Top 10 All Time Male Vocalists

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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.
#off topic
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by Dave Allen View Post

      As usual, this is completely subjective.

      Here's my quick list...

      Roy Orbison -- (this guy had a 4 or 5 octave range - enough said)
      .
      Yep...He should have been on my list. He had incredible octave range.

      I don't mean to brag, but I have 1/2 octave range...There's at least 5-6 notes I can hit.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Profile picture of the author Jagged
    Toss Geddy Lee of "RUSH" into the mix.... a most distintive voice with an amazing range...
  • 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.
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Motley
    Johnny Cash.

    Not a songbird, but a distinctive voice
  • 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
  • Profile picture of the author zr1007
    Freddy Mercury and Steve Perry
  • Profile picture of the author Ken Shorey
    Mel Tormey
    Andy Williams
    Tom Jones
    Vince Gill
    Paul Rogers
    Art Garfunkel
    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Here's a kid with a great voice that most Americans have seen on TV, but never really heard.

      His name is Eric Violette and he's best known as the "singer" in the freecreditreport.com TV commercials. He's either French or French Canadian...However, that isn't his real voice in the TV commercials.

      Check him out, he's really a very good singer. If you've seen him in the commercials, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by his REAL voice:



      This one's in English:
  • 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.
  • 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!
    Michael
    • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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