Greatest Rock Voices
The Top Ten
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!
Freddie Mercury is the best vocalist of all time, listen to his solo vocals, DAMN, good. Also a 5 octave range, not a four octave range. GET IT RIGHT!
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! &
Freddie is and will always be the best singer that has ever lived! Lover of Life - singer of Songs RIP Freddie
If he didn't have the best voice in rock music then it would be utter crap! - AliBab
If there is one better rock singer than Mercury, it is definitely not Axl his voice is cringy especially when he sings high, he sounds like a dying cat!
This guy is Dio Rodgers Gramm Mercury and Cooke all rolled into one! The best rock voice I have ever heard.
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
Unique smoky voice
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"!
Sebastian Bach and Bruce Dickinson below Robert Plant is a crime. - RiverVibeZ
He is the greatest. Period.
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?
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.
Metal, not Rock but he is still superior to at least half of these guys. - RiverVibeZ
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.
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...
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...
This guys voice is the best. He's the guy who has a manly voice unlike other singers.
What the heck is he doing 8th place you should listen to all his songs
Glad he beat Cobain on this one, 10 spots higher! Sometimes he can be better than Axl too. Good list, but why not Jagger or Elvis on top? - MC1989
His voice is really unique! With little bit of accent. I love it!
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! )
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.
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.
Bring him to the top!
The best male voice you can listen to, will stay for ages!
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.
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!
Way better than Bon Jovi. - RiverVibeZ
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!
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. - mgenet
Another good singer but usually overrated by fans! - AliBab
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.
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.
Bad singer. - RiverVibeZ
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.
Powerful, beautiful, gentle, amazing...Ian Gillan
What an unbelievably powerful voice
Hands down none better! Could sing better in his 50s than most on this list in their prime.
I am going to quote Trump... "He is the best"
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' ^_^
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!
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!
Why so many overrated singer above the truly great ones! this generation went insane! - AliBab
No doubt best of all time
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 - audrey55
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. - Dabest3
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
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
Man, if this list truly based on talent not popularity, this man should be on Top 5. Just listen while he was doing live, I never see him take the wrong note and his vocal range is amazing.
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 most unique voice in rock history
The Doors and Jim Morrison -perfect combination!
With his incredible voice, you can just sit down and enjoy. (:
That's hilarious! He Sucks! Why is he on the list? He sounds like a dying frog! - MrSnuffleupagus
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
Amazing rock voice! Should definitely be in the top 10.
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
He is great definitely among the greatest singers but not in rock music! he sang like 5 rock songs! - AliBab
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.
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.
Best Rockstar in history of rock, I mean literally he did the most long lasting screemo no one could ever do(18secs)!
Best vocals ever in my opinion
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.
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! - 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.
One of the best!
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.
Needs to be in the top 10
One of the best voices of all time, it should be higher
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!
Best rock voice ever
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.
Ozzy is the best =)
Ozzy is a rock GOD! 33 is BS! Should be #1!
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 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.
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. - Craym
Por Dios, Adam debería estar entre los 10 primeros
ADAM GONTIER ADAM GONTIER ADAM GONTIER ADAM GONTIER AAADDDAAMMM GONNTTIIERR! 1! 1! 1! 1! 1! 1! 1! 1! 1! 1! 1! 1! 1! 1! 1! *Squeals like a little girl*
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? - frank
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
His voice on Want - wow!
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.
Actually quite underrated - Okk
Dud had a good voice, he is so love on the list because no one heard it.
Top 10 at least
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
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. - Taloper
kyo has a very powerful voice for me... he is a very amazing rock singer.
Sounds just as incredible live! Amazing vocals
Anyone who has seen him live knows why he should be first on this list.
The best from all the list - FreddieMercury
This man is incredible!
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 - Lucius
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
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.
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.
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! - JONBONPIGO
45? SHOULD BE TIED 1 WITH AMY LEE OR COREY TAYLOR ALSO COULD
DO IVAN MOODY
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.
The best of all time
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
The greatest punk rock vocalist of all time.
Has some aggressive vocals, a good punk vocalist. But honestly, his voice isn't very good. - zxm
One of the best voices ever.
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
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! - AliBab
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. - frank
It saddens me that Bowie is this low on any list