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8 Best Rock Singers Of All Time


Here is a completely subjective, personal and utterly unscientific list of the greatest front men and best rock singers of all time. Whittling the list down to a mere 8 involved a herculean effort and a great deal of soul searching. But, as they say, someone has got to do it.

A truly great rock front man needs to have a rare blend of talent, charisma and cock-sureness.  As conflict breeds heroism, the true greats are all bedraggled by a plethora of highly visible and gaping flaws, if not utterly consumed by some incomprehensibly dark and fucked up issue. To that end, it probably helps their cause if they are no longer living as a direct result. In fact, let’s make a list of these attributes so we can keep score.

The 5 attributes that breed greatness:

a)      Wildly talented

b)      Alcohol/drug abuser

c)       Outrageously egotistical

d)      Certifiably insane

e)      Ability to perform shirtless

f)       Dead as a result of all of the above.

Without further delay, to the list…

8. Dave Mustaine, Megadeth

dave mustaine megadeth

The loveable loser to so many for his expulsion from Metallica and the red-headed-step-child-level hostility that exists as a result. Regardless, one of metal’s greatest guitarists and a can’t-miss spectacle when he rolls into your town. Extra credit given for being front man and lead guitarist.

Verdit: A, B, C, E

7. Lemmy, Motorhead

lemmy motorhead

Who would win a wrestling match, Lemmy or God?

Verdict: B, D

6. Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones

mick jagger rolling stones

Admittedly, had a very long career while never really turning anyone off (OK, maybe the lead singer from The Verve would disagree) or entirely losing his dignity. But he does come across as Tori Amos crazy.

Verdict: B, C, D, E

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  1. Cindyloohoo April 27, 2012 at 10:03 am -

    Difficult task and you pulled it off. Nice reflection on this one and happy that one of my 3 (My favorite) made it on!

  2. Jimmy April 27, 2012 at 10:40 am -

    Oh man, Axl and Ozzy in the past 5-10 years have turned them into such soft non-rock gods. Axl is just one giant douche, Ozzy at least can blame the drugs(prescribed ones) and crazy family. Robert plant needs to move up too.
    Sid Vicious is a, b, c, d, e and f.
    Great list that has now ruined productivity since I’m now spending my day watching live clips on youtube.

  3. Door Wej April 27, 2012 at 10:47 am -

    I fully concur with your conclusions. Good work. However, honourable mentions must go out to Vince Neil, Roger Waters and especially Gord Downey who pushes the batshit crazy needle off the scale.

  4. richard April 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm -

    my reaction to Lemmy would be that he is probably the king of masturbation. What self respecting woman would ever go with him? And therein lies his success, his wart/mole is the stuff of legends and therefore he makes the top 8. Plus he was also in the running to be the front man of the seminal punk group The Damned but stuck to his commitments with Motorhead. Which brings me nicely onto my next point, I think an honourable mention should go to Gary Olman, yes, the actor, who was, for one gig, front man for The Damned and was so bad that other band members Rat Scabies (drums) and Captain Sensible (Guitar), pissed on him live on stage.

  5. Edmondson April 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm -

    I’m still laughing at “the veritable pioneer of the white man’s overbite”. Very good.

    Ever since Axl started sporting an 84-pint barrel chest and thought it would look good as a 50 year to put his hair into corn rows, he’s dropped off the negative scale.

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