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Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like 

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Updated March 16, 2020 20.2k votes 1.7k voters 14.5k views 75 items

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.

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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
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991) from Tanzania, Zanzibar, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Africa
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 76 from Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom
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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dec. at 40 (1940-1980) from Liverpool, United Kingdom
4
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 73 from USA, California, Berkeley
5
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
reasl32 added Age 68 from Gainesville, Florida metropolitan area, Florida, Contiguous United States, Alachua County, Gainesville, United States of America, Area code 352, United States, with Territories, Southeastern United States, Continental United States
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Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 72 from Tucson, Arizona, USA
7
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dec. at 33 (1950-1983) from New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
8
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 69 from New York City, New York, United States of America
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Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
edsilva added Dec. at 45 (1940-1985) from Teaneck, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, New Jersey, Bergen County, Continental United States
10
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 69 from Burbank, California, United States of America
11
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 71 from Pinner, London, United Kingdom
12
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 70 from Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America
13
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 70 from West Bromwich, United Kingdom
14
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
yorambrons added Dec. at 51 (1958-2009) from USA, Indiana, Gary
15
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 77 from Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
16
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 72 from Brixton, London, United Kingdom
17
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 70 from Hanford, California, United States of America
18
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 60 from Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age Died at 42 (1935-1977) from USA, Mississippi, Tupelo
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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dec. at 28 (1943-1971) from Melbourne, Florida, USA
21
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 68 from San Diego, California, United States of America
22
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dec. at 71 (1932-2003) from USA, Arkansas, Kingsland
23
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dec. at 27 (1967-1994) from Aberdeen, Washington, United States of America
24
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Age 73 from USA, Florida, Miami
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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dec. at 27 (1943-1970) from Port Arthur, Texas, United States of America