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Who are rock and roll's greatest singers?

Posted on: September 10, 2009 2:03 pm
I want to follow Fans lead and come up with a survey where we rate who are the best rock and roll vocalists. We can discuss what makes a great singer - is it sheer power, range, the ability to convey the particular emotion or feeling of a song? Can some singers do all three of these components. We can also mention how some singers have lost a step and some are still strong as ever today after 30-40 years. I have ideas, but I want to throw this out to our posters. I've never tried creating a blog, so I'll take pointers too. But it sounds like something we can have fun tossing around for a while.
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Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2012 11:29 pm

Who are rock and roll's greatest singers?

I know I'm really late to this thread (just a couple a' years), but how in the world has no one mentioned "The Voice", Paul Rodgers who fronted the bands Free & Bad Company.  Heck after Jim Morrison died the other members of The Doors wanted Rodgers to replace him but they reportedly couldn't find him to talk about it. 
Rodgers has also collaborated with or influenced a incredible list of who's who in rock music, so IMO no list of Rock n Roll's greatest singers is complete without mentioning Paul Rodgers.

Since: Nov 19, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 7:09 am

Who are rock and roll's greatest singers?

For me the rock and roll's greatest singers are: David Bowie, Jim Morrison, John Fogarty, Joe Cocker, Robert Plant.

Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2011 5:34 pm

Who are rock and roll's greatest singers?

I had to look for awhile to find the first name that came to mind for me-the incomparable Freddie Mercury.

Freddie was such a unique talent-a man that had incredible vocal range, and who stylistically could sing just about anything,  from opera to jazz to metal to funk and back again-no one was the vocal chameleon that Freddie was.

And as if to put the icing on the proverbial cake, unlike most of his contemporaries Freddie was so much fun! You listen to songs like "Lazing On a Sunday Afternoon" or "Seaside Rendezvous" and it's clear that Freddie didn't take the whole thing too seriously, but could just sing his a ss off while still sounding like he was having the time of his life. 

I was lucky enough at age 7 to go to my first concert with my parents:

Queen at the L.A. Forum. I am forever grateful to have seen them, because they didn;t do too many stateside shows after the 70's. Though I was young, I remember Freddie just absolutely owned that arena for the two plus hours of the show-his voice was so commanding I literally felt like I couldn't leave from where we were sitting or he would have noticed me. 

Long Live Freddie Mercury! 

Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: August 7, 2010 12:16 pm

Who are rock and roll's greatest singers?

Matt Holt - Nothingface   

Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2010 6:44 pm

Who are rock and roll's greatest singers?

accidentley posted before finished....

left out:
Brian Wilson
Carl Wilson
Dennis Wilson
Burton Cummings
Dave Davies
Ray Davies
Chad Allan
John Sebastian
George Harrison
Gene Clark
David Crosby
Roger McGuinn
Neil Young

Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2010 6:31 pm

Who are rock and roll's greatest singers?

There are a lot of great singers, these are my faves of the greatest

John Lennon
Paul McCartney
Eric Burdon
Sam Cooke
David Bowie
Buddy Holly
Dion DiMucciBob Dylan

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2009 8:34 pm

Who are rock and roll's greatest singers?

The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia describes Van Morrison as a part Celtic bard, part soulster and scatting mystical visionary, and I would sure agree. One thing Van Morrison and Elvis Costello have in common is branching out to many styles and collaborating with artists of different genres, like Van with the Chieftains and Georgie Fame, and Elvis's teaming up with Burt Bacharach. I also feel Joe Jackson is in the mix, probably because when i first heard him I though it was EC. He too has a very eclectic discography.   

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2009 7:47 pm

Who are rock and roll's greatest singers?

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Two of my favorite singers are also two of the hardest to understand because off their thick Irish Brogue accents, Van Morrison and Elvis Costello. Both are tremendous songwriters as well as singers and they both have a very distinctive sound and style the way they hold notes and slur their lyrics. Both Van and Elvis are tremendously insightful and capable of both some of the most romantic ballads and also hardest rockers you’ll hear. Costello was somehow cast as a punk rocker, I guess because of the time he first gained notice,  but how could a punker write a beautiful song like ALLISON. I almost think of him as a male torch singer on his slower numbers, but he also writes songs like WATCHING THE DETECTIVES that are hard biting. His voice has surprising range and resonance and his phrasing of both his own compositions and other songs can really catch you off guard. Morrison is simply a GREAT singer and composer. INTO MYTIC and TUPELO HONEY sound like songs that Irving Berlin could have written while MOONDANCE and CARAVAN are classic 70s songs. Many of Van’s songs include sing along parts of La-la-la’s and he borders on stuttering in his delivery at times, on purpose I have to presume. IO have see Morrison live and he is amazing to watch and listen to though he is not really an impressive front man, though he does have quite a stage presence somehow. I have only seen Costello on TV, but he again seems to have a commanding stage presence despite his unimpressive physical stature. I would have no problem including either of these Irish singers in any list of 25 best singers without even considering there songwriting prowess.

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2009 9:35 pm

Who are rock and roll's greatest singers?

I have been meaning to post on this topic for awhile but unfortunately have not had the time.My choices are as follows:these are not in any order but as a former professional singer/songwriter these individuals had the greatest impact on me and I admired them for their talent,range and believeability.

Paul Simon:a soft gentle voice who tells you a storey in each song.His voice had a lot of range and he could emit emotions that made the songs believeable,whether it was Bridge Over Troubled Water,Kodachrome,or Old Friends/Bookends.

Mick Jagger:,many people forget that Mick started singing American blues,like Not Fade Away,he could sing ballads songs such as Blue Turns To Gray and As tears go buy,right to the more raunchy rock like You Can't Always Get What You Want.Mick Jagger was believeable.

Neil Diamond:A rock and roll singer who evolved from songs like Sweet Caroline toThey're Coming to America.Neil Diamond often goes unmentioned but his voice is clear and powerful and again believeable.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2009 3:55 pm

Who are rock and roll's greatest singers?

I'll add another male singer who usually was in a higher register - Brad Delp of Boston. The only thing is, I feel his vocals may have been enhanced by studio effects because Boston did so much overdubbing and multitracking. Yet he sure seemed like a gifted vocalist, and was singing in a Beatles tribute band when he died a couple of years ago.

Brad Delp's opposite would have to be Brad Roberts from the Crash Test Dummies. I've never heard a singer go so low consistently as he did.   

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