Top 10 Singers With Raspy Voices

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The Top Ten

1 Grace VanderWaal 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 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.

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.

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2 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.

He's raspy when he's not trying to sing ACDC songs and failing so hard at them.

Awesome - Metalhead83927

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

Axl Rose is probably got the greatest male rock and roll voice I’ve ever heard. I 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 gig’s? 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 axls 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 Axls got my vote.

3 Joe Cocker 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 - Metal_Treasure

4 Louis Armstrong 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.

Was hoping he was here. - Britgirl

5 Bonnie Tyler 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

6 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.

Just listen to the unplugged album.

7 Steven Tyler 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.
8 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.
9 M. Shadows 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

10 Lemmy 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"!

The God

The Newcomers

? Kelly Clarkson Kelly Clarkson Kelly Brianne Clarkson is an American singer, songwriter and children's book author. She rose to fame in 2002 after winning the inaugural season of the television series American Idol, which earned her a record deal with RCA Records. Clarkson's debut single, "A Moment Like This", topped the US Billboard ...read more.

Her voice is unique and quite raspy especially nowadays and especially so on Love So Soft.

The Contenders

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

Great sounding rasp and powerful voice.

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

12 Alice Cooper 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?

13 Barry White Barry White Barry Eugene Carter, better known by his stage name Barry White, was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and composer.
14 Rod Stewart 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.

15 Tom Waits Tom Waits Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits, born December 7, 1949 is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ...read more.
16 Elvis Presley 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.
17 Joan Jett 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".
18 Jon Bon Jovi 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.
19 David Coverdale 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

20 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

The greatest vocals of any male singer, listening to him sing with music or acapella is like being on cloud nine, definitely owns the titles KING OF POP and KING OF SOUL in my opinion

21 Chris Rea Chris Rea Christopher Anton Rea is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist, recognisable for his distinctive, husky voice and slide guitar playing.

Check out his song The Road To Hell - Metal_Treasure

22 Michael Bolton 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 - Metal_Treasure

23 Chad Kroeger Chad Kroeger Chad Robert Kroeger is a Canadian musician and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band, Nickelback.

The best singing voice I have ever heard. Amazing range and diversity. Sounds amazing in a grungy anthem, rock/metal music and even ballards! Kroeger is very talented.

My personal favorites are Nickelbacks heavier songs but they do not have a single bad album!

24 Dua Lipa

She doesn't have a raspy voice. - Userguy44

25 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.

His voice got better as it got rougher

He has that really nasal annoying voice

26 Jon Oliva 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

27 Shawn Mendes Shawn Mendes Shawn Peter Raul Mendes is a Canadian singer-songwriter and model. He attracted a following in 2013, when he began posting song covers on the popular video sharing application Vine.

Nope - Userguy44

28 Garou Garou

Excellent singer with an incredible voice and very good looks and a good sens of humor

"Belle", "Seul", "Sous le vent", "La Rivière de notre enfance" - Metal_Treasure

29 Nawal El Kuwaitia 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).
30 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.
31 Darby Mills 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

32 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.

Absolutely love the sound of his voice!

33 Brian Johnson Brian Johnson Brian Johnson is an English singer and songwriter. Since 1980, he is the lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC, with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. As of April 2016, Johnson is not participating in the remainder of the Rock or Bust World Tour due to hearing ...read more.

Brian Francis Johnson "Brian Johnson", is an English singer and songwriter. He is the ex-singer from the English band "Geordie" but he is best known for being the lead singer for the Australian band, AC/DC. He replaced Bon Scott after his death in 1980. Brian has a very raspy voice and one of the best rock voices of all time. He is famous for singing the songs like Back in Black, You Shook Me All Night Long, For Those About To Rock, and Thunderstruck.

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35 Billy Idol Billy Idol William Michael Albert Broad, known professionally by his stage name Billy Idol, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor. V 1 Comment
36 Billy Gibbons Billy Gibbons William Frederick "Billy" Gibbons is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor, best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of the American rock band ZZ Top.
37 Harry Styles Harry Styles Harry Edward Styles is an English singer and song writer, known as a member of the boy band One Direction .

He's the most gorgeous human being in all of the land

38 P!nk P!nk Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.

What a voice she has! Love her! - Userguy44

39 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.
40 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.
41 Louis Tomlinson Louis Tomlinson

Though he doesn't have the raspiest voice, his tunes can still melt anyone's heart.

42 Roger Taylor - Queen Roger Taylor - Queen Roger Meddows Taylor is an English musician , multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter born on April 26th,1960 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. He was the drummer of the band Queen and wrote few of many hits such as including Under Pressure, A Kind Of Magic and Radio Ga Ga. Despite being well known in Queen ...read more.
43 Adele Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles ...read more.

Adele doesn't have a raspy voice someone remove this entry!

44 Lzzy Hale Lzzy Hale Elizabeth Mae "Lzzy" Hale is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She is best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the American hard rock band Halestorm, which she co-founded in 1997.

This woman gave so much power and emotion in her songs. Her voice is the best raw female rock/metal singer.

45 Suzi Quatro 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.
46 Anastacia 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?

47 Howlin' Wolf Howlin' Wolf

His raspy voice influenced some of the people that came after him, particularly Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits. - Gg2000

48 Phil Lynott Phil Lynott Philip Parris "Phil" Lynott was an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist.
49 Kai Hansen Kai Hansen Kai Michael Hansen is a heavy metal guitarist and vocalist. Hansen is the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also the co-founder and former member of German metal band Helloween.
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