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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1,676 1,697
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
679 458
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
844 1,623
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
869 1,645
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
556 1,016
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
924 1,566
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
636 1,638
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
603 1,078
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
630 1,459
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
469 1,250
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
534 1,431
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

12
558 1,397
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

13
474 1,188
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
538 1,374
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
363 847
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
117 434
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
391 1,123
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

18
220 525
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
but chickens double d added Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

19
255 775
Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

20
399 803
Prince is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

21
430 976
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
363 835
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
258 747
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

24
119 378
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

25
265 518
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
330 684
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Heavy metal, Hard rock

27
113 135
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
manofoccasionalthought added Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

28
152 343
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock - The Beatles

29
461 775
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

30
525 1,162
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
112 228
Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

32
331 1,037
Sting is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

33
231 712
Bono is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

34
219 400
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
167 420
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

36
192 349
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
82 184
Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
RichardBeecher added Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

38
200 531
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

39
181 292
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
RobLein added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

40
38 117
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

41
349 831
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

42
132 300
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

43
201 327
Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
but chickens double d added Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

44
280 501
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

45
104 139
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
271 573
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
mwahahahaha added Opera

47
157 271
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
109 178
John Legend is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
danman082200 added Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

49
160 387
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

50
252 546
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music