Best Male Singers

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 ...read more.

His style can't be even competed today
The only person who understands the true value of voice and hands is called freddie mercury

The only reason MJ is on top is because he received stacks of sympathy votes. Freddie has got the best voice I've ever heard. Sure MJ is a good dancer, but his voice compared to Freddie's; there's no comparison
RIP FREDDIE

Most amazing voice of all time. Freddie Mercury sang great rock ballads, amazing rock anthems, and wonderful operatic rock. Also, perhaps some of the most widely known music of all time (such as We Will Rock You) along with some less known gems (such as Show Must Go On). Wonderful range, sound, and spirit.

I have heard Lennon, Jackson, Elvis, and others on the list. No one comes even close to Freddie's voice and range. I don't know much about music, but I have liked his songs the most. Cannot bear Michael Jackson, his songs hurt my ears. Found Lennon's singing ordinary in the sense that I don't want to listen to them again and again, but can listen to Freddie's songs all day long.

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2 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 ...read more.

A man, a legend, an icon. He could sing 4 octaves when the average singer sing 2 to 2 and a half octaves. By far the best voice ever, by far being able to very low to very high. RIP a Legend

He is the King of Pop! He is the Biggest Pop Star of All Time! He has the most selling album of all time! God Bless You Michael!

Best singer! One of the best singer till now. Why I don't know people say any thing of him? Rip mj. Some people still enjoy songs by you

I love Freddie, I honestly think him and Michael are the best singers of all time personality and all.

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3 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an 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. ...read more.

Elvis should be at the top of this list, without a doubt.. Elvis Presley has the most powerful singing voice of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Greatest showmanship, voice, charisma, the whole package. Just listen to his music, it tells the whole story. Elvis still has fans from all over the world that loves him and all his beautiful music he left us. Go to graceland and see his trophy room of Gold and Platinum Gold records and awards and it is without a doubt the greatest and the most beautiful room you could ever imagine and the most remarkable display of accomplishments in the history of music and of entertainment. When I saw the room my heart sunk, 132 gold, 70 platunum, and 33 mulitplatinum certificates etc. It's so amazing what Elvis accomplished in the short time he was with us, he gave so much of himself. The greatest entertainer that has or will ever walk the face of this earth. Thank you Mr. Presley, you're on the top of my list. - sh-aronkaykristof

Elvis was and still is the best singer in the world, a beautiful voice the artist of the 20th century. His music and influence will last ten thousand years, the others on this poll will never equal his great talent. The king.

The greatest singer who ever walked onto a stage, the most beautiful voice ever, and the most amazing talent. Elvis will be forever remembered.

The best the greatest singer ever. He had an amazing unforgettable voice, beautiful looks, a wonderful entertainer and an extremely generous man. He had it all. Elvis the King.

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4 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.

Come on dear friends, John Lennon taught the world how to sing and gave birth to almost all the good music we are listening to right now, who else has contributed like this and given birth to such a vast musical universe followed by millions around the world for more than 60 years and counting? So shouldn't Dad be The Number One?. Of course! : His singing style characterized itself for mastering several styles, every single musical style or sound feature John Lennon took in his hands he demonstrated to master it and even perfect it, taking it beyond any limits in terms of artistic expressionism and full enrichment, but even better than these facts is the one that he created a style of his own, yes, that is, I mean such IS the height of the transcendence of his Multipowerful Legacy, you just need to listen to a couple of his songs and will get what I and many many more are saying, and he achieved all this by only being true to himself! By setting his heart free! Yes indeed, honesty was ...more - DahnLennon

John was not just the most influential person in history but he is without a doubt one of the most sensational singers I have ever heard. Having that avenged sevonfold guy and Chris Brown ahead of him is an absolute outrage.

John Lennon is the best singer I have ever heard, and better yet, the best singer of all time. Better than Elvis, and better than everyone else for the matter. His voice is raw, real, seductive, and perfect for rock n' roll all at the same time. Goes to show just how his voice can sound in many different tones, not a lot of singers can sound like he could.

Number one...everything John Lennon

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5 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

Francis Albert Sinatra is the obvious choice and is the right choice. Not only because of his seminal influence (longitudinal) in shaping modern interpretive singing, and not only because he was widely regarded by his peer musicians as the best of the best (within genre but also contemporary classical and jazz musicians, but also because his influence was and is pervasive throughout our culture; in other words, his musical idiom (e.G. , his 'devil may care' approach to swing) profoundly influenced other art forms as well as mainstream behavioral norms.

The singer of the last century. Possibly the greatest storyteller of all-time.
A songwriters dream.

He had so much talent. Truly an amazing singer, you don't see this kind of talent these days.

Definitely better than Elvis Presley!

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6 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 .

How is Adam Lambert before Paul

Oh my goodness... how the hell is Macca, the most succesful musician of all time, in 193?! One word can explain it: ludacris.

Amazing singer. Personally I believe he's a better singer then John but John is a slightly better song writer.

Another special result of the British Invasion that brought us such tender harmonious melodies. Like his fellows, Paul was a Newcastle bloke who had genius and the perseverance to develop it into beautiful new exciting sounds and perceptive language that puts some of our current output to shame. And best of all Beatles music was, is, not only a superior work of art but it is rousing unencumbered fun. But it took a while. I recall asking the NYC Rainbow Room conductor to play us some Beatles music to dance to. His huffy answer.. We
Don't play THAT here. Can you imagine?

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7 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.

He's amazing! He can sing the phone book and it would be brilliant! He's the Breathe that gave Journey Life. He is one man, one voice with millions of adoring, faithful fans!

The best voice ever, that's why he's nicknamed " THE VOICE". He's hoping the rumours are true and he's bringing out a new album

Few can sing with the emotion and timbre that he does. His legendary voice has deepened, mellowed, and gotten grittier (in a good way) but still brings a magic and beauty that is untouchable. His songwriting is incredible, I do hope he will treat is to more of his creations. But if not, what a gift to have been able to enjoy the recordings that exist.

Simply one of the best. I would place only Freddie Mercury above him.

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8 Robert Plant Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant (born 20 August 1948) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Sorry, but I really can't take that Robert Plant isn't in the top ten...

I don't know what happened. It seems to me not long ago, Robert Plant was at the top of every list. I don't know if it's in the water or the food, but whatever it is it's working. Everybody has become stupid

Why do they always put Michael Jackson as a top vocalist on these lists...his real talent and genius was in his dancing not his musicianship...Prince was a far better musician than Michael but as far as voice range and feeling and pure power Robert Plant stands in the top five.

Most of the guys in the Top Ten don't deserve the honor of it. Robert Plant is one of the most respected singers of all time and have influenced countless other artists. 'enough said.

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9 Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

This man can do literally everything: he can play any instrument, is a god on the harmonica, can sing super well and writes his own music. There's a reason why he's been singing since he was 12.

Dude how the hell is stevie wonder in 39th? He should be in the top 10 at least

When I next come back to this website Stevie Wonder and Robert Plant better be in the top ten!

Awesome Started off playing drums on session. People are surprised how many songs of Stevie's they know!

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10 Adam Lambert Adam Lambert Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor. Since 2009, he has sold over 2.5 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.

Have almost run out of words to describe Adam Lambert. He is awesome. Having seen him on tour I have to say that you can actually FEEL his voice in your body. His resonance is so strong that it is rather like feeling the drums at a rock concert... It envelopes you.. He is the best and can't wait for his next album out soon.

Adam Lambert is the best, most exciting, and dynamic singer of this generation. His voice has an incredible range and he controls it perfectly. He is simply amazing!

Adam has the best voice on earth, hands down, not even close. This guy can also entertain you, draw you in with his sex appeal, like no other. Adam Lambert is a genius!

Brilliant, multioctave singer who knows when to have quiet and gentle moments with a gorgeous controlled tenor and middle range. His tone, pitch, breath control ^^ power ^^ range, particularly for a male vocalist is unparalleled in music today. He is a chameleon both in presentation and in his voice and can sing anything from classical opera, to theatrical productions, to rock and roll and simple acoustic melodies. His voice captivates and has such presence. His emotive abilities while singing and performing are mesmerizing and very real. His voice is like medicine to the soul and comes from a beautiful soul with a true heart. Love Adam. Fan forever.

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The Newcomers

? Jeffrey Osborne Jeffrey Osborne Jeffrey Linton Osborne is an American musician, singer-songwriter, lyricist, and lead singer of the band LTD.

How the hell was he not even in the list yet? - DaWyteNight

? Robert Palmer Robert Palmer

The Contenders

11 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.

His range is unbelievable. Has to be top 5.

steve's the demon of screamin how is he not in the top ten - baylorfan1990

When it comes to high pitch vocals, there is a close tie between Steven Tyler and Axle Rose.

Steven is not only one of the best live singers of all time, but simply one of the best singers, period. His vocal range is legendary, from deep and low to awesome scheeching. Not to mention his brilliant vocal control and power. And has everyone forgot who sung I Don't Want To Miss A Thing? (One of the best songs of all time) Just awesome!

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12 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

You're Joking right this man has an amazing voice and yet he's not even in the top 100 does anyone here remember Let's go crazy, Purple Rain, la la la means I love you, I wanna be your lover? Prince could sing at Michael Jackson's level in a split second.

This man had and still does today, incredible vocal range that can hit high pitch to low pitch without even the slightest bit error well maintaining a level of lust, soul and Rb with some rich and fulfilling pop music which you simply can't get today.

Prince was a legend and still is along with many more talented singers from the past who aren't receiving the credit they deserve and it's disgusting on how the new generation thinks what they got is real music.

Here's a little question you can ask yourself. who do you think influenced today's singers?

Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, etc can sing at Michael Jackson's level - venomouskillingmachine

My name is Prince and I am walking.
One of the Greatest performer to have walked on the face of Earth. Easily in Top 10

I love this guy. I remember being 8 years old and seeing him in a magazine for the first time and I was just mesmerized by his looks, his sex appeal. He has SO MANY songs and wide range of genres and tempos and vocal range. He can play so many instruments and he performs better than anyone else I've seen so far (I'm 17). This man just never fails to amaze me. I hate that barely anyone seems to know who he is because he has more talent in his pinky than all the artists that are taking Grammy awards home today. I wish I could've been alive in the 80's to have seen him live because I'm pretty sure it would be one of the greatest experiences ever. "If I Was your Girlfriend" is my favorite song (from him and generally speaking) so far but even today I'm still discovering new Prince songs so hopefully I will gain more favorites. This man should be the #1 greatest artist of all time.

In my opinion Prince should be in the number 1 spot! What a performer what a fantastic vocal range, and an A1 actor he's definitely very sadly missed

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13 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 participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. ...read more.

No doubt Linkin Park is so successful now, or else, they could have been the same with mark wakefield, but it is chester who made the show. Chester indeed is the best.

He can scream louder than all of the rock bands combined, after all he is the chester bennington

He's amazing. He can sing a variety of music, from Adele to Linkin Park music, and makes Linkin Park one of the best bands out there.

He is the best and deserves at least to be in the top five.

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14 Kim Jaejoong Kim Jaejoong Kim Jae-joong, also known mononymously as Jaejoong, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, director and designer. He is best known as a member of the Korean pop group JYJ, and was one of the original members of boy band TVXQ.

Kim Jaejoong is a great singer, his singing is probably not the best but he must be the most effort, he dance may not be the best but he is certainly the most desperately. Debut for so many years, he was very humble, he is the best in my heart

Jaejoong is a great singer and composer. He has very beautiful and healing voice. Jaejoong is a real artist! He is amazing!

Kim Jaejoong is one of the best singer in Asia, his magnetic voice attracts millions girls from all over the world. Besides, he is also the real artist, as he composed many famous songs for his group. In addition, he is also a new star as a actor. Kim Jaejoong is my life!

I think Kim Jaejoong is one of the best singer in the world. It does not mean he sings most skillfully, but means that he sings with all his heart and emotion! Certainly there is no doubt that his skill is so great too! Listen to him, I can get more than a song. I think music is more than music, and Kim's song embody the nature of the music, his music is the real music, which is rare and commendable in the materialistic society.

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15 Bruno Mars Bruno Mars Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. ...read more.

bruno mars voice is awesome, he should be higher in this list, the notes this guy can hit its just crazy =D

He has the most amazing voice, and is just gorgeous! How is he so low down this list?

DOWN? He is way too high on this list... Where is elton john and lionel richie?

Bruno mars is the bomb especially the lazy song, grenade, just the way you are

He sings good songs like finesse or please me

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16 Usher Usher Usher Terry Raymond IV is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. Born in Dallas, but raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee was where he lived until moving to Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 12 where his mother put him in local singing competitions all over the city.

Are you kidding me. I can think of 100 singer's better than this dude.

Usher is good, but above Donny Hathaway, Joe, Johnny Gill, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, Marvin Gaye and Brian McKnight? I don't think so. - DaWyteNight

I love Usher and I always will you rock keep doing what your doing love you

Usher is the greatest because he has gone through an experience that very few celebrities go through. ( aka appearing on Sesame Street.)

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17 Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time.

This guy is amazing. Why is their such tasteless rubbish above him. Eminem isn't even a SINGER. He's a rapper!

Eminem? Higher than Marvin? Whatever kind of joke it is, placing the worst musician ever who isn't even a singer and is a rapper above Marvin Gaye. Whoever voted for Eminem, leave TheTopTens. - 445956

Ah, yes. The music 99% of our generation was conceived to. You have to give him some credit for that.

Are you kidding? He sung, emphasis on sung, the second greatest song of all time. - SwagFlicks

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18 Ray Charles Ray Charles Ray Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.

A beautiful American, great guy and a very special singer. Another example of someone who couldn't see the world around him but was not blind to his love for music and his need to share his talents and his inner sight with us all. When I hear his deeply soulful voice begin "Oh beautiful for spacious skies. for amber waves of grain" I'm so grateful and proud that Ray Charles and I both share that same country.

Probably young people here voting have not experienced the genius of Ray. Go out an listen to a greatest hits and more. He is so soulful and can rock with the best. ONE NOTE and you know who it is, pure class voice and performer

Come on, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake are above Ray Charles?!
I don't have anything against Bruno Mars or Timberlake, but Ray Charles was a genius! Great singer and awesome pianist! He was blind yet he was a better musician than Mars or Timberlake could ever dream of!

Eminem? No, somebody wake me up from this awful nightmare. Eminem is sexist and homophobic, has an awful voice, and is not even a singer, he is a rapper and the worst musician ever. If you voted for Eminem instead of Ray, go to another site, we don't need you. - 445956

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19 Josh Groban Josh Groban Joshua Winslow "Josh" Groban is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. His first four solo albums have been certified multi-platinum, and he was charted in 2007 as the number-one best selling artist in the United States, with over 22.3 million records.

Should be up there along with Elvis

Josh Groban is by far the best male singer out there at the moment, he's not in league with anyone else. His music is genre-less, it can't be easily categorized. He is admired and respected by those in the music industry who have made it to the top - which is where Josh belongs. He'll be around for a long time to come! His voice is both soothing and upbeat to listen to, he sings from the heart and the lyrics of his songs have real meaning and are beautiful to hear. I like the fact that this young man doesn't try to emulate anyone else, he's "Just Josh" who has real talent as well as being a kind and giving person. - Jerusha

Josh Groban is a wonderful singer. I love his music and his voice. I only wish he is a bit more open on other genres. There are times I don't feel motivated finding his music... But still he is one of the best out there. He is also one of the celebrities I really wish to meet and wish that he sings to me personally. Love ya Josh!

What can I say - I just love this man and his voice. - Suzypooh

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20 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 ...read more.

My gosh!?.. What happened to you people?.. Jon Bon Jovi should at a place higher than this!.. He should be among the top ten!.. His staying power in the music industry was proof enough to consider that he's one of the best!

BON JOVI FOR LIFE

Great singer, he should be in the top 10, his far better than any ROCK singers out their except, freddie mercury.. Jon Bon Jovi is the PRINCE OF ROCK. So amazing.

How could jon not be in the top ten

He has one of the greatest rock voices - richie4life

In my humble opinion He should be right up there with Freddie Mercury in the top five of all time. Jon has been an amazing singer for decades now, and still sells out arenas and stadiums. He has a huge catalog of songs to choose from, sings each one as if it's his favorite, and can perform for hours to the delight of each and every person in the audience.

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21 Elton John Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.

NUMBER 24? Come on, guys, Elton John DEFINITELY deserves at least top fifteen, or even top 10!

How can't he be in the top 5

How about somewhere between 10-5?

I'm still standing

YEAH

YEAH

YEAH

Sorry. This man is the best.

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22 Billy Joel Billy Joel William Martin Joel is an American singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man", he has been making music since the 1960s, releasing popular albums throughout the '70s, '80s and '90s.

It's all a damn popularity contest, he is way better than 22

One of the best singer-songwriters of all time. He is simply and utterly one of the most talented musicians in modern history. Everyone at least loves a handful of his songs, and shows his surprising and incredible vocal range. Some songs don't even sound like him, but it's his voice, just being incredibly versatile with it.

NUMBER 59!? This guy is a superb pianist and a songwriter, his showmanship shows no bounds, and his voice. It supports EVERYTHING I just said.

Vocal control and versatility he is one of the best. huge vocal range too

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23 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his ...read more.

One of the best singers out there! Why is he at #55? My music teacher was the one who influenced me to listen to Nirvana and I'm thankful for that. I'm 14 and even I appreciate a great voice. Most of the singers on this list are whiny and they put no emotion and meaning behind their voice, unlike Kurt. I love Smells like a teen spirit, lithium and in bloom. THEY ARE THE KINGS AND GODS OF GRUNGE! - music_book_addict

Kurt Cobain's voice is beautiful and I'm surprised he's not up farther. His voice is so incredibly unique. I love the raspy sound to it. Kurt Cobain deserves to be way farther up this list (or at least passed Justin Bieber). Nirvana forever. RIP Kurt Cobain - my inspiration and role model. A true legend.

While Kurt, iconic frontman of nirvana, may not possess the control and range of some other singers, he poured his heart inton his words like no other. He was also a real singer and artist, unlike about 95 percent of the singers ranked higher than. Some of my favorite songs which exhibit his voice, School, Lounge Act, Big Long Now, Frances Farmer will have her revenge on Seattle, Heart-Shaped Box, All Apologies, Where did you sleep last night?...

He could sing high notes with his grunge style, I mean like who other singers can do that

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24 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 ...read more.

I mean I love Robert Plant, MJ, Ray Charles and etc. but let's be real: they're nothing compared to Dio

Greatest singer who ever lived in my opinion. Ronnie James Dio is my hero he could sing any genre he wanted. His voice always astounded me, not only the power but how his voice could also be so soft. I love that he sung about dragons, rainbows and deamons His lyrics were full of wonder. I can't believe he is so far down this list.

DIO means GOD for a reason! There is none better than Him, as far as I am concerned. I've been a fan of His from the very first time I heard Him sing.

His vocal range was truly amazing. No one can sing like Dio. Many singers have talent that appears once in a generation. There will never be another Ronnie James Dio no matter how long humans exist. - Edgelord

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25 R. Kelly R. Kelly Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American recording artist, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player.

Truly at least he is open with liking young girl there are lot you men out there that are more scrum bags than R. Kelly who are molesting their own blood behind closed door. I do not condone R. Kelly behavior but if these girl were example they would not have allowed him to be intimate with them in the first place. However I believe R. Kelly should have ranked higher as he one of the best R&B Singer, He is talented, gifted and blessed and has always produce #1 singles. It not be recently. That is my opinion and I am entitled to it!

It seems the mainstream will never recognize his true potential if he keeps doing hip hop, but his balladry is untouchable. A phenomenal range, can do every technique in singing... Easily the best male R&B singer of our generation

He. Needs. To. Clean. Up. His act.

Great voice should be in top10.

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26 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.

This guy is amazing and when he sings sweet child of mine I cannot take my eyes of him. He is a rough gruff kind of guy with an amazing voice and charisma. He totally gets into the song and lyrics. In a world of his own when performing leaving the onlooker totally amazed. In a class of his own.

He has the biggest vocal range of any popular singer of all time. He has a great voice and knows how to use it. I've never heard a more powerful voice in my entire life.

AXL

29? you think linkin park, 30 seconds to mars or green day have a singer who is near to axl rose... he has the most powerful voice with a few heavy metal singers like halford or dickinson... also 30 seconds to mars has a good singer and they are one of the biggest bands in alternative rock... I just wanna have a little respect for legendary singers and bands as big as GN'R and more... I don't wanna have, discussions is just my opinion

Of course. Do you think that Axl Rose can scream like Chester Bennington? Axl is a great singer but in my opinion he is on par with Chester. - Uchiha_123

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27 Zayn Malik Zayn Malik Zain Javadd Malik, born on 12 January 1993, who records mononymously as ZAYN, is a British singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Bradford, ZAYN aspired to pursue a career in music from a young age leading him to audition as a solo artist for the British reality television music competition The X ...read more.

Zayn have amazing vocals

Zayn is really great

Zayn is the best singer at this time! Zayn Malik is not just some random singer he is a hard worker and he work hard to get in the X-factor he learned how to dance for his fans and he always try's to please his fans by sacrificing his sleep just to entertain his fan but sometimes people sent him or his girlfriend death threats which he clearly doesn't deserve honestly no one deserves death threats or anything like that but sometimes people expect so much from him he gets pressured and stressed out that he started smoking and everyone knows he is trying to stop but he can't handle the stress and that is the only way to release stress so people should really stop stressing him out and I think management should really let one direction rest because they might get overworked and less sleep that they end up getting tired of being famous and decide to quite the band well I just want people to know that one direction and especially ...more

Zayn have amazing vocals.

Zayn is really great but where is justin bieber?

Zayn is the best singer at this time!

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28 Kim Hyun Joong Kim Hyun Joong Kim Hyun-Joong is a South Korean entertainer, actor, singer, dancer, and the leader and main rapper of boyband SS501.

Love Kim Hyun Joong's sexy deep voice.. His voice is pleasant to my ears.. It is very comfortable to listen to it. He sings every song with such emotion that it touches my heart.. Though people always say he can't sing.. But for me, he is great.. A great singer are great is not what octave you can reach that makes you a great singer, it's whose heart you can reach that makes you great.. He can move his audience with his singing. That's more important..

His sound so good! Handsome also! I really like him! Love him! Wah.. Like him, love him so much.. So who's his fans, henecia or Triple S, please vote him ya

Should definitely be higher.. his voice is so beautiful and his songs are awesome

Talented artist Kim Hyun Joong!

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29 Danny Jones

He has an amazing voice, and is a talented song writer and musician. He plays lead guitar, and even when he's got a cold and a sore throat he'll still get on stage and sing to his many fans. He's voice really is unique and is fantastic live. PURE TALENT!

Danny jones from mcfly one of the best and hottest band on the earth

30 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.

That scream in the number of the beast shows just how much energy he has. And everything else about his voice is amazing. 25th? Yeah that's because Bruno Mars is higher.
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?
He has a classic line unlike many other people.
SCREAM FOR ME!

This guy is just too far down. He should be top 3.

I love hundreds of bands and to choose one singer as the best you'd think would be difficult, but it's not since Bruce Dickinson is a thing rocks Iron Maiden. Honestly, I like Iron Maiden more than Black Sabbath or any band for that matter, hands down, and Bruce makes it. I've only been able to see Maiden once, but will as many times as I can again in the future.

Bruce had the most powerful voice of all time and can definitely be at least in the top 3 with robert plant and bono.

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31 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

Usher and Justin Bieber better than Eminem?
When Justin Bieber was 10 years old Eminem was already one of the best rappers.
I really like rap and Eminem is my favourite rapper. His lyrics are great.
EMINEM FOREVER.

Marshall Mathers or Eminem or Slim Shady yo man he shall be the greatest rapper in history of the world! Thumbs up if you're his fan!

He's really good live and he's the forever BEST RAPPER! EMINEM FOREVER AND EVER!

I am a 14 year old kid and I have heard like more than 200 songs of eminem right from Lose Yourself to his worst song... I have heard songs of more than 350 singers... I don't imply that other singers are not good... I do occasionally enjoy Mercury, Lennon if I am tired and bands like Green Day and AC/DC if I am energetic. But whenever I feel lonely or whenever I get let down or get embarrassed or get angry, I automatically play Eminem. I downloaded songs directly from the web but felt guilty for listening to such superior songs of him for free. So I started purchasing album after album now and then so I could listen to him legally. He has influenced me most because I wouldn't be typing this if I wasn't. Give me a thumbs down if you think I deserve it to vote for Eminem. I can't believe Marshall Mathers is down in this dump. His life is what it made him like this today. Name one other rapper who loves his children, wouldn't remarry after the divorce, who can get the sh** out of his ...more - shp021196

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32 Andrea Bocelli Andrea Bocelli Andrea Bocelli is an Italian classical crossover tenor, recording artist, and singer-songwriter. Born with poor eyesight, he became permanently blind at the age of 12 following a football accident.

Voice of an Angel! When ever I listen to Andrea Bocelli, His voice just has a soothing effect on my mind... It just takes me to some place beautiful! He is just brilliant! Love him and his beautiful voice.

He is the best singer in the world.

Give me a break. Andrea should be #1. This list is for best male singer, not best male rock singer. His voice is incredible! He sings opera as well as pop. You people who voted for Eminem, Axl Rose, R. Kelly, etc. are clueless!

Something about his voice, its hard to describe, sends you to a wonderful place and touches your soul. Love Luciano too, and he has more power but Andrea is more versatile as far as singing in different genres (and excelling). They would be my top 2

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33 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. ...read more.

In my opinion BY FAR the best singer of all time. You can feel his voice in the pit of your stomach. He could pack so much emotion in one single whisper. I love Robert Plant, I love Bowie and Freddie Mercury, but none get anywhere near Jeff Buckley. Buckley was real, raw. The only singer who's ever brought tears to my eyes. Utterly, indescribably amazing. If you've never listened to him go and buy, download, steal if you have to, his music because you're missing something incredible.

The other comments covered it well. Commercial popularity over actual ability here. Should be close to the top.

Embarrassingly low. That's what you get for having a list on such a popular website - you'll get a lot of popular singers who have no real talent really high. I really think Buckley is the best vocalist of all time, but he should certainly be at least in the top 10.

It's so sad that he wasn't put on this list. The man had a 4.5 octave range and you put David archuleta ahead of him? No one put as much emotion into their music as him. Listen to his song so real and his cover of hallelujah and tell me that Justin Bieber is better than him

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34 Art Garfunkel Art Garfunkel Arthur Ira "Art" Garfunkel is an American singer, poet and actor. He partnered in his earlier years with Paul Simon in the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel.

To have a rap artist like Eminem ahead of Art Garfunkel is ridiculous. One is an actual singer who can hold a tune while the other talks in rhymes. There are some very talented people on this list but I doubt the vast majority could sing one of Garfunkel's tunes without embarrassing themselves. He is in a league all his own.

This guy rocks

Seriously? If you are going for SINGERS he should be in top 10-20, he had the most beautiful voice of anyone male singer I have heard. Bridge of troubled water, sound of silence, homeward bound? Outstanding songs. Garfunkel is one of the most underrated artists in this list.

If you're talking about pure singing ability there is no way Art Garfunkel is not in the top 20. Can you listen to Bridge Over Troubled Water without getting goose bumps? I can't.

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35 Matt Bellamy Matt 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.

Have you heard this guy sing? He is absolutely fabulous. He can sing extraordinaily low and then piercingly high within a heartbeat. I have never heard a voice so pure and fantastic. And he doesn't autotune ever. You can even hear the heavy breathing in the recorded tracks. Somehow his glorious voice is just as perfect when singing live, and it's so powerful. Take a listen to Spiral Static, Micro Cuts and Undisclosed Desires just for a glimpse at how wonderful he is. AND he plays guitar whilst singing. AND piano.

His voice haunts my dreams... oh don't get me wrong, I love every minute of it. But as a musician that prides himself on being able to do anything any other singer can... there are two I can't touch. Freddie Mercury... and Matt Bellamy.

What has happened to all the people? COMPARE MICHAEL JACKSON AND BELLAMY! Matt must be the first, not the 25.

Victorious, COME ON! - Redrocky416

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36 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. ...read more.

I think David Bowie is the best singer or at least Second best singer in the world

Not being #1 is a travesty

His death on 1/10/16 really upsets me. He was one of the most iconic and influential musicians in the world. And he was very unique. I was unaware of his cancer and I was taken by surprise when I was told he died. So sad. I spent the night after his death listening to some of his music just to honor him and make myself feel just a little better. He may be deceased, but his music will live on and he will be missed but remembered by many. May he rest in peace, wherever he may be.

Barmy, 35th? Didn't expect 1st place but, some of the rubbish above him.

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37 George Michael George Michael Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, known professionally as George Michael, was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham!.

What this guy is TOP 5 at least

Unbelievable... What is this site judged by?
GM should EASILY be in top ten, just because America doesn't pay attention. He's had sold out concerts across all Europe past 4 years.

A voice like no other. Most songs written, arranged and produced by the man. Not to mention he wrote Careless Whisper around age 17 with that Saxaphone note line known to anyone's ears. One of the few artists on earth that can do a cover and 9 out of 10 times his is arguably better. He was first white artist to win for Best Soul R&B. He filled in for Freddie Mercury Benefit after his death and filled Wembley Stadium, Even the band was amazed what he could do!...

Just incredible, TOP 10 for sure!

Top heavy with american singers and forgetting one of the best all round artists, singer, songwriter, producers of all time. Also I cannot believe you put r kelly on this list.

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38 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".

Bono doesn't have a voice that will blow you away, but he knows how to deliver. The lyrics he sings are amazing. When he was younger he had a very powerful voice and was a better singer then than he is now. War-Joshua Tree His voice was at his prime and it was a very good voice. Achtung Baby he still had a good voice, but didn't sound the same. Bono is one of the best frontmen ever with a very underrated voice. He has great should that should be recognized. And if you think he John Lennon or Kurt Cobain has a better singing voice than Bono you are sadly mistaken. John Lennon was a great artist, but didn't have a better singing voice. Kurt Cobain had a scratchier voice and was more of a screamo. Those two would have never been able to reach the high notes that he its in songs such as "Lemon".

Bono.. His voice is able to take your heart and kiss him passionately... A long time since I follow him, but I have not had the opportunity to go to a concert... Remains one of my biggest dreams

The highs and lows with passion and soul, with love and feeling that set emotions to flow. Bono, bono vox, good voice, the voice will be heard. It's a joyful noise, a rattle and hum, moves in mysterious ways, a fire inside. A vocal force to be reckoned with for sure.

A wonderful talent and a generous humanitarian. You'll always see Bono up front lending a hand and inspiring others to pitch in too. That's the essence of cool. And he sings too. That is icing on the cake.

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39 Brendon Urie Brendon Urie Brendon Boyd Urie, more commonly known as Brendon Urie, was born April 12, 1987, in St. George, Utah. He is an American singer, songwriter, musician and multi-instrumentalist. He is best own as the lead singer of the American pop-rock band Panic! At The Disco. He is the only original remaining member. ...read more.

Why is he not higher on the list?!

Deserves to be higher on this list...

Yass I love panic! These guys clearly can't close a God damn door! Why is he number 40? UsHeR iS hIgHeR than this god!

Probably the best male vocalist of today...shocked he is so low.

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40 James Arthur James Arthur James Andrew Arthur is a British singer-songwriter who won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012. His debut single, "Impossible", was released through Syco Music after the final and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart in its first week of release.

James raw talent is unreal. He can sing anything and make it good. His runs are the best. Very under-rated. Blows everyone else away.

This is better than ed sheeran and james blunt combined on their best days

Ok so if he's 49 th barely self anything or won much compared to ed and James who are way higher than him

James is literally an escape form everything... a minute in his voice and there’s no going back

41 Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian. He is known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political ...read more.

He should be ahead of Adam Lambert. Best songwriter since Bob Dylan, A very recognizable voice (sings in a low voice, but can hit higher notes than somebody like Katy Perry). Put down your Justin Bieber and enjoy The Boss.

I wish I had been introduced to Springsteen earlier in life. Things would have been easier for me🙂

A previous poster talked about Ray Charles' amazing vocals in We Are the World. That's certainly true, but what about the great exchange between Springsteen and Stevie Wonder? That made the song for me.

Number 56? Really. He should be in the top 15 at least. He is so underrated.

42 Luther Vandross Luther Vandross Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr. was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in-demand background vocalist for several different artists.

Luther could so easily draw people into his songs. His voice was smooth and rich and was the quality of the most expensive well tuned instrument.

LET ANYONE ON THIS LIST INSPIRE AS MANY NEW BABIES AS LUTHER OR RULE LOVE BALLADS LIKE LUTHER AND HE WILL FAIL. ONLY GREATS LIKE SAM COOKE OR DON HATHAWAY OR VOCAL POWERHOUSES STEVE PERRY OR FREDDY MERCURY COULD COMPARE. WHOEVER VOTED FOR MOST OF THE TOP TWENTY ON THIS LIST SHOULD LISTEN TO THESE GREATS AND REEVALUATE THEIR JUDGEMENT. JUSTIN BIEBER OVER ANY OF THESE FOR GOD'S SAKE? NOW I'M CONVINCED WHY REAL MALE VOCALISTS ARE BECOMING EXTINCT DUE TO THE OVER COMMERCIALIZED DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA. MANUFACTURED FAUX TALENT HAS DILUTED AWAY GOOD TASTE.

Luther Vandross is the best male singer hands down. His voice is so rich and smooth and has an incredible range. Lowest note A1. How Justin Bieber is above him beats me! Bieber can't even sing. Vote for Vandross!

What an insult to rank Luther Vandross 66. This list is a joke and clearly not being ranked by vocal ability.

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43 Tom Fletcher

He sings for mcfly which is the hottest and best band ever

44 Sonu Nigam Sonu Nigam Sonu Nigam is an Indian playback singer, live performer, host and actor. He sings in Hindi and Kannada language films.

The Man is the Universe of Music in himself to form the perfect and best amalgamation to be capable of almost all possible kind of Music in existence...

May it be any Language, Raagas', Pitch, Type of Musical form, type of Voice, etc doesn't restrict or effect his Singing possibilities or capabilities... When it comes to Music SONU NIGAM is "Infinity"

For me He is the 'God of Music' with all due respect... From Rahul Pandey

He should be on a great no. not fair

Evergreen voice, mind goes to heaven as I listen, love you sonu ji. Salute!

What a purity of voice... Mind blowing

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

Not only an icon of the free speech in America, but the greatest vocals and all he sings spontaneous

ARE YOU KIDDING ME! Not even in the top 30 at least?! This man was so poetic and beautiful, he oozed charisma and had so much talent. he was a crazy guy but that shouldn't have effected the legacy he left with the doors anyway!

Passionate all the time, and had so much power in his voice.

Legendary, he started the stereotypical lead singer, and made it look good.

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46 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.

I just love Mick Jagger! He is still so hot! His voice is very sexy too! Mick has a unique quality in his performance and his voice. There is no one quite like him.

Yes, yes, yes, folks! Don't believe the reality show judges, being a great singer isn't all about staying on key. Being a great singer is about showing imagination, and moving a stranger's soul with the melody and words you've been given. That is why people like Mick Jagger, John Fogerty, and especially Don Henley need to be higher on this list!

Lead singer and founding member of the Rolling stones.
Extremely talented, has been knighted and has a song written about him and his 'mones'.

Mick Jagger, is #66 on this list. Bruno Mars is #7 on this list. I have came to the conclusion that this list is completely irrelevant.

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47 Michael Bolton Michael Bolton Michael Bolotin, known professionally as Michael Bolton, is an American singer and songwriter. Bolton originally performed in the hard rock and heavy metal genres from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, both on his early solo albums and those he recorded as the frontman of the band Blackjack.

Great signer

How isn't Michael Bolton near the top of this list, his voice is amazing!

Michael Bolton was not very widely known, but if you truly listen to his voice it is a thing of beauty second only to Axl Rose. I look past genre to the actual talent. Bieber, Eminem etc. Don't even belonging on a list of SINGERS. Dancers, poets maybe.. Not singers though.

His voice is incredibly powerful, distinctive and soulful! He can reach points of 3 and a half octaves, and he is exactly the same live as he is in the recording studio. To put it simply, his voice is incredibly underrated.

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48 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. He died of ...read more.

You people are not kidding, right?
Johnny Cash on 52!?
Surely some people from another universe

How can he be under Justin beiber? The man was a great, he sang spiritual songs, classic country ones and rock 'n' roll at one point! His greatest recordings were live, he didn't mime! He could perform flawlessly without any auto tuners and was a lovely guy!

Jonny Cash just has a voice that makes you want to listen to him. It's a deep bass that shows feeling when he sings. He played guitar well but without his voice he wouldn't be the legend he is.

He asked my Grandma out at one of his concerts.! She turned him down because he was with my Grandpa.! I would love to be related to Johnny Cash.!

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49 Roy Orbison Roy Orbison Roy Kelton Orbison, professionally known as Roy Orbison, nicknamed Big O, was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and musician, mostly known for his complex voice and for hits such as, "Oh, Pretty Woman".

GREAT SINGER

Thrilling vocals that inspire so many of the other artists mentioned here. Such range and writing.

I think it was In 1963 Orbison toured with The Beatles before they were well known. Orbison did fourteen encores before The Beatles played. He was better than The Beatles and they knew it. In a way, one could say he helped them to become great. Orbison was over the top to help express certain emotions that we all have, especially grief. "Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep."

Roy Orbison was the most naturally gifted male vocalist ever. Maybe other singers have been or are more entertaining but none could produce such perfect notes with so little effort.

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50 Matt Shadows Matt 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.

He's the best singer ever his voice makes me lose my mind, it makes me dream of all the great things and it remember me a lot of Jimmy Sullivan

Powerful voice

evil laugh in every song avenged sevenfold...
ahaha7x... - adamtkj

This list makes no sense..82? Really?...just google him or see his videos

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