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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76 39
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
127 114
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Musician

3
87 87
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist

4
86 86
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

5
77 77
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
64 64
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter

7
64 64
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
60 60
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Soldier, Musician, Actor

9
57 57
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

10
56 56
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson

11
55 55
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter

12
52 52
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

13
52 52
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter

14
51 51
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

15
46 46
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Singer-songwriter

16
45 45
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
44 44
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Accordionist, Guitarist, Songwriter

18
43 43
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

19
43 43
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
42 42
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

21
42 42
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

22
42 42
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

23
42 42
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Television producer, Musician

24
40 40
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Pianist, Musician

25
38 38
Sting is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician

26
38 38
Bono is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson

27
36 36
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Choreographer, Author

28
35 35
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

29
33 33
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

30
33 33
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Actor, Drummer

31
33 33
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Pacifist, Activist, Record producer

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

33
32 32
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

34
31 31
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Bank teller

35
30 30
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter

36
30 30
Danielle Haim is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Drummer, Singer

37
30 30
Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Pianist

38
29 29
PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter

39
29 29
Florence Welch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Arranger, Songwriter, Musician

40
29 29
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

41
29 29
Dan Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

42
29 29
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor

43
29 29
Kathleen Hanna is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Musician, Actor

44
28 28
Laura Jane Grace is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Singer

45
28 28
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

46
28 28
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Flautist, Singer

47
28 28
Karen O is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer

48
27 27
Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Poet, Musician, Singer-songwriter

49
27 27
John Britt Daniel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer

50
27 27
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Songwriter, Musician