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In no particular order.....


- Ray Gillen (Badlands, Black Sabbath)

- Robert Plant

- Paul Stanley

- Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)

- Jeff Keith (Tesla)

- Bon Scott

- Ronnie James Dio

- Oni Logan (Lynch Mob)

- Jesse James Dupree (Jackyl)

- Phil Mogg (UFO)


Honourable mentions: Ian Gillan (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), Paul Rodgers, Freddie Mercury (he deserves to be in the top 10 though), Brian Johnson, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Paul Di'Anno (original Iron Maiden), "Lonesome Dave" Perverett (Foghat, Savoy Brown), Tod Howarth (Frehley's Comet, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent, 707), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), Steven Tyler, David Coverdale, Zakk Wylde (LOVE his voice), Sammy Hagar, Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen), Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi....

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Bon Scott

Jimi Hendrix- I just dig his cool voice and style

Brian Johnson- Back in Black,For Those about to rock and Flick of the switch is Hard rock singing at it's best

Robert Plant

Phil Lynott

Jim Morrison

Janis Joplin

U.D.O [biggrin]

Mike Patton

Bruce Springsteen- Yea i like "the Boss", Intense Live Shows with the E Street Band

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can't decide on an order, but here's a few favorites.


Freddie Mercury

Axl Rose

Robert Plant

Rob Halford (sometimes, like


Joakim Nilsson (from Graveyard)

James Hetfield (way back when)

John Lennon

Neil Young

Lemmy Kilmister

Tom Waits

Sivert Høyem (well worth checking out. both solo and his old band Madrugada)

and tons more I'm not remembering right now...

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My 10 favorite? Hmmmm...difficult, there are SO many!


But, here's just SOME...in no particular order:


The Beatles (Smile)

Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young (individually, and as a group...LOL)

Eric Clapton

Joe Cocker

David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat, & Tears)

Rod Stewart

Chrissie Hynde

Amy Winehouse

Norah Jones

Grace Slick

Dusty Springfield


And, So Many other's... [tongue]



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Not in any ranked order..


Ian Gillan

Dan Fogelberg

Jim Croce

Dianna Krall

Steve Perry

Billy Holiday

Gloria Estafan (my wifes a big Miami sound machine fan,, me not so much, but Estafan's voice is beautiful)

James Taylor



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Gotta think a bit on this but...


Roy Orbison has to be there somewhere as singer and songwriter as well.


Honestly I don't recognize any of the first cupla batches of names. So I'm assuming that we're talking only "rock," and ignoring "country" or "crossover" vocalists? Okay, I'll leave them out.


Joplin whether one liked the voice or not. Rod Stewart ditto. Yes to Mama Cass although I find it interesting that one of her top tunes actually was from 1930.


Let's see... that's three.


A real "unknown" with a Jopliny voice before Joplin was Karen Dalton that had a voice like a musical instrument. Four.


Chuck Berry more for the rhythm of his voice than vocal quality. Five.


Linda Ronstadt regardless of style her material has been considered at a given time. Incredibly versatile. Six.


Funny thing... outa hundreds of pieces on my computer, most vocals are stuff that to me kinda defies concepts of style.


So... ???


EDIT: Kid... I left out Holiday and Taylor on grounds they may not be considered "rock." Dunno where you put Leo Kottke and Ella and...



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Here are 10 singers I like based only on voice and not lyric writing ability in random order. List subject to change without notice.


1. David Coverdale

2. Marty Robbins

3. Beth Hart

4. Eric Martin

5. Graham Bonnet

6. Steve Stills

7. Marvin Gay

8. Glenn Hughes

9. Annie Lennox

10.Ann Wilson

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