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
Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly

2
568 384
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
794 1,467
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
817 1,499
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
535 886
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
894 1,418
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
569 953
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Synthpop, New Wave, Dance-pop

8
618 1,507
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Rock music, Acid rock

9
594 1,336
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
455 1,145
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
536 1,287
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
503 1,318
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
452 1,093
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
110 338
Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

15
339 748
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
518 1,274
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

17
66 46
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
380 719
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
112 332
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop - Creedence Clearwater Revival

20
407 903
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
375 1,043
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

22
143 303
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock - The Beatles

23
345 786
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
249 484
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

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198 477
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 Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

26
246 737
Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

27
103 201
Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

28
314 654
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
245 721
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

30
509 1,128
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
172 269
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
427 750
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
75 164
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
182 332
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

35
204 382
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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195 309
Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
but chickens double d added Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

37
159 404
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
32 100
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
319 1,018
Sting is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

40
224 695
Bono is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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343 814
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
123 284
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
189 519
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

44
147 258
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
colormelivvy added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

45
48 67
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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88 125
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
260 483
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
97 161
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
246 530
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

50
112 278
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
runningstick24 added Pop music, Dance-pop, House music