Top Ten Best Male Rock Vocalists


The Top Ten

1 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave more.

Freddie Mercury. 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

I have been a big follower of Queen since 1980. Queen is nothing but feel good music every album. When I am at my lowest point the sounds of Freddy Mercury voice brings a wonderfully passion for life. I will always miss the fact I could never see them live.

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2 Robert Plant Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Play 'Kashmir' loud.

Robert Plant's ungodly wail will make the hairs on your neck stand up and your girlfriend's pants fall down.

That's it.

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

I never really understood the significance of a vocalist in a band until I saw robert plant. - abbytoledo1293

Amazing voice better then freddy merucry

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3 Axl Rose 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 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.

No other person has a range like his, from ballads to screaming your ears off in total precision! The perfect pitch

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4 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.

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...

Oviously one of the greatest...

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5 Steve Perry 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.

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!

Steve Perry for me is the greatest male rock vocalist.I just stop short of saying the greatest singer ever only for Luther Vandross and Michael McDonald. The guy could sing any song though and truly make it his own.

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6 Bruce Dickinson 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.

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"

Maybe the only one keeping the power and high tones after... 40 years!

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7 M. Shadows M. Shadows Matthew Charles Sanders, better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American metalcore/alternative metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

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


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8 Paul McCartney Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

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

He could outsing everyone on this list...from gorgeous silky ballads to mean rough piercing over the top heavy rock vocals with style...Phil Spector and many others called him the best singer they ever heard...

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9 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana. 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 Seattle home in 1994.

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.

Why is he higher than Sebastian Bach,Paul McCartney,Elvis Presley?!

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10 Eddie Vedder Eddie Vedder Eddie Vedder is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as a member of the rock band Pearl Jam, with whom he performs lead vocals and is one of three guitarists.

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.

In the way that Noel Gallagher said it... "Liam is a better singer but I've got a better voice."... There a few better singers out there with a little more range and vocal ability. As good as they are though and for my listening enjoyment, there's no better voice than Eddie Vedder.

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The Contenders

11 John Lennon 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.

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.

The best there ever was and the best there ever will be. Where would we be without this compassionate, creative, soulful genius?

Unequivocally, number one. Genius, honest, human to the umpteenth degree. Forever changed the face of music.

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12 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell 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. He died on May 17, 2017.

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.

Its obvious that Chris Cornell is low down the list because Soundgarden is not that popular as some of the bands above. But hard-core rock fans know Soundgarden and the fact that Chris Cornell undoubtedly is among the greatest rock voices of all time. And for all those who ignored Soundgarden because of being less famous, please give them a try. They won't disappoint you, I promise. You can start with Black hole sun, spoon man, pretty noose and so on. Fell on black days is my personal favourite. Please give them a try.

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

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


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14 Mick Jagger Mick Jagger Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger is an English singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as the lead vocalist and a co-founder of the Rolling Stones.

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.

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15 Steven Tyler 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.

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...

Whoever came up with this rating has no clue

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16 James Hetfield 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.

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...
Love Metallica...

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 now

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17 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.

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...

M/ m/

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.

He's GOD period.

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18 Jon Bon Jovi Jon Bon Jovi John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983. He is famous for his band's hit song “Livin’ On A Prayer“ released in 1986. He more.

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.

What the heck? 18th? This has to some kind of a joke. This man has the best voice ever.

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19 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. more.

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.

The King is the greatest. Allways has been and allways will be.

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20 Rob Halford 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.

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.

Rob Halford and Klaus Meine, being this low makes this list Bogus, Both singers are TOP 5 anyway you look at it

Who's voting here? High school kids? How on Earth is Chester Bennington voted higher than Rob Halford? Chester might be a good Number Metal vocalist but he,s nowhere close to this Metal God. Listen to the Painkiller, victim of changes, beyond the realms of death, before the dawn etc. This man has got insane vocal range and incredible verstality.

Enough said! If not the 1st spot, he deserves at least a 3rd spot, only Robert Plant and Steven Tyler could be rated higher.

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21 Roger Daltrey Roger Daltrey Roger Harry Daltrey, is an English singer and actor. In a music career spanning more than 50 years, Daltrey came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the founder and lead singer of the English rock band The Who, which released fourteen singles that entered the Top 10 charts in the United Kingdom during more.

All the lists on this site simply SUCKS...
Seriously, you guys must be kidding by placing great vocalists like Roger Daltrey, Roger Waters and Robert Plant behind Jared Leto (cough,! Can you believe it? ). And this isn't even the best part. Do you know at which position Jeff Buckley is? 65th!
It seems this list was compiled by a bunch of retarded kiddies...

Daltrey is the original and the greatest male rock vocalist of all time. This is not up for debate, it is provable fact - My Generation predates Zep and anything good by the Stones, and is just the beginning of his run of classics. That run outlasts all other singers records except McCartney's, and he is a pop singer. Roger is the boss.

THE rock god vocalist of all time. Pre-dating Plant and Mercury, he is the archetype - no one could project strength like Daltrey.

Mercury had most range, Axl most anger, Mick most swag, Morrison most sex appeal, Plant most unique BUT... Daltrey without any doubt had the most raw POWER. he should be number two behind freddie for best voice and maybe number one because he just can make any rock song better through his force.. example watch him sing Queens I want it all at mercury tribute. Its pure kickass ROCK!

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22 David Draiman David Draiman David Michael Draiman is an American songwriter and the vocalist for the band Disturbed as well as for the band Device.

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?

Very underrated artist with a very unique style. Many featuring in the top ten here are extremely overrated and suspect voted for out of love for the band or artist rather than an honest reflection of vocal talent.

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23 Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

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. - franksheh

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

How come he is so low on the list? I can't believe it. People, he was one of the greatest singers of all time!

For the people who says he's not in rock. He is in almost all types of Popular music ranging from slow pop to hard rock.

How is he even on the list, he is a pop vocalist not a rock vocalist

He HAS done rock! Some of his best songs have been rock like Beat it, Give into Me and Dirty Diana just to name a few!

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25 Layne Staley Layne Staley Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. more.

It's crazy how he is this low, this guy single handedly saved my life from my own inner demons by just singing, his honest, dark lyrics mixed with his haunting yet extremely emotional voice made me believe I wasn't alone in terms of feeling depressed and wanting to do drugs, his range and vocal harmonies are unmatched he created the most distinct and recognizable voice in grunge, that is imitated constantly nowadays, but none of them have the talent or raw emotion layne did, Kurt might be the king of grunge, layne was god without a doubt he is one of the most talented, real, and emotional singers ever and to have him only at 37 is absurd, he is top 5 at least, listen to "rain when I die" "god am""nutshell" "dirt" and "sea of sorrow" JUST TO NAME A FEW and you will see what I mean he is a legend and most of all a lifesaver to millions, and all he did was sing his heart out.R.I. P Layne Thomas Staley, gone but surely not forgotten.

Why is Layne so overlooked/ignored/underrated on all these 'top rock vocalists' lists? Go listen to a live performance of his on YouTube- ANY live performance, especially of "Man in the Box", "Love, Hate, Love" circa 1991 or so; "Would? " etc... His voice came straight from the soul and basically DEMANDS to be listened to- he had so much power and feeling; he was awesome. As well as hard rock/metal/grunge, he sang bluesy acoustic songs beautifully, too. There was never a more honest or simply powerful male vocalist around. Lots of people try to imitate him but he truly was unique, one-of-a-kind. Much respect for Layne Staley, who inspired and continues to inspire for generations to come, far beyond this life.

I challenge anyone voting on this list to listen to any/all of Alice In Chains songs and not fall in love with Layne Staley's voice. His ability to make the listener feel every emotion on the planet was amazing. He had a god given talent and he delivered always. Your Fans Will Always Love You LAYNE RIP.

For me, the sound of grunge is alice in chains. they are by far the best band of that era and laynes voice just blows the rest away

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26 Rod Stewart Rod Stewart Roderick David "Rod" Stewart is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.

Rod has that unique raspy voice that is unlike the others on this list. While Robert Plant is certainly one of the very best when it comes to singing hard rock songs, Stewart is just as effective for the music that he sings. I love them both and their music is timeless.

Best ever

27 Ian Gillian

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

What the hell are you crazy? 27th place just joke ) have you ever listened 2 child in time or 2 gethsemane from jesus christ superstar? He is first with rob plant

Pathetic how low he is, has/had an amazing range

Up there with Plant

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28 Benjamin Burnley Benjamin Burnley Benjamin Jackson Burnley IV is an American musician, composer, and producer, best known as the founder and frontman of the American rock band Breaking Benjamin.

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

Most unique voice I've ever heard. It can be scratchy, but also soft. And incredible screams. Like Angel and devil mixed together.

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29 Bon Scott Bon Scott Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, more.

How could Brian be higher in the list than Bon? This is the Guy who sings on Highway to Hell!

Brian is good but never better than Bon Scott - shatti

Just listen to Night Prowler. You'll see Bon is amazing

Sad not much people know about him anymore

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

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... - xSpartanXx

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...

Best voice ever

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31 Brad Delp Brad Delp Bradley Edward "Brad" Delp was an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock bands Boston and RTZ.

This guy's played in multiple bands (RTZ, Boston, Orion the hunter, beatlejuice) and has shown many of his different sides with his voice as a rock vocalist. He hits the high (and low) powerful screamin' notes in harmony with the guitars and maintains the warm vibration, like done in the band Boston with most songs. His voice is so pure and he does the fading out of a note into softness like a charm. Sometime's he slides to the next octave/note, like a perfect transition. When he holds a note for a while, he can go 2 octaves higher and end up right on the tone within a millisecond. In his other songs done with Barry Goudreau he can show the soft side of his voice too. I think his voice is similar to that of Freddie Mercury, which is a good thing. It doesn't matter what place he's got or belongs to on this list. He's my rock vocal hero and remains in my heart and mind.

Yeah, he had a killer range, but what sets him apart was his beautiful timbre. Best sounding male voice I have ever heard.

This guy makes your blood flow!

"More Than A Feeling, and Don't Look Back"

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32 Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records more.

He's one of the top 10 metal singers and on this list should be 15-20.
He's so low because metal singers are not on MTV and radio stations 24/7 and they are usually underrated as compared to non-metal rock singers.
Demons & Wizards - Path Of Glory, My Last Sunrise, Crimson King, Heaven Denies, Fiddler On The Green.
Blind Guardian - Majesty, The Throne, The Bard's Song (in the forest), Nightfall, Thorn. - Metal_Treasure

33 Paul Rogers

Paul should be near the top if not the top!

He should be much higher on this list.

One of the Best rock blues voices of all time

He's called 'The Voice' for a reason. So I typed his name in the search... and came up with NOTHING. Then I realized the MORON who made this list can't even spell his name! Who made this list anyway, a 12 year old?
Rodgers is top 5. EASY. Even today.
And where's Mickey Thomas?

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34 Bono Bono Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. His original nickname was Bono Vox which means "big voice".

His tone and range are absolutely incredible! Listen to "Pride (in the name of love)" for an idea of how good he is.

How did he not make at least the top 20? He sings with so much soul and passion, you believe in what he is singing. And his range is amazing. Just listen to With or Without You, A Sort of Homecoming, Bad, Still Haven't Found what I'm Looking for, Heartland. Come on, he does crazy stuff

For range and texture of voice, outstanding. For the ability to continue to sing well into his fifties, amazing. For rock ballads-something in this man's voice can move your soul, he quite carries you along.

Most unique voice of all time. You know when a U2 song is on the radio, firstly through edges guitar, however more so du to Bono’s outstanding voice.

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

Blows me away that Brent Smith isn't #1 on here. His voice is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! LOVE IT! Love how versatile he is. You name it he can sing it! Just listen to any Acoustic song he sings & you'll know he's the real deal! Not only can he sing he can write too. Awesome song writer. All his songs have meaning, there real & that's part of what draws you in. The guy isn't afraid to say it as it is & he sings from the heart. He will be number 1 someday. How could he not be? Yes there are some great vocalists listed but there's something different with Brent Smith. He's number 1 in my book! So jealous of the person that met Shinedown & even had a beer with them... that had to be so sweet. Wish I could have a beer with them! Brent Smith YOU ARE THE BOMB! SHINEDOWN YOU ROCK!

How is Brent not #1.The guy could go sing a soft Country song then turn around and sing a hard rock song. He also is brutally honest in his lyrics & never holds back or sugarcoats anything when it comes to writing a album. I don't see how he is not #1 but then again I'm not a vocalist expert

The first song that I heard from Shinedown was 45, it gave me chills and blown me away! Brent's voice is a total package! He can sing, I mean from the soul and he can write too.. His songs are not just written here and there but they have meanings and you can feel that it really came from his soul.. BRENT SMITH GOT TO BE ON THE TOP LIST, SHOULD BE NUMBER 1! SOMEDAY HE WILL! BRENT AS WELL AS SHINEDOWN ROCKS! M/

Brent Smith should be #1 with out a doubt. I've been to many concerts and he is by far the most talented. It's hard to come by a band that sounds in concert exactly how they sound on there CD. Brent's got my vote and I'll b seeing them for the 11th time this summer

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36 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.

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!

Hey people what?! He must be higher in this list!

Not a bigger voice in heavy metal than the godfather himself


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37 Aaron Lewis Aaron Lewis Aaron Lewis is an American musician, who is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and founding member of the rock group Staind, with whom he has released seven studio albums.

Why on the world is he not higher on this list? He has one of the most pure voices in rock. He doesn't need any music to send chills down your spine. Look up some of his videos where its just him and his guitar and I think he would shoot up this list

Angry and tender. Great combination. Check out some of his acoustic stuff, amazing

Amazing voice with better lyrics! Should be top ten for sure!

Top ten for me, I love Chris C, but Aaron is better from my perspective.

38 Elton John Elton John

Not so much lately but his work before 1980.

39 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist.

Very Unique Voice. He can sing metal, soft rock everything. - arpanhmr

Serj is unique and system are one of the best metal bands ever look at my name! - SoaD

It pains me greatly that he is ranked this low. He's better than most of the people ranked above him.

I like him much

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40 Eric Burdon Eric Burdon Eric Victor Burdon is an English singer-songwriter, best known as the lead singer for the Rock/R.n.B. group The Animals.

One of the first white guys to have a deep singing voice. And his style worked in all types of music from the Animals to war

41 Danny Worsnop

This list is a joke... I'm not saying danny should be top 10 but holy sh#t he should at least be higher than elvis

42 Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Stanley Bert Eisen, known professionally by his stage name Paul Stanley, is an American musician, singer, songwriter and painter best known for being the rhythm guitarist and co-lead singer of the rock band Kiss.

How is paul stanley at 54?! He is my favorite singer along with ace frehley gene simmons and peter criss. I know not everyone is a huge KISS fan like me but he should at least be in the top 20s. Just saying.

Great voice, it has a lot of punch. Listen to Tonight you belong to and me look no further

He has a real cool voice

Paul's voice is so powerful and just perfect for rock music. If I could sing like anyone, it'd be Paul!

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43 Mike Patton Mike Patton Michael Allan "Mike" Patton is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, producer, and actor, best known as the lead singer of the alternative metal band Faith No More.

It is sad not to see Patton in the top 10. Goes to show popularity shadows true talent. I see mostly one tone zombies stuck in their monotonous style. Vocally he is unabsorbed and limitless. Mike puts most singers to shame.

Meaningless popularity contest that proves nothing other than most don't recognize a great vocalist. Some on this list are great. Few ever have been as good as Mike Patton. I wonder what this list would look like if only music producers could vote.

Just listen to anything Mike Patton has done and you will know better! This man is THE top vocalist not only in terms of rock vocalists.

I can't believe he isn't in the top 10. He seems son comfortable singing in FNM an also in Mondo Cane, and those are really different styles. Long live Mike!

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44 Matthew Bellamy Matthew Bellamy Matthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.

My favourite 3 are freddy mercury (QUEEN), bruce dickinson (IRON MAIDEN) and matt bellamy, so I've decided to go with him as this is crap! He should be 2nd or 3rd. Anything above that is an insult. Listen to knights of cydonia, time is running out, United States of eurasia, unintended or plug in baby. There you go. 1 song for each album

How come you put Chester at number 3 between the legends when his singing voice is just standard? Matt's voice is so much better than him! Okay, Matt don't deserve to be number 1 because there are so many better singers in this list than Matt like Freddie Mercury, Robert Plant, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, and even Bono. but Matt definitely better singer than Chester! Matt should've been on top 15 at least and Chester on Matt's position now (30) cause Chester's vocal technique is just average in my opinion, like any other punk vocalists. (I know LP is not punk). Matt has amazing vocal technique. - exo_politik

He should at least be in the top ten... He sings better than Chester at the very least. He has an incredible voice range... Listen to both uprising and supermassive black hole and you will understand

Bellamy is number one

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45 Jeff Buckley Jeff Buckley Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997) raised as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. more.

The greatest vocalist ever. The fact that a bunch of try hard metal singers are above him in this list is crazy. This man had the rare talent to be able to move his voice around his range smoothly. He could reach heights that barely any male vocalists could hit, and he did it so casually. R.I. P Jeff

Best vocalist ever! If you doubt it listen to Last Goodbye or any of his songs

This guy is one of the greatest singers of all time he is easily the greatest singer on the list he owns all the other singers

46? What an insult!
Just listen to Grace or So Real. Songs that proves that he deserves at least a top 10 ranking

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46 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated more.

Highly surprised he's not in the top 10 or top 20. Although he thought his voice was terrible, his voice was incredible. May have not, technically, been the most well-trained voice, however it was his own style of singing.

He should be up at #1! Way better then some above him.

47 Rob Thomas Rob Thomas Robert Kelly "Rob" Thomas is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the primary songwriter and lead singer of the band Matchbox Twenty.

My all time favorite vocalist.. Rob should be at least on top 10.. His voice is tremendous and awesomely powerful! He puts emotions on every song he sings that makes every people who listen to him feel the song and the music.. Rob Thomas you should be on top!

Rob Thomas is way underrated on this list. He has a powerful and versatile baritone voice that conveys emotion like few others.

Rob Thomas should be much higher on this list. At least past Mick Jagger. All Mick does is wail at least Rob Thomas' vocal range has more than 3 notes

Eminem above Rob Thomas this is a joke poll!

48 Shaun Morgan Shaun Morgan Shaun Morgan Welgemoed, known publicly as Shaun Morgan, is a South African musician and singer for the post-grunge/alternative metal band Seether.

Lead singer of Seether. Enough said. Great band with nice vocals.

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49 Vic Fuentes Vic Fuentes Victor Vincent "Vic" Fuentes is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Pierce the Veil.

I love Pierce the Veil! They are one of my faveortite bands! Vic and the others have talent and I hope to see them in concert one day!

I don't get how but vic is 30 and sounds like a girl in a horror movie

50 John Fogerty

Fogerty is terrific and Seger? About as legit as you can get. He's not a great ROCK singer? Old Time ROCK and Roll? Like a ROCK? ROCK and Roll Never Forgets?

Still does it today like he did all those years ago
Some of these rankins are silly frankie miller bob segar David coverdale steve winwood
Terry reid jess roden jimmy barnes didn't have to wail like a little girl
Its not about who can scream the highest its about the voice when you hear it can only be that person

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