Top Ten Best Male Rock Vocalistswalter34
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
Unique voice only can be made in the 60s. Wish the phrase, "the Freddie Mercury of _____" was a lot more common. - PapaMingV 157 Comments
Play 'Kashmir' loud.
Robert Plant's ungodly wail will make the hairs on your neck stand up and your girlfriend's pants fall down.
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! - edwardbangala
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
Robert Plant in his young prime had greater range & power than any singer in rock history. In the early Zeppelin days the PA system went down a couple of times and Plant sang the entire concerts without electrical amplification... Such was the strength of his voice. Along with all the rock god adulation that he has received, it should never be forgotten that Robert Plant was a game changing rock visionary. Before Plant virtually all rock singers sounded like some variation of Elvis or Tom Jones. People were shocked when they first heard the higher registers of Plant's voice on the first few Zeppelin masterpieces. He paved the way for countless inferior imitators.
Listen to "thank you" "going to California" "rain song" the best at his pomp he drove the band on completed the band joined Bonham page and Jones together greatest of all time streets ahead of mercuryV 79 Comments
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 - ronluna
Beauty and voice the perfect combination, his music is standing over the years.
Just the best.V 64 Comments
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...
bossV 238 Comments
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
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
Best vocalist ever!
Come on guys look who he sang in the songs fear of the dark and hallowed be thy name and not to mention "BLOOD BROTHERS"
Bruce Dickinson should honestly be above both Chester Bennington and Axl Rose. Both of them are good and all but Bruce Dickinson has a better sounding voice than both of them. Although, Axl's voice supposedly has a greater vocal range, but that is all here-say.V 40 Comments
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
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.
Steve Perry by far. Just read The Voice and you will see that a lot of people that would know agree. It's a great read. Bon Jovi coined the name The Voice for Steve back in the 80's and it's stuck. Whenever I hear anyone say The Voice I immediately think of Steve Perry. The man could run all over a huge stage ie Live In Houston and still sing in his high register without breaking stride or run. The man is flat out amazing!
No question the best male voice everV 64 Comments
Kurt cobain have a unique voice... He is a LEGEND of alter.
" if rock and roll is illegal put mys ass in a jail".
I agree Kurt is a legend and has an amazing voice, but due to his tragic death, I think he has become a bit overrated. That said, when he was alive, he was second only to the great Eddie Vedder.
He was so passionate in his music, that he blew out his vocal chords while recording Nevermind. The man is a legend and will never be forgotten. RIP Kurt.
Come as you areV 29 Comments
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
He vocal is so amazinggV 63 Comments
He was the reason why the Beatles was so good... He was/is the best artist that ever existed! Just listen to him and you will forget everything else but his voice in the world... He's the best of every good thing!
McCartney has one of the largest vocal ranges, including falsetto of any vocalist in the rock era, additionally a musician with the ability to deliver hits songs faster than he could spend the money buying counties in Scotland.
What! 12? Are you kidding me? Have you heard how deep he goes in "The Girl is Mine" with Michael Jackson? Or how high he goes in Hey Jude at 3:10? This man is a legend. Period. by the way, his vocal range is D2-A5
I have no issues with ranking Freddie & Robert up there but Paul should at least be #3. Of course, he's one of the ORIGINAL rockers (the Beatles) and basically invented the modern rock and roll style.V 15 Comments
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.
Pearl Jam was all about the music. That's why they refused to make music videos. That's why "they spent much of the past decade deliberately tearing apart their own fame." It's also why there's so much emotion and just realness in their music. Eddie wasn't about the fame. He put his heart and soul into the music. And just the music.
His voice is a pleasure to the earsV 24 Comments
Listen to his Unplugged album and his live stuff, he's an amazing rock and blues vocalist. Axl sounds like a screeching goat and Chester is only so high because he died. - guyritchi
One of the best blues and rock singers.
Just listen to him, he doesn't need anyone's estimation.
The leader of the group that are the most successful and biggest-selling musical act in the history of show business.
He should 4th,the greatest genius in music writing
One And Only Person...V 3 Comments
Although not quite seen as a relic or legend like those who are above him on the list, Cornell has the distinct timbre and passion that it takes when creating a captivating rock vocal. In his higher range he has the unique ability to both sustain vibrato AND include the dry and agitated rasp we all should know and love.
i'm not here to persuade anyone that he is THE best rock vocalist, but 9 on the list is just insulting, especially when compared to some of the less dynamic vocalists above him, who are only so high on this list due to their legacy that they have created over the years, or just pure name recognition because they have embodied themselves into the surface layer of rock music.
Neither do I have to say what songs you should listen to from this dude. You can honestly start from any angle of his musical collection, and so I speak in the name of all that is sound garden, give him a listen. I promise you won't be disappointed.
Chris is one of the best from a technical standpoint and also tone in general. He goes from a screaming genius in songs like "Nothing to say" and "New Damage" to being soft and delicate in songs such as "Preaching the end of the world" and "I am the highway". Let's not forget the dark tones he showcases in songs like "Mailman" "Limo Wreck" "What You are" "Blow up the outside world" and a new one "Bones of birds" The list goes on and on. Chris Cornell is one of the greatest of all time.
Chris has an amazing voice with amazing range. He can be smooth and soulful, then be super aggressive without sounding annoying. Over the past 20 years he has proven to be extremely versatile whether it be with a band or solo. He is also an amazing song writer.
This guy was awesome, when listening to an audioslave song if you can't feel that music An it doesn't touch you in some way there may be something wrong with you.. he had so many diff sounds the best lyrics to a whole bunch of awesome songs.. Should most definitely be in the top 10!V 86 Comments
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...
Steven should be one! No one could ever come close to him. he's so unique and hella crazy goodV 22 Comments
Jim Morrison Rocks. I thought this list would start from his name but it ends with it. Such Great Vocals are a tribute to earth and its people. One listens to his songs and forgets everything else.
A true poet! A gift to music and the world, but a tragic life ruled by addiction!
Some stars shine so bright that we can't see them. Morrison was one of them
Jim was not a trained singer yet had a very good voice. He could let his baritone glide, let out a menacing growl, or rip your head off with his screamV 10 Comments
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.
He may not have the range of others, but phrasing and attitude are the absolute blueprint
No doubt one of the best
Very few deliver like he does in fact only Dylan.His voice is much bigger than U think,but that doesn't interest me.V 2 Comments
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...
Paul McCartney, Jon Lennon, Billie Joe Armstrong and Kurt Cobain have all had a great career but they were far from impressive vocally. Dio was a monster when he sang. RIP.
You can't put axl or M.Shadows ahead of Dio. He's the best singer of all timeV 18 Comments
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! - gibsonrock53
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.
Especially best lead singer I've ever heard from the day you started until nowV 32 Comments
Elvis was special vocalist. His timbre was really unique. He deserves being at least in the Top 5 - Irina2932
Absolutely most allround af all singers (Rock, gospel, light opera, country, R & B, ballads etc. His vocal range was truly amazing. He could also make a horrible song listenable (some movie soundtrack songs. )
The best of all time. Could sing anything which can't be said of any other.
Are you mad? Elvis should be at number 1. Obviously!V 9 Comments
Bon Jovi, his band and their music is one of the reasons why music sucks so bad today. Never would have been successful in the 60's or 70's competing against the likes of The Beatles, Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd etc...However with the advent of the 80's where creativity became secondary to how "cool" you look with the big hair, the silly posing, and with the cowboy/top hats, rock music has never really recovered.
one of the best rock voices since the early eighties - richie4life
Simply one of the best, he has everything : good voice, good looking, charismatic, passion and also a great song writer.
One of the best rock singers ever sinceV 11 Comments
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.
I just went to Green Day concert a couple months ago. Billie sounds exactly like studio version at live which is rare to see. - frankshehV 52 Comments
Related ListsTop Ten Sexiest Male Rock Vocalists Top Ten Male Hard Rock Vocalists Greatest Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Vocalists Top Ten Sexiest Male Vocalists Greatest Male Rock Singers of All Time
List StatsUpdated 22 Sep 2017
9 years, 245 days old
Top Remixes (51)
2. Axl Rose
3. Ian Gillian
2. Fred Durst
3. Jonathan Davis
2. Freddie Mercury
3. Robert Plant
View All 51