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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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
592 401
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
807 1,500
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 1,531
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
540 916
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 1,449
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 1,538
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
583 982
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
604 1,365
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
459 1,168
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
541 1,313
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
511 1,343
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
462 1,113
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 1,295
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
342 770
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
113 361
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
83 73
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
387 740
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
418 919
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

20
382 1,063
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
207 490
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
but chickens double d added Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

22
251 746
Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

23
352 799
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
114 348
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop - Creedence Clearwater Revival

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257 495
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
148 316
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
322 665
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Heavy metal, Hard rock

28
250 726
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

29
108 210
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 1,138
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
178 274
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
437 756
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
80 170
Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
RichardBeecher added Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

34
210 385
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
323 1,023
Sting is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

36
185 337
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

37
161 408
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
35 104
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
226 700
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
198 316
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

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128 290
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
194 521
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
346 819
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
52 71
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

45
93 129
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
101 164
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
150 261
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
261 562
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
mwahahahaha added Opera

49
263 488
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
269 573
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