Rock 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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284 163
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
339 260
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Musician
3
188 172
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist
4
133 118
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson
5
108 96
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer
6
135 124
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer
7
117 106
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Singer-songwriter
8
130 120
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Soldier, Musician, Actor
9
154 145
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
107 99
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter
11
132 128
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter
12
54 47
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist
13
79 74
Sting is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician
14
132 133
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician
15
83 81
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist
16
82 81
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Pianist, Musician
17
70 68
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter
18
92 92
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Television producer
19
112 115
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter
20
89 90
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Television producer, Musician
21
160 170
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician
22
54 53
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Flautist, Singer
23
87 90
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer
24
70 72
Bono is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson
25
83 88
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Accordionist, Guitarist, Songwriter