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Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like 

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Updated December 21, 2019 18.3k votes 1.5k voters 13.2k views 75 items

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
Record producer, Pianist, Musician
2
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
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Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter
3
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
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Record producer, Songwriter, Musician
4
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist
5
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Songwriter, Musician
6
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson
7
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer
8
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Actor, Drummer
9
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Pianist, Musician
10
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter
11
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Television producer
12
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer
13
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
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Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer
14
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
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Record producer, Songwriter, Musician
15
Grace Slick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
tdelaureal added
Illustrator, Painter, Songwriter
16
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician
17
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist
18
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter
19
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Singer-songwriter
20
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
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer
22
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Soldier, Musician, Actor
23
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Flautist, Singer
24
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist
25
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter