Popular Opinion The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like  

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What male singer's voice would you most like to have? This is a different question than "who are the best vocalists ever?" - or even the best rock vocalist. Some of the greatest singers of all time have very distinct voices that may not suit your needs when, say, singing '90s alt rock at karaoke or narrating what your pets are doing (in song). What famous male singer do YOU wish you could sound like? Which voice would be the most fun to treat your friends with at parties? Which would best equip you to sing your favorite songs? Which is the most versatile? Which could make you the most money?

When you're done here, go vote on the same question for women: What great female singers do you most wish you could sound like?
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1,575 1,575
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

2
588 397
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
RobLein added Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

3
806 1,492
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

4
828 1,523
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

5
539 910
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
JanetBlue added Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

6
905 1,441
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

7
623 1,531
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

8
581 977
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

9
602 1,360
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
slantsix added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

10
458 1,165
Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

11
540 1,309
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

12
510 1,339
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

13
461 1,109
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

14
522 1,292
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

15
342 767
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

16
112 359
Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

17
387 736
Prince is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

18
79 69
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
manofoccasionalthought added Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

19
381 1,060
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

20
416 916
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

21
113 345
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop - Creedence Clearwater Revival

22
205 488
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
but chickens double d added Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

23
249 744
Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

24
349 797
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

25
255 494
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

26
146 314
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock - The Beatles

27
249 723
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

28
320 663
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Heavy metal, Hard rock

29
106 208
Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

30
516 1,134
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

31
436 754
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

32
79 169
Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
RichardBeecher added Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

33
175 273
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
RobLein added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

34
207 385
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

35
185 336
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

36
322 1,022
Sting is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

37
161 407
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

38
35 103
Peter Cetera is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
DebbyHood added Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Soft rock

39
226 699
Bono is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

40
197 315
Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
but chickens double d added Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

41
127 288
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

42
194 520
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

43
346 818
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

44
93 128
Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
DebbyHood added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Opera

45
101 163
John Legend is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
danman082200 added Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

46
51 71
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

47
149 261
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
colormelivvy added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

48
260 561
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
mwahahahaha added Opera

49
263 487
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

50
269 572
Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz