1960s social movement tunes included “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his folk and rock music innovations.

BornRobert Allen Zimmerman
May 24, 1941 (age 82)
Duluth, Minnesota, US
Other namesShabtai Zisel ben Avraham (Hebrew name), Elston GunnnBlind Boy GruntBob LandyRobert Milkwood ThomasTedham PorterhouseLucky WilburyBoo WilburyJack FrostSergei PetrovZimmy
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, artistwriter
Years active1959–present
SpousesSara Lownds​​(1965; div.1977), ​Carolyn Dennis​​(1986; div.1992)​
Children6, including Jesse and Jakob
Awards2016 Nobel Prize in Literature(for others, see list)
Musical career
GenresFolk, blues, rock, gospel, country, traditional, pop, jazz
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards
LabelsColumbia, Asylum
Formerly ofThe Traveling Wilburys

03 Whitney Houston

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Whitney Houston was a great singer due to her range. “I Will Always Love You,” “Greatest Love of All,” and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” featured her vocals. Houston made pop and R&B famous in America.

BornWhitney Elizabeth Houston
August 9, 1963
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedFebruary 11, 2012 (aged 48)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Burial placeFairview Cemetery, Westfield, New Jersey
EducationMount Saint Dominic Academy
OccupationsSinger, actress, producer, and model
Years active1977–2012
SpouseBobby Brown​​(m. 1992; div. 2007)​
ChildrenBobbi, Kristina, and Brown
ParentCissy Houston (mother)
RelativesGary Garland, (half-brother) Dionne Warwick, (cousin) Dee Dee Warwick, (cousin) Leontyne Price, (cousin)
AwardsAccolades records
Musical career
GenresR&B, pop, dance-pop, soul, gospel
LabelsArista, RCA

02 Elvis Presley

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The charm, stage presence, and voice of Elvis Presley, “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” changed music. “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender,” and “Jailhouse Rock” made him famous. He is one of the best American vocalists due to his rock and pop influence.

BornElvis Aaron Presley
January 8, 1935
Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S.
DiedAugust 16, 1977 (aged 42)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Cause of deathCardiac arrest
Resting placeGraceland, Memphis
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OccupationsSinger, actor
WorksAlbums, singles, songs, recorded Sun label film and television
SpousePriscilla Presley​​(m. 1967; div. 1973)​
ChildrenLisa Marie Presley
RelativesRiley Keough (granddaughter)
Brandon Presley (second cousin)
AwardsRock and Roll Hall of Fame (1986)Presidential Medal of Freedom (2018)
Musical career
GenresRock and roll, pop, rockabilly, country, gospel, R&B, blues
Years active1953–1977
LabelsSun, RCA Victor, HMV, Allied Artists Music Group
Military service
BranchUnited States Army
Years of service1958–1960
UnitHeadquarters Company, 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32d Armor, 3d Armored Division
AwardsGood Conduct Medal

01 Aretha Franklin

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The “Queen of Soul,” and her strong voice created a musical legacy. Soulful and forceful, Franklin’s voice and passion in “Respect,” “Natural Woman,” and “Chain of Fools” made her an American music legend.

BornAretha Louise Franklin
March 25, 1942
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedAugust 16, 2018 (aged 76)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Resting placeWoodlawn Cemetery, Detroit
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, pianist civil, rights, activist, record, producer
Years active1954–2017
SpousesTed White​​(m. 1961; div. 1969)​Glynn Turman​​(m. 1978; div. 1984)​
ParentsC. L. Franklin, Barbara Siggers Franklin
RelativesErma Franklin (sister)Carolyn Franklin (sister)
Musical career
OriginDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresVocals piano
DiscographyAretha, Franklin, discography
LabelsJ.V.B, Columbia, Atlantic, Arista, RCA
WebsiteOfficial website


This complex mix of top 10 musicians has molded American music. The deep sounds of Aretha Franklin, the revolutionary rock of Elvis Presley, the timeless pop of Whitney Houston, and the lyrical folk of Bob Dylan touch American music and people worldwide.

Celebrate these amazing singers’ musical effect on our lives. They demonstrate American musical talent. Their songs will always demonstrate how music unites.

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