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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131 53
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
156 156
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Musician

3
102 102
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist

4
100 100
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

5
93 93
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
76 76
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
76 76
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
71 71
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Soldier, Musician, Actor

9
69 69
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

10
68 68
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
65 65
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson

12
61 61
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter

13
60 60
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter

14
60 60
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

15
56 56
Steve Perry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Singer-songwriter

16
53 53
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Pianist, Television producer

17
53 53
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer

18
52 52
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Accordionist, Guitarist, Songwriter

19
51 51
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Television producer, Musician

20
50 50
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Musician

21
49 49
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Businessperson, Pianist, Musician

22
49 49
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

23
48 48
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

24
48 48
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist

25
45 45
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
44 44
Bono is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson

27
43 43
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Choreographer, Author

28
39 39
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Actor, Drummer

29
39 39
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

30
38 38
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

31
37 37
Roy Orbison is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

32
37 37
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Pacifist, Activist, Record producer

33
35 35
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter

34
35 35
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
35 35
Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Pianist

36
35 35
Bradford Cox is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Singer

37
35 35
Dylan Baldi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Dylan Baldi Musician, Singer-songwriter

38
34 34
Danielle Haim is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Drummer, Singer

39
34 34
Florence Welch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Arranger, Songwriter, Musician

40
33 33
Kathleen Hanna is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Activist, Musician, Actor

41
33 33
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor

42
33 33
PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter

43
32 32
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Songwriter, Flautist, Singer

44
32 32
Dan Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

45
32 32
Jeff Buckley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

46
31 31
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
yorambrons added Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer

47
30 30
Laura Jane Grace is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Guitarist, Singer

48
30 30
Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Poet, Musician, Singer-songwriter

49
30 30
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Record producer, Songwriter, Musician

50
30 30
Karen O is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Rock Stars Who You Wish You Could Sound Like
Musician, Singer