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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)
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    • 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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Rock & Roll David Crosby. He still has the voice of an angel 
 

Rhythm and Blues Marvin Gaye. Just a great voice taken away to early 

Female singer. Susan Tedeschi. A cross between Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin 

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How has no one brought up Eddie Vedder? More so his post Pear Jam stuff. Original old stuff great too. He’s covered a ton of stuff- amazing range.  comfortably numb is off the charts. Every Tom Petty cover is so much better than the original.  

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51 minutes ago, Gibby said:

How has no one brought up Eddie Vedder? More so his post Pear Jam stuff. Original old stuff great too. He’s covered a ton of stuff- amazing range.  comfortably numb is off the charts. Every Tom Petty cover is so much better than the original.  

See post #6.

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 Hearing a voice in person is going to be different than a studio album, great ones sound just as good.

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Noted omission I noticed,

ELVIS

GEddY LEE (R.I.P. Neil Peart)

Phil Collins

David Lee Roth

Donald Fagan

Billy Joel

PETER CETERA

Bobby Kimball

 

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2 hours ago, Apache 51 said:

See post #6.

Meh- details. 🤣

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Add a young Alice Cooper and Robin Zander of Cheap Trick to the honorable mention.  Both were great singers.

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On 1/11/2020 at 11:25 AM, munchmemory said:

Great thread idea.  I could spend all day adding some overlooked vocalists.  I'll add a few of my faves.  Will say that in a live setting the best I ever saw were Daltry, Mercury and Plant.  Gun to my head, I'd go with Daltry.  

A few more to add to the list:  Geddy Lee (Rush): Voice is gone now, but back in the day had incredible power.  One note and you know it's Geddy.  Some folks never understood that he was not singing in falsetto or trying to impersonate Plant.  It's his natural voice.

David Byron (Uriah Heep): Before the endless touring and alcohol destroyed it, David was an impressive frontman and singer who along with Ken Hensley produced Heep's complex layered vocal harmonies.

 

Nick Drake: Incredibly talented guitarist, songwriter and vocalist.  Depression/mental illness killed him at age 26.

Another singer from that era who gets no love is Noddy Holder of Slade.  Stunningly powerful voice in the same vein as Steve Marriott.

Two big omissions from the women's side are Bonnie Raitt and Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders).  Both have gorgeous distinctive voices.

Edit:  Forgot one of my heroes, Ian Hunter of Mott.

 

Demons and Wizards was one of my favorite records I found in my Dads pile. Cover to cover magical listen. Tremendous vocals. 

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On 1/9/2020 at 3:36 PM, JiF said:

Forgot about Greg Allman.  He's probably be in my top 3 honestly.

I LOVE when he belts out DREAMS with that rough perfect voice.  Saw him live in 2014 in a small venue here. Just great. 

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everyone adding their favorite... but for example Gregg Allmann would never be hired as a singer in a wedding band... range, expertise, God given talent. I’d go Mercury, Bowie , Steve Tyler, Steve Perry amongst many.  Jon Anderson was pretty good too. 
 

I LOVE Greg Lake but would never put him on a list like this.  

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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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10 hours ago, Jetsfan80 said:

I didn't consider him "Classic Rock".  

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.

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Part Paul Rodgers and part Robert Plant, Lou Gramm of Foreigner belongs on the list.  Powerful, evocative voice for sure.

 

 

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Brad Delp of Boston is an egregious omission. 
 

Klaus Maine 

Geoff Tate

Bruce Dickinson

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Lead singer of Greta Van Fleet is compared to Robert Plant

 

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25 minutes ago, Thor99 said:

Brad Delp of Boston is an egregious omission. 
 

Klaus Maine 

Geoff Tate

Bruce Dickinson

How was he live, I never saw them live?

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12 hours ago, Jetsfan80 said:

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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3 minutes ago, Jetsfan80 said:

 

My favorite Zeppelin song.  

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

 

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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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18 minutes ago, Apache 51 said:

How was he live, I never saw them live?

I never did either, wish I had. 

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I was a teenager when the Jesus Christ Superstar album was released.  I was obsessed with the brilliant songs and especially Ian Gillan's incredible vocals in the title role.   Had not seen the video below until very recently.  Just ridiculous vocal chops.

 

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10 minutes ago, Panzer Division Marduk said:

For that era, Rob Halford.

 

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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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9 minutes ago, Jetsfan80 said:

 

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.

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.

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5 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.

I saw him about 10 times on Dahhhn Kirshner's Rahhhhck Concert, which came on after SNL.  I sure didn't watch it after high school. 

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