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Greatest Male Rock Vocalist?

 
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Roger Harry Daltrey
13%
 13%  [ 2 ]
Ian Gillan
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Frederick Mercury
53%
 53%  [ 8 ]
Stephen Ray Perry
6%
 6%  [ 1 ]
Robert Anthony Plant
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Elvis Aaron Presley
26%
 26%  [ 4 ]
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Genero36



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PostPosted: 02/28/18 9:59 pm    ::: Greatest Male Rock Vocalist? Reply Reply with quote


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PostPosted: 02/28/18 10:19 pm    ::: Re: Greatest Male Rock Vocalist? Reply Reply with quote

Went with Freddie Mercury.

My favorite is actually Steven Tyler. And although Aerosmith's music isn't viewed as favorably as other rock bands, IMO, Steven was the most talented vocalist.



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PostPosted: 02/28/18 10:29 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It's Freddy Mercury, hands down.



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PostPosted: 02/28/18 10:50 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Obviously, Elvis. But not because of vocal capabilities. Certainly Freddie Mercury and even Steve Perry have much more muscular and properly trained voices. But singing is about art and the creation of timeless art and Elvis will forever rule that kingdom.

So I would put Robert Plant after Elvis if I were just taking from this list. But you left off some really REALLY big names. Really big.

The voice of rock and roll is and forever will be John Lennon. Speaking of limited vocal abilities. His voice, for all its flaws, is the sound of rock and roll. The generational rage, the soul searching for answers in a world without any.

Bandmate Paul. Better than anyone. The most beautiful male voice in rock history. Hell, the greatest natural musician of the rock era. The most athletic and capable voice. The most talented cat ever. Look at the compositions. He's the pop equivalent of Cole Porter. When he sang, it was that musical soul creating and curating what came out of his throat. Incomparable.

Mick Jagger. He's not on the list? I don't even know what to say about that. Unique true rock and roll vocal artist.

I don't like to go pop but Elton and Billy Joel were both incredible vocalists. Especially Billy Joel. Whatever. JMO.


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PostPosted: 02/28/18 11:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Objectively speaking, Freddy Mercury. I think Chris Cornell has to be in the discussion too if we're talking raw talent. Same goes for Meat Loaf (even if you don't want to admit it)

My personal favorite, though, is Jimi Jamison.


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PostPosted: 03/01/18 1:13 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I don't think Elvis was in the same genre of music.


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PostPosted: 03/01/18 1:21 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

tfan wrote:
I don't think Elvis was in the same genre of music.


That's a good point. And I'm not sure the Beatles or Mick Jagger would be either. So maybe we're talking about different things.


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PostPosted: 03/01/18 11:28 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I'd have voted for Freddie Mercury even if my mother wouldn't kick my ass for doing otherwise. (She loves her some Queen and is the proud owner of a Freddie Mercury action figure still in the original packaging.)



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PostPosted: 03/02/18 3:11 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I voted for Elvis because he is the King, but if you are looking at a separate genre that is always difficult to describe. Bohemian Rhapsody may be the best rock song ever of its type, but is it better than Satisfaction, Tommy, A Day in the Life, Stairway to Heaven or other incredible rock compositions. And is it really possible to divide the vocal piece from the music or showmanship. Unlike the crooners, the rock vocalists are tied directly to the music of their bands.


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PostPosted: 03/02/18 12:19 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

"Greatest" could have several meanings, but mixing them all in an olla podrida, my answer easily is Elvis. The King was king because he kinged the kingdom. Too, he was a royally multi-genre singer -- percydovetonsilling rock, pop, country, blues and gospel.
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PostPosted: 03/02/18 12:59 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

When I hear "greatest rock vocalist", I read it as who is the best pure voice (ie: best range, tone, control, timbre, etc). On that list no one comes close to Freddy, IMO. Elvis may have been the "king" but his voice isn't in the same stratosphere as Freddy.



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PostPosted: 03/02/18 3:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

These last two posts are SO funny. That's like the two different types of minds, technical vs emotional, etc. As a musician... it's just funny to see it so clearly stated back-to-back. You guys both have to understand that the other side exists and presents equally valid considerations. It's not all technical... and it's not all... voodoo. It's an all-mixed up combination.


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PostPosted: 03/02/18 7:10 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

JIT and perhaps others are focusing on who they believe had the best voice quality and range. I can understand and respect that point of view.

In my opinion, Presley had a much, much better voice quality than many of the top rock/pop/country singers since the early days of rockabilly and rock & roll, and I actually prefer his deeper voice to Mercury's.

There's also almost a generational difference between the singers, even though they weren't born a generation apart. Presley was a world star by about 1956 whereas Queen didn't have their first big hit until about 20 years after that. So, Presley was imprinted on me at a much more musically impressionable age than Queen, whom I never really liked all that much.
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