Top Ten Best '90s Rock Vocalists

The Top Ten

1 Layne Staley Layne Staley Layne 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.

I think when it comes to vocalists Layne Wins. Cornell's highs are amazing, but the way that Layne hit the power notes just felt effort less. Obviously if we talk about impact, Kurt's voice is just so iconic that it can't be beat in that regard. Vedder's voice is so dynamic, and I love his performance on MTV Unlugged. Scott Weiland is such a good melody server, that it's hard to not want him be higher on this list. The power that Layne gives is just not touchable. He can whisper, and make chills go up your spine. He just sings like he has a calm sense of his own ability. He sounds comfortable, and for that he is Number 1 on this list. R.I.P. dude.

Just listen to rooster and man in the box and it will speak for itself. Amazing gritty high range vocals and his voice is very distinctive and unique. Most talented vocalist of the 90s - superluke10000

The man had an absolutely incredible voice, the vast majority of his songs speak for themselves regarding his powerful, and dynamic voice. Absolute shame he was taken so soon by drugs.

Good singer but not #1 not even in top 5 boo. Cornell is clearly number 1 then Kurt then eddy then Scott then Maynard then u can throw his nasaly ass in somewhere.

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2 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt 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.

He should number one come one just vote for him

One of the best rock screams of his time, comes close to layne syaley

Thank you for your support... He will be happy to watch this :P (fan)

3 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Chris Cornell was 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. He died on May 17, 2017.
4 Eddie Vedder Eddie Vedder Eddie 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.

Eddie Vedder's voice is one of the greatest voices of 90's. He have the capacity of reach high notes, but also he can sing in very lower tones without problem.

Eddie Vedder should be number one on this list. With all do respect to Layne Staley, Thom Yorke, and Chris Cornelle, but all you have to do is listen to Vedders vocals on Black, Better Man, Alive, Jeremy, and Nothingman with Pearl Jam and you can hear the raw emotion and raw aggression radiate off his vocals. Or his rise to super stardom on the Co lead efforts on Hunger Strike by Temple of the Dog along side Chris Cornell, Or the likes of his passionate solo work with the song Hard Sun. It's a crime to have this Rock Icon at a mere number Four spot. come on people vote for this 90's rock treasure.

Wow

5 Scott Weiland Scott Weiland Scott Weiland is an American singer, musician, and composer for the American grunge band Stone Temple Pilots.

I mean to take nothing away from anyone, but from a technical standpoint none of the vocalists on this list can stand up to weiland... they are ahead due to popularity more than actual ability.

Versatile, powerful, and the best showman of his generation.

Hands down. Range was wide than any of the other 1 trick ponies and his preformace was more geared to be a showman.

Does it all, soft ballads, hard rock, pop. He can do it all in the studio and then bring 5 different voices to a live show as well.
Incredible vocalist who also happens to be one of the great performers as well!

6 Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool.

3 albums out in the 90s, they only got better and better, kurt was great for the start of the 90s, layne was great in the mids, and maynard finished it off with aenima

Great in any project he's in hands down one of my top 3 favorites

This guy is so awesome that I'm named after him

So awesome, no words, except those...

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7 Liam Gallagher Liam Gallagher William John Paul "Liam" Gallagher is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He rose to fame as the lead singer of the rock band Oasis, and later as the singer of Beady Eye.

Listen to the Oasis acoustic set at mtv in 1994, you'll see hat I mean.

Absolute genius

He's the fokin best mate

8 Phil Anselmo Phil Anselmo Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Pantera. He currently is the vocalist of heavy metal bands Down and Superjoint Ritual.

No matter how much I like the other guys on here, from what I already see maynard, Eddie V and zack, Phil Anselmo is one of the all time greatest vocalists in music history, he lost a bit of his voice but the old mans still going

9 Zack De La Rocha Zack De La Rocha Zacharias Manuel "Zack" de la Rocha (born January 12, 1970) is an American musician, poet, rapper, and activist best known as the vocalist and lyricist of rap metal band Rage Against the Machine from 1991–2000, and after the band's reunion in 2007 until their last show in 2011. He left Rage Against ...read more.
10 Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong Billie 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's the greatest rocker of all time and should be in the place of kurt cobain...

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The Contenders

11 Jeff Buckley Jeff Buckley Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997) raised as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...read more.

How is he not number 1? People are deaf. De la Rocha ahead of him? Seriously?

How is this man only just being named now?! Best vocalist of all time. Nobody can compare to his tone. The way his voice just effortlessly floats between registers and octaves is unique and impossible to replicate. There has never been a better vocalist and there probably never will be
R.I. P Jeff

12 Thom Yorke Thom Yorke Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead.

His voice is beautiful, just listen to Creep and Fake Plastic Trees from Radiohead

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13 Chino Moreno Chino Moreno Chino Moreno is an American musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and contributing guitarist of Deftones.
14 Marilyn Manson

You put a person who can hardly sing on top of Jeff Buckley? That's just wrong.

15 Mike Patton Mike Patton Michael Allan "Mike" Patton is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, producer, and actor, best known as the lead singer of the alternative metal band Faith No More.
16 Jonathan Davis Jonathan Davis Jonathan Howsmon Davis, also known as JD and JDevil, is an American musician best known as the leading vocalist and frontman of the nu metal band Korn.
17 Peter Steele Peter Steele Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk, better known by his stage name Peter Steele, was the lead singer, bassist and composer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative.

From "Christan Women" to the live version of "Black number 1", Peter Steele was one of the greatest voices of the Gothic-Doom Metal scene in the 80's - 90's

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19 Trent Reznor Trent Reznor Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer. He is known for his intense music videos.

Trent Reznor is the most powerful vocalist. He has such raw emotion in everything. Hurt is an emotionally haunting song to listen to, March of the Pigs is completely raw aggression, and Closer is a painfully disturbing song vocally as well. Trent has such emotion. And in general just rules

So emotional! Whether he's singing about suicide, love, politics, or sex, he really knows how to sell it! He can whisper, he can scream, and his falsetto is beautiful! Trent Reznor is a perfect vocalist! - AngryByrd

NIN was HUGE in the 90s, at least for middle schoolers, maybe high schoolers?

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