The Greatest Living Rock Voices

Happy 2012 everyone!

After a brief spell of blog-block, I’m back and have kickstarted the year by listening to a lot of rock. Which started me thinking about how much I like rock vocals – there’s something totally unique about hearing a really good rock singer. Some are deep, dark and disturbing…others huge, high and soaring…and some just knock your socks off.

Earlier this week I tweeted about this blog post and asked for some inspiration. Here are the Top 20 (living) rock singers, as voted by the Twittersphere, in alphabetical order. Have a listen, you might find something cool – when you’ve finished, make sure you vote in the poll below!

Adam Lambert

If the 2011 EMA awards proved anything, it was that Adam Lambert has reached the kind of superstardom that allows him to hold his own fronting Queen – something only a handful of other people on the planet can attest to. This video clip (especially 1.29 onwards) firmly belongs in the ‘knock your socks off’ category.

Amy Lee

The lead singer of Evanescence has still got it.

Ann Wilson

One half of female rock duo Heart, Ann’s voice is one of a kind:

Axl Rose

I waited over an hour after the scheduled onstage time of Guns N Roses at Leeds Festival 2010, but it was worth it to hear Axl crank out Paradise City. One of the best technical rock singers out there:

Brian Johnson

I remember the first time someone played me an AC/DC song. Brian Johnson’s voice stopped me dead – I’ve never heard anything like it, before or since:

Bruce Springsteen

There’s a reason why he’s called ‘The Boss’:

Chris Cornell

As the lead singer of Audioslave and Soundgarden (plus a solo star in his own right), Chris Cornell has one of the recognisable vocal screams in the industry:

Jared Leto

In the days before he began fronting 30 Seconds To Mars, Jared Leto was best known as a internationally-renowned actor, appearing in Fight Club, Girl, Interrupted, and Requiem For A Dream, among many others.

Jimi Jamison

Jimi who? He used to be the frontman of Survivor, and he sang the theme tune to Baywatch, OK?!

Meat Loaf

No explanation needed here. One of the all-time greats.

Skin

Fronting Skunk Anansie, Skin breathed new life into the 90s grunge scene, with a voice that could melt hearts and break speakers.

Steve Perry

Taking American classic rock to new heights in the 80s, Steve Perry has the sort of voice most singers would kill for:

Steven Tyler

A ‘top rock voices’ list would not be complete without this man. Same goes for a list of ‘biggest mouth in music’.

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27 thoughts on “The Greatest Living Rock Voices

  1. I was blown away by Adam Lambert’s Idol performance, so he gets my vote. Cudos also to Meat Loaf, Wilson, and Leto! All great singers!

  2. I voted Adam Lambert but if I could voted for a close second, it would have been Meatloaf. I don’t know much about the technical aspects of their voices, but both Adam and Meatloaf sing with such profound emotion and genuine truth that it’s impossible not to be transported by their music.

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  4. I’ve been a fan of ADAM’S from the very first time I saw him!Adam is a complete package.He sings ,he’s a showman,he connects to all right away,he LOVES what he is doing,and it shows in every song.Adam will be standing with some awesome God’s of rock!!Have a ball doing it!! And MAKE TIME FOR SAULI!!! you two are a team.LOVE YOU ADAM,one of your senior fans.hey maybe you should have a senior fan club.like over 50’s!!

  5. Adam turned me on to Rock Music with his huge voice and stage presence. I love anything he sings but the Queen Performance had to be the best all time performance for him. The whole world needs to experience it so they can realize what a superstar he is!!

  6. ADAM LAMBERT HAS ALREADY MADE HISTORY ON AMERICAN IDOL WITH HIS GROUNDBREAKING RUN ON SEASON 8,WHEN THE FINAL CHAPTER IS WRITTEN ABOUT THAT SHOW ONLY ONE NAME WILL LOOM ABOVE THE BLUE IDOL LOGO..IT IS ADAM LAMBERT,WITHOUT A DOUBT THE MOST EXCITING AND TALENTED CONTESTANT TO EVER STAND ON A IDOL STAGE..HE CHANGED THAT PROGRAM FOREVER,HE MADE HISTORY…AS WE SEE OUR BOY CLIMB EVEN HIGHER IT IS NICE TO KNOW REAL TALENT MATTERS AFTER ALL!!

  7. Voted Axl Rose but had never seen Adam Lambert until I viewed him on here – Jesus that is one hell of a voice. Made me take to Youtube to discover more. Whilst searching I remembered Brian Molko from Placebo, in my humble opinion their version of 20th Century Boy (T Rex) is better than the original.

  8. Had to go with Adam Lambert. Two historical favorites are Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant for me – but I get that you are trying to be more current. After Adam Lambert another current favorite for me is Matt Bellamy from Muse.

  9. More appropriate vid for adam…Youtube Wanna Whole Lotta Love from Costa Mesa…either night…Or his recent Leno performance…or Fantasy Springs…or Cryin from Idol…or …hell any of his classic Idols or tour vids…the man can flat out sing…sing…not just scream.

    • I agree, for nearly 30 years my favourite singer was Bruce Dickinson, then I saw Adam and my world was overturned in a matter of weeks, Iron Maiden are still my favourite band, but I’m afraid Bruce has been bumped to second place.

  10. Why do some of Adam Lambert’s fans have to bring his relationship and his limpet of a partner’s name into everything? It’s hardly relevant to the quality of his voice, is it?

  11. Why does the fact that he has a boyfriend bother you so much? Stop worrying about it. It’s not relevant to the quality of his voice, but it doesn’t hurt to mention it. And it’s rather unfair and hurtful to refer to Sauli as a limpet. Take your delusional hate elsewhere.

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