Greatest Male Rock Singers of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Tanzanian-born British singer with Persian ancestry, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. more.

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.


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

The greatest singer who walked on Earth.

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2 Steve Perry Steve Perry Stephen Ray "Steve" Perry is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is known as the lead singer of the rock band Journey during their most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987 and again from 1995 to 1998.

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!

So beat it, beat it, beat it.

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3 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.

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.

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4 Robert Plant Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

While I do understand why people choose Freddie Mercury, Steve Perry and Dio, there is something otherworldly about Plant still, keeping up with amazing vocal ability throughout his life, from before Zeppelin, to today.

At his vocal gymnastic peak, Plant was unstoppable and untouchable. A Golden God. What set him apart from many others were the outrageous yet nuanced notes he brought to the microphone.

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

The best

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5 Axl Rose Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

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

Axl Rose receives so much hate. I love him, though. His voice is amazing. He is immensely talented.

Just watch Freddie Mercury tribute, Axl sang Bohemian Rhapsody and if you compare with the original, you will see who should be the number one.

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6 Bruce Dickinson Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

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!

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7 Steven Tyler Steven Tyler Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion.

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

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.

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.

Great range of notes, and maintained a great singing voice and had even gotten better over the decades unlike some

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8 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.

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.

Are you kidding? Chester #8 he's easily top 3 - Steveareno95

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9 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. more.

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?

Can I just say that Elvis should be lower? Elvis made the same music as African Americans but for his time he got more popular because he is white. Overrated just saying... - booklover24

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10 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.

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!

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The Contenders

11 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.

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

12 Rob Halford Rob Halford Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.

This dude has one of the best metal voices out there!

13 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.

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!

There should be no list without Chris Cornell

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14 Lou Gramm Lou Gramm Lou Gramm is an American rock vocalist, and songwriter, best known for being the original lead singer for the British-American rock band Foreigner.

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.

Some things are so self evident one wonders how any disparity could arise at all regarding the greatest voice in rock- which must necessarily be Lou Gramm at the very top of the list!

In my book he is the best of all time.

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15 Bon Scott Bon Scott Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, more.

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.

Number one easy

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.

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16 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.

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.

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17 Ian Gillan Ian Gillan Ian Gillan is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple, and the original singer on the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ).

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.

Freddie Mercury is obviously #1, but I'd put Gillan at #2 or #3. Gillan could do things that nobody else on this list could, with a strong baritone, strong tenor, and could scream higher than anyone else on this list. All talented metal singers sight him as their idol for a reason!

Who can sing "Child in Time" other than Ian?!

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18 Hansi Kursch Hansi Kursch Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records more.

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

19 Jon Bon Jovi Jon Bon Jovi John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983. He is famous for his band's hit song “Livin’ On A Prayer“ released in 1986. He more.

This ain't a list for the broken hearted

This man is number one on my list.

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!

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20 Sebastian Bach Sebastian Bach Sebastian Philip Bierk, known professionally as Sebastian Bach, is a Canadian heavy metal singer who achieved mainstream success as frontman of Skid Row from 1987-96. Since his departure from Skid Row, he has had many television roles, acted in Broadway plays, and leads a solo career.

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

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