Top 10 Singers With Raspy Voices

The Top Ten

1 Grace VanderWaal Grace Avery VanderWaal is an American singer-songwriter from Suffern, New York. She is most well-known for winning the eleventh season of "America's Got Talent" singing her original songs at 12 years old. Her album, "Just the Beginning" was released in November 2017, and she has two EPs, "Perfectly ...read more.

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!

Grace has transformed music in a way that we have not seen in decades. Her new album will be something that should reach to the heights of the music industry. As she learns to control her rasp and use it in her new songs a Better life, florets and city songs she will become one of the best new raspy voice singers of all time, heck how about just one of the best new singers of all time.

Great lyrics, great vocals, and unbelievable stage presence. We are witnessing something really special. The only question is will she do this for the rest of her life or something else. She so smart and talented she can do anything she puts her mind to. Only time will tell.

Whoever made or added to this list clearly has no idea what a raspy voice is. I've never even heard some of these vocalists, like Phil Lynnot or Anastacia, to perform anything even remotely close to a rasp, let alone be in a list of top vocalists with a raspy voice.

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.

Who tf is the number one! propably some pop fans votet for her. Axl should be number one by far...

RASPY? Watch Axel AGAIN in a pair of those tights rods...

Axl Rose is probably got the greatest male rock and roll voice I’ve ever heard. I know he’s arrogant and egotistical but that doesn’t take away from his ability to see and he’s also got the gift right good songs. I’ve seen I am with AC/DC and he has a far greater range that Brian Johnson, not to take anything away from Brian Johnson, but Axl is Axl and Brian is Brian. I don’t know who, unless it was the author, said that he was failing at the AC/DC gigs? Who would’ve done it better? Jiminy cricket! Since guns and roses and that era I don’t even think there is any rock ‘n’ roll anymore. I turn onto rock station I hear the same music I heard 20 years ago. Anyway Axl's got my vote! Jiminy cricket! Since Guns N' Roses and that era I don’t even think there is any rock ‘n’ roll anymore. I turn on a rock station I hear the same music I heard 20 years ago. Anyway Axl's got my vote.

3 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.

Best of the best! Gotta love Joe Cocker.

Unchain My Heart, You Can Leave Your Hat On, Summer In the City

4 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.

Armstrong was a musical genius and brilliant pioneer in Jazz, his raspy voice is an essential and iconic part of all of it.

I knew this guy was you going to be on this list

Was hoping he was here.

5 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.

Sexiest talking voice ever. He spent years developing his signature rasp and screams and remains one of the last rock legends.

I think he is the most skillfull person that has raspy voice. I don't think that axl is not as good as him.

Just listen to the unplugged album.

6 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)

7 Bryan Adams Bryan Guy Adams is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist and activist.

Probably he's got the most pleasant rasp.
Summer Of '69, Heaven, Kids Wanna Rock

Great sounding rasp and powerful voice.

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.

Best of all time...

9 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).
10 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.

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The Contenders

11 M. 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.

Number 1 ever,no doubt

12 Lemmy Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.

I love Kurt Cobain's voice but when it comes to badaas raspy rock and roll voice its "Lemmy Kilmister"!

13 Sherine Sherine Ahmed Abdel Wahhab, mononymously known as Sherine, is an Egyptian singer and actress. Sherine was born in 1980 in Cairo, Egypt. She is one of the four coaches in the the Arabic version of The Voice. Nicknamed the Queen of feelings, she serves as one of the jury members.
14 Haley Reinhart Haley Elizabeth Reinhart is an American singer, songwriter, and voice actress from Wheeling, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
15 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor whose career spans over five decades.

Why did I have to add this?

16 Michael Bolton Michael Bolotin, known professionally as Michael Bolton, is an American singer and songwriter. Bolton originally performed in the hard rock and heavy metal genres from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, both on his early solo albums and those he recorded as the frontman of the band Blackjack.

How Can We Be Lovers

17 Anastacia Anastacia Lyn Newkirk is an American singer-songwriter, producer and former dancer. Her first two albums Not That Kind and Freak of Nature were released in quick succession to major success.

Growing up mum used to play her music in the car all summer. Love her voice!

How could you leave this gal off the list?

18 Barry White Barry Eugene Carter, better known by his stage name Barry White, was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and composer.
19 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.

20 Tom Waits Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits, born December 7, 1949 is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ...read more.

Graveliest voice ever, with the soul of the best poet ever

Grapefruit Moon
Love, love, love.

21 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an 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.
22 Dua Lipa Dua Lipa (born 22 August 1995) is an English singer and songwriter. Dua Lipa was born in Westminster, London, to Albanian parents.

She doesn't have a raspy voice.

23 Halsey Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, known by her stage name Halsey, is an American singer and songwriter. She was born on September 29, 1994 in New Jersey. She started her career by releasing songs on SoundCloud, and now she is a well-known pop singer with hits like Bad at Love, and Now or Never. She had originated ...read more.
24 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

25 Jon Bon Jovi John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983. He is famous for his band's hit song “Livin’ On A Prayer“ released in 1986. He ...read more.
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