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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 & added by rockboy Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

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    added by rockboy Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    added by rockboy Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by rockboy Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

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    added by rockboy Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by rockboy Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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    added by rockboy Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    added by rockboy Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    added by rockboy Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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    ranked low on reranks & added by rockboy Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal

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    often listed & added by rockboy Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by rockboy Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    added by rockboy Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    added by rockboy Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    added by rockboy Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

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    often listed & added by rockboy Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    added by rockboy Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    ranked low on reranks & added by rockboy Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    often listed & added by rockboy Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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    often listed & added by rockboy Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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    added by rockboy New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal Rock, Hard rock, Pop Rock

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    added by rockboy Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

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    added by rockboy Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    added by rockboy Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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    often listed & added by rockboy Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    added by rockboy Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    added by rockboy Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    added by rockboy Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    added by rockboy New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by rockboy New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    added by rockboy Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop Still rockin' hard after 40+ years

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    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by rockboy Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    added by rockboy Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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    added by rockboy Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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    added by rockboy Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    added by rockboy Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by rockboy Thrash metal, Industrial metal, Groove metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    added by rockboy Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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