Top Ten Best Male Rock Vocalists

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1Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury was born in Stone Town, Tanzania he later became a British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Before he became a singer he has been ...read more.

Freddie Mercury. The best voice in the world. He can't be compared.

And a living one, I'd say Chester Bennington.

I grew up with Freddie and Queen. I own every CD and never get sick of them. His voice has the most altruistic and passionate power that is humanly possible and then his range takes it miles higher. His vocals turn Queen's music into a beautiful pristine mountain that will never be conquered by any other band. Not ever. Who Wants To Live Forever? You will, Freddie, always.

Singer of the singers, band of the bands.
Pure awesomeness! You can't compare Freddie to any other rock singers, he is
THE BEST

Number one is where this legend belongs for eternity

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2Robert PlantRobert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Play 'Kashmir' loud.

Robert Plant's ungodly wail will make the hairs on your neck stand up and your girlfriend's pants fall down.

That's it.

What ROBERT PLANT IS 8TH ON THIS LIST! No one can compare to his talent - Plant is the most versatile rock vocalist in the history of rock n roll! Have you ever heard of a transition from quiet and calm to an absolutely ecstatic screech in stairway to heaven? Mercury can't touch him. Axl Rose can't touch him. Hetfield shouldn't even be in the top 10 never mind the top two. And have no clue what all these modern rock vocalists are doing up there they simply cannot compare to Plant! - edwardbangala

The same thing what you did say about Plant, I can say about Freddie. Plant can't touch him, simply that's why he is the winner

Robert Plant in his young prime had greater range & power than any singer in rock history. In the early Zeppelin days the PA system went down a couple of times and Plant sang the entire concerts without electrical amplification... Such was the strength of his voice. Along with all the rock god adulation that he has received, it should never be forgotten that Robert Plant was a game changing rock visionary. Before Plant virtually all rock singers sounded like some variation of Elvis or Tom Jones. People were shocked when they first heard the higher registers of Plant's voice on the first few Zeppelin masterpieces. He paved the way for countless inferior imitators.

Listen to Rock N Roll LOUD

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3Axl RoseWilliam Bruce Rose Jr.,better known as 'Axl Rose', was born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana, USA. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

Axl has the biggest vocal range in rock music, basically, even an octave or so wider than Freddie's. Despite the fact that Freddie had better control of his voice, Axl sings with such a reckless passion that makes his vocals so outstanding, going from a depressing whisper to a sweet and soft singing to a crazy angry scream that cannot be copied. He might not steal Freddie's crown, especially not considering that Freddie was his idol and inspiration to love rock music, but he certainly deserves to be higher up on this list.

One of the most unique and catchy voices of rock history - ronluna

Beauty and voice the perfect combination, his music is standing over the years.

Axl is the best singers

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4Chester BenningtonChester Charles Bennington is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park.

Chester has his screams and his soft voice too. He is awesome. He sings very well in linkin park. But he was not even supposed to be in this band because he replaced a guy named mark wakefield. But mark wakefield leaved the band without knowing that after ten yrs (now) it would become so famous

Chester has by far the best screams and such a great vocal range. He can easily display his talent live flawlessly. He has such a unique voice that cant be immitated. Especially his aggression in his singing. Some of the vocalists dont even deserve to be on this list. But chester is by far the best.

He has got a gift... Amazing voice and strength... This unique singer has the capacity to scream very effectively... Numb, from the inside, in the end are the ultimate songs forever... CB is the best...

The best vocalist alive. The one who sings like an angel and screams like a demon. I LOVE CHESTER more than anyone or anything in this world.

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5M. ShadowsMatthew Charles Sanders, better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

Only listen to a sentence and we all know who's singing. SO UNIQUE!

Today I listened to a7x for 5 times la. :P

Completely marvelous voice and stunning image

crazy clean and scream voice, I not disagree if shannon leto in 2nd place, he just a CELEBRITY

The only guy in the world who could have sung both Nightmare as well as Buried Alive or Dear God.

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6Steve PerryStephen Ray "Steve" Perry is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is known as the lead singer of the rock band Journey during their most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987 and again from 1995 to 1998.

Steve Perry was a true premiere vocalist in his prime. His phrasing was perfect and he had so much control of his voice. He had a soft lower range that could explode with passion into his upper range and could hold a note like magic. The amazing thing to me was his durability through out his tenure in Journey. Their touring schedule was insane and this guy delivered night after night. I remember seeing him solo back in 1994 and he still went for the finish on "Faithfully" and hit it perfectly. Even as he matured, his voice aged but he still had that incredible range. When Journey reunited and recorded "When You Love A Woman", it was apparent that his voice had aged, but it still flowed so brilliantly through that song. With Perry being 62 years old now and dealing with various health issues, I have no idea what his voice sounds like now. But that being said, when people today discuss great voices and vocal performances, Perry is often the standard by which others are judged and ...more

Steve Perry's voice has been one that has stood the test of time. One of the most downloaded songs of all time, (Don't Stop Believin) was sung by this versatile singer. His voice is quite distinguishable in a world where cookie cutter voices seem the pablum choice of the day. He could sing everything from a high tenor to a low bass with a range that was exciting to listen to. Songs we all grew up with, Open Arms, Separate Ways/Worlds Apart, Faithfully, Lovin Touching Squeezin, and the list goes on and on. Multi-platinum albums under his belt. His fans still are the Faithful ones much unlike most singers who after a year or two are quite forgotten. Journey was the soundtrack of your lives.

Steve Perry by far. Just read The Voice and you will see that a lot of people that would know agree. It's a great read. Bon Jovi coined the name The Voice for Steve back in the 80's and it's stuck. Whenever I hear anyone say The Voice I immediately think of Steve Perry. The man could run all over a huge stage ie Live In Houston and still sing in his high register without breaking stride or run. The man is flat out amazing!

Should be#1. Best vocalist ever. No one can beat his controlled high notes. My favorites are Mother/Father and Why Can't This Night Go In Forever

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7Kurt CobainKurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

Kurt cobain have a unique voice... He is a LEGEND of alter.
" if rock and roll is illegal put mys ass in a jail".

He was so passionate in his music, that he blew out his vocal chords while recording Nevermind. The man is a legend and will never be forgotten. RIP Kurt.

I love nirvana and not just because they are all really talented but mostly because of curt contains unique vocals they go perfectly with his music - loverock

His screams are perfect pitch

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8Chris CornellChris Cornell is an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave.

Although not quite seen as a relic or legend like those who are above him on the list, Cornell has the distinct timbre and passion that it takes when creating a captivating rock vocal. In his higher range he has the unique ability to both sustain vibrato AND include the dry and agitated rasp we all should know and love.

i'm not here to persuade anyone that he is THE best rock vocalist, but 9 on the list is just insulting, especially when compared to some of the less dynamic vocalists above him, who are only so high on this list due to their legacy that they have created over the years, or just pure name recognition because they have embodied themselves into the surface layer of rock music.

Neither do I have to say what songs you should listen to from this dude. You can honestly start from any angle of his musical collection, and so I speak in the name of all that is sound garden, give him a listen. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Chris is one of the best from a technical standpoint and also tone in general. He goes from a screaming genius in songs like "Nothing to say" and "New Damage" to being soft and delicate in songs such as "Preaching the end of the world" and "I am the highway". Let's not forget the dark tones he showcases in songs like "Mailman" "Limo Wreck" "What You are" "Blow up the outside world" and a new one "Bones of birds" The list goes on and on. Chris Cornell is one of the greatest of all time.

Chris has an amazing voice with amazing range. He can be smooth and soulful, then be super aggressive without sounding annoying. Over the past 20 years he has proven to be extremely versatile whether it be with a band or solo. He is also an amazing song writer.

Best rock voice. Period.

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9Paul McCartneySir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

He was the reason why the Beatles was so good... He was/is the best artist that ever existed! Just listen to him and you will forget everything else but his voice in the world... He's the best of every good thing!

McCartney has one of the largest vocal ranges, including falsetto of any vocalist in the rock era, additionally a musician with the ability to deliver hits songs faster than he could spend the money buying counties in Scotland.

What! 12? Are you kidding me? Have you heard how deep he goes in "The Girl is Mine" with Michael Jackson? Or how high he goes in Hey Jude at 3:10? This man is a legend. Period. by the way, his vocal range is D2-A5

Amazing voice - never get tired of listening to him. He has such a great range.

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10Bruce DickinsonPaul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

He should be first on the list... I mean just listen to their top songs-Dance of Death, Hallowed be thy name, Fear of the Dark, TROOPER and those are just some of the examples of how Bruce is THE BEST

Iron Maiden will always be one of my all time favorites, not only have they greatly influenced My Chemical Romance another one of my favorites but they are one of the bands that actually got me into metal. Being 12, all my classmates really listen to is Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Avril lavigne, My Chemical Romance and Katy Perry, I had near zero exposure to metal, until I somehow stumbled across Iron Maiden. Favorite song is Fear of the Dark, best intro ever

Best vocalist ever!
Come on guys look who he sang in the songs fear of the dark and hallowed be thy name and not to mention "BLOOD BROTHERS"

He should be number 2 or 3 in the list.

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The Contenders

11Eddie VedderEddie Vedder is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as a member of the rock band Pearl Jam, with whom he performs lead vocals and is one of three guitarists.

The most soulful, articulate, distinctive voice of our era. He feels every song he sings to the core. He has the kind of voice you hear with your insides and it resinates to the thumping of your heart. There is no way he should be 29th on this list.

It would be ridiculous to rate Vedder so low on these charts, since Pearl Jam basically became famous because of his unbelievable vocal prowess. Just listen him on "Black" and "Jeremy", and you'd know that he easily earns the Top 10.
I think he's right up there with Plant, Bennington and Hetfield. I respect these vocalists because apart from having outstanding vocal range as well as those peculiar sound qualities to their voice, they fill the song with so much passion.

Pearl Jam was all about the music. That's why they refused to make music videos. That's why "they spent much of the past decade deliberately tearing apart their own fame." It's also why there's so much emotion and just realness in their music. Eddie wasn't about the fame. He put his heart and soul into the music. And just the music.

Eddie Vedder is one of the best singers of our time. I have never heard any one that makes me feel the way I do when he sings - together with the whole band you feel every song and they takes you places. Definitely No. 1 on my list

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12John LennonJohn Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40 .

Just listen to him, he doesn't need anyone's estimation.

The leader of the group that are the most successful and biggest-selling musical act in the history of show business.

He's the best there ever was. Greatest soul

One And Only Person...

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13James HetfieldJames Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

What in the name of MetallicA is Jared Leto and Brandon Flowers doing ahead of Papa James? This man is a BEAST! He pwns little Flowers and Jared Leto! - gibsonrock53

Never heard of little flowers, but you can't deny jared leto is a great singer. - jbsucks11

What James hetfield is at no 8th position... It is not possible.. James deserve number 1 position he has best vocal.. He is vocalist of Metallica, name of the band is enough... No 2 rank should be given to John cooper vocalist of skillet... Both the deserving vocalist are very down..
I know James is best vocalist and will reach top...
Love Metallica...

How can Jared Leto be at number 4? (He's probably there only because of his looks).
James has to be there! (Actually #1) he's the best (metal) singer ever!
Lots of people say he lost his voice, and sucks now. OK, his voice changed a lot during the past decades, but not in a bad way. He still sounds superb! I love his old and new sound.

Greatest, should be in the top 10

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14Jim MorrisonJames Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

Jim Morrison Rocks. I thought this list would start from his name but it ends with it. Such Great Vocals are a tribute to earth and its people. One listens to his songs and forgets everything else.

A true poet! A gift to music and the world, but a tragic life ruled by addiction!

Some stars shine so bright that we can't see them. Morrison was one of them

While I don't think he's #1, according to the list of clowns on this top 10 list then he is #1. So I will say Morrison #1, Greg Lake (King Crimson, ELP) #2, Jon Anderson of Yes #3, Paul McCartney #4 and Justin Hayward - Moody Blues #5. Ok, Roger Daltrey a tie for that position.

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15Jared Leto

Not only is he easy on the eyes, but he is an amazing singer too. His voice has great range and takes every listener on a journey. From screams, to soul and depth, Jared's voice is undeniably awesome.

Most comments on this website are just focusing on the bands overall popularity and success and not focusing on the talent of just the singer alone and for that reason I find it implausible how this man isn't in the top 5 people take just 30 minutes out of your day and listen to city of angles, kings queens and do or die and really listen he is class and beats the pants of most of them on here

His voice is fantastic his range is crazy boy can he scream, but when he hits a high note like alibi you can feel it "I fell apart" lyrics but then you can listen to the softer side of stay, bad romance, is this a dream, alibi you can feel the songs

In brief and simple words- the only guy who has better vocals than him is Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. He should be at no. 2. He can go high and then drop low so quickly whenever needed.

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16Mick JaggerSir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger is an English singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as the lead vocalist and a co-founder of the Rolling Stones.

Some of the other singers on this list have got more power and range and / or can sing more smoothly, with perfect pitch, but they're mostly nowhere near as versatile and creative in their singing. Like with his performance he took lots of it from other singers, but did his own thing with it in an often vulgar, decadent way. He even sometimes sounds like a parody of singers in comparable styles, probably also to distract from the fact that they're more accomplished than he it. Although he's sometimes underrated as a lyricist, he seems to be the most interested in how words sound and fit the song. Apart from the flaws, still one of my favorite singers and maybe the consummate Rock 'n' Roll singer in his delivery.

He may not have the range of others, but phrasing and attitude are the absolute blueprint

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17Steven TylerSteven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion.

Okay I see this list, and see kurt cobain, well yes he is amazing, but he should never, ever be anywhere near above steven tyler, seriously, who could do that? Stevens range melody and pure stage presence destroy kurt, now don't get me wrong nirvana is my favorite band, but go on YouTube and watch aerosmith live, an not just tone or two songs, spend a na hour or two on there watching them live, then come back and tell me steven tyler shouldn't be in the top 5 at least. I dare you.

This list is crap I mean Steven Tyler should be number 1 listen to the songs I don't wanna miss a thing, what it takes he's the best and he's the singer of the best band in america

No one can do what he does. Plain and simple. Just listen to the things the man can do with his raspy bluesy voice and you just might understand

He is just the best singer alive I've known

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18Jon Bon JoviJohn Francis Bongiovi, Jr., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983.

Bon Jovi, his band and their music is one of the reasons why music sucks so bad today. Never would have been successful in the 60's or 70's competing against the likes of The Beatles, Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd etc...However with the advent of the 80's where creativity became secondary to how "cool" you look with the big hair, the silly posing, and with the cowboy/top hats, rock music has never really recovered.

one of the best rock voices since the early eighties - richie4life

Simply one of the best, he has everything : good voice, good looking, charismatic, passion and also a great song writer.

One Of The Best Rock Singers On The Planet.

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19Billie Joe ArmstrongBillie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

He should be in the top 10, try listening to songs by Green Day like... Time of Your Life, Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Warning. You'll realize that the vocals are very amazing and easy to follow. Please people vote for Billie Joe, he's great!

Why is he not in the top 10, he has a great voice and he influences many people with his punk rock style

He got so sweet voice man, he is such a good singer. He at least should be in the top 10 no doubt about it. And at live concert he is so energetic and never let the energy down. Obviously deserves a upper place. With his great voice, Mike's awesome bass and Tre's crazy drumming skill makes Green Day the best rock band of all time.

For me he is on top

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20Roger DaltreyRoger Harry Daltrey, is an English singer and actor. In a music career spanning more than 50 years, Daltrey came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the founder and lead singer of the English rock band The Who, which released fourteen singles that entered the Top 10 charts in the United Kingdom during ...read more.

All the lists on this site simply SUCKS...
Seriously, you guys must be kidding by placing great vocalists like Roger Daltrey, Roger Waters and Robert Plant behind Jared Leto (cough,! Can you believe it? ). And this isn't even the best part. Do you know at which position Jeff Buckley is? 65th!
It seems this list was compiled by a bunch of retarded kiddies...

Daltrey is the original and the greatest male rock vocalist of all time. This is not up for debate, it is provable fact - My Generation predates Zep and anything good by the Stones, and is just the beginning of his run of classics. That run outlasts all other singers records except McCartney's, and he is a pop singer. Roger is the boss.

The best way to rate Roger is to go to a Who concert and listen. I know you don't consider their stage act and such when you rate their voice but if you did Roger would be a lot higher than 27.

Jared leto before this legend! - zxm

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