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The Best Frontmen in Rock

Updated May 27, 2020 817.8k votes 61.4k voters 581.7k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
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    6,815
    Queen
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    Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
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    Led Zeppelin
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  • 3
    Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    11,401
    7,417
    Rolling Stones
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  • 4
    Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    10,905
    7,770
    The Doors
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    Prince is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    4,560
    2,783

    The Revolution

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    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
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    The Beatles
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    Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    9,350
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    Aerosmith
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  • 8
    Brian Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    5,592
    3,892
    AC/DC
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  • 9
    Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    5,615
    3,719
    The Heartbreakers
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  • 10
    Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    5,755
    4,262
    Journey
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  • 11
    Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    6,248
    4,658
    Fleetwood Mac
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  • 12
    Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    3,041
    2,206

    Heart

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  • 13
    Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    5,624
    4,134
    Soundgarden
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  • 14
    Bon Scott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    7,571
    5,247
    AC/DC
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  • 15
    Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    7,837
    6,043
    The Who
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  • 16
    Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    6,827
    5,271
    Foo Fighters
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  • 17
    Ronnie Van Zant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    3,840
    2,904
    Lynyrd Skynyrd
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    Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    7,858
    6,322
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience
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    Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    5,620
    4,649
    Alice Cooper
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  • 20
    Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    9,039
    7,299
    Guns N Roses
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  • 21
    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    3,651
    2,760

    Big Brother and the Holding Company

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  • 22
    Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    5,058
    3,859
    Cream
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  • 23
    John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    4,099
    3,437
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
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  • 24
    Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    6,281
    4,878
    Pearl Jam
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  • 25
    Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Frontmen in Rock
    8,153
    6,955
    Black Sabbath
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