Most Unique Male Voices in Modern Rock

I'm young and in this list are only singers with unique and "unmistakable" voices. I don't mention Freddy Mercury, Rob Plant and so many others because I want this list to have "MODERN" singers. If you don't know some of these singers go check them out before criticize.

The Top Ten

1 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Christopher John "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. His vocal range was C2 to A5, while more.

Actually kind of sad that M. Shadows is above Cornell. What a sad joke, listen to "Beyond the Wheel" and then try and say Shadows is better or more unique.

This man should be number one. Don't get me wrong: Matt Shadows' vocals might be good not as good as Chris Cornell legendary voice GOOD. Listen to all of Chris' vocal ranges and then you'll understand why there's still many that love his music.

Cornell and Chester are miles ahead of Shadows vocally. Shadows shouldn't even be anywhere near the top of this list.

The man has THE VOICE, after him, people can just stop making music altogether, nothing will ever come close...

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2 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.

I think what makes then unique is when you can listen to a few seconds of the singer and you know exactly who it is, and this guy's definitely got it.

Easily the greatest singer these days! So many different voices! Simply genius!

He is an amazing singer and his voice goes perfect with the style of music they play and with all of the band members ever

Such an unparalleled voice. Unique and totally amazing...

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

He sings nothing else matters better than Metallica and don't get me started on his version of simple man. If you guys want to hear what a real singer looks like just look up smith and myers on YouTube and watch some of their videos and then try saying he isn't the best.

I'm actually a bigger fan of several other singers on this list but as far as pure voice In my opinion Brent Smith blows everyone away. When I heard the cover of simple man I could not believe his range how cleanly his voice projected at the extremes his notes

What a joke that Brent is so low on the list.

A mix between Chris Cornell and Matt Shadows!

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

He has a beautiful otherworldly voice. It saddens me to see him at #4! He is very articulate, has a really powerful, silky voice... Wonderful screamer, so very versatile, can balance melodic and screamo like no other... Amazing voice quality, the timbre, and the amount of emotion it manages to convey, can easily move anyone to tears... There's always so much more to a singer than the no of octaves they have, they have to know how to hold a note, how to balance aggressive and vulnerable elements in their sound, and how to sound impeccable... Chester is a testament to all of that!

People might say his voice isn't anything special, but that's just because Linkin Park is very popular, and therefore people think it's mainstream and not very unique. However, just LISTEN TO CHESTER'S DAMN VOICE! It's amazing, like an angel or something. And then he screams like a demon, and it's just as amazing. His voice is just beautiful. If you want two opposites to show his range of talent... The Little Things Give You Away and Given Up.

I don't think that anyone can match Chester's "God Gifted" Voice, I know some people says that His voice is nothing special and then I want to say to them Just listen "Easier To Run", "Little Things Give You Away" and every other songs of Linkin Park and then Compare. And to add Stream his "Rolling In The Deep (Adele)" cover.. HE HAS THE GREATEST VOICE & CAN SING EVERY GENRE WITH EASE...

Dude was an amazing.

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5 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.

Layne Staley completely blew my mind when I was 16. 20 years on he is still my shelter, could never get tired of his voice. Sorely missed

Listen to them bones...

6 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.

Powerful voice with incredible range. No studio help needed for this man, just his guitar and maybe a little whiskey on the side.

His vocals and lyrics top the charts! He is AWESOME!


Not rock anymore, but go listen to live accoustic stuff... he can do anything and without autotune studio magic.

7 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 is one of the elite modern metal singers. The most unique thing is his tonal versatility - you won't believe this is the same singer.
He's got at least 10 different voices - harsh, soft, demonic, angelic, aggressive, funeral, playful, spiritual, melancholic, ghostly, medieval retro voice; storytelling voice, polished voice for symphonic metal and raw for thrash … All they sound amazing.
Add to this his godly range, immense power and control (even live). This is also the most beautiful, emotive and expressive voice I've ever heard. His voice gives me chills, especially 'My Last Sunrise'.

Demons And Wizards - Path Of Glory, My Last Sunrise, Heaven Denies, Fiddler On The Green, Crimson King, Love's Tragedy;

Blind Guardian - Majesty, The Bard's Song (In the forest), Sacred Mind, Thorn, Time What Is Time, The Curse Of Feanor, Otherland. - Metal_Treasure

8 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.

What this guy has to be top 3 at least

Number 1!

What axl as 23rd!

9 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.

It was a hard decision between Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell and Layne Staley. I can tell all of their voices the first time they make a sound in all of their songs. So, I don't know why I picked Eddie, because they're all amazing and unique, and definitely all four of them are in my top 5 favorite vocalists. And Billy Corgan, too.

His voice is so raw and so full of emotions!

He's the best.. His voice so gentle

Is it really neccessary to explain?

10 Myles Kennedy Myles Kennedy Myles Richard Kennedy is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Alter Bridge, and as the lead vocalist in Slash's current band: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

An insanely good singer, one of the few who are better live. Look up songs by his band, Alter Bridge, and you will his incredibly unique voice and the insane amount of heart he puts into his singing. Just look up songs like Blackbird by them, listen to them live. You'll see what I mean!

Yes, Myles Kennedy blows them all always with the both power and beauty of his voice. He is only at 4% because he average punter hasn't heard of him! Love both the heavier and softer sides of his singing and Alter Bridge...the best modern band around bar none (Black Stone Cherry and Chris Robertson come a close second).

I only get to know Myles recently through his tour performance with Slash, which totally shocked me! I regret I haven't known him any earlier. What an amazing amazing vocal that's totally in his own league. His voice and technique is the best, he can sing anything effortlessly and his attitude is humble, grounded, mature! He's a kind that grows on you.

I can only say one thing everyone on this list is very good but in my opinion Myles Kennedy Knocks them all out of the part.

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The Contenders

11 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 more.

His vulnerable voice of sad and raw beauty is very impressing and stands out. It matches the bittersweet, sometimes fragile, sometimes brutal quality of his songs.

His voice is still creepy and disturbing (in a good way) 20 years after his death, many teenager of today's era, are becoming huge Cobain fans. Kurt Cobain "the last great rock star"

Before there was Kurt, no one, NO ONE, tried to sing like him.

12 Marc Martel

The most unique thing is that he sounds and looks just like Freddie Mercury. Check this out (copy and paste): Queen Extravaganza on American Idol - Somebody to Love (HD) - Metal_Treasure

Probably the best vocalist of the last 20 years!

Great to see the co-lead vocalist of Downhere on this list, even if just at 13. - LarkwingFlight

13 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.

Probably the widest range in music history:
Vocal/melodic range - 6 octaves, 1/2 note (Eb1 to E7).
Sings: Alternative metal, Avant-garde metal, Experimental metal, death metal (early). - Metal_Treasure

Nothing this man can’t do

14 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.

By far the most underrated vocalist ever

My sister LOVES their music. This would be her dream to meet them!

Consistent on record and in concert. Hands down

His voice is jaw droppingly powerful

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15 Devin Townsend Devin Townsend Devin Garret Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.


16 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.

I thought this was rock. - isaaonrtdmtr

Nobody in this list can outmatch his vocal skills, he is just inevitable. don't judge him by this picture lol

17 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.

I really don't understand how he isn't on this list.. Go look up Muse's live performances! His vocal range is spectacular!

He has a spectacular vocal range and was ranked in the top 10 in rolling stones' list of best rock singers ever. He ought to be on top of this list!

Matthew Bellamy has a better voice than most of the people above him on this list. His vocal range is incredible.

He's my favorite singer

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18 Corey Taylor Corey Taylor Corey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.

Hands down the most versatile singer on the list. He can sing the most angry throat tearing songs with Slipknot and then sing incredibly calm and sad songs like bother with Stone Sour.

Beautiful voice - wrests

Come on are you kidding me? M shadows comepletely screwed up his voice screaming the wrong way and he doesn't even sound half as good as corey taylor


19 Tom Delonge Tom Delonge Thomas Matthew "Tom" DeLonge, Jr., is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and film producer. He was born in Poway, California on December 13, 1975. When he was in high school at age 15, he got expelled for drinking at a basketball game. He also used to play the trumpet, more.

Seriously, I can't think of anyone that sounds like him, definitely one of the most unique voices in rock.

20 Tobias Sammet Tobias Sammet Tobias Sammet is a German metal musician, best known as the vocalist and primary songwriter of the power metal band Edguy, as well as the founder, main singer and bassist of the metal opera Avantasia.
21 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.

Very unique voice, easily recognizable! Overall, pretty good singer too.

I could pick his voice out anywhere. So unique and powerful

His voice is so awesome how is he not number one?!

He’s very easy to recognize

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22 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.

Very underrated singer and has a super recognizable voice. When you hear Seether there's no doubt who your listening too.

23 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.

Much better than Adam Levine when it comes to singing, also the list says Modern Rock so uh Freddie Mercury doesn't really belong here.

He can rock every emotion with his voice! Rock, smooth, high, low! Just listen to three days grace and you will understand!

This guy is incredible. I was blown away by his voice...

Best singer ever

24 Tim 'Ripper' Owens Tim 'Ripper' Owens Timothy S. "Ripper" Owens is an American heavy metal singer who first gained attention as the lead singer of Judas Priest, and then Iced Earth. He took the nickname "Ripper" from the Judas Priest song "The Ripper" during his time in the tribute band "British Steel". He currently performs with Beyond more.
25 Gerard Way Gerard Way Gerard Arthur Way is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comic book writer who was the lead vocalist and co-founder of the American alternative rock band My Chemical Romance from its formation in September 2001 until its split in March 2013. His debut solo album Hesitant Alien was released more.

Fantastic, unique and emotive voice - there is no one out there like him, though there are many who try to emulate his style.

Name one person who sounds like Gerard. THAT'S RIGHT, NO ONE DOES!

There is no other person in the world that sounds like Gerard Way. His voice is amazing.

Hot, funny, talented

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26 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.

Why isn't he higher on this list? Listen to Bohemian Rhapsody. Nothing else needs to be said.

The greatest and amazing voice that ever was. It is sad to see that people do not know what a unique voice is. Who can sing like him 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Somebody To Love', 'Save Me', The Show Must Go On', 'Innuendo', 'White Queen, 'The March Of The Black Queen' 'It's A Hard Life' 'Nevermore' Teo Torriate' etc, etc. The most warm and powerful voice, and he deservs to be on top of this list. - Caty

He was a very talented man, but maybe the reason he's not higher is because it says modern rock.


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27 Adam Levine Adam Levine Adam Noah Levine is an American singer and songwriter. He is the lead vocalist for the Los Angeles pop rock band Maroon 5. more.

Moves like Jagger,
One more night,
She Will Be Loved,
This Love,
Won't Go Home Without You,
Sunday Morning,
Never Gonna Leave This Bed,
Wake Up Call,
Harder to Breathe,
Makes Me Wonder,
If I Never See Your Face Again,
Must Get Out,
Lucky Strike,
Give a Little More,
Just a Feeling,
Goodnight Goodnight,
Sweetest Goodbye,
Doing Dirt,
I Can't Lie,
The Man Who Never Lied,
Nothing Lasts Forever,
The Sun,
Better That We Break,
Beautiful Goodbye,
Wipe Your Eyes,
Hands All Over,
No Curtain Call,
Through With You,
Not Coming Home,
The Way I Was,
Love Somebody,
Until You're Over Me,
Oh God I can go over and over about his song.
-World's number 1 Adam Levine Fan

My God! He has The Best Voice and is The S.E.X.I.E.S.T.!
I Love Yew!

No one can sing one more night or moves like a jagger they always fail

Absolutely true, his voice is so unique, like one pfthe kind for real. And he totally can song in many type of music! Don't mention about his face... Pretty as fackk. Adam Levine is the onesuper talented frontman of pop rock band in this generation. Maroon 5 is the one best band in this world, no douth, because of Adam's uniquely beautiful voice and their unique music. I love Adam Levine, Axl Rose, Alex Turner, george Michael, Elvis and the guy from Stereo phoenic voices. - emmetthiddlestoner

28 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.

I don't care if you like Disturbed's voice or not, but you will memorize his voice the second you hear it. I love Matt Shadows and Avenged Sevenfold, but David Draiman has a much more distinctive voice and I personally like Disturbed better. But that doesn't change the fact that David has the most distinctive voice in rock.

How is he so low? Damn. By the way, he is the singer for disturbed.

29 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.
30 Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool.

Definitely should be much higher up. His voice is incredibly unique and can make you feel something.

Should be miles above the list, no one sounds quite like him

One of the best unique voices ever!

Should be number one!

31 Thom Yorke Thom Yorke Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead.
32 Jared Leto Jared Leto Jared Joseph Leto is an American actor, singer-songwriter, and director. He is well known for being the lead singer of Thirty Seconds to Mars.

Jared has one of the best voices I've ever listened to in the last 50 years. Completely unique, goes from low to extremely high, always keeping a clean sound and possessing an incredible scream.

Jared Leto is awesome! He has the best voice!

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34 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. more.

He can do anything with his voice honestly he can sing a higher note higher than I can scream and he can make his voice deeper than the deepest hole in the ground and not to mention I was shocked when I heard him do scream-o after hearing his high notes like honestly he is an angel

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

He makes his voice different to be unique and deserves recognition for that but isn't really a skilled singer

I thought this list was for "Most Unique Voices," not "Best Voices." Serj's voice certainly falls under the 'unique' category and should be much higher on this list!

I needed to add Serj. He deserves number 3 at least.
P.S. benjamin Burnley is a dick and doesn't deserve a spot on this list

36 Kellin Quinn Kellin Quinn

He has the most unique, different, amazing, voice that I've heard so far.

His voice is so unique.

How can Kellin not even be in the list?
He can sing, scream, rap and even beatbox!

Sweetest voice ever

37 Tim McIlrath Tim McIlrath Timothy James "Tim" McIlrath is an American punk rock musician. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist, songwriter and co-founder of the American punk rock band Rise Against.

Tim is a beast! Easily should be higher up the list.

38 Marko Saaresto

Just hear DAZE

39 Robbie Williams Robbie Williams Robert Peter Williams is an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012. He has also had commercial success as a solo artist.

Take the Crown and Under the Radar

One of the best

40 Billy Corgan Billy Corgan William Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, television writer, poet, and professional wrestling promoter best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins.

Billy is one of the most underrated singer/songwriters of all time. His music and voice are very unique

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42 Liam Gallagher Liam Gallagher William John Paul "Liam" Gallagher is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He rose to fame as the lead singer of the rock band Oasis, and later as the singer of Beady Eye.

Not saying that he is the best voice in modern rock, just easily the most unique. For anyone who doesn't know oasis (! ) His best vocal performances were Live Forever, Supersonic, Wonderwall, Go Let it Out and Champagne Supernova

43 Chino Moreno Chino Moreno Chino Moreno is an American musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and contributing guitarist of Deftones.

This man here should be in the ten. Nobody currently is pushing the boundaries of singing like him. Seriously in September 2016 their album Gore debut at #2. Has anybody from the 90s in the last 10 years debut that high. Think about it.

44 John Cooper John Cooper John Landrum Cooper, professionally credited as John L. Cooper, is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He has been the lead vocalist, bassist and co-founder of the Grammy-nominated American Christian rock band Skillet since 1996.
45 Jonathan Davis Jonathan Davis Jonathan Howsmon Davis, also known as JD and JDevil, is an American musician best known as the leading vocalist and frontman of the nu metal band Korn.
46 Enrique Iglesias Enrique Iglesias Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler, known professionally as Enrique Iglesias, is a Spanish singer, songwriter, record producer and actor.

He worth no #1

47 Justin Hawkins

One of a kind voice, pretty much impossible top duplicate or forget.

48 Julian Casablancas Julian Casablancas

How was this not already on here? First name I thought of.

This man has one of the most beautiful and unique voices in the world!

49 Chris Martin Chris Martin Christopher Anthony John "Chris" Martin is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is best known as the lead singer of rock band Coldplay.

Adam Levine over Chris Martin?
HOW?! - sameera62

50 Paul Banks
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