Male vocalists

Thanks for sharing which female vocalists you hold in highest regard back when.

Male vocalists today, please – King of Soul, Otis Redding’s birthday.

Of course, it goes without saying that there are too many to list, singing in different styles, their music often specific to a certain genre or two, making each artist incomparable. And this is a catch-all list of your favourites, not necessarily – but always quite welcome to turn into – a disagreement over who’s best.

The deliciously-contentious and never boring Rolling Stone carried out a Greatest Singers of All Time poll (with ‘from the rock era’ hidden in the small print) last year, and I partially agree with Neil McCormick’s view of it. Both links may help you remember someone you’ll want to kick yourself for forgetting and, if you do read McCormick’s piece, perhaps you’ll also find it interesting that the most loudly-hailed singers tend to almost always hail from the USA; as demonstrated not only by the Rolling Stone list but, I’d guess, probably yours, too.

Certainly mine.

David Crosby (there’s our first American, from California) and Graham Nash, who, with and without Messrs Stills (Stephen’s from Texas) and Young, have created some very pleasing harmonies. Similarly, anyone who’s seen the Eagles on tour in recent years (there are four Eagles these days, so that’s another shout-out to Texas and California, plus one each for Michigan and Ohio) has to acknowledge their incredible combined vocal range; Don Henley’s being particularly impressive.

I can temporarily balance things out with the introduction of Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Paul Rodgers, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker and Steve Winwood, to give the most obvious examples of vocal prowess.

But then there’s Roy Orbison (Texas again), Nat King Cole (Alabama), Ray Charles (Georgia), Sam Cooke (Mississippi), Jackie Wilson (Michigan), James Brown (South Carolina… is that 12 Americans so far?), Axl Rose (although I personally prefer Blind Melon’s tragic Shannon Hoon, like Axl, from Indiana)…

I’ll stop now that I’ve chosen my 18 from the above, keeping slots for the two I have yet to mention, and emphatically dismissed the silly ‘rock era’ concept in the process – as I hope you will.

The Rolling Stone ballot papers had space for 20 names. Each voter (you can see who completed one here) listed 20 singers in order of their importance. Have a look at David Crosby’s and note the modesty of some of the others balloted.

A near-impossible task, ranking 20 singers in order of their importance, surely.

Although he’ll never win any awards for being the greatest singer, Bob Dylan (from Minnesota and very highly-placed, you’ll notice) sings arguably the greatest songs that have ever been written (instantly recognisable, mostly without adornment), and he wrote them so he believes them. That’s good enough for me. Case closed.

However, the one that stands head and shoulders above all others whenever there is even idle mention of singers of any period, sex or level of ability, is this man: Frank Sinatra (from New Jersey). They didn’t call him ‘The Voice’ for nothing. For me, he’s the Greatest Singer of All Time and my hat is off in respect to B.B. King for including Ol’ Blue Eyes on his ballot paper even when he shouldn’t have.

So, forgetting any mind-boggling order of preference, importance, significance or anything else, please could you share your favourite male vocalists – from any era or genre? As always, David’s a given, so you need not list him.

I’ve got to ask… All in all, has the USA produced the most talented crop of singers?

Otis Redding, by the way, was born in Georgia.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

103 thoughts on “Male vocalists”

  1. Well, obviously I think David Gilmour can sing but my greatest respect for him is his guitar skills… which is why he is the number one slot on my guitar hero list.

    But anyway, sure some of the greatest male singers come from America but not all of them are American.

    To start you have Bryan Adams from Canada, Paul McCartney from the U.K, and of course John Lennon, and what about Eric Clapton? Sure known more for playing skills but Layla is not just a masterpiece instrumentally but also in my opinion the greatest display of Eric’s vocal skills.

    Then of course there was Billy Idol… is he from England? Sting isn’t American either is he? Bono is one hell of a singer to… he’s from Ireland. Of course there is Ozzy but another very reconizable voice from the UK is Lemmy of Motorhead… maybe not a great singer but definitely one of the always reconizable voices that will be reconized still for years to come. There also Jimmy Page.

    As far as Americans I have to include Roy Orbison , Elvis, Don Henley, Jim Morrison, Neil Young… man, the list just keeps going but these are some of the toppers.

    1. As I am a huge Billy Idol fan I can grant you that he is English, even saw the house where he was born, nearby Brighton. So I dub him my No 1 vocalist as David Gilmour is exempt from this.

      I also loved Bret Michaels from Poison in the late 80s, and hey, did you hear that the Bee Gees are planning a comeback? They had some nice stuff too.

      A great question Fed, but sadly I am so bad with names that I just enjoy reading the names the others are posting.

    1. I second Justin Hayward followed by Ian Gillan (especially when he was in Deep Purple) and I have always loved Roger Waters’ vocals.

      Roger seems to inject a lot of emotion into his songs and his emotion is most prominent on ‘The Final Cut’.

  2. I think we can all conclude The Rolling Stone is a bunch of screaming squirrels for not listing David Gilmour in the top 100 vocalists. It is his voice that made Pink Floyd famous, along with his guitar, plus he has a solo career just as good.

    Let me say that it should be alright for everyone to express their likes on this Blog without being jumped for it.

    Have you ever heard the saying “No man is a prophet in his own land”? This is the home of B.B. King, Otis Redding recorded “On the Dock of the Bay” here and Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis lived. These big names I don’t like, maybe because they were overplayed here and Memphis had this “they are ours” attitude that was stuck up. Personally, I think Furry Lewis sung the blues better than any other delta blues artist and Joni Mitchell sang about it in “Furry sings the Blues”.

    All time favorites for me besides Gilmour are Sinatra and Bennett, of course.

    You would have to ask this question after just seeing the Moody Blues. I am so stuck on Justin Hayward right now and keep playing his songs. For those of you who think the Moody Blues are just “Nights in White Satin”, you need to educate yourselves, like you were talking about the importance of education in the other Blog. My favorite song he does is “The Other Side of Life”, although Justin’s favorite is “There’s Someone Out There Somewhere” because it seems the most ‘like him’. He is a very modest, funny, down to earth guy who can sing.

  3. Mark Knopfler’s concert is over by now and I am anxious to hear if Clapton was in the line up and any other guitarists and how good it was.

    Patricia 🙂

  4. There are soooo many to choose here. One in particular with memories galore would be Roy Orbison.

    Running Scared sends chills up my spine, so simple and yet powerful.

    It’s Over! How can you beat this guy!

    Good call Fed for My Way, Elvis didn’t do a bad job on that one either. Bring it on people.

    1. I could quite happily listen to Roy Orbison all day long, Frank.

      ‘Crying’ is the one for me. I don’t know if there’s ever been a more emotional display. He sounds so genuinely heartbroken.

    1. I agree!

      Fed, you cannot leave out Freddie Mercury! You cannot be serious! He was better than Robert Plant and Roger Daltrey put together!

    2. Was he on the Rolling Stone list? I’m sure he must have been, but I don’t remember his placing.

      Never one of my personal favourites, to be honest, but undeniably Great.

  5. Hi Everyone!

    On my list of top male singers, I would have to put Steve Perry, formerly with Journey up there. And I feel both Bill Medley and the late Bobby Hatfield “Righteous Bros” deserve a mention… good harmony and great musical stylists.

    Have a great day!

  6. Hi,

    Best, what is the best? It’s strange with voices; some you like and some you don’t like despite of their quality.

    If you just saw the Pretty Things, you could vote for Phil May and Dick Taylor, because those buddies stole your heart, it’s all so subjective.

    Think Freddy Mercury and Paul Rodgers will be in the list too. Dream Theater’s James LaBrie (not my cup of tea) has a great voice too.

    Colin Blunstone is one of those remarkable voices I would vote for too, not alone his voice is great but his charisma on stage is important to this mind set too.

    Ah, the list goes from the younger Peter Gabriel, Jon Anderson, Eric Woolfson, Justin Hayward, Steve Balsamo, the young John Miles, Chris Rainbow (Camel, Alan Parsons), the young Fish (Marillion), Gareth Jones (ex-Reasoning).

    But yeah, the voice in your heart is the most important:

    Now I would vote for Richard Wright, not because he is the world’s best singer, but his voice is in my mind this week and it’s so fantastic, subtle, his intonation, sometimes whispering, calling… jeeemie, I miss him. Yep, this is for Richard.

    Sail on!

  7. Hey FEd;

    In no particular order:

    Nat King Cole
    Frank Sinatra
    Robert Plant
    Sam Cooke
    Cole Porter
    John Lennon
    Paul McCartney
    Roy Orbison
    Freddie Mercury
    Mike Nesmith
    Leon Russell
    Elvis Presley
    Luciano Pavarotti
    Dean Martin
    Glenn Campbell
    David Crosby
    Stephen Stills
    Graham Nash
    David Bowie
    Willie Nelson
    Rod Stewart
    Jerry Jeff Walker
    Harry Connick Jr.
    Steve Winwood

    Plus many many more that I can’t think of at the moment!


  8. Hi FEd,

    Well it’s an “interesting” if somewhat bigoted list isn’t it?

    For a little xenophobia of our own I would have to have Terry Reid [he was offered the Led Zep gig and turned it down, but recommended Robert Plant] and Steve Marriott late of the Small Faces and Humble Pie. Both of them have/had voices that could stop traffic!

    Yours in a Huff.
    Roger [Not that one]

    1. Ah, Steve Marriott… Listening to him right now, in fact (‘Itchycoo Park’). What a voice. I’m kicking myself for not mentioning him.

      Eric Burdon, too.

  9. There are many singers that I enjoy listening to. I can narrow them down to three that, for me, are in a class of their own. The other two being Kelly Jones and Leonard Cohen.

  10. I always thought Robert Palmer was a good singer… his voice was very natural.

    Paul Rodgers, Joe Cocker, Don Henley, John Martyn (different), Ian Dury was brilliant as a front man and singer and what a band!

    1. Robert Palmer is a good call. There are quite a few on the Rolling Stone list that could be removed to make room for Robert Palmer. Morrissey, being one. Thom Yorke another…

      As much as I love Brian Wilson, was he ever a ‘great’ singer?

  11. Surprising but true, ‘My Way’ was originally a French song called ‘Comme d’habitude’, composed by Claude François and Jacques Revaux/Gilles Thibaut in 1967. Paul Anka heard it while on holiday in France, liked it and (I think) bought the rights. The lyrics were changed, though.

    Here is an old (yes, very old) video of Claude François singing it.

    1. Good one Michele. I love trivia.

      Claude was something. I could only solve a few words of French from the lyrics.

      Merci Ami, Francois! 😀

  12. Hands down as one of the best was Freddie Mercury. Many think he was born in the U.K. but he actually was born in Zanzibar.

    One that I think people often overlook is Brad Delp from Boston, yes he was from Massachusetts and he had a great vocal range. (By the way, Tom Scholz should have gotten a shout on the guitar blogs.)

    The third one I’ll mention unfortunately is also departed, Barry White. I can’t think of another singer who sang as well as Barry in such a low scale. He was from Texas.

    More to come.



    1. I can’t think of another singer who sang as well as Barry in such a low scale.

      What a great shout; thanks, Andrew. (Are there 100 ‘greater’ singers? Surely not.)

      So, who do we remove to make way for Barry White? I’ve already cleared about 15 spaces…

    2. Here is some Barry for those who want to hear his deep silky voice.

      And here is Barry’s most recent work where he covers a very famous Billy Joel tune.



  13. All in all, has the USA produced the most talented crop of singers?

    Well, it’s just Mathematical, ie for ex just now, USA=300 million inhabitants, UK=60 million inhabitants… 😉

    Have not looked at the Rolling Stone list but I like Johnny Cash, Robert Plant, Nick cave, Al Green, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Robert Smith, Matthieu Bellamy (I know, I know, you won’t agree…)

    However I’m unable to appreciate all those ‘Crooners’ (well, it’s how we call them here), such as Frank Sinatra – with or without Bono 😉 , Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Paul Anka… too sweet, ‘glamour’ (?), only charming voices for me (in the same way as I just can’t appreciate so called Divas such as Mariah Carey or Céline Dion.

    But, for a change, how about Italian or Spanish great singers like Luciano Pavarotti, Roberto Alagna, Placido Domingo or Jose Carreras? From time to time (not too often, though), they are not unpleasant to listen to.


    1. But, for a change, how about Italian or Spanish great singers like Luciano Pavarotti, Roberto Alagna, Placido Domingo or Jose Carreras? From time to time (not too often, though), they are not unpleasant to listen to.

      Absolutely. The Three Tenors were wonderful.

      And how about Andrea Bocelli?

      Mariah Carey is on the Rolling Stone list, but Céline Dion isn’t.

      Neither is Leonard Cohen…

    2. Andrea Bocelli, oui, but, please, listen to (for example) ‘Nessun Dorma’ (Turandot – Puccini) by Bocelli, then by Pavarotti or Domingo, and you will admit that Bocelli can’t beat them.

      Just my opinion. 🙂

  14. A lot of good ones mentioned above.

    Obviously, my favorites are the three from PF, but aside from also your Lennon, McCartney, CSNY, Morrison, etc. which I love, I have to send a shout out for Bob Marley. He was an innovator and his voice and music always tend to put me in a good mood.

    Good day to all.

  15. Elvis Presley tops my list; for me, no one else even compares with his voice.

    Others on my list:

    Hank Williams
    Nick Drake
    Robert Plant
    Bob Marley
    Frank Sinatra
    David Bowie

    Re: Otis Redding: There was a temporary exhibit of Redding memorabilia at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon earlier this year; unfortunately I never made the 3 hour drive to see it. I have seen permanent display that they have of the boots Otis was wearing when he died.

  16. I agree with you, FEd, about Shannon Hoon. I think Blind Melon might have done some more good albums without the tragic end of their singer.

    Some of my favourites:

    Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
    Leonard Cohen
    Bob Dylan
    Roger Daltrey
    Ian Anderson
    Eddie Vedder
    Ozzy Osbourne
    Chris Cornell
    Kurt Cobain
    Peter Gabriel
    Phil Collins
    Elton John
    Michael Stipe
    Bruce Dickinson

    I know most of the voices I listed can’t be considered literally beautiful. For me, a good singer is the one who can express at best the feeling of the song he’s singing, so I’m never objective in judging a voice.

    For example, Bob Dylan’s songs wouldn’t be the same without that voice and it’s exactly the same for Kurt Cobain or Ozzy Osbourne. Their voices are marks of their styles, that’s why I like them.

    I’m sorry, I could never actually appreciate voices such as Freddie Mercury’s, Paul Rodger’s or George Michael’s. I know they have beautiful and powerful voices and they’re also great interpreters, but I probably don’t like their music enough to appreciate their abilities.

  17. I am shocked and hurt that my name does not appear on the list! I sound quite good in the bath with a high wind howling down the chimney. 😀

    Oh, this is impossible. A lot of my fav’s are listed above, but would add:

    Stevie Marriott
    Stevie Winwood
    Jack Bruce
    Chris Isaac
    Jim Morrison
    Peter Gabrielle
    Roger Chapman (Family)
    Can’t remember his name – the guy from Spooky Tooth!

    There are loads more but I will just be repeating others.

    1. Mike Harrison from Spooky Tooth, I remember him, great voice! Similar sounding to Stevie Winwood I think.

      I like all the others on your list too.

      ash X

  18. For me, based on power and feel and as instructed in no particular order:

    Ian Gillan
    Freddy Mercury
    Ol’ Blue Eyes
    Nat King Cole
    Ronny James Dio
    George Michael
    Kelly Jones
    Rod the Mod
    Dean Martin
    Robert Plant
    Ted Neely

    A strange blend of screamers and crooners.

    1. Tiiiiiiim,

      you forgot to mention Thom Yorke!!!

      Ah Ah! You thought to be safe, but remember that my eyes are awake. Always!

      I wait for an explanation of your bad behaviour.

      Bad, bad, bad boy!

      (Hi FEd! Hope you are OK, mate.)

    2. Hi Lucia, good to hear from you.

      Thom Yorke? 😮

      Thom Yorke, Jeff Buckley, Tom Waits (sorry, David) and Björk have me reaching for the Nurofen before I even get a headache. Thank God I don’t keep a gun in the house, that’s all I can say.

      For Don Henley to be 20-odd places behind Mr Yorke is enough to make anyone with even the most dodgy hearing break down and cry, surely.

    3. Uh oh!! I have to admit I made my list from a comfortable chair in Provence and I did not expect to find myself exposed to the bright light (tee hee) from Rome.

      Of course I considered Thom and also Lou Reed, Nick Cave, and Jeff Buckley (it seems a list designed to drive poor old F’ed to distraction if not destruction) but I am mostly a fan of Radiohead for the power of the music than Thom’s – how did we say in 2007 ? – fragile beauty.

      However it has been threatened that Radiohead will be a subject for discussion one of these days so I will be mounting a valiant defence in the tradition of Atticus Finch, but it will be worth you keeping one eye turned to the blog because you know there are many “lost souls” here who have turned their backs to the light…

  19. In no particular order:

    1. Steve Marriott
    2. Steve Winwood
    3. Freddie Mercury
    4. Eddie Vedder
    5. Chris Cornell
    6. Peter Green
    7. Nat King Cole
    8. David Gilmour
    9. Lou Rawls
    10. Barry White
    11. Al Green
    12. Curtis Mayfield

  20. Most of my favorites were already mentioned by others.

    Let me add Graham Bonnet whose voice is remarkable (loved him on the Assault Attack album of MSG and of course when he sang for Rainbow).


    BTW, I went to a MSG’s concert last night with my son (his first concert at all) and Gary Barden impressed me with his vocals, too. So let me add him to the list, too…

  21. In spite of this being David’s site, he is still one of my favorite singers.

    Would add to the list Harry Belefonte, Damien Rice, Mel Torme. Some of my favorites are based on the feeling in the song, so Rick Wright and David singing ‘Wearing the Inside Out’ gets me everytime. Luis Miquel, Jon Secada, Sergio Franchi would round out some of my pics. Tom Jones and Steve Perry used to be favs as well.

    Need to give it more thought.


    1. I’m very surprised that Tom Jones didn’t make the Rolling Stone list. Even Elvis, with all his obvious talent, wished that he sounded that good.

    2. That Jones boy had a good set of pipes. I have several very old 45’s of his. Back when he dressed in flannel (I think) shirts.

      Got so see Elvis and Tom Jones in ’72 in Vegas. My preference for voice is Jones. Loved Elvis from his very early days, before he dyed his hair black.


  22. I guess my favorites in no particular order are:

    Roy Orbison, Marvin Gaye, Roger Daltrey, Johnny Cash, Bob Seger, Neil Diamond (my step mothers all time fav), Del Shannon, Van Morrison, Elvis Presley. I could go on and on.

    Hope everyone is well. Hope to make the chat in the next couple of weeks. Have been very busy of late.

    FEd, has the blog done all time favorite bass players? Maybe a topic for another day?


    1. We’ll definitely cover bass players soon, Hoss.

      I was watching Keith Moon yesterday and realised that we need to discuss favourite and/or best drummers, too.

  23. Oh boy, here’s a minefield of a topic. BTW, despite having grown up with it from the quatrefold days, when it comes to lists Rolling Stone can go (insert your own insult here).

    I can vaguely categorize the voices I love two ways; voices I find comforting & loveable for no real reason and voices I adore for their beauty.

    I LOVE David’s voice. I like to wrap it around me like a warm (sometimes) blanket.

    I love Bob Dylan’s voice and Bruce Springsteen’s (I know, I know) and Tom Waits even if he does sound like he’s trying to gargle a whole chicken, feathers included, and Leonard Cohen who doesn’t so much sing as do something else which is kind of singing but also kind of not. But I love them.

    Elvis Presley had a one in a million voice. Some of his song choices were not so good (polite there) but that voice never failed. “Kentucky Rain” makes me tear up every single time I hear it.

    Otis Redding had a voice which induced swooning. Levi Stubbs had a voice that never failed to move me, almost a blues-shouter. Teddy Pendergrass. Luther Vandross. Sam Cooke, blessed angel of a voice. Smokey Robinson. David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks and back in the day Michael Jackson. Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Aaron Neville, Ben E. King.

    Going way back… I have to always give Mr. Sinatra his due but I didn’t love his voice, I just appreciated it. I loved Fred Astaire’s voice and Dean Martin’s and Tony Bennett’s. Astaire’s “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” still brings me to tears. It’s the emotion that carries the day, you know.

    Bobby Darin had a great voice. I’ll give you six for “Beyond the Sea”.

    Now to the rock… Freddie Mercury’s voice, oh, that voice.

    Steve Winwood, Roger Daltrey, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Sebastian Bach, Vince Gill (not the rock but wow, such a voice) Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Bon Scott, Robert Plant, VAN MORRISON, Ronnie James Dio and I will kick myself later for the voices I’ve loved but left off.

    And… my favorite male singer isn’t wickedly famous. Kirk McLeod of Seven Nations just never fails me. I love his voice beyond belief.

    I am firmly coming out against actually counting. Sorry. 🙂

  24. you’ll also find it interesting that the most loudly-hailed singers tend to almost always hail from the USA; as demonstrated not only by the Rolling Stone list but, I’d guess, probably yours, too.

    Most of my favorites tend to be other than the US.

    I think the Oscars help balance it out. We tend to feel all the best actors come from the British Isles. 🙂


    1. Oh, I’d have to disagree with you on that one, Jan (and strongly, now that I have an image of a bumbling Hugh Grant in my mind).

      Two words: Marlon, Brando. USA wins hands down with him on your team.

      Maybe we could discuss this further some day?

    2. You are so on! Much rather have bumbling Hugh Grant than Marlon. I will agree that he was great in On The Waterfront, but ‘Appaloosa’ and The Wild Ones’ come to mind. And not in a good way. Eeek ‘Teahouse of the August Moon??? Let’s do this some day for sure.

      I’ll start with Daniel Day Lewis… can hardly top him, but Sir Alec Guinnes, Peter O’Toole for starters. Ian Bannen… Anthony Hopkins?

      Perhaps the problem is the definition of ‘actor’ as opposed to entertainer?


      P. S. Thank you so much for the first laugh of the day.

  25. I’m afraid my list would be so long, I would have to send it to school.

    With those already mentioned, including David, Eric, Justin, Paul Rodgers, Robert Plant, Mark Knopfler, etc., I would add:

    Beatles, one and all
    Dan Fogelberg
    Marc Cohn
    Emerson Hart
    Davy Knowles
    Jackson Browne
    James Dewar
    Jakob Dylan
    Paul Carrack
    Bob Seger
    Kerry Livgren
    Eagles, one and all
    James Taylor
    Cat Stevens
    Dave Mason
    Paul Simon
    Ray Kennedy
    Pat Monahan

    …and one of my favorite I-Can’t-Understand-a-Word-He-Says singers: Taj Mahal.

  26. Good choices:

    How about Ben E. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Pavarotti of course? The Three Tenors were fabulous together too!

    This list keeps growing.

    I’ll leave with Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong. What a genuine smile he had also.

    1. I’ll second that Frank! I came in a little late on this topic so I am very pleased to see you mentioned Stevie Ray Vaughan and Pavarotti. Some of the best for sure.

      I also share your love for “Old Blue Eyes” FEd.

      I have been away for a while due to sickness with a family member. It was good to see a fun topic.

      Thanks FEd and I hope you had a good weekend.

      Barbara P

  27. How about a little humor for the end of the week?

    While surfing the web I found this funny little clip.

    Now, Hot Chocolate may not be known as some of the best vocalists but this is priceless.



    1. Too funny. I always wondered how this kind of stuff is captured on video and if any of it is staged.

      However it does remind me of a clip I have of my first daughter when she was just under a year old. She was sitting in a walker and I taping her and talking to her. At one point she wasn’t paying attention to me and saw her rattle on the floor. So I had one eye on the camera, reached down and threw the rattle to her. But the thing hit her right in the nose. I got the delayed cry right after that and captured it all on tape. It actually is a humorous clip.



    2. Andrew, LMAO, too funny, and the bad ending wouldn’t spoil my love for that sexy song, ROFL.

      Speaking of a crude sense of humor, I am sure you will love this one: If my nose was running money.

  28. To list just a few of my favorites and add to this discussion:

    Jon Anderson–the great voice of YES
    Tony Bennett–another fellow New Jerseyan
    John Lennon–A Day In The Life always gives me chills
    Derek Shulman–from Gentle Giant
    Luciano Pavarotti–the great tenor
    Mel Torme–The Velvet Fog
    Steve Tyler–no one sings rock and roll better than he does
    David Crosby & Graham Nash–beautiful harmonies

    …and yes, David Gilmour, because his vocals really add to and shape a song well.

    1. The same to you – and everyone reading.

      It’s also sunny in Wales and the Premiership’s back tomorrow, so Saturday’s purpose has returned. Can’t ask for more than that.

      Come on, you Reds!

    2. Come on, you Reds!

      From now on, 12 September should be called ‘Yossi Day’, don’t you agree? 😉

  29. Hi all,

    back to the blog and to Italy!

    I agree about Rick Wright’s sound of voice, so velvet and in tune with David… but I love Robert Plant, Eric Burdon, Roger Daltrey and Donovan too.

    Among the Italian voices I like just Lucio Battisti…

    Next week I’ll be in Norway, please join my voice in the chorus for Richard, thank you.


  30. There’s this guy out in Britain somewhere, you may know him? A David Gilmour? Nice voice. Also plays giutar.

    I have never liked Rod Stewart’s voice. For me, it’s like fingernails on a blackboard. Or a frog with the flu.

    But there’s a singer with the same type of voice who I think is much better at singing: Mike Stipe of R.E.M. What a nice voice!

    I also love Leonard Cohen’s bassy barritone and the deep, rich bass of Paul Robeson (just to prove the point that rock music has no monopoly on the great voices).

    The most incredible voice belongs to the incomparable Roy Orbison, whose music I don’t really care for but whose voice is pure talent. Such great control, what a broad range!

    I sing, too, but you’ll never find me on this kind of a list. I’m told that my voice sounds like Gilmour’s, but I have a very limited range and no musical training. Gilmour outsings anything I even imagine myself singing! LOL!

    1. I have never liked Rod Stewart’s voice. For me, it’s like fingernails on a blackboard. Or a frog with the flu.

      Frog with the flu? :))

      OK, third good laugh of the day.


  31. I can’t believe no-one’s mentioned Jon Anderson (of Yes) yet, he has a unbelievable voice, just listen to “Soon” by YES and see what I mean.

    1. You’re right, he’s a good singer.

      I mentioned Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, so it should have been easy to remember his name, too. 😀

  32. Not the greatest vocalist I guess, but his voice is very distinguishable and very warming…

    Robert Wyatt.

  33. Marcus Testory from L’Orchestre de Chambre Noir.

    Some may not have heard of him, but his voice is very nice. One of my favorite recent singers. Almost operatic and very smooth. 8)

  34. My top choices are taken from live concert experiences:

    David Bowie
    Ian Anderson
    Michael Hutchence
    Paul Rodgers
    Robert Plant
    David, Graham, Stephen, Neil
    Steve Winwood
    Bruce Springsteen
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    John Mellencamp
    Tom Petty
    David Byrne
    Gillian from Deep Purple
    Freddie Mercury
    Bo Diddley
    Stevie Wonder

    I can’t imagine a world without singers from all over the world.

  35. Some good names there. Did anyone notice that #76 is supposed to be Steve Perry, not Paul McCartney?

    I’d like to mention:

    Greg Lake – 21st Century Schizoid Man (King Crimson)
    Gregg Rolie – Black Magic Woman (Santana)
    Steve Walsh – Carry on My Wayward Son (Kansas)
    Kevin Gilbert – Tears of Audrey

    But that’s just what I happened to be listening to this morning…

    Bill C

  36. Bruce Dickinson: THE voice of Iron Maiden. From the moment in early 1982 that I heard his debut with Maiden (“Invaders”, Number of the Beast), I’ve loved his voice! If I have to choose just one vocalist as my overall favorite, it is Bruce. UP THE IRONS!

    Mr. Gilmour of course. The Gdansk CD(s) are ALWAYS in my changer! I hear his voice and think, Amazing! As good or better than he sounded in the classic Floyd years!

    Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) – If you are put off by Opeth’s death metal leanings, give Mikael a chance anyway! Besides the deathly growls, he has an exquisitely beautiful clean voice. Listen to “Coil” from the Watershed LP for clean only vox. For a vocal extravaganza which features each style in close proximity, The Lotus Eater from the same album. Mikael is a HUGE Prog Rock fan!!!

    Geoff Tate
    Ronnie James Dio
    Robert Lowe
    James Hetfield
    Chuck Billy
    Tim Baker (Cirith Ungol)

    Alice Cooper

    John Spillane (Irish singer-songwriter)
    John Doyle (Irish Guitarist-vox, ex-Solas)
    Dougie MacLean (Scot singer-songwriter)

    Jon Anderson (YES)
    Ian Anderson (TULL)
    Geddy Lee
    Alex Lifeson (Rush in Rio LP: LOVE his vocal ramblings in La Villa Strangiato break. Introduces Ged and Neil as his “backup band”!)

    Nat King Cole (My mom used to go with some of her friends to see him play live when she was a young single woman working for Western Union)
    Lionel Richie
    Rod Stewart
    Elton John
    Rich Mullins
    Fernando Ortega
    Mac Powell

  37. Here’s an eclectic mix of names that I haven’t seen previously mentioned:

    Marc Bolan
    James Brown
    David Byrne
    Perry Como
    Elvis Costello
    David Coverdale
    Christopher Cross
    David Gates
    Barry Gibb
    Mick Hucknall
    Billy Joel
    Jeff Lynne
    Phil Lynott
    Barry Manilow
    Chris Martin
    Gary Moore
    Matt Munro
    Chris Rea
    Lionel Richie
    Kenny Rogers
    Feargal Sharkey
    Paul Weller
    Stevie Wonder

    What the hell, I’ll even give Sir Cliff a mention… 8|

  38. I was listening to TV news yesterday and there was Elton John playing somewhere in Italy, I don’t know where.

    He was singing “Daniel” and I was so surprised to hear how his voice changed since the last time I had listened to him playing. He had completely another kind of voice, I don’t know why, but it was amazing. 8|

    I’ll post the video here, if I find it.

    1. I just heard that Elton John and his partner David Furnish wanted to adopt a 14 month-old Ukrainian child… 😐

      They will name him/her ‘Nikita’, maybe… 😉

    2. I’ve heard about it.

      Our very perbenist media would never miss sensational news such as this. :))

  39. Mick Hucknall from Simply Red, saw them in concert recently and my goodness his voice is absolutely unbelievable, so powerful.

  40. Rob Dickinson has a great voice. He played in a Band called “Catherine Wheel”. Now he is making music under his own name. Catherine Wheel was a great English band, with a little connection to Pink Floyd. On their album “Like Cats and Dogs” they covered “Wish You Were Here”. And Mr. Thorgerson created a few covers for their albums.

    Nick Laird-Clowes, I like as well. His melancholic songs from “The Dream Academy”… I still listen to the albums from time to time. I heard he is working on a new album, sounds interesting!

    And then of course:

    David Gilmour
    David Bowie
    David Byrne
    Robert Wyatt
    Roger Waters
    Steve Kilbey (from the Australian band The Church)
    Jimi Hendrix

  41. I don’t go to comment about the subject that is here, in truth I would like knowledge if you already thought it possibility to sing here in Brazil?

    You can not know my country, but she cannot leave this existence without a concert for Brazil! Think about this!!!!

  42. I’m surprised that Burton Cummings of The Guess Who hasn’t made the list (at least until now). 😉

    I also like:

    Scott Weiland
    Chris Robinson
    Colin James
    James Taylor
    Jim Cuddy
    Robert Plant
    Brian Ferry
    David Bowie
    Elton John
    Don Henley
    Glenn Frey
    David Clayton Thomas
    Eric Clapton

    If I sat and thought about I could come up with many more.

  43. My list would include a lot of above… but I like such a whole range of music depending on my mood. SO wont bore you with long list:

    Michael Cretu… Enigma
    Gary Moore
    Billy Idol
    Eric Clapton
    Chris Rea (Road to Hell was cool)
    Phil Collins (an all rounder)

    Think the guys from Def Leppard good
    When in mood, bit of Guns n Roses (Axl Rose)
    Aaron Neville
    Jon Bon Jovi (think fact I find him rather yummy helps)
    Some new stuff from Gary Barlow OK

    Oh there are too many…

    Agree with people above Rod Stewart… why is he popular? He sounds like he sucked a whole driveway down his throat… he cant sing in tune either.

    Freddie Mercury was a character… but cant say he is brill when he performs live. Sorry. OK, when I sing I could clear out a whole stadium.

    This is hard!! Obviously we would all agree David could knock socks of all of above. Be easier if not just been to the B.M.E exhibit… made you go ‘Cor, liked him and he was fab’.

    Anyway think overall people here got good taste… if we did a line up, be gig of the century, LOL.

  44. Hi, good morning!

    As usual I’m probably the last one here to give his statement. 😉

    Well, my incomplete list of male vocalists:

    Glen Shorock and John Farnham (both from Australian Little River Band)
    Joe Cocker
    Robert Plant
    Roger Daltrey
    Barry White
    Bobby McFerrin
    Glenn Frey

    I saw Pavarotti and The Ten Tenors here in a posting. I would like to add Adoro from Germany. I had them in a TV-show yesterday, great voices, 5 young opera vocalists from Berlin (Xmas-songs in September…)

    I’m afraid they are only known in Germany as most of their songs are in German.

    Yes had also a good singer, I think it was John Anderson and what about Supertramp?

    Supertramp’s vocalists were Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson, but who was the better one?

    Have nice week

  45. I’m going to have to mention David Bowie. There’s a Brit for ya. I’d like to not get into technique and such, but his voice stands alone.

    I would also have to vote for the late Freddie Mercury. And non rock, probably Josh Groban.

    Good day to all of you!

  46. I forgot to mention Ben Harper.

    I’m not sure he’s actually a good singer, but I like his voice.

  47. Although he was not a fabulous vocalist, he was a fabulous lyricist.

    RIP Jim Carroll.

    I wonder how many remember his big hit “People Who Died”.



  48. May I ask anyone who would know, did David write this entry? I am guessing he did not, as if he did he was speaking about himself in 3rd person at the bottom.

    Anyway to my question, if that isn’t David’s list (he likes Axl Rose!? I’m a huge fan of his!) then has he come up with one?

    I had heard Dave checks this blog and thought I would participate. 🙂

    I would contribute to this discussion but as a 19 year old I have limited experience listening to many of the great vocalists of years past.

    Freddie Mercury would be a certainty on my list, though!

    1. Thanks for joining in, Kevin.

      David doesn’t write this, but he does read it, and is most welcome to pass comment on any topic at any time – hint, hint. 😉

    2. Thank you for the reply, and thank you for clearing that up, now let’s hope I can fulfil my dream of getting his attention! Ha, a joke of course.

      I will add to my list Dave Mustaine. Now I know he’s a terrible singer in terms of talent, but I do think that he portrays one of the most primal of human emotions better than many if not all other vocalists, and that would be well, anger!

      Sorry for ruining it guys. 😛

  49. All the aforementioned singers (sans mr. Dylan) are all great, fantastic even. Personal favorites of mind (besides David of course) are:

    Bono (the haters will never get me down)
    Phil Collins
    Peter Gabriel
    Maynard James Keenan
    Matthew Bellamy

    A short list yes, but it would become redundant if I just listed the same names as everyone else.

  50. James Brown
    Freddie Mercury
    Robert Plant
    Ian Gillan
    Elvis Presley
    Little Richard
    Paul Rodger
    Ray Charles
    Robert Johnson
    B.B king
    Roger Daltrey
    Michael Jackson
    Bruce Dickinson
    Jack Bruce
    David Gilmour
    David Bowie
    Steve Winwood
    Cedric Bixler-Zavalla
    Mick Jagger
    Jim Morrison

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