The Best Rock Vocalists

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List Criteria: Only vocalists primarily associated with rock music

The best rock vocalists of all time are the frontmen of our favorite rock bands or those solo artists whose voices are some of the best ever. These talented men and women of rock could easily captivate audiences with just their vocals. Their voices set them and their bands above the rest and define them as the best rock singers of all time. List includes both men and women. 

To be included on this list, the vocalists must be primarily known for their association with rock music and (obviously) must have a great voice. That really doesn't narrow down the many greatest rock singers in recent rock music history, though a certain few stand out as above and beyond all the rest. Greats like Robert Plant, David Bowie, Steve Perry and Neil Young come to mind, as do icons like Bono, Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen.

While there are many notable vocalists of today's rock music, arguably many of the best rock vocalists of all time are those from earlier generations. Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury from Queen, John Lennon from The Beatles, Jim Morrison from The Doors and Bob Dylan are only a few of some of the best rock vocalists ever but also some of the most influential singers of all time. Freddie Mercury especially had an amazing voice and was ranked second only to Mariah Carey by MTV for the best voices in music ever.

A perfect combination of range, power, articulation and control is needed to become one of the greatest vocalists of all time. All of those can be taught but the natural ability to have that golden voice, as all of these great rock vocalists possess, is nothing that can be learned. Have a favorite rock singer that we missed? Think one vocalist should be above another? Want to put these singers in your own order? You can do all that and more be voting on, re-ranking and adding rock vocalists below! Rock on!
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    The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy

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

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    Robert Plant Raising Sand, No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded, Walking ...

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    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential ...

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    Paris Jim, Dionysus

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    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, ...

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    John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

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    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Paul McCartney Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney

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

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    Steven Tyler (It) Feels So Good

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    Elton John is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain ...

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    Street Talk, Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased, For the Love of Strange ...

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    Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Mick Jagger Wandering Spirit, Goddess in the Doorway, The Very Best of Mick Jagger

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    American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At ...

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    Anthology, Can't Wait to See the Movie, Parting Should Be Painless

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    Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Stevie Nicks Bella Donna, Buckingham Nicks, Trouble in Shangri-La

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    Dio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Dio Holy Diver, The Last in Line, Sacred Heart

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    Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Ann Wilson British Rock Symphony, Hope & Glory

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    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Janis Joplin Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

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    Carry On, You Know My Name, Euphoria Morning

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    Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists


    Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, The Ultimate Sin

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    Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Kurt Cobain 1993-09-08: Rock Against Rape Benefit, Club Lingerie, Hollywood

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    Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots Rock, Hard rock, Pop Rock

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    The Early Years 1967-1972, With the Spektors and the Valentines, Round and ...

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    Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Michael Jackson Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

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    Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Eddie Vedder Into the Wild, Water on the Road, The Molo Sessions (feat. The Walmer High ...

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    Sting is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Sting ...Nothing Like the Sun, Ten Summoner's Tales, Mercury Falling

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    What's Going On, Here, My Dear

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    Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists


    Billy Joel The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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    Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists


    Phil Collins Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

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    On an Island, David Gilmour, Remember That Night

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    Blaze of Glory, Destination Anywhere, The Power Station Years: The ...

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    James Hetfield is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists


    James Hetfield I've Always Been Crazy: Tribute to Waylon Jennings

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    Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

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    Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists


    Bruce Dickinson Accident of Birth, The Chemical Wedding, Tyranny of Souls

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    Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Bruce Springsteen Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

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    Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists


    Ray Charles The Birth of Soul, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, The Spirit ...

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    Lady Soul, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Young

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    Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Tina Turner Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It, Simply the Best

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    Ian Gillan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Ian Gillan Accidentally on Purpose, Gillan's Inn, Mutually Assured Destruction: Live ...

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    The Essential Roy Orbison, King of Hearts, Mystery Girl

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    Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

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    John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    John Fogerty Deja Vu All Over Again, Hoodoo, Centerfield Still rockin' hard after 40+ years

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    Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Bob Seger 'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town

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    Rob Halford is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Rob Halford Lift Me Up

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    Bono is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Bono Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, In the Name of the Father, The Complete ...

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    Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story, Gasoline Alley, Downtown Train – Selections ...

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    Prince is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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    Prince Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

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    Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists


    Jimi Hendrix First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi ...

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