Musicians Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like  

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List Rules Vote up the rock stars you wish you could sound like - based on their singing voices only. Can be from any era, but must be in the rock genre.

Pretend that you could magically have the voice of any famous rock singer. Who would it be? Just for a minute, imagine it - the lights come up, you saunter onstage, do some kicky dance moves, grab the mic, and quick! Who do you sound like? Do you confidently belt it out in a tenor voice like John Lennon? Do you make all of the ladies swoon in your new Elvis Presley voice? Or maybe Tina Turner's sultry, powerful voice possesses you. Or perhaps you sound like someone more alternative, like Bradford Cox or Karen O.

For this list, you aren't voting on rock stars with the best voices from a technical standpoint. You're voting on rock stars you wish you could sound like. Rock stars with coveted voices don't necessarily have to be known for hitting all the notes, so keep that in mind when casting your votes below! 

When you're done here, vote on the most coveted singing voices of any genre for women and men: The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like and The Male Voice You Most Wish You Had.

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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Freddie Mercury Record producer, Pianist, Musician

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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Robert Plant Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist

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Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Axl Rose Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
David Bowie Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
John Lennon Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Johnny Cash Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Chris Cornell Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Paul McCartney Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson

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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Kurt Cobain Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Jim Morrison Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Elvis Presley Soldier, Musician, Actor

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Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Mick Jagger Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Janis Joplin Songwriter, Singer

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Elton John Record producer, Pianist, Television producer

The Sexiest Women in Rock History, Ranked

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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Stevie Nicks Songwriter, Singer

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Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Steve Perry Record producer, Singer-songwriter

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Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Eddie Vedder Accordionist, Guitarist, Songwriter

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Billy Joel Businessperson, Pianist, Musician

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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Pat Benatar Musician, Singer-songwriter, Bank teller

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Jimi Hendrix Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Eric Clapton Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Paul Simon Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Bruce Springsteen Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer

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Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Karen Carpenter Musician, Actor, Drummer

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Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Ann Wilson Songwriter, Flautist, Singer

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Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Roy Orbison Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Tina Turner Record producer, Choreographer, Author

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
yorambrons added Michael Jackson Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer

Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well

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Gerard Way is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
SydneyKamer added Gerard Way Musician, Singer, Music executive

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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Ozzy Osbourne Songwriter, Television producer, Musician

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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Joan Jett Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Phil Collins Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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Sting is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Sting Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician

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Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Debbie Harry Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Linda Ronstadt Record producer, Songwriter, Musician

29 Celebrities Who Lost a Ton of Weight (Before and After)

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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
John Fogerty Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

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Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Annie Lennox Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor

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Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Peter Gabriel Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

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Billy Werner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
SydneyKamer added Billy Werner Songwriter, Disc jockey, Singer

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Florence Welch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Florence Welch Arranger, Songwriter, Musician

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Bono Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson

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Vitas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
yorambrons added Vitas Fashion designer, Songwriter, Actor

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

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Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
maryminter added Robbie Williams Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Bonnie Raitt Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Jeff Buckley Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

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Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Amy Lee Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Pianist

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Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Patti Smith Poet, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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Karen O is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Karen O Musician, Singer

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Claudio Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
SydneyKamer added Claudio Sanchez Guitarist, Actor, Singer

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Adam Lazzara is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
SydneyKamer added Adam Lazzara Songwriter, Musician, Singer