Greatest Male Rock Singers of All Timensen74
The Top Ten
No one will ever compare to Freddie. He hit the highest highs and then could belt out a graveling sound for a rock song.
I Want It All is a good example of his graveling tone. Stone Cold Crazy Live at the Rainbow was a great live rock performance. Then turn around and listen to The Show Must Go On and wonder how one person can be so diverse! He was truly an icon who had a special gift of the best voice most of us have ever heard. Even better live which cannot be said about anyone else!
If you have a problem with this or think Robert Plant is better just listen to My Melancholy Blues or You Take My Breath Away (especially the live version Hyde Park) then compare to his more well known songs like Fat Bottomed Girls or Tie Your Mother Down. It's NOT just about vocal range or being able to hit the high notes.
Steve Perry from journey was better
The greatest singer of all time period.
Four octave range and best stage presence ever seen. If you have any reservations about ranking Freddie Mercury #1 see Queen at Live Aid. A master singer and showman at his absolute peak. Sadly gone way too soon.
Since I was young there was this voice that always played on the radio. When it didn't play, it still played in my head and I would sing it. That voice was non other than Steve Perry. I am grateful for his music then and I am grateful that Steve Perry is once Again back! Long Live Steve Perry's Voice!
Absolute rock opera God status! Just an amazing musician in every sense of the word. The talent level and energy onstage makes him one of the rarest of rare performers in the world. But, at the same time, one of the most beloved recognized vocalists of all time!
No performer has ever touched me musically on every level as Steve Perry has. His lyrics are amazing and there seems to be a song for every emotion. "The morning sun is rising and kissing the day" you don't get anything remotely as good as that with today's music. You also don't get 3 or 4 generations loving the same music and singer as their elders do. That in it's self is amazing. Mr. Perry you are amazing!
In my humble opinion, he should be #1V 160 Comments
Just Listen...If you are true to yourself with preferences aside...Ronnie James Dio surpasses all on this list...5 decades of mind blowing vocals is why so few bands wish to cover his material...Other vocalists don't even come close
What set Dio apart was his power. His ability to maintain such powerful notes up high makes it near impossible for most singers to cover him.
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.V 9 Comments
My favourite, although there are singers who has wider vocal range, but his power and emotion in his voice always hit me like a thunderstorm, especially in song like Babe I'm gonna leave you, Black Dog, In my time of dying, You shook me and so on.
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
Axl Rose is the bomb.
Best range ever
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 - CrazyCanadianV 10 Comments
He should've been at top 3, I mean seriously, his Vocal Range and Power is outstanding.
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.V 11 Comments
How in the world isn't he first?
Far better than axl rose. Should hold the rank#2.
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.V 7 Comments
Exceptional voice. Once in a lifetime voice
Lou Gramm voice is spectacular. The inflection he provides in his songs is out of this world. I think he I needs to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I have been listening to all of his CDs, Black Sheep, Foreigner, Lou Gramm band, Shadow King; he is unbeatable!
Of course I voted for Ian Gillan, but I didn't expect Lou Gramm to be here. He's fabulous! Such a powerful voice too. - galaxyfox
Lou still sounds great after over 40 years of performing. He stirs emotion with his voice and gives all every night.V 22 Comments
You go Chester,we all love you,why did you go though,we need you you were perfect
To me he is the best. One might not like Linkin Park's music but Chester's voice was incredible versatile: From soft ballads to hard rock he could do it all.
Are you crazy? Chester bennington deserves to be in the top 3. He is the greatest of all time his voice is just amazing and his screams are speechless
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.V 35 Comments
He not only inspired everyone on this list, but he busted down the walls for everyone else to follow. This makes him the King. There wasn't music video during his time, yet he has sold more than a billion records worldwide...that's more than your top 9 combined!
Elvis Presley is straight up legit for real my distant cousin and should be number one on this list! He is also the King of Rock n Roll for goodness sake!
He is the king of rock.
He is not higher on this list because the average voter age is 12 years old.V 11 Comments
Should be in the top five
Should be #1. Nobody has or will ever have this much talent. It's almost disrespectful for him to be #13.
Should be number 1.
Are people voting for the most popular or most iconic frontmen or for actually great singers? Because, with all due respect, Ozzy, Cobain and many more on this list, can't even touch Chris' ability. Popularity of the bands and their music is one thing, and even though in this Cornell doesn't fare that bad either, some bands are more popular with wider masses than his Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog or Audioslave. But in vocal ability, none can touch him, he's up there with Mercury and Plant for the top spots. Though one thing separates him from the rest, and that's his tone, and vocal character. None of the vocals on this list except for maybe Chester, have such a pleasant tone as Chris and that's what makes him the undisputed #1 for me. This is just a matter of taste I know. But ability-vise, he's up there with the other top two ;) Elvis Presley and Axl the screeching Rose above Chris? No way in hell, lol.V 24 Comments
This dude has one of the best metal voices out there!
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.V 1 Comment
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!
Listen to the MTV Unplugged concert and then tell me he doesn’t convey emotions through his words less than another
One minute his voice is a soft rasp, next second he's screaming into the mic. MAGIC.V 12 Comments
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.
Ian is the best it's very true!
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!V 6 Comments
How is he 16!?! He deserves to be higher then Ozzy Osbourne and Kurt Cobain. Those 2 didn’t make emotional, touching, breathtaking songs like Jon did, and that is what made him who he is today, a wonderful and unique singer. He is still rocking today! Keep it up Jon. Obsessed with his music, and his voice! - awssteelers
This ain't a list for the broken hearted
This man is number one on my list.
Livin' on a prayerV 2 Comments
He's the best!
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.V 12 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
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.
He should be in the top ten
The dude has some pipes!V 1 Comment
Simply the best
Number one easy
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.V 3 Comments
This list is ridiculous. This guy is the original rock god. Pure power and amazing voice. Just watch him perform other bands songs too. He does them better. Watch his freddie mercury tribute I want it all.
Ozzy Osbourne number 1, Daltrey no 21?. Is the world mad? A true one off, amazing range and passion, uniquely British artist.
Roger Daltrey? Number 22? Your rankings have just lost all credibility. in my humble opinion Daltrey and Plant alternate for the #1 spot (depending on what day it is) followed by Jagger, McCartney, and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.
Should be much higher. Right up there with Freddie Mucury and Robert Plant. In my mind, Roger Daltrey and the other two listed are the top 3 male rock singers.V 6 Comments
Great Voice... Powerful voloumptious clear effortless... One of the best singers
I would argue he was better than Mercury, I would certainly rather hear him any time. A shame he is forgotten.
Best pure Rock N Roll Singer ever.
Please! Cobain, Rose, Halford, Tyler, Roth, Dio, Perry? Rodgers was and is outstanding, with a voice that has lasted beyond tastes, trends and "sounds" of a particular decade. I wont argue that I would possibly rank Mercury as higher but certainly not the others. Rodgers is superb and Daltrey should only be a number or so below him in this list. I think some of the voters haven't heard any music pre 80s-90's music
He has the best voice in blues rock. He can sing sweet melody too just listen to "Seagull" which is based entirely on his vocals. But post Bad Company he made some weird collabrations and which cost him his listenable songs Unfortunately he never came back except for a brief time fronting Queen. That too was not a particularly good choice since he was rather unfairly put down by Mercury fans despite doing a great jobV 9 Comments
Just, hands down, one of the most epic singers of all time. Fast or slow, Burnley's talent will always show!
How could every one forget him he is an awesome singer he should be at least in top 20s
John Lennon was a pop singer, NOT a rock singer.
The most unique voice in R an R. Great range, great vocal control. To have him and Macca in the same band seems to be the most incredible story in popular music.
The greatest and most honest voice in rock music.
Incomparable in every way and manner. The best there is and ever was!V 4 Comments
Adam gontier got me into rock. 3dg and saint asonia are great and animal I have become is one of my favorites
Definitely deserves to be higher on this list
Deserves to be so much higher.
The best rock singer ever!
I've always thought that he had one of the best voices in rock.
Why the hell is he on 49?
The best singer of all time!
Emotive & Magical
He's a songwriter, not a musician. His bass playing is rudimentary at best and his singing voice can be put to shame by a talented 12-year old. He's a legend, but not because of his voice.
Epic voice of Pink Floyd. Legendary!
Roger is my lord - ChefSkinner
I love his voice, you have to listen to the song “Not strong enough” that does with Apocalypytica. I love this song! It give me goose bumps!
Best...along side Rudolf Schenker from the Scorpions
Simple man live epic vocal
Brent has got the best voice in my opinion... he’s got what I like to call a five-octave voice which a lot of the singers here don’t possess... listen to Beyond The Sun or Her Name Is Alice... or all of their stuff.
Why is Layne so low? There's no better singer than him actually
Kurt Cobain better than Layne Staley? John Lennon better than Layne Staley? I like both of those guys as songwriters but Staley's vocals blow both of them out the water! Just listen to "Man in the Box, " "Love Hate Love, " "Would? , " "Rooster, " "I Stay Away, " "We Die Young, " "Bleed the Freak, " "Frogs, " etc
This guy knows how to sing
Due to his untimely death, he will forever go down as the most underrated voice in rock... There are a lot of vocalists in front of him simply because their band was more successful. Bad measurementV 9 Comments
Another Day. 'enough said
No body belts out a scream from the nether regions better than JIM MORRISON! True passion and a give all or nothing from his deepest core! No pretenses here. Enigmatic, charismatic, frightening and beautiful! All in the same, melt me like butter, deep, haunting voice that is like NO OTHER!
The End, Spanish Caravan, Strange Days. Just some of the songs they Jim Morrison's vocal talent shines through. Although, not technically brilliant, his voice ecoes through the emotional spectrum and haunts you. His natural baritone perfect for the music of The Doors. Also, his lyrics are so profound and meaningful, that resonate with you. A member of one of the greatest bands ever.
He is the one that paved the road for most of the other vocalists on here
I was suprised to see he is not even in the list... He deserve to b in top 5... He is legend... You should listen him once and you will know lizard king magicV 4 Comments
Are we going to ignore this guy? Seriously? He was one of the pioneers of rock, and he wrote on of the first hard rock songs, helter skelter. And he delivered on it, just like everything else he wrote
This is honestly disrespectful to him. He's classic and everyone knows his band. He was a pioneer for rock! Come on guys - booklover24
Paul at #43 - what an injustice! The man has incredible vocal range.
One of the best singers everV 2 Comments
He's a pop singer but his fans fantasize that he's a rock singer.
I thought he was pop
In time, Adam will end up being #1.
Amazing. Grace = amazing
#1 in many lists. And deservedly so. The most talented rock vocalist ever.
Are you kidding me? Show me any of those 42 supposedly better rock vocalists doing what this man was able to make vocally from the range, dynamics and power to the overall quality and originality of his vocal style and timber. So Underrated! If you’re a music lover I seriously recommend you to listen to this guy’s work. It’s the type of voice that will cut through your soul and break you …
I'm very surprised that he's not on this list, that guy sure has some pipes!
How is he this far down he's by far voice wise top 15 at least
Best damn rock singer ever! Just listen to VH Dreams!
Alex Turner is brilliant! He has a great voice, amazing lyrics, and he's great at guitar too. The Arctic Monkeys are just magic.
Come on, he deserves better.
How is he so low down he should be top 10 easily, this list is just about popularity
No one can falsetto like Matthew Bellamy. He has a huge range and he sounds absolutely amazing. Listen to Plug in Baby. You'll see what I'm talking about.
Why is he only 18th have any of you heard madness
He deserves to be in the top 10. Only listen to Megalomania or Survival.V 2 Comments
48, are you f kidding me! Eddie Vedder is the greatest singer of all time!
I'm laughing my ass off...Eddie deserves to be in the top 10 you morons. No one sings with more emotion than the god damn lead singer of Pearl Jam
I truly think that because Vedder is still alive and Pearl Jam has taken more of a Grateful Dead approach (concerts as opposed to singles), that he remains under-appreciated. For me...definitely top 10.
My ela teacher loves this guy, with Pearl Jam, although because I'm in the 7th grade I'm the onay student know who he is
The best final! He can sing every kind of style and perfects it every time =D
Should be much MUCH higher on the list.
David Bowie needs to be higher on the list. He was a great singer and one of the most influential musicians that ever lived. He's a legend. So sad we lost him on 1/10/16. I love David Bowie. He really was amazing, inside and out.
How is he not on here! In the words of Sheldon Cooper, I weep for humanity. Although I do approve of Freddie
David Bowie should be way higher! He's a legend. He's iconic. He's Bowie. He was amazing and rock wouldn't be the same without him! - booklover24
4 octaves and 8 semitones of vocal range. Can effortlessly hold notes (at various pitches) for 20 seconds or more. Was picked over the likes of Chris Cornell, M. Shadows, and Ozzy Osbourne to be the front-man for Slash's tour and follow-up solo records. Was asked asked personally by the members of Led Zeppelin to fill in for Robert Plant for a tour. Filled in for Axl Rose at the Guns 'n' Roses Hall of Fame induction. Is currently in an incredibly epic band (Alter Bridge) with the former members of Creed. Has collaborated with singing instructors that have worked with the likes of Axl Rose and Ozzy Osbourne.
Why is this guy not a world sensation?
This man on no 63? well voting here is useless.
One of the best.
Just listen to the last Alter Bridge album and Slash's too.
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