Top Ten Best Male Rock Vocalists

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1Freddie Mercury

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

No comparison... The best ever!

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2Robert Plant

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

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.

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.

If he didn't smoke all the time, he'd be the greatest ever.

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3Chester Bennington

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...

None beating him

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4Axl Rose

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.

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

Axl should be at no. 2. He has the highest vocal range any vocalist has ever had and enormous vocal variations in all his songs. He's amazing on and off stage. For me, he's the best vocalist on Earth undoubtedly.

I was going to vote for Freddie but seeing Chester Bennington over Axl made me pity him

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5M. Shadows

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

Best...vocalist...ever! As soon as I heard his vocals in A Little Piece Of Heaven, I loved his singing so much. He's a badass and always will be. A7X foREVer

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6Kurt Cobain

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

I agree Kurt is a legend and has an amazing voice, but due to his tragic death, I think he has become a bit overrated. That said, when he was alive, he was second only to the great Eddie Vedder.

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.

Kurt Cobain should be number 1. Case closed.

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7Steve Perry

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!

Without a doubt one of the best of all time. His range and ability to hold notes were just merely incredible (just listen to "keep on runnin"). How guys like curt cobain & axel rose are even on the same list let alone ranked above steve perry is ridiculous.

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8Paul McCartney

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

Why isn't Neal Diamond on your list?

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9Chris Cornell

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.

Before anyone votes... Go listen to Chris singing anything you want; acoustic, studio or live, won't matter. He has a superb voice that very few could ever match up to.

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10Bruce Dickinson

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"

Bruce is better than all of them

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The Newcomers

?Kent James
?Alice Cooper

This legend's unique voice is one of the best in hard rock.

The Contenders

11Eddie Vedder

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.

Has superior voice quality that remains unaltered even at high pitches, definitely deserve to be in top 10 rock singers of all time.

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12John Lennon

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

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13James Hetfield

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.

James is the true god of all singers screw anyone who denies, even deaf people choose James over anyone else in this list put James in his rightful spot at number 1. Go heavy metal screw this new rap.

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14Jim Morrison

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

Great singer he can go from sounding naturally low to sounding naturally high not like he forces his voice to sound different

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16Steven Tyler

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

Whoever creates these lists need to listen to some REAL rock singers. Steven Tyler does not deserve to be #1, but certainly the second or third spot. No other singer here could even attempt to sing Dream On or any other Aerosmith ballad.

His voice is unique. I love it!

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17Jon Bon Jovi

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.

Just listen to his music. He is the best, he has the greatest voice and he is purely a LEGEND and we don't need anyone's estimation for us to know that he is purely THE BEST.

Best lead vocalist

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18Billie Joe Armstrong

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.

Damn I owe this man my life

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19David Draiman

There's not a lot of people who can go through what David has gone through and use the experiences for a creative energy. He has made sacrifices time and time again to preserve his voice. He is the most dedicated and hard working man. His vocal range is HUGE. When David joined Disturbed he was not used to singing that type of music. He is amazing and deserves a higher ranking on this list.

Why the hell is he so low on the list. The one and only Dave can sing anything and everything! Just listen to Darkness, Pain Redefined and even their covers. ISHWILF does NOT fit their music style, no matter what your excuse is; but he still does very well on it. Hell, his voice is THE reason Disturbed is unique. The chemistry between all the band members is astounding, don't get me wrong. However, compare Dan Donegan to the music in Vandal and Brawl and then compare that to Disturbed.

Three spots from where he really belongs. David is so much better than a LOT of the guys in the top ten. Of course, there aren't many better than Freddy Mercury... but I mean, COME ON! Is Jared Leto as recognizable as David Draiman? If so, how come I've never heard of him until recently?

You are idiots for not voting him

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20Roger Daltrey

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...

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.

He made singing sound unearthly and majestic while also sounding raw and real (imagine Robert Plant and Mick Jagger combined) Oh... And that scream in Won't Get Fooled Again... Gotta be one of the most memorable moments in all of rock n roll music.

I would put Roger Daltrey at number 1

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