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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27,311 6,054
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
12,155 7,753
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Adam Tyler added Raising Sand, No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded, Walking Into Clarksdale

3
7,923 8,428
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
8,124 7,504
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
7,539 8,158
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Paris Jim, Dionysus

6
6,931 8,507
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Adam Tyler added Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

7
8,413 6,070
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Street Talk, Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased, For the Love of Strange Medicine

8
6,872 7,714
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney

9
6,149 6,277
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
7,004 6,968
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added (It) Feels So Good

11
5,526 7,100
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
7,334 5,341
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
5,979 4,747
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Bella Donna, Buckingham Nicks, Trouble in Shangri-La

14
5,659 5,808
Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Mightier Than the Sword: The Ronnie James Dio Story

15
5,299 5,488
Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Anthology, Can't Wait to See the Movie, Parting Should Be Painless

16
9,548 10,259
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added

17
6,083 5,306
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison

18
5,279 5,060
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

19
4,471 4,031
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added British Rock Symphony, Hope & Glory

20
5,147 5,734
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, The Ultimate Sin

21
5,607 6,598
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Adam Tyler added 1993-09-08: Rock Against Rape Benefit, Club Lingerie, Hollywood

22
4,131 4,230
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
4,153 3,927
Prince is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Purple Rain, Sign 'O' the Times, 1999

24
5,045 4,637
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
3,864 4,047
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

26
3,506 3,666
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

27
3,599 4,193
Sting is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added ...Nothing Like the Sun, Ten Summoner's Tales, Mercury Falling

28
3,052 1,827
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends

29
4,404 4,471
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Blaze of Glory, Destination Anywhere, The Power Station Years: The Unreleased Recordings

30
3,598 3,953
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

31
3,382 3,453
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Face Value, Both Sides, No Jacket Required

32
3,956 4,139
Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added

33
3,492 3,919
Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Accident of Birth, The Chemical Wedding, Tyranny of Souls

34
3,716 4,640
James Hetfield is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
I've Always Been Crazy: Tribute to Waylon Jennings

35
3,436 3,865
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
On an Island, David Gilmour, Remember That Night

36
3,370 4,477
Bono is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, In the Name of the Father, The Complete Solo Projects

37
2,976 4,441
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

38
2,650 2,998
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, Highway Companion

39
2,739 2,646
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
The Essential Roy Orbison, King of Hearts, Mystery Girl

40
2,879 3,393
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Deja Vu All Over Again, Hoodoo, Centerfield - Still rockin' hard after 40+ years

41
2,864 2,922
Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added 'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town

42
3,012 3,685
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Every Picture Tells a Story, Gasoline Alley, Downtown Train – Selections from the Storyteller Anthology

43
3,079 3,697
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Peter Gabriel, Us, Security

44
2,406 3,734
Ian Gillan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Accidentally on Purpose, Gillan's Inn, Mutually Assured Destruction: Live at the Apollo

45
2,391 2,928
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection

46
2,609 3,552
Rob Halford is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Lift Me Up

47
2,390 2,146
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Graceland, Still Crazy After All These Years, So Beautiful or So What

48
2,406 2,718
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

49
2,222 2,420
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added The End of the Innocence, Building the Perfect Beast, I Can't Stand Still

50
2,327 3,288
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
Adam Tyler added Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979