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Who has the greatest singing voice in Classic Rock history?

Greatest singing voice in Classic Rock history  

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  1. 1. Who has the greatest singing voice in Classic Rock history?

    • Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
      6
    • Freddie Mercury (Queen)
      12
    • David Bowie
      0
    • Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac)
      0
    • Jim Morrison (The Doors)
      0
    • Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
      0
    • John Lennon (The Beatles)
      1
    • Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
      0
    • Johnny Cash
      0
    • Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath)
      0
    • Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow, Black Sabbath)
      0
    • Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)
      0
    • Roger Daltrey (The Who)
      2
    • Steve Perry (Journey)
      1
    • Ann Wilson (Heart)
      1
    • Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones)
      1
    • Janis Joplin
      2
    • Elton John
      1
    • Honorable Mention Group (Specify in Thread): Pat Benatar, Bon Scott, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, Karen Carpenter, Annie Lennox, Don Henley, Iggy Pop, James Taylor, John Fogerty, Gregg Allman, Lou Reed, Rod Stewart, Brian Wilson, Chuck Berry, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Winwood, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Peter Gabriel, Annie Haslam, Jon Anderson, Merry Clayton, John Wetton, Greg Lake, James Dewer, John Cafferty
      3
    • OTHER - Specify in thread
      3


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I heard this topic/question asked over the air while I was listening to my favorite local classic rock station, and was curious how JN felt about it.  

For our purposes, "Classic Rock" is primarily focused on the 1967-82 era, which was the peak of the "album era". If you disagree, feel free to use the OTHER option and state your case for someone outside the poll options.  

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1 minute ago, jetstream23 said:

I'm big fan of bands fronted by female lead vocalists so Stevie Nicks and Ann Wilson rise towards the top for me.  Just something great about a strong woman lead who sings with killer guitar and drums behind her.  This carries over to 90's alternative rock which was the era most influential on me and singers like Shirley Manson (Garbage), Kim Deal (Breeders), and Courtney Love (Hole)....but I digress. :D

Of your list my choice came down to Robert Plant, Steven Tyler and Steve Perry.  In terms of pure voice I had to go with Steve Perry as the greatest....although my preference and who I'd choose to listen to most often is probably Plant.

My all-time favorite lead vocalist though is Chris Cornell....and it's not really close.  If this were a post-1982 poll I'd throw David Coverdale in the mix.

Good poll!

 

 

Yep if we expanded outward, Cornell would have been one of the top options.  

Prince would have made the list too.

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1 hour ago, The Crimson King said:

Does Aretha count as classic rock? If so, she's on the same pedestal as Janis

Peter Gabriel, Annie Haslam, Jon Anderson, Merry Clayton, John Wetton, Greg Lake, James Dewer and John Cafferty needs to at least be added to the honorable mention list if not the main list. 

I thought Aretha didn't bleed far enough into Rock, but added her to the honorable mention group along with the other names you just listed!  The more the merrier!

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24 minutes ago, JiF said:

It's hard for me not seperate male and females in this debate.  They just sound different, unless you're David Bowie or Freddie Mercury.  Freddie got my vote since I cant vote twice and I dont even really dig Queen all that much.  Dude was just special.

Women it's Stevie and Janis.   Fun fact; did you know Stevie is the only female rock and roll artist to make the HOF as solo artist and as a member of a band?  She's the Queen of classic rock IMO.

 

 

Where is Bowie on your list?

Also, I should have used the "multiple polls" option.....

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1 hour ago, JiF said:

Right behind Mercury, they'd be 1 and 2 for me...but that's because I dont really love the options you've listed.

First off, I hate Journey so anything Steve Perry makes my skin crawl.  I also cant stand Aerosmith and think that Steven Tyler sounds exactly the same in every song.  I love Zeppelin, one of my favorite all times bands but Robert Plant is as one note as it gets.   Same goes for Ozzy, Gillan, Cash, Daltrey Morrison and Jagger.   The Beatles?  Meh, not a band I think of for their vocal prowess.  Dio is a strong candidate but another band I cant stand. 

I didnt see Joe Cocker in your list because the honorable mention list was so long but I'd take him over all the dudes above.  Stevie Wonder I dont consider "classic rock" but if we're going there, he's over all those dudes too.   I associate Gabriel with 80's rock but great voice too.

Yeah, maybe multiple options, hard to vote for just one.

 

 

I don't like Steve Perry or Steven Tyler either.  But a lot of people do, so I included them in the main part of the poll.  

I did indeed have Joe Cocker and Stevie Wonder in the Honorable Mention list.  I wish polls let you have more than 20 options, lol.

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26 minutes ago, Kleckineau said:

Someone had to break the color barrier.

Little Richard

James Brown

Jackie Wilson

Ray Charles

These guys........................!

 

I did have James Brown in the "Honorable Mention" option, which admittedly is too long and hard to read.

I felt Little Richard and Ray Charles didn't really fall into that 1967-82 parameter I set, but I agree, they were amazing and hugely influential.

 

49 minutes ago, Beerfish said:

I'll get slaughtered for this but since she was listed under other 'Karen Carpenter' from the main list I'd chose Mercury.

I have her in the "Honorable Mention" pile as well.

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3 hours ago, munchmemory said:

How'd Prince get omitted?  Gifted vocalist both on record and in a live setting.

I didn't consider him "Classic Rock".  

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Freddie winning this thing in a landslide, with 39 % of the vote.

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24 minutes ago, peebag said:

Lead singer of Greta Van Fleet is compared to Robert Plant

 

 

I've seen GVF live twice already.  Their lead singer is no Plant, but that's not exactly a major critique.  The kid is like 21 years old and already has a great rock voice.  

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30 minutes ago, Thor99 said:

Brad Delp of Boston is an egregious omission. 
 

Klaus Maine 

Geoff Tate

Bruce Dickinson

 

That's why I included the OTHER option!  Good nominations here.

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Just now, Apache 51 said:

 

 

My favorite Zeppelin song.  

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2 minutes ago, Apache 51 said:

When I was in HS 1980-84, it was better Dead than Led. However, I grew to appreciate LZ as time went on.

 

 

I grew up in the 90s so I wasn't around for either groups, unfortunately.  

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You have Stevie Wonder and James Brown in the honorable mention.  Prince's music had more of a classic rock sound than those two artists, especially his guitar playing.  Prince could shred with the best.  And I'd put his voice against anybody.

 

Well the other issue is that Prince wasn’t really part of that 1967 through 1982 range that I established in the original post. He hit the scene at the tail end of the classic rock era.

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8 minutes ago, munchmemory said:

What?  Prince's first five albums (starting with 1978's For You and including the seminal 1999 in 1982) were released before or in 1982.

Fair enough.  That's what the "Other" option is for.  

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