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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1,620 1,611
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
624 418
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
822 1,537
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
846 1,564
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
545 950
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
915 1,487
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
629 1,574
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
592 1,017
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
612 1,400
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
463 1,197
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
549 1,345
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
520 1,377
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
465 1,141
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
530 1,324
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
351 799
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
114 392
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
99 102
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
391 764
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
386 1,088
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
423 945
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
213 503
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
358 812
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

23
253 758
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
261 506
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

25
117 362
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop - Creedence Clearwater Revival

26
152 328
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
257 735
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
326 671
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
108 216
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
522 1,144
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
448 762
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
217 387
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

33
178 280
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
165 410
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

35
327 1,025
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
80 173
Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
RichardBeecher added Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

37
188 340
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

38
229 701
Bono is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

39
35 107
Peter Cetera is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
DebbyHood added Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Soft rock

40
199 318
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
130 291
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
196 523
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
346 821
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
96 130
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
154 262
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
colormelivvy added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

46
105 167
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
268 491
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

48
263 564
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
mwahahahaha added Opera

49
53 74
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

50
157 378
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music