Rock The Best Rock Vocalists  

Adam Tyler
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List Rules Only vocalists primarily associated with rock music

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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!
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30,076 6,589
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy

2
13,140 8,501
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Adam Tyler added Raising Sand, No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded, Walking Into Clarksdale

3
8,653 9,314
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

4
8,885 8,301
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs

5
8,051 8,908
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Paris Jim, Dionysus

6
7,538 9,265
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Adam Tyler added Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

7
7,579 8,353
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney

8
9,098 6,658
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Street Talk, Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased, For the Love of Strange Medicine

9
6,737 6,866
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

10
7,575 7,585
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added (It) Feels So Good

11
6,047 7,752
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Wandering Spirit, Goddess in the Doorway, The Very Best of Mick Jagger

12
8,071 5,842
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
ginny1986 added Carry On, You Know My Name, Euphoria Morning

13
6,085 6,319
Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Mightier Than the Sword: The Ronnie James Dio Story

14
6,482 5,168
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Bella Donna, Buckingham Nicks, Trouble in Shangri-La

15
6,533 5,747
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison

16
10,143 10,860
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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5,679 5,909
Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Anthology, Can't Wait to See the Movie, Parting Should Be Painless

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5,739 5,494
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

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4,876 4,404
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added British Rock Symphony, Hope & Glory

20
6,121 7,160
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Adam Tyler added 1993-09-08: Rock Against Rape Benefit, Club Lingerie, Hollywood

21
5,555 6,262
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, The Ultimate Sin

22
4,439 4,594
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots - Rock, Hard rock, Pop Rock

23
4,668 4,305
Prince is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

24
5,479 5,023
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Into the Wild, Water on the Road, The Molo Sessions (feat. The Walmer High School Choir)

25
4,185 4,402
Bon Scott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added The Early Years 1967-1972, With the Spektors and the Valentines, Round and Round: The Forgotten Years