Top Ten Best Male Rock Vocalists

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21David DraimanDavid Michael Draiman is an American songwriter and the vocalist for the band Disturbed as well as for the band Device.

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?

Sound of Silence: just keep listening, starting from a very soft to shaking tone. You are the best David. Keep going.

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22Elvis PresleyElvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

Elvis was special vocalist. His timbre was really unique. He deserves being at least in the Top 5 - Irina2932

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. )

The best of all time. Could sing anything which can't be said of any other.

Whats billie doing higher than him on the list? - zxm

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23Michael JacksonMichael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King ...read more.

How come he is so low on the list? I can't believe it. People, he was one of the greatest singers of all time!

Definitely deserves to be higher he had some interesting songs and even more interesting vocals to go with them - loverock

Why is Michael Jackson on a ROCK list? I'm pretty sure is handle is the "King of Pop".

How is he even on the list, he is a pop vocalist not a rock vocalist

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24Ian 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 you 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

King of animalistic power! Check out some of his solo Gillan stuff - so fantastic.

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25Rob HalfordRobert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.

You guys must be kidding. By far the Metal God is #1

Halford may not be at the top because the band was only popular among the hard rockers. However his voice was much better than many on the top you the list.

Rob Halford and Klaus Meine, being this low makes this list Bogus, Both singers are TOP 5 anyway you look at it

Glad to see he's at least on 25,cause elsewhere he is below 50 - zxm

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26Ronnie James DioRonnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.

The most powerful voice in history...

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

M/ m/

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/

Paul McCartney, Jon Lennon, Billie Joe Armstrong and Kurt Cobain have all had a great career but they were far from impressive vocally. Dio was a monster when he sang. RIP.

After seeing this I wanna suicide

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27Bon ScottRonald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, ...read more.

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 - shatti

Just listen to Night Prowler. You'll see Bon is amazing

How is he this far behind he should be higher.

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28Adam GontierAdam Wade Gontier is a Canadian musician and songwriter. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for Saint Asonia, but is best known as the former lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.

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... - xSpartanXx

Most beautiful singer I have ever had the privilege of hearing. And just when he knows to he can scream like no one else in songs like animal I have become, riot, and bitter taste to say just a few. He puts so much emotion into his songs as seen in songs like no more, someone who cares, never too late, and anonymous. My single favorite singer today with true talent in a world today with so many who are fake.

This has to be a mistake... this guy can't be #55... he should be in the top 5...

This guys gotta be higher! I love the rasp in his voice, but he can sing softly too, and it just makes his songs really beautiful.

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29Benjamin BurnleyBenjamin Jackson Burnley IV is an American musician, composer, and producer, best known as the founder and frontman of the American rock band Breaking Benjamin.

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

He has an amazing voice! I've only listened to Breaking Benjamin, and no one else for the past 4 almost 5 years, and I'll never get tired of it. He's my inspiration to start singing, and playing guitar, and making my own music. He's my idol. Definitely deserves to be in the top 10.

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30Brad DelpBradley Edward "Brad" Delp was an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock bands Boston and RTZ.

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.

Yeah, he had a killer range, but what sets him apart was his beautiful timbre. Best sounding male voice I have ever heard.

Incredible tone and range with total emotion.

This guy makes your blood flow!

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31Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers from the killers rose and got his fame there. He is my favorite male vocalist and his songs are phenomenal! Honestly, he should be very near the top ten or in the top ten if everyone on the earth listens. Yesterday he was 31. Now I am righting this he is 25th place. HIs new album coming soon will influence his position and I belive it will be for the good. - MTDiorio19

The pitch of his voice is really refreshing! Really strong voice. His sings lower than his chest voice, and that to me is so raw. So gifted. I just can't get enough of him singing. I just can't. It's all so natural. He makes it sounds so easy to pull out all those note. LIT!

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.

Brandon Flowers has an absolutely, fantastic voice. Great live performer!

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32Matthew BellamyMatthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.

How come you put Chester at number 3 between the legends when his singing voice is just standard? Matt's voice is so much better than him! Okay, Matt don't deserve to be number 1 because there are so many better singers in this list than Matt like Freddie Mercury, Robert Plant, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, and even Bono. but Matt definitely better singer than Chester! Matt should've been on top 15 at least and Chester on Matt's position now (30) cause Chester's vocal technique is just average in my opinion, like any other punk vocalists. (I know LP is not punk). Matt has amazing vocal technique. - exo_politik

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

Yes he is a good vocalist, but he is better than chester? Don't make me laugh guys

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33Paul 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!

Best voice in rock and roll and just as powerful today as it ever was.

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34Myles KennedyMyles Richard Kennedy is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Alter Bridge, and as the lead vocalist in Slash's current band: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

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

I find it very surprising that Myles isn't higher on this list. I would put him in my all time top 5, no questions asked. The only reason he's not higher is because he's not a household name like Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain, Chester Bennington, etc... People know those guys because their respective groups were all extremely popular. Myles' work with Alter Bridge, Mayfield Four and Slash has all been astounding. It's a shame more people don't know who he is. His voice far surpasses the three names I mentioned. Chris Cornell is listed as number 10 and Myles' range and tone is very comparable to Cornell. I would put Myles one step above Cornell and move McCartney, Cobain, Bennington and M Shadows WAYY down the list.

Best vocalist of modern era of rock music!

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35Rod StewartRoderick David "Rod" Stewart is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.

Rod has that unique raspy voice that is unlike the others on this list. While Robert Plant is certainly one of the very best when it comes to singing hard rock songs, Stewart is just as effective for the music that he sings. I love them both and their music is timeless.

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36BonoPaul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. His original nickname was Bono Vox which means "big voice".

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

How did he not make at least the top 20? He sings with so much soul and passion, you believe in what he is singing. And his range is amazing. Just listen to With or Without You, A Sort of Homecoming, Bad, Still Haven't Found what I'm Looking for, Heartland. Come on, he does crazy stuff

For range and texture of voice, outstanding. For the ability to continue to sing well into his fifties, amazing. For rock ballads-something in this man's voice can move your soul, he quite carries you along.

The greatest, for me!

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37Layne StaleyLayne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.

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.

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.

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.

This list is a complete joke.. Layne should at least be in the top 15 and above Kurt.

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38Brent SmithBrent Stephen Smith is an American singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of the band Shinedown.

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!

How is Brent not #1.The guy could go sing a soft Country song then turn around and sing a hard rock song. He also is brutally honest in his lyrics & never holds back or sugarcoats anything when it comes to writing a album. I don't see how he is not #1 but then again I'm not a vocalist expert

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.

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39Ozzy OsbourneJohn Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

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!

Hey people what?! He must be higher in this list!

Not a bigger voice in heavy metal than the godfather himself

Ozzy is a god!

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40Aaron LewisAaron Lewis is an American musician, who is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and founding member of the rock group Staind, with whom he has released seven studio albums.

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!

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