musicians 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
Freddie Mercury Record producer, Pianist, Musician

2
69 50
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Axl Rose Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

3
61 49
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
David Bowie Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer

4
59 48
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Robert Plant Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist

5
41 30
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Chris Cornell Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter

6
36 28
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Johnny Cash Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

7
40 33
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Kurt Cobain Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

8
50 45
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Jim Morrison Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter

9
40 37
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
John Lennon Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer

10
31 29
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Eddie Vedder Accordionist, Guitarist, Songwriter

11
33 32
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Stevie Nicks Songwriter, Singer

12
37 37
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Paul McCartney Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson

13
36 37
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Mick Jagger Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

14
38 40
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Elvis Presley Soldier, Musician, Actor

The Sexiest Women in Rock History, Ranked

15
27 27
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Janis Joplin Songwriter, Singer

16
25 26
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Billy Joel Businessperson, Pianist, Musician

17
27 29
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Jimi Hendrix Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

18
27 29
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Elton John Record producer, Pianist, Television producer

19
24 28
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Paul Simon Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

20
26 32
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Bruce Springsteen Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer

21
25 31
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Steve Perry Record producer, Singer-songwriter

The Best Drummers of All Time

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12 14
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
yorambrons added Michael Jackson Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer

23
23 29
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Eric Clapton Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

24
18 23
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Karen Carpenter Musician, Actor, Drummer

25
17 22
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Roy Orbison Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

26
14 18
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Ann Wilson Songwriter, Flautist, Singer

27
15 20
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Pat Benatar Musician, Singer-songwriter, Bank teller

28
24 33
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Joan Jett Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well

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24 33
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Ozzy Osbourne Songwriter, Television producer, Musician

30
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Gerard Way is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
SydneyKamer added Gerard Way Musician, Singer, Music executive

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Adam Lazzara is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
SydneyKamer added Adam Lazzara Songwriter, Musician, Singer

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0 0
Billy Werner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
SydneyKamer added Billy Werner Songwriter, Disc jockey, Singer

33
0 0
Claudio Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
SydneyKamer added Claudio Sanchez Guitarist, Actor, Singer

34
21 30
Sting is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Sting Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician

35
18 26
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Debbie Harry Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Cute Babies Who Grew Up to Be Movie Stars

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17 25
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Phil Collins Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

37
14 22
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Annie Lennox Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor

38
7 12
Vitas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
yorambrons added Vitas Fashion designer, Songwriter, Actor

39
7 13
Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
maryminter added Robbie Williams Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

40
15 25
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Tina Turner Record producer, Choreographer, Author

41
11 20
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Linda Ronstadt Record producer, Songwriter, Musician

42
12 22
Florence Welch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Florence Welch Arranger, Songwriter, Musician

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

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12 22
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
John Fogerty Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

44
17 31
Bono is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Bono Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson

45
9 20
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Peter Gabriel Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

46
10 22
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Jeff Buckley Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

47
10 25
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Bonnie Raitt Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter

48
8 23
Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Amy Lee Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Pianist

49
7 23
Karen O is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Karen O Musician, Singer

50
7 23
Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Patti Smith Poet, Musician, Singer-songwriter