Greatest Rock Voices

The Top Ten

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 ...read 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.

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.

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

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

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"

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

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 ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read more.

Chris Cornell by far should be number 1. His voice was absolutely amazing! No one comes close

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.

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

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!

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!

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 ...read 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 ...read 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. ...read 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 ...read 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

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

24 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. (:

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.

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.

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

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 ...read more.

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

HE HAS MOVED AC DC ON WITH LP BACK IN BLACK AND DC ARE STILL GOING 40 YEARS AND STILL GOING

THE MAN THAT SAVED THE GREATEST ROCK N ROLL BAND IN THE WORLD

Because I was born on the year of '92

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