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….

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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 : 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 : 18 Kurt Cobain

18 – Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)

You can’t deny that Nirvana had a massive influence on the music industry in the early 90’s, after bringing a new age of grunge to replace the hairspray rock of the 80’s.  Cobain’s rasping vocals did as much to change the face of rock as anything.  Cobain is probably the most famous export of Seattle, WA.

Top 100 rock vocalists : 19 Ronnie James Dio

19 – Ronnie James Dio  (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven and Hell)

Ronnie James Dio

It was a very sad day for me when Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer last year.  Dio has always been a hero of mine from his days with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell and Dio.  It is just a massive shame I never got to see him or any of his bands live.

Top 100 rock vocalists : 20 John Fogerty

20 – John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival, solo)

John Fogerty

Creedence Clearwater Revival are legends in their own right, but without Fogerty they wouldn’t have been the band they were as justified by the less than clever Mardi Gras album, and prompt split after he went solo.  A little known fact is that Fogerty wrote Rockin’ all over the World made famous by rock jokers Status Quo.  Check out John Fogerty’s self titled first album if you don’t believe me.