Top 10 Singers With Raspy Voices
The Top Ten
1 Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer and singer who was one of the most influential figures in jazz. V 1 Comment
2 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.
He's raspy when he's not trying to sing ACDC songs and failing so hard at them. - BoredJeff02
3 Grace VanderWaal
Amazing Grace is the most talented artist to come along in 50 years. Her songs relate to everyone and her voice evokes emotions from her audience that just can't be taught! I've been listening to the same bubble gum pop for far too many years to count! Grace Vanderwaal is about to flip the tables on the whole darn game with substance, emotion, and resolve! She is by my standards a super star and one day a legend!
This singer-song writer and Columbia recording artist won season 11 of AGT in 2016. Her debut album broke Billboard's top ten (and they also named her to their 2016 21-under-21 list). She has a phenomenal vocal range, and her raspy voice crackles and then lands precisely pitch perfect on the note it needs to hit. Her voice is instantly recognizable and has become widely admired in the 8 short months since she broke into public view.
Grace is exceptional. She is able to transport emotions with her voice like no other. A legend in the making and an absolute pleasure to witness as human being and personality.
4 Bonnie Tyler
Bonnie Tyler is a Welsh singer. She is known for her distinctive husky voice, resulting from an operation to remove vocal nodules in the mid-1970s.
Total Eclipse of the Heart, Holding Out for a Hero, It's A Heartache, If You Were A Woman (And I Was A Man) - Metal_Treasure
5 Joe Cocker
John Robert "Joe" Cocker was an English singer and musician. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance and definitive versions of popular songs.
Unchain My Heart, You Can Leave Your Hat On, Summer In the City - Metal_Treasure
Best of the best! Gotta love Joe Cocker.
6 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.
7 Bryan Adams
Probably he's got the most pleasant rasp.
Summer Of '69, Heaven, Kids Wanna Rock - Metal_Treasure
8 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.
9 David Coverdale
David Coverdale is an English rock singer most famous for his work with Whitesnake, the commercially successful hard rock band he founded in 1978. Before Whitesnake, Coverdale was the lead singer of Deep Purple from late 1973 to 15 March 1976, when he resigned from the band and established his solo ...read more.
Whitesnake - Is This Love, Here I Go Again, Crying In The Rain
Deep Purple - Soldier Of Fortune - Metal_Treasure
Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead.
I love Kurt Cobain's voice but when it comes to badaas raspy rock and roll voice its "Lemmy Kilmister"!
? Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley was a 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.
? Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor whose career spans over five decades.
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11 Joan Jett
Joan Marie Larkin known professionally by her stage name Joan Jett, is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, preceded by success with The Runaways, including their hit song "Cherry Bomb".
12 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.
14 Chris Rea
Christopher Anton Rea is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist, recognisable for his distinctive, husky voice and slide guitar playing. V 1 Comment
15 Rod Stewart
Roderick David "Rod" Stewart is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.
The reason that Rod Stewart gets my vote is that unlike a lot of these singers (for example Axl Rose) his voice is super raspy even when he's singing in a hushed tone in his normal range.
16 Jon Oliva
John Nicholas Oliva, known as Jon Oliva, is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Co-founder of the metal band Savatage and the rock opera Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He's got a real 4 octave range, able to morph the sound of his voice to any style, from John Lennon and Freddie Mercury, ...read more.
Savatage - Summer's Rain, Hall Of The Mountain King, Jesus Saves - Metal_Treasure
17 Darby Mills
Darby Phyllis Mills is a Canadian rock vocalist, former figure skater; known best as the lead singer of the Headpins.
She is a beast - very powerful and raspy voice.
Headpins - Don't It Make Ya Feel, Mine All Mine, Line of Fire, People - Metal_Treasure
18 Barry White
19 Suzi Quatro
Susan Kay "Suzi" Quatro is an American hard rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress. She was the first female bass player to become a major rock star, breaking a barrier to women's participation in rock music.
20 Nawal El Kuwaitia
Nawal El Kuwaitia is a well-known female singer and musical icon in the Middle East. Nawal studied at the Music Institute in Kuwait. She is known as Shaikhat Al Tarab (The Queen of Classic Music) and Qaitharat Al Khaleej (Harp of Khaliji Song).
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