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

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

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    Paris Jim, Dionysus

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    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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    Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney

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    Mightier Than the Sword: The Ronnie James Dio Story

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

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

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    Bella Donna, Buckingham Nicks, Trouble in Shangri-La

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

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    Carry On, You Know My Name, Euphoria Morning

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    Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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

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

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    Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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    Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

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

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    I've Always Been Crazy: Tribute to Waylon Jennings

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

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    The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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

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    What's Going On, Here, My Dear

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    Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

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    On an Island, David Gilmour, Remember That Night

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    Accident of Birth, The Chemical Wedding, Tyranny of Souls

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

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    The Essential Roy Orbison, King of Hearts, Mystery Girl

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


    Peter Lennodo Tomorrow is Yesterday

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