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Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like 

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Updated March 16, 2020 19.1k votes 1.6k voters 13.6k 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.

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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 Zanzibar City
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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
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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
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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
5
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
reasl32 added Age 68 from Gainesville
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Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
edsilva added Dec. at 45 (1940-1985) from Teaneck
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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
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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 69 from New York City
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Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dec. at 33 (1950-1983) from New Haven
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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
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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 England
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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
13
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 70 from West Bromwich
14
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
yorambrons added Dec. at 51 (1958-2009) from Gary
15
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 77 from Newark
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 72 from Brixton
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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
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Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 70 from Hanford
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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 USA
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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
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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
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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
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Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 68 from San Diego
24
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dec. at 71 (1932-2003) from Kingsland
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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dec. at 28 (1942-1970) from Seattle