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#1
The reason this thread isn't just titled "favorite vocalists" is because I want it to include bands that get good use out of multiple singers, as well as multi-tracking a single vocalist.

Off the top of my head, mine would be SOAD/Serj, Placebo, Muse, The Silversun Pickups, Senses Fail and RHCP.

I love Serj's style in all the different vocal melodies he'll have going at once, plus he has a very original voice and vocal style.

I just blatantly love Brian Molkos voice; there isn't much else to say there.

I like how high Matt Bellamy is willing to go in their songs.

Brian Aubert and Nikki Monninger make a great duo for vocals, and Brian's got an amazing voice on his own anyways.

I really like Senses Fails combination of singing and screaming; also, they make great use of counter-point and backing vocals.

RHCP is just cool because of the way the backing vocals are used to fill out the sound.


There's more I like, but these are just a few off the top of my head.


So, what about you? You don't have to explain your choices the same way I do, but feel free to do so.
#2
Eddie Vedder, listen to the song Arc
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Pop
Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Justin Beiber, David Archuleta, too many to list

Classic Rock
Aerosmith, The Eagles, Queen, Boston, Led Zeppelin

Modern Rock
Shinedown (studio only, that guy is balls live), OneRepublic, Poets of the Fall, Daughtry
#4
i like the one in I cum blood.

Also, the best vocal work is probably that guy who does all the different instruments with his vocals...who's name i forget.
EDIT: Bobby McFerrin
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#5
the guy from the black dahlia murder. i usually don't get into that sort of music, mostly because of the vocals, but i just love how this guy sounds like he's having his entrails ripped out.
also, i love casey crescezo's work on the dear hunter albums. he does all these cool vocal melodies and choir-like parts.
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Quote by stratdud39
Also, the best vocal work is probably that guy who does all the different instruments with his vocals...who's name i forget.
Ummm.... that would be any A Capella; no clue who specifically you could be referencing.
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Devin Townsend is objectively the best singer. He's versatile as balls and amazing at everything he does, he sings everything with emotion and conviction, his lyrics fit seamlessly into the music and don't feel like they've been written at all, he's brilliant with melody, he has an amazingly clear voice, except when he screams in which case it's as close to white noise as the vocal chords can get.
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i like the one in I cum blood.

Also, the best vocal work is probably that guy who does all the different instruments with his vocals...who's name i forget.


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#10
im gonna say Phil Anslemo.
he has an amazingly melodic voice (cemetary gates, this love etc), but then when hes screaming, it makes my loins quiver (suicide note part 2, ****ing hostile etc)
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Quote by stratdud39
i like the one in I cum blood.

Also, the best vocal work is probably that guy who does all the different instruments with his vocals...who's name i forget.
EDIT: Bobby McFerrin

also, the vocalist in I cum blood is chris barnes, who has the mother****ing lowest lows I've heard in a while, that arent pornogrind, anyway.
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[quote="'-[NiL"]-']Pop
Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Justin Beiber, David Archuleta, too many to list

Classic Rock
Aerosmith, The Eagles, Queen, Boston, Led Zeppelin

Modern Rock
Shinedown (studio only, that guy is balls live), OneRepublic, Poets of the Fall, Daughtry


This should be the template for the thread.

Anyway, here are my favourite vocalists:

Pop: Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Jason Orange. Both individually and in harmony they are always note perfect and all have individual, unique voices, none of them really sound like anyone else, not including Robbie because I never thought his vocals were that great

Rock: Johnny Gioeli. Simply a perfect voice for rock, plenty of power for fast and heavy songs and plenty of emotion for ballads, and has maintained a great standard over a massive body of work.

JRock: Ryuichi Kawamura. Despite being rubbish early on in Luna Sea's career, his voice is awesome now, full of power and he has impressive range, his voice suits everything from LS's heavier songs to his ballad packed solo work, also singing 70 songs without a mic should impress anyone

Indie: James Walsh. Although technically not an amazing vocalist, his voice always suits the melodramatic tone of Starsailor's music and his lyrics are always fantastic, always awesome live as well, the first time I heard him was alone on stage with an acoustic and his voice filled the stage better than any other singer I've ever heard.

There's too many brilliant metal singers to bother listing really, Howard Jones has always been a personal favourite of mine though
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I love John Lennon on Strawberry Fields, hypnotises me every time
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I love Dustin Kensrue's vocal work for Thrice. His voice is real powerful and he sings everything from quiet passages to loud, distorted screams and high notes. On some tracks this also contrasts nicely with Eddie's screams and/or Teppei's background vocals.
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Van Halen. David Lee Roth with Michael Anthony singing backup is a killer combination.
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#19
Probably only barely fits within the thread's specifications, but Shpongle has some amazing vocal guests/samples on their tracks.
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yes yes yes. he's so beastly. i got into crush 40 by playing the awful new sonic games a few years ago, and he really does have one of the ballsiest voices in rock.

also for an example of devin townsend's ultimate asskickery:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh6s4FpemZo <- listen from 2:53 - 3:56

so epic.
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Maynard James Keenan, although I think you get the best range of what he's capable of in Puscifer.
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Matt Barlow

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#23
Freddie Mercury, Myles Kennedy, Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert are my favourites.
#24
If we're doing multiple vocalists, then I'm going to go with Animal Collective, the vocal harmonies and intertwining lyrics are just ****ing mindblowing, especially on Fall Be Kind.

Maynard James Keenan from Tool and all the guys in Fleet Foxes are a close second.
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coheed and cambria. especially in the acoustic demos where claudio's voice is tracked like 5 times. it's cool.

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#27
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Probably only barely fits within the thread's specifications, but Shpongle has some amazing vocal guests/samples on their tracks.


To be honest, what they did with the Mac voice in Divine Moments of Truth is hands down my favourite vocal performance, even though it's synthesized. The harmonies are just amazing
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This makes me sad... he used to be soooooo amazing live. But he has blown his voice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_yBTIkwXoA

PURE AMAZINGNESS! Live in someone's house, no mic or anything.

Wow, he used to sing beautifully. I thought maybe the producers pressured him in the studio to sing higher than he actually can or something after watching this.
#29
yeah, if you watch videos of the band performing second chance live, he totally lip-syncs the high parts in the chorus. it's quite sad, especially because the newest album is by far their best imo (Son of Sam and I Own You are so beastly and heavy) and they were such a promising band.

also rofl at their awful outfits. i don't know what they're going for there but it doesn't work at all
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#30
Here are some of my top picks for vocal work, not necessarily the greatest singers:

Modest Mouse, especially on the Moon and Antarctica. While the singing is not the greatest ever, I think the vocal tracks on that album are amazing. They use filters and different vocal effects like reverb and echoes very well. Aside from that the laughs, hums, and yells/screams just add another dimension to the record.

The Dead Weather. Even if you do think that they are the worst of Jack White's bands, I personally like them better than the Raconteurs, the way they combine White's and Mosshart's singing is really cool in my opinion. They are both people that can imitate each other's voices very well and can both hit some hard notes, so I think the play between them sounds great.

Johnny Cash. I don't think anyone is going to call Cash a vocal virtuoso or anything like that, but damn it if everything he sings doesn't sound like it was sung by someone who had experienced every word of it. I have to say, I think he has one of the most expressive voices ever.

Cream. The fact that they had two capable singers doesn't hurt them. Just listen to White Room. And for an added bonus, on their reunion concert cd, I found myself loving Bruce's voice even more than I liked the original recordings, in addition to the fact that Clapton was no longer taking his first steps into singing. Some things have just gotten better with age.
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#31
Matt Pike on the outro on Face of Oblivion. He really shows off his range.
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To be honest, what they did with the Mac voice in Divine Moments of Truth is hands down my favourite vocal performance, even though it's synthesized. The harmonies are just amazing

Yes! Star-Shpongled Banner has my favorite synthed vocals out of all of their songs and the people they have sing for them in songs like Around The World In A Tea Daze and When Shall I Be Free have perfect voices for the songs.

The album Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland has some amazing vocal raga and world voices.
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Orgasmic Vocals

Vocals start at 0:35.
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Swingle Singer a capella arrangements

...modes and scales are still useless.


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yeah, if you watch videos of the band performing second chance live, he totally lip-syncs the high parts in the chorus. it's quite sad, especially because the newest album is by far their best imo (Son of Sam and I Own You are so beastly and heavy) and they were such a promising band.

also rofl at their awful outfits. i don't know what they're going for there but it doesn't work at all

They do write some great songs. Maybe he can recover.
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Brad Delp.

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