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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Who Is Your Favorite Rock and Roll Singer

I thought about this question on the way home from work last night when I heard my favorite singer on the radio. For me, there has never been a better singer/front man in rock and roll than Robert Plant. There have been a lot of good ones, but nobody could sing like Robert Plant, in my opinion.

What do you all think? Do you agree with me on Robert Plant? Maybe you like Elvis, or Freddie Mercury, or Elton John, or Linda Ronstadt. Maybe it is somebody new.


Anonymous jason e said...

ronnie van zandt

10:35 AM  
Blogger The Man said...

Mike Patton - Faith No More

10:44 AM  
Blogger Glen Dean said...

Is that Jason E, Jason Edmonds?

Interesting pick, the Man.

12:46 PM  
Blogger HUCK said...

Well you've already picked the best, Plant.

But beyond His Majesty here are few of my other favs:

Currently, Jack White of the 'White Stripes'. There is no one else on the same map as this guy; not these days in terms of pure Rock-n-Roll nut-bustin vocals.

Two years ago, Maynard James Keenan of 'Tool', 'Perfect Circle'. Dude's voice is like mainlining absynthe. It goes straight to the brain stem. There is still no other song I crank louder than 'Parabola' off of the 'Lateralus' cd.

12:57 PM  
Blogger John H said...

Plant, Daltry and John Lennon when he rocked.

Any and all of the AC/DC lead singers..

Jack White is great.

Favorite: Daltry..WHO are YOUUUUUUUUUU

2:33 PM  
Blogger rolltidegirl said...


2:47 PM  
Blogger Stella said...

Robert Plant for his amazing stage presence.

John Lennon for his unmatchable talent.

Joan Jett for just being a bad ass.

Jack White for the modern day.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Glen Dean said...

I agree. Plant was the man in the day. Daltry was pretty awesome too. He and and Townsend were awesome front men. I know this is off topic, but I have to mention Entwistle's bass playing. That guy was awesome.

As far as a pure vocal talent, I agree with RollTideGirl. Freddie Mercury could sing. Of course, judging from her name, I agree with RollTideGirl on who is the best college football team also :)

7:46 PM  
Blogger Raizor's Edge said...

I think Don Henley has the best voice in rock and roll. I could listen to that man sing the phone book.

I also agree that Roger Daltrey has remarkable talent. The variation he puts in "Behind Blue Eyes" is simply amazing.

And, I love John Hiatt -- simply because his voice is too quirky for him to ever be successful. But nobody can sing "Lipstick Sunset" like John.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Stupid Country said...

Peter Gabriel. No contest.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous tom said...

My favorite Rock singer...

That's so hard to choose. But as far as singing prowess, I'm going to have to go with Annie Lennox hands down. Her voice is so unique, buth delicate and resonant.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Kat Coble said...

Wow. Hard to choose...

Either Daltry (man,oh man, do I love Daltry...) or Jagger.

12:39 AM  
Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

Bono. Great rock and roll lead singer.

Hard to argue with Plant. Jagger IS rock and roll, even though he doesn't have the greatest voice--which is part of why he is such a great rock singer.

John Lennon always hated his voice. I have a bootleg where he talks about how he always double tracked his vocals because he hated his voice. However, the "feel" of what he sang pierced my soul. "Mother," though not traditionally rock and roll, has a raw vocal that is second to none. "Power To The People," Instant Karma," "Revolution," and his cover of ""Stand By Me" are all examples of great rock and roll singing. Then of course, there was Elvis. Lennon said, "Before there was Elvis, there was nothing."
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPS How did we leave off Bruce Springsteen? "Rosalita" and "Born To Run" just popped into my head...GREAT rock vocals.

Wow...I am not really hitting on any current rockers. Are there any? I mean, I like Trent Reznor's voice, but not a great rocker. Same of Stipe of REM and Duritz of Counting Crows. Maybe Scott Weiland of Velvet Revolver? Naaaa...still can't compare to the earlier ones. OH...wait...Josh Stone. She is only 18, but the woman has some pipes on her! Very Joplin, who we somehow ommited. I think Janis was the first female lead vocalist who "competed" with the boys as far as being a rock and roll/blues lead singer.

1:37 AM  
Anonymous Sarcastro said...

Roy Orbison. Sure, he wasn't a testosterone fueled front man, but the guy had a voice that would make your hair stand straight up.

Van Morrison. He can flat belt out a tune.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

A thousand lashes to me for leaving out Van the man! I've often called "Moondance" the most perfect cd ever made. I can't believe I left him out!

And Roy! Pretty Woman is certainly one of the all time great rock songs.

Good picks.

4:06 PM  
Blogger John H said...

kudos to Sarcastro for bringing up Orbison and Van the man. Rob could make a dead man cry with that voice, and Van in his prime had one of the most soulful voices ever. Hard to deny these two...

7:23 PM  
Blogger Cg said...

Ronstadt (always loved her), Jagger, Daltry, Zevon, Joplin, Grace Slick, Orbison, Van Morrison (back in the day), Mercury, and early Elton.

8:52 PM  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

does Screamin Jay count, or do we have to call him R&B?

8:34 PM  

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