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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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Paul Simon Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

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

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

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Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Axl Rose Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
David Bowie Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer

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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Jim Morrison Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
John Lennon Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Elvis Presley Soldier, Musician, Actor

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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Kurt Cobain Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Paul McCartney Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson

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Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Mick Jagger Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Johnny Cash Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Chris Cornell Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter

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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Stevie Nicks Songwriter, Singer

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Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Steve Perry Record producer, Singer-songwriter

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Bruce Springsteen Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer

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Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Eddie Vedder Accordionist, Guitarist, Songwriter

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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Joan Jett Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Elton John Record producer, Pianist, Television producer

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Eric Clapton Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Janis Joplin Songwriter, Singer

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Jimi Hendrix Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Ozzy Osbourne Songwriter, Television producer, Musician

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Billy Joel Businessperson, Pianist, Musician

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Sting is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Sting Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Bono Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Tina Turner Record producer, Choreographer, Author

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Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Debbie Harry Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Phil Collins Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Karen Carpenter Musician, Actor, Drummer

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Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Joan Baez Pacifist, Activist, Record producer

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Bradford Cox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Bradford Cox Songwriter, Singer

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Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Roy Orbison Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Pat Benatar Musician, Singer-songwriter, Bank teller

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Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Bonnie Raitt Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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Danielle Haim is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Danielle Haim Guitarist, Drummer, Singer

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Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Amy Lee Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Pianist

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PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
PJ Harvey Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter

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Florence Welch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Florence Welch Arranger, Songwriter, Musician

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Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Jeff Buckley Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

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Dan Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dan Auerbach Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

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Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Annie Lennox Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor

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Kathleen Hanna is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Kathleen Hanna Activist, Musician, Actor

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Laura Jane Grace is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Laura Jane Grace Guitarist, Singer

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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
John Fogerty Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

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Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Ann Wilson Songwriter, Flautist, Singer

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Karen O is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Karen O Musician, Singer

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Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Patti Smith Poet, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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John Britt Daniel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Britt Daniel Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer

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Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Kate Bush Record producer, Songwriter, Musician