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 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.

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.

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.

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

Chris Cornell > everyone else on this list. Beyond the Wheel, Say Hello to Heavrn, Rusty Cage, Like a Stone. Just a few examples off the top of my head. Truely a once in a lifetime vocalist. - VisionsOfSight

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 heavy 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 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.

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.

He was the first screamer I heard who was able to move me to tears and made the hairs stand on end. And let's not forget about his great live performances.

1 Chester❤️
2 M Shadows
3 Corey Taylor
4 Serj Tankian
5 Billy Joe
6 Chris Cornell
7 Anthony Kiedis

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4 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.

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

Its sad to not see Brent Smith as number one. He has such a smooth relaxing voice. I love his songs 45 and second chance

He (along with Michael Barnes of RED) are the better of all by a mile...vocals and Songs are just simply amazing to listen to all day long...listen to Sound of Madness, Unity, I Dare You, I'll Follow You, Miracle, Simple Man, Crow and The Butterfly etc etc etc...!.you'll understand what I'm talking about...
My Provisional Top 5 would be:
#1. Michael Barnes (RED) (Screams are simply breathtaking)!
#2. Brent Smith (SHINEDOWN) (Long Notes! Love it)
#3. Matt Shadows (A7X) & John Cooper (SKILLET)
#4. Dustin Bates (STARSET)
#5. Trevor McNevan (1000 Foot Krutch)

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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.

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

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

What axl as 23rd!

9 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).

Myles isn't just the most unique - he's the best. Not to put down Chris Cornell, Corey Taylor Eddie Vedder etc cause they're all brilliant, but Myles is in a league of his own

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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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.

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

The Contenders

11 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, 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.

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

Probably the best vocalist of the last 20 years!

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

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

14 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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15 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!

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16 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 more.

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

17 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.


18 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

19 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


20 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?!

Billie Joe is truly a God

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1. Hansi Kürsch
2. Chris Cornell
3. Axl Rose
1. Chris Cornell
2. Matt Shadows
3. Kurt Cobain
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