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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.

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

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    most listed
    Freddie Mercury

    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    100
  2. 2
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    97
  3. 3
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock More
    84
  4. 4
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    83
  5. 5
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ozzy Osbourne

    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    79
  6. 6
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal More
    75
    added by: DouglasReed
  7. 7
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    75
    added by: RodneyBlair
  8. 8
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    often listed
    John Lennon

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    72
  9. 9
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    ranked low on reranks
    Roger Daltrey

    Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop More
    72
  10. 10
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    71
  11. 11
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    Bono

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    69
  12. 12
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    often listed
    Kurt Cobain

    Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    69
  13. 13
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    ranked low on reranks
    Axl Rose

    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    68
    added by: RodneyBlair
  14. 14
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    ranked high on reranks
    Bon Scott

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    68
    added by: RoyGoldammer
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    Paul McCartney

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    67
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    James Hetfield

    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    66
  17. 17
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    Alice Cooper

    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock More
    63
  18. 18
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    New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    63
    added by: ConnieStarnes
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    Jon Bon Jovi

    Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music More
    63
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    Bruce Springsteen

    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    62
    added by: zxray
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    Dave Grohl

    Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge More
    60
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    Eric Clapton

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    59
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative dance More
    59
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    Tom Petty

    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    58
    added by: zxray
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    Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock More
    58
    added by: DerekStowell
    alternative rock
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    58
    added by: StaceyHaza
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    Roger Waters

    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    58
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    often listed
    Stevie Nicks

    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    57
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    ranked low on reranks
    Johnny Cash

    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    57
    added by: StaceyHaza
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    Elvis Presley

    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    57
    added by: StaceyHaza
  31. 31
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal More
    56
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    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
    56
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    often listed &controversial
    Chris Cornell

    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
    55
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    often listed
    Joey Ramone

    Punk rock More
    54
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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    54
    added by: DouglasReed
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bob Dylan

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    54
  37. 37
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    New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    54
    added by: Coolza
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    ranked low on reranks
    Bruce Dickinson

    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    53
    added by: DArdayhan
  39. 39
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop More
    52
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    52
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    51
    added by: hasrvwill
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    Rob Halford

    Thrash metal, Industrial metal, Groove metal More
    51
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    the people's #1
    Dave Gahan

    Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music More
    51
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    often listed
    Iggy Pop

    Punk blues, Garage rock, Protopunk More
    51
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    Martin Lee Gore

    Synth Pop, Depeche Mode More
    49
    added by: pippi
    English Musician, born July 23rd 1961; Songwriter, guitar player and singer of Depeche Mode ... more
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Carlos Santana

    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music More
    49
    added by: zxray
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave More
    49
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    ranked low on reranks
    Bob Seger

    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    49
  49. 49
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    48
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    Brian Johnson

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    48
    added by: Demon_Boy
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