Top Ten Best Male Rock Vocalists


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The Top Ten

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

And a living one, I'd say Chester Bennington.
Singer of the singers, band of the bands.
Pure awesomeness! You can't compare Freddie to any other rock singers, he is
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.
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2Robert Plant
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!


I never really understood the significance of a vocalist in a band until I saw robert plant.


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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...
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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.
One of the most unique and catchy voices of rock history


Beauty and voice the perfect combination, his music is standing over the years.
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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
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6Jared 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.
Jared have best voice, I've ever heard
Try to listen live perfomance
Just listen to his Bad Romance cover. Nothing more to add.
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7Bruce 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
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"
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
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8James 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!


Absolutley love James Hetfieldhe is my idol he has an incredible voice and the Unforgiven 2 has someof the deepest most beautiful lyrics I ever heard, sang, and read I am in love with his work
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...
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9Kurt 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".
Voice of the GENERATION
All hail the great one!
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10Steve 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 compared.
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!
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The Contenders

11Billie 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
An iconic/unique voice! Not the traditionally smooth voice but it is very soothing and versatile! ARMSTRONG!
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12Paul McCartney
He is not just a vocaalist he was a bass guitarist he was a drummer (in back in the USSR)He was a lead guitarist (before Stuart goes)He was the brain of the band. He was everything.
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.
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13Steven Tyler
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
Steven tyler man, has one of the most unique voices out thier and I here a lot of bands trying to copy him keep on rockn' man
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
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14Chris Cornell
"The man can sing anything. He can scream with the best and then immediately switch to this bluesy, R^^be soulfulness. In his prime he was right up there with Plant and Mercury if not better. Here are a few great examples of his range and diversity, "Beyond the wheel" -soundgarden, "say hello to heaven" -Temple of the dog, "slaves and bulldozers" -soundgarden, "when I'm down" -solo. Not to mention he's the best songwriter on this list.
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.
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.
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15John Lennon
Just listen to him, he doesn't need anyone's estimation.

16David Draiman
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.
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.
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?
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17Ian Gillian
what the hell is he doing on number 24? do you even know what it takes to be a good vocalist? I can say one thing and that is Ian Gillian deserves to be at least in the top 10
What the hell are you crazy? 27th place just joke )have u ever listened 2 child in time or 2 gethsemane from jesus christ superstar? He is first with rob plant

Pathetic how low he is, has/had an amazing range
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18Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger is, quite simply, the prototype of the male lead vocalist in a conventional, five-person rock & roll combo of two guitars, bass, drums, and lead vocalist. Jagger invented the mold of the strutting peacock, in the way a microphone is fondled and held phallically, how a lead vocalist moves suggestively on stage (adapting his style, first, as a simpler drop-to-the-floor-on-his-knees-and-spring-up James Brown pantomime, then fleshing out his style to a variation of Tina Turner doing "The Pony," to something that became quite his own style of energy-in-motion).

Jagger was also the first Caucasian vocalist in rock & roll to ably mimic the voice of an African-American bluesman. Others would follow, from Eric Burdon and Van Morrison, to Robert Plant and Steven Tyler, and beyond. But Jagger was their mentor. Even the theatrical styles of Jim Morrison, David Bowie and Iggy Pop must look to Jagger as their primal source. Only "Esquerita" (Steven Quincy Reeder, Jr. ) and his protégé, "Little Richard" (Penniman), preceded Jagger for pure theatrics in rock & roll.

Jagger may not have the greatest range of singing in rock & roll. Indeed, such an accolade would probably go to Freddy Mercury or even Robert Plant as rock & roll frontmen in a conventional band unit. Even Paul McCartney probably had better pitch technique within his range, at the peak of his talents in The Beatles. But Jagger's singing, at his peak, was dynamic, stylized, and uniquely identifiable. One knew from the first note or two one was hearing Jagger's voice on the radio, or almost an instant after the needle was dropped to the disc on a turntable.

If one is considering only musical range, then Jagger probably doesn't belong at a higher position than the middle of this list. But, in terms of historical influence in pop and rock & roll music and in pop culture generally, as a lead vocalist, dynamic personality, entrepreneur and entertainment impressario, Mick Jagger's name belongs in the first position on this list.

19Ville Valo
Ville Valo should be #1! I mean, have you looked at him recently? He still as handsome as before and he has a lot of charisma on the screen. His voice is just out of this world, and his music is good for the soul. He just make all the girls faint.
Ville should be #1, IMO. He's got a true unique voice. Tops anyone on here.
AND WTF? Why the hell is Jared Leto #1? God, this place is worse than Rolling Stone magazine.


Ville has the most amazing vocal range compared to most of his peers today, his sounds, his songs and his charisma shine though compared to most of todays artists!
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20Eddie 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.
I wonder why he is so far down. he is one of the best vocalists the world has seen. he should way up the list in the top ten.
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21Matthew Bellamy
My favourite 3 are freddy mercury (QUEEN), bruce dickinson (IRON MAIDEN) and matt bellamy, so I've decided to go with him as this is crap! He should be 2nd or 3rd. Anything above that is an insult. Listen to knights of cydonia, time is running out, united states of eurasia, unintended or plug in baby. There you go. 1 song for each album
He should at least be in the top ten... He sings better than Chester at the very least. He has an incredible voice range... Listen to both uprising and supermassive black hole and you will understand
At least, he deserves to be in Jared Leto's place on this list, Jared should be left out. Matt's voice is beautiful and powerful, and he is also a very good songwriter!
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22Jon Bon Jovi
one of the best rock voices since the early eighties


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.
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23Jim 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
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24Gerard Way
He has the most amazing voice ever. He is very cute and he is a amazing song writer and amazing artist he is very handsome so. He isthe best vocalist I ever seen. He is very energic. He is so special becouse the only singer who can make me cry and he is very good at screaming.
He has the most amazing voice ever. His voice live has so much energy and emotion to it, it's so special. He's the only singer who can me make me cry.
Amazing vocals, wonderful songwriter, amazing artist.
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25Elvis Presley
Absolutely most allround af all singers (Rock, gospel, light opera, country, R & B, ballads etc. His vocal range was truly amazing. He could also make a horrible song listenable (some movie soundtrack songs. )
Elvis was special vocalist. His timbre was really unique. He deserves being at least in the Top 5


The best of all time. Could sing anything which can't be said of any other.
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26Myles Kennedy
This guy is wanted by big name bands. His voice is strong and enticing. He can sing AND play at the same time and he's 100% real (compared to some of the yoyos named above him). Watch most of his interviews and you'll see he's not your regular guy. He's humble and simply likes to R&R. I really hope Alter Bridge goes for a 4th round because their music is inspiring and they don't have trashy videos like most rock bands (unfortunately) have and destroy the reputation of genuine R&R fans. AB fans are real just like them...
4 octaves of pure beauty, one of the best rock singers along with one of the best real bands out there... Alter bridge
Best in my opinion. He has got an massively wide range ^^ hits all kinds of notes that one could ever want. Certainly deserves to be in the top 10.
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27Roger 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...
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.

28Adam Gontier
This guy has amazing vocals. He knows when to sing soft, and knows when to use the absolutely perfect amount of rasp in his voice. Honestly, he can sing anything. He can even scream...


I agree he is supposed to be in top 3..! He in very good singer should be next to chester..! His ability to go to higher pictches is amazing

This has to be a mistake... this guy can't be #55... he should be in the top 5...
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29Benjamin Burnley
He definitely has one of the best voices hands down. He's good with his screams and when he sings softer, lower notes, it's just pure melody!
One of the strongest vocals of nowadays. Easily one of the most original ones as well.
He is lovely with his vocals, can go soft and then scream like a devil, then sing like an angel
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30Brandon Flowers
Though everyone got his personal favourite, brandon flowers got the best voice. Try to be objectiv, you don't have to like the music or the lyrics but the voice of him is untouchable.
better and hottest than ville valo or something. Good Songwriter, frontman, and person
he is honestly the best male vocalist ever. no competition.


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31Bon Scott
So much better than that new singer they've got. That Brian Thingy. Bon could write lyrics too.
How could Brian be higher in the list than Bon? This is the Guy who sings on Highway to Hell!
Brian is good but never better than Bon Scott


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32Chris Martin

33Klaus Meine
Klaus should be in top 10 if not top 5. So should
Ronnie James Dio & Jon Anderson
Way too far down on the list. Should be a lot closer to the top.
Just wonderful voice. His voice screams out "hot love" like nobody else.
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34Paul Rogers
He should be much higher on this list.
One of the Best rock blues voices of all time
Paul should be near the top if not the top!
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35Brent Smith
Blows me away that Brent Smith isn't #1 on here. His voice is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! LOVE IT! Love how versatile he is. You name it he can sing it! Just listen to any Acoustic song he sings & you'll know he's the real deal! Not only can he sing he can write too. Awesome song writer. All his songs have meaning, there real & that's part of what draws you in. The guy isn't afraid to say it as it is & he sings from the heart. He will be number 1 someday. How could he not be? Yes there are some great vocalists listed but there's something different with Brent Smith. He's number 1 in my book! So jealous of the person that met Shinedown & even had a beer with them... that had to be so sweet. Wish I could have a beer with them! Brent Smith YOU ARE THE BOMB! SHINEDOWN YOU ROCK!
Brent has more soul and power than any vocalist I've ever heard. I love Hetfield and Lennon and Draiman and Shadows, but I wouldn't trade an album each of the guys ahead of Brent on this table for one album of Brent.
From ROCK to ballads, this man can sing anything. I think he could sing the phone book if asked. Soul, POWER, Acoustics, you name it, he's got it! I absolutely L <3 V E Brent Smith's voice. I own every CD Shinedown has ever put out. Seen them several times in concert. Met the band and even drank a brewski with Brent after a concert. Brent Smith ROCKS!

36Serj Tankian
Very Unique Voice. He can sing metal, soft rock everything.


Serj is unique and system are one of the best metal bands ever look at my name!


It pains me greatly that he is ranked this low. He's better than most of the people ranked above him.
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37Ozzy Osbourne
Just the most awesome and auto-destructive character of the rock history, love this guy, he's just a legend, the best you'll ever see, he may not be the best in vocals of all time, but in my oppinion, after Freddie he's the best, because he has an influence on black sabbath like anyone had, without him, black sabbath weren't the same band, he is the essence of that amazing band... GO OZZY!

38Aaron Lewis
Why on the world is he not higher on this list? He has one of the most pure voices in rock. He doesn't need any music to send chills down your spine. Look up some of his videos where its just him and his guitar and I think he would shoot up this list
Angry and tender. Great combination. Check out some of his acoustic stuff, amazing
Amazing voice with better lyrics! Should be top ten for sure!

39Roger Waters
One of the most epic voices in the history of rock music. Nobody can match the voice of George Roger Waters.
Unmatched in his genre
Roger is the best voice in consept music for ever and he is a legend

40Brandon Boyd
Boyd has the most improved vocals for sure and I cannot wait to see where he goes from here his range and tone are phenomenal.
nothing compares to brandon boyd live, youtube 'under my umbrella RAR 2005'... flawless

41Danny Worsnop

42Chris Daughtry

43Layne Staley
Why is Layne so overlooked/ignored/underrated on all these 'top rock vocalists' lists? Go listen to a live performance of his on Youtube- ANY live performance, especially of "Man in the Box", "Love, Hate, Love" circa 1991 or so; "Would? " etc... His voice came straight from the soul and basically DEMANDS to be listened to- he had so much power and feeling; he was awesome. As well as hard rock/metal/grunge, he sang bluesy acoustic songs beautifully, too. There was never a more honest or simply powerful male vocalist around. Lots of people try to imitate him but he truly was unique, one-of-a-kind. Much respect for Layne Staley, who inspired and continues to inspire for generations to come, far beyond this life.
It's crazy how he is this low, this guy single handedly saved my life from my own inner demons by just singing, his honest, dark lyrics mixed with his haunting yet extremely emotional voice made me believe I wasn't alone in terms of feeling depressed and wanting to do drugs, his range and vocal harmonies are unmatched he created the most distinct and recognizable voice in grunge, that is imitated constantly nowadays, but none of them have the talent or raw emotion layne did, Kurt might be the king of grunge, layne was god without a doubt he is one of the most talented, real, and emotional singers ever and to have him only at 37 is absurd, he is top 5 at least, listen to "rain when I die" "god am""nutshell" "dirt" and "sea of sorrow" JUST TO NAME A FEW and you will see what I mean he is a legend and most of all a lifesaver to millions, and all he did was sing his heart out.R.I. P Layne Thomas Staley, gone but surely not forgotten.
I challenge anyone voting on this list to listen to any/all of Alice In Chains songs and not fall in love with Layne Staley's voice. His ability to make the listener feel every emotion on the planet was amazing. He had a god given talent and he delivered always. Your Fans Will Always Love You LAYNE RIP.
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44Jeff Buckley
The greatest vocalist ever. The fact that a bunch of try hard metal singers are above him in this list is crazy. This man had the rare talent to be able to move his voice around his range smoothly. He could reach heights that barely any male vocalists could hit, and he did it so casually. R.I. P Jeff
Best vocalist ever! If you doubt it listen to Last Goodbye or any of his songs
Not sure where I would put Jeff in a top 10 or even top 5, but he was a remarkably, gifted vocalist.

45Chad Kroeger
Chad has a sexy and unique voice that you don't find very often. He knows how to put his soul into whatever he is singing about, too. People just deliberately keep him in a low position to follow the hate wagon of jealous Nirvana fans. Totally unfair. I know a lot of people who love his rough voice.
I think chad kroegar and kurt cobain should be at least in top 10... Both of them are way better than chester and even james hetfield though I am a huge fan of metallica, even lennon doesn't deserve to be at 60

He should be top 10 he has a unique rough voice that is perfect for rock
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46Shaun Morgan
Lead singer of Seether. Enough said. Great band with nice vocals.

47hyde, L'Arc~en~Ciel
His voice is a gift that is created by god and also his appearance that is extremely remarkable! He can sing in various tone... Sometimes sweet like an angel's voice;in contrast, he can persuade by his manly tone. Furthermore, when he sings as vocalist of Vamps, he changes his voice completely... More aggressive and incentive. Hyde is unique in the way that he is!
hyde composed the music for the song "Glamorous Sky. " The song was used in the movie Nana, another film based on a manga by Ai Yazawa. The song was sung by fellow Japanese artist Mika Nakashima and the lyrics were written by Ai Yazawa. In August, hyde and his solo band performed the song on Music Station with Mika Nakashima, hyde being on guitar.
He has a very nice voice, and it has a very good vocal range. Also, he can use his talent and cover a wide range of genres, as seen in large contrasts between songs "x" which has a very seductive type of vocals, to many songs like "love addict" by vamps where his vocals go very rough yet still sound nice.
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48Steve Winwood

49Tim McIlrath
the best vocalist in the world, but in 48? this is impossible he must be at least in top 3.. His unique voice, he awesome technique to write songs, he best the best in the world
One of the greatest voices I have ever heard in my life. He might not have an outstanding vocal range or something like that, but the emotions he puts into his singing and his absolutely unique vocal style makes him one of the greatest singers I know.
Absolute BEST voice in modern rock. Tims vocals really relay a fiery passion for the words he sings.
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50Joey Ramone

His tone and range are absolutely incredible! Listen to "Pride (in the name of love)" for an idea of how good he is.
My god... ! He should be the 1... !

52Vic Fuentes

53Jimmy Barnes

54Brad Delp
This guy's played in multiple bands (RTZ, Boston, Orion the hunter, beatlejuice) and has shown many of his different sides with his voice as a rock vocalist. He hits the high (and low) powerful screamin' notes in harmony with the guitars and maintains the warm vibration, like done in the band Boston with most songs. His voice is so pure and he does the fading out of a note into softness like a charm. Sometime's he slides to the next octave/note, like a perfect transition. When he holds a note for a while, he can go 2 octaves higher and end up right on the tone within a millisecond. In his other songs done with Barry Goudreau he can show the soft side of his voice too. I think his voice is similar to that of Freddie Mercury, which is a good thing. It doesn't matter what place he's got or belongs to on this list. He's my rock vocal hero and remains in my heart and mind.
Incredible tone and range with total emotion.
This guy makes your blood flow!

Ruki, from the GazettE is full talented vocalist. His death-voice make everybody who listen to his song got hypnotized. He can scream, growl, calm, even rap. He has unique and the one and only voice. And his super talent is to make such a damn great lyrics. His lyric is very meaningful, deep, romantic, simile, touch-hearted. And also he composed almost all the GazettE song. He is very super-talented and creative artist, not just great vocalist! I believe he will be the best vocalist in the whole world. Go Ruki the GazettE!
Ruki is the only singer that could make me cry though I dun understand what he's singing about. His vocal range is quite high but whenever he sing in smooth voice, everyone will be touched. His growl could make me goosebumps
Ruki can do anything! His voice is truly magnificent! He hypnotize everyone with that awesome death voice of his!

56Peter Noone

57Ronnie Van Zant

58John Cooper

59Anthony Kiedis
What a unique an amazing voice! I can't believe he is on number 26! He must be in the top 15
He must be up there! He simply rocks! He has the voice of an angel!
This is complete crap. Has anyone on this website even listened to Soul to Squeeze, Give It Away, Snow, Brendan's Death Song, or Otherside?! All of you are crazy. Anthony should be AT LEAST number five. All of this is my opinion of course.

60Eric Burdon

61Ronnie James Dio
The most powerful voice in history...

R.I.P. Dio... Forever gracing us even in the Afterlife...

m/ m/
How is The God Father of Rock not no. 1? Chester Bennington sucks he should be in the top ten! Steven Tyler was ok in the 70s and 80s but he sucks now. My favorite band is Mötley Crüe but vince isn't good enough to be in the to ten but he should be in the top 20
The more I scrolled down to find DIO the more sad I am about the fact people don't honor him...

At least top 5 in my opinion... rock on where ever you may be king of metal m/
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62Sebastian Bach
Waow I'm amazed he's all the way down hea I'd say he has the best vocals of all tym... I'm sebastian's number one fan...
Such controlled screaming - knew how to use to use his voice and could reach the top notes so well.
Not sure how this happened. Are you kidding this guy should have been # 1. By far the best male rock vocalist in the universe. His sharp high vocals and screams go unmatched.
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63James LaBrie

64Adam Levine
Who never like the 2013 Sexiest Man Alive? :D

65Mike Shinoda
He's such a good vocalist, Listen to songs like In Between, Hands Held High and when raps in songs like In The End, Bleed It Out, etc. Or some of his songs in Fort Minor.
Mike Shinoda Is my favorite vocalist, he can rap and sing in a delicate mode and it sounds great all the time

66John Rzeznik

67Richie Sambora
Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!
Name anyone whose Vocal's are better than the Bands Front-man/Vocalist?

Richie Sambora!


His vocal talents are hidden because of the Front man Bon Jovi. Give a listen to his Solo Records!

68Maynard James Keenan
The reality of the matter is that Maynard could sing every song from all of those above him on this list. However, nigh but a very select few could even manage to sing any of his songs... Mainly from his Tool days. The simple fact that the band doesn't get much air time because they don't sing about puppies and flowers has nothing to do with fact that this man can sing perfect circles around nearly everyone on this list.

Take two seconds and listen to Parabol off of Lateralus, its a mantra type vocal which is followed by Parabola... Insane! Follow that up with Ticks and Leaches...

Would send half of these sac jockeys home crying and with paralyzed vocal cords.
Very powerful voice, simply beautiful to listen to, From tool, to a perfect circle, to pucifer, his voice is way too good to pass, Personally deserves top 10, but too many people worshipping Popularity over voice,
Personally I love Trent Reznor and MM's voices, but Maynard's has something that makes it just perfect. He can sing what he wants as he wants.
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69The Rev

The rev is the best back vocal and also best drummer in the world I will miss you the rev, foREVer

RIP one of the best drummers/back vocalists ever.

Singing from his heart, the rev will be with us foREVer :)

70David Johansen

71Rod Stewart

72Meat Loaf
Operatic, emotional, diverse- three words to sum this behemoth up

73Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas is way underrated on this list. He has a powerful and versatile baritone voice that conveys emotion like few others.

74Iggy Pop
From Lust for Life to Sister Midnight he has such range

75Chris Taylor Brown

76Jonathan Davis
Just listen to his Sirius Radio session for queen of the dammed. His voice will give you the chills.
WHAT? 75 place? Ohh sick world, what did I do to you? !

77Mike Patton
It is sad not to see Patton in the top 10. Goes to show popularity shadows true talent. I see mostly one tone zombies stuck in their monotonous style. Vocally he is unabsorbed and limitless. Mike puts most singers to shame.
Meaningless popularity contest that proves nothing other than most don't recognize a great vocalist. Some on this list are great. Few ever have been as good as Mike Patton. I wonder what this list would look like if only music producers could vote.
Just listen to anything Mike Patton has done and you will know better! This man is THE top vocalist not only in terms of rock vocalists.
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78Tyson Ritter

79Bob Seger

80Mike Smith (The Dave Clark Five)

81Alex Gaskarth

82Jeremy Dunn

83Jimi Hendrix
Highly surprised he's not in the top 10 or top 20. Although he thought his voice was terrible, his voice was incredible. May have not, technically, been the most well-trained voice, however it was his own style of singing.

84Matt Tuck

85George Harrison

86Hideto Matsumoto (hide)

87Mark Lindsay

88Matty Mullins

89Toshi (X Japan)

90Microsoft Sam

Incredible range and tone. One of the finest.

91Paul Stanley
How is paul stanley at 54?! He is my favorite singer along with ace frehley gene simmons and peter criss. I know not everyone is a huge KISS fan like me but he should at least be in the top 20s. Just saying.
He has a real cool voice
Greatest Rock singer of all time
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92Geddy Lee
2112: Overture / The Temples of Syrinx / Discovery / Presentation / Oracle: The Dream / Soliloquy / Grand Finale!... The Necromancer, Tom Sawyer, A Farewell to Kings, Here Again, and... Many more

#82 is nuts geddy is insane. I would love to see most of these people hit geds notes. Not only can he sing very high but he portrays the lyrics emotions very well. I feel that the only reason he is down this far is because half of these people haven't heard of Rush and are definitely.
Geddy Lee has an amazing voice and age has not changed it. We saw Rush live a couple of years back. There was no front band the whole show was Rush. They may be getting up there in years but they can still rock with the best of them. I would put him and Steve Perry (Journey) at the top of this list.

93Dave Grohl
How is Dave so low on this list? D:

94Kyo (D'erlanger, Die In Cries, Bug)

isono hiroshi, one of the best vocalists of japan


95Howard Jones



96Brett Scallions

97Robbie Williams
Just listen to karma Killer
Should have pursued a career in rock, he had the voice for it
I love Take The Crown album

98Brian Johnson
He can sing a hell of a lot better than David Lee Roth! Im also wondering why Rob Halford is nowhere to be found!
Laugh out loud @ 63
Brian should be a hell of a lot higher up the list

99Mickey Dolenz

100Kyo, Dir en grey
He deserves to be higher on this list, absolutely much more than this, he's the most soulful screamer I ever heard & very soothing singing voice too, & I hardly see anyone on this list who posses a wide vocal range as him, he can skim from soft to harsh or vice versa very easily. The only reason that he's not much popular is that Dir in Grey don't have much English songs. listen to Dozing green, Pledge, Lotus, Obscure

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