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
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

2
560 383
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
794 1,458
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
817 1,490
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
535 877
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
894 1,409
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
569 944
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

8
618 1,498
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

9
594 1,327
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
455 1,137
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
536 1,278
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
503 1,309
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
451 1,086
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
110 330
Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

15
339 740
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
518 1,265
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

17
59 39
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
manofoccasionalthought added Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

18
380 711
Prince is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

19
111 325
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop - Creedence Clearwater Revival

20
375 1,037
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

21
406 899
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

22
143 300
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock - The Beatles

23
345 782
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

24
246 735
Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

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197 476
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 Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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247 482
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

27
102 200
Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

28
313 652
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
245 720
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

30
507 1,127
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
171 269
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
RobLein added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

32
426 748
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

33
182 331
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

34
204 381
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
74 164
Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
RichardBeecher added Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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195 308
Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
but chickens double d added Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

37
159 403
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
319 1,017
Sting is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

39
223 694
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
31 100
Peter Cetera is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
DebbyHood added Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Soft rock

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123 283
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
343 813
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

43
188 519
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

44
147 257
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
colormelivvy added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

45
88 124
Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
DebbyHood added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Opera

46
97 160
John Legend is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
danman082200 added Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

47
260 482
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

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47 66
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

49
246 529
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

50
112 277
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
runningstick24 added Pop music, Dance-pop, House music