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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218 76
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
198 197
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Musician

3
121 121
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist

4
118 118
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

5
103 103
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
86 86
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer

7
86 86
Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter

8
82 82
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

9
81 81
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Soldier, Musician, Actor

10
78 78
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
59 58
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Accordionist, Guitarist, Songwriter

12
73 73
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson

13
56 55
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

14
70 70
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

15
67 67
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

16
67 67
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter

17
66 66
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Singer-songwriter

18
60 60
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer

19
60 60
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
57 57
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Television producer, Musician

21
54 54
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Pianist, Musician

22
53 53
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

23
52 52
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

24
51 51
Sting is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician

25
49 49
Bono is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson