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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
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Soldier, Musician, Actor
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
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson
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
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer
12
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
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer
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
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist
16
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter
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
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician
19
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist
20
Sting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician
21
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician
22
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Accordionist, Guitarist, Songwriter
23
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Bank teller
24
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician
25
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Flautist, Singer