Explore the voices nominated by the NPR community and our panel of experts.
50 Great Voices archive
Listen Howlin' Wolf: Booming Voice Of The Blues
Listen Mohammad Reza Shajarian: Protest Through Poetry
Listen Robert Plant: Born In England; Made In America
September 20, 2010 – As a boy, Plant marveled at the voices of Smokey Robinson and James Brown on the radio.
Listen Carlos Gardel: Argentina's Tango Maestro
Listen Yossele Rosenblatt: The Cantor With The Heavenly Voice
September 6, 2010 – The Ukrainian singer transcended the boundaries of Jewish music to become an international star.
Listen Freddie Mercury: Rock 'N' Roll's Humble Showman
Listen Irma Thomas: The Soul Queen Of New Orleans
Listen Twinkie Clark: Riffing On Gospel
Listen Bjork: A Celestial Voice
Watch Biggie Smalls: The Voice That Influenced A Generation
August 2, 2010 – Though he died at only 24, he's one of the most revered, emulated and popular rappers in the game.
Listen Khaled: The King Of Rai
Listen John McCormack: The Charming Irish Tenor
Listen Fairuz: Lebanon's Voice Of Hope
Listen The Many Voices Of Lauryn Hill