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Layne Staley

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Layne Staley/God with a mic - his vocal style is one of the most copied in rock, next to Kurt Cobain. What makes Layne so special though, is that no one could sing as powerful as his chest range. All those wannabes could do is copy his snarls and twang but no one could really sing as powerful as Layne. And he could sing with that intensity and power... live! You only see that type of talent once in a lifetime.

To me, he's the most underrated vocalists of our time, next is Mike Patton. You can tell by his 24th spot in here that his talents are not given due credit. Kids today may not be aware of this, but a lost of vocalists (formed after the Seattle era) are trying to sound like Layne.
Layne came on the scene crafting dense, moody alternative metal fueled by sinisterly nasal vocals and mesmerizing harmonies. In my opinion, Staley was the groups centerpiece & nothing could be more evident than w/the vocals on the LIVE album of LOVE, HATE, LOVE, & his vocals in Stay Away! He gives me, what I like to call "soul goose bumps" every time I hear his voice, but in those 2 songs, no one could ever compete!
Layne Staley had one of the greatest voices in music. It is a shame that he is not as well known as other singers, because his voice had so much passion and soul. When he got up to that microphone NO ONE could touch him. My favorite singer and my greatest inspiration will always be Layne Staley. RIP Layne
Layne is the best, he has a voice which fulfill my soul, pure emotion that will never be forgotten. He has a distinct and unimaginable beauty.

Layne, we love you and I know your talent will never be unnoticed, you are the best, despite of it all, rest in peace sweet angel.
There's a reason why there are copycats of Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder who sounds kind alike to them but even though many bands are rip-offs of AIC there is no one who's even sounds slightly alike Layne even though they are trying very hard. Layne's voice is without a doubt the most unique I've ever heard.
Layne has the most unique, and beautiful voice of anyone! His singing style has been copied by so many bands now. When you hear Layne you know it, he is so recognizable. Layne's voice is the only one I could never get tired of listening to. He was the greatest talent, and greatest loss in music history...
There is only one Layne Staley.
I like Sarah Brightman, but this site is so incredibly biased towards her. What is the deal? Her voice is not that "unique. " Staley is recognized instantly.
NO ONE, sounds like him, and unlike half the other vocalists on this list, he can ACTUALLY sing (sorry kurt cobain didn't sing that good and serj tankian is lame)
He's singing voice was definitely unique I would know that singing voice if it was standing before me today. One day soon I hope to see his beautiful blue eyes again.
I've never even heard of most of the people on this list, all I know is that Layne Staley has the greatest voice I've ever heard and no one can possibly re create it, that is unique so he should be 1
Definitely number one. Vocal ranges were absolutely brilliant! Layne Staley is by far my favorite singer of all time. Such a shame he passed...
Layne has the "voice of an angry angel"
Layne no way deserves to be at 24. He's far far better than some of the names who's above him. He was one the voices in grunge who was unlike others. He had a great range, had power and tremendous emotions in his voice. Should be more higher. You'll never be forgotten Layne! RIP.
Layne had a very unique singing voice, the best in my opinion. It as unique as Ozzy Osbourne, but sounds more technically advanced.
He was simply awesome. His voice is the best I've ever heard. I always Had Nirvana as my favorite band but I can't disagree that layne had a better voice than Kurt did.
There are no words that can explain this mans vocal talents.. Just listen and prepare to be rocked!
If my life were made into a movie, with a voice over... I would wish Layne's voice to provide that sound. He spoke/sang to my mind, heart, & soul.
Layne's voice is by far the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. It is like no others. He is gone, but his voice will remain forever!
The best singer for grunge. No one in this world actually hates him sing. The world is still crying for him all hail king layne
Not an opinion, FACT, well for anyone who can hear
Very easy to distinguish and I've never heard anybody replicate his vocals
Layne's voice touched my soul deeply from first time hearing AIC during the late 80s. I will always be an OZZY fan but between losing my oldest brother 2001 then Layne in April 2002 then passing of Dave Williams from Drowning Pool in August 2002 life was grim!. AIC will always be my all time favorite I'm sure for the rest of my life between Facelift & Dirt I remember singing along on top of my lungs. I couldn't wait for each new album even the later albums with Layne were were religious to me. You will always be the best Layne miss ya man! R.I. P
Layne's amazing voice and beautiful, sensitive soul will live on in my heart till the day that I die
He was the voice that saved my life. No one can copy or compete with him. I love you Layne... Thank you for giving your talent to us nobodies.
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