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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1,670 1,685
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
677 449
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
840 1,615
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
865 1,636
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
555 1,009
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
922 1,558
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
634 1,631
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 1,070
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
629 1,451
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
468 1,244
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
557 1,391
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
532 1,425
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
474 1,183
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 1,368
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
363 842
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
398 798
Prince is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

17
117 429
Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Coolza added New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

18
391 1,117
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

19
218 521
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
but chickens double d added Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

20
429 973
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
363 832
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

22
255 771
Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Pop rock, Power pop

23
111 133
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
manofoccasionalthought added Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

24
265 516
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
119 376
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
258 745
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

27
329 682
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Heavy metal, Hard rock

28
152 341
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
456 774
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
112 226
Ronnie James Dio is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
hbg1968 added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

31
525 1,159
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock

32
219 398
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
331 1,035
Sting is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

34
181 289
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
RobLein added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

35
166 419
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
190 347
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
231 710
Bono is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

38
82 182
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
38 115
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
200 529
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

41
201 325
Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
but chickens double d added Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

42
132 298
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
104 137
Andrea Bocelli is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
DebbyHood added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Opera

44
348 829
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

45
278 499
Bruno Mars is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
Alternative hip hop, Pop music, Rock music

46
269 572
Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
mwahahahaha added Opera

47
156 270
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
107 176
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
160 385
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
252 544
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