Greatest Rock Voices

The Top Ten Greatest Rock Voices

1 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!

His voice is like a mixture between an E-guitar and a circle saw and I adore it! I think It's the power and vulnerability at the same time that I find totally sexy.

2 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! &

Well, what could anyone say against Freddie? He's the best. He was a musical genius with a unique voice full of emotion and power. Nobody in the rock business has ever had a voice like him. I miss him a lot.

Freddie is and will always be the best singer that has ever lived! Lover of Life - singer of Songs RIP Freddie

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!

Well, I kinda agree with you on that, but even Freddie Mercury can't sing like Axl Rose and pick up any songs both of them has their own style and strength and I like Axl more so and look up on youtube some people are really good at imitating your god.

3 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

This guy is Dio Rodgers Gramm Mercury and Cooke all rolled into one! The best rock voice I have ever heard.

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"

4 Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant (born 20 August 1948) 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?

Sebastian Bach and Bruce Dickinson below Robert Plant is a crime.

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

If imitation is the greatest form of flattery, Robert Plant leads the pack with imitators. He is the quintessential front man and the front man so many others want to be.

5 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.

Metal, not Rock but he is still superior to at least half of these guys.

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

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.

6 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

Get this man above Steve Perry! The Metal God!

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

7 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.

Chill, no one is over the ruler of the silver mountain... Oh Dio...

8 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

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

Jon Bon Jovi is my hero and also my superman. He is so talented and so complete.. he is the best.. I love him. Nobody can't replace him as a rocker and also as a sexiest guy.

9 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.

Wow, Ann at 32! She should be at the top battling it out.
Robert Plant and Ann Wilson share a lot of similar tones and techniques to me. Girl can still belt to this day! Check out Heart's cover of Stairway to Heaven. (with Jason Bonham on drums! )

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.

10 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.

Nothing compares to you Chris. The most talented and beautiful rock star of all time.

Profoundly moving, infinitely beautiful voice. I am not a connoisseur of octaves, ranges and techniques but I can hear in this voice all four seasons and all states of matter, all planets, Suns and nebulae, the sixth and seventh senses, the duality of quantum particles. And then some.

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.

The Contenders

11 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.

I do really like several on this list and would have to agree that the order seems to reflect the popularity of the band more than the specific voice. Additionally, the bands popularity seems to carry a heavier weight than the singer. It appears that it's around an 70%-30% band-vocalist respectively. Moreover, it would be difficult to totally remove the bands influence, so ultimately it should be flipped the other way around so the vocalist achieves at least a 70%. Of coarse my conjecture is totally subjective, just like every other comment or vote. Some people might actually fight over something like this. I say we just sit back crank up the volume and reminisce all while enjoying our favorite artists. Someone like Sebastian can raise the hair on the back of my neck all whilst trying to sing along and failing miserably. Take care!

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

Ridiculously, this guy is totally underrated! Definitely the most amazing vocalist EVER to sing! Not many singers have that kind of range. This guy could scream and make it pretty!

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!

12 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!

High. Low. Melodic. Scream. He did it all because he had to do it. He took all his influences and sang his heart out.

13 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?

14 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.

15 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.

This guy's the demon of screamin'! He should really be in the top 10 at least. Listen to 'Dream On', a TOTAL masterpiece.

16 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!?!?

Hands down none better! Could sing better in his 50s than most on this list in their prime.

17 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

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' ^_^

Kurt Cobain, along with Nirvana, changed the music industry drastically in that they ended the Metal era of the 1980's and influenced the modern bands we hear today.

Most people would like to talk about his death, if he was killed, if he committed suicide, etc, and this very fact alone might have made him a legend to many people. But to me, he's a legend because he made great influential music. Music that rock wouldn't survive without. Nirvana is the core and heart of the rock body. Embrace him, not his death.
Kurt Cobain was the singer of Nirvana.

18 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!

Has the richest and to me most beautiful voice in heavy metal. # uno James all the way!

19 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.

Rain On Me! Magic Bus! Tommy! Behind Blues Eyes! The list goes on and on and on. This guy is Top Ten easy!

20 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.

So much talent wasted. I wish we had gotten to hear all the songs he never got to write or sing because of his addiction.
R.I.P. Layne.

Why so many overrated singer above the truly great ones! this generation went insane!

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.

21 Arnel Pineda Arnel Campaner Pineda is a Filipino singer and songwriter. He came to prominence in the Philippines during the 1980s and internationally in 2007 as the lead singer of the American rock band Journey.

Arnel Pineda sings with passion. He doesn't only hit the high note as in the original but really sings from his heart full of soul. He is a total performer as seen in his concerts inciting his audience..

He has one of the most beautiful and versatile voices I have ever heard plus he knows how to work a crowd. This is extremely necessary for a successful frontman.

Arnel Pineda is one heck of a versatile vocalist and deserved this title, his powerful and soaring voice gives me goosebumps
and inspiration

Arnel Pineda is a true singer's singer unlimited talent. He can sing any song and make it sound better while other artist can only sing certain style very limited.

22 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

23 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 is WAY too low on this list. This guy is one of the all time greats. Top 5 easily

What! He should be in top ten because of songs like driving rain, bad rain, Myles is an absolute god.

He is possibly the best singer of all time...should be in top 3...most under-rated singer in rock

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

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

HAHAAHA, your joking right, I'm sure you don't seriously think all of these 3rd rate wannabees are better than Jim Morrison. The only reasonable choices above him are Robert Plant, and Roger Daltrey. But Jim should be number one, no one had a more powerful, loud and soulful voice. My top 10 would be...

1. Jim Morrison
2. Robert Plant
3. Janis Joplin
5. Roger Daltrey
6. Grace Slick
7. Mick Jagger
8. Roger Hodgson
9. Freddy Mercury
10. Jon Anderson

Powerful, ballsy, commanding voice. Makes most other rock vocalists sound like chumps. Jim, Robert Plant and John Kay from Steppenwolf.

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

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.

25 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.



Because I was born on the year of '92

26 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.

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

Amazing rock voice! Should definitely be in the top 10.

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

27 Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.

He is great definitely among the greatest singers but not in rock music! he sang like 5 rock songs!

Michael was on top! I voted every time for him! Where are all the other fans? He's the BEST! He should be on top!

DAMN, Michael should be on the top of this list... EASILY! Like him or not, you can't say something negative about his voice. He can scream like hell, and yet has this gentle soft tone...

Michael Jackson wasn't a rock singer. He may have been able to sing anything, but he didn't do rock. He wasn't in a rock band either. So he shouldn't even be on this list because its totally irrelevant to Jackson's actual talent.

28 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 participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. more.

Great singing, and screaming. One of my favorite screamers, somewhere in the top 10.

Chester Bennington is the best rock singer of all time. He can scream so well that people can understand what he's saying, and he can also put so much emotion into his voice that you want to either start crying or start a riot. This man is one of the few people I truly admire, and I pray to whatever deity is out there that he has a long, rich, happy life.

For his work, listen to Linkin Park. He's the higher pitched voice.

Why is Chester this low?
He is simply amazing and his vocals are the best in metal music. He should be in the top five

Chester is hands down the best voice in rock music! All you have to do is listen to any song he has done, the tone and purity of his voice is undeniable.

29 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.

Great singer, his voice is really clear that you don't need to find the lyrics of the songs since it's so clear and they're memorable.
Love his screams.

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.

30 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.

With his singing, there was no trying or screaming. It just came out hard and with the Angus Brothers, Oh man!

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!

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

31 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.

He's top 10 material, should at LEAST be rated higher than Kurt Cobain. Same genre, same era but way better singer in my opinion.

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!

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

32 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!

He is the greatest, definitely THE best voice in rock! He's got a fifth octave vocal range, he is definitely number one of the list. God Bless You Lou.

33 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!

Not in the top 5 you have got to be kidding! Obviously the voters aren't rock fans!

34 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.

Is there a conspiracy against Elvis? He WAS rock n roll, number 1. He was the greatest rock singer who ever lived, sold more records than any other artist ever, beautiful voice, fantastic man. How can he be this low down, what is going on?

This list is a joke. No. 49? He WAS rock and roll, the king of them all, artist of the century, the great Elvis.

What an insult to this great artist to be no. 49 he was and still is the king of rock. He is number 1 despite this list. Never heard of three quarters of those on this list.

Whoever put him this low is insane! Even below some irrelevant or barely known rock singers! jealousy is the only explanation! He was a big influence on some of the best rock singers Mercury, Mccartney, Jagger, Dylan, Ian guillan Roger Daltrey! Robert Plant! In summary this list lis crap! axl rose #1 not Mercury? hahaa that proves this list is a joke!

35 Adam Gontier Adam Wade Gontier is a Canadian musician and songwriter. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for Saint Asonia, but is best known as the former lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.

I don't understand why my beloved Adam Gontier is at 74. He has such a dynamic, amazing voice, and if you listen to any of his songs, you'll agree that an artist like himself should be ranked higher.

His voice is really great.

He must be ranked higher. Yes, I know his live performace is not so great, but dude just listen to his songs, he's amazing.

Por Dios, Adam debería estar entre los 10 primeros

36 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.

His voice on Want - wow!


37 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!

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

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

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

38 Syd Barrett Roger Keith Barrett was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band.

Dud had a good voice, he is so love on the list because no one heard it.

Actually quite underrated

39 Stevie Nicks Stephanie Lynn "Stevie" Nicks is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career, which collectively have produced over forty Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums.

A great voice, in the top 5 female rock vocalists of all time (with Grace Slick, Ann Wilson, Janis Joplin & Linda Ronstadt). She should be in the top 10 here.

Great vocalist. Unfortunately, her own songs are "overly mysterious" at best, in my opinion. But I think her vocals are one of the best of 2 generations!

A great voice. Worthy of the list for sure probably should be higher

Greatest female rock and roll voice
Way better than meatloaf

40 Kyo (Dir en grey) Kyo is a Japanese musician, singer, lyricist and poet. He is best known as the vocalist of the metal band Dir en grey. He has been with the band since its inception in 1997 and was formerly in La:Sadie's.

By far the biggest range singer on this list. He can more emotion in his music than anyone I know and is a Fantastic lyricist. Arguably the best in each sector. What more can you want from a vocalist? So why isn't he 1st?

I fell in love with Dir en Grey after hearing Pink Killer Kyo's voice is amazing

Kyo > Jon Bon Jovi. Lets face it pal the only reason Jovi is ahead is because he is better known. Saying that Bon Jovi is a good singer and has some great songs but you will have to be a stubborn ass if you truly believe he deserves it.

kyo has a very powerful voice for me... he is a very amazing rock singer.

41 Brent Smith Brent Stephen Smith is an American singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of the band Shinedown.

Anyone who has seen him live knows why he should be first on this list.

The best from all the list

Sounds just as incredible live! Amazing vocals

This man is incredible!

42 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist. He's best known for being the lead singer of the Armenian/American rock band System of a Down. After System of a Down's hiatus in 2006 he began to release more.

I can't understand why Serj is not at least in top 10. He is one of the best vocalists ever. Just listen to some songs of System of a Down and you willnow what I am saying. Also, try Elect the Dead Symphony. His skills are just awesome.

Serj tankian has one of the most unique voices in metal and his new stuff today, Soads music really did catch a lot of people who didn't listen to metal to become metal fans.

Serj is one of the best of all time.

43 Gackt Gakuto Oshiro (大城 ガクト Ōshiro Gakuto, born July 4, 1973), better known by his mononymous stage name Gackt, is a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. He has been active since 1993, first as the frontman of the short-lived independent band Cains:Feel, and then for more.

he has a wonderful voice... I love listen... Missing... Doomsday... Love letter.. Last song and etc... he send with his voice all his love... I love him for this!... Gackt you are our Dear...

Go to Youtube and see his songs:
Returner, JESUS, Black Lagoon, Doosmday... You will see what I am talking about.
He is amazing and far the best of all

Redemption, Dybbuk, Seven, White Eyes or Cube can just rock your world! He is so feakin' amazing when he performs his rock style x3

gackt is a god! no doubt! if u dont belive me. listen to him. give him that chance... he is awsome. powerfull and unique

44 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.

Coverdale is the best. Axl rose sounds like a chainsaw, and jagger does not hit one not correctly. This guy has the most powerful voice of all time and is certainly one of the most underrated musicians of all time.

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.

45 Mark Slaughter

A powerfully dynamic voice who has the range, pitch, and octaves to mix it with anyone! Just listen to vvi "that time of year" simply amazing true rock voice or slaughter "loaded gun" "hard times" or "breakdown and cry" the guy gives me goose bumps and deserves to be right at the front of any vocal list. Can sing anything better than most!

best known as lead singer of Slaughter & Vinnie Vincent Invasion... best voice in all of rock n roll!

46 Phil Anselmo Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Pantera. He currently is the vocalist of heavy metal bands Down and Superjoint Ritual.

One of the best vocal ranges ever. He put pantera on the map. Listen to "hollow". You will not be disappointed.

Come on. Cemetery Gates, Walk, Cowboys from Hell, Shattered. Just listen.


47 Ville Valo Ville Hermanni Valo is a Finnish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead vocalist and main songwriter of the Finnish gothic rock band HIM.

He could exalt your mood,from pissed off with a world of banality to clarity of a better tomorrow.Listen to "Afterglow" and revel in unbridled,raw simplicity.He was one of us.

Fantastic voice, great vocal range

wow you need to hear HIM is the best singer ever

He has an excellent voice very clearly with feeling and harmony

48 Joey Ramone Jeffrey Ross Hyman, professionally known by Joey Ramone, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, lead vocalist of the punk-rock band The Ramones.

The greatest punk rock vocalist of all time.

Has some aggressive vocals, a good punk vocalist. But honestly, his voice isn't very good.

One of the best voices ever.

49 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 .

One of the most iconic voices in music, and also a great one, (cough* cough* Chad Kroeger cough* cough*), at #49.

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!

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

50 David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. more.

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

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

It saddens me that Bowie is this low on any list

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