Worst Rock Voices

The Top Ten Worst Rock Voices

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.

Definition 1: ejecting matter from the stomach through the mouth.
Definition 2: singing like Bob Dylan. - RiverVibeZ

Dylan kicks ass, but for his lyrics, not his voice. His harmonica is awesome too. Hang on! What on earth are Mick Jagger and Robert PLant doing here?

Now this is a really bad voice - no power, range and resonance. How people can take his nasal monotonous mumbling for singing? Extremely annoying voice. - Metal_Treasure

I like Bob Dylan, but his voice is atrocious! No tone or technique, and he's wasted it over the years. Having said that, he proves that you don't need to be a great singer to write great music. - Gg2000

2 David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. ...read more.

Ugh, that David Bowie troll spamvoted him. David Bowie doesn’t even deserve to be on this list to be honest. - Userguy44

He would sometimes hit troubling notes up high outside his range, but otherwise, I think he was a great singer. - Gg2000

The higher the tree, the more wind it catches. - phr

He's no match for Bono or Freddy Mercury.

3 Rod Stewart Roderick David "Rod" Stewart is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry.

It's a toss-up between Rod Stewart and Axl Rose, and Rod Stewart wins this time 'round.

Rod Stewart has definitely been a part of the worst music produced and his voice is unbearable.

The rest of the list is rather off however.

What rod Stewart has a great voice. Except for his disco. His folk music is good though.

I can't stand this guys vocals, he really sucks - christangrant

4 Fred Durst William Frederick "Fred" Durst is an American musician and film director. Durst is best known as the vocalist of the nu metal band Limp Bizkit, formed in 1994, with whom he has released six studio albums.

This guy sounds annoying and whiny. His rapping skills aren’t that good either. - Userguy44

Fred Durst below David Bowie. BLASPHEMY. - DCfnaf

He can't even sing or rap - Th3Zm0nst3r

Fred Durst is So Annoying

5 Ronnie Radke Ronald Joseph Radke is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, musician, and record producer born in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Oh come on, why is David Bowie above him? This guy SUCKS, just like the rest of those ridiculous emo singers. He sounds like Dahvie Vanity but with less autotune. - RiverVibeZ

Good as singer

6 Bono Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. His original nickname was Bono Vox which means "big voice".

His voice is kinda annoying, but it's not terrible or anything. Just a bit annoying. - RiverVibeZ

Seriously? Bono is amazing! The only people that think he sucks either don't know good music or they're Satanists!

What the hell is wrong with you gus?! Bono is amazing. At least he's better than what Justin Beiber is selling.

How could you put one of the greatest lead singers of all time on here? HOW COULD YOU? And yes, I love U2. - RiverClanRocks

7 Geddy Lee Geddy 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.

Rush is good, but Geddy’s voice most of time sounds high pitched and whiny. - Userguy44

He sounds like he is being tortured, makes my skin crawl...Rush is the only group that makes me turn the radio off

His annoying and bad voice is the reason I don't listen to Rush often. He sounds like a mouse. But I highly appreciate the band for the instrumental parts. - Metal_Treasure

I agree. His voice is why I just don't like Rush. However, he can play bass well, Neil Peart is a great drummer and Alex Lifeson is an amazing guitarist so if they had found a better singer, Rush would be a much better band - InsertCleverName

Some days I like his voice, other days not so much. Having said that, all of you are perfectly valid in saying that his voice is repelling. - Gg2000

8 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.

Great, great, great songwriter... Probably the best after Dylan, Cohen & Lennon, but his voice isn't good at all... It fits perfectly on VU but if Mercury, the best voice of all time, is here, so Lou should be here too

9 Danny Worsnop Danny Robert Worsnop is an English musician, singer and songwriter, prominently known as the lead vocalist of rock bands Asking Alexandria and We Are Harlot.

He has one of the worst voices in rock without a doubt, he sang some covers of 80s Hard Rock Songs with his band and if you compare his singing to the original songs it shows how little talent this guy has, he cannot sing those songs as he has no power in his voice it's very thin and to makes things worse he uses Autotune to cover it up so which once again proves how terrible his voice is oh and his deathcoreish vocals are horrible too. - christangrant

10 Anthony Kiedis Anthony Kiedis is an American singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, which he has fronted since its inception in 1983.

He is the main reason I can't stand RHCP, funny how this guy claims Mike Patton ripped him off, probably just mad that Patton did it far better than he did. Comparing him and Patton, it's really obvious who the winner of the two: Patton - christangrant

I mean, I personally like his voice, but sometimes when he sings, he forgets his own lyrics, and just has an average voice. But for this band, I think no one else could fit in the vocal spot than Kiedis. His vocal performance for this band is pretty good. Just check out their Slane Castle performance.

I'm with you, christangrant; I somewhat like the Chili Peppers but you'd have to be insane to say he doesn't have vocal problems, especially during their live shows. Just listen to how he sings Higher Ground versus Stevie Wonder. Complete difference. - Gg2000

The guy cannot sing. Period.

The Contenders

11 Sting Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known professionally by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor, and philanthropist. He is best known as the lead singer for the English band The Police

I think he's a good singer as long as he stays out of the really high end of his range. Having said that, his voice has deepened and fixed that issue for him. - Gg2000

No sting is a great singer - InsertCleverName

When he's comprehensible he has a pretty good voice

Voice is high

12 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.

Main reason why I don’t like Wonderwall. This guy has an annoying voice. - Userguy44

He sounded alright in their peak years of fame, but all the drugs and alcohol he did, combined with his lack of technique, has caused his voice to really deteriorate. - Gg2000

His brother is much better than him. - zxm

13 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.

You give lists a bad name

He sings alright. Bit bland though - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

Jon and his band were at the forefront of the decline of modern music.

Nah, he's a decent singer even if he's cheesy. - RiverVibeZ

14 Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant (born 20 August 1948) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

I don't understand how or why him and his band get so much praise. He's a very bad singer (not the worst rock singer, Radke and Danny Worsnop are worse) but he still sucks and is annoying. Led Zeppelin are the most overrated band of all time. Period.

PS, get Dave Mustaine, Axl Rose, Kurt Cobain, Freddie Mercury, and Elvis Presley off this list NOW.

What? I don't even... How did Plant get on that list? This is ridiculous. Is there some way to report this crapy list?

No offense. But is this is a joke! He has the best rock voice in the world. Even some singers can't make their voices like his by auto-tuning. - zxm

Robert Plant on this list is just wrong and I am not even a Zeppelin fan anymore (for their plagiarism). Yes, he is one of the most overrated singers but his voice can't be called "bad" in any context. - Metal_Treasure

15 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.

Even his studio voice is embarrassing to listen to. No living organism could or would consider the noise emanating from his mouth to be singing...
No other performer comes close to his talent deficit

Worst voice is all of music hands down. Those who actually have talent anyways.

I like the sound of his voice on Back in Black and For Those About to Rock. However, there was a point within the 80s where it started to sound more like a duck. That's where it gets annoying for me. - Gg2000

He has an iconic voice, but I've never liked it.

16 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.

Very overhated. Not up there with the best rock singers, but he is pretty good. - Userguy44

His voice itself is not bad but he has made some bad genre choices. He's got a great hard rock/metal voice and he don't have to sing ballads or other mellow stuff. He's not worse than Brian Johnson for example but Brian has never tried ballads.

Chad sounds awesome on songs like 'Burn It To The Ground', or the live cover version of 'Sad but True' by Metallica.

He should skip the silly ballads and just rock out more... He's got the rock voice.

Canada should absolutely appollogize to the world for Chad Kroeger. Nobody make my ears bleed like him.

17 Bruce Springsteen Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian. He is known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political ...read more.

Wow guys. Bruce Springsteen is amazing - InsertCleverName

In the studio, he's great. Live, however, he tries way too hard to sound gravelly. - Gg2000

Go back and listen to "We Are the World". He's doing a call and response with Stevie Wonder. Wonder's voice is pristine, Brucie sounds like the garbage disposal in my sink.

Cool guy! Worst voice of all time. Completely tone deaf

18 Hyde

Uh this isn't best singer list. Someone got confused lol

If this is Hyde Takarai, then I disagree. His voice range is so wide, he can sing any music genre and he's even better live. His songs are great. definitely shouldn't be on the list. He sings for L'arc~en~Ciel, just listen to them and you'll see.

19 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.

Very overhated. His voice doesn't even sound bad. But he's still better as lead guitarist than he is as a singer. - RiverVibeZ

His singing's okay, but he's better on lead guitar. - WheresMyGuitarPick

He's a very good guitar player but he can't sing

They Sound Cool To Me But I notice it doesn’t take any real talent. I mean, I forgive him because he does lead guitar AND He has to sing - GreenDayFan21

20 Sinead O'Connor Sinéad Marie Bernadette O’Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra.

No, she has one of the best female voices, and this is coming from someone who dislikes the Irish folk music. - Swellow

One hit wonder - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

21 Gackt Gakuto Oshiro (大城 ガクト Ōshiro Gakuto, born July 4, 1973), better known by his mononymous stage name Gackt, is a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. He has been active since 1993, first as the frontman of the short-lived independent band Cains:Feel, and then for ...read more.

Uh... Yeah his pop songs aren't great but when he was in Malice Mizer, he was a God and his voice was wonderful.

22 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.

Votes up.! He doesn't deserve to be no. 1 on great rock vocalist list. Yes, it is screechy at times. Keep it up - MC1989

FYI Axl Rose does by far not have the worst voice ever Justin Bieber has the worst voice ever also your trashing all the classics and to all the people that agree I don't like any of you because he is one of the biggest voices in the world ROCK ON GUNS N ROSES - michaelwalton

I hate this racist.

Weird... Axl has an amazing voice, but it irritates the hell out of me. I can't understand why legends such as Robert Plant or especially Freddie Mercury are even on this list..? What?!

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

Deserves to be higher; definitely not good singing technique. - Gg2000

I love johnny rotton his attitude is near I don't give a damn now

24 Austin Carlile Austin Robert Carlile is an American former musician and current baseball coach from Pensacola, Florida. He is the former lead vocalist of Attack Attack! and Of Mice & Men. After leaving Of Mice & Men, he went to coach youth baseball in Costa Rica.
25 Ann Wilson Ann Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart.

One of the FINEST female voices in Rock. PERIOD!

Nah, she doesn't deserve it. Sure, she's not quite what she was but she still sounds pretty good. - Gg2000

Giving me a heart attack!

26 Chris Daughtry Christopher Adam "Chris" Daughtry is an American musician and actor, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Daughtry and as the fourth-place contestant on the fifth season of American Idol.

Tries to sound hard, but does not come off as bluesy or awesome. Instead, more like the sounds you make while you go to the washroom.

let us kill the one who made this list. but this one does suck - ronluna

all of these singers have great voices on the list apart from Nancy and Ann Wilson and Chris Daughtry - idolangelx13

27 Sammy Hagar Samuel Roy "Sammy" Hagar, also known as The Red Rocker, is an American rock vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, musician and entrepreneur.

Sammy Hagar's pretty good actually remove him from the top 10...

I like Sammy Hagar. One of the more accomplished voices from his generation, and he still sounds amazing to this day in concert. - Gg2000

Arguably the best voice of the 80s..

28 Steve Perry Stephen Ray "Steve" Perry is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is known as the lead singer of the rock band Journey during their most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987 and again from 1995 to 1998.

What is wrong with you guys, are you jealous you can't range your voice like "The Voice"? Best singer if all time!

Nope. One of the greatest rock voices ever. And I'm not even a big Journey fan. - Gg2000

He was okay but his replacement was better which is actually kinda funny

Great singer but Journey's music videos suck crap but the songs rock

29 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.

He's actually not that bad, overrated but not worthy of worst.

Ozzy during the early 1970s was awesome, but he slowly lost his range and tone. I don't really like the way he sounds now, if I'm honest. - Gg2000

Bjork and freddie have great voices

30 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.

His voice is bloody amazing and you can dislike elvis Presley as much as you like but in the end you know he basically brought rock to us in pure form.

This guy is the best rock star I have ever seen

This is the greatest performer of all time

Does not deserve to be on this list. He had great tone, great technique, but most of all, he had the conviction to sing the material. His singing talent was all natural. - Gg2000

31 Joe Walsh Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh is an American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.

Is he plugging his nose? Like his songs, but the voices puts me off.

I like Joe Walsh, but I agree, he needs to be higher up the list. - Gg2000

32 Oli Sykes Oliver Scott "Oli" Sykes is a British musician, best known as the lead vocalist of the band Bring Me the Horizon. He also founded the apparel company Drop Dead Clothing.
33 Andy Biersack Andrew Dennis "Andy" Biersack, formerly known as Andy Six, is an American singer and pianist. He is the founder and lead vocalist for the American rock band Black Veil Brides, and is its only remaining original member.

When I first heard BVB, I didn't understand why people hated them. Good guitarists, good drummer, what's so bad about this band? Then, I heard Andy singing. I then understood why people hate BVB.

His voice is a bit naisily, but I think it’s not that bad. I quite like BVB, and I think Andy’s voice can be very nice when he’s not getting carried away and singing out of his nose.

34 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.

Better at Singing than acting that's for sure

35 David Lee Roth David Lee Roth is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality.

His voice works on Van Halen records but he's a terrible singer. The tonal quality of his voice is just terrible.

Has a terrible voice. All he ever did was squeal, and "sing" like some idiot throughout the songs. Like a previous commenter said, his voice worked for Van Halen, but he SUCKED as a singer.

His live voice has really tarnished his reputation for me. - Gg2000

36 David Archuleta David James Archuleta is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.
37 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.

Freddie's voice was so magnificent! Way too good for rock, per se, because it's not beauty that they regard as 'great, ' but growling/shrieking, which Freddie just did not do. He did everything gorgeously! His voice was the voice of God! It was absolute perfection! No words can describe the greatness of the most phenomenal Freddie Mercury! THE BEST EVER!

No, he is an excellent singer. He shouldn’t be here. Listen to The Show Must Go On, Somebody to Love, Bohemian Rhapsody and Innuendo and tell me again that he has a bad voice. - Userguy44

Freddie Mercury had a good unique voice to Rock not a terrible one whoever added him probably has barely listened to good Rock music.

Absolutely not. Freddie Mercury's voice is one of the greatest voices in rock history. And I'm not even jumping on the bandwagon; I'm just being truthful. - Gg2000

38 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

For a guy who didn't even like the sound of his voice, it's not bad at all. Not the best by any means, but good for what he was doing. - Gg2000

Get that outta here. Now.

39 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.


You all are gonna Trigger some Fans of Chester if you don't be careful.

Chester was on this list before he passed away. Having said that, I agree; it's still a horrible idea. - Gg2000

Chester's quite generic and boring I've heard better singing from Aaron Lewis.

Chester sucks singing alive

40 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.

Another marmite vocal, should definitely be in the top ten

He has to have the most annoying voice ever! It's whiney, nasaly, so irritating... Like nails on a chalkboard! How Bono is 3 and Corgan 24 is beyond comprehension!

He's like a prepubescent ozzy osbourne

I always wanted to like SM's songs, but I couldn't because of Billy's irritating voice

41 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.

He was good when he was young, now has good singing here and there. ( I'm a stones fan)

Why is Freddie Mercury higher? He sounds like he is trying to sing while swallowing a bunch of drugs. - 445956

I never could see why a great band like the Stones had such an awful singer.

Studio- sounds great.
Live- on the schitz since 1969.
I don't think he's the worst, but you can't deny his faults. - Gg2000

42 Claudio Sanchez

If you ever hear the music u will agree. His voice is so annoying I just wanna punch his face in!

Claudio sanchez is a god. You clearly don't know anything about coheed and cambria.

43 Rhydian Roberts Rhydian James Roberts, known as Rhydian, is a classically trained Welsh baritone singer, musical theatre actor and television presenter.
44 Justin Beiber

He sucks but he should not be on the list because he is not rock. Can someone put Adam Levine from Maroon 5 (Maroon 5 used to be rock but now is pop) please?

He isn't rock and he shouldn't be on here, but let me tell you this.

When I first heard the song Baby on the radio, I really thought it was a girl singing. It sounded so alike. But when the Baby part came on I was like "Oh... my... god..."

Justin Bieber is a pop singer with a crap pop voice he doesn't belong on the list because he ain't part of Rock never was never will be.

No, not rock. I hate spam entries like this. - Gg2000

45 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.

Sounds like he has marbles in his mouth. His guitar playing, vocals, and lyrics suck. Nirvana sucks in general.

Not a Nirvana fan, but I don't think he's the worst. Sometimes, he would do stuff out of his vocal range, but when he stayed in that prime area of his voice, he sounded great. - Gg2000

Nirvana is over rated - Sabbath

GAH! Nirvana's vocals are awful. Dave Grohl should have been the singer, listen to Beelzeboss by Tenacious D (He's the devil) - SoldierOfFortune

46 Scott Stapp Scott Stapp is an American singer, songwriter, and musician, known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of hard rock bands Creed and Art of Anarchy. He also has two solo albums: The Great Divide and Proof of Life.

Why is Freddie higher? This guy sounds like if Elvis was in a grunge band after doing a bunch of drugs. - 445956

THIS is an awful rock voice, it's insulting that Freddie is higher. - DCfnaf

Why is he not in the top 10?


47 Toshimitsu Deyama

He started out as a regular 80's heavy metal vocalist and he wasn't that bad back then. Although he's lost most of his range now. It's really sad and I believe if he really cared about music, he would have stopped singing, heartbroken but not hurting anyone's ears anymore. - alinaschneider

48 Nancy Wilson Nancy Lamoureaux Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and composer. She rose to fame alongside her older sister, singer Ann Wilson, as a guitarist and backing vocalist in the rock band Heart, which she joined in 1974.

I don't even think she does lead vocals at all (correct me if I'm wrong). Anyways, if you're gonna talk about Heart, talk about Ann, not Nancy. - Gg2000

49 Tamer Hosny

Stupid Egyption wannabe singer... I hate him so much I can't stand it!

50 Harry Styles Harry Edward Styles is an English singer and song writer, known as a member of the boy band One Direction.

Not even a rock singer - if fact he is nothing to do with rock

Pre-One Direction he was in a school rock band called White Eskimo. Louis Tomlinson wasn't even interested in boy bands until he was put into One Direction and he was in a school rock band called The Rogue.

What's he doing here? He's not a rock singer. - Gg2000

Rock singer? what. Pop singer I believe and he's not even good - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

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