Top 10 Music Icons Who are Not So Good at Singing

The Top Ten
1 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.

Horrible. I can't stand him. I admit he is a good songwriter, but you can't listen to him. I don't care about his lyrics because I get a headache every time I hear his voice.

He is a good songwriter but has no voice. It's very funny that he is above Freddie Mercury in Rolling Stone Magazine's best singers list of all time.

He sounds good on most of the studio-recorded songs, but he's a terrible live singer.

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

His vocals are actually very monotonous and annoying. I bet if he weren't cited as the godfather of metal, people would not even like him.

Ozzy used to have an interesting voice in his early days with Black Sabbath, but it still wasn't as good as some other rock legends' voices.

3 Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own... read more

Dave is one of the best guitar players out there and my favorite songwriter, but his voice is weird and sounds annoying at times.

Yes, he was created to be a guitarist, not a singer.

4 Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears, born on December 2, 1981, is an American former singer and actress. She was born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. As a child, she performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows, such as "The Mickey Mouse Club," before signing with Jive... read more

She has an okay voice. It's average but easily recognizable and fits the tone of the music. When you listen to her music from her first album to "In the Zone," you'll recognize she often voice acts in her songs to convey the mood, whether it is shyness ("U Drive Me Crazy"), sexiness ("I'm a Slave 4 U"), strength ("Stronger"), or sadness ("Everytime").

You always buy it. She's not a technically great singer, but she certainly has enough charisma to back it up and has great producers and songwriters behind her. However, ever since her music started relying heavily on Autotune and interchangeable stomping house beats, it lost everything that was interesting about her.

5 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

The best rapper ever in my opinion, but a really bad singer. He should have used other singers for his choruses like in his most legendary songs.

6 Lou Reed Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned five decades... read more

He is an icon, but not for his singing abilities, rather for his musical vision, I think.

Yes, sometimes I feel like he tried to sing like Bob Dylan.

7 Ringo Starr Richard Starkey known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles.

Having him here is kind of strange, to be honest, because although he did sing a couple of songs, he was primarily famous as a drummer. If he is here, people like Jimi Hendrix should be as well.

Ringo is a nice guy and a cool drummer at times, but as far as The Beatles go, his voice is by far the worst of the Fab Four.

8 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.

Avenged Sevenfold is great, but M. Shadows is their weakness because of his weak voice. He may sound like Axl Rose and Mike Patton at times, but he's not as great as them.

9 James LaBrie Kevin James LaBrie is a Canadian vocalist and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater.

He was great back in the '90s, but later on, he became somewhat annoying because of the damage to his vocal cords.

The main reason I can't enjoy Dream Theater that much.

10 Geddy Lee Gary Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.

I can't stand his voice. It's so sad because Rush is a really talented band, but I can't listen to any of their songs because his voice is so bad.

The only reason I can't fully enjoy Rush songs.

The Contenders
11 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.

Acclaimed only because of the Rolling Stones, not more.

12 Selena Gomez Selena Marie Gomez is an American actress and singer. She is best known for songs like "Come & Get It", "Good For You", "Same Old Love", and "It Ain't Me". Selena Gomez's voice is mezzo-soprano but she usually sings in alto. She is best known for her role as Alex Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place.
13 Yoko Ono Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and peace activist who is also known for her work in performance art, music, and filmmaking. Singer-songwriter John Lennon of the Beatles was her third husband.

Her voice sounds like nails on a chalkboard. It's unbearable!

Have you heard her sing? It sounds quite terrible.

14 Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lynn Lopez, also known as J. Lo, is an American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author and producer.
15 Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was discovered by Brian "Baby" "Birdman" Williams at a very young age, and was signed to Cash Money Records, where he would be one quarter of the rap group Hot Boys. In the years to follow, he would go on to find his own... read more
16 Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone, known professionally as Madonna, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears. She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically... read more

Yes, unlike other female singers, she's not very great in ballads.

17 Johnny Rotten John Joseph Lydon, also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, is an English singer, songwriter, and musician.

The Sex Pistols were punk icons, and I really love the guitar work of Steve Jones. But Johnny was an awful singer for me, like most punk vocalists.

18 Beyonce Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from... read more

All of her costumes, dancing, stage choreography, etc., are there to cover up the fact that she is a mediocre singer at best. At least Bob Dylan really writes his songs. Beyoncé has the clout to ensure she is in the same room with five or six professional songwriters, which ensures she gets credit even if she only contributed an "oooh baby" to the lyrics.

19 Rebecca Black Rebecca Black is a YouTube personality and singer who's infamous for her 2011 single "Friday," which was the most disliked video on YouTube until "Baby" by Justin Bieber became the most disliked video in 2012. She has also released other songs, including "My Moment" and "Saturday".
20 Paris Hilton Paris Whitney Hilton is an American businesswoman, socialite, television personality, model, actress, singer, DJ, and author.
21 Pitbull Armando Christian Pérez, better known by his stage name Pitbull, is a Grammy (and Latin Grammy) winning Cuban-American rapper, songwriter and record producer.
22 Nicki Minaj Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj (born December 8, 1982) is a Trinidadian/American rapper / pop music artist. Minaj is most known for her songs such as "Anaconda", "Super Bass", "Starships" and her feature on "Bang Bang"... read more
23 Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette... read more
24 Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known professionally as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and spans 4 octaves... read more
25 Ashlee Simpson Ashley Nicolle Næss, known by the stage name Ashlee Simpson, is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and media personality.
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