Rock 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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1
280 145
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter
2
315 253
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Musician
3
110 99
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Singer-songwriter
4
120 110
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
174 165
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist
6
123 116
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Soldier, Musician, Actor
7
128 122
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter
8
126 120
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer
9
146 141
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer
10
100 94
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter
11
99 93
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer
12
126 124
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician
13
74 71
Sting is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician
14
86 85
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Television producer, Musician
15
158 163
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician
16
84 84
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer
17
47 44
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist
18
76 76
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Pianist, Musician
19
86 87
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Television producer
20
106 109
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter
21
81 82
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Accordionist, Guitarist, Songwriter
22
56 55
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Bank teller
23
76 77
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist
24
66 67
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
yorambrons added Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer
25
64 66
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter