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

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
RobLein added Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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

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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added Billy Idol New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

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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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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 24 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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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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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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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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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Kurt Cobain Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

The Worst Bands of All Time

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

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
RobLein added Art Garfunkel Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Bono Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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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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Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 38 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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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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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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Peter Cetera is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
colormelivvy added Bryan Adams Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like

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Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 43 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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John Legend is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
danman082200 added John Legend Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 45 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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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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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
manofoccasionalthought added Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 48 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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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
runningstick24 added Sam Smith Pop music, Dance-pop, House music