Popular Opinion 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
273 120
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
280 242
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Musician

3
110 105
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Soldier, Musician, Actor

4
153 152
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist

5
92 89
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Singer-songwriter

6
152 152
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

7
102 100
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson

8
87 85
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

9
131 132
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer

10
112 112
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

11
88 87
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

12
69 68
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Pianist, Musician

13
113 115
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter

14
77 77
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Television producer, Musician

15
100 102
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

16
58 57
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
yorambrons added Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer

17
109 112
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer

18
64 64
Sting is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician

19
74 75
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

20
73 74
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

21
73 74
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Accordionist, Guitarist, Songwriter

22
85 87
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter

23
67 68
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

24
61 62
Bono is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson

25
57 58
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter