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.
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.
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.
17 – John Lennon (The Beatles, solo)
Words can’t describe John Lennon – let the music do the talking……
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.
19 – Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven and Hell)
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.
20 – John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival, solo)
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.