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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 13.3k 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
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991) from Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 76 from Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom
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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dec. at 40 (1940-1980) from Liverpool, United Kingdom
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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 73 from Berkeley, California, United States of America
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Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
edsilva added Dec. at 45 (1940-1985) from Teaneck, New Jersey, United States of America
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Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dec. at 33 (1950-1983) from New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
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Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 72 from Tucson, Arizona, United States of America
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Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
reasl32 added Age 68 from USA, Florida, Gainesville
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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 69 from New York City, New York, United States of America
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Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 69 from Burbank, California, United States of America
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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 71 from Pinner, London, United Kingdom
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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 70 from Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America
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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
yorambrons added Dec. at 51 (1958-2009) from Gary, Indiana, United States of America
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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 77 from Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 70 from West Bromwich, United Kingdom
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Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 70 from Hanford, California, United States of America
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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 60 from Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 72 from Brixton, London, United Kingdom
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dec. at 42 (1935-1977) from Tupelo, Mississippi, United States of America
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Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 73 from Miami, Florida, United States of America
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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dec. at 28 (1943-1971) from Melbourne, Florida, United States of America
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Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 57 from Lafayette, Fairfield Township, Indiana
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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 73 from Ripley, United Kingdom
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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dec. at 27 (1967-1994) from Aberdeen, Washington, United States of America
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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dec. at 71 (1932-2003) from Kingsland, Arkansas, United States of America