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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
Let's be honest here, this discussion should come with an asterisk stating #1 is Layne Staley, and we can argue about everyone else. No one else sings with the same raw emotion or overpowering harmonic greatness as Layne Staley.
Nirvana may have started the 90s rock movement, and Pearl Jam may have become the most consistent group to emerge from Seattle, but no one had more of an impact on future rock & metal bands than Alice In Chains. The guy was just that rare, once-in-a-generation voice that comes along where everyone who is stopped dead in their tracks when they hear it for the first time.
From the tortured screams of 'Them Bones'; the surprisingly melodic 'Man In The Box'; to the soulful channeling of 'Rooster'; or the soaring harmonies atop the thundering 'Would? ', no one did it as well as Layne Staley.
A great singer that can really rasp very well, and also hit high notes at the same time. He's awesome, and so is Alice in Chains.
Taking a look at all vocal aspects you can see that Layne could overcome in a general view all of the other grunge singers:
-He had an almost 4 octave vocal range (similar to Chris)
-In his best days he sounded better live than at studio (love hate love, junkhead)
-He could sing slow and acoustic songs with a clean voice that expressed infinite sadness
-He could rasp those high notes with the iconic sound of grunge
-And most of all you can see that he sang with loads of passion that could express anger or sadness.
Chris Cornell was the best singer, Layne Staley brought forth the most emotion, and Kurt had an imperfect voice but it worked just as well.
"no one sings like you anymore" chris cornell
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
Listen to Jesus Christ Pose and tell me he isn’t the best. He has such a great range with an incredible amount of powerful emotion! He is by far my #1. Layne is good, Chris is great.V 44 Comments
I'm aware that most grunge fanatics look at eddie and PJ as the softer side of the genre, and I would have no problem what so ever in putting any of the top4 in the number one spot of this list. Chirs cornell was technically the most gifted having the widder range of them all, layne was probably the one to sing with more emotion and had a versatility that was second to none, although he only did shine the brightest when next to cantrell, kurt had the grungiest voice, as in the most imperfect yet amazing one, but the only real reason he is even is this discussion is due to romantic figure he has become, and last but definitely not least eddie vedder, for me the best voice in grunge, he might no be as edgy as others in here, but the melody in his tenor and baritone deep voice, in my opinion, gets the first place every time, not to mention that he is the only one out of the four that truly rose from his music and sheer talent alone and not because his self destructive, angry charisma ...more
He is great, that's it.
The one problem with Eddie (aside from everyone after him trying to copy his vocal style) is I could rarely ever understand what the hell he was singing. - truckturner
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.V 24 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!
Super iconic and just absolutely amazingV 49 Comments
One of the most underrated voices of that era. I list him a close 3rd, behind Cornell and Staley. Scott's voice was very Bowie-esque, with a layer of Jim Morrison (two of his biggest influences). A vocal chameleon, his voice could go from gritty and powerful; most notably with STP's "grungier" Core debut and songs like "Sex Type Thing" and "Dead and Bloated", to a little bit Country; think "Big Empty"; to open and crooning in songs like "Atlanta" and "And so I know" - which truly showcased the depth and range in his voice, and then all out rock and roll in Velvet Revolver's "Slither" and the hauntingly powerful "Fall to Pieces". - Not to mention the fact that he wrote everything. A literal aresenal of timeless hits and lesser known beauties. And if you ever saw STP live in their heyday, you couldn't deny he was one of the best frontmen ever to grace the stage. RIP
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.
Easily the most versatile. Amazing band
Most well rounded of them all. Not even close. STP is on the radio more than the others. Awesome versatilityV 4 Comments
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"!
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.
Listen to his performance in Down in a Hole Unplugged and you will understand why he is one of the best
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 - SabbathV 1 Comment
His whining is just legendary. Maybe he isn't the best for the grunge movement (that's quite a surprise for me as I've known him as part of the alternative movement) but for the music he used to write his voice is the icing on the cake. So much passion and rawness combines with ultradistorted and uberoverdubbed guitars is just what makes SP stand out from the all the 90s groups. Its kust like combining the old things (Black Sabbath/Dio/Rhandy Roads/Sonic youth/the smiths/joy division) along with some 90s neopunk attitude. that's what makes Gish Siamese dream and Melon collie and infinite sadness my favourite albums of the 90s.
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
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
Underrated. - Gruunge
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 soon
Eddie vedder - qaz9999
Amazing voice, listen to he calls home, cover me, or far behind, beautiful range and by far one of the most grunge voices out there.
He has a better voice than kurt
The greatest voice in Post-Grunge ever
He deserves number uno
The best vocal ever after Chester Bennington...he is the best..simply the bestV 3 Comments
An amazing song-writer and vocalist. Love his voice!
He's got a very solid grungy voice that I think deserves some attention on this list.
Amazing voice. Such great range and power. Also check out his solo covers.
I am not sure staind is grunge, but AL is amazing, listen to covers of Tool (sober), AIC Nutshell n Pearl Jam, Black or Garden n you will hear what I mean, grunge voice for sure.
Andy Wood opened the door for the grunge bands that followed. Incredible stage presence, with song writing ability and a voice to match. Had he not passed so early on in his career, there would have been no Pearl Jam. But Mother Love Bone would have been just as big.
Great range, great power, great passion, and some great songs to complete the package, I get chills when I hear the opening of The Dolphins Cry. And nails live performances, one of my favorite vocalists ever, deserves to be top 10 on this list!
Best range by far!
He was great
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.
Shaun is able to sing in a wide range and he sounds great. He is the best screamer in rock. Every time he sings, he displays such emotion.V 5 Comments
Awesome vocalist, deep voice and resonates
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.
I was expecting at least top five, number one in my list
16th? Really? He's the best singerV 3 Comments
Everyone talks about people ripping off Eddie Vedder's voice, but Ben was around before Pearl Jam existed and he hasn't got any credit for his band or voice. Ben should be in the top ten, because his band is an actual grunge band( not like smashing pumpkins, Foo Fighters, three days grace, or seether, don't get me wrong, there good bands/singers but there not grunge).
Skin yard 1984-1992. Gruntruck 1989-1996.
He was the true grunger singer, and the grunge Goldman.
Now before you all say "That's not a grunge singer! " Take a listen to Purity of Essence, Quorthon's grunge album.
It's a shame! Shannon deserve a place in the top 3, along with Layne & Chris!
Better than kurt and for me he's a better singer than layne but not as a rock singer johns was genius and he has to go back to silverchair and make badass music again
The best of the best
Amazing replacement that is often overlooked. It is because of him that one of my favorite bands are alive and well today.
Chad kroeger is better
Remember that "say a prayer for me" song? That's him. It might not be heard the best on his singles (plowed, Molly, have you seen mary, wax ecstatic, go speed racer go) but Vin hits all the notes low and high. Very good new LPs since their popularity (listen to "glue" & "ugly on the inside")
LOVE SPONGE! Vinnie is Awesome!
Let me remind everyone about a 1992 band called Puddle Of Mudd. The grungiest band there ever has been. The world is so ignorant.
Top 10 on a list that includes post-grunge.
Pure emotion and amazing voice. Truly a Top 10!
Sold 50 million records...deserves a mention in the top 20 of all time.
Definitely better than Scott stapp and chad kroeger
Should be top 3 for creating grunge
The best ever in every genere
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