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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
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
edsilva added Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter
3
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
reasl32 added Record producer, Songwriter, Musician
4
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist
5
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson
6
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Songwriter, Musician
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
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Actor, Drummer
9
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Pianist, Musician
10
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter
11
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Television producer
12
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
yorambrons added Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer
13
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer
14
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician
15
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter
16
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Singer-songwriter
17
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist
18
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter
19
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer
20
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Flautist, Singer
21
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Soldier, Musician, Actor
22
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist
23
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter
24
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Television producer, Musician
25
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician