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 : 10 Elvis Presley

11.  Elvis Presley

We are into the top 10, and who better to kick it off than the king of rock ‘n’ roll?  Apparently, you were either a Beatles fan or an Elvis fan – is it wrong to be a self-confessed fan of them both?  Tough – I am.

Elvis had absolutely everything.  He most certainly had the looks (apparently..?!?!), he could sing, dance and had stage presence.  Now granted, I am just going by old footage and his legacy here, but I don’t think many would argue….


 

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.

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.

Top 250 rock albums : Number 8 – Jagged Little Pill

Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette

8.  Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette

Jagged Little Pill was Alanis Morissette’s third studio album, and undoubtedly her best work.  No less than six singles came from the album spanning five years – ‘you outta know’, ‘hand in my pocket’, ‘ironic’, ‘you learn’, ‘head over feet’ and ‘all i really want’ were all released as singles and each track a masterpiece.

It is still as fresh now as when it was released in 1995, Alanis’ vocals are absolutely first class, and to be honest, that is all the album needs.  If there was no music and all you were listening to mas the vocals then I don’t think anyone would complain.

Tracklist:

1.  All I Really Want
2.  You Outta Know
3.  Perfect
4.  Hand in My Pocket
5.  Right Through You
6.  Forgiven
7.  You Learn
8.  Head Over Feet
9.  Mary Jane
10. Ironic
11. Not the Doctor
12. Wake Up

Can i pick a favourite track?  Well I have always had a soft spot for the opening track, ‘All I Really Want’.

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Top 250 rock albums : Number 11

Sgt pepper's lonely hearts club band

11 – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – THE BEATLES
Controversial ?  I will let you decide.  Widely regarded as the finest work by the fab four, but just a little bit too psychedelic for me.  A mention has to go out for ‘Lucy in the sky with diamonds’ tho.  Still worthy of a top 20 place mind you, just missing out on that elusive top 10.

The top 10 greatest rock albums of all time to follow…

Top 250 rock albums : Number 16

Automatic for the People by R.E.M

16 – Automatic for the people – R.E.M
Stipe & co’s best album to date, and never likely to be surpassed.  In fact, they won’t.  Ever.  As good an album now as it was in the early 90’s.

‘Nightswimming’, ‘The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight’, ‘Man on the Moon’, ‘Try not to breath’ and the timeless classic ‘Everybody Hurts’ are just some of the highlights from this masterpiece.

If you haven’t got this album in your collection, then why not?  Go and buy it.  Now.  What are you waiting for?