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The Best Frontmen in Rock

Updated May 27, 2020 826.6k votes 61.6k voters 583.0k views298 items

List RulesOnly those who were lead singers of a rock band. No other genres, and no strictly solo acts (or duos).

 

Giving out the title of best frontman in rock is like crowning someone the king of rock and roll. There are so many factors that go into deciding the greatest front man (or woman) in rock that dubbing just one the head of all rock royalty seems nearly impossible. And yet, like the Highlander, there can be only one.

What makes a lead singer the best frontman in rock? Is it the rock singer with the best stage presence or does being the front man of the best live band in rock history automatically propel you to the top of the list of the best frontmen in rock? Does being one of the greatest singers of all time get you the title of greatest frontman? How about being a famous enough rock star to rack up multiple Rolling Stone cover photos? That's up to the music-loving masses to vote on.

Who is the best lead singer in rock? Who is the top rock frontman ever? Who are the best frontmen in rock, that led their respective bands to unprecedented heights? This is the place to vote for your favorite rock singers and vote down the overrated rock singers who you don't think have a place among the greatest rock frontmen. If your favorite lead singer or frontman is missing from the list of the top rock frontmen, make sure to add them and get them in the running for the rock talent ever.

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  • 1
    Freddie Mercury
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    Queen
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    Robert Plant
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  • 3
    Mick Jagger
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    Jim Morrison
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    Prince
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  • 6
    Steven Tyler
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    Paul McCartney
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    The Beatles
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  • 8
    Brian Johnson
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    Bon Scott
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    Steve Perry
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    Stevie Nicks
    6,304
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  • 12
    Tom Petty
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    Chris Cornell
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    Ann Wilson
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    Roger Daltrey
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    Dave Grohl
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    Ronnie Van Zant
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  • 18
    Jimi Hendrix
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  • 19
    Alice Cooper
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    Axl Rose
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    7,347
    Guns N Roses
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  • 21
    Janis Joplin
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    Big Brother and the Holding Company

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  • 22
    Eddie Vedder
    6,322
    4,920
    Pearl Jam
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  • 23
    Eric Clapton
    5,093
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    Cream
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  • 24
    John Fogerty
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    Creedence Clearwater Revival
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  • 25
    Ozzy Osbourne
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    6,988
    Black Sabbath
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