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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251 95
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
230 222
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Musician

3
101 100
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter

4
96 95
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Soldier, Musician, Actor

5
117 117
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
137 138
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist

7
95 94
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

8
132 133
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

9
85 84
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson

10
99 99
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer

11
76 75
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter

12
75 75
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

13
86 87
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

14
70 70
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Television producer

15
65 65
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

16
65 65
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Accordionist, Guitarist, Songwriter

17
49 48
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Pacifist, Activist, Record producer

18
63 63
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

19
77 78
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

20
62 62
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Pianist, Musician

21
75 76
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Singer-songwriter

22
60 60
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

23
58 58
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

24
56 56
Bono is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson

25
53 53
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter