The recent list naming Guns N' Roses
frontman Axl Rose
as the greatest singer of all time based on vocal range has stirred up the web quite a bit, to such an extent that Mr. Rose himself has issued a response.
Sharing a Spin
report, the vocalist explained how he feels "flattered and humbled,"
but hardly sees himself as the best singer ever.
Axl even went on to share a list of vocalists he thinks should be ranked above him. "From what I could tell, the original article was for the most part only talking about the professionally recorded vocal range of the singers they compared calling the entire group 'The World's Greatest Singers.' It's very flattering and humbling to be included in such an illustrious ensemble,"
Rose said."If I had to say who I thought the best singers were, I'd say first that I don't know there's a definitive answer as in my opinion it's subjective, and second that my focus is primarily rock singers,"
he continued."That said, I enjoy Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Dan McCafferty, Janice Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Don Henley, Jeff Lynne, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and a ton of others (predominantly '70s rock singers) and would rather hear ANY of them anytime rather than me! Peace! Axl,"
the singer concluded.
, the initial list took into consideration only singers who made Rolling Stone
's 100 Greatest Singers
list. A bit more thorough research subsequently ranked Mike Patton
of Faith No More
as the No. 1 vocalist, putting Axl down to second place.