Top ten is difficult....So many to choose...perhaps 25? 1. Roger Daltrey 2. Nancy Wilson 3. Freddy Mercury 4. Sammy Hagar 5. Dennis D'Young 7. Davey Pattison 8. Ronnie James Dio 9. Rob Halford 10. Stevie Nicks 11. Beth Hart 12. Paul Rodgers 13. Robert Plant 14. Steve Walsh 15. David Pack 16. Ozzy 17. David Coverdale 18. Glenn Hughes 19. Bobby Kimble 20. Chris Cornell 21. Steve Perry 22. Jessee James Dupree 23. Axl Rose 24. Geoff Tate
Ok slaw, here you go Freddie Mercury, Robert Halford, Geoff Tate, Greg Lake, Robert Plant, Paul Rodgers, Glenn Hughes, Ronnie James Dio, Dennis DeYoung, Steve Walsh and Ann Wilson makes 11-oops😎 You are right nutty! About 10 being tough but I thought 25 might be too cumbersome for some.
czarivey, I disagree about progressive rock singers being poor by Nature! There are many great singers in prog rock.( I could go on and on) also it is not only vocal ability that makes a great singer butt the presentation and emotion they put into it
The following offered mainly in addition to the usual suspects already listed like Daltrey, Mercury, Page & Rodgers): Gary Brooker Jay Buchanan Eric Burdon Jack Bruce Glenn Hughes (thanks to Nutty) Janis Joplin John Kay Steve Marriott (+1 to Tooblue) Chris Robinson Steven Tyler
Ok nutty, I couldn't stand it so here is 15 more. It seems we agree on many😎 Lou Gramm Steven Tyler John Arch and Jim matheos( Fates warning) Chris Cornell David Peck Elton John David Byron Davey PartialSteve Perry Rick Emmit(-Triumph) Tommy Shaw Roger Daltrey Jack Bruce Bon Scott
Bon Scott for me. But if Rock can include Rock ’n’ Roll and it’s Father Rhythm & Blues, Howlin’ Wolf and Big Joe Turner, then Johnny Burnette (the best "screamer" I’ve ever heard) and 1950's Elvis Presley.
Dekay - had to look those up...all pseudonyms for George Harrison, I take it. Very clever.
At the risk of offending...George, Billy Joel, Elton John and Mark Knopfler as candidates for a top 10 list of rock, hard rock, metal & prog vocalists have me scratching my head. Each to his own, I guess.
This list mentions a lot of the usual suspects. If you want to focus on rock, it is worth mentioning the Seattle crowd: Chris Cornell- Soundgarden Eddie Vedder- Pearl Jam Layne Staley- Alice in Chains Mark Lanegan- Screaming Trees
I particularly enjoy Lanegan's whiskey soaked baritone on his solo albums.
maxnewid, Chris Cornell is on nutty's 'list and also on my list. Great singer!😎 I have never been a huge Eddie Vedder fan but that is a matter of personal taste and that's cool. Layne Stanley is a good choice, very unique voice. As for Mark Lanegan I am not familiar with the Screaming Trees but I will look into them.
czarivey 2,802 posts 05-31-2016 4:18pm arcam88 OP57 posts05-31-2016 2:39pmThe real AC/DC was with Bon Scott!😎
"...till he choked in his own puke just like Jimmy Morrison(too bad I didn’t mention that name among the best rock vocalists!)."
Too much information. Besides I’m pretty sure he (Bon Scott) froze to death anyway. The official death certificate mentions acute alcohol poisoning and death by misadventure. Too bad they didn’t clone him, though. As for Morrison, he had more or less reached the end of the rope as a rock star.
czarivey, Yes Bon Scott died a horrible death from alcohol. Unfortunately this seems to be a side effect of Fame and Fortune! ie - Elvis, Hendrix, Joplin, Phil Lynott, David Byron, Tommy Bolin and countless others. Also many others who nearly died ie - Ozzy, Eric Clapton, Iggy Pop, 'Slash, Steven Tyler, Keith Richards( who also by the way snorted his father's ashes)😠... but while Bon Scott was with AC/ DC his personality, the raw energy and emotion that he contributed to the band made him one of the greatest to me,😎 Brian Johnson was good and Back in Black was probably one of the best selling albums of all time!( A very good album that I have heard hundreds of times) but for me I prefer Bon Scott!
Come to think of it,, now that Rundgren’s name is in the ring, how about Meat Loaf? As long as you don’t need your vocals understated (that also applies to about 3/4 of the names already mentioned), I’d argue that Mr Loaf delivers his songs with great impact.
As a collector of rare concert footage, I have seen a fair amount of Guns 'n' Roses live footage, and it is pretty clear that there must have been a lot of studio takes to get an on-key performance. He appears to be pretty tone-deaf live. Similar with David Lee Roth although he seems to be able to sing on key but just was never sober when Van Halen was at their peak. I never realized how much of Van Halen's actual vocals were backing vocals by Eddie and Michael Anthony.
Because of the amount of live footage I've viewed, I tend to value the ability to hit notes in live performances over a studio scream like Steven Tyler's in Dream On. Have to hit the notes live to count for me. So these guys seem to really be able to belt it. Trying not to let the song-writing part affect this list.
Freddie Mercury David Bowie Bono Morrissey Nancy Wilson John Lennon Chuck D. (yeah not singing and not rock. But such Authority) Ian McCullough Geddy Lee back in the day Ozzy
There really are too many to name. I always include 15 in my top 10, at least...
I’ve seen many I like in these lists, but I would add Terry Reid, aka Superlungs. On the harder side, Phil Anselmo from Pantera and the singer from System of a Down, Serj Tankian. Sorry if I repeated any but I didn’t think I saw any of these 3.