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Best Rock Vocalist

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Ranking the best voices in Rock and Roll History

Rated 22 points - posted 8 years ago by pxc0 in category Music.
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Roy Orbison Report Abuse
One of the most powerful, distinctive and beautiful voices Country Rock ever produced.
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Elvis Presley Report Abuse
The King of Rock and Roll... even though he's been gone for nearly 3 1/2 decades.
460 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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He is the best. Orbison is close. Orbison has a beatitude voice but he can just sing high. Elvis is just as pretty and he can sing high low, slow, fast. He is just the man what can you say? When god created him he said ." And you will be the greatest singer ever"...and he was
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Highly overrated, there were others much better than him, and certainly he is not the best vocalist
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He wasnt called the King for nothing.You cant put Mercury above Elvis.
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Should of course be number one
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Paul McCartney Report Abuse
Listen to 'Oh! Darling', 'Hey Jude', 'Helter Skelter', 'All My Loving' and 'Maybe I'm Amazed'.
456 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 6 comments
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Paul was a great vocalist who could do amazing things with his voice . Good range, excellent dynamics & could go from crooning to screaming
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Nothing average about Sir Paul McCartney.
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What a joke...can anyone say average
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Amazing range and good vocal quality even after 50 years of singing. Amazing song writer as well.
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Between his time as a Beetle and w/ Wings, he has sold more music that anyone in history.
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Great song writer, but not overly great vocalist
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John Lennon Report Abuse
426 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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i agree, Lennon had an average voice, but the amount of soul he poured into his songs is unmatched
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Jon Lennon=average voice Beatles=most overrated band in history!
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finally a legend of rock that belongs in top ten..best renditions are come together,strawberry and the ballad girl.Belongs at the top ahead of these shrill hairband posers..finally
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Steve Perry Report Abuse
307 points - added 8 years ago by pxc0 - 8 comments
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SP's voice dwarfed Freddie;s voice. He should be ranked #1 on this list.
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Steve Perry has a very great voice that rivals Freddie Mercury's.
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No one on this planet can match Steve Perry's vocals and delivery. Sure there are great vocalists out there but who can do justice to a song like Faithfully or Mother, Father? No one. He's a freak of nature and if you don't believe me just try singing one of his songs at karaoke.
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One of the best voices ever! Wish he would sing again. Don't miss Journey. They ended when he left! Just miss Steve and that Soulful, strong, clear, commanding voice. He earned the title: THE VOICE! Miss him!
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Gifted tenor vocalist. 80 million records sold can't be a fluke. Has enough class not to go after the notes he hit in his 20's. Great singer.
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Over 80 million albums sold plus being named the fifth best American rock band in history in the 2005 USA Today opinion poll, Journey has loads of fans.
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did journey even have a best period?
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Lead singer for "Journey" during their best period.
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Ann Wilson Report Abuse
Lead singer and songwriter for 'Heart".
276 points - added 6 years ago by Javalation - 3 comments
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One of the greatest rock vocalists of all time. Forget the '80's power ballard era (as good as it was), listen to the '70's stuff like "Dog and Butterfly" that really show just how gifted this woman is!!!!
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Anyone who says Anne who doesn't know anything about rock music or singing. She continues to be a premier vocalist and has been since Heart's inception.
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ann who?did she win teen idol or somethin?????????
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Klaus Meine (Scorpions) Report Abuse
250 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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Klaus Meine is European legend. He must be on the tope. Lennon was good but Klaus is one of a kind!
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Klaus Meine should be in the top 5. How is John Lennon better? Klaus Meine's powerful voice is as good today as it was 20 something years ago! I love him and Lou Gramm.
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Klaus is definetely a singer with an incredible power! That delivers a lot of emotion in every single song. He deserves to be up there in the 1st spot with halford!
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Still a brilliant singer into his 60's. Even after losing his voice in 1981, he recovered and has been as good as he ever was since. Always totally on key, and the vocal harmonies on record are amazing. Klaus has everything a truly great singer needs, power, range, passion and emotion. One of the true greats.
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Freddie Mercury Report Abuse
One of the greatest vocal ranges in rock music ever. Take a listen to Queen's body of work and marvel at the versatility. That band could do anything, in part because there wasn't a note Freddie couldn't hit perfectly.
239 points - added 8 years ago by pxc0 - 11 comments
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No , mercury has great range but axel rose has more so big whoop .Elvis, orbison, perry they all have much prettier voices. They just sound better. More quality.
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Out of everyone on this list, I'd say Freddie has the best range.
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I feel Freddie is better than John Lennon. Possibly even Paul.
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Freddie was unique and unsurpassed in every way, not only his vocal ranges. The warmth of his voice, the passion with which he sings, his magnetism and charisma, the way he was connected with the audience, the emotion you feel when you listen and watch him. Listen to the beginning of 'Somebody To Love' from 'Live at The Bowl', if you do not feel shivers and you're not in tears, then there is something wrong with you. And not only that, he was a great songwritter, a great and complete musician. That's why he is the greatest.
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awful band and singer? your taste of music must be questionable.
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I hate Brit glam rock but each to his own I suppose.
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Paul rodgers live singing with Queen was ridiculously good. I never would have imagined I would ever state that I liked it better than Mercury live but I do. It has always been Plant, Mercury and Elvis to me. Paul Rodgers blows the roof off. Check out you tube videos of Rodgers with Queen.
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Incredibly vocalist, obviously. Perhaps the best. Range is a bit overrated. Great belter but couldn't go THAT high. More of a low tenor anyways.
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Freddie > God
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Great Vocal Range. A master performer.
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awful band and singer..but theyre popular..they werent included in RS TOP 100artists and for very good reason..
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Steve Walsh Report Abuse
incredible ! listen to kansas
234 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 6 comments
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Greatest
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An incridible voice and so much technic, he is the best
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His voice isn't very good now due to overuse and cocain use in the 80s but he could sing during the 70s and most of the 80s.
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Another 12 year old with bad hearing if you call Steve Walsh NOT bad!!! He could sing anything, totally naturally. Amazing singer, amazing band, nuff said!!!
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ok not bad..dust n the wind is good..he can sing but not top three of all time above legends of rock like elvis,morrison,cobain..you people like high-pitched shrill hair band singers dont ya?????????
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steve walsh without a doubt was the greatest vocalist hands down end of story
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George Harrison Report Abuse
217 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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George did the best he could with what he'd been given by nature, which wasn't much.
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Robert Plant Report Abuse
The total package - amazing voice, great range, charismatic. He's a living legend for a reason - at the time nothing on Earth sounded like Led Zeppelin.
206 points - added 8 years ago by pxc0 - 3 comments
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Overrated? are you joking? without led zep rock wouldnt exist percy plant is one of the finest vocalists to ever walk the earth respect must be paid.
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hideously over-rated! admittedly, a great R & R Screamer. Vocalist? Not so much..
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terribly overrated
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Jim Morrison Report Abuse
The quintessential rock and roll "Bad Boy", Morrison has been called the perfect front man. He had the looks to please the teeny boppers and the attitude to drive parents and police officers crazy. Combine this with one of the darkest and most menacing sets of vocals in Rock and you get the incomparable Lizard King.
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One of the best vocalist of all time if not the best. I always love his vocals on "The End"!!!!!
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Great singer. Not a tenor though, definitely a deep high baritone. Nothing tenorish about his voice.
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Solid deep tenor and excellent "screamer" although his actual vocal range was limited. Great at what he did.
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now heres a great rock vocalist from a band that will be remembered through time..not the best but his voice was distinct,had great timbre and power..an original.No shrill screaming.belongs in top ten
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Paul Rodgers Report Abuse
How can any list of the Greatest / Best Rock and Roll singers not include "The Voice"? Need proof ... check out You Tube performances with Queen singing Mercury songs. And these are live !!
192 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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He will never be able to sing like Mercury. Never! He maybe can scream, but not sing as Freddie did. It's a blasphemy to compare him with The Legend Freddie Mercury. Did you ever watch Freddie live? There are no comparations betwen them .
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actually frank sinatra was "the voice" not rodgers..if you like retro 60's hippy woodstock rubbish with lots of screaming then hes your man..another robert plant...very very overrated.
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Front man for the '60s "Free" and later " "Bad Company".
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Bob Seger Report Abuse
Has to be the quintessential rock and roll voice. Nothing beats that voice.
182 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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I agree , totally
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agree,this is a good rock n'roll voice but not top ten
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Elton John Report Abuse
You may not like his music, but he's sold more than 250 million records and can actually sing, unlike many of the jokers appearing on this list.
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Stevie Nicks Report Abuse
She's like a cat in the dark,and then she is the darkness.
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Lou Gramm (Foreigner) Report Abuse
174 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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Should be top 10. Great vocal range, purity and emotion.
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I'm so glad to see Lou Gramm at #6. In my opinion, he and Klaus Meine have the greatest voices in R&R.
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Incredible versatile singer. Surely top 10.
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Lou Gramm (born Louis Andrew Grammatico; May 2, 1950) is an American rock vocalist and songwriter best known for his role as the lead vocalist and co-writer of many of the songs for the rock band Foreigner. He also had a successful solo career. Gramm was the vocalist for many top-40 hits including "Cold as Ice", "Waiting for a Girl Like You", "I Want to Know What Love Is" and "Midnight Blue".
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Roger Daltrey Report Abuse
172 points - added 8 years ago by pxc0 - 1 comment
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The best voice in Rock! Powerful and most Angry!!
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Greg Lake Report Abuse
A full chested Golden Voice with a very complex and rich timbre. The most dynamic range of any singer in this list who are mostly screamers.
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Brad Delp second only to Freddie. Report Abuse
167 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 6 comments
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More than a feeling--mercury couldn't have hit or held those notes.
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must b after top 30 .. not better than cornell and jeff...
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Just ignore the pathetic 12 year old troll, his balls haven't dropped yet!!!!
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Since when was Boston a screaming hairband?? Obviously you've never listened to them for making that comment...
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another hairband screamer..theyre coming out of the woodwork here..
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Was the vocalist for Boston.
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Peter Cetera (Chicago) Report Abuse
Peter Paul Cetera born September 13, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American singer, songwriter, bassist and producer best known for being an original member of the rock band Chicago, before launching a successful solo career. As a solo artist, Cetera has scored five Top 40 singles, including two that reached number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. His first single, "Glory of Love" (the theme to the movie The Karate Kid, Part II), was a US No. 1 hit in 1986, and achieved similar success throughout the world. It went on to win an ASCAP Award for Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures and a BMI Film & TV Award for Most Performed Song from a Film. It was also nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in the category of Best Original Song, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Male Artist.
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Should be No. 1 ! Incomparable !!!
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Needs to be in top 10!
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Way too low on ranking list!
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Kurt Cobain Report Abuse
146 points - added 8 years ago by pxc0 - 9 comments
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Absolute Rock God.Give me Elvis,Lennon,Jim and Kurt... you can keep the rest.These 4 are irreplaceable.Everyone else can be replaced.
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god
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ROCK LEGEND
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RIP Kurt.
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Killed off hairbands overnight.RIP Kurt
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RIP Kurt
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rock legend 4 sure..awesome power in the voice and his scream was unique.Voice had a gravelly rawness and loads of character.Interpreted a song.Best renditions are school and negative creep for power..and the man who sold the world and where did you sleep last night for timbre and interpretation.Top 3 vocalist.
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kurt rulz
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God
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Chris Cornell Report Abuse
128 points - added 8 years ago by pxc0 - 2 comments
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No body could do what he did... that makes him the best!
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look at Cornell's range and versatility, despite how distinct his voice is it's completely different from Soundgarden to Audioslave and it's even different with the Temple of the Dog Stint. He should be higher
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Billie Joe Armstrong Report Abuse
After 1994 he is the greatest...
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Dennis DeYoung Report Abuse
Have you heard the styx... Some of the best vocal songs in rock and roll
126 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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One of the best vocalists ever, right up there with Freddie Mercury.
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the best range of anyone here except for Freddie mercury. the only true singer on the list that could (and did) sing on Broadway.
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best vocalist ever, dennis deyoung loves quebec and people in that province love him very much From Luke in st-Remi who love to sing his song. lukestyx@hotmail.com
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he was styx
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Ronnie James Dio Report Abuse
124 points - added 8 years ago by pxc0 - 2 comments
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The Godfather of Metal! Rip Ronnie!
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Fronted for Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio.
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Jimi jamison Report Abuse
Survivor front man was almost as good as Steve Perry
122 points - added 8 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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sings in the real men of genius commercials for bud light/budweiser back in the day - "Mr. giant taco salad inventor!! Ay carumba!"
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under rated lead singer, great range, close to Steve Perry in style and vocal depth. Still trying to hit the notes though and needs to take a lesson from Perry.
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almost as good as Perry..so not very good,I quite agree..more shrill hairband rubbish..is this really what people think is a great rock vocalist?
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Jon Anderson Report Abuse
No one sounds like Jon in his natural male alto.
121 points - added 2 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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He co-created and sang "Close to the Edge" and so many other 70s epics. My favorite, all-time. No one else can take you hand through a trip through the universe like Jon.
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Bobby Kimball Report Abuse
Robert Troy "Bobby" Kimball (born March 29, 1947) is an American singer, best known as the longtime frontman of the rock band TOTO.
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Justin Hayward Report Abuse
Lead singer of The Moody Blues, he has such a powerful and smooth voice!
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justin has the most beautiful voice ever just listen to broken dream
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Absolutely one of the greatest singer ever! Listen to "Nights in White Satin" and you would understand why The Moody Blues were so successful!
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Fred (C.F.) Turner Report Abuse
Powerful Bachman Turner Overdrive vocalist
106 points - added 2 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Love this guy on "Let It Ride".
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James Dewar Report Abuse
Vocalist for guitar genius Robin Trower.
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Amy Lee Report Abuse
This list needs a female touch. She has a beautiful voice and a good range.
100 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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hypnotizer... paranormal, out of this world. I love her. check out her lithium... she is goddess
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OMG AMY IS THE BEST FEMALE ROCK SINGER OF THE TIME!!
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Meatloaf Report Abuse
Possibly the purest vocals of any modern rocker.
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Layne Staley Report Abuse
The tragic story of Staley's life is a familiar one of pain, failure and addiction. All of this suffering is reflected in his amazing vocal ability - raw and unfettered and dripping with sadness, anger and brutal honesty. Many rock vocalists sing about pain, Layne lived it and it resonates through every note he every sung.
92 points - added 8 years ago by pxc0 - 1 comment
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just hear him *-.*
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Ian Gillan Report Abuse
Greatest vocal range - Check out " Child in time" from Deep Purple, Highway star, Fighting man and many others. He is GOD!
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Should be in the top 5!
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One of the true great early metal vocalists with an exceptional range, an excellent "shriek" and great performer. Hs lost a bit of upper range but still is a great singer.
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Jeff Buckley Report Abuse
Buckley could hit every note perfectly Live. His voice is beyond amazing and could captivate anyone who was listening in person or through a set of headphones. With only one released album "Grace" before his tragic drowning in 1997. He had a great vocal range and a wide variety of influences. Buckley is definitely someone to consider when regarding great vocalism.
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Needs to be MUCH higher on this list. C'mon, how can anyone put Steven Tyler above Jeff Buckley???
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the passion is just what makes a song immortal. "hallelujah", "lover " .. must b in top 10. PURE vocal god
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I agree with the other comment posted such a wonderful singer we all know it but people should never again attempt halleuljah nobody no matter who they are will ever get close to buckleys version it was magic
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Possibly the greatest vocalist of all time. Perfect vibrato, angelic mixed voice. Could switch between any voice (chest, mixed, head, falsetto) he wanted to, effortlessly. He is dearly missed.
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Kevin Cronin Report Abuse
78 points - added 8 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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Very distinctive voice no one can cover. From Golden country to 157 riverside avenue and roll with the changes and time for me to fly! Classic voice, classic tunes!
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Very distinct voice that you can identify immediately but cannot be duplicated. Great voice that's been performing over 40 years and still sounds great!
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Lost vocal range and power after throat surgery and should not even be mentioned as a great vocalist. Compare a 1977 version of Ridin The Storm out to any of his versions today. Sad.
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Kevin Cronin (born 6 October 1951) is the lead vocalist/ rhythm guitarist/ occasional pianist for the American rock band, REO Speedwagon. REO Speedwagon had two #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 written by Cronin, "Keep On Loving You" (1981) and "Can't Fight This Feeling" (1985).
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Burton Cummings Report Abuse
Only in his Guess Who days. YouTube "Share the Land" live on the Johnny Cash show and you will get it. Period.
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he outranks everyone above him, still has it!
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A Great Choice!
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Eddie Vedder Report Abuse
74 points - added 8 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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Does not get enough credit.
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Lead singer for Pearl Jam
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Eddie should not be in the negatives, simply because of one of his most famous stage songs, Arc
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Bruce Dickinson Report Abuse
70 points - added 8 years ago by pxc0 - 2 comments
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Amazing vocalist who still has the range and power in his voice and has amazing energy on stage. He and Rob Halford, two of the great metal vocalists.
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without a doubt the GREATEST heavy metal and probably just general vocalist of all time, amazing range and a solid voice full of substance, also a master of vibrato.
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Steven Tyler Report Abuse
64 points - added 8 years ago by pxc0 - 3 comments
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One of the best
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No other Legendary Rockbands Can Scream as High and as Demon as Steven Tyler. Axle Does Scream, Robert Plant does too, Brian Johnson. But put Steven on Stage he will Kill THEM,
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amazing screamer
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Gene Pitney Report Abuse
Most power and greatest range in "Town Without Pity" and "I'm Gonna Be Strong".
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Rob Halford Report Abuse
61 points - added 8 years ago by pxc0 - 2 comments
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Unbelievably low for such a fantastic God of Metal. World's most underrated vocalist.
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Metal God. He is the greatest metal vocalist of all time. definitely deserves to be in the top 10 without a doubt
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Chester Bennington Report Abuse
Linkin Park
57 points - added 8 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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chester has gid voice .. agreed ... he has got the hold but doesn't have the talent to go up n down with e and lower notes.
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not at all... he hasn't got the gold..
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honestly I think(and if i can remember correctly a famous magazine or MTV or wtv was it also thinks)that Chester is the best vocalist of his era he just owns with his what others call "unique" voice in my personal rankings it would be Steve Perry tied with Chester at number 1
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His voice is incredible, his range fascinating. He is one of the only singers I have heard whose voice has multiple layers, souning like it is hitting multiple notes all at once. He can also scream in perfect pitch, without falter, and hold it for an impossibly long time.
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Eric Burdon Report Abuse
such a unique voice, very powerful great to listen to
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Ronnie Van Zandt Report Abuse
Skynyrd
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Joe Cocker Report Abuse
Stylistic singing at it's best .You know whi he is at the first note.
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Chris Isaak Report Abuse
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Paul McCartney Report Abuse
47 points - added 3 years ago by ibew98 - 1 comment
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Already listed above
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Geoff Tate Report Abuse
47 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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Geoff Tate is top ten of all time 1981-1997; better than top 25 in 2006; ranking of 51 is soft; listen to take hold of the flame, queen of the ryche, jet city woman, warning, anybody listening, best I can, promise land; range and power is with out equal. It's fact he can no longer replicate the mastery and power he had in his youth.
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Simply the Greatest Heavy Metal Vocalist of All Time!
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Richard Marx Report Abuse
Richard Noel Marx (born September 16, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American adult contemporary and pop/rock singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He had a string of hit singles in the late 1980s and 1990s, including "Endless Summer Nights", "Right Here Waiting", "Now and Forever", and "Hazard". Although most of his major hit songs were slow ballads, many of his songs had a classic rock style, such as "Don't Mean Nothing", "Should've Known Better," "Satisfied," and "Too Late To Say Goodbye". Marx placed himself in the record books by being the first solo artist to have his first seven singles hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart (3, 3, 2, 1, 1, 1, 4). His record sales worldwide exceed 30 million. Aside from songs that he has sung himself, he has written, co-written, and produced successful tracks for other artists such as "This I Promise You" by NSYNC and "Dance With My Father" by Luther Vandross. The latter song won several Grammy Awards.(from wikipedia)
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Undoubtedly the best voice I've ever heard
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A brilliant singer, writer, producer, and all round musician. Has one of the most incredible, soulful voices I've ever heard!
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Axl rose Report Abuse
46 points - added 8 years ago by guest - 6 comments
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S/B way higher. His performance filling in for Brian Johnson was remarkable.
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One of the greatest! cant believe he's only ranked 34
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Great front man but "great vocalist? NO. Wonderful growl bit no upper range anymore. Over rated.
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He is awesome at screaming.
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Amazing not in top 3...the other two you can argue about, but Brian Johnson has to be in there, too. The rest of the list are all arguable, imo, but c'mon, #18? That's simply ridiculous.
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Simply the best!
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Morrissey Report Abuse
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Myles Kennedy Report Abuse
beautiful voice and range
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Should be much much much higher,is a master of the bel canto technique and has worked tirelessly to achieve that amazing vocal vibrato we hear on every alter bridge and slas record,his real secret weapon is his power he is no known for it but when singing live he has the abillity to plaster you to the back wall just a wonderful vocalist technically perfect.
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lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of Alter Bridge, possessing a tenor vocal range that spans four octaves.
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This guy should be top 3 easy.
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Agreed
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Serioulsy the best. He deserves more recognition
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Beats me why Kennedy is not higher. Range, pitch control, emotional content and beauty are all awesome.
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Brien Johnson(AC/DC) Report Abuse
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Amazing rock voice. Instantly recongizable. You can't help moving when that voice sounds! AC/DC are legends! To me, the best rock group out there today! Love ya, guys. And, Brian, you are a monster!!
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graham bonet Report Abuse
beatifull voice
42 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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Graham is still great! He lost some high range, but that goes for any of the Classic Metal singers. Compare him to Gillan, Coverdale, Plant....none of those other singers are singing today with their original tone...Graham Bonnet most certainly IS.
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this guy can high high e without trying, how is it he only managed 45? this guy is top 10 easy, but of course this is a popularity contest
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One of the great masters of hard rock, competely unique and influential tone.
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Graham Bonnet can sing and yell, without needing studio magic. A career spanning more than 4 decades.
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Alice Cooper Report Abuse
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David Gilmour Report Abuse
He has a wide range as a vocalist and he is a very soulful singer
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Jon Bon Jovi Report Abuse
His vocals improved a great deal since Bon Jovi's first album Bon Jovi. On their 7th Album These Days many of the songs show range and a diversity of sounds in his vocals.
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Incredible range and power. Now he sounds like an opera singer.
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Corey Taylor Report Abuse
how is he not on this list??
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he is the best metal Singer..
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Maynard James Keenan Report Abuse
No matter if its Tool, A Perfect Circle of Puscifer Maynard always brings it. Perhaps no other vocalist today combines the angry and menacing with the vulnerable and ironic. Keenan has that unique ability to transmit raw emotion through sound.
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Maynard is way too far down, and I bet it's because of his bands not appealing as much to a mainstream audience. But his voice captivates me when i listen to him, even through those tool songs that are way too long
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Michael Kiske Report Abuse
From wikipedia: Michael Kiske (born January 24, 1968 in Hamburg, Germany) is a singer best known as the lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween, from 1986 to 1993. From 1996 up to 2009, Kiske recorded four solo albums, participated on various metal and rock related projects, while he also performed with numerous bands as a guest vocalist. In late 2009, he formed the rock band Unisonic and began touring again after 17 years.
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Pat Benatar Report Abuse
Queen of rock. Great personality, vocal power, amazing songs with great meanings. A little woman with a huge talent.
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Matt Tuck (Bullet for my valentine) Report Abuse
In an age when most metal bands scream, matt tuck really does have an ear for melody and bullet for my valentine do an awesome job of mixing musscle with melody!!! they are this genarations maiden or metallica thats for sure!
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best live band for sure. saw them perform back in October of 2010 and these guys know how to please the crowd. back during the poison they screamed better then any other band. now ever since matt's surgery his voice just sounds a lot more mature and aggressive but still an amazing band and amazing singer he should be 1 or 2 for this generation of best vocals
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Brent Smith Report Abuse
The most under rated vocalists
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Brent Smith is incredible and should be much higher on this list at least top 20
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Oh God He`s The Best Vocalist ! Check The ((Shinedown)) Band Songs And Surely You`ll Vote Him !
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Best vocalist ever! I've never heard a man hit those notes like he can, (besides chris cornell, of course). Not to mention his tone is beautiful, and he writes songs that anyone -well almost anyone- can realte to... Should be higher!
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Fronts for Shinedown.
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Sej Tankian Report Abuse
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Ozzy Osbourne Report Abuse
Seriously, this is not a popularity contest, is it? Top five in no particular order: Ozzy, Cornell, Orbison, Rodgers, Mercury. And, I love Grunge & Metal, but Cobain and Hetfield should not be near this list. Best Rock Entertainers is another list.
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Cedric Bixler-Zavala Report Abuse
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Shakin' Stevens Report Abuse
Shakin' Stevens, also known as "Shaky" (born Michael Barratt, 4 March 1948) is a platinum selling Welsh rock and roll singer and songwriter. His recording and performing career began in the late 1960s, although it was not until 1980 that he saw commercial success in his native land. In the UK alone, Stevens has charted no fewer than 33 top 40 hit singles in the sales charts.
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mick jones Report Abuse
because he was the brains behind the clash apart from the singing obviously that was down to strummer but he was a singer in big audio dynamite and was also the brains behind that group,
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Mick Jones was the voice of Foreigner.
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Phil Anselmo Report Abuse
Lead singer of Pantera. Very versatile metal singer.
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David Lee Roth Report Abuse
David Lee Roth (born October 10, 1954) is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality. Roth was ranked nineteenth by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Singers of All Time.
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You are joking aren't you! Terrible voice, average at best, and even worse these days, what little he had is totally shot!! Thought this list was for people that actually had some vocal talent? this egotist has NONE!!!
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Great "frontman" but not a "great" vocalist. Excellent at what he does buy limited range and has lost a bit of his "growl".
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David Coverdale Report Abuse
An intense ad extremely expressive voice with blues traits; Whitesnake leader is one of the most iconic hard rock singers of 80's.
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GLENN HUGHES Report Abuse
'THE VOICE OF ROCK' say no more!
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listen to 'mistreated' or 'burn' or 'coast to coast' live. there is no better vocalist on this planet.
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Glenn Danzig Report Abuse
okay maybe not the best voice, but certainly one of the best rock voices.
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Geddy Lee Report Abuse
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Listening to Anthem or Finding My Way should be enough to get him into the top 10.
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Great tenor has taken real care of his voice and it shows his range is still high and pitch is wonderful,he is also notable for his phrasing and vibrato.
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joe strummer Report Abuse
hes got one of the most unique voices known to man his songwriting skills are inspirational and he is the only singer i know who would personaly sign every autograph for the fans after the show.
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what a legend,his unique voice will always remain in my7 head and probably will never e forgotten, If mozart can go for four hundred years why cant he??
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Brian Connolly Report Abuse
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after 1973 and on the b-sides you hear what power in his voice
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Front man for pop bubblegum's "The Sweet".
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Robin Zander Report Abuse
How was I the first to add him??? He is the man of 1000 voices, and the greatest lead singer ever.
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Should be top 25.
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Nick Cave Report Abuse
Massive cult following worldwide in his 40 year career . Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds is the greatest band I ever seen live , they was amazing electrifying and disturbing Beautiful all at once .
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Matt Bellamy Report Abuse
MUSE
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Should be nowhere near the bottom...
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Dallas Green Report Abuse
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Tommy Shaw Report Abuse
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tommy still has the voice
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I like alot of the singers listed here, but Tommy Shaw is the best vocalist of all time!!!!
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John Elefante Report Abuse
His voice has actually improved with age which is very uncommon with singers, was the lead singer of Kansas from 1981 to 84 and has been influenced by many artists over the years which can be noticed on his last album, On my Way to the Sun.
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He has a high, strong tenor singing voice that rivals that of Steve Walsh.
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Ray Gillen (R.I.P.) Report Abuse
Amazing voice. Powerful and had soul to it. He even was briefly with Black Sabbath. He would have been one of the greatest if he was still here.
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Ron Keel Report Abuse
Some think he has one of the worst voices ever, but the guy sure did hit high notes and even gets very low.
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Paul Carrack Report Abuse
One of the most soulful English vocalists in rock and roll.
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Jay Buchanan Report Abuse
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Ville Valo Report Abuse
One of the best singers ever... he can sing both very deep and very high... and he has a stunning voice.
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Brandon Boyd Report Abuse
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Brandon is great has that soulfull croon down to a fine art and reaches his impressive upper range effortlessly great vocalist!
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Incredible singer and songwriter! His vocal range is amazing and Incubus as a band has very talented musicians. Every album is unique and progressive so it's interesting to hear what will come out next from this band.
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John Farnham Report Abuse
Even his success was only short lived in Europe and as the 2nd lead singer of The Little River Band Farnham has alway has been a household name in Australia .. But has retained Respect as Australia's greatest singer , there's a reason why he is known as the Voice ..
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Jeff Scott Soto Report Abuse
Ex singer of Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Eyes, Talisman, Journey, RockStar Movie Soundtrack, Queen Extravaganza, and currently with Trans-Siberian Orchestra as well as his own band SOTO and solo project. This versatile vocalist can sing anything and is the most underrated singer out there, with over 100 musical projects he's been involved with in his 30 year career.
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If he was a singer for some popular band he'd easily be in top 10, one of the greatest singers of the '80s.
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John Lawton Report Abuse
One of the most beautifull tones in rock with clean and powerfull high notes. He mostly uses no falsetto. Listen to Lucifer's Friend albums for the best of JL.
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Most don't know him, but he really should have been a household name....Imagine a young Robert Plant meets a young Ronnie James Dio and an idea of the range of John Lawton's voice, He could sing the phone book and it would sound good.
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Sammy Hagar Report Abuse
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Christina Amphlett ( The Divinyls) Report Abuse
Australia's Ultimate Rock Chic (Rest In Peace)
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Michael Hutchence ( INXS ) Report Abuse
This man brought back the sex appeal for the frontman back in the 80's
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Jimmy Barnes Report Abuse
Aussie Pub Rocker and occasional Soul Singer . Known for his wild Cold Chisel days and aswell hugely successful solo career in Australia.
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Tina Turner Report Abuse
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