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Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:44 pm
  • Was driving to work yesterday and listening to a "classic" rock station. At the conclusion of a Tom Petty song (RIP), the DJ described Petty as a "guitarist". I think to myself that I would probably not describe him as a vocalist either. This gets me thinkin, Who would I list as the best male rock & roll vocalist(s)? I came up with a few, in no particular order:
    Steve Perry - Journey
    David Lee Roth - Van Halen
    If nothing else, he gets credit just for the various R&R screams....
    Benny Mardones
    He is not very well known but man, when he was in his prime, he had a VOICE...
    Robert Plant - Led Zeppelin
    Probably my #2 all time. His power and range are just incredible. Extra credit for being in my favorite band.



    My #1 male R & R vocalist of all time is........ Freddie Mercury. I don't think anybody else comes close.

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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:23 pm
  • WmHBonney wrote:My #1 male R & R vocalist of all time is........ Freddie Mercury. I don't think anybody else comes close.

    Yours?

    How could it possibly be anyone else?
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Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:48 pm
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Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:30 pm
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:55 am
  • Geoff Tate formally of Queensrÿche, used to be a great vocalist, have not heard much of him in a long while.

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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:31 am
  • I see everyone's responses, and I guess we need to define what "vocalist" means.

    If we're saying it means taking all the technical vocal terms into account like pitch, range, tenor, control, tone, etc? Then Freddy Mercury is the only right answer for me, he not only checks all the technical tangible boxes I just listed, he also checks all the intangible boxes like stage presence and charisma.

    I'd put Plant, Perry and Cornell as close 2nd's.

    This IMO is what "vocalists" means. Now if the question was "frontman?" meaning might not have all or even most of the technical boxes checked, but has insane stage presence, energy and charisma? Now we can include guys like Lemmy, Bon Scott, Roth, Daltrey, Roth, Vetter, Jagger, Tyler and Springsteen.

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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:37 am
  • Freddie Mercury was the best. I would also rank Plant in his prime and Cornell very high on the list.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:57 am
  • I always liked John Lennon's voice, even if he isn't technically a "great" singer. It's all about the final product, IMO.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:56 pm
  • It's got to be Chris Cornell. I can't think of any other male vocalist with a 6 octave range.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:02 pm
  • I'm not a Judas Priest guy... but Rob Halford has a pretty amazing voice and range.

    But I would agree, Freddie Mercury is probably tops.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:10 pm
  • SmokinHawk wrote:It's got to be Chris Cornell. I can't think of any other male vocalist with a 6 octave range.


    If I had to pick a frontman for my group? It'd be Plant or Cornell, cause not only could those guys sing, but they could write like a damn poet.

    Everyone fixates on Cornell's voice, and rightly so. But he doesn't get enough credit for his song writing.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:34 pm
  • In no particular order:

    Freddy Mercury
    Chris Cornell
    Robert Plant
    Bruce Dickinson
    Ronnie James Dio
    Paul Rogers
    Lou Gramm
    Rob Halford (on pure power and presence)
    Steve Perry (who was so good, his aka was The Voice)
    And of course Geoff Tate, he's an all timer.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:58 pm
  • SoulfishHawk wrote:Steve Perry (who was so good, his aka was The Voice).


    If you want to smile, go back and listen to early Journey when Fleishmann or Rolie were the lead singers and Perry was backup. You could tell instantly why their record company was like "Err, yeah we're going with this Perry guy from now on, you other guys hit the bricks."

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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:43 pm
  • Such a great band, with some very good players. Shoot, Neil Schon played at Woodstock with Santana. Unreal guitar player and still brings it.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:14 pm
  • I think Freddie Mercury was the most talented, without question. Certainly the largest range without going falsetto. He had genuine range that would have made some female vocalists jealous.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:48 pm
  • As a singer in rock bands growing up many influenced me personally. Freddie aside (and who can really argue with him as a top choice) I was most influenced by:

    Robert Plant
    Tony Harnell (Insane voice and range from a little known Norwegian 80's rock band called "TNT")
    Geoff Tate
    Bruce Dickinson
    Rob Halford
    Steve Perry
    Lou Gramm
    Ronnie James Dio

    Among others but they stand out as who I considered excellent rock vocalists all for their own specific, specialized reasons, range and abilities.

    David Lee Roth is not a great singer and I think he would even admit that. But 80's frontman? Has to be at the top.

    Not really "rock N roll" in perhaps the tone of this thread but I always thought Starship's Mickey Thomas was fantastic and extremely underrated. Killer range and control. Saw him live once and he was just as good if not better live.

    I was never moved by the ubiquitous grunters and screamers. They had to be technically sound, dynamic with great tone and range for me to pay attention.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:05 pm
  • No love for Roy Orbison? Too old for y'all?
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:45 pm
  • GeekHawk wrote:No love for Roy Orbison? Too old for y'all?


    Well Frankie Valli fits in that Era as well.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:36 pm
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:08 am
  • chris98251 wrote:
    GeekHawk wrote:No love for Roy Orbison? Too old for y'all?


    Well Frankie Valli fits in that Era as well.


    That era, true. But he was a guy with some singing talent who was helped by The Hype Machine, not a multi-octave-vocal-range rock-n-roll singer who changed the landscape by writing personal, soulful, emotional ballads without being afraid to change to a minor key mid-song if that's what it called for. Rock-n-roll didn't start in 1964 when the Beatles came over, ya know.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:49 am
  • RolandDeschain wrote:Can't believe nobody has thrown out Meat Loaf yet.


    Bat out of Hell was one of the first albums I ever bought in the late 70's. As a catholic kid, I was drawn to any album or music that looked or sounded evil, so after I saw the cover I was in.

    Then I put it on, and was like "OMG, this is NOT AC/DC!" Loved it, but was shocked to hear this operatic dude belting out love songs.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:20 am
  • Sgt. Largent wrote:
    RolandDeschain wrote:Can't believe nobody has thrown out Meat Loaf yet.


    Bat out of Hell was one of the first albums I ever bought in the late 70's. As a catholic kid, I was drawn to any album or music that looked or sounded evil, so after I saw the cover I was in.

    Then I put it on, and was like "OMG, this is NOT AC/DC!" Loved it, but was shocked to hear this operatic dude belting out love songs.

    Yep; he's got an amazing voice and a unique style. Quite the duo he and Jim Steinman made. I'd say the only person in this entire list I'd put above him is Freddie Mercury, TBH.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:05 pm
  • I'll add Burton Cummings to this list (The Guess Who). Really great, and severely underrated singer.
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Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:11 am
  • Robert Plant,Steve Perry and Freddie
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:28 pm
  • Yeah, imo, Freddie is the greatest.

    I'd put Cornell, Meatloaf, and Eddie Vedder up near the top as well.

    Favorite front-man, James Hetfield.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:39 pm
  • Layne Thomas Staley...nuff said.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:53 am
  • I thought of another underrated frontman/vocalist........Ian Astbury from The Cult.

    They kinda got swept up in the buttrock hair metal 80's, but IMO a great rock band, and Astbury can sing like a mofo.

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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:13 am
  • Nice call on Harnell of TNT. That dude could really belt it out.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:33 pm
  • Sgt. Largent wrote:I thought of another underrated frontman/vocalist........Ian Astbury from The Cult.

    They kinda got swept up in the buttrock hair metal 80's, but IMO a great rock band, and Astbury can sing like a mofo.




    Good call!

    Gary Cherone from Extreme also had a great voice, IMO.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:50 pm
  • Queen's performance at Live Aid was considered the greatest performance in the history of rock and roll. Don't think you can top that.

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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:01 am
  • A little surprised nobody's mentioned Sebastian Bach yet. He's not on Freddy's level (honestly, nobody is) but he had a hell of a voice.
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:17 am
  • No offense on the late Lemmy, but he had a horrible voice :lol:
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:33 pm
  • SoulfishHawk wrote:Nice call on Harnell of TNT. That dude could really belt it out.


    Amazing...

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Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:35 pm
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    SoulfishHawk wrote:Nice call on Harnell of TNT. That dude could really belt it out.


    Amazing...




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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:49 pm
  • Good thing you didn't know me back in the 80's.
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Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:02 pm
  • Aros wrote:Good thing you didn't know me back in the 80's.

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Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:37 pm
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Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:14 am
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Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:19 pm
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Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:03 pm
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:20 am
  • Sgt. Largent wrote:I thought of another underrated frontman/vocalist........Ian Astbury from The Cult.

    They kinda got swept up in the buttrock hair metal 80's, but IMO a great rock band, and Astbury can sing like a mofo.



    I’m a huge fan of The Cult! Agreed on Astbury!

    Aside from the others mentioned I think these belong up there:

    Dennis Deyoung (Styx)

    Bob Seger

    Lou Gramm (Foreigner)

    Ann Wilson

    Joe Cocker

    David Bowie
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Re: MAle R&R vocalist
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:45 am
  • Great video of Todd. Been curious all these years what his band sounded like.
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