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The Best Rock Vocalists

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 people's #1 &most listed
    Freddie Mercury

    Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
    100
    added by: rockboy
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    91
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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    74
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    John Lennon

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    73
    added by: rockboy
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock More
    72
    added by: rockboy
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    69
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    67
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    often listed
    Mick Jagger

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    65
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal More
    65
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    ranked low on reranks
    Johnny Cash

    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    64
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    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    64
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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    64
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop More
    64
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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    63
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    often listed
    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    60
    added by: rockboy
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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    60
    added by: rockboy
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    60
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    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
    60
    added by: rockboy
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    often listed
    Stevie Wonder

    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music More
    60
    added by: rockboy
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    60
    added by: rockboy
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kurt Cobain

    Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    60
    added by: rockboy
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    ranked low on reranks
    Pat Benatar

    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    59
    added by: rockboy
    Rock, Hard rock, Pop Rock
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    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    59
    added by: rockboy
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    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music More
    59
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    Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music More
    58
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    56
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    56
    added by: rockboy
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    Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock More
    56
    added by: rockboy
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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    56
    added by: rockboy
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    56
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    56
    added by: rockboy
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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    55
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    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    54
    added by: rockboy
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    54
    added by: rockboy
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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    54
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    often listed
    Bruce Springsteen

    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    54
    added by: rockboy
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    54
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    53
    added by: rockboy
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ian Gillan

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    53
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop More
    53
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    Still rockin' hard after 40+ years
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    52
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    52
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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    52
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    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
    52
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    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    52
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    51
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
    51
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    Thrash metal, Industrial metal, Groove metal More
    51
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
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    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    51
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