Greatest Male Rock Singers of All Timensen74
The Top Ten
He was the whole package. Unparalleled voice, able to perfectly interpret any song he sang, inventive composer of many classic rock songs, beautiful skills as a pianist and the most captivating stage presence in the history of rock. This combination probably will never again be seen.
YOUR THE BEST SINGER FREDDY MERCURY
ITS RITE THAT YOU ARE NUMBER ONE
Best singer of one of the best bands of all time! No one can disagree that he is a great singer, even if they don't like him. But who wouldn't like him. HE'S FREDDIE MERCURY. I'm betting you already know that. Why am I typing this into the text box. Because I can. OHH! Why did I just oh myself? I have to go sort out my life. - cbrann10
First time my mom put on a Queen CD for me I had to ask her "Momma, why does he sing so good? " I think that speaks for itselfV 36 Comments
Steve Perry is an Amazing singer. His vocal capability goes all over where he wants to fit. The emotion he has when he sings is phenomenal. Every song..he sings his heart out and it's like he sings to each one in the crowd. He's just an amazing Artist who well deserves to be number #1. Steve Perry to Infinity!
Nobody touches Steve Perry in vocal ability. Pure tones, effortless control and more emotion than most soul singers. Freddie was a great "performer" and I will always be a Queen fan, but in terms of range and control, couldn't touch Perry. My #1!
From his crystal clear vocals, to his perfect tone and pitch, This man could sing anything at anytime and hit notes no one else could. Mad vocals! He also Emotionally connected like no other singer could do. Full control and talent!
He's ABSOLUTELY the best singer!V 121 Comments
It's funny how all the guys with the higher voiced are at the top
Ronnie James Dio definitely had one of the best voices in the music industry. It was just downright amazing! So sad he died. He will definitely be missed.
How is axl higher than dio? Dio was the best voice even better than freddy
Man on the Silver Mountain.V 7 Comments
Gotta go with Robert Plant on this one. He may be my number one for this list but Freddy Mercury does have a very close second for me. What I don't understand is how Dave Grohl and Axle Rose made this list. Very surprising...
I'm a huge Led Zeppelin fan, and I think Robert Plant is an amazing vocalist, easily makes the top 10 for this least, and even the top 5. But, I don't believe he is on the top 3 best rock singers, he's great, but not the absolute best.
And with Axl Rose's voice, it's either a you love it or hate it. - VintagePetRaptor
Transcendent star his voice is rock poetry his staging, heights, delays and pure range and melody plus his rock sex energy closes it for me, the band helps obviously
Fantastic singer and is interested in all kinds of music
Rock and roll... need I say more?V 11 Comments
I've listen to rock music for many year, 40 to be exact tough I have many rock singers who are among the best but axle roses voice embodies " ROCK " he or should I say his voice is the Oracle of rock.
Say what you want but there is no one that has the range and pitch that Axl has Ronnie James Dio and Steven Tyler are only 2 off the top of my head that come close and maybe Freddie Mercury - CrazyCanadian
Wrote November rain by himself. Took him years. Originally all on piano even slash solo. - DunnaNunnaBatman
Axl Rose receives so much hate. I love him, though. His voice is amazing. He is immensely talented.V 8 Comments
Even though my favourite rock singer is Robert Plant and I'm a die hard Zeppelin fan, Dickinson deserves to be much higher on the list. And he is in my humble opinion the best live singer ever, with Freddie Mercury a close second.
Fantastic voice and amazing band.
By far the best live sounding singer ever. If you don't believe me just listen to any song live by iron maiden - Itckdos
Bruce is the best!V 5 Comments
No question, more range than Freddy mercury, as much power as Bono and to top it off he can scream like no one as much as I love Dave Grohl and James Hetfield they more control a shout where as Steve Tyler genuinely does sing
Personally believe that he should be in number 1 or top five at least! He is essentially a rock GOD, I'm a huge aerosmith fan, but sadly not enough people appreciate this mans voice today, he brought bluesy vibes to hard rock as well as his talent with instruments, he truly is my hero.
If we are talking about rock, pure rock, there is no comparion. Steven Tyler's voice is rock, and blows all of the other singers out of the water with ease, including Freddie Mercury, Robert Plant and Steve Perry put together. None of them could even come close to his vocal range, control, transitions and screaming in his prime, not even a bit.
Great range of notes, and maintained a great singing voice and had even gotten better over the decades unlike someV 10 Comments
How can Axel Rose be above him? Seriously he is the best. He can go as high as mount everest and then drop to as low as Pacific Ocean. He has even covered 'Rolling in the deep' of Adele-a pop queen, it's even better than original one and shows how amazing his voice and vocals are. He can scream as he has done so many of Linkin Park songs, and sinng so deep and emotionally in many of their songs like My December, Little things give you away, Leave out all the rest and many more. Next to him should be Freddie Mercury and then Jared Leto of 30 seconds to Mars.
Whatever he sang, he sounded like he meant every word. He could make you feel all kinds of emotions through his singing. One of his best feats is to switch from an angelic soft voice to a demonic loud scream in an instant, not a talent commonly found today. Sadly he was taken from us too soon. RIP Chester
Chester's voice does not die. He is the best singer ever. I don't care what other people think... But Chaz has a unique voice which is beautiful. He can singe very softly and scream too. Not a talent found commonly.
This is the best singer rock metal in the world. Goobey chester.V 24 Comments
Way too high. His tone appealed to some but that doesn't qualify him to be in the top 10 at all. His technique was terrible to the point that he lost his voice at the beginning of his career. No range, no versatility, no power, no resonance. No way he can be higher than let's say Ian Gillan, wake up fan girls.
Holy Crap! The GREATEST vocalist of all time at 22?! Are you people Crazy! This guy showed the world that no matter what giving up hope & bowing down to hardships is never option! A TRUE LEGEND!
One minute his voice is a soft rasp, next second he's screaming into the mic. MAGIC.
Please! Wake up! U can't put kurt this low... his voice is totally different from others... I wont say anything, not more just listen his mtv unplugged songs especially where did u sleep last night, it will be enough to open everyones eyes... robert plant, freddie mercury, axl rose etc they had only one one one job on stage dat is to only hold mic and sing,... but kurt, he had to play guitar riffs and solos along with singing... that's really amazing part of kurt... he is a true legend!V 10 Comments
For the soul reason that I am a major sabbath fan and that ozzy deserves to be up their with axel rose, steven tyler, john lennon, and elvis. Freddie can keep his spot however someone needs to vote for bon jovi.
I love Ozzy so much. He's a great singer and a great songwriter. He's done good with Black Sabbath and he's still good solo. Ozzy is awesome! He's one musician I would love to meet if I could.
His name is JOHN Michael Osbourne. Not Percy Michael Osbourne. I really like Ozzy though.
Instantly recognisable, sheer vocal power with control. The consummate Rock singer
This dude has one of the best metal voices out there!
Okay I love Linkin Park but Chris Cornell is by far a better singer than Chester. Chester had Chris on stage with him and Chester said Chris had the most beautiful voice in rock and roll which may not be true but he's better than Chester.
He deserves to be in the top 5. He never used falsetto like a lot on the list. Plus Cobain on 10?! What? This guy just mumbled. Cornell hit the notes like no other. I'm outta here. Cornell and Dio and Plant are the greatest singers of all time. Mercury too
I think he should be in the top 5 at least, he is one of the very best singers An song writers of all time. He wrote An sang songs that touched people, had so many different styles An always sounded awesome. When it comes to rock music this guy is a god!
He should be way higher up on the list. Just listen.V 15 Comments
He is not higher on this list because the average voter age is 12 years old.
Um. The king?...what is wrong with you people? Clearly Elvis.
Elvis should be number one. This list is not objective if you have Elvis on number 14! Are we serious?
Unquestionably the best.V 6 Comments
The most soulful hard rock voice! Amazing range, power and versatility and such an operatic quality. He delivers with his heart and soul! He should definitely be in the top 5.
The man sings every song like his voice will be completely gone tomorrow. If there was a dictionary entry for the perfect singer, just put a picture of Lou Gramm.
One of the best of all time. I first listened to him on 8-track tape and was blown away. He put everything into each song. Deserves Top 10.
He's number 1 for me! Love Lou Gramm!V 11 Comments
Bon Scott #1 followed by Brian Johnson!
Long Live Rock And Roll!
Bon Scott is the greatest rock singer, poet, story teller of all time. His lyrics is what set AC/DC's music above all the rest. His songs either told a story or made a statement. Many people may not realize that he wrote the lyrics for Back in Black before he died, which may have been his best album, next to Highway to Hell, but his prior works were all strong too. After Brian Johnson found success singing Bon's songs on Back in Black, AC DC's song quality plummeted. Just compare the lyrics of For Those About To Rock with their earlier works. The death of Bon Scott was another tragedy for rock and roll.
Bon Scott is 18th?!
He should clearly be at least 2nd, Brian Johnson should be up there too
This man along with AC/DC amazing riffs gave birth the best hard rock songs of all time. Their songs inspired many bands to come.V 1 Comment
You only need to listen listen to 21 Guns or Wake me up when September ends (especially the live version in 2005) to hear the raw emotion he can put into his music.
I am his biggest fan ever and see the coincidence that we were born on same date... Listening him since my childhood... Every song... Every line... Punched in my head...
He puts all of his emotion in his songs. You should listen to Wake Me Up When September Ends.
My favorite song from him is Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Epic guitar solo.V 11 Comments
He's one of the elite rock/metal singers today. His skills place him in one league with Freddie, Steve Perry, Chris Cornell, Michael Kiske, Rob Halford, Dio, Axl Rose, to name a few of his caliber. His tonal versatility is so unique that you won't believe this is the same singer - he's got at least 10 different voices (harsh, soft, demonic, angelic, aggressive, funeral, playful, spiritual, melancholic, ghostly, medieval retro voice; storytelling voice, polished voice for symphonic metal and raw for thrash … all they sound amazing).
The most passionate and emotive voice I've ever heard (I've heard all singers on this list).
Check this out and be conviced:
Demons And Wizards - My Last Sunrise, Heaven Denies, Fiddler On The Green, Path Of Glory, Crimson King;
Blind Guardian - Majesty, The Bard's Song (In the forest), Sacred Mind, Thorn, Sacred Worlds, Time What Is Time, Fly, The Curse Of Feanor, Otherland. - Metal_Treasure
A vocal god right here. This is the most addictive voice I've ever heard. His gorgeous tone is combined with technical skills at master class level.
This voice is extremely emotive, intense, expressive and powerful. The moodiness in his voice is literally unmatched. Nobody else switches from soft melancholic to harsh demonic tone like Hansi.
Evidence: ‘My Last Sunrise’ (by Demons & Wizards) and ‘Age Of False Innocence’ (by Blind Guardian). - Metal_Treasure
This ain't a list for the broken hearted
Livin' on a prayer
Number 19? You MUST be kidding. Come on New Jersey - support your man! Jon's voice is far superior to both Ozzy Osbourne and Kurt Cobain, neither of which were understandable in either song or speech. I like to be able to understand the words to a song I'm trying to "sing" along with. Just caught their "This House Is Not For Sale" show and he sounded every bit as good today as when I first saw him live in 1983.
Have to give Steve Perry props for the #1 spot, though. Amazing does not begin to cover his vocal range and immense talent. Sorry, Jon, but you're still #1 with this long time fan! Keep rocking!
Ian Gillan in his prime could scream higher than Plant and sing more melodically. Just slap on Child In Time for all the evidence you'll ever need. And he could eclipse his studio performances with even better live renditions. Listen to the same song from Made in Japan.
The best rock singer/lyricist that ever drew breath. Got the part for Jesus Christ Superstar album after Lloyd webber and Rice heard Child in time, He put the original scream in Gethsemene. Between 1969 and 1973 he was simply untouchable. The fact that you never here any singer who sounds like Gillan shows just how unique this guy is.
It's not only the screams and the range, but the absolute soul in his voice and the way he interpretes the lyrics. Nobody, NOBODY can sing When a Blind Man Cries, or stuff like No one came like Ian Gillan. Or listen to his performances on Accidentally on Purpose, This is the voice of rock with a feel for jazz, blues and even vaudeville.
Who can sing "Child in Time" other than Ian?!V 4 Comments
He is a very good singer. One of the best in the world. Also, where are other great singers such as Alice Cooper, Dave Mustaine, Benjamin Orr, Glenn Danzig, and many other great singers? There are so many amazing frontmen in the music industry.
The dude has some pipes!
He should be in the top ten
Related ListsBest Female Rock Singers of All Time Best Male Country Singers of All Time Top Ten Male Singers With the Best Talent/Voice of All Time Greatest White Male Singers of All Time Top Ten Best Male Rock Band Members of All Time
List StatsUpdated 17 Oct 2017
6 years, 227 days old
Top Remixes (14)
2. Freddie Mercury
3. Robert Plant
2. Rob Halford
3. Michael Kiske
2. Ronnie James Dio
3. Sebastian Bach
View All 14