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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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    often listed &controversial
    John Lennon

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    72
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Jim Morrison

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock More
    71
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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    71
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music More
    65
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Paul McCartney

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    65
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    ranked low on reranks
    Johnny Cash

    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    63
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    Mick Jagger

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock More
    63
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop More
    63
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    Axl Rose

    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    63
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    ranked low on reranks
    Steven Tyler

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal More
    62
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    Steve Perry

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    61
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    often listed
    Elton John

    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock More
    61
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    Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop More
    59
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    controversial
    Michael Jackson

    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music More
    59
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    often listed
    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    58
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    often listed
    Stevie Wonder

    Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music More
    58
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    ranked high on reranks
    Ozzy Osbourne

    58
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    Kurt Cobain

    Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    58
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Stevie Nicks

    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    57
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dio

    Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    57
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    Jon Bon Jovi

    Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music More
    57
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    James Hetfield

    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    56
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    Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music More
    55
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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    55
    added by: rockboy
    Rock, Hard rock, Pop Rock
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    often listed
    David Gilmour

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    55
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    55
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    Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock More
    55
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    often listed
    Eric Clapton

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    55
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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    54
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    Rod Stewart

    New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    53
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    53
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    Ian Gillan

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    53
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    Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
    52
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    Aretha Franklin

    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    52
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    Ann Wilson

    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    52
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    Ray Charles

    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music More
    52
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bruce Springsteen

    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock More
    51
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    John Fogerty

    Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop More
    51
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    Still rockin' hard after 40+ years
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    Roger Waters

    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    51
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    Thrash metal, Industrial metal, Groove metal More
    50
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    Sting

    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
    50
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    Bon Scott

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Bono

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    49
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Prince

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    49
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    Brian Johnson

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    Bob Dylan

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    48
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    Joan Jett

    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    48
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    Bob Seger

    Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    46
    added by: rockboy
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