Top 100 rock vocalists : And the winner is…….

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…….

All hail Mr Robert Plant.

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Top 100 rock vocalists : 2 Ian Gillan

2.  Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
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.

We bow in your presence Mr Gillan….

Top 100 rock vocalists : 3 Roger Daltrey

3.  Roger Daltrey (The Who)
The Who singer has recently risen in my opinions.  I’m not sure why, I have always admired him and have been a fan of The Who for a long time, but I think I just am appreciating the vocals a lot more.

Daltrey’s vocal performance of Love Reign O’Me has been voted the best vocal of all time by many…

Top 100 rock vocalists : 4 Freddie Mercury

4.  Freddie Mercury (Queen)

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.

 

Top 100 rock vocalists : 5 Paul Rodgers

5.  Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company)

Probably the least well know singer in the top 10, but former Free and Bad Company singer has a magical voice.  And he stepped in for a certain Freddie Mercury once……nuff said.

If you weren’t a fan, then you will be now.  Sit back and enjoy the talents of Paul Rodgers…..

Top 100 rock vocalists : 7 Bon Scott

7.  Bon Scott (AC/DC)

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.


Top 100 rock vocalists : 8 Rod Stewart

8.  Rod Stewart (solo, Faces)

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.

Top 100 rock vocalists : 13 Janis Joplin

13.  Janis Joplin

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.

Top 100 rock vocalists : 14 Paul McCartney

14.  Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings, Solo)

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.