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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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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Musician
2
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter
3
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist
4
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
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer
6
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Soldier, Musician, Actor
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
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter
9
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
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Television producer
11
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer
12
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist
13
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter
14
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Singer-songwriter
15
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer
16
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician
17
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Television producer, Musician
18
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter
19
Sting is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician
20
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician
21
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Accordionist, Guitarist, Songwriter
22
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Pianist, Musician
23
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician
24
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Actor, Drummer
25
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Bank teller