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 : 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 : 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 100 rock vocalists : 15 Paul Weller

15 – Paul Weller (The Style Council, The Jam, solo)

The ‘Modfather’ has been around for nearly 40 years and still can cut it with the best of them.  From early pop rock The Style Council, mod-tastic The Jam and solo projects, Weller has been at the forefront of popular rock for a large majority of that time.  A true heavyweight in rock vocalists and a very respectable #15 for the man who brought you Going Underground, Shout to the Top, Wild Wood, That’s Entertainment and of course, A Town Called Malice.

Top 100 rock vocalists : 40 – 31

  40.  Bob Dylan

Ok, I may be being a slight hypocrite here, as Dylan did not have a great voice by any stretch of the imagination.  But, the voice seemed (and still does) to work for the blues/folk tunes he was and still is producing.  A legend in his own right and an artist I would still love to see live.

  39.  Phil Conalane (Million $ Reload)

You may not have heard of Phil Conalane yet, but in time you will I am sure.  His band, Million $ Reload are going to be huge – check out my review of their album Anthems of a Regeneration.  Conalane has a truly remarkable voice – powerful, endearing, heartfelt and his range is phenomenal.  You have been warned.

  38.  Chuck Berry

He wanted Beethoven to roll over, played with his ding-a-ling and reckoned a certain Mr B. Goode could play the guitar just like a ringing a bell.  Berry was supposed to perform in my hometown of Swansea a few years back at the tender age of 82 – I was gutted when he pulled out.  A true rock ‘n’ roll legend.

  37.  Robbie Robertson (The Band)

He looked like a hillbilly (can I say that?), he sounded like one, in fact he may have been one – who knows?  It certainly worked.  The Band were the deep south’s version of the Rolling Stones, and Robertson was a genius songwriter as well as vocalist.

  36.  Little Richard

In the same vain is Chuck Berry, only difference is that Little Richard had a superior voice.  Tutti Fruitti anyone?

  35.  Jim Morrison (The Doors)

The front man of The Doors, Morrison sadly passed away at the tender age of 27 and his loss was a travesty to music.  He had the looks, the swagger, the personality and most importantly the voice.

  34.  Ray Davies (The Kinks)

The Kinks had legendary status in the 60’s, and the reason for that was the ingenious song writing skills of brothers Ray and Dave Davies, while they both had a pop and singing it was Ray’s voice that really captured the moment of each song.

  33.  James Hetfield (Metallica)

Whether you loathe or adore Metallica, you cannot ignore them.  They haven’t been around for 25 years for nothing.  Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield are the stars of the show.

  32.  David Bowie

Watching him perform as Ziggy Stardust actually really creeps me out.  As does most of his music if I am honest.  Still a great singer tho…

  31.  Eric Clapton (Cream, Derek & the Dominoes, Travelling Whillbury’s, solo)

Slow hand himself is regarded as one of the best guitarists there is, and they would be right.  He is.  He also can sing.  And play the drums, mouth organ, piano, xylophone, triangle and spoons.  Is there no end to this mans talents?

Top 100 rock vocalists : 70 – 61

  70.  Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)

Legendary front man of bearded American rockers ZZ Top.  Massive ZZ fan, so maybe a bit biased as his vocals are actually probably not that good.  Any neutral views here?

  69.  Michael Stipe (R.E.M)

Very sad news not so long ago that R.E.M have split after a mammoth 31 years.  Automatic for the People is still, and always will be a first class album.  God bless R.E.M and in particular Michael Stipe.

  68.  Matthew Bellamy (Muse)

Muse have been voted “best live act” thousands of times.  Ok, maybe not thousands, but you catch my drift.

  67.  Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Montrose, Chickenfoot)

Sammy has had two spells with Van Halen, been the lead singer of Montrose, sung with Joe Santriani and numerous others and is now making very good progress with his latest venture, Chickenfoot.


66.  Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols)

Have placed the Sex Pistols singer in here on stature, not necessarily for his vocals.  I hear the complaints coming already….

  65.  James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers)

Since 1993, the Manic Street Preachers have been at the forefront of british pop rock, and long may it continue…

  64.  Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day)

Make-up wearing singer from Green Day.


  63.  Marc Bolan (T-Rex)

Now, Marc Bolan was a lunatic.  On stage at least.  His mad hatters tea party for Born to Boogie will always be remembered.

  62.  Johnny Ramone (The Ramones)

Very underrated singer of The Ramones, where his vocals are most impressive on My Brain is Hanging Upside Down, Sheena is a punk rocker and Blitzkrieg Bop.

 61.  Debbie Harry (Blondie)

She was a stunner in her time and the envy of many a young boy.  Sadly, I was too young to remember her in her prime…….

Top 100 rock vocalists : 80 – 71

  80.  Bryan Adams

Canadian born Adams is highly underrated.  That is all….

  79.  Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)

Who?  What you don’t know who Billy Corgan is?  Shame on you.  He is the uncle fester look-a-like from Smashing Pumpkins.  There, you know now.

  78.  Steve Miller (Steve Miller Band)

He was a bit of a Joker in his band.  Think some people called him the space cowboy also…..

  77.  Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls)

Will be best known for his vocals on Goo Goo Dolls Iris and rightly so….

  76.  Sheryl Crow

I love a bit of Sheryl Crow.  Her voice is soothing and could easily send me to sleep at night.  Now there’s a thought…mmmm

  75.  Steve Perry (Journey)

Journey vocalist.  Don’t Stop Believin’.  No, not that version….

  74.  Alanis Morissette

Unique voice.  Unique album in Jagged Little Pill.  Uniquely brilliant.

  73.  Eddie Cochrane

Rock and Roll wouldn’t be what it is today without legends such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Eddie Cochrane.  FACT.

  72.  Brian Wilson (Beach Boys)

Ok, not technically a “rock vocalist” but the Beach Boys singer needs to be there….

  71.  Jack White (The White Stripes)

They are a two-man band, not a Seven Nation Army, but the White Stripes wouldn’t have been around for so long without the vocal chords of Mr White.  Not Harvey Keitel, you understand.

Top 100 rock vocalists : 90 – 81



Ok let’s speed this up a bit…

  90.  Thom York (Radiohead)

Ok he may be a bit creepy looking, but that doesn’t take anything away from the incredible, unique talents of the Radiohead lead singer.  His vocals on Paranoid Android and Creep are stunning.

  89.  Brad Delp (Boston)

Probably not a very well-known name if you are not into rock music, but you will all have heard of his band, Boston.  More than a feeling  is classic rock song and Boston’s first album was one of the biggest selling debut albums of all time in the US.  Respect Mr. Delp.

  88.  Toy Caldwell (The Marshal Tucker Band)

One of the least well known vocalists on the list, but Toy Caldwell is a southern rock singer from a band called The Marshal Tucker Band – check them out!

  87.  Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple / Rainbow)

Former Deep Purple and Rainbow singer isn’t a patch on fellow DP singers but still deserves a place in the RC.

  86.  Joe Strummer (The Clash)

He Rocked the Casbah and didn’t know where to stay or go.  The Clash singer was actually very underrated….

  85.  Van Morrison

Probably should be higher in the list.  Don’t know why he isn’t to be honest….

  84.  Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)

Def Leppard were huge in the 80’s and they seem to have made a massive comeback.  Go help us.  However Elliott’s vocals Hysteria are pretty good actually.

  83.  Greg Halfod (Judas Priest)

Judas Priest were breaking the law (see what I done there?) when they were accused of having subliminal messages in one of their songs.  Utter nonsense (the accusations, not the songs).

  82.  Gwen Stefani (No Doubt, solo)

Not only is she hot and have a washboard stomach, but boy she can actually sing as well!

  81.  Noel Gallagher (Oasis)

Oasis may have just split up, but his legend lives on.  Not the greatest voice in the world but his voice just seems to fit.