Top Ten Best Male Rock Singers
The Top Ten
Freddie Mercury. The best voice in the world. He can't be compared.
And a living one, I'd say Chester Bennington.
I grew up with Freddie and Queen. I own every CD and never get sick of them. His voice has the most altruistic and passionate power that is humanly possible and then his range takes it miles higher. His vocals turn Queen's music into a beautiful pristine mountain that will never be conquered by any other band. Not ever. Who Wants To Live Forever? You will, Freddie, always.
Singer of the singers, band of the bands.
Pure awesomeness! You can't compare Freddie to any other rock singers, he is
No one will ever compare to Freddie. He hit the highest highs and then could belt out a graveling sound for a rock song.
I Want It All is a good example of his graveling tone. Stone Cold Crazy Live at the Rainbow was a great live rock performance. Then turn around and listen to The Show Must Go On and wonder how one person can be so diverse! He was truly an icon who had a special gift of the best voice most of us have ever heard. Even better live which cannot be said about anyone else!
Play 'Kashmir' loud.
Robert Plant's ungodly wail will make the hairs on your neck stand up and your girlfriend's pants fall down.
Chris Cornell #1 Robert Plant #2 and what about Jon Anderson of YES- anyone remember him?
Robert Plant was considered the greatest for over four decades. Every poll, or vote by fans and even colleagues. Every radio station or magazine to the internet. The rest were all there for the most part. So what happened. Did some one change their mind and convince the world? I think so! With all due respect to Freddy, 2 years ago or so, he didn’t even make the list. The internet is no different than main stream media. Very much influenced, to put it mildly.
What ROBERT PLANT IS 8TH ON THIS LIST! No one can compare to his talent - Plant is the most versatile rock vocalist in the history of rock n roll! Have you ever heard of a transition from quiet and calm to an absolutely ecstatic screech in stairway to heaven? Mercury can't touch him. Axl Rose can't touch him. Hetfield shouldn't even be in the top 10 never mind the top two. And have no clue what all these modern rock vocalists are doing up there they simply cannot compare to Plant!
The same thing what you did say about Plant, I can say about Freddie. Plant can't touch him, simply that's why he is the winner
I never really understood the significance of a vocalist in a band until I saw robert plant.
Axl has the biggest vocal range in rock music, basically, even an octave or so wider than Freddie's. Despite the fact that Freddie had better control of his voice, Axl sings with such a reckless passion that makes his vocals so outstanding, going from a depressing whisper to a sweet and soft singing to a crazy angry scream that cannot be copied. He might not steal Freddie's crown, especially not considering that Freddie was his idol and inspiration to love rock music, but he certainly deserves to be higher up on this list.
One of the most unique and catchy voices of rock history
Beauty and voice the perfect combination, his music is standing over the years.
The reason Axl should be number one on this list is because no matter where you are, all around the world, when a Guns N' Roses song comes on...you know who is singing without even having to think about it. His voice can console you, and destroy you at the same time.
He should be first on the list... I mean just listen to their top songs-Dance of Death, Hallowed be thy name, Fear of the Dark, TROOPER and those are just some of the examples of how Bruce is THE BEST
Great studio singer, great live singer. Just saw Iron Maiden, August 2019 and he was great as always, as well as the rest of the band. The best!
Iron Maiden will always be one of my all time favorites, not only have they greatly influenced My Chemical Romance another one of my favorites but they are one of the bands that actually got me into metal. Being 12, all my classmates really listen to is Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Avril lavigne, My Chemical Romance and Katy Perry, I had near zero exposure to metal, until I somehow stumbled across Iron Maiden. Favorite song is Fear of the Dark, best intro ever
Bruce Dickinson has a plethora of wide ranging vocals - highest to the lowest, sharpest to lengthened. I have heard many songs by Iron Maiden, however I am amazed by his singing in Hallowed Be Thy Name, Aces High, Powerslave, Run to the Hills, Rime of the Ancient Mariner. I believe Bruce Dickinson is well placed among the top 10 of all time rock and heavy metal vocalists.
You know why Ozzy is only the Prince of Darkness? because Dio was the king of Darkness
The more I scrolled down to find DIO the more sad I am about the fact people don't honor him...
At least top 5 in my opinion... rock on where ever you may be king of metal m/
The most powerful voice in history...
R.I.P. Dio... Forever gracing us even in the Afterlife...
Just Listen...If you are true to yourself with preferences aside...Ronnie James Dio surpasses all on this list...5 decades of mind blowing vocals is why so few bands wish to cover his material...Other vocalists don't even come close
Chester has his screams and his soft voice too. He is awesome. He sings very well in linkin park. But he was not even supposed to be in this band because he replaced a guy named mark wakefield. But mark wakefield leaved the band without knowing that after ten yrs (now) it would become so famous
Chester has by far the best screams and such a great vocal range. He can easily display his talent live flawlessly. He has such a unique voice that cant be immitated. Especially his aggression in his singing. Some of the vocalists dont even deserve to be on this list. But chester is by far the best.
He has got a gift... Amazing voice and strength... This unique singer has the capacity to scream very effectively... Numb, from the inside, in the end are the ultimate songs forever... CB is the best...
Chester has one of the best voices out there. His screams are amazing, something no one can repeat. Yet at the same time, he has one of the softest, most beautiful voices ever. His amazing vocals bring chills in listening to tracks on which he sings. Upon auditioning for Linkin Park, another guy just left after he heard Bennington sing, he knew he was that great. And his bandmate, Mike Shinoda says that Chester has one of the best voices out there; not just because he is in the same band with him, but he would challenge someone else to sing the things he does, as well as he does and his certain no one else could do it all. It is true, Chester Bennington has a very versatile voice and has amazing talent.
Steve Perry was a true premiere vocalist in his prime. His phrasing was perfect and he had so much control of his voice. He had a soft lower range that could explode with passion into his upper range and could hold a note like magic. The amazing thing to me was his durability through out his tenure in Journey. Their touring schedule was insane and this guy delivered night after night. I remember seeing him solo back in 1994 and he still went for the finish on "Faithfully" and hit it perfectly. Even as he matured, his voice aged but he still had that incredible range. When Journey reunited and recorded "When You Love A Woman", it was apparent that his voice had aged, but it still flowed so brilliantly through that song. With Perry being 62 years old now and dealing with various health issues, I have no idea what his voice sounds like now. But that being said, when people today discuss great voices and vocal performances, Perry is often the standard by which others are judged and ...more
What happened to him? Journey isn't the same without the Voice. (Sure, they got someone who sounds just like him, but the original is almost always better.)
Steve Perry's voice has been one that has stood the test of time. One of the most downloaded songs of all time, (Don't Stop Believin) was sung by this versatile singer. His voice is quite distinguishable in a world where cookie cutter voices seem the pablum choice of the day. He could sing everything from a high tenor to a low bass with a range that was exciting to listen to. Songs we all grew up with, Open Arms, Separate Ways/Worlds Apart, Faithfully, Lovin Touching Squeezin, and the list goes on and on. Multi-platinum albums under his belt. His fans still are the Faithful ones much unlike most singers who after a year or two are quite forgotten. Journey was the soundtrack of your lives.
That's all I had to say. (Journey mega-fan here and I was born in just 2009. Thank God that my parents made sure I wasn't brainwashed by modern crap.) He should be #1. Then Freddie Mercury. (I'm also a Queen mega-fan, but I like Journey better.)
Going on 80 in a few years. Still more energetic than most people on this list.
Who tf placed Cobain above Macca? His voice is very versatile, just listen to You Never Give Me Your Money. It sounds like it was sang by 3 guys. He can also scream like a metal vocalist. Listen to Helter Skelter. Not to mention that he is still rocking even though he is almost 80! Top 5 at least!
Paul is not only the best at everything he is the cutest too so he is the proper number 1
Aparantly Paul McCartney has the largest vocal range in rock music at 5 octaves that alone should prove he should be in the top 5 at least
Okay I see this list, and see kurt cobain, well yes he is amazing, but he should never, ever be anywhere near above steven tyler, seriously, who could do that? Stevens range melody and pure stage presence destroy kurt, now don't get me wrong nirvana is my favorite band, but go on YouTube and watch aerosmith live, an not just tone or two songs, spend a na hour or two on there watching them live, then come back and tell me steven tyler shouldn't be in the top 5 at least. I dare you.
This list is crap I mean Steven Tyler should be number 1 listen to the songs I don't wanna miss a thing, what it takes he's the best and he's the singer of the best band in america
How Axl Rose is rated higher than Steven Tyler is unbelievable. I can't understand Axl when he goes into high notes, it's like he is screaming. Steven Tyler is older than him and can still do Dream On as good if not better than the 70's! He is absolutely one of the best front man in Rock and Roll. I don't know who does these list...
No question, more range than Freddy mercury, as much power as Bono and to top it off he can scream like no one as much as I love Dave Grohl and James Hetfield they more control a shout where as Steve Tyler genuinely does sing
Just listen to him, he doesn't need anyone's estimation.
I don't recognize enough people on the list so, I'm voting for Lennon.
The leader of the group that are the most successful and biggest-selling musical act in the history of show business.
Unequivocally, number one. Genius, honest, human to the umpteenth degree. Forever changed the face of music.
This dude has one of the best metal voices out there!
You guys must be kidding. By far the Metal God is #1
Halford may not be at the top because the band was only popular among the hard rockers. However his voice was much better than many on the top you the list.
Glad to see he's at least on 25,cause elsewhere he is below 50
Way too high. His tone appealed to some but that doesn't qualify him to be in the top 10 at all. His technique was terrible to the point that he lost his voice at the beginning of his career. No range, no versatility, no power, no resonance. No way he can be higher than let's say Ian Gillan, wake up fan girls.
Hey Chester bennington commited suicide
Is he an idiot?
Kurt cobain have a unique voice... He is a LEGEND of alter.
" if rock and roll is illegal put mys ass in a jail".
Holy Crap! The GREATEST vocalist of all time at 22?! Are you people Crazy! This guy showed the world that no matter what giving up hope & bowing down to hardships is never option! A TRUE LEGEND!
No greater rock singer than elvis has ever or will ever live. He was the greatest rock performer of all time, the most beautiful voice ever, unbelievable charisma and the greatest entertainer who has ever lived. Rock on baby.
That freak, that weirdo you have at number 1 most overrated ever. Elvis is the greatest rock singer who has ever lived, his influence is still prominent around the world. He was rock and roll, he is the top rock singer ever and always will be.
Never heard of most of those listed above elvis, they and others would ever have got anywhere without his influence. How can the king of rock, one of a kind, be at number 15?
He wrote the book, that's all there is. The greatest of them all. Sold more records than any other performer, broke all concert attendance records, magnificent stage presence and amazing good looks. Prince from another planet. Number 10? Get it right!
If you've seen Bon Jovi live once, you know Jon is expendable with his vocal chords, and would be even more so had he not screwed them up on the Slippery When Wet tour.
Number 19? You MUST be kidding. Come on New Jersey - support your man! Jon's voice is far superior to both Ozzy Osbourne and Kurt Cobain, neither of which were understandable in either song or speech. I like to be able to understand the words to a song I'm trying to "sing" along with. Just caught their "This House Is Not For Sale" show and he sounded every bit as good today as when I first saw him live in 1983.
Have to give Steve Perry props for the #1 spot, though. Amazing does not begin to cover his vocal range and immense talent. Sorry, Jon, but you're still #1 with this long time fan! Keep rocking!
one of the best rock voices since the early eighties
Simply one of the best, he has everything : good voice, good looking, charismatic, passion and also a great song writer.
Eddie's vocal mastery places him at number 1 in my opinion. I agree with this reviewer who said of Eddie,"The most soulful, articulate, distinctive voice of our era. He feels every song he sings to the core." I look forward to more of his solo work like Into the Wild.
Eddie is my ALLLLL TIME favorite singers. I know, no on can understand him, but if you actually listened to Pearl Jam you'd think otherwise. His voice is absolutely unique and that puts him high on the top because even if people can't understand him, they still love songs by Pearl Jam, lol. Plus his mind, lyrics, and out of the box way is why he is absolutely the best. Saw them in concert 6 times and he is just as amazing in person as on the album.
The most soulful, articulate, distinctive voice of our era. He feels every song he sings to the core. He has the kind of voice you hear with your insides and it resinates to the thumping of your heart. There is no way he should be 29th on this list.
It would be ridiculous to rate Vedder so low on these charts, since Pearl Jam basically became famous because of his unbelievable vocal prowess. Just listen him on "Black" and "Jeremy", and you'd know that he easily earns the Top 10.
I think he's right up there with Plant, Bennington and Hetfield. I respect these vocalists because apart from having outstanding vocal range as well as those peculiar sound qualities to their voice, they fill the song with so much passion.
There's not a lot of people who can go through what David has gone through and use the experiences for a creative energy. He has made sacrifices time and time again to preserve his voice. He is the most dedicated and hard working man. His vocal range is HUGE. When David joined Disturbed he was not used to singing that type of music. He is amazing and deserves a higher ranking on this list.
Why the hell is he so low on the list. The one and only Dave can sing anything and everything! Just listen to Darkness, Pain Redefined and even their covers. ISHWILF does NOT fit their music style, no matter what your excuse is; but he still does very well on it. Hell, his voice is THE reason Disturbed is unique. The chemistry between all the band members is astounding, don't get me wrong. However, compare Dan Donegan to the music in Vandal and Brawl and then compare that to Disturbed.
Three spots from where he really belongs. David is so much better than a LOT of the guys in the top ten. Of course, there aren't many better than Freddy Mercury... but I mean, COME ON! Is Jared Leto as recognizable as David Draiman? If so, how come I've never heard of him until recently?
David Draiman is one of, if not, the best of metal vocalists today. He's the one that brings life to the songs and his range is just astounding. He can be sweet and gentle like in Darkness, primal and aggressive like in Down With the Sickness. Even James Hetfield thinks he rocks! (he listens to Disturbed) David reigns!
He should be in the top 10, try listening to songs by Green Day like... Time of Your Life, Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Warning. You'll realize that the vocals are very amazing and easy to follow. Please people vote for Billie Joe, he's great!
Why is he not in the top 10, he has a great voice and he influences many people with his punk rock style
He got so sweet voice man, he is such a good singer. He at least should be in the top 10 no doubt about it. And at live concert he is so energetic and never let the energy down. Obviously deserves a upper place. With his great voice, Mike's awesome bass and Tre's crazy drumming skill makes Green Day the best rock band of all time.
An iconic/unique voice! Not the traditionally smooth voice but it is very soothing and versatile! ARMSTRONG!
How could Brian be higher in the list than Bon? This is the Guy who sings on Highway to Hell!
Bon Scott #1 followed by Brian Johnson!
Long Live Rock And Roll!
Bon Scott is 18th?!
He should clearly be at least 2nd, Brian Johnson should be up there too
Brian is good but never better than Bon Scott
You can't copy What he does. Still is unreachable voice in the terms of soul, expretion and honesty. He always sings at the edge of his abilities.
Ian Gillan was just amazing. He had the perfect high pitched rock scream and could hit the highest of notes. Listen to the album Made In Japan, Speed King (Piano Version), Space Truckin', Child In Time, Highway Star and so many more...
Ian Gillan in his prime could scream higher than Plant and sing more melodically. Just slap on Child In Time for all the evidence you'll ever need. And he could eclipse his studio performances with even better live renditions. Listen to the same song from Made in Japan.
what the hell is he doing on number 24? do you even know what it takes to be a good vocalist? I can say one thing and that is Ian Gillian deserves to be at least in the top 10
Voice of an Angel
Scream of a Demon
Is there anything left to say?
He definitely has one of the best voices hands down. He's good with his screams and when he sings softer, lower notes, it's just pure melody!
One of the strongest vocals of nowadays. Easily one of the most original ones as well.
He is lovely with his vocals, can go soft and then scream like a devil, then sing like an angel
Only listen to a sentence and we all know who's singing. SO UNIQUE!
Today I listened to a7x for 5 times la. :P
Completely marvelous voice and stunning image
crazy clean and scream voice, I not disagree if shannon leto in 2nd place, he just a CELEBRITY
Only listen to a sentence and we all know who's singing. SO UNIQUE!... M shadows is just awesome... Do you listen his screaming? Just listen up... He is one of the best metal and rock vocalist of all time... Ant that's true...
What in the name of MetallicA is Jared Leto and Brandon Flowers doing ahead of Papa James? This man is a BEAST! He pwns little Flowers and Jared Leto!
Never heard of little flowers, but you can't deny jared leto is a great singer. - jbsucks11
What James hetfield is at no 8th position... It is not possible.. James deserve number 1 position he has best vocal.. He is vocalist of Metallica, name of the band is enough... No 2 rank should be given to John cooper vocalist of skillet... Both the deserving vocalist are very down..
I know James is best vocalist and will reach top...
James is unquestionably the greatest inspiration for many rock fans and musicians. Why he isn't on top of the list really annoys me. All the other vocalists are popular thanks to the guitarists or the drummers in their bands, but Papa James is phenomenal even with his bear voice.
How can Jared Leto be at number 4? (He's probably there only because of his looks).
James has to be there! (Actually #1) he's the best (metal) singer ever!
Lots of people say he lost his voice, and sucks now. OK, his voice changed a lot during the past decades, but not in a bad way. He still sounds superb! I love his old and new sound.
This guy has amazing vocals. He knows when to sing soft, and knows when to use the absolutely perfect amount of rasp in his voice. Honestly, he can sing anything. He can even scream...
Most beautiful singer I have ever had the privilege of hearing. And just when he knows to he can scream like no one else in songs like animal I have become, riot, and bitter taste to say just a few. He puts so much emotion into his songs as seen in songs like no more, someone who cares, never too late, and anonymous. My single favorite singer today with true talent in a world today with so many who are fake.
This has to be a mistake... this guy can't be #55... he should be in the top 5...
After Chris Cornell I think he is the leader of this generation.He can sing almost every genre like Chris Cornell cause they all have perfect vocal range.I always wish he had better instrument users in his band but never have it...
Just the most awesome and auto-destructive character of the rock history, love this guy, he's just a legend, the best you'll ever see, he may not be the best in vocals of all time, but in my oppinion, after Freddie he's the best, because he has an influence on black sabbath like anyone had, without him, black sabbath weren't the same band, he is the essence of that amazing band... GO OZZY!
For the soul reason that I am a major sabbath fan and that ozzy deserves to be up their with axel rose, steven tyler, john lennon, and elvis. Freddie can keep his spot however someone needs to vote for bon jovi.
I love Ozzy so much. He's a great singer and a great songwriter. He's done good with Black Sabbath and he's still good solo. Ozzy is awesome! He's one musician I would love to meet if I could.
His name is JOHN Michael Osbourne. Not Percy Michael Osbourne. I really like Ozzy though.
Some of the other singers on this list have got more power and range and / or can sing more smoothly, with perfect pitch, but they're mostly nowhere near as versatile and creative in their singing. Like with his performance he took lots of it from other singers, but did his own thing with it in an often vulgar, decadent way. He even sometimes sounds like a parody of singers in comparable styles, probably also to distract from the fact that they're more accomplished than he it. Although he's sometimes underrated as a lyricist, he seems to be the most interested in how words sound and fit the song. Apart from the flaws, still one of my favorite singers and maybe the consummate Rock 'n' Roll singer in his delivery.
As an old head who's heard the entire repertoire of many rock artists, non can compare to Mick Jagged as the comsumate rock singer. Just the length and breadth of his hits and classics shows his voice defines rock. Who can compare with his performance in Sympathy for the Devil; Shattered; Miss You; Note Fade Away; Stray Cat Blues (menacing growl); Sweet Thing (what range! ); Midnight Rambler; Paint it Black; Jump'in Jack Flash; Don't Tear Me Up, etc, etc., etc, Come on. Listen to those songs and tell me someone can hold a candle to Mick the Man!
He may not have the range of others, but phrasing and attitude are the absolute blueprint
You don't need to be pitch perfect to be seen as the perfect singer. That's what Mick Jagger's style taught me.