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The Greatest Rock Voice Ever April 27, 2007

Posted by Michael in Music.

This guy:


1. kevlarchick - April 27, 2007

I love him, he’s very talented, but there’s no sexy in him. Way too Metro. There’s gotta be some growls and scratches in there to be a hot rock voice.

But I so love Back in the High Life. Have it on cassette in my car.

2. daveintexas - April 27, 2007

Yeah, he’s silly looking. And this is a silly song.

But he can sing.

He was like, 17 or something when he recorded “Gimme Some Good Lovin” with the Spencer Davis Group. I think it was them – before my time actually.

Michael, a little help?

3. Don Carne - April 27, 2007

Roger Daltrey he ain’t.

4. Barb the Evil Genius - April 27, 2007

He’s okay, but give me Steve Perry for greatest rock voice ever. Any of you ever heard of Greg X. Volz? He was with the Christian group Petra for years, and now has a solo career. He had quite a good rock voice in his prime; don’t know about now. For that matter, Petra’s other main lead singer, John Schlitt, is quite good also.

5. AmesJay - April 27, 2007

Can I vote for Mickey Thomas? Sang with the Starship when Grace went away for a while; Jane, Find Your Way Back, etc. Tremendous range.

6. doc - April 27, 2007

Kinda partial to Bon Scott meself. You want gravel and growls – oh yeah.

7. kevlarchick - April 27, 2007

Steve Perry? No way. Great voice, but not worthy of real rock.

Robert Plant, Janis Joplin, Peter Gabriel even. Joe Cocker should sing most Beatles songs.

8. dr4 - April 27, 2007

ELVIS is the King baby. End of story.

What about Paul Rogers from Bad Company? Feel Like Makin Love is a great song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zeg9P2B_odQ

Robert Plant?

As far as having a “pretty” voice i would say Roy Orbison had the best voice in rock.

9. daveintexas - April 27, 2007

Brad Delp.


10. dr4 - April 27, 2007

I had always heard that Boston was more of a studio band and didnt sound good live, but i have a boot from the late 70s that really rocks. It didnt have the layered vocals but Delp still sounded good. Except for the parts where he went into a falsetto type thing. I could have done without that.

11. Retired Geezer - April 27, 2007

In no particular order:

Brad Delp
Steve Perry
Peter Gabriel
Joe Cocker

Barb, as far as Christian music goes, I wasn’t a big Petra fan but I did like White Heart.
(listening to them now)

12. Retired Geezer - April 27, 2007

Ooops left out Richard Marx. I really like that dude.

13. dr4 - April 27, 2007

Freddie Mercury.

I really hate “Christian Music” Its so fucking awful. I like the stuff people actually used to sing in church not Jesus Pop, Jesus Metal, Jesus Polka or whatever crap music they want want to make and expect people to buy just because its Christian music.

it’s just bad music. No matter how you dress it up. Theres no soul to it. No heart. I would rather listen to an old woman who never had a singing lesson in her life sing “God on the Mountain” and actually mean it as i had hear Third Day or any of that other crap.

14. dr4 - April 27, 2007

how the hell did Geezer get this horse all the way to Germany?


15. steve_in_hb - April 27, 2007

dr4 –

Faith +1 is Christian music that rocks.

16. Mr Minority - April 27, 2007

The problem is that you have never heard good Christian music. RG name a Christian Band (White Heart) that knows how to play and sing Rock’n’Roll that happens to be Christian. Another great Christian group is the Newsboys.

Great Rock Vocalists:

Jon Anderson
Freddy Mercury
Justin Hayward

17. mesablue - April 27, 2007

For a straight up rock voice, you can’t beat Mike Ness — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyCERZBxv5Y&mode=related&search=

I had a Social Distortion cover band, I made sure I picked a guy whose range I could match.

18. dr4 - April 27, 2007

White Heart sounds like a Christian Rock band formed by Frank Stalone. Generic. It all Christian Pop sounds like it was spit out of a machine.

Im still working on trying to get that damn “Here Comes the Flood” track off of that screwed up disk Mesa. I downloaded the Robert Fripp/Peter Gabriel version from Exposure and its about the same as every other version. I’ll find a copy of it yet. Its a lot better with the guitar in it in my opinion.

I have a couple of Mike Ness solo albums. He over does it a bit sometimes. He does do the best version of “Dont think Twice” ive ever heard.

19. Barb the Evil Genius - April 27, 2007

I happen to think thatStavesacre is one of the best bands there is, and Mark Salomon may not be the best male rock singer, but he’s pretty good.

20. mesablue - April 27, 2007

The version of Here Comes the Flood with the Frippertronics is my favorite.

The German version is pretty cool. I only have it on vinyl — “Jetz Heir Komst die Flud!”

Also like the various versions of Exposure.

21. Pupster - April 27, 2007

Treo teste

22. steve_in_hb - April 27, 2007

Obviously off topic, but the NC Attorney General Report about the Duke Rape Hoax is out. It’s only 21 pages and is written in clean, simple prose not legalese – definitely worth a read.

Click to access 20070427_AGreport.pdf

23. Pupster - April 27, 2007

So, I’m sitting in a bar, listening to some guys about my age re-live their glory days from high school. I’m posting from my Treo cell phone, and I’m thinking about going “Buford Pusser” on these guys if I hear one more “Hey, what ever happened to…”

Someone better talk me off of the ledge

24. Enas Yorl - April 27, 2007

Dude, back off of the ledge!

Wait, that’s no fun. JUMP! JUMP! JUMP!

25. dr4 - April 27, 2007

He was like, 17 or something when he recorded “Gimme Some Good Lovin” with the Spencer Davis Group. I think it was them – before my time actually.

he was a little older than that i think. 18 or 19.

“Im a Man” and “Dear Mr. Fantasy” are two other songs that i like that he sings on.

26. Russ from Winterset - April 27, 2007

Does Robert Cray count as a rock vocalist? Technically he’s blues, but for my money, NOBODY is smoother live.

Amish has a good point about Paul Rogers though. He’s still got the chops, based on his work with the remaining members of Queen a couple of years ago.

27. dr4 - April 27, 2007

That Paul Rogers/ Queen album was surprisingly good wasnt it? He doesnt seem to be a natural fit for that band but it turned out pretty darn good.

This is the best Live Queen album though:


Highly recommended.

28. kevlarchick - April 27, 2007

Dang Pups. Have one for me, old man. Why don’t you join those posers and wow them with your own glory days stories?

Robert Cray: Smokin’ Gun and Strong Persuader. Hot.

29. Jon - April 27, 2007

I agree w/Doc. Bon Scott was the best.


30. dr4 - April 27, 2007

There is no better band than ACDC.

But their are better singers than Bon and their are better guitarists than Angus and Malcolm. If it was a competition about who was the best front man you Bon might win, but i cant say he has the BEST voice in all of rock.

31. daveintexas - April 27, 2007



inhuman voice. incredible.

No equal. None.

32. BrewFan - April 27, 2007

/Cloaking Device Off/

David Clayton Thomas

/Cloaking Device On/

33. Pupster - April 27, 2007

*mapquest “84 lumber”*

34. kevlarchick - April 27, 2007

News flash: the Nuge is in my town in mid-June at a dumpy old club–the best place to see him. I’ve never seen him live. I have a feeling it will be very political. He can’t sing, but he wails on the axe.

IB gathering perhaps?

Brew can’t keep away from us, the darling.

35. dr4 - April 27, 2007

Go see him. Wear earplugs if its a small club. He will deafen you.

Unfortunately youre right about the political crap. At least its stuff you will agree with for the most part.

He puts on a great show. You should check it out if youve never seen him.

36. BrewFan - April 27, 2007

/Cloaking Device Off/

I just can’t quit ya, KC

As long as I’m here, Michael, eat me!

Ahhh, that feels better…

/Cloaking Device On/

37. dr4 - April 27, 2007

oh and about Nugent not being able to sing – he doesnt. At least not all the time. Derek St Holmes was the singer on a lot of Nugents classic songs. “Hey Baby” and Stranglehold” for example. Nugent does the “sometimes you want to get higher” part in the middle of stranglehold.

Brian Howe was the singer for him in the early 80s. He later replaced Paul Rogers in Bad Company. Remember that song “Theres no Smoke without a fire’? that was him.

He may be doing his own singing now though. i dont know.

Either way you should go.

38. dr4 - April 27, 2007

Oh and Meatloaf (!) was credited in some of Teds 70s albums as well. Im not really sure what he did though.

39. Slublog - April 27, 2007

Who said Freddy Mercury above?

Best voice in rock and roll.

40. harrison - April 27, 2007

36. BrewFan – April 27, 2007
/Cloaking Device Off/
I just can’t quit ya, KC
As long as I’m here, Michael, eat me!
Ahhh, that feels better…
/Cloaking Device On/

It’s like when Obi-wan’s ghost appeared to Luke.

41. dr4 - April 27, 2007

that would be me Slu. Like i said before, if youre a Queen fan you need to check this cd out:


it’s great

42. Wickedpinto - April 27, 2007

James Lebrie, of Dream Theater.

43. daveintexas - April 27, 2007


dates please.

44. Don Carne - April 27, 2007

Nobody’s mentioned Geddy Lee of Rush.

45. mesablue - April 27, 2007
46. daveintexas - April 27, 2007

I can cast a follow up vote for Geddy.

Hell, I think DLR had a great rock voice. That cat call is classic.

47. Wickedpinto - April 27, 2007

Aces comments are down, do we really want that? My insane friday night comments might end up landing here? Is that a good idea?

Note: I’m more than a little more insane than usual right now (family stuff) and it’s friday, and I don’t have ace’s comments section.

I don’t know what will happen. I hope it’s pleasent.

48. The Hombres - April 27, 2007


A preachment, dear friend
You are about to receive on John Barleycorn
Nicotine and the temptations of Eve

Let It All Hang Out

49. Slublog - April 27, 2007

dr4, I’m listening to the album now on the good old Russian mp3 site. The fast version of “We Will Rock You” is great.

50. dr4 - April 27, 2007

why was that not the one that was released as a single? soooo much better than the regular version.

51. Slublog - April 27, 2007

No kidding. I may have to purchase it.

52. dr4 - April 27, 2007

i would upload the album for you but ive got my hands full with a bunch of other boots. sorry. the whole album is good though.

53. Slublog - April 27, 2007

Oh, I can find it. If I purchase it, it will only set me back about $.15. I’ll miss allofmp3.

54. Wickedpinto - April 27, 2007

No really, I’m dying over here, this needs to be fixed. Ace posts about a comic book, a comic book who’s main character was an Avenger (I have a LOT of Avenger comics, like a first release number 9, or 19, I think, been years since I inventoried them, I know my daredevil number 7 is valid as well as others) and I can’t read the comments, or comment on the post?

Really this is like throwing a medium rare steak, marinated in fairuza’s balks poot juice, and spiced with the salt from shakira’s nipples onto a plate, and then taking it away.

It’s just not fair. IT’S NOT FAIR!!!!!

I question the timing.

55. dr pym - April 27, 2007

i blame Ultron

56. Enas Yorl - April 27, 2007

Anyone else a fan of Tomoyasu Hotei?

57. Wickedpinto - April 27, 2007

Who is “ultron?” don’t you mean “voltron” and “ultra-man?”

Pfft. Amateur!!!

58. Wickedpinto - April 27, 2007

Without Ace and the other dorks, I’m alone! And destitute! I’m suffering, I had no other recourse! I had to post.

NOOOOOOoooooooooooo(all in slow mo like from “Tombstone”)

59. Kang the Informer - April 27, 2007

Aces comments are working again Pinto.

60. Frankly - April 27, 2007

‘Tho I like Winwood, I’d agree that he he ain’t even in the top 10 for “greatest” rock voice… but one more bourbon & ginger and I may nominate myself.

Gregg Allman has to be high up on the list. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-wDPUzvhyQ

Michael Mcdonald probably doesn’t count, but I’ve always loved his work with Steely Dan & of course his days in the Doobies.
Agreed on the Robert Cray, too, KC – he has pipes to spare, and should be on anyones list.

Who said Freddie Mercury? ‘Mish? I’m a big Queen fan, but Freddie was too femme sounding for a ‘greatest’ title, I think.

61. Klaw - April 27, 2007

I dont know dude – Freddie was pretty good. He was quite a fag but he could really sing. And he put on one heck of a show.

I dont know anything about Robert Cray. I may have to check him out since everybody is mentioning him.

I really hate Michael McDonald. He’s like a fatass 70s version of Michael Bolton, with less soul. I pretty much hate the Doobie Brothers and Stealy Dan too. Other than Blackwater and the guitar lick from China Grove that is. They just really get on my nerves for some reason.

I also think Geddy Lee has a shitty voice. Working Man still rocks. It would rock harder with another singer. Maybe Ronnie Van Zandt?

62. Frankly - April 28, 2007

Yeah sure, he could sing – but the greatest? or even close? nah. Never saw them live, but I would’ve loved to have… I’ll bet it was a great show.

As for Geddy? I think Rush is/was overrated. And I can say that since Rush was (I think) my first concert & I loved it.

But, dude – how can you hate Steely Dan? Gaucho is one of the best albums ever! Aja is another. I think MM only did backup vocals for them back then, BTW.

As for Cray – a really technical blues guitarist. Silky smooth voice (knida in the vein of an early R&B crooner, say Otis, maybe) that really carries. He used to tour with Stevie Ray, one of my all-time faves.

63. Wickedpinto - April 28, 2007

Rush isn’t overrated, but they are a studio band that performs live, well. Geddy isn’t a great singer, though he is a distinct singer, it’s very hard to copy his voice, and tone.

James lebrie, and even sebastien bach were/are awesome singers (sebastion has abused himself enough so that he can’t create the range he used to have, fucking shame)

Whatsisface from soundgarden, previously from something else, and later with something else was pretty good.

Freddy, DID have one of the most disciplined voices in rock. in fact, I can’t think of anyone so well formed period.

64. Wickedpinto - April 28, 2007

In Voice, you homo’s.

65. mesablue - April 28, 2007

Chris Cornell — Audioslave.

Doesn’t suck.

66. Frankly - April 28, 2007

Chris Cornell, I think. Eh? he’s no Warren Haynes.

67. Lipstick - April 28, 2007

Obviously off topic, but the NC Attorney General Report about the Duke Rape Hoax is out.

That was a great read, thanks Steve.

68. Wickedpinto - April 28, 2007

But did he sing that story lipstick?

69. Wickedpinto - April 28, 2007

I don’t know the rhapsody gig yet, but can one of you dorks hear my recomendation and offer it in a post?

Kylie minogue, yes the locomotion, and “cant get it out of my head” chick, but about 10 years ago she sang a song called “breath” which is about as sexy as you get. Only peggy lee beats her.

70. Wickedpinto - April 28, 2007

To quote yvonne elliman, “everything is alright, yes everythings fine. amd we want you to sleep well tonight, let the world turn without you tonight,”

Man I love JC Superstar, BEAUTIFUL music, especialy yvonne’s participation, even though she was a heroinne addict who died soon after the release of the movie.

“try not to get worried, try not to get turned onto problems that upset you”

I can kiss her, sad that she is gone.

A Brilliant singer, she was.

71. Barry in CO - April 28, 2007

john fogerty
paul rogers
john kay (steppenwolf to you youngins)

72. Retired Geezer - April 28, 2007

Another great Christian group is the Newsboys.

Newsboys! The first time I saw them live in the 70’s they were the opening act for another Christian band. They kicked ass. It’s been done since then but it was the first time that I ever saw a drum kit being raised up in the air (during a song) and rotated 360 degrees upside down and back upright, while the drummer just ROCKED!

I never expected to see it and it blew my mind.

In the also-ran vocalists, I would put the two guys from Mike and the Mechanics. IIRC it was Paul Carrack that had the best voice. I think he also sang with “Ace” on that song you’ve all heard, “How Long Has This Been Going On?”.

Bonus points for anyone who knows what that song was actually about.
Hint, it wasn’t about a cheating girlfriend but the lyrics would fit.

Yeah, I’m waaaay late on this but Mrs. Geezer took me to the Professional Bull Riding event last night, so bite me.

John Kay was pretty good but he didn’t have enough hits to compare him to the rest of the field.
I did like his version of ‘The Pusher’. Wasn’t that written by the guy who played the father in “The Black Stallion”?

OK, I’m gonna go get muddy.
Pope out.
Oh, Hi Brew!

73. Don Carne - April 28, 2007

When I dropped Geddy’s name is was as a joke. I love Rush and already have tickets to see them July 2nd at Jones Beach Theater here on Long Island. I like Geddy’s voice, but he’s nowhere near the greatest voices in rock. One of the most distictive, but not among the best.

74. haddaSAYYITinadeadthreadanyway - May 2, 2007

Lenny Kravitz

75. drolmorg - May 2, 2007

Gotta be Brad Delp, Ian Gillan, or Geoff Tate.

76. mesablue - May 2, 2007

Greg Lake

77. composmentis - May 2, 2007

Geoff Tate is awesome. Brad Delp too.

Anybody mention Steven Tyler? The guy can do some amazing things with his voice.

How ’bout Pat Benetar? That girl has/had some amazing range.

78. Pupster - May 2, 2007

Rodger Daltry. (ah YeAAAAAAAH!)

79. Trotch-man - August 11, 2007

The singer of Sold Out, Chris Garcia.
Youtube- sold out berga-WOW

80. Daniel - November 17, 2007

steve perry and celine dion doing a duet love song would be awsome

81. dr4 - November 17, 2007

steve perry and celine dion doing a duet love song would be awsome

….your Satan arent you, Daniel?

82. bov - November 18, 2007

Freddie Mercury. Unbeatable.
Here’s one live song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aduNahDPjBA

83. dr4 - November 18, 2007

good choice bov. I ;ike the fast version of We Will Rock You from that show:

84. Anonymous - August 19, 2008

How about Bon Scott from ACDC?

or David Gilmour from Pink Floyd? Maybe not the best to some, but to me they are both one of a kind.

And well, ACDC and Pink floyd happen to be my top 2 favorite bands… so maybe I’m a little biased… but still, they are both fantastic.

RIP Bon Scott.

85. ledzeper - January 6, 2009

no contest – Robert Plant is the best vocalist of rock!

86. Michael - January 6, 2009

Vocal discipline matters, and Winwood has perfect pitch.

87. Michael’s Movie Review « Innocent Bystanders - January 10, 2009

[…] Peter Gabriel is not the greatest rock voice ever.  That would be Steve Winwood, as I have previously advised you, and I am certainly correct about this, notwithstanding […]

88. Peter - March 22, 2009

Freddie Mercury

89. ilper - December 18, 2009

Freddie is light years above everybody
He is the god of singing and is already in the textbooks in singing for children on my country

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