The Most Iconic Singers of All Time, Ranked

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The late composer Richard Strauss once said, "The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play." Strauss was right, but you don't have to carry a tune perfectly to make an impact with a song. It’s so much more than that.

A great singer can surprise you through a powerful howl or a quiet whisper. An iconic singer can leave you emotional, inspired and changed forever. These music legends shaped our worlds with their exceptional vocal talent and timeless music catalogs. Because of that, they are the greatest singers of all time.