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
245 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
225 217
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Musician

3
99 95
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter

4
136 134
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist

5
129 128
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

6
83 81
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson

7
97 96
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
115 115
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer

9
92 91
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

10
85 84
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

11
74 73
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Singer-songwriter

12
73 72
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

13
68 67
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Television producer

14
65 64
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Television producer, Musician

15
63 62
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

16
60 59
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Pianist, Musician

17
76 76
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

18
92 93
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Soldier, Musician, Actor

19
74 74
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter

20
57 56
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

21
52 51
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Choreographer, Author

22
51 50
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

23
49 48
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Actor, Drummer

24
64 64
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Accordionist, Guitarist, Songwriter

25
46 45
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Pacifist, Activist, Record producer