When you consider he’s put his inimitable stamp on styles as diverse as country (Nashville Skyline), gospel (Slow Train Coming), blues (Time Out Of Mind) and the heartbroken balladry of Blood On The Tracks, it’s hard to disagree. Wherever they stand on expertise, their need to communicate goes above and beyond, and – as we’ll see in a few cases throughout our list of the 100 best male rock singers of all time – being onstage can literally be a case of choosing life or death. A high tenor, Harrison often sang high harmonies on Beatles songs, but he could also sing in a lower register when required. However, he was also an extremely accomplished vocalist, in possession of a forceful, but melodic timbre that was perfect for Cream’s driving blues songs and rich psychedelic rock. Initially running concurrently, his solo career began with 1969’s An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down, though 1971’s Every Picture Tells A Story – featuring signature hit ‘Maggie May’ – made him a household name. As a singer, he’s also constantly proved his worth when his band have branched out from their trademark blues and rock into genres such as gospel (‘Shine A Light’), country (‘Far Away Eyes’, the estimable ‘Wild Horses’), psychedelia (‘She’s A Rainbow’), courtly balladry (‘Angie’, ‘Lady Jane’) and even elegant, string-kissed beauties such as Sticky Fingers’ majestic ‘Moonlight Mile’. This is a vocalist list right. Talent and aptitude are obviously the main ingredients, but Elliott has also been careful to preserve his voice over four decades, working with a vocal coach and doing warm-up routines which keep him in top form. Check out: ‘That’ll Be The Day’, Controversy has always followed Jerry Lee Lewis, so much so that everything from his manic piano-playing to his legendary hell-raising has often obscured the fact that the self-styled Killer is a vocalist of range, nuance and distinction. Check out: ‘Jump’, Guitar god Eric Clapton only turned to singing out of necessity when pressured to perform lead vocals on Blind Faith’s lone album in 1969. There’s no doubting the power and passion of his performance on evergreen hits ‘Chantilly Lace’, ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’ and ‘Great Balls Of Fire’, but some of his country-flavoured staples, such as ‘Would You Take Another Chance On Me’, also capture him at his plaintive best. Eric Burdon? The sales figures alone (over 100 million and counting) are impressive, but Collins’ plaintive voice has attracted fans of all persuasions. Mike Patton can do things with his voice that most on the list couldn’t dream of, and the rest wouldn’t dare to do. I consider Gary Brooker of Procol Harum to be one the ten best rock singers of all time. Check out: ‘The Number Of The Beast’, A vocalist’s vocalist, former Journey frontman turned solo star Steve Perry’s distinctive tenor has picked up accolades across the board, and he can number musical icons from Jon Bon Jovi to Queen’s Brian May among his fans. Let the readers that actually understand what the word ‘legendary’ means post. The Best Breaking Benjamin Albums of All Time. The Classic ‘Liege & Lief’: Sandy Denny’s Fairport Farewell, Main St. And Far Beyond: The Lyrical Guitar Of Mick Taylor, ‘The Pale Emperor’: When Marilyn Manson Showed His True Colors, ‘Vincebus Eruptum’: Blue Cheer Ring Out Across The States, Pianist Ahmad Jamal Recalls ‘At The Pershing’, Neil Peart Charity Show, ‘Prog For Peart’ Set For July 2021, Rising Texas Rapper Tay Money Shares ‘Friendly’ Visual Ft. 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For the 7 guys in front of him….Elvis could sing ANY of their songs and make the songs sound great…..Now tell me if Freddie Mercury could sing a blues song or a country song…or Ozzy Osbourne. I can’t believe there is no Noddy Holder among the first 100; he should probably be top 10! Check out: ‘Hysteria’, According to an article in the Telegraph in 2014, Axl Rose is capable of reaching notes spanning six octaves, with the feature suggesting that the esteemed Guns N’ Roses frontman “has a lower baritone than Barry White, and can reach higher notes than Tina Turner and Beyoncé”. What makes a truly legendary rock singer? Check out: ‘You Got It’, Former Geordie frontman Brian Johnson faced the daunting prospect of replacing the charismatic Bon Scott when he joined AC/DC in 1980, but he quickly established himself on the band’s phenomenal, multi-milling-selling Back In Black. Inspirational. Greg Lake, anyone?? Check out: ‘Space Oddity’, Jon Bon Jovi is broadly a tenor, but with a vocal range stretching between four and five octaves, giving him plenty of flexibility. moved over eight million copies. Eric Burdon? How is Rod Evans of Deep Purple and Captain Beyond not on this list? Wow. Vocally, Waters scored a few early credits on tracks such as the pastoral ‘Grantchester Meadows’ and the sinister ‘Careful With That Axe, Eugene’, but he only began to challenge Gilmour on 1977’s Animals, before emerging more forcefully on The Wall and The Final Cut. Actual tragic excuse of an all time list. It has its critics, but it’s also highly singular and, such is the way Farrell’s unique tonality blends with the sprawling, psychedelic vibes of Jane’s Addiction, it’s hard to imagine any other vocalist providing the yin to the band’s yang. Check out: ‘Immigrant Song’ (live in 1972), One of rock’s greatest ever frontmen, Mick Jagger is in a class of his own. He had a prolific career, however, and several of his early albums, including Goodbye And Hello (1967) and 1970’s avant-garde-inclined Starsailor – the latter including the lush, reverb-filled a cappella workout ‘Song To The Siren’ – capture his daring dexterity as a vocalist. Tormé is best known for his work with Gillan, as well as his brief stints with Ozzy Osbourne’s backing band and Atomic Rooster. Steve Perry, Ozzy, def lepprd give me a break. Check out: ‘Suspicious Minds’, In the technical sense, Ozzy Osbourne can’t compete with multi-octave hard rock/metal leviathans such as Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson or Ronnie James Dio, yet he still developed a unique, charismatic style that was somehow the very epitome of heavy metal. It’s only improved with maturity, with his much-acclaimed 2016 Josh Homme collaboration, Post Pop Depression, rewarding him with the first Billboard Top 20 success of his long and winding career. The list should be about vocal ability and importance to rock history from that standpoint. Thousands of artists the world over owe their success in music to the pop genre, with billions of fans dancing to their melodious tunes. It was the combination of his melancholic baritone and graceful songwriting style that truly set Orbison apart, however, and its power led Elvis Presley to refer to the influential, Texan-born musician as “the greatest singer in the world.”. 11 August – Freddy Bannister, 84, English rock concert promoter, cancer. Living legends like The Who and the Rolling Stones are also going to leave their marks on the year with sold-out summer tours. As his performances on songs ranging from the woozy, psychedelic ‘Black Hole Sun’, the complex ‘Spoonman’ and the visceral ‘Jesus Christ Pose’ prove, Cornell was a truly fearless vocalist. Check out: ‘Waterloo Sunset’, Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Anderson co-founded prog-rock monoliths Yes with Chris Squire in 1968 and is regarded as one of the genre’s greatest vocalists. Since I started Rock and Blues Muse in December of 2016, I’ve discovered so much outstanding music (blues, blues-rock, rock music, Southern rock… yes, please continue. He can shout, he can whisper and he can transform his voice so much that you would swear it was a different singer. His voice has also picked up high-profile plaudits from unlikely quarters, not least jazz great Ornette Coleman who worked with PiL circa Album. There may be some truth in that, though the Iron Maiden frontman has a wide vocal range and can call upon a quasi-operatic tenor, so – like his much-vaunted contemporaries Ronnie James Dio and Rob Halford – he has subtlety and technique on his side, as well as grit, guts and firepower. Table of Contents show 1 10. Glaring omissions are Robin Zander (Cheap trick), Benjamin Orr (The Cars), John Wetton (King Crimson, UK, Asia), Brad Delp (Boston) and many already mentioned in comments. “I had trouble explaining that,” Fogerty once told Rolling Stone. Whether you like ripping guitar riffs or massive drum solos, the best rock bands of 2019 have it all. Pop might have originated from the Western world, but is now a universal music genre sang in almost every language on earth. His violent lyricism and intensely theatrical stage performances with The Birthday Party first set him apart, and he’s since morphed into one of rock’s most consummate performers. What made Kurt Cobain one of the best rock singers of all time? 1 August – Ian Gibbons, 67, English keyboardist , bladder cancer. Check out: ‘Irresistible Force’, Marilyn Manson has long been hailed as one of the most notorious and controversial figures known to rock. Often imitated, never bettered, Joey’s signature cracks, snarls, hiccups, crooning and youthful-beyond-his-years voice made for one of the punk era’s most recognisable voices. Indeed, it’s simply impossible to imagine anyone else nailing any of the early Black Sabbath classics (‘War Pigs’, ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’, ‘Iron Man’, ‘NIB’, ‘Lord Of The World’; we could go on…) with even a modicum of the passion and ferocity Ozzy invests in them. The following is a list of notable performers of rock and roll music or rock music, and others directly associated with the music as producers, songwriters or in other closely related roles, who died in the 2010s decade.The list gives their date, cause and location of death, and their age. steely dan deserves some love on this list. The later albums focus more on Brooker’s outstanding voice. In fact, they are almost unheard of. His key release was arguably 1960’s Top 20 album The Sound Of Fury, consisting almost entirely of self-penned material. Check out: ‘Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)’, Prior to his tragic death, in July 2017, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington had established himself as one of the most influential and significant male rock singers of the 21st Century. Alice in Chains Layne Staley should have been #1. That name alone makes this list a joke and that’s just the start. And where in God’s name is Corey Taylor ?!? Vote your favorite 2019 rock bands up to the top of this list and please add any artists we may have missed. I really, really loved his voice… what an amazing singer!” what a joke. Though not as adventurous or acrobatic as fellow-baritones Chris Cornell and Axl Rose, Kiedis remains a formidable performer on his own terms. Here are the top 10 hottest and most popular female pop singers in 2019. Best of the Purple singers, especially live and his vocals on Captain Beyond was an additional instrument. However, he also had a sweet and mellow mid-range and could also handle ballads such as the haunting ‘Simple Man’ with real aplomb. Though they sold few records at the time, the Velvets were a significant influence on the fast-rising David Bowie, who produced Reed’s mainstream breakthrough album, Transformer, in 1972. Check out: ‘Thunder’, David Johansen’s gravelly, attitude-soaked baritone was one of the most instantly recognisable components in New York Dolls’ DNA. Today’s top music artists named their choices for the best female Rock singers of all time, and, here is our selection of top 10 out of many greatest female vocalists of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Check out: ‘No Erasin’’, Yorkshire-born David Coverdale is the possessor of a velvety baritone with a serviceably bluesy inflection which has stood him in good stead across five decades and found him helming glorious hard rock records with both Deep Purple and Whitesnake, as well as the widely-acclaimed Coverdale-Page album with Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page. Check out: ‘Next’, Though perhaps limited in terms of technical ability, The Cure’s Robert Smith nonetheless has one of the most distinctive voices in alt.rock. Check out: ‘Learning To Fly’, Metallica frontman James Hetfield initially sang in a much higher register, but since the band’s classic third album, Master Of Puppets, he’s improved dramatically and now possesses one of the most commanding voices in heavy rock. His distinctive, Celtic-tinged vocal delivery was also versatile enough to master material ranging from expansive ballads (‘Still In Love With You’), to crunching rockers (‘Jailbreak’), tender pop songs (‘Sarah’) and even the timeless ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’, on which Lynott paid affectionate homage to Van Morrison’s blue-eyed soul. What makes a great rock singer? Check out: ‘Black’ (from MTV Unplugged), Vocal coaches could no doubt ridicule The Clash’s iconic frontman Joe Strummer for his lack of technical ability, his poor phrasing and the barely-controlled anger in his delivery. Check out: ‘Do The Strand’, Though Thin Lizzy were primarily a rip-roaring hard rock outfit, frontman Phil Lynott frequently displayed his more sensitive side, copping plaudits for his insightful, poetic lyrics and his natural charisma. Check out: ‘Breaking The Law’, Dee Dee Ramone once said of his bandmate Joey Ramone, “All the other singers [in New York] were copying David Johansen [of New York Dolls]… but Joey was totally unique.” The late bassist wasn’t wrong. Check out: ‘Get It On’, In rock’n’roll terms, few figures are as groundbreaking as Texas-born Buddy Holly. Disturbed is an American heavy metal band from Chicago, formed in 1994. Dolly Parton, now 72 years old, is no doubt the most popular country singer of all time. He died in 1982, but has been cited as influence by John Lydon and Nick Cave, while Slade’s Noddy Holder astutely described his music as “decadent rock burlesque”. Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young. Check out: ‘London Calling’, Alongside a substantial body of work with Radiohead, Thom Yorke has collaborated with artists as diverse as UNKLE and Björk, and produced widely-praised soundtrack work such as the Academy Award-shortlisted Suspiria. During the 90s, he added some falsetto to his armoury, but the sweeping, arena-sized anthems that made U2’s name (‘One’, ‘Beautiful Day’, ‘Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own’) will always be his forte. Adrian Belew of King Crimson-his voice is amazing! Queen was good but come on. What’s wrong with Steve Perry being on the list??? Without Geoff Tate, Myles Kennedy or Klaus Meine, this ain’t it! Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues? The Who are an English rock band formed in London in 1964. Burton Cummings should easily be in the top five (second only to Freddie, in my humble opinion). Certainly, stage presence and the ability to whip the largest of gatherings into a frenzy are key ingredients, but there’s more to the best male rock singers than that. come on,proper list but where the fuck is geoff tate ? Described as "one of modern music's true innovators" with "a singular body of work virtually unrivalled in its daring and fluid creativity." Check out: ‘Sympathy For The Devil’, The box office-busting success of the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic brought Queen back into the limelight in 2018, and then they ended the year with the news that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was officially the most streamed song from the 20th Century. They perform at concerts and events. How old would they be today? Check out: ‘Close To The Edge’, Originally Genesis’ frontman, but also a fully-fledged solo star for over four decades, Peter Gabriel has amassed a remarkable body of work with his distinctive, tonally strong and latterly slightly husky voice always keeping pace with his music’s artistic innovation and consistently great songs. Glaring ommission! Updated: check out our list of the best rock bands of 2020! Check out: ‘Just’, George Harrison was often overshadowed by his fellow-Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney, but he was no slouch as a vocalist. What the hell kinda list is this? Check out: ‘I Won’t Back Down’, Renowned for his distinctive husky tenor and his consistently dependable vocal ability, Canadian superstar Bryan Adams has notched up over 75 million sales worldwide. really? His amiable yet commanding vocal delivery came into its own during the early 70s, when his band struck on an irresistibly smooth and melodic blues-rock sound that eventually led to their Greatest Hits 1974-78 anthology going 13-times platinum ahead of their 2016 induction to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I agree with many that are being mentioned as omitted, primarily Layne Staley, but also Myles Kennedy! If forced to choose just one performance, you might go for the provocative and truly captivating ‘Sympathy For The Devil’, but the times when Mick Jagger hasn’t delivered satisfaction are few and far between. A mod style icon from the get-go, Small Faces (and latterly Humble Pie) frontman shone on 60s hits including ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It’, ‘Itchycoo Park’ and ‘Tin Soldier’, and he went on to influence artists as diverse as Paul Weller and Steve Perry. Check out: ‘Love In An Elevator’, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott has an extremely versatile larynx that still allows him to reach the high notes on classic tracks such as ‘Photograph’, ‘Rock Of Ages’, ‘Bringin’ On The Heartbreak’ and ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’. The author did not think enough on this….The criteria should have been simple….How does a front man sound live vs on record and what is the range of that frontman’s voice…..This is why Elvis should have been #1..I am a fan of every person in the top 10….but in terms of vocal strength, versatility and vocal range….Elvis should be #1 by a country mile. “I think that just comes through age, experience and maturity, I suppose.” If you included Ozzy and Dickinson… you have to consider Heavy Metal singers as well. Check out: ‘Mr Brightside’, Initially known for his rapid-fire rap technique, Anthony Kiedis’ distinctive baritone gradually revealed itself as Red Hot Chili Peppers shifted from the frantic funk-punk of their early years through to a more mainstream-friendly mixture of punk, psychedelia and arena-rock. Promising from the get-go, he established himself as a singer of note with the Listen Like Thieves and Kick albums, and his passionate performances on hit records such as ‘Need You Tonight’, ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Mystify’ remain among the best in 80s pop. The group consists of... Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1992. He’s since stretched beyond the Dolls’ anarchic proto-punk, attracting widespread acceptance for his jazz-related recordings as Buster Poindexter during the 80s, and fashioning two highly credible, Americana-flecked albums with The Harry Smiths in the early 00s. Check out: ‘White Room’, Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) possessed a remarkable, five-octave vocal range that was so powerful that he reputedly shattered a studio mic while recording ‘Electricity’ for the Magic Band’s debut album, Safe As Milk. Confirmed fan John Lydon says that ‘Sweet Surrender’ (from 1972’s Greetings From LA) “takes me to great places”. Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard once said “there are all these little inflections and flutters – [he’s] really acrobatic”, while Creation Records supremo Alan McGee believes that Collins’ songs “immediately lend themselves to being sampled”. Great at multi-tracking his vocals and assisted by top producers such as Tony Visconti, Bolan still sounds highly alluring on his biggest hits, ‘Get It On’, ‘Hot Love’ and ‘Children Of The Revolution’. Perry should be higher. The possessor of a nasal baritone with a diverse pitch and a delivery capable of curdling into an aural sneer, he remains instantly recognisable, even though his larynx has matured as he’s gone on to tackle albums rooted in R&B, jazz and country, as well as his trademark acidic rock’n’roll. Check out: ‘Midnight Rider’, Surviving the heartbreak of losing his friend and Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain, Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl has emerged as one of modern rock’s most significant frontmen over the past 25 years. Noddy Holder better than Robert Plant and just about everyone on this list. The Frights 12 Bonus: Fozzy Band 10. The band is composed of... Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997. Imagine Dragons is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Klaus Meine? Ashlee Nicole Simpson (born October 3, 1984 in Waco, Texas) is an American pop rock singer-songwriter and actress. As a front man Perry should be in the top 10 no doubt. Check out: ‘Biko’, The primary vocalist with blues-streaked Southern rock colossi The Allman Brothers, Gregg Allman had a voice way beyond his years, crackling with emotional wisdom. Under the Radar Blues, Rock, and Southern Soul Music You Must Hear 2019. Check out: ‘The Day The World Went Away’, The much-acclaimed late frontman of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers had a distinctive and enduring light baritone voice, which was perfect for his band’s driving, Byrds-esque blue-collar rock. View reviews, ratings, news & more regarding your favorite band. at the Disco are expected to have a big year in 2019. Joining AC/DC after a spell fronting Aussie prog-rock outfit Fraternity, Scott’s roguish charisma and belting vocal delivery was one of the wow factors of the band’s seminal run of albums during the late 70s, the last of which – 1979’s Mutt Lange-produced Highway To Hell – elevated them to rock’s big league. at the Disco Songs, Ranked, 12 Things You Didn't Know About Panic! He could sing 90% of the name on this list under the table. Wallows 2 11. Check out: ‘Helter Skelter’, Like his former bandmate, John Lennon was similarly chameleonic as a singer. As a vocalist, however, his deep baritone only came into its own on The Idiot and Lust For Life, his two David Bowie-produced touchstones from 1977. We're used to this. Kurt Cobain was the lead singer of American rock band Nirvana in the 1990s. Still there are notable omissions: Michael Been/The Call, Billboard's staff picks for 2019's best rock songs, including PVRIS, Slipknot, Lil Peep, and Halsey. Ozzy Osbourne is at #8 I mean the list is just a joke. However, the Missouri-born trailblazer’s clear enunciation and gutsy vocal style were also instantly recognisable and an indelible part of a remarkable package. When he wasn’t dropping funky exhortations that worked dancefloors into a frenzy, his vocal arrangements often revealed a gospel influence that sometimes gets overlooked. Check out: ‘White Wedding’, Like his heartland rock rival Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger wrote impassioned, blue-collar anthems with an across-the-board appeal which he delivered with a raspy voice and a gutsy urgency. Tyler once told Billboard his philosophy was to “kick ass and leave a footprint”, and his killer vocals have been doing just that for the past 50 years, with hits such as ‘Walk This Way’, ‘Love In An Elevator’, ‘Janie’s Got A Gun’ and ‘Sweet Emotion’ chalking up all the proof anyone could ever need. Some of the best rock bands of 2019 have massive tours on the calendar while others are releasing highly anticipated new albums. On the only album released during his lifetime, 1994’s spellbinding Grace, he made full use of his four-octave vocal range both on magnificent self-penned original songs (‘Dream Brother’, ‘Last Goodbye’) and haunting covers of James Shelton’s ‘Lilac Wine’, Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ and Benjamin Britten’s ‘Corpus Christi Carol’ – the latter sung entirely in a high falsetto. Discover the best female rock singers of all time. It’s a gas, gas, gas. There are many songs in Hollywood some are Pop, rock, Hip hop, slow beat and some are heart touching. Check out: ‘Your Song’, Capable of alternating between a throaty growl and an ear-splitting falsetto, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford is the owner of a versatile voice with a wide vocal range. Even his detractors would have to concede that rock’n’roll would be significantly poorer without the presence of this ornery Canadian. Range, power, melodic. Justin Hayward has a voice like velvet. The list is just a joke. Also Steve Marriot must be in the top 5 of Rock and Roll voices. His range and strength of vocal outclasses everyone except maybe Freddie Mercury and a few others. Bon Jovi and Joe Elliott top 20, and Robin Zander and Noddy Holder not on the list. artist. You mightn’t believe, but it is extremely difficult to create a list of top 11 hottest pop singers … This Hard-Partying Rock N' Roll Goddess Was The Rolling Stones' Muse, What Happened When The Rolling Stones Hired The Hells Angels To Run Security. Check out: ‘Enter Sandman’, Another of modern rock’s most instantly recognisable voices, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds has been widely praised for his charismatic baritone. Check out: ‘The Passenger’ (with Josh Homme, live at London’s Royal Albert Hall), Though pop stars really don’t get more iconic than David Bowie, the self-styled Thin White Duke wasn’t a natural-born vocalist, with his school teachers rating his voice as simply “adequate”. It’s an indefinable quality which has been a feature of The Cure’s bleak masterpieces such as Faith, Pornography and the towering Disintegration, but also their string of solid-gold pop hits including ‘Close To Me’ ‘Lovesong’ and ‘The Lovecats’. The 2019 class of rock and rollers includes veteran acts, newcomers, and everyone in between. The 2019 class of rock and rollers includes veteran acts, newcomers, and everyone in between. 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