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The Best Rock Vocalists

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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!

List Criteria: Only vocalists primarily associated with rock music

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      the people's #1 &most listed
      Freddie Mercury

      Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly More
      100
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
      91
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      Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
      73
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      Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
      72
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock More
      71
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      Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
      68
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      Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
      66
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      often listed
      Mick Jagger

      Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock More
      64
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      Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal More
      64
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      Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop More
      64
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      Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
      63
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      ranked low on reranks
      Steve Perry

      Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
      63
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      Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
      63
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      Heavy metal, Hard rock More
      63
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      Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
      60
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      Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
      60
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      Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music More
      59
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      Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
      59
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
      59
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      Kurt Cobain

      Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
      59
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      Stevie Nicks

      Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
      58
      added by: rockboy
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      Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
      58
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      New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal More
      57
      added by: rockboy
      Rock, Hard rock, Pop Rock
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      Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music More
      57
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      Jon Bon Jovi

      Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music More
      56
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
      56
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
      56
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      Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
      56
    29. 29
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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
      55
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      Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
      55
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      Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
      55
      added by: rockboy
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      New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
      54
      added by: rockboy
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      Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
      53
    35. 35
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      Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
      53
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      Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
      53
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      Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
      53
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      Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
      53
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      Ian Gillan

      Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
      52
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      Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
      52
      added by: rockboy
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      John Fogerty

      Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop More
      52
      added by: rockboy
      Still rockin' hard after 40+ years
    42. 42
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      Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
      52
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
      51
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      Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock More
      51
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
      51
    46. 46
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      Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
      50
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      Thrash metal, Industrial metal, Groove metal More
      50
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      Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
      50
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      Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
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      Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music More
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