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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1
242 91
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
224 214
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Musician

3
134 132
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist

4
96 93
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter

5
114 112
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
92 90
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Soldier, Musician, Actor

7
81 80
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson

8
95 95
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
73 72
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Singer-songwriter

10
72 71
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

11
126 128
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

12
64 63
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Television producer, Musician

13
59 58
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Pianist, Musician

14
73 73
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter

15
83 84
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

16
75 76
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

17
89 91
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

18
55 55
Sting is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician

19
66 67
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
51 51
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Choreographer, Author

21
50 50
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

22
63 64
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer

23
63 64
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Accordionist, Guitarist, Songwriter

24
48 48
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Actor, Drummer

25
61 62
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer