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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1
24,382 5,460
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Freddie Mercury The Solo Collection, Barcelona, Mr. Bad Guy

2
10,889 6,833
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Adam Tyler added Robert Plant Raising Sand, No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded, Walking Into Clarksdale

3
6,914 7,389
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

4
7,216 6,491
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs

5
6,733 7,220
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Jim Morrison Paris Jim, Dionysus

6
6,011 7,557
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Adam Tyler added John Lennon Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

7
7,211 5,348
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Steve Perry Street Talk, Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased, For the Love of Strange Medicine

8
5,966 6,860
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Paul McCartney Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney

9
6,162 6,206
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Steven Tyler (It) Feels So Good

10
5,333 5,560
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

11
6,350 4,675
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
ginny1986 added Chris Cornell Carry On, You Know My Name, Euphoria Morning

12
4,876 6,339
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Mick Jagger Wandering Spirit, Goddess in the Doorway, The Very Best of Mick Jagger

13
8,693 9,460
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Axl Rose

14
5,022 5,202
Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Ronnie James Dio Mightier Than the Sword: The Ronnie James Dio Story

Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide

15
5,381 4,741
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison

16
4,787 4,956
Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Roger Daltrey Anthology, Can't Wait to See the Movie, Parting Should Be Painless

17
5,214 4,219
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Stevie Nicks Bella Donna, Buckingham Nicks, Trouble in Shangri-La

18
4,600 4,541
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Janis Joplin Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

19
3,827 3,577
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Ann Wilson British Rock Symphony, Hope & Glory

20
4,531 5,046
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, The Ultimate Sin

21
3,613 3,746
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots - Rock, Hard rock, Pop Rock

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

22
4,938 5,891
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Adam Tyler added Kurt Cobain 1993-09-08: Rock Against Rape Benefit, Club Lingerie, Hollywood

23
4,414 4,101
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Eddie Vedder Into the Wild, Water on the Road, The Molo Sessions (feat. The Walmer High School Choir)

24
3,400 3,580
Bon Scott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Bon Scott The Early Years 1967-1972, With the Spektors and the Valentines, Round and Round: The Forgotten Years

25
3,426 3,422
Prince is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Prince Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

26
3,002 3,173
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Billy Joel The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

27
2,490 1,502
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends

28
3,169 3,702
Sting is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Sting ...Nothing Like the Sun, Ten Summoner's Tales, Mercury Falling

The Best Female Rock Singers

29
3,873 3,960
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Jon Bon Jovi Blaze of Glory, Destination Anywhere, The Power Station Years: The Unreleased Recordings

30
2,897 2,995
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Phil Collins Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

31
3,124 3,569
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

32
3,327 4,118
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

33
3,501 3,662
Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Layne Staley

34
3,012 3,494
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
David Gilmour On an Island, David Gilmour, Remember That Night

35
3,087 3,519
Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Bruce Dickinson Accident of Birth, The Chemical Wedding, Tyranny of Souls

The Best Mystery Novels

36
2,629 3,900
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Bruce Springsteen Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

37
2,942 3,969
Bono is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Bono Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, In the Name of the Father, The Complete Solo Projects

38
2,541 3,014
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added John Fogerty Deja Vu All Over Again, Hoodoo, Centerfield - Still rockin' hard after 40+ years

39
2,306 2,300
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Roy Orbison The Essential Roy Orbison, King of Hearts, Mystery Girl

40
2,660 3,300
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story, Gasoline Alley, Downtown Train – Selections from the Storyteller Anthology

41
2,191 2,631
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Tom Petty Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, Highway Companion

42
2,769 3,346
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

The Best Heavy Metal Songs for Working Out

43
2,417 2,613
Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Bob Seger 'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town

44
2,181 3,366
Ian Gillan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Ian Gillan Accidentally on Purpose, Gillan's Inn, Mutually Assured Destruction: Live at the Apollo

45
2,071 1,853
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Paul Simon Graceland, Still Crazy After All These Years, So Beautiful or So What

46
1,981 2,572
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Jimi Hendrix First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection

47
2,290 3,235
Rob Halford is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Rob Halford Lift Me Up

48
2,056 2,937
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Joan Jett Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

49
2,073 2,400
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Annie Lennox Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

50
1,850 2,144
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Don Henley The End of the Innocence, Building the Perfect Beast, I Can't Stand Still