Season 17 of "The Voice" is back! To celebrate the premiere of the Emmy-winning NBC music show on Sept. 23, 2019, Wonderwall.com is taking a look at the hit competition program's coaches and ranking them! Keep reading to get started…
13. Jennifer Hudson
Coming in at No. 13 is Jennifer Hudson! The former "American Idol" star joined the coaching panel on "The Voice" for Season 13 and definitely made her mark. Her team had a ton of talented singers who showed just how influential J.Hud can be. The "Dreamgirls" powerhouse came back for Season 15, with two of her picks making the top 10.
12. CeeLo Green
CeeLo Green hasn't coached as many times as Blake Shelton, Adam Levine or Christina Aguilera, but he was in that revolving chair on "The Voice" for four seasons, including the first one in 2011. Every time he pushed his button to turn around, he smiled and lit up the room — and that smile can boost a singer's confidence! For his teams, he brought on some all-star guest mentors including Monica, Ne-Yo, Rob Thomas, Miguel and even one of the newer coaches, Jennifer Hudson!
11. John Legend
John Legend has only been a coach for one season but he's already made his mark! The R&B crooner's singer, Maelyn Jarmon, took home the top prize during John's debut season in 2019. John previously honed his coaching skills when he co-mentored talent for Season 12 of "The Voice." We can't wait to see how well he does on Season 17!
10. Alicia Keys
We all know that Grammy winner Alicia Keys could sing the phone book and make it sound amazing, so she made a great coach on Seasons 11, 12 and 14. But she also has a unique confidence — which includes her decision to go makeup-free — that's motivated her singers to channel their own. We get that some fans might argue that Alicia should rank higher, especially after she took home a win on Season 12 with team member Chris Blue.
9. Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams sings a song called "Happy," and it would be hard to not to be happy with him as your coach on "The Voice." On Season 8, Sawyer Fredericks won under Pharrell's guidance. That season, Pharrell (who also coached during Seasons 7, 9 and 10) pulled out all the stops and brought in music legend Lionel Richie as a guest mentor. "Who has had a career as long as his and as diverse in genres as him? No one," Pharrell told Entertainment Weekly. The Hollywood trendsetter also knows a thing or two about style and made sure his vocalists looked their best on stage.
8. Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera was the first female coach to have a winning contestant. Xtina mentored former child star Alisan Porter, who won the 10th season of the vocal competition show in 2016, and we were totally on board with her girl-power team. "Tonight is a true victory for women," Christina said backstage after "Curly Sue" star Alisan's victory. Despite her amazing leadership, we still think there are some other coaches who outshined her…
Shakira was only a coach for two seasons, Season 4 and Season 6, so it's been a while. However, she did reveal a unique talent for getting contestants on her team: She speaks more than one language (she's fluent in four, in fact). Thanks in part to her appeal as a successful Spanish-language performer, Shakira was able to snag three Latina singers — Cathia, Monique Abbadie and Mary Miranda — making for a more diverse Season 4.
Usher signed Justin Bieber, so it's no surprise that he's a coach who can spot talent. He won Season 6 of "The Voice" as Josh Kaufman's coach. (He also coached during Season 4 and returned as a part-time advisor during Season 8.) Plus, not only can Usher help his singers with their vocals, but he can teach them some impressive dance moves too.
5. Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani has yet to win as a coach, but she did win at love on "The Voice," and that counts for something! She and Blake Shelton officially confirmed they were dating in November 2015 when Season 9 was still airing. And since she's dating the show's most successful coach so far, she's in a good position to crib some of his secrets for success. Then again, the No Doubt frontwoman also has tricks of her own thanks to the unique, pop-rocker edge she brings to the show. Gwen, who coached on Seasons 7, 9 and 12, is back for Season 17.
4. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus was a breath of fresh air as a coach on "The Voice." Though not a stranger to the show — she served as a guest mentor during Season 10 — she was extra fun to watch on her first official coaching season, Season 11, and was just as compelling when she returned for Season 13. Also, how could we forget her A-M-A-Z-I-N-G "Jolene" performance with Dolly Parton and Pentatonix?!
3. Adam Levine
Adam Levine was the very first coach to win "The Voice" — and he loved to win. Adam's singers took home the top prize three times: Javier Colon won on Season 1, Tessanne Chin was victorious on Season 5 and Jordan Smith won on Season 9. Plus we adored watching Adam continue his long-running bromance with Blake through the years. But after Season 16, the Maroon 5 frontman announced he was leaving.
2. Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson might only have three seasons of "The Voice" under her belt so far, but fans really, really love her as a coach! Plus the "American Idol" alum immediately coached a winner: Kelly's singer Brynn Cartelli took home first place during Season 14 in early 2018. Kelly's ability to discern talent came in handy when she returned for Season 15, with her singer Chevel Shepherd coming in at No. 1. She's back for Season 17 — her fourth.
1. Blake Shelton
In the No. 1 spot? It has to be Blake Shelton. Not only does the country music star have the best record in terms of coaching winners — six wins and counting with Jermaine Paul victorious on Season 2, Cassadee Pope in Season 3, Danielle Bradbery in Season 4, Craig Wayne Boyd in Season 7, Sundance Head in Season 11 and Chloe Kohanski in Season 13 — but he found love with fellow coach Gwen Stefani on the show post-divorce.