Singers The Best Rock Vocalists  

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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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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona ...more
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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Robert Anthony Plant, CBE is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Possessing a powerful and wide vocal range he ...more
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and ...more
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the ...more
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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, poet and songwriter best remembered as the lead vocalist of the Doors. Due to his songwriting, baritone voice, wild personality and ...more
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Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Stephen Ray "Steve" Perry is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and musician, best known as the lead vocalist of rock band Journey during their most commercially ...more
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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of ...more
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the ...more
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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since ...more
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Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Chris Cornell is an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead ...more
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Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the frontman of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which ...more
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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Stephanie Lynn "Stevie" Nicks is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career, which collectively have produced over forty Top ...more
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Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Sir Michael Philip Jagger, better known as Mick Jagger, is an English singer, songwriter and one time actor, best known as the lead singer and a founder member of The Rolling Stones. Jagger's ...more
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Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Ronnie James Dio was an American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He founded/fronted numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with ...more
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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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John R. "Johnny" Cash was a singer-songwriter, actor, and author, widely considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. Although primarily remembered as ...more
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Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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W. Axl Rose is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the lead vocalist and only remaining original member of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. Due to his powerful and wide vocal ...more
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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Janis Lyn Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo ...more
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Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Roger Harry Daltrey, CBE is an English singer, songwriter and actor. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Daltrey came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the founder and lead singer of the ...more
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Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Ann Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer, flute player, songwriter, and occasional guitar player of the hard rock band Heart. Regarded as one of the best female ...more
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Prince Roger Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. A major figure in popular music for over three decades, Prince is renowned ...more
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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Paul Frederic Simon is an American musician, actor and singer-songwriter. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with ...more
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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Kurt Donald Cobain was an American musician who was best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana. Cobain formed Nirvana with Krist Novoselic in ...more
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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is an English vocalist, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the rock band Black ...more
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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, known professionally as Pat Benatar, is an American singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy Award winner. She is a mezzo-soprano. She has had considerable commercial ...more
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Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Eddie Vedder is an American musician who is best known for being the lead vocalist and one of three guitarists of the alternative rock band Pearl Jam. Known for his distinctive and powerful ...more