Most Unique Male Voices in Modern Rock

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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 ...read more.

Nothing compares to Chris. His voice is unique and amazing. Just listen to songs like Black Hole Sun, Blow up the outside, Spoon man, Cochise, Shadow on the Sun, The Day I Tried to Live, Burden In My Hand, Gasoline. Pretty Much any Soundgarden or Audioslave song can be used as an example of his greatness. Even when he does a cover he kills it. Check out his cover of Nothing Compares 2 U. This cover really allows him to demonstrate his range and shows us what a legend he was. RIP Chris

"no one sings like you anymore." all of us...

Chris Cornell and Robert Plant live on the same plane. Nobody in rock touches them.

Music has never been the same without him. I don’t believe his voice will ever be replaced. He was the greatest and I wish we could go back to the day he died and change the outcome.

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

An amazing pure voice! No one touches him.

He is an amazing singer. I love his range. Awesome vocals. Awesome performer. Great band.

The Best. Hands down.

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

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3 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

Amazing vocal range. By far the best of modern rock

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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. ...read more.

Simply amazing is the only way I know to describe Chester's voice. He can go from singing beautifully to screamo and it all sounds amazing enough to give you chills.

#4? Just... no! Even being #1 would be weak for his talent, hands down the greatest singer of all time (R.I.P Chester, we all do)

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!

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. ...read more.

Hands down greatest of all time, had more range than any rock singer ever, yes even more than Cornell. But Cornell would be second. Layne was approached 1st to lead audioslave for a reason. For some reason a lot of people listen to his voice but never really heard it. yall go hear him this time and seperate the addiction, RIP Layne

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.

Along with Shinedown he was a big part of post grunge, but after he mastered that he went and mastered country music, this guys talents can't be limited to one genre it seems

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

awesome

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

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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 ...read 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.

Axl has a really wide vocal range (Spanning 5 octaves) and has a nice gritty voice.

Number 1!

What this guy has to be top 3 at least

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.

Is it really neccessary to explain?

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

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.

Yea, I must be becoming a softy in my midlife, sometimes the way he sings his songs makes me get a little choked up, know what I mean? Anybody? Definitely one of the best around.

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.

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).

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The Contenders

11 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.

Nothing this man can’t do

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

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 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.

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.

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.

Consistent on record and in concert. Hands down

His voice is jaw droppingly powerful

Amazing

Ben Burnley has consistently displayed his complete mastery of his voice since 2002, and has only gotten better in the elapsing years. His trademark ability to weave together soft vocal melodies, soaring choruses, and fearsome roars is not only what draws in a wide swath of listeners, but it’s also what makes him one of the most recognizable voices on the planet.

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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.

genius

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.

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.

I chose chester but Matt has an incredibly unique voice and deserves to be much higher on this list

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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

The BEST

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, ...read 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?!

Billie Joe is truly a God

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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 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 ...read more.
24 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

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 ...read 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.

He is my hero with his voice and everything. That's it.

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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 ...read more.

iconic

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 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.
28 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.
29 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. ...read more.

Daylight,
Moves like Jagger,
One more night,
She Will Be Loved,
Payphone,
This Love,
Misery,
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,
Sad,
Goodnight Goodnight,
Stutter,
Sweetest Goodbye,
Doing Dirt,
I Can't Lie,
The Man Who Never Lied,
Nothing Lasts Forever,
The Sun,
Secret,
Shiver,
Better That We Break,
Beautiful Goodbye,
Wipe Your Eyes,
Story,
Hands All Over,
No Curtain Call,
Through With You,
Not Coming Home,
The Way I Was,
Love Somebody,
Runaway,
Until You're Over Me,
Ladykiller.
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

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.

One of the best unique voices ever!

Should be number one!

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

31 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.

32 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.

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

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34 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!

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 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.

37 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

38 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

Deserves number one - Souleater318

39 Marko Saaresto

Poets of the fall is amazing.

Just hear DAZE

40 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

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42 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.

Seriously?
Adam Levine over Chris Martin?
HOW?! - sameera62

43 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

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 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.

47 Julian Casablancas Julian Casablancas

His tone's very rare.. It's like a tenor tone but comfortable in the baritone range. Lovely voice, great screams, and his voice is 1 of a kind

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!

48 Ivan Moody Ivan Moody Ivan L. Moody, known by the pseudonym Ghost during his time with Motograter, is the lead vocalist for American heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ivan should be in the top 10 not way down here at 52 behind adam levine!

Guys, this is the best

49 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

50 Justin Hawkins

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

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