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The Top Ten
Now this is actually a top ten list with merit. Staley was by far the best singer of this group. I give props to Cornell and of course Jerry Cantrell, but as far as sheer god given talent. Layne shines brighter than anyone else here. RIP Angry Angel
Layne Staley should be #1
there isn't a voice in grunge thats more powerful than Laynes
I thought Alice in Chains was a glam band lol (maybe because of the name). But, when I first heard "Would? " damn I immediately fell in love with this band. Nirvana was my favorite grunge band when I was in high school and now, I think Alice in Chains is actually one of the best bands of all time. Layne, of course, is really that talented singer (calling him talented is not doing his singing justice) and paired with Cantrell. Oh man, oh man, it is like the heavens are opening up while you're listening to a masterpiece that is Alice In Chains.
Layne didn't even need deep poetry to let the audience understand and feel his emotions - all he had to do is open his mouth and his voice always got to the very deepest parts of your soul..it even seemed effortless often because he was just THAT good. I can only imagine what he could've done when pushed himself to the limit..Not many are like that, and even less posses such a distinct voice as Layne did. There's really no argument that his voice can be recognized in a matter of second. 'If I can't be my own, I'd feel better dead'🙌🏻In my opinion It's not just technical abilities that make a vocalist stand out. Listen to his live performances if you have any doubt. 'Love. Hate. Love' is a good example of what this man was capable of. Or Unplugged where he was not in his best shape yet managed to deliver one of the best performances of Unplugged series by far. He is one of the very few who sounded just as great if not better, at times, performing live than on the record. And that ...moreV 96 Comments
Chris is my #2, a HUGE number of famous Grunge bands would've never been heard outside of Seattle if Chris Cornell and Soundgarden didn't exist. This pioneer and his band was a driving force behind the genre. Not only does he have a unique sound with technicality and a range untouched by anyone on this list (aside from Layne), his creativity alone is enough to put him high on anyone's list of most influential artists. Not many artists can standalone and captivate an audience equally with/without their band. We lost Layne, but we still have Cornell and he is never going to stop cranking out new material. Kurt had a good sound going for him with Nirvana, but as a stand alone vocalist, he doesn't come close to Cornell or Layne and he shouldn't be in the top #3 vocalists. Nirvana deserves to be a notable band in Grunge, but if someone thinks that they created the genre or was the best out of them all, then they are just on the bandwagon. Real Grunge fanatics know Soundgarden set it in ...more - xMaGiKx
His range is better than any of the others, just insane and the fact that he ventured into other territories after leaving SG and then reuniting SG proves his willingness to diversify vocally, Cornell knocks it out of the park for me. Face Pollution, say no more
WHAT?! I loved nirvana way before I liked soundgarden and I can admit that Cornell is easily the best. The sheer power and technical ability he has is astounding! Just listen to Let Me Drown, especially just before the solo... Yikes.
#4 Cobain (the great thing is that Cobain is still an amazing singer, despite being 4th..! )
He deserve to be number one who is know chris cornell died of suicide he had tragically life of world music come on let's prove chris cornell's sings and voice still live come on everybody let's vote for chris cornellV 26 Comments
kurt cobain is definitely, without doubt, the best singer of any GENRE, grunge or not!
this voting definitely SMELLS LIKE A TEEN SPIRIT
his voice was the real voice that could define grunge music... how many can say they have a voice like his... he's truly no. 1!
Come on guys? The god of grunge, the person who started grunge in second? Rofl!
Are you aware that Alice in Chains was formed in 1987, THE SAME YEAR that Nirvana was formed. Oh, and not to mention, soundgarden was formed in 1984, 3 YEARS BEFORE NIRVANA. So NO, cobain did NOT start grunge. - theone90990
Everyone is always saying how bad of a singer Kurt is. But what they don't get is that Kurt wasn't trying to be melodic with his voice. He was more about being loud and getting his messages out when he sang - Kfox101V 45 Comments
Eddie vedder is the best because of his lyrics. But Chris cornell has the best voice. Love layne staley and no one else sounds like him but a lot of people forget that Cantrell wrote Alice in chains songs.
He has a very unique voice, and extra points that now, he is about the only grunge/90s alternative singer left now that Chris Cornell is dead, and he was the only singer of the grunge era not to get hooked on heroin.
Eddie is not only an incredible singer, he is a fabulous artist, always seeming slightly shy and humble. He is beyond compare.
People keep saying cornell had better range and cornell, may he RIP did have an amazing voice but eds is just as amazing and people don't get that octaves and note ability make up the whole package. eds voice to me and writing ability and my god the electrifying stage presence and literally how the music moved thru him so visibly back in the day...no comparison. staleys voice no way compared to these guys it was mostly deep, gritty and yes powerful but to me in a more basic way. saying that I love laynes music too. aic great. kurts voice quirky and perfect for nirvana but really technically not so good.V 15 Comments
From STP to Velvet Revolver to his solo career this guy has the most diverse range. He can sing soft with smooth balanced vocals, and he can sing loud and rock arenas.
Scott has/ had (up to opinion) a very diverse, changing voice that catered to the different styles of STPS songs. Listen to their old unplugged concert and you can hear the power in his voice.
Scott Weiland has the most diverse range. From his soft acoustic versions of Sour Girl, Wonderful, Atlanta or Kitchenware and Candybars, to the fast and powerful Sex Type Thing, Meat Plow, No way Out, Dead and Bloated, etc... Then he can do great pop melodies like Big Bang Baby, Trippin on A Hole, Interstate Love Song and Days of the Week. Who else on this list can pull off all those songs, not only in the studio, but in one live setlist as well!
Amazing performer, writer, vocalist!
Only 5 % for one of the best voice of the grunge bands? Even if he never was the leadsinger, his voice is so important! And let's not forget: he wrote and sang with his partner Layne grunge/blues, grunge/rock, grunge/Gospel, NOT ONLY metal! I think people should have to listen more to "Sap" and"Jar Of Flies"!
Jerry was a great singer on his solo albums. I think he is just as good as Layne and now he is the lead singer in Alice In Chains - Sabbath
Not even the actual singer of AIC but still an amazing backing vocalist. Him and Layne did some of the best harmonising in music.
He was also a solo artist. I still think Layne had a greater gift, though.
Jerry sang in his solo band. His voice is great - Sabbath
What?! Dave needs to be in the top 10! He has such an amazing voice! Get Corgan the hell outta there. Dave is a music icon and along with that has the voice to back it up. This is a shame; listen to the Foo Fighters.
Love him but is it grunge?
Lol he can't sing
He can't sing
Though I believe layne staley is the best singer on this list and alice in chains are the most talented, they were more metal than grunge and even jerry cantrell admitted to that. staleys voice wasn't grungy enough in my opinion. saying that, I believe kurt cobain had a grungier voice than staley, but the man with the best overall grungiest voice was Mark arm. Eddie Vedder even said marks voice was grungier than his and Chris Cornell's (both excellent vocalist) his voice just screamed grunge at its finest. still though, though it makes me happy to see staley at the top of the list, it make me unhappy to see it at the top of of a grunge list ):
Now if the list was the best singer of the the 90s laynes voice wins hand down. IN MY OPINION
An extremely gifted singer with a most touchingly unique voice. Layne Staley was definitely a far better singer than most of the people on this list ( and Kurt Cobain doesn't even come close to having as magnificent a talent as him ), but in terms of versatility and sheer listening pleasure, I'd vote for Andrew Wood any day. Case in point: "Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns". 'enough said.
P:S - I strongly feel that Andrew should have been listed as a member of Mother Love Bone instead of Malfunkshun.
Best singer of the 90's grunge era lost to soonV 1 Comment
Definitely a post-grunge legend. This guy has been dubbed a Kurt Cobain rip off by most, but if you really listen to this dude his voice is something else.
Actually, most people would consider him more like Eddie Vedder and Bush is somewhere in-between grunge and post-grunge but I agree he does have his own style. - PewPewAssassin
The greatest voice in Post-Grunge ever
The best vocal ever after Chester Bennington...he is the best..simply the best
The best hard rock singer I have ever heard, number one with james hetfield from Metallica. just listen to never too late by three days grace and you will understand. Adan is awesome!
He deserves number unoV 2 Comments
He should be farther up - Kfox101
His voice is just increadible, it's deep, rough, intense..., well you know, he doesn't need to do much effort to sing because even his speaking voice is mesmerizing.
16th? Really? He's the best singer
Number 1 in this solar system
ABSOLUTLY THE BESTV 1 Comment
Best range by far!V 1 Comment
Upon first hearing, Shaun Morgan's voice sounds like every other Kurt Cobain wannabe. But something will compel you to listen longer, and that's just the sheer passion behind the voice. Morgan excels with his incredible full filled and strong voice, making it perfect for heavy rock songs. However it's in the softer acoustic songs where he really shines, he has complete voice control, even in his whimpers. Unlike Cobain in Unplugged, Morgan seems at his most comfortable when he's at his purest. He really is a step above all his peers in this genre, and yes, that include Cobain.
No one has a voice like Shaun... I don't care about who started grunge. Morgan is above them all. I've never heard anyone be so raspy yet soft and tender at the same time, and neither have you. YouTube 'Seether Fake It 98 rock' and click on the first selection. Bottom line... Grunge is about emotion. And Shaun delivers more of that than anyone I've heard.
I would like to vote shaun morgan because no: 1 well he is alive! No: 2: His lyrics and vocal timing is brilliant! No 3: Out of all the recent post grunge band or whatever you call them, he definitely stands out. I would rank him number 1. If Cobain was alive, he would by number 1 for sure.
I suspect that had Shaun Morgan been born in the US or UK, and not in South Africa, then he would have received the recognition that he deserves. He voice is incredible and better than anyone else unplugged.V 5 Comments
He's got a very solid grungy voice that I think deserves some attention on this list.
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2. Layne Staley - Alice In Chains
3. Jerry Cantrell - Alice in Chains
2. Eddie Vedder - Pearl Jam
3. Kurt Cobain - Nirvana
2. Chris Cornell - Soundgarden
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