singers The Best Rock Vocalists

Adam Tyler
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List Rules 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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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Freddie Mercury The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy

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

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs

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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Jim Morrison Paris Jim, Dionysus

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John Lennon Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Paul McCartney Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney

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Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Steven Tyler (It) Feels So Good

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

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Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Steve Perry Street Talk, Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased, For the Love of Strange Medicine

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Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Roger Daltrey Anthology, Can't Wait to See the Movie, Parting Should Be Painless

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Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Mick Jagger Wandering Spirit, Goddess in the Doorway, The Very Best of Mick Jagger

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Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Ronnie James Dio Mightier Than the Sword: The Ronnie James Dio Story

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Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison

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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Stevie Nicks Bella Donna, Buckingham Nicks, Trouble in Shangri-La

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Janis Joplin Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

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Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Ann Wilson British Rock Symphony, Hope & Glory

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Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Chris Cornell Carry On, You Know My Name, Euphoria Morning

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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots - Rock, Hard rock, Pop Rock

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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, The Ultimate Sin

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions, Talking Book

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Michael Jackson Thriller, Bad, Off the Wall

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

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Bon Scott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Bon Scott The Early Years 1967-1972, With the Spektors and the Valentines, Round and Round: The Forgotten Years

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Sting is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Sting ...Nothing Like the Sun, Ten Summoner's Tales, Mercury Falling

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Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Marvin Gaye What's Going On, Here, My Dear

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Billy Joel The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

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Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Eddie Vedder Into the Wild, Water on the Road, The Molo Sessions (feat. The Walmer High School Choir)

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Phil Collins Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

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Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Jon Bon Jovi Blaze of Glory, Destination Anywhere, The Power Station Years: The Unreleased Recordings

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James Hetfield is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
James Hetfield I've Always Been Crazy: Tribute to Waylon Jennings

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
David Gilmour On an Island, David Gilmour, Remember That Night

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Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends

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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Ray Charles The Birth of Soul, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, The Spirit of Christmas

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Prince Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

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Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Bruce Dickinson Accident of Birth, The Chemical Wedding, Tyranny of Souls

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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
John Fogerty Deja Vu All Over Again, Hoodoo, Centerfield - Still rockin' hard after 40+ years

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Aretha Franklin Lady Soul, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Young

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Tina Turner Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It, Simply the Best

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

The Best Rock Instrumentals The Best Indie Folk Bands & Artists

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Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Roy Orbison The Essential Roy Orbison, King of Hearts, Mystery Girl

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Bono Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, In the Name of the Father, The Complete Solo Projects

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Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Bob Seger 'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town

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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story, Gasoline Alley, Downtown Train – Selections from the Storyteller Anthology

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Rob Halford is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Rob Halford Lift Me Up

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Ian Gillan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Ian Gillan Accidentally on Purpose, Gillan's Inn, Mutually Assured Destruction: Live at the Apollo