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100 Greatest Male Rock Vocalists

Criteria: These vocalists are rated by their ability, in their prime, for vocal Control, Power, Range, Articulation, Phrasing, use of Dynamics, Uniqueness, plus Impact & Influence.

Newly added names are in Red
Last Updated: 2017-04-29

Freddie Mercury Jeff Buckley Robert Plant Steve Perry Chris Cornell
Freddie Mercury
Jeff Buckley
Robert Plant
Steve Perry
Chris Cornell
  1. Freddie Mercury (Queen, Solo)
  2. Elvis Presley
  3. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin, Solo)
  4. Jackie Wilson
  5. Roy Orbison
  6. Sam Cooke
  7. Ian Gillan (Deep Purple, Solo)
  8. Stevie Wonder
  9. Jeff Buckley
10. Steve Perry (Journey, Solo)
11. Clyde McPhatter (Drifters, Dominoes, Solo)
12. Roger Daltrey (The Who, Solo)
13. Marvin Gaye
14. Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
15. Little Richard
16. Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings, Solo)
17. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden, Solo)
18. Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Solo)
19. Al Green
20. Roy Hamilton
21. Tony Williams (Platters)
22. Otis Redding
23. Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog, Solo)
24. Little Willie John
25. Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company, Queen)
26. Smokey Robinson
27. Geoff Tate (Queensryche)
28. Burton Cummings (The Guess Who, Solo)
29. David Bowie
30. Adam Lambert
31. Solomon Burke
32. Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses)
33. Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)
34. Brad Delp (Boston)
35. Eddie Kendricks (The Temptations, Solo)
36. Dan McCafferty (Nazareth)
37. Sam Moore (Sam & Dave)
38. Levi Stubbs (Four Tops)
39. Wilson Pickett
40. Ben E. King (The Drifters, Solo)
41. Roy Khan (Kamelot)
42. Dennis DeYoung (Styx, Solo)
43. Bill Medley (The Righteous Brothers, Solo)
44. Luther Vandross
45. Van Morrison (Them, Solo)
46. Peter Cetera (Chicago)
47. Joe Cocker
48. David Ruffin (The Temptations, Solo)
49. Carl Wilson (Beach Boys)
50. Michael Matijevic (Steelheart)
51. Eric Burdon (Animals, War, Solo)
52. James Brown
53. Billy Joel
54. Richard Manuel (The Band)
55. Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle)
56. Tim Buckley
57. Lou Gramm (Foreigner)
58. David Byron (Uriah Heep)
59. Brian Wilson (Beach Boys)
60. Layne Staley (Alice In Chains, Mad Season)
61. Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple)
62. Elton John
63. Justin Hayward (Moody Blues)
64. Jim Morrison (The Doors)
65. Frankie Valli (The Four Seasons, Solo)
66. Jimmy Beaumont (The Skyliners)
67. Jimi Jamison (Survivor)
68. Barry White
69. John Farnham (The Little River Band)
70. Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Perfect Circle)
71. Curtis Mayfield
72. Rod Stewart (The Jeff Beck Group, Solo)
73. Dion (Dion and The Belmonts)
74. Meat Loaf
75. Greg Lake (ELP, King Crimson)
76. Del Shannon
77. Serj Tankia (System Of A Down)
78. Art Garfunkel (Simon & Garfunkel, Solo)
79. Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire)
80. Prince
81. Dennis Edwards (The Temptations)
82. Bono (U2)
83. John Lennon (The Beatles, Solo)
84. Bob Seger
85. David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake)
86. Steve Winwood (Traffic, Solo)
87. Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)
88. Neil Diamond
89. Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Solo)
90. Bill Withers
91. Todd Rundgren
92. Cedric Bixler-Zavalla (At The Drive In, The Mars Volta)
93. Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones)
94. Klaus Meine (Scorpions)
95. Steve Marriott (Humble Pie)
96. Robin Zander (Cheap Trick)
97. Jack Bruce (Cream)
98. Bruce Springsteen
99. Don Henley (The Eagles)
100. John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Solo)
101. Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)
102. Lou Christie
103. Philip Anselmo (Pantera)
104. Jerry Lee Lewis
105. Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon)
106. Jimmy Gnecco (Ours)
107. Jon Anderson (Yes)
108. Peter Gabriel (Genesis, Solo)
109. Steve Walsh (Kansas)
110. Nick Cave
111. Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers Band)
112. Russell Allen (Symphony X)
113. Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi)
114. David Lee Roth (Van Halen)
115. James Taylor
116. Aaron Neville
117. Sting (The Police)
118. Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)
119. Lindsay Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac)
120. David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
121. Screamin' Jay Hawkins
122. John Kay (Steppenwolf)
123. Ray Davies (The Kinks)
124. Bon Scott (AC/DC)
125. Joe Elliot (Def Leppard)
126. Cat Stevens
127. Jeff Lynne (ELO)
128. George Harrison (The Beatles)
129. Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night)
130. Brian Johnson (AC/DC)
131. Mitch Ryder (Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels)
132. Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel, Solo)
133. Neil Young (Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, Solo)
134. Ronnie Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
135. Bryan Adams
136. Phil Collins (Genesis, Solo)
137. Eric Clapton (Cream, Blind Faith, Solo)
138. David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat, & Tears)
139. Don Mclean
140. Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath)
141. Roger McGuinn (The Byrds)
142. Gary Cherone (Extreme)
143. Adam Duritz (Counting Crows)
144. Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
145. Steve Miller
146. John Wetton (King Crimson)
147. Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
148. Graham Nash (Hollies, CSNY)
149. Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
150. James Hetfield (Metallica)
151. Michael Hutchence (INXS)
152. Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers, Solo)
153. Levon Helm (The Band)
154. Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots)
155. Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls)
156. Morrissey (The Smiths)
157. Robert Smith (Cure)
158. James Labrie (Dream Theater)
159. Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees)
160. Leslie West (Mountain)
161. Doug Pinnick (King's X)
162. Denny Doherty (The Mamas & Papas)
163. Aaron Lewis (Staind)
164. Felix Cavaliere (The Young Rascals)
165. Paul Weller (The Jam, The Style Council)
166. Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple)
167. Chris De Burgh
168. Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad)
169. Tommy Shaw (Styx)
170. Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
171. Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)
172. Matt Bellamy (Muse)
173. Edward Kowalczyk (Live)
174. John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful, Solo)
175. Elvis Costello
176. James Dewar (Robin Trower)
177. Peter Wolf (J Geils Band)
178. Dave Mason (Traffic, Solo)
179. Graham Bonnet (Rainbow)
180. Peter Frampton
181. Robert Palmer
182. Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze)
183. Billy Squier
184. Warren Zevon
185. Billy Idol (Generation X, Solo)
186. John Popper (Blues Traveler)
187. Tommy James (Tommy James & the Shondells)
188. Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)
189. Brandon Boyd (Incubus)
190. Greg Kihn
191. Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge, Mayfield 4)
192. Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, Solo)
193. Tom Petty
194. Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode)
195. Ian Astbury (The Cult)
196. Chris Robinson (The Black Crows)
197. Geddy Lee (Rush)
198. Corey Glover (Living Color)
199. Lou Reed (Velvet Underground)
200. Joe Strummer (The Clash)
Most Influential Rock Vocalists
1. Roy Orbison
2. Elvis Presley
3. Little Richard
4. Robert Plant
5. Jerry Lee Lewis
6. Brian Wilson
7. Freddie Mercury
8. Jim Morrison
9. Roger Daltrey
10. Jack Bruce
Roy Orbison


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