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
275 126
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
289 246
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Musician

3
116 107
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Soldier, Musician, Actor

4
160 154
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist

5
93 86
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

6
93 88
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

7
96 92
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Singer-songwriter

8
136 135
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer

9
118 117
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter

10
154 157
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

11
106 106
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson

12
104 104
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

13
71 69
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

14
114 116
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

15
112 114
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer

16
72 71
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Pianist, Musician

17
80 80
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Television producer, Musician

18
67 66
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
75 77
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Accordionist, Guitarist, Songwriter

20
61 62
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
yorambrons added Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer

21
86 90
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter

22
77 81
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer

23
75 79
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

24
74 78
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

25
80 85
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Television producer