Greatest Rock Voices

The Top Ten

1 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, 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 more.

Freddie Mercury will always stay in our hearts.
We can just listen to his voice and feel so close to everything that is wonderful in this world.
That's the effect that his voice has on me, so of course that he's at the TOP of my list! :D
Like Freddie said: 'I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend. '
And you are my friend! &

Anyone who places Freddie Mercury lower than #1 is just kidding himself... You either never listened to him or you never listened to someone who was trying to sing one of his songs! I dare you to do both of those things and then come share your opinion here again! Chances are, you will hear your rock idol trying to sing Freddie's song and feel sorry for him... Just watch The Freddie Mercury Tribute concert from 1992 and you will get my point. And to be able to make the difference, watch Queen's performance at Live Aid from 1985 or any other concert of theirs and draw your conclusions. I am not even go into the topic of singing in different styles, because then it wouldn't be fair at all to the rest of the contenders on this list (or any other list for that matter)... King Freddie - always in our hearts!

Freddie Mercury is the most skilled singer I have ever heard, and he has such a powerful and beautiful voice! He sings with no barriers. When you listen to him, you just get that feeling that he can do anything with his voice and reach every possible note the is.
I can't find anything wrong with it. Just perfect!

The BEST ever

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2 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.

AXL ROSE is the best rock vocal ever I love him and his songs really changed my life. I love his band GUNS AND ROSES they were and still are legends. Slash is such an amazing guitarist, and Axl has an amazing voice. Guns and Roses are so influential, they should get in.

What really makes a great voice, is style, versatility, and (in my opinion) above all, recognizability. Nobody out there has a voice quite like Axl's. He has a unique voice, which is why I voted for him. His voice may not be crystal clear like Freddie Mercury's, but it's so incredibly powerful, it blows me of my feet every time.

AXL BEING 20 MADE THINK WHO MADE THIS LIST. Um no doubt Axl is the best rock voice EVERR. I'm being completley serious. Some of these people arnt even rock singers.. I'm not saying they're bad but they're not ROCK VOICES!

So that is Axl Rose in the 2000's huh? - Gehenna

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3 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.

Whole lotta love for Led Zeppelin's vocalist who probably is the most influential rock singer of all times. Freddie Mercury admitted that he was a fan of Plant and David Coverdale has obviously spent most of his career ripping on Robert.

Definitely my favorite tenor in rock music. Hope he's gonna change his mind and eventually tour with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. Wouldn't that be epic?

I don't know what it is but its just so magical the way he sings. I can't imagine anyone else singin zep besides him. and wow, what a shock that steve perry iis #1 on this list. he is a close #2 to plant but come on are there really that many journey fans out there? Don't get me wrong I like em but they are over rated most people like don't stop believin that's it and wats with heart? Every1 on this site seems 2 like em. I like barracuda but not much more they are kinda like journey in that way. and I used 2 think that there were a ton of bon jovi fans out there but I guess I'm wrong there are a lot of richie sambora fans. for the record I listened 2 him and he sucks at singing bon jovi rocks though. but yea plants the best - LightningFast4

It's about the voice not just the range but versatility. Plant surpasses Mercury, Rose or whatever. All can sing well and it's not just hitting the high note that counts but the timbre and the rendition and the style. Jagger is unique but to some he can't sing. Many rock singers can hit as high or even higher note than Plant but he's the pioneer and still the best.

Just listen to led

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4 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.

Hey, what the hell is Rob Halford doing at a position like 10! HE SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE! Rob is the God of Heavy Metal and All kinds of music... This guy has the best & most powerful falsetto voice ever heard in music and a vocal range over Six multi-octave! Come on people, he should be number one everywhere... All hail the METAL GOD! , /

A king of high notes. Lead singer of Judas Priest. He is and always be The Metal God

Nobody can take their voice range through so many levels with one breath... Amazing...

Get this man above Steve Perry! The Metal God!

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5 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.

People, are you deaf? Bruce Dickinson should at least be in the top 10. - Alex12345269

Bruce Dickinson is such an amazing singer. He has an incredible ability to hit those high notes without sounding like fingernails on a chalk board. He can sing with such power and still have a lot of finesse. It's like doesn't have to put any effort into his singing, and yet still sounds amazing. That is why he is my favorite singer

As a long time Iron Maiden fan, I'll admit I'm a bit biased. But Bruce has a vocal range that tugs at my soul wavelengths and makes me want to thrash about to "The Clansman" or "Paschendale" for the rest of my life. Up the Irons from Texas, ladies and gents.

As good on stage as in the studio. No many others can say that.

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6 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.

The fun we saw in his 1994 while performing in NYC with out Journey you truly saw a different side of Steve, he had fun and looked like he had the weight lifted off his shoulder, and his silky smooth voice was even more soulful than ever before, when he sand I'll be alright with out you/cupid one of the best interactions with the audience and one of my favorite video's... No one will ever come close to that silky smooth voice, and no one will ever touch our hearts the way Steve did every song takes you back to a place in time, and that is what a true singer/song writer is all about
I hope he sings for us soon he voice is missed more than he will ever no.. We miss you Steve thank you for all the memories you have given us and hope to hear from you soon. Faithfully

Steve Perry is a legend in his own time! This is a singer that doesn't record solo anymore, but who is still in great demand. His fans are so faithful that they resort to reminiscing about him and his music on various websites. He can sing any kind of song and sing it better than anybody else.

That's why he is known as "The Voice"!

A voice that transcends the boundaries of human vocals and electrifies our souls with goose-bump inducing ballads and foot-tapping anthems, this icon of our time will travel through history in the hearts of all and his music will remain ever present in the very foundation of our culture. Long live "The Voice"


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7 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.

First I scrolled down and saw axl really low so I was going to vote him, but I scrolled a bit more and saw Bruce Dickenson and was like NO, he needs top 5, but I scrolled a bit more and saw Dio. I had to pick Dio for being 40. 1 and 3 are the only ones right (but reverse the order. )

RJD is the governor of all heavy rock singers. Why he isn't in the top 5 already astounds me!

Ronnie James Dio is the voice of heavy metal. He can put so many emotions when he sings. RIP, Dio. I'll always remember the day I could shake your hand.

Just listen to any Rainbow song off the first three albums, any Dio song (i don’t like every single Dio song, but his vocals kill it on every song) and you’ll vote higher! - metalwillneverdie

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8 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.

His voice is really unique! With little bit of accent. I love it!

C'mon this list is rediculous. Jon Bon Jovi can hit notes that most girls have trouble hitting this guy is a legend - jakeismellow

Amazing singer, performer, all round entertainer, and sexy to boot!

This guys voice is the best. He's the guy who has a manly voice unlike other singers.

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9 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Christopher John "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. His vocal range was C2 to A5, while more.

Not only a underestimated amazing vocalist with an amazing tone, but also an amazing songwritter. Can't say enough good things about Chris Cornell's voice. He must be one of the top 5 rock vocals of all time.

Chris should be at least top five. Soundgarden was one of the pioneers for the grunge movement in the late '80's early '90's, and Chris was also a part of the supergroup Audioslave. The only bad album Chris has ever put out is Scream, mostly because us Cornell fans hate the fact that Chris went pop. Thank goodness he is back to rock music.

This dude is #1. Robert Plant can hang, but most of the rest don't even come close.
He can't scream like the old days, but he still kills it.

One of the best, he marked my adolescence...

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10 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.

Are you people kidding this guy has better vocal range than anyone listed above and sings with emotion and adrenaline puts on the coolest live shows ever TOP FIVE PEOPLE GET REAL

Are you joking. Bon Jovi over steven tyler. Anyone can sing like jbj.

Tyler is really better then Steve Perry, even Axl Rose. I understand if you prefer another band over Aerosmith, but there is no denying with his range, gritty voice, that still holds up after all these years that Steven Tyler has the best voice in music period

There is not one other lead singer who can sing like him including Rose Or Perry.

Steven Tyler should be number 1, no question.

Steven tyler is a beast, he should at least be at the top 5 people. You should listen to him often, his not only good. He is great live. No one can sing his songs better than him. He's the best. And he's 65 years old and can still sing those damn high notes which a kid would find hard hitting.


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The Contenders

11 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.

One of the greatest vocalists from ANY genre, but certainly THE greatest metal voice of all time! Should be number 1 or two on this list, top 5 at LEAST! Looking at the vast majority of names on this list ahead of him makes me absolutely sick, and shows that its a popularity contest voted on by primarily non-musicians, not a measure of true talent or vocal abilities.. Any vocalist or true musician who doesn't awe in Bach's scary and unearthly talented vocals is either not a musician at all or just flat out DEAF! Not to mention he's one of the flat out most beautiful human beings ever created, man or woman.. Just one of those ridiculously attractive people.. And this is coming from a straight male.. Haha true story

I agree with all the below comments. Adding that he always delivered and showed up on time to concerts and was not melodramatic like Axl Rose. Plus he didn't get fat lol like Axl did. Too bad the original member of Skid Row are not a band. If they ever do a reunion tour I will go for sure. If Black Sabbath can then so can Skid Row! All Hail the might Sebastian Bach!

Sebastian has THE greatest voice of all time of any singer in ANY genre! Hands down the purest, clearest, most beautiful voice. I've seen Jon, Axl, James, Vince even Bocelli live, all amazing. But none come close to the emotion, power, and beauty in Sebastian's voice. A gift from God!

Are you serious?! Sebastian is the God of rock vocals!

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12 Paul Rodgers Paul Rodgers Paul Bernard Rodgers is an English singer, songwriter and musician, best known for his success in the 1960s and 1970s as vocalist of Free and Bad Company.

Steve Marriot was an obvious influence, but in the time spent with Free, Bad Company, and The Firm, Paul Rogers surpassed all. - wunxone

I agree. No way he should be number 37, No lower than 2! Absolutely amazing voice

listen to him live on the Merchants of Cool album & you'll hear he's the best

The best

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13 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.

sorry for any johnson luvas out there but scott was the original and the best! he captured that dirty, dangerous, living on a kinfe's edge rock 'n'roll experience like no other! - pieluva

Bon Scott has an incredible tenor range. He hit every note on the button. He also had that little Richard Scream. Ac Dc literally had every teenage girl wanting to go after this naughty, adventurist diminutive front man urging you to be bad. The power he had. He sang every note powerful. So sad he died when they could have carried his little body up the stairs.

Very lengendary yet unfornatley very dead voice of AC/DC although Brian Johnson is a helluva singer too - Guitar_Guy77

One of the best!

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14 Eddie Vedder Eddie Vedder Eddie Vedder is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as a member of the rock band Pearl Jam, with whom he performs lead vocals and is one of three guitarists.

Soft voice and power as well, no wonder so many artists invited him to sing with them. His Band is one of the few that is constantly playing great music since their existence and they even created grunge as the first grunge band, even before Nirvana. He also replaced Jim Morrison for the Rocknroll hall of fame concert of The Who and introduced several other bands. And he is vital and still sings gorgeous at his age and he is still alive! Thanks to not taking drugs. He is a genius songwriter and was successful in everything he did, even playing ukulele solo. He has a unique voice and is a unique artist. He deserves a lot of respect!

Finally, I don't have to go down past 50 to find what I'm looking for. Eddie Vedder has such a beautiful voice that can make any mundane song seem like a masterpiece (look up him singing "Take me out to the ball game"). I was only surprised to find him here when I saw Chris Cornell at 9. Anyone who knows him also knows Eddie, so why he isn't in the top ten makes no sense to me. Please vote him higher! - Songsta41

the most imitated rock singer EVER. Listen to the power or black alone in the dark. Are you nuts! he should be #1

That photo isn't of Eddie Vedder.

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15 Sammy Hagar Sammy Hagar Samuel Roy "Sammy" Hagar, also known as The Red Rocker, is an American rock vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, musician and entrepreneur.

I liked his solo career more than when he was with Van Halen. Good voice overall.

He killed Van Halen. Hagar the Horrible.

I would say at his peak Hagar is pound for pound the greatest live singer the hard rock genre has ever seen. The VH live double album is out of this world.

By voice alone, Sammy Hagar pushes notes, and maintains a pitch, which many others in this list would outright fail to match. One only needs to hear his opening war-cry in Van Halen's song "A.F.U." to recognise his ability.

16 James Hetfield James Hetfield James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

The best voice in the universe listen to Nothing Else Matters and see how his voice changes or Wherever I May Roam . JAMES ROCKS ... METALLICA ROCKS

didn't ever haer a voice more suited for rock music..hats off to the alltime great

Who looks like the Cowardly Lion? What a grating voice. Ouch!

I just love his voice!

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17 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. 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 more.

Listen to the led belly cover Where did you sleep last and you'll see why kdc's voice is awesome - odin666

I don't understand how Kurt Cobain is 22! I think he should be number one. His voice was amazing. His wrighting skills just added more to his singing talent. He is a god.

Man, he was so great!
'I'm so happy 'cause today I've found my friends they're in my head' ^_^

Why not in top 10!

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18 Roger Daltrey Roger Daltrey Roger Harry Daltrey, is an English singer and actor. In a music career spanning more than 50 years, Daltrey came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the founder and lead singer of the English rock band The Who, which released fourteen singles that entered the Top 10 charts in the United Kingdom during more.

How a clown like Chester Bennington is ahead of the legendary Who frontman proves most of these chippies don't know music.

The most powerful, sexy, heartfelt, belt-it-out... Did I say POWERFUL! Pure energy in that amazing voice. Thank you Roger!

These ratings are a joke. I'll give you Freddie and Plant, but the rest - ridiculous.

Best ever!

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19 Myles Kennedy Myles Kennedy Myles Richard Kennedy is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Alter Bridge, and as the lead vocalist in Slash's current band: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

Myles Kennedy - range of 4 octaves in full voice, and his songwriting and guitar playing is class too :D Point proved when he was asked to play with Zeppelin, asked to join Velvet Revolver, and is doing another album with Slash... to give an insight on this check out Alter Bridge's Live in Amsterdam DVD, and in particular Travelling Riverside Blues! O_O

This man, Myles Kennedy, has been my inspiration since a long time now. He just keeps getting better every next day. May it be Mayfield Four, Alter Bridge, with Guns n' Roses or Slash, this guy never let our hopes down.
Amazing vocal quality, extra-ordinary vocal range and perfect control over high, as well as low notes. Also, he is an amazing guitarist too. If I become a rock star someday, and people ask me for who inspired me, Myles Kennedy will be one of the few names including Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
He has rock in his blood, his soul, his voice.

amazing, he's just not that well known (well he is but people don't think of him immediately) anyway, lead singer of alter bridge, lead singer for Slash on tour and almost never misses a note. Definitely impressed me and I'm a new fan

Simply put, one of the best rock vocalists of all time... also, a talented guitarist, and creator of the best ever guitar duet in the history of rock music (for the song Blackbird) alongwith mark tremonti. His songs for Alter Bridge and Slash are commendable!

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20 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.

Most distinct voice in all of rock. Sings within his range and perfectly compliments his music. Two greatest albums of all time are Blizzard and Diary.

Really one of the best metal voices of all time. Gotta love it. -

I personally adore his awesome voice!
ozzy and iron man -i mean WOW!

May be good as a vocalist but his voice sucks. - zxm

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21 Brian Johnson Brian Johnson Brian Johnson is an English singer and songwriter. Since 1980, he is the lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC, with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. As of April 2016, Johnson is not participating in the remainder of the Rock or Bust World Tour due to hearing more.

AC/DC ROCKS and the voice of Brian Johnson and the guitar of Angus Young together too.



Is this a joke? I like his band but his voice sucks. BADLY. - 445956

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22 Ian Gillian

one of the best voices of all times. not as appreciated as he should though...

People talking about 4 octave ranges, this guy had a 7 that's right SEVEN octave range, the original Rock God Voice and still the best

Ian is 68th!?! What's wrong with you people, this is IAN GILLIAN of THE DEEP PURPLE,
Have you ever heard that screams in child in time!?!?

What an unbelievably powerful voice

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23 Jim Morrison Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

The Doors and Jim Morrison -perfect combination!
With his incredible voice, you can just sit down and enjoy. (:

Why is he so far down on this list? Jim morrison had so much emotion in his voice, and he also was able to make it gritty. he has to be at least top 20.

Jim had a hypnotic quality to his voice. No matter the age of the music, it still takes you to "that place"... you know what I'm talking about. Should have been in the Top 10 for sure.

The most unique voice in rock history

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24 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

Listen to"Rock and Roll Music"..
.."Twist & Shout"..Dizzy Miss Lizzy"
"You Can't Do That".."Yer Blues"...
"Tell Me Why"..."Instant Karma"..etc.
..and you'll hear the best rock singer ever!

People voting are too young to know but let the numbers speak. John Lennon has produced such a mass level of great music the rest on the list would dream for. Really, Lennon at 56?

No one ever sang with the heart, soul and sheer brilliance of John Lennon. He was the most searing and expressive of them all!

I am sure Yoko is throwing a fit because his name isn't in front of Paul's

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25 Liam Gallagher Liam Gallagher William John Paul "Liam" Gallagher is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He rose to fame as the lead singer of the rock band Oasis, and later as the singer of Beady Eye.

In his prime, his unique and powerful voice made the Oasis "sound". At times pristine and otherworldly; at other times belligerent and reminiscent of John Lydon.

Just my opinion, if he's not the greatest rock singer of all time he's the greatest rock voice. And I'm talking 93-97 here

I love his voice. Too bad Oasis don't sing anymore. What a waste, and all because of some childish quarrels between two brothers.

A okay singer too bad his body couldn't support the weight of his inflated ego

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26 Paul McCartney Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

Of course Paul McCartney and Freddie Mercury are the GREATEST 2 vocalists in the rock era... Not even worth discussing. John Lennon, Robert Plant and Ann Wilson are RIGHT up there as well. Axl Rose is a vocal nightmare... SOME great songs but REALLY? Axl Rose... Just listen to both versions of Live and Let Die... Axl was a fleeting, TONELESS novelty... Come on folks! - frank

Sir Paul the prudish hack. Was a much better songwriter than he was a singer I always found his vocals to be a little annoying could have been sung better by someone who wasn't so full of themselves that was actually trying

sung many of the most famous songs in the world, Hey Jude, Let It Be and he could rock with Helter Skelter, I'm Down, Oh! Darling

Lennon was better.

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27 Amy Lee Amy Lee Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.

She is just amazing! She has so much feeling and power in her voice! Too bad she's turning into a pop-princess... but anyway I hope she will never give up her way of singing no matter which genre she chooses! Go AMY!

She just so amazing, her voice is flawless. You can tell it comes straight from the heart when she sings. absolutely a amazing singer, I would vote for her any day. Pure, raw, emotion in her voice is what makes her one of the greatest.

At least she's in the top 20s. But honestly, she can hit in the range of 4 octaves with power in her voice. Bur she can also make her voice calm and relaxing, and she can put the force into it. Her voice is smooth and without a doubt she should be in the top 10.

Amy Lee's voice is beautiful. One of the best voices I've ever heard. She sounds like an angel and sings with a lot of heart and soul. And why is Brian Johnson higher on the list than her? - Rorywilbren

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28 Brad Delp Brad Delp Bradley Edward "Brad" Delp was an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock bands Boston and RTZ.

Seriously, Brad Delp is #56 on this list? He should be top 5 at the very least. He could hit notes consistently that left other singers shaking their heads. Did you ever notice that most cover bands ignore Boston songs? It's not because they don't want to, it's because the singers can't sing them properly, so they don't even try.

I guess people are really Deaf. If anyone ever really listened to music they would understand that ELVIS was the Best of all time, and Brad should be in the top 10. You can go on you tube and find in studio music with just vocal tracks before they are put to sound and music. Brad Delp has 1 of the Best Voices in Rock History. He had many different levels he could hit. RIP Brad Delp. The Nicest Guy in Rock N Roll.

The most incredible voice in rock & roll in my opinion. I saw an interview with Sebastian Bach where he was even "wowed" by the notes Brad could hit. He & Freddie Mercury are the top 2 in rock & roll in my opinion. How many singers have both of those bands been through since their departures? Many because their voices can't do it for long. RIP guys.

This man could sing his ass off. More than a feeling people?

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29 Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool.

His voice is soothing, dynamic, and extremely powerful. He has so many different styles and techniques. His lyrics are some of the deepest you'll come across. His voice can stand out or follow the music in a wavelike journey. You will worship this man. Surreal

Best male voice!
Chameleonic, powerful, emotive.
He rules at every band he is in. Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer.
Keep it hard Maynard!

Maynard should be in top 5,his voice is amazing,he can go deap,he can go soft,he can screamo,Maynard my freinds is also one of the gods o rock!!!!

His voice delivers a flood of emotion like no other!

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30 Bono Bono Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. His original nickname was Bono Vox which means "big voice".

A lot of viewers will probably wonder why I put bono on this list. I have grown up listening to U2. Because I have listened to them for so long Bono is one of my favorite singers. -

What a strong and power in his voice (please watch DVD from Milan 2005 - Elevation is good example)! He absolutely deserve to be in first 5. One of the best voices in the music, ever.

Should be top 5. Very distinctive voice that a generation or two have grown up with. Could hit incredibly high notes when he was younger. Still one of my all time favorites and this is coming from a rock/metal fan.

Great singer and U2 is Rock just not heavy rock. I love his voice is raw, pure yet, smooth and soulful.

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31 Layne Staley Layne Staley Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. more.

The only other singer close to Layne Staley would be Chris Cornell. Staley's vocals and the way he can take dark lyrics and make them sound absolutely beautiful is a talent very few singers today can match. Staley's voice will resonate and influence many to come after him, you can't fake raw talent.

Layne have the best voice register in the history of the rock, you can check it if you want, high pitch to low pitch, the creativity, the power in his voice, the ability to transfer feelings, just awesome.

Number 37? Are you people serious? How the hell are Amy Lee, Arnel Pineda and Liam Gallagher ahead of THE Layne Staley? All 13 year olds voting for those "artists" need to listen to the entire Facelift album and experience the raw power and emotion Layne put in his voice. Incredible!

Any list where Layne Staley is 31st is probably not a list I would take a lot of stock in, especially with some of the people ahead of him.
That said, everyone has an opinion, but if you are not familiar with Layne Staley, listen to Man in the Box, Bleed the Freak 1991, Nutshell unplugged and you will treat your ears to the most emotionally powerful singer ever. I don’t mean, scream with angst, I mean, still give you goose bumps the 50th time you ve heard song.
For a peak behind the curtain, listen to Mad Season Wake up or River of Deceit and prepare to shed tears.
Not many in the 1-30 can say that!

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32 Ann Wilson Ann Wilson Ann Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart.

What amazes me about Ann Wilson is that she can still sing! Her voice is just as brilliant now as it ever was because she's taken care of it. Steve Perry doesn't sing anymore because he can't. He ruined his voice years ago with bad technique. Ann is the best because she knows how to take care of her instrument. - tarot_contralto

Ann Wilson is the Greatest Rock Singer of all Time!

Does anyone remember Barracuda, Little queen, Crazy on you, Magic Man Alone. People wake up.

Best female rock singer, best male would be Steve perry

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33 Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch 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.

A vocal god - modern metal/rock singing. One of the top 10 metal singers. Definitely deserves to be higher.

He's just perfect. Top 10 easily. He's got everything - power, range, vocal technique, versatility.
Demons & Wizards - Path of glory, My last sunrise
Blind Guardian - Thorn, Time what is time - Metal_Treasure

34 Elvis Elvis Elvis Presley was an 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.

Elvis had range, volume and octave. Most singers in rock don't sing well. Turn off the music, and hear the voice. You will hear the truth.


Elvis Presley--not even close. Had it all, including the showmanship and looks.


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35 Anthony Kiedis Anthony Kiedis Anthony Kiedis is an American singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, which he has fronted since its inception in 1983.

Anthony Kiedis voice is amazing. Sadly RHCP isn't a very famous band nowadays because they had a long time without doing nothing. If anyone listens to the songs "Don't Forget Me" or "Under The Bridge" they'll understand my point. Red Hot Chili Peppers are perfection, and Kiedis is amazing, he should be at least in the top 10. I mean, how can Adam Lambert and other mainstream artists be in better positions then Kiedis?

Sorry if my grammar/spelling is bad but English isn't my mother tongue.

I agree, whoever watches Slane Castle will definitely chose Kiedis

Not only a great singer with what Tony Bennett described as "having a great range" but he can also rap with the best of them. He is versatile.

just watch the slane castle concert..

36 Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.

Janis was AMAZING! What a shame that she did not make the list. My assumption is that most of the people who voted did so based on popularity, not necessarily talent. I can also assume many of those that voted are not as knowledgeable as they could have been, and were very lax in doing their homework! But, my husband says, no, they are just plain stupid!

Janis Joplin has the best voice I've ever heard! How is she so far down on the list?

WOW... Something is wrong here folks! Not even top 25? - frank

A great voice at times but often too messed up to sing

37 Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Stanley Bert Eisen, known professionally by his stage name Paul Stanley, is an American musician, singer, songwriter and painter best known for being the rhythm guitarist and co-lead singer of the rock band Kiss.

Front man for one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time! Massive Power and range. Song writer and musician. Can work a crowd like nobodies business! Top 5 in my opinion!

Best Front man... EVER!

Paul Stanley delievered the most powerful vocals. - Wendy56

38 David Coverdale David Coverdale David Coverdale is an English rock singer most famous for his work with Whitesnake, the commercially successful hard rock band he founded in 1978. Before Whitesnake, Coverdale was the lead singer of Deep Purple from late 1973 to 15 March 1976, when he resigned from the band and established his solo more.

David Coverdale is still doing sell out tours at the grand age of 61, he takes care of himself and his voice is still amazing. He is a true front man and a born performer, he has stage presence like no other. David genuinely loves performing and is still churning out new albums, he's a very intelligent man and because of this his journey continues.

david is a true singers singer and is still amazing check out live in the still of the night dvd

From his deep rhythm and blues voice to his screeching hard rock voice, DC is the best hard rock singer that I have ever heard.

Can't believe that David at 52! This man voice is amazing. Just listen Sailing ships, Only my soul, Walking in the shadow of the blues, Still of the night, Crying in the rain...his voice make my heart thrill.
David one of greatest vocalists in rock ever, this I know. How can be above him Kyo, Maynard James Keenan, Tom Yorke, Gack?! Who are these people? Axl Rose - number one? Must be, we are living on Mars?

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39 Bryan Adams Bryan Adams Bryan Guy Adams is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist and activist.

He is the most best and most best singer of all time please please vote him up at rank 1

Undoubtedly, the greatest rock voice of all times... And still continues to be so

The best voice of al times

Raspy and awesome!

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40 Thom Yorke Thom Yorke Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead.

Not sure why the lead singer of Radiohead wasn't on here yet...

Incredibly haunting lyrics and even more haunting vocals.

Why Here? He should be on top 20 at least!

Amazingly enchanting voice

41 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, and was the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. more.

David is definitely one of the best singers alive. He truly is Phenomanal. -

If this list was based more on vocal performance than "fan-fave", Bowie would easily be among the 3 or 4 on the list that could be #1.

David was too much of a Lennon / McCartney wanna-be... Just nothing original... Iggy Pop always beat him to the punch too. - frank

He died

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42 Shannon Hoon Shannon Hoon

Had a unique and brilliant voice who sang with such a passion and feeling and was able to tell a listener what he felt singing a certain song. Wrote amazing true songs and each tell its own story just like reading a diary. He's gone to soon and is missed dearly. Music world lost such an amazing young talent.

Aces! Great voice what a talent

43 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.

Lou Gramm's amazing voice made Foreigner. Who else can sing those high notes on Jukebox Hero? He was able to scream, but have a consistant high note underneath that, providing that electrifying, powerful rock sound, but in an unmatched melodic way. That's why no one, including Foreigners's new singer, can sing his songs in the same key and octave, the man's range was simply too incredible. Easily right up there with Plant and Daltrey in my book.

#65 Really? This man has the finest voice in rock history, edging even Steve Perry. His range and voice is egual to Perry's with an added abrasive coating. He has more soul and feeling in his pipes. You feel that he is actually living the story of the pain/joy that he is singing about. Health has not been kind to his voice but when comparing his prime to anyone else, he wins hands down.

Pound for pound the most electric exciting voice I've heard. Incredible power, range, and emotion with a voice as clear as a bell and cuts like a sword. Absolutely thrilling. Lou and Steve Perry would be right there at the top!

I would consider Lou Gramm to be one of top 10 lead vocalists to have ever lived. Just my thoughts. and what makes Lou's sound so great is that he has a tenor voice, but he always sings right at the top of his range, which adds a very tough element to his singing.

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44 Meat Loaf Meat Loaf Michael Lee Aday, better known by his stage name Meat Loaf, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is noted for his powerful, wide-ranging operatic voice and theatrical live shows.

Meatloaf had range and power that's rarely been matched in rock. He still can out sing two-thirds of the rockers out there.

He can sing 3 thirds thats how good he is - Greenday

He's a beautiful man with a heart of solid gold.

Love meatloaf. Great range and such a visual appeal. I mean that voice on that body. wow so sexy. Only one out there who can compare. Freddie mercury.

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45 Gerard Way Gerard Way Gerard Arthur Way is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comic book writer who was the lead vocalist and co-founder of the American alternative rock band My Chemical Romance from its formation in September 2001 until its split in March 2013. His debut solo album Hesitant Alien was released more.

I love his voice so much

His voice is so special and iconic and different I wish he was higher up.

His voice is heart felt and unique, plus bucket loads of AWESOME!

He is legendary. Should be number one in my opinion

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46 Burton Cummings

It is hard to imagine songs of the 60's without thinking of the Guess Who fronted by Burton Cummings. Dynamic range, excellent phrasing, powerful rock growls and delicate smooth jazz vocals... The guy could do it all and he did it to some of the best time tested songs out there in Rock.

Canada's Greatest Lyricist. Burton has a vocal range that has stood the test of time for over 50 years! 68 years old and puts on one hell of a show. Should be in the top 5.

Robert Plant said Burton had the best voice in rock. He still has it too, some him live last week, outstanding

VERY forgotten vocal MASTER! But Burton REALLY got his handbook from Paul McCartney! - frank

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47 Benjamin Burnley Benjamin Burnley Benjamin Jackson Burnley IV is an American musician, composer, and producer, best known as the founder and frontman of the American rock band Breaking Benjamin.

You must be crazy... @ 137!... He should be in the Top 10... "Breaking Benjamin" is LIFE... Period

64. What is this. Please guys vote for Ben. His voice is most unique of hem all.

Awesome voice and great lyrical writing skills.

He is my idol

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48 Jeff Buckley Jeff Buckley Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997) raised as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. more.

I can't believe Jeff is so far from the top, this proves that people don't know anything about good music

A voice that delivers emotions in they pure state. The most gifted singer-guitarist ever! Highest quality and value of art.

How can anyone forget home......

Amazing tecnich and skills... Best singer from 90's... And maybe the best solo singer ever.

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49 David Draiman David Draiman David Michael Draiman is an American songwriter and the vocalist for the band Disturbed as well as for the band Device.

This guy needs to be higher. He can sing anything and make it absolutely perfect. Very few singers have his range and power. The crazy thing is he is better live then in the studio. He should be in the top 10 for sure.

This guy has incredible vocal talent.


50 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an 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.

Pretty sure I already saw Elvis on this list. Wait Elvis is alive there are 2 and only one died. ELVIS IS ALIVE!

NUMBER ONE! No further comment!

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