Top 10 All Time Male Vocalists

by Steven Wagenheim 123 replies
In going through my music history, I find that male vocalists (at least the
really good ones) are less prevalent in rock and roll and more prevalent in
the standards of yesterday like Sinatra and Crosby. I wonder why? Having
said that, there are a few in the rock era that I thought sung well even
though most tried to scream their way through the tune.

Here is my list of favorites. Number 1 is number 1 for me. Wow, what a voice
he had.

Gary Puckett
Bing Crosby
Frank Sinatra
Harry Connick Jr.
Sammy Hagar (the best of the screamers)
Steve Perry
Nat King Cole
Ezio Pinza (go listen to Some Enchanted Evening sometime)
Josh Groban (the best today)
Jon Anderson (made Yes what they were)

My mother, God rest her soul, an opera singer, said Garry Puckett gave
her goose bumps. Young Girl, Woman Woman, Lady Willpower and Over
You were 4 of the biggest songs of 1968. Anybody else would have never
gotten these tunes as big as they got.

Anyway, I know I've left out a ton of talent so take it away.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Motley
    Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

    Frank Sinatra
    End of the thread right there. You can't match the master. I don't care how old you are, or where you are from, or what music you listen to there is atleast one Sinatra song that you will probably like

    I like a lot of guys, mostly r&b singers, but there is only one sinatra.

    also Tony Bennett.
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    • Profile picture of the author jmidas
      Meatloaf - amazing voice everyone has forgotten.
      Frankie Valli
      Elton John
      Otis Redding
      Frank - will always be #1
      Bing
      Sammie (Davis Jr, not Hagar)

      not 10, but that's the beginning of my list.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Originally Posted by jmidas View Post

        Meatloaf - amazing voice everyone has forgotten.
        Frankie Valli
        Otis Redding
        Frank - will always be #1
        Bing
        Sammie (Davis Jr, not Hagar)

        not 10, but that's the beginning of my list.
        Yeah, Meat Loaf had a great voice but it's shot to hell now. I have Bat Out
        Of Hell, the followup and his last album.

        The guy sure had a set of pipes.
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        • Profile picture of the author jmidas
          I remember buying Bat Out of Hell when it came out and playing it over and over and over...

          I forgot to put Ray Charles on my list.

          And, another, Freddie Mercury - weird as could be, but incredible voice.
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          • Profile picture of the author Kurt
            Originally Posted by jmidas View Post


            I forgot to put Ray Charles on my list.
            Ray is the greatest American singer of all time. No one has the range he has. How many others can sign jazz and country/western? Not to mention, rock, pop, blues. No one sang with more feeling and expression than Ray and to me this defines American music.

            Elvis is number two.

            John Lee Hooker - The definitive blues voice.

            Nat King Cole beats Sinatra hands down. I'll take Deano over Sinatra as well.

            I also like Kim Wilson of the Fab T-Birds.

            Although not into his music, Bing Crosby had a great, smooth voice.

            Howlin Wolf, while his voice is rough, he is a master at inflection.

            David Bowie is a great singer.

            Also, Gene Vincent

            Little Richard

            Jim Morrison - I'm not into the Doors, but the guy had a great voice.

            I love Mick Jaggar, but to say he has a good voice would be a stretch.

            And I hate to admit it publicly , but I love Box Car Willie's voice.
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            • Profile picture of the author Killer Joe
              Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that in all the threads about great musicians nobody (yet :rolleyes has mentioned Michael Jackson?

              Van Morrison
              Elvis Costello
              Jackson Brown
              Any of the Eagles
              Joe Cocker
              Andrea Bocelli
              John Lennon

              Donnie Osmond
              Shaun Cassidy
              Wait a minute, I better save these for the Top 10 Boy Bands thread

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              • Profile picture of the author Kurt
                Originally Posted by Killer Joe View Post

                Donnie Osmond

                KJ
                I saw a video in the late 80's that spliced together a bunch of people singing the same song...I "think" it was Infatuation, by Rod Stewart/Jeff Beck.

                Donnie Osmond had about 15 seconds of being the singer and he was far and away the best singer of the bunch. He really does have a very good voice, if he'd just pick better songs.

                It's sad in a way, he's almost become the symbol for being "uncool", which is entirely based on his goody-goody image, but ignores that he is a talented singer. We often need to seperate the artist from the art (and image).
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                • Profile picture of the author Lawrh
                  A bit more eclectic perhaps, I love voice. My favourite instrument.

                  Jussi Bjoerling
                  Bob Marley
                  Dean Martin
                  Bryn Terfel
                  Placido Domingo
                  Robert Plant
                  Al Jolson
                  Marty Robbins
                  Jimi Hendrix
                  Harry Belafonte
                  Louis Armstrong
                  Vaughn Monroe
                  Paul Butterfield
                  Leo Kottke

                  Better stop, too many amazing voices, I could go on for a very long time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    Nat King Cole (my favorite since I was like 5 years old)

    Stevie Wonder as a little child - the most beautiful crystal clear voice I have ever heard - just average after he grew up.

    Bob Dylan - the master songwriter of our age, and voice may be nasal and raspy, but figure, write, sing, play harmonica and guitar all at the same time.

    Righteous Brothers
    Joey Ramone
    Wilson Pickett
    Jackie Wilson
    Little Anthony
    Joe Cocker - back in the day
    Jim Morrison
    John Lennon

    So many unknown lead singers in groups of the 50-60s like the Cadillacs, Olympics, etc. check out this deep tenor voice. (Eddie Lewis)



    Fred Paris and The Five Satins

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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Allen
    As usual, this is completely subjective.

    Here's my quick list...

    Roy Orbison -- (this guy had a 4 or 5 octave range - enough said)
    Freddie Mercury -- (this crazy little thing could sing like Elvis and more)
    Elvis -- (the voice, the charisma, the presence -- what else can you say?)
    John Fogerty (back in his day -- this guy just oozed with soul/realism)
    Paul Rogers (now this is one bad ass singer)
    John Lennon (imagine having a voice like his)
    Roger Daltry ( don't get fooled again -- this guy can sing)
    Bono (in his prime he could belt it out with the best of them)
    Elton John (the melody and dynamics in his good old days)

    I'm sure I missed some. But that's a start.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
    Ah, I see someone did get Robert Plant.

    Roger Daltrey certainly belongs on the list as well.

    John

    Edit: Looks like Dave Allen beat me to the punch.

    My top ten list would look pretty close to Dave's.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Here's a great singer I don't think anyone mentioned, Tom Jones:



    Here's another Tom dedicates to Leadbelly:

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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Allen
    Hey Kurt,

    Yeah, you're right. Tom Jones has an amazing set of pipes. My buddy, I was mentioning, who had played keyboards with Richie Blackmore's Rainbow, reminded me of that a couple of weeks ago when we were having some beers. Tom can belt it out -- no doubt.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ken Strong
      Burton Cummings of the Guess Who, and John Fogerty of Creedence had very distinctive, unique voices when they were in their prime.

      Kurt Cobain was great, too. I think the key for guys like these is they wrote their own material -- they couldn't necessarily make a living as song interpreters, the way guys like Sinatra, Crosby, and Bennett could, but they were perfect for the bands they were in.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Originally Posted by KenStrong View Post

        Burton Cummings of the Guess Who, and John Fogerty of Creedence had very distinctive, unique voices when they were in their prime.

        Kurt Cobain was great, too. I think the key for guys like these is they wrote their own material -- they couldn't necessarily make a living as song interpreters, the way guys like Sinatra, Crosby, and Bennett could, but they were perfect for the bands they were in.
        Ah, Burton Cummings. Ever hear him do "Stand Tall?"

        Man that guy could sing.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Originally Posted by KenStrong View Post

        Burton Cummings of the Guess Who, and John Fogerty of Creedence had very distinctive, unique voices when they were in their prime.

        Kurt Cobain was great, too. I think the key for guys like these is they wrote their own material -- they couldn't necessarily make a living as song interpreters, the way guys like Sinatra, Crosby, and Bennett could, but they were perfect for the bands they were in.
        Ken, my favorite John Fogerty song.


        He had one of the most identifiable voices in history. I could tell a CCR
        tune a mile away.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Allen
    Hey Ken,

    You're absolutely right. Burton Cummings was one of the "unsung" hero's. (amazing)

    Plus, (what you were referring to -- guys like Kurt Cobain, John Fogerty, to mention only a couple) that's one of the key components of "mostly everything" that "differentiates" itself and "positions" itself as a -- unique "brand". They may not have been "THE best", (necessarily, or were/are) but... they (did/present) themselves in a way that distinguished them from everything else that was/is out there.

    That's always an extremely powerful place to come from.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jagged
    Toss Geddy Lee of "RUSH" into the mix.... a most distintive voice with an amazing range...
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Allen
    One guy who hasn't been mentioned that had an amazing career is Bryan Ferry. The woman sure loved the guy and his voice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Motley
    Johnny Cash.

    Not a songbird, but a distinctive voice
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  • Profile picture of the author derekwong28

    Mario Lanza should be mentioned, he influenced Elvis, Pavoroti, Domingo and Carreras and was considered as a rival to Caruso
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by derekwong28 View Post

      YouTube - Mario Lanza - I'll Walk With God

      Mario Lanza should be mentioned, he influenced Elvis, Pavoroti, Domingo and Carreras and was considered as a rival to Caruso
      Hi Derek,

      How about Paul Robeson?

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      • Profile picture of the author ConcordeWarrior
        Opera
        Luciano Pavarotti

        Variety/Jazz
        Frank Sinatra

        Rock music
        Freddie Mercury

        About Bryan Ferry I just wish he would accept the fact that he is getting old and he would stop dyeing his hair and chasing after very young women. Totally ridiculous.
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        • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
          Originally Posted by ConcordeWarrior View Post

          Opera
          Luciano Pavarotti

          Variety/Jazz
          Frank Sinatra

          Rock music
          Freddie Mercury

          About Bryan Ferry I just wish he would accept the fact that he is getting old and he would stop dyeing his hair and chasing after very young women. Totally ridiculous.
          a voice like that, the women chase him

          let the music stand alone
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          • Profile picture of the author Martin Luxton
            Going a bit more international:

            Garou (from Canada) with his French co-stars Patric Fiori and Daniel Lavoie




            Victor Manuel (from Spain)




            Kamahl (from Australia, via Malaysia/Sri Lanka)




            Another Aussie, Philip Quast




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            • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
              in no particular order

              john lennon
              ray davies
              liam gallagher
              ray columbus
              james reyne
              george thorogood
              eric burdon
              dave edmunds
              harry chapin
              graham parker

              sort of the real world list, but harry and george had to be there
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              • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
                Originally Posted by oncewerewarriors View Post

                in no particular order

                john lennon
                ray davies
                liam gallagher
                ray columbus
                james reyne
                george thorogood
                eric burdon
                dave edmunds
                harry chapin
                graham parker

                sort of the real world list, but harry and george had to be there
                I don't mean to pick on your choices (you named some that I did earlier so we obviously have some favorites in common), but have you ever seen George Thorogood live? I did once. He didn't sound anything like his recorded music. He couldn't carry a tune at all. One of the worst singers I've ever seen, actually. Unless that was just an off night for him, he gets a LOT of help from the studio tech guys adjusting his pitch, etc.
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                • Profile picture of the author Devid Farah
                  #1 for me is and will always be Michael Jackson.
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                • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
                  Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

                  I don't mean to pick on your choices (you named some that I did earlier so we obviously have some favorites in common), but have you ever seen George Thorogood live? I did once. He didn't sound anything like his recorded music. He couldn't carry a tune at all. One of the worst singers I've ever seen, actually. Unless that was just an off night for him, he gets a LOT of help from the studio tech guys adjusting his pitch, etc.
                  George Thorogood, even on record, didn't have anything close to what I'd
                  call a "good" voice.

                  But I guess all this stuff is subjective, isn't it.
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                  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
                    Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

                    George Thorogood, even on record, didn't have anything close to what I'd
                    call a "good" voice.

                    But I guess all this stuff is subjective, isn't it.
                    Yup, it is all subjective. To me his recorded voice is just another rock voice, nothing special. But live, man, he was so off-key it was distracting from the music. The closest thing I can compare it to was when Roseanne Barr tried to sing the national anthem.
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                • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
                  Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

                  I don't mean to pick on your choices (you named some that I did earlier so we obviously have some favorites in common), but have you ever seen George Thorogood live? I did once. He didn't sound anything like his recorded music. He couldn't carry a tune at all. One of the worst singers I've ever seen, actually. Unless that was just an off night for him, adjusting his pitch, etc.
                  Seen him live on more than occassion. I think he is one of the better stage acts, especially in a smaller venue. He is one of the few artists i have travelled to another country to see.

                  You say he is one of the worst singers, I say he picks very good songs that suit his voice. It is about who i like, Not who the critics like. I do not expect vocal perfection, i want to smell the sweat, feel the effort and effect. The word soul springs to mind but is too open to abuse.

                  So George Thorogood is the only one who gets 'a LOT of help from the studio tech guys? I have my fathers vinyl of GT and he has proven to be a rock and roll survivor, although that is not always a recommendation.

                  Perhaps i have a different interpretation of male vocalist as GT uses his guitar as his voice too, with much success.

                  THe UK and other civilised countries had a genre, 'Pub Rock,' Check out Graham Parker, Rockpile, Brinsley Schwartz, Kursall Flyers. The list is endless. Joe Strummer was a pub rocker while waiting to be an opportunist punk. This is where George belongs, not the pure bluesman, but a rocker, sharing his influences and inspirations.

                  Thanks for reminding me and others of a great artist. Give him a listen, especially the early stuff, he may remind you of Pavarotti - maybe not...

                  Interesting debate, seems there is no middle ground for George Thorogood. Love him or hate him but never just OK.
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                  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
                    Originally Posted by oncewerewarriors View Post

                    Seen him live on more than occassion.

                    You say he is one of the worst singers, I say he picks very good songs that suit his voice.

                    So George Thorogood is the only one who gets 'a LOT of help from the studio tech guys?

                    Besides I think GT uses his guitar as his voice too

                    Horses for courses

                    He can stay on my list
                    That's fine. It's all subjective. I was just curious if you'd seen him in person. I've got a couple albums by him. I just found his live voice to be dramatically different from his recordings, and not in a good way. I wasn't knocking your taste, as I said, we picked some of the same people.
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    Freddy Mercury and Steve Perry
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    Mel Tormey
    Andy Williams
    Tom Jones
    Vince Gill
    Paul Rogers
    Art Garfunkel
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  • Profile picture of the author derekwong28
    Kurt, I don't know Paul Robertson although I recognize the song. My mother was a fan of Mario Lanza and that is how I heard him sing. Generally, I do not like listening to recordings made before the mid seventies because they are often in mono and sounds rather flat.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Here are the ones that spring to mind. In no particular order...

    Lee Ving - (1)Lead singer of the punk band Fear, but also shows his real talent in a (2)clip from Fame.
    Mark Mothersbaugh/Gerald Casale
    Keith Morris/Dez Cadena
    Donald Fagen
    Bob Dylan - Yes, I said Bob Dylan.
    Elvis Presley - Especially the haunting version of Blue Moon.
    Adam Ant
    John Lennon
    James Brown
    Mick Jagger
    Alice Cooper
    Stiv Bators
    David Bowie
    Hank Williams, Sr.
    Roger Daltrey
    Neil Young
    Bon Scott
    Little Richard
    Steve Winwood
    Ian Gillan

    Rock on!
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

      Bob Dylan - Yes, I said Bob Dylan.
      Bob Dylan? Bob "hey when you find the tune jump on" Dylan?

      Surely you must be kidding.

      The guy's a great writer and I love him, but a singer?

      Hey Michael, I knew you had a sense of humor but this one's the best.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Bob Dylan? Bob "hey when you find the tune jump on" Dylan?

        Surely you must be kidding.

        The guy's a great writer and I love him, but a singer?

        Hey Michael, I knew you had a sense of humor but this one's the best.
        Seriously.

        Though I'm not foolish enough to think a lot of others would agree.

        Yes, I actually like his voice.

        However, when it comes to his vocal tone and timbre, he may not compare to people like Sinatra. BUT, he does have something in common with them that elevates him several spaces - and that's his delivery. Sometimes it's disjointed, but when he sails through some of near stream-of-consciusness stuff it's amazing.

        Reminds me of a discussion I once had...

        Him: Dylan sucks!
        Me: No he's awesome.
        Him: Maybe as a writer, but not a singer.
        Me: Yes, as a singer, too.
        Him: Prove it!
        Me: Well, nobody can sing Dylan, like Dylan.
        Him: That's because nobody would want to.



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      • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
        I disagree. Dylan was a better singer than Gary Puckett IMHO. I mean, Gary Puckett? You must be kidding. He only recorded a few albums and hasn't had a new one in 38 years! :-) Who has he influenced? Dylan, as a singer, has influenced many singers and still does. It's not all about have a golden voice. It's what you do with your voice and Dylan was one of the most inovative singers I have ever heard.

        Cheers
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        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Bob Dylan? Bob "hey when you find the tune jump on" Dylan?

        Surely you must be kidding.

        The guy's a great writer and I love him, but a singer?

        Hey Michael, I knew you had a sense of humor but this one's the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author toughcritic
    These top ten lists "of all time" are very amusing. Most are compiled by people whose musical knowledge, if any, goes back to about 1995. To me, "all time" anything means the best from all eras and genres of music, not just the last 20 years. With this in mind I present my list of the BEST from all genres of recorded music: Pop, Jazz, Country and Classical.

    1. Bing Crosby............................................ .Pop
    2. Frank Sinatra........................................... Pop
    3. Nat King Cole...........................................Pop
    4. Perry Como.............................................. Pop
    5. Dick Haymes............................................ Pop
    6. Mel Torme............................................. ..Jazz
    7. Sammy Davis Jr........................................Jazz
    8. Jim Reeves............................................ ..Country
    9. Eddie Arnold............................................ Country
    10. Mario Lanza...........................................Cl assical
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  • Profile picture of the author Jun Balona
    ...and to think nobody mentioned Engelbert Humperdinck.

    Yup, Kurt Cobain. I include him on my top list.

    Add to that the names of Steven Tyler and Freddie Mercury.

    Edit:

    If in terms of my roots I would put Freddie Aguilar on top of my list. His song "Anak" ("Child") was the all time best selling hit in the Philippines, translated in over 26 countries and even topped the Billboards in the 80's.

    The vid here is the original. And I think a lot of the old timers here have heard it before.


    The song is about parental love.
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  • Profile picture of the author albertosm
    phil colins
    stivie wonder
    frank senatra
    james hetfield
    sting
    john lennon
    jim morison
    rod stuwart
    steve perry
    freddy mercury
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

    In going through my music history, I find that male vocalists (at least the
    really good ones) are less prevalent in rock and roll and more prevalent in
    the standards of yesterday like Sinatra and Crosby. I wonder why? Having
    said that, there are a few in the rock era that I thought sung well even
    though most tried to scream their way through the tune.

    Here is my list of favorites. Number 1 is number 1 for me. Wow, what a voice
    he had.

    Gary Puckett
    Bing Crosby
    Frank Sinatra
    Harry Connick Jr.
    Sammy Hagar (the best of the screamers)
    Steve Perry
    Nat King Cole
    Ezio Pinza (go listen to Some Enchanted Evening sometime)
    Josh Groban (the best today)
    Jon Anderson (made Yes what they were)

    My mother, God rest her soul, an opera singer, said Garry Puckett gave
    her goose bumps. Young Girl, Woman Woman, Lady Willpower and Over
    You were 4 of the biggest songs of 1968. Anybody else would have never
    gotten these tunes as big as they got.

    Anyway, I know I've left out a ton of talent so take it away.
    Someone told me once they have good singers in other countries too
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    liam gallagher, grossly under rated musically

    the press decreed his personal life was more significant than the music
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  • Profile picture of the author bravo75
    Bob Marley, Luther Vandross and Captain Beefheart are 3 of my favorites. Check this out for some killer vocals.





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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Lots of great singers mentioned. I'll just mention a few I didn't see listed. If you listed one of these guys and I missed it, pat yourself on the back.

    John Kay (good with Steppenwolf, but I think his voice shines on Heretics and Privateers)
    Waylon Jennings
    Ronnie James Dio
    Brother Iz
    John Hiatt (most won't agree with this one but I like him)
    JJ Cale (most probably won't agree with this either, but I like his lazy style)
    Markus James (OK, let me save time, most probably won't agree with any I post)
    Chris Rea
    RL Burnside (reminds me of John Lee Hooker)
    Lonesome Dave (Foghat)
    Harry Chapin
    Jim Croce
    Cat Stevens
    Eric Burdon
    Jimmy Buffet
    Gordon Lightfoot

    Call me crazy, but I've always liked Ozzie too.

    PS to Michael - I think John Prine is kind of like Dylan, not everyone likes his voice but a great songwriter who makes the most of what he has.

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  • Profile picture of the author BillyBee
    I'm shocked no one has mentioned Morrissey. He's the first name that sprang to mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rick Britton
    Van Morrison (just love "Listen to the Lions")
    Tom Waits (Grapefruit Moon)
    Peter Hammill
    Robert Plant
    Stevie Wonder
    Otis Redding
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  • Profile picture of the author Juan L Costa
    Freddie Mercury is the best vocalist that rock music has ever seen IMO.
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  • Profile picture of the author DazedandConfused
    Tom Waits
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    • Profile picture of the author lcombs
      Originally Posted by DazedandConfused View Post

      Tom Waits
      Tom Waits is a hell of poet but a singer?
      I'm a big fan but he cannot sing.
      Kind of like Dylan.

      The same with Jim Morrison and Mick Jagger.

      Entertaining? yes
      Worth listening to? yes
      Great voices? hardly.
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      • Profile picture of the author bravo75
        Tom Waites not a great singer? You're having a laugh.

        Originally Posted by lcombs View Post

        Tom Waits is a hell of poet but a singer?
        I'm a big fan but he cannot sing.
        Kind of like Dylan.

        The same with Jim Morrison and Mick Jagger.

        Entertaining? yes
        Worth listening to? yes
        Great voices? hardly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    I've seen George Thorogood 3 times, including in a very small theater and at Red Rocks. None of them was he "horrible". GT is one of my very favorite acts, and I do think he has great "character" when he sings, but he's far from a great singer...And he will miss a note or have his voice crack once in a while...But he is what he is, and that's a great bar band that's meant to get you stomping your feet and pounding your beer bottle on the table, not serenade you while sipping wine before a fireplace.
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  • Profile picture of the author DazedandConfused
    I saw GT & The Destroyers in a little club just after they had released "Move it On Over" on the radio -
    He absolutely ROCKED that house!! Outstanding Bar Band...

    George is a guitarist - he probably has never claimed to be a singer...
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  • Profile picture of the author suigeneris
    Check this out and tell me what you think of it!

    1. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
    2. Jackie Wilson
    3.
    Marvin Gaye (Whats going on!)
    4. Sam Cooke
    5. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin, )
    6. Ian Gillan (Deep Purple, little less know but still stellar)
    7.
    Elvis Presley (None needed)
    8. Roy Orbison
    9. Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog)
    10. Clyde McPhatter (Drifters, Dominoes)



    Their you have it on no uncertain terms!
    This is of course taking in to account that their is an "Old Fogie Factor" with me... lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    GT is a good bar band. I wouldn't say great, but that's a matter of taste. Never said he wasn't all that, just that he couldn't sing at all when I saw him. Like I said, maybe it was a one-time bad performance, vocal-wise, but he was awful. This was in Virginia Beach back in the late 70's. His slide guitar is much more accomplished than his singing.
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  • Profile picture of the author DazedandConfused
    Geez Dennis, if you want bad - I saw David Crosby one time in the very same club, and he was AWFUL - (of course, that was back when he was probably living in a van down by the river - high on crack all the time) it was pretty sad to see a talent like his going to waste...

    I saw a lot of good talent in that club...GT, Buffett, Bonnie Raitt, Stray Cats, BB King,...I can't even remember them all....
    then ownership changed hands one day - and the new guy turned it into a "sports bar" !
    - a true waste of a good venue -
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      This guy may not be too well known in the US, but Sinatra was a huge fan and called him one of the best in the business. I wouldn't disagree.

      Alas, illness took him away far too early; but he deserves a place among the very top male vocalists, IMO.

      Matt Monro.




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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by DazedandConfused View Post

      Geez Dennis, if you want bad - I saw David Crosby one time in the very same club, and he was AWFUL - (of course, that was back when he was probably living in a van down by the river - high on crack all the time) it was pretty sad to see a talent like his going to waste...

      I saw a lot of good talent in that club...GT, Buffett, Bonnie Raitt, Stray Cats, BB King,...I can't even remember them all....
      then ownership changed hands one day - and the new guy turned it into a "sports bar" !
      - a true waste of a good venue -
      Yeah, Crosby did a number on himself from what I understand. I've never been one to follow the "stars" personal lives though, so what I know about most of them is very superficial.
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      • Profile picture of the author WD Mino
        Great Thread Steve!

        1.Geddy Lee-Rush-the dude has a voice unmatched IMO
        2.Roy Orbison
        3.Neil Diamond
        4.Marty Robbins
        5.Ozzy Osbourne-Black Sabbath
        6.Bon Scott-Nuf Said
        7.Ian Gillan-Deep Purple
        8.Marvin gay
        9.Don mclean
        10.Eric Clapton

        Just off the top of my head.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Um ... Will, you might want to rethink choice number 9, given the title of the thread and all.
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  • Profile picture of the author Crystal Love
    Brian McKnight & Stevie Wonder.
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  • Profile picture of the author WD Mino
    Dennis:
    LOL Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by WD Mino View Post

      Dennis:
      LOL Thanks
      You're welcome, Will. Thank you for the chuckle. I needed it.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    Ok i will take George Thorogood off my list

    The heir apparent has to be Root Boy Slim with the Sex Change band with the Rootettes

    He may be on Google but he does have a web presence as I recall

    I cannot listen to such international hits as 'My Wig Fell Off' and 'Boogie Till You Puke' without shedding a tear.

    Can George come inside again please?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Sure, let him in. Just don't let him sing until he's had at least one bourbon, one scotch, and one beer.
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  • Profile picture of the author DazedandConfused
    And his buddies Johnny and Jack...don't forget them!
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      George drinks alone, with nobody else.
      Originally Posted by DazedandConfused View Post

      And his buddies Johnny and Jack...don't forget them!
      That's kind of a conundrum, fellas. I don't know if we should ask George to move it on over or if we should done give up on him.
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      • Profile picture of the author lcombs
        Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

        That's kind of a conundrum, fellas. I don't know if we should ask George to move it on over or if we should done give up on him.
        Don't forget his good Buddie Weiser.

        And Jack Daniels and his buddy Jimmy Beam
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  • Profile picture of the author ibnujusup
    for me Michael Jackson .. RIP... great voice , kudos to the late King of Pop
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  • Profile picture of the author lcombs
    Geez, there are so many. Don't think I can really choose my favorites.

    So, in no particular order...

    Paul McCartney - "The man of 1,000 voices"
    Roy Orbison
    Elvis
    John Fogerty
    Gary Puckett
    Bing
    Sinatra
    Conway Twitty
    Ray Charles
    Eric Clapton
    Roger Daltry

    Bonus pick
    Jerry Lee

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyDT828gmFc




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    • Profile picture of the author lcombs
      Originally Posted by lcombs View Post

      Geez, there are so many. Don't think I can really choose my favorites.

      So, in no particular order...

      Paul McCartney - "The man of 1,000 voices"
      Roy Orbison
      Elvis
      John Fogerty
      Gary Puckett
      Bing
      Sinatra
      Conway Twitty
      Ray Charles
      Eric Clapton
      Roger Daltry

      Bonus pick
      Jerry Lee

      OK...
      I feel like a head coach who has to trim a roster full of all-stars.

      So...
      Steve Perry and Marty Balin belong on this list but who goes?

      Here is my revised list;

      Paul McCartney - "The man of 1,000 voices"
      Roy Orbison
      Elvis
      John Fogerty
      Gary Puckett
      Bing
      Sinatra
      Conway Twitty
      Steve Perry
      Eric Clapton
      Marty Balin
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  • Profile picture of the author lcombs
    Now you've done it!

    Now I'm going to stuck in Youtube all day!

    Thanks Steve ;-)

    And, of course I found this;

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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Trivia: Without looking it up...To whom did George Thorogood dedicate "I Drink Alone"?
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      Trivia: Without looking it up...To whom did George Thorogood dedicate "I Drink Alone"?
      No clue. Can I buy one?


      Wild arse guess: Robert Johnson
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    • Profile picture of the author bravo75
      Some old blues guy for sure. Bo Diddly? Muddy Waters?

      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      Trivia: Without looking it up...To whom did George Thorogood dedicate "I Drink Alone"?
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  • Profile picture of the author bravo75
    I find your lack of love for Bob Marley disturbing.
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  • Profile picture of the author DazedandConfused
    What about his HORSE?





    And Lest we forget the "Song Stylin's" of Lee Marvin Hisself? (what was he thinking?)

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  • Profile picture of the author tocktik
    Ya Heard great about all the people. Each may have someone people who have interested on different type of Vocalists
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  • Profile picture of the author craigmytton
    Some great choices out there. When I look back through music history, I
    think the following guys should be considered in the top 10:

    - Steve Perry - of Journey - one of the best and on some of the lists.
    - Peter Cetera - Chicago - their concerts are not the same without him.
    - Dennis DeYoung - Styx - can't forget those great vocal songs!
    - Michael Jackson - shouldn't be a question really - great.
    - Freddie Mercury - Queen
    - John Lennon - Just because of his great English accent - he could sing the phone book and we'd listen!
    - Elvis Presley -
    - Frank Sinatra -
    - Hank Williams -
    - Eddie Arnold -

    Did someone say Meatloaf - really??? Or Eric Clapton ??? - He was a top 10 guitarist, but his vocals were very "average at best." I also think the lead singer for Little River Band deserves mention -
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  • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
    Two names which I haven't see mentioned as yet:

    Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Rob Halford (Judas Priest).

    Although Halford has a reputation as a "screamer", when the situation calls for it he can actually sing. Apparently he had operatic training.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
      Originally Posted by whateverpedia View Post

      Two names which I haven't see mentioned as yet:

      Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Rob Halford (Judas Priest).

      Although Halford has a reputation as a "screamer", when the situation calls for it he can actually sing. Apparently he had operatic training.
      I have always heard this too, but in an interview he says he never had training and that he's self-taught.

      He's always been one of my favorite vocalists, along with Steve Perry. Vedder is a great singer too but I never really got in to Pearl Jam.
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  • Profile picture of the author BradleyWin
    Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
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  • Profile picture of the author chrislangley
    Jim Reeves has to be on that list
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  • Profile picture of the author Greg71
    James Lavie (Dream Theatre) - Youtube "Under a Glass Moon"

    Jeff Scott Soto (ex Malmsteen vocalist)

    Joe Lynn Turner (early Malmsteen vocalist)

    Don Dokken

    Those are a few that come to mind, plus Jimmy Barnes.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustVisiting
    David Coverdale
    ex-Deep Purple
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  • Profile picture of the author roberthearth
    You guys should consider Chris Cornel sp? from soundgarden, I saw him live and was awestruck
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Ok, well my top male vocalist would be a more recent one than many mentioned.

    I just LOVE Michael Buble - his voice sends shivers down my spine, I could listen to him all day!
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      HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLDD........... ON!

      enrico caruso

      Enrico Caruso

      ENRICO CARUSO.

      Okay, now that we sorted THAT out. Just wanna add to the angelic voices category: Jonsi (of the Icelandic band, Sigur Ros). Not for everyone. In fact, maybe for very few. But nevertheless, the most angelic vocals I've ever heard elicited from a human.

      As far as rock goes, Freddie Mercury & David Bowie are my top 2, and I think, in terms of talent, gotta be in any top 10.

      And the first list (posted by author of the thread).... Thanks for that, introduced me to some voices. If additional posts had been restricted to new entries, instead of just reordering other's lists (and quibling over George Thorogood), it would have been quite a thread.

      pS: Favorite Male Actor's Voice: Michael Wincott. Kinda like the angelic category, but an angel speaking from hell.
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  • Profile picture of the author Riptor
    Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jim Reeves... favourite is probably Matt Munro



    Also like Andrea Bocelli


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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    john lennon
    liam gallagher
    eric burdon
    ray davies
    james reyne australian crawl
    harry chapin
    doc neeson, angels
    tom waits
    hollies collectively
    roger daltrey
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  • Profile picture of the author Rick B
    I liked Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Paul McCartney. Hey! Paul's still around!
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  • Profile picture of the author Navi Otsen
    Singers on my list don't have a lot of things in common, but here they are:

    Enrico Caruso
    Freddie Mercury
    Luciano Pavarotti
    John Lennon
    Andrea Bocelli
    Frank Sinatra
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  • Profile picture of the author William Maloney
    Luciano Pavarotti
    Louis Armstrong
    Michael Jackson
    Frank Sinatra
    Dean Martin
    Jerry Vale
    Ray Charles

    And so on...
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  • Profile picture of the author GrantFreeman
    Joe Satriani
    Steve Via

    Joe & Steve don't sing much. They prefer to sing through an instrument in a way that's simple, rich with attitude, enjoyable, brilliant, and gives the listener the freedom of imagination to make up their own lyrics to the song.

    Grant
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    • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
      Originally Posted by GrantFreeman View Post

      Joe Satriani
      Steve Via

      Joe & Steve don't sing much. They prefer to sing through an instrument in a way that's simple, rich with attitude, enjoyable, brilliant, and gives the listener the freedom of imagination to make up their own lyrics to the song.

      Grant
      sounds just like duane eddy
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    Tom Jones always no 1
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