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List Rules Only vocalists primarily associated with rock music

The best rock vocalists of all time are the frontmen of our favorite rock bands or those solo artists whose voices are some of the best ever. These talented men and women of rock could easily captivate audiences with just their vocals. Their voices set them and their bands above the rest and define them as the best rock singers of all time. List includes both men and women. 

To be included on this list, the vocalists must be primarily known for their association with rock music and (obviously) must have a great voice. That really doesn't narrow down the many greatest rock singers in recent rock music history, though a certain few stand out as above and beyond all the rest. Greats like Robert Plant, David Bowie, Steve Perry and Neil Young come to mind, as do icons like Bono, Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen.

While there are many notable vocalists of today's rock music, arguably many of the best rock vocalists of all time are those from earlier generations. Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury from Queen, John Lennon from The Beatles, Jim Morrison from The Doors and Bob Dylan are only a few of some of the best rock vocalists ever but also some of the most influential singers of all time. Freddie Mercury especially had an amazing voice and was ranked second only to Mariah Carey by MTV for the best voices in music ever.

A perfect combination of range, power, articulation and control is needed to become one of the greatest vocalists of all time. All of those can be taught but the natural ability to have that golden voice, as all of these great rock vocalists possess, is nothing that can be learned. Have a favorite rock singer that we missed? Think one vocalist should be above another? Want to put these singers in your own order? You can do all that and more be voting on, re-ranking and adding rock vocalists below! Rock on!

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Freddie Mercury 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Elvis Presley 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Jim Morrison 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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David Bowie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Paul McCartney 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Steven Tyler 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Steve Perry 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Elton John 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Ronnie James Dio 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Mick Jagger 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Roger Daltrey 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Axl Rose 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Stevie Nicks 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Johnny Cash 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Janis Joplin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Chris Cornell 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Ozzy Osbourne 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Ann Wilson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Stevie Wonder 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Pat Benatar 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Michael Jackson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Bon Scott 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Eddie Vedder 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Sting 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Billy Joel 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Marvin Gaye 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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James Hetfield 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Jon Bon Jovi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Phil Collins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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David Gilmour 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Eric Clapton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Layne Staley 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Bruce Dickinson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Simon and Garfunkel 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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John Fogerty 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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Ray Charles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Bruce Springsteen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Aretha Franklin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Prince 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Tina Turner 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Peter Gabriel 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Roy Orbison 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Bono 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Bob Seger 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Ian Gillan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Rob Halford 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists

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Peter Lennodo 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Vocalists
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