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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1
187 63
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

2
175 174
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Musician

3
113 112
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist

4
83 82
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter

5
99 99
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer

6
77 76
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

7
77 76
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Soldier, Musician, Actor

8
75 74
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

9
109 110
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

10
66 65
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

11
65 64
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter

12
65 64
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

13
62 61
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Singer-songwriter

14
58 57
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Accordionist, Guitarist, Songwriter

15
58 57
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Television producer

16
54 53
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

17
69 69
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson

18
81 82
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer

19
48 47
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Choreographer, Author

20
43 42
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

21
43 42
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Actor, Drummer

22
42 41
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

23
55 55
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Television producer, Musician

24
40 39
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Bank teller

25
54 54
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Pianist, Musician

26
39 38
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter

27
53 53
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

28
37 36
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor

29
51 51
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

30
51 51
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

31
49 49
Sting is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician

32
47 47
Bono is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson

33
57 58
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer

34
39 39
Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Pianist

35
38 38
Bradford Cox is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

36
38 38
Dylan Baldi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dylan Baldi Musician, Singer-songwriter

37
37 37
Danielle Haim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Drummer, Singer

38
37 37
Florence Welch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Arranger, Songwriter, Musician

39
36 36
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
yorambrons added Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer

40
36 36
Kathleen Hanna is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Musician, Actor

41
36 36
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Flautist, Singer

42
36 36
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

43
36 36
PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter

44
35 35
Dan Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

45
34 34
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

46
33 33
Laura Jane Grace is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Singer

47
33 33
Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Poet, Musician, Singer-songwriter

48
33 33
Karen O is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer

49
32 32
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Songwriter, Musician

50
43 44
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter