We are finally here at the number 1 spot, after a long, hard slog, a lot of planning, changing minds and many debates I can finally announce the top rock vocalist of all time. The cream of the crop, the level by which all other rock vocalists should aspire to. The one, the only, the greatest, the voice of rock and roll…….
After watching countless live dvd’s and clips on YouTube , and then finally seeing the master live in Birmingham, I have come to the conclusion that Gillan is an absolute legend. I always knew that but seeing him live just re-iterated this fact…..the guy didn’t miss one note! And he is in his 60’s! He hasn’t quite got the mobility and stage presence he once had but who cares? He blew me away…..from the opening track Highway Star through classics such as Black Knight, Woman from Tokyo and of course Smoke on the Water it was 2 hours of pure rock and roll heaven.
Now I class Queen as a rock band, I don’t care what anyone else thinks. They are. Fact. Freddie Mercury was an ideal lead singer. He had charisma, personality; he could play, sing and captivate his audience. He was recently voted the ultimate lead singer. He doesn’t quite win this countdown but a top 5 spot is most certainly worthwhile.
Now, considering DC are my all time favourite band, many of you may have thought Scott would have been #1. I wouldn’t be that predictable now would I?
Now as much as Scott was pure entertainment on a stage, he certainly isn’t the greatest. However, Scott would captivate his audience with his sexual innuendo’s, tight jeans, hairy chest and a cheeky smile….hang on, he was a rock singer – so was this for the girls or boys? Who cares…
He wrote many a song on early DC albums Highway to Hell, TNT, Powerage, Let there be rock and Dirty Deeds, and when Scott sadly passed away in February 1980, many thought that was the end of AC/DC as was the legacy he left. However, he would have wanted the band to continue, and promptly appointed Brian Johnson from relatively unknown band Geordie. Before you could blink their best ever selling album Back in Black was released as a tribute the great man and soon became the second biggest selling album of all time.
Surprised? I hope not, because when I mention Rod Stewart I am talking about the early, no holds barred singer with the Faces (and a certain Jimmy Page) and his earlier stuff. His classic American songbook can go and do one, but the rock and roll songs of the late 60’s / early 70’s were great. Albums such as Smiler, Atlantic Crossing and Never a Dull Moment were his finest work to date along with Faces’ First Step.
Technically not a “rock” singer, James Brown has influenced many a rock band over the years and deserves to be there with hat voice. He is a legend in his own right, and is unfortunate to narrowly miss out on the elite top 10.
The top lady in the countdown is at #13 with the sensational Janis Joplin. Quite simply, she has a breathtaking voice. Have a listen to Mercedes Benz, Try (a little bit harder), Me and Bobby McGee and To Love Somebody and try to disagree.
Watching McCartney in the Millenium Stadium with my dad reminded me of the word legend, and if you looked up the word legend in the dictionary there would be a picture of Paul McCartney there. How many other performers can still sell out massive stadiums nearly 50 years after they first made an appearance? Not many. Paul McCartney certainly can, and has.
The former Beatle and Wing still blasts out classic hits such as Something, Jet, Let em in, The Long and winding road to name a few without missing a note (vocally, on he guitar and piano) and the tributes to Lennon and Harrison brought more than a tear to the eye.