The Best Frontmen in Rock

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List Criteria: Only rock singers. No bands. Do not include other genres

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Giving out the title of best frontman in rock is like crowning someone the king of rock and roll. There are so many factors that go into deciding the greatest front man (or woman) in rock that dubbing just one the head of all rock royalty seems nearly impossible. And yet, like the Highlander, there can be only one.

What makes a lead singer the best frontman in rock? Is it the rock singer with the best stage presence or does being the front man of the best live band in rock history automatically propel you to the top of the list of the best frontmen in rock? Does being one of the greatest singers of all time get you the title of greatest frontman? That's up to the music-loving masses to vote on.

Who is the best lead singer in rock? Who is the top rock frontman ever? Who are the best frontmen in rock? This is the place to vote for your favorite rock singers and vote down the overrated rock singers who you don't think have a place among the greatest rock frontmen. If your favorite lead singer or frontman is missing from the list of the top rock frontmen, make sure to add them and get them in the running for the rock talent ever.
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Queen

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    Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    Robert Plant Led Zeppelin

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    The Doors

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    Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    Mick Jagger Rolling Stones

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    Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock

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    Jimi Hendrix The Jimi Hendrix Experience

  6. 6
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    Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    Ozzy Osbourne Black Sabbath

  7. 7
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    The Who

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    Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock

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    Steven Tyler Aerosmith

  9. 9
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    Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    Kurt Cobain Nirvana

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    The Beatles

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    David Lee Roth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    David Lee Roth Van Halen

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    AC/DC

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    Guns N Roses

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    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock

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    David Bowie

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    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    Paul McCartney The Beatles

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    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock

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    Elvis Presley

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    Bono is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock

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    Bono U2

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    James Hetfield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    James Hetfield Metallica

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    Foo Fighters

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    Alice Cooper

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    Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock

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    Bruce Springsteen The E Street Band

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    Pearl Jam

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    Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    Cream

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    Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    Stevie Nicks Fleetwood Mac

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    Bon Jovi

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    Black Sabbath

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    AC/DC

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    Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock

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    Tom Petty The Heartbreakers

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    Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock

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    Bruce Dickinson Iron Maiden

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    Pink Floyd

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    Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    Chris Cornell Soundgarden

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    Pink Floyd

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    Sting is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    Sting The Police

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    Journey

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    John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    John Fogerty Creedence Clearwater Revival

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    Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    Bob Dylan

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    Joey Ramone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    Joey Ramone The Ramones

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    Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    Peter Gabriel

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    Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    Iggy Pop The Stooges

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    Red Hot Chili Peppers

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    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    Janis Joplin

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    Blondie

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    Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    Geddy Lee Rush

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    Rob Halford is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    Rob Halford Judas Priest

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    Lynyrd Skynyrd

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    Buffalo Springfield

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    Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock

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    Phil Collins Genesis

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    Alice in Chains

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    Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock


    Bob Seger

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