OT: Who are the best rock vocalists?

Submitted by wolverine1987 on July 14th, 2017 at 8:17 PM

Here is my incomplete list. As I'm a child of the 80's and 90's it is weighted that way. I'm sure there are more that you guys will advocate for.

Chris Cornell (Soundgarden. Audioslave, Solo)

Thom Yorke (Radiohead)

Brad Delp (Boston)

Steve Perry (Journey)

EDiT: Sorry hit enter before done, more complete list continues

Robert Plant (Led Zepplin)

Van Morrison

Freddie Mercury (Queen)

Bono (U2)

Have at it. Who else belongs here?



July 15th, 2017 at 9:20 AM ^

(reads own post again)

Ummm...where did I write that Dennis was on the same level as Mercury? The OP has listed multiple singers that he likes, I listed two that I liked without giving any particular weight to either singer.

Reading is hard.


July 15th, 2017 at 11:41 AM ^

If you add a second vocalist to a list of best rock vocalists, you are implying that they are on a similar level, as they are both worthy of inclusion on a list of best rock vocalists. 

If you don't think they are on the same level, then why would you write them both in for a list of best rock vocalists? You didn't need to explicitly say you view them as equals, your decision to add them both to the list of best rock vocalists says that...unless you don't know what best means.

English is hard.


July 16th, 2017 at 12:52 AM ^

Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, Annie Lennox and Ann Wilson are all great vocalists. At least as good, and a lot better imo, than Thom Yorke.
You know who else is better than Yorke? David FREAKING BOWIE!!!


July 14th, 2017 at 8:29 PM ^

Also Sting

Depending on your definition of "Rock Vocalist" Van Morrison. Not exactly sure if Van is pure rock (probably not) but man, he's got on of the greatest voices of all time.


July 14th, 2017 at 11:20 PM ^

I like most of the above and have been trying to come up with additional vocalists.  One that jumped to mind right away is Geddy Lee of Rush.  He has power and sublety with very good range.


July 14th, 2017 at 8:41 PM ^

Jim Morrison, John Denver, Robert Plant, Iggy, Rob Tyner, Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard, Chester (Howlin' Wolf) Burnett.

While Iggy and Hendrix aren't classic vocalists, they get high marks for distinctive style.

John Denver had the best, very powerful voice.

Morrison was mesmerizing, and Ray Manzerak, Robby Kreiger and John Densmore were a really professional, well accomplished musical group.

The Fugitive

July 14th, 2017 at 9:13 PM ^

My favorite band is Mastodon and they have 3 vocalists, each of whom is very distinct from the other.  Aside from their skill and Brann's drumming style, this is the most unique aspect of the group.


First singer - Brann Dailor (Drums)
Second singer - Troy Sanders (Bass)
Third singer - Brent Hinds (Guitar)