The Best Singers of All Time – Top Ten List

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The Best Singers of All Time – Top Ten List

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    "Describe Elvis Presley? He was the greatest who ever was, is or ever will be."
    – Chuck Berry
    "Blacks didn't have the air-waves Elvis had. He delivered what he obtained beautifully."
    -Chuck Berry
    “Elvis had an influence on everybody with his musical approach. He broke the ice for all of us.”
    – Al Green
    “There have been a lotta tough guys. There have been pretenders. And there have been contenders. But there is only one king.”
    – Bruce Springsteen
    "Elvis Presley is all there is. There just ain't no more. Everything starts and ends with Elvis. He wrote the book. He is everything to do and not to do in the music business."
    – Bruce Springsteen
    “A lot has been written and said about why he was so great, but I think the best way to appreciate his greatness is just to go back and play some of the old records… Time has a way of being very unkind to old records, but Elvis' keep getting better and better.”
    – Huey Lewis
    “Elvis was the king. No doubt about it. People like myself, Mick Jagger and all the others only followed in his footsteps.”
    – Rod Stewart
    “He was a unique artist – an original in an area of imitators.”
    – Mick Jagger
    "No-one, but no-one, is his equal, or ever will be. He was, and is supreme."
    -Mick Jagger
    “Before Elvis, there was nothing.”
    – John Lennon
    "Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been the Beatles."
    -John Lennon
    "There's only one person in the United States that we have ever wanted to meet…. not that he wanted to meet us. And we met him last night. We can't tell you how we felt. We just idolized him so much. When we first came to town, these guys like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra and all these people wanted to come over and hang around with us at night simply because we had all the women, all the chicks. We don't want to meet those people. They don't really like us. We don't really admire or like them. The only person that we wanted to meet in the United States of America was Elvis Presley. We can't tell you what a thrill that was last night."
    -John Lennon
    "Some people say Elvis stole Black music. Those people are fools, Elvis gave Black people a voice."
    -James Brown
    “I wasn’t just a fan, I was his brother. He said I was good and I said he was good; we never argued about that. Elvis was a hard worker, dedicated, and God loved him. Last time I saw him was at Graceland. We sang Old Blind Barnabus together, a gospel song. I love him and hope to see him in heaven. There’ll never be another like that soul brother."
    – James Brown
    “He was the firstest with the mostest.”
    – Roy Orbison
    "Well a lot of people said Elvis stole our music. Stole the black man's music. The black man, white man, has got no music of their own. Music belongs to the universe."
    -Rufus Thomas
    "Ask anyone. If it hadn't been for Elvis, I don't know where popular music would be. He was the one that started it all off, and he was definitely the start of it for me."
    – Elton John
    "It was Elvis that got me interested in music. I've been an Elvis fan since I was a kid."
    – Elton John
    "Elvis was a giant and influenced everyone in the business."
    – Isaac Hayes
    "I learned music listening to Elvis' records. His measurable effect on culture and music was even greater in England than in the States."
    – Mick Fleetwood
    "I remember Elvis as a young man hanging around the Sun Studios. Even then, I knew this kid had a tremendous talent. He was a dynamic young boy. His phraseology, his way of looking at a song, was as unique as Sinatra's. I was a tremendous fan, and had Elvis lived, there would have been no end to his inventiveness."
    – B.B. King
    "Elvis, he was unique. And he loved the blues, it was a pity he didn't do more"
    -B.B. King
    "I don't think there is a musician today that hasn't been affected by Elvis' music. His definitive years – 1954-57 – can only be described as rock's cornerstone. He was the original cool."
    – Brian Setzer
    "It’s insane the charisma he had. I’ve never seen anything like it to this day.”
    – Faith Hill
    “When I saw Elvis on television, I just fell in love with him completely. As a singer, I want to be able to relate to an audience like this man does. Of course, nobody can – he was the best there ever was.”
    – Faith Hill
    "Elvis was one of those individuals, when he sang a song, he just seemed to live every word of it. There's other people that have a voice that may be as greater than Presley's but he had that certain something."
    -Jake Hess
    “Elvis is iconic; a lot of performers today look to that for inspiration.”
    – Beyonce
    “Tonight, I would like to pay tribute to the greatest entertainer of all time, Mr. Elvis Presley. Elvis was Las Vegas. And if it wasn’t for him, so many performers like myself would not have the chance to do what we do in this town. He really was the king.”
    – Celine Dion
    "… he had a feel for rhythm in his voice. He could hear a song and he knew what he could do with a song. And nobody else could do it."
    -Scotty Moore
    "He was just amazing and spectacular. He really opened the door to my whole love of music. Because of him, and because of the choice of his material, I found Smiley Lewis [and] all those great singers."
    – Robert Plant
    "We've lost the most popular man that ever walked on this planet since Christ himself was here."
    -Carl Perkins
    "He never really died and never will….He cut a path through the world! He's gonna be history, man."
    -Carl Perkins
    "You have no idea how great he is, really you don't. You have no comprehension – it's absolutely impossible. I can't tell you why he's so great, but he is. He's sensational."
    – Phil Spector
    "Without Elvis you're nothing."
    "Elvis could do everything, from a very quiet sensual moan and groan to a high-panic scream and was willing to do it within the context of a three-minute song, with no inhibitions whatsoever".
    -Norbert Putman (His bassist)
    ‘Everyone likes at least one Elvis song… Me, I love them all. He was, is, and will remain, the ultimate rock star
    – Robbie Williams
    "He inspired me to be a performer, he is a legend, the King."
    -Robbie Williams
    "Elvis is the best ever, the most original. He started the ball rolling for us all. He deserves the recognition."
    – Jim Morrison
    "You want me to describe Elvis, WOW."
    – Shania Twain
    "Elvis was God-given, there's no other explanation. A Messiah comes around every few thousand years, and Elvis was it this time."
    – Little Richard
    "He was an integrator, Elvis was a blessing. They wouldn't let black music through. He opened the door for black music."
    -Little Richard
    "I'm just a singer, Elvis was the embodiment of the whole American culture. life just wouldn't have been the same without him."
    -Frank Sinatra
    On a scale of one to ten, I would rate him eleven"
    -Sammy Davis Jr
    "Don't Be Cruel is the greatest rock 'n' roll record ever made."
    – Jerry Lee Lewis
    Without Elvis, none of us could have made it.
    – Buddy Holly
    “A lot of people have accused Elvis of stealing the black man’s music, when in fact, almost every black solo entertainer copied his stage mannerisms from Elvis.”
    – Jackie Wilson
    "Elvis Presley is like the 'Big Bang' of Rock 'n' Roll. It all came from there and what you had in Elvis Presley is a very interesting moment because, really, to be pretentious about it for a minute, you had two cultures colliding there. You had a kind of white, European culture and an African culture coming together – the rhythm, okay, of black music and the melody chord progressions of white music – just all came together in that kind of spastic dance of his. That was the moment. That's really it. Out of all that came the Beatles and the Stones, but you can't underestimate what happened. It does get back to Elvis."
    – Bono of U2
    "Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was probably stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something."
    -David Bowie
    "Elvis touched the life of every ear that heard him, and you couldn't help but listen when he sang."
    -Merle Haggard
    "Elvis was the reason I picked up the guitar."
    – Paul Simon
    When I first heard Elvis perform "Bridge Over Trouble Water" It was unbelivable,and I thought to myself, how the hell can I compete with that?"
    -Paul Simon
    "Elvis is my man."
    – Janis Joplin
    "I think Elvis is the sexiest man to ever walk the earth, I love him."
    -Britney Spears
    "Elvis is the coolest".
    – Pink
    "I owe Elvis my career and the entire music business owes him its lifeline. If there was no Elvis Presley, they're would have been no Cliff Richard. I'm sure of that"
    – Cliff Richard
    "Elvis saved my life when I was 13 or 14. He saved all our lives."
    – Eric Idle
    "He had total love in his eyes when he performed. He was the total androgenous beauty. I would practice Elvis in front of the mirror when I was twelve or thirteen years old."
    -K.D. Lang
    "Before Elvis, everything was in black and white. Then came Elvis. Zoom, glorious Technicolor."
    -Keith Richards
    “No one will ever touch Elvis”
    – Garth Brooks
    "The highlight of my career? That's easy, Elvis recording one of my songs."
    -Bob Dylan
    When I first heard Elvis' voice, I just knew that I wasn't going to work for anybody, and nobody was going to be my boss. He is the deity supreme of rock and roll religion as it exists in today's form. Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail.—I thank God for Elvis Presley."
    -Bob Dylan
    People now know that Elvis could play a mean rhythm guitar himself, and needed no other musicians to perform a great song. But Elvis was not just a rock star, he was an all-round entertainer."
    -Pete Townshend
    "Elvis saved my life when I was 13 or 14. He saved all our lives."
    -Eric Idle
    “You couldn’t take your eyes off of him.”
    – Joe Perry
    “He embodied rock ‘n’ roll, he owned it 100% – he was that.”
    – David Lynch
    “They called Elvis the king, why not me?”
    – Michael Jackson

  2. Based on voice alone, i think Freddie is a bit better than MJ.
    No offense to MJ or anything, i still appreciate what he has done to the music industry.

    I also think Axl Rose and Frank Sinatra should be on the list, but that's just me though.

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