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!
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.
The lead singer of Evanescence has still got it.
One half of female rock duo Heart, Ann’s voice is one of a kind:
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:
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:
There’s a reason why he’s called ‘The Boss’:
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:
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 who? He used to be the frontman of Survivor, and he sang the theme tune to Baywatch, OK?!
No explanation needed here. One of the all-time greats.
Fronting Skunk Anansie, Skin breathed new life into the 90s grunge scene, with a voice that could melt hearts and break speakers.
Taking American classic rock to new heights in the 80s, Steve Perry has the sort of voice most singers would kill for:
A ‘top rock voices’ list would not be complete without this man. Same goes for a list of ‘biggest mouth in music’.