UG readers voted for the greatest voices in music history - here's the results. Did your favorite make it to the top 10?
Posted on Dec 07, 2012 02:44 pm
We all know how important musicians are to a band, but the secret to true greatness is coupling that with a timeless voice.
History has treated us to hundreds of worthy entrants to this list, but on Wednesday you voted for your favorite singers so we could find out once and for all who the best singers of all time are.
The result is a fantastic top 10, but you might be shocked at who missed out. Bruce Dickinson was only one spot away at number 11, and renown voices from Thom Yorke, Matt Bellamy and Serj Tankian also came pretty close. And Jeff Buckley only made it to number 20 - shocking!
The pranksters were out in force as usual, nominating the likes of Rick Astley, William Shatner and "the drunk guy who sung 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in the back of a cop car". Too bad they didn't get more votes!
As usual, thanks for voting. Here's your official top 10 best singers.
10. Ronnie James Dio (Dio, Black Sabbath)
A metal God to many, but Ronnie died in 2010 from stomach cancer. His influential career saw him front Elf, Rainbow and Black Sabbath, but his best known song "Holy Diver" came from his solo project Dio.
9. Maynard James Keenan (Tool)
Keenan fronts progressive metallers Tool (where's that new album we were promised this year?), and has appeared on albums from Deftones and Rage Against The Machine. His style is tender and precise, but as the compilation video here proves, he's got an almighty roar on him too.
8. Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)
What would Pearl Jam be without Eddie's awesomely powerful vocals? This video shows a track from his solo ukelele album so you can hear his voice in all its isolated glory.
7. Jim Morrison (The Doors)
An early member of the so-called '27 club', Jim died in 1971. His growling Stooges-esque vocals was a huge influence on British indie rock, with dozens of copycat artists still breaking into the UK charts decades after his death.
6. James Brown
You've got to envy the funk genre. Brown is one of the most rocking dudes in history, with an energy that would put many younger acts to shame. It might be down to certain "extra-curricular" substances, but his voice and ability to work up the crowd make him a deserving entrant to your top 10 this week.
5. Layne Staley (Alice In Chains)
Staley helped define the grunge sound of the early 90s, but drug addiction led to his premature death in 2002.
4. Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
There's power metal screams, and then there's Rob Halford exhaling a simple breath. With one of the most impressive vocal ranges in metal, Rob's voice will echo on for decades.
3. Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)
Let's ignore the Timbaland-produced solo album from a few years back, and focus on his contributions to the Soundgarden discography. It was a pleasure to see their return and new album this year, of course.
2. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
Enough of the grunge artists, let's pay tribute to a classic rock legend. Often emulated but never bettered, Plant showed the world what a real rock singer was all about: power, presence and sex appeal.
1. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
A deserving winner. Freddie fronted one of the greatest stadium rock bands ever, and has the voice to match it. This famous video from Wembley shows him challenge the audience of thousands with a call-and-reply game. Freddie wins, of course.
Thanks for voting for your favorite singers of all time. This is the final top 10 of the year, but make sure you vote in the UG awards posts over the coming weeks.
Did your favorite singer miss out? Who would you add? Let us know in the comments.