The top 20 rock albums of 2011…

Seeing as we are in 2012, I thought I would review the top 20 rock albums of 2011.  It has been a fantastic year for rock with a whole host of new rock bands, comebacks and reunions and classic rock legends.

Kicking off the top 2o, are 80’s prog rockers Dream Theatre with their 11th album, A Dramatic Turn of Events.

20.  A Dramatic Turn of Events by Dream Theatre

After losing drummer Mike Portney, the search was on for a new stickman, and they found Mike Mangini.  Things couldn’t be better in the Dream Theatre camp, the latest album is a corker, and one of the most anticipated albums of the year.

Album highlights have to be On the Backs of Angels and  Lost Not Forgotten.

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.

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 : 6 Axl Rose

6.  Axl Rose (Guns ‘n’ Roses)

Guns ‘n’ Roses vocalist Axl Rose.  You know what?  If you are not a fan of his vocals, then just listen to this acapella version of Welcome to the Jungle.



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 : 9 Bruce Dickinson

9.  Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
This guy’s voice is just incredible.  If you are not too familiar with the name then shame on you – he was / is the lead singer of heavy metal, er, heavyweights, Iron Maiden.  What I really like about Dickinson is his need to piss people off, he is a pure unadulterated rebel.  He will defy anyone to get his point across (remember the episode with Cliff Richard?).  And then there was the whole shenanigans of the Bring your daughter to the slaughter single.

 Bruce Dickinson is everything that rock and roll should be.

Top 100 rock vocalists : 12 Kelly Jones

12.  Kelly Jones

Do I really think Kelly Jones is that good?  Absolutely.  Am I biased because he is Welsh?  Possibly, but I don’t think so.  He probably has the most distinctive, instantly recognizable voice of the last 20 years.  His croaky, yet utterly mesmerizing vocals take you on a journey, no, on HIS journey, and you are with him all the way through each and every album.  Tracks to check out – I stopped to fill my car up, Just Looking, Since I told you it’s over and Dakota.

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.