singers 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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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Freddie Mercury Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

2
508 330
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
RobLein added Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

3
751 1,389
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

4
783 1,423
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

5
503 809
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
JanetBlue added Chris Cornell Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

6
868 1,342
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

7
553 873
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
George Michael Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

8
600 1,433
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Jim Morrison Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

9
572 1,266
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
slantsix added Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

10
435 1,081
Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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518 1,220
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Marvin Gaye Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

12
101 276
Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added Billy Idol New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

13
480 1,245
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

14
427 1,038
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Steve Perry Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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328 690
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

16
507 1,203
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

17
360 659
Prince is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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104 279
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added John Fogerty Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop - Creedence Clearwater Revival

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136 260
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock - The Beatles

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364 991
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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235 438
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added Jon Bon Jovi Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now

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243 701
Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Roger Daltrey Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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390 864
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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329 744
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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184 447
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
but chickens double d added Roy Orbison Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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297 613
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Axl Rose Heavy metal, Hard rock

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87 176
Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added Ronnie James Dio Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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238 703
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

The Worst Bands of All Time

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493 1,091
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Kurt Cobain Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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176 314
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Jeff Buckley Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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198 365
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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161 257
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
RobLein added Art Garfunkel Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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154 389
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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185 292
Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
but chickens double d added Layne Staley Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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400 724
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

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68 156
Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
RichardBeecher added Bruce Dickinson Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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315 1,003
Sting is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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216 677
Bono is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Bono Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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118 271
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Lionel Richie Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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334 801
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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143 246
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
colormelivvy added Bryan Adams Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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91 149
John Legend is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
danman082200 added John Legend Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like

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25 93
Peter Cetera is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
DebbyHood added Peter Cetera Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Soft rock

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181 513
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
David Gilmour Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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108 266
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
runningstick24 added Sam Smith Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

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250 469
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Bruno Mars Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

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39 55
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Billie Joe Armstrong Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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241 522
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Peter Gabriel New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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79 115
Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
DebbyHood added Andrea Bocelli Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Opera

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149 363
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Van Morrison Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music