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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1,684 1,705
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
684 464
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
847 1,629
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
873 1,651
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
557 1,020
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
927 1,571
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
638 1,641
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
606 1,081
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
632 1,462
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
470 1,252
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
535 1,433
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
561 1,399
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
476 1,191
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 1,377
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
365 849
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
117 437
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 1,126
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
255 778
Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

19
431 978
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
401 805
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
220 528
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
364 838
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
260 749
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
269 520
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
119 381
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
330 687
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
528 1,164
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

28
466 777
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

29
152 346
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock - The Beatles

30
114 138
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
manofoccasionalthought added Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

31
334 1,039
Sting is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

32
113 231
Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

33
233 714
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
222 402
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
167 423
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
192 352
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
200 534
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

38
82 187
Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
RichardBeecher added Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

39
39 120
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
134 302
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

41
350 834
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
181 295
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
RobLein added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

43
201 330
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
281 504
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
271 575
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
mwahahahaha added Opera

46
104 141
Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
DebbyHood added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Opera

47
122 301
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
runningstick24 added Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

48
157 273
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
colormelivvy added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

49
110 180
John Legend is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
danman082200 added Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

50
160 389
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