|Why don't we compile our own top 22 voices? (21 that is, freddie obviously being number one) My top five would be something like this:
1. Freddie (duh!)
2. Mick Jagger
3. Steve Tyler
4. Robert Plant
5. Kurt Cobain
Any other suggestions?
|Sadly, None of the ones you put (other than Freddie) would be on my list. But, Seal sure would!|
|Do you realize that "top 22 voices" means the best voices, not your favourite singers.
Did Kurt Cobain have a (singing) voice?
Of those that you mentioned, Freddie is the only one who has a "voice" in the classic meaning of the word. Other singers of the same category are f.e. Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.
|ok I get it- so you want voices with technical quality as opposed to flair? how about Billy Joel, Simon and Garfunkel (who supposedly had a pitch perfect voice)?|
|They (especially Billy) WOULD be on my list. ;)|
|My list would include:
1 Freddie Mercury
2 Christina Aguilera
3 Annie Lennox
4 Kate Bush
6 George Michael
7 Bonnie Tyler
8 Herb Reed(The Platters)
|1. Freddie Mercury
2. Axl Rose
3. James Hetfield
5. Mariah Carey
Might look strange, but I simply like these voices....
|"Do you realize that "top 22 voices" means the best voices, not your favourite singers."
Of course, one could argue that "voice" does not refer to singing at all, but rather as a voice of one's generation. In that case, Cobain would certainly apply.
|Mama Cass has to go in there somewhere.|
|Can someone please tell me what the big goddamn deal is with Kurt Cobain and Nirvana because I personally think his voice is nothing special at all and neither were Nirvana. Maybe I'm biased because that's not my type of music but what's so great about Nirvana?|
|These lists are for the best singing voices over the past decades, not the best "voice of a generation". Kurt Cobain did not speak for me, and I was a junior in high school when he died. Kurt Cobain's stature was elevated by his death. Had he lived he most likely would have faded into obscurity.
My top voices, the ones who I enjoy listening to no matter what the lyric, are:
Brad Delp (Boston)
Clay Aiken (yes, vocally speaking I stand by him)
Jimi Jamison (Survivor)
|"These lists are for the best singing voices over the past decades, not the best "voice of a generation". "
Perhaps, but it seems that everyone is quick to discount singers they don't like. Just trying to point out that there are different ways to approach the issue.
"Kurt Cobain's stature was elevated by his death. Had he lived he most likely would have faded into obscurity."
As someone who was in High School when Nirvana hit it big in 91, Cobain was certainly important to a generation of suburban wannabes trying to break out from the mold of conformity. If Cobain didn't kill himself in 94, I imagine his stature would be similar to Pearl Jam's and Eddie Vedder's right about now. Nirvana was headed anywhere but obscurity.
The New and Improved Zeni wrote: Nirvana was headed anywhere but obscurity.Indeed.
|Maybe,but the bastard killed metal...nah not really,anyways I can name 50 or more singers better than him.|
|So you directly put Freddie's voice on the top of the list, huh?
Freddie wasn't that special, you can't compare nis voice to Britney's, or Geri's... for God's sake, Freddie's old-fashioned! We have to give some oportunities to the new high-quality singers. Everytime I turn on MTV I can listen to beautiful voices of singers that probably doesn't write their own songs, or maybe they are digitally touched. But who cares? They don't have the same opportunities as Freddie's voice had. Those new singers had to work hard to get some media attention.
Bah, Freddie's the one.
|Take a look at this list:
|Into La Ment
|Well... my favourite singers wouldn't be the best, but... oh whatever, here goes:
1) Freddie Mercury (Of course!)
2) Robert Smith (Sexiest voice. Ever. <3)
3) Jim Morrison
4) Thom Yorke
5) Chris Cornell
|Here are my favourite 22 in no particular order.
1. Freddie Mercury
2. Frank Sinatra
3. Elvis Presley
4. Steve Tyler
5. Justin Hawkins
7. Simon Le Bon
8. Michael Jackson
9. Kurt Cobain
13.The one from 10cc
19.The one from Supergrass
|I think you have to judge on what type of song they are singing, I think Axl is a good singer but could he sing any other song other than rock songs? Only certain singers can sing most anything, Freddie being one, and George Michael another. They are my top two. Don't know about the rest though...|
|Okay, top 22 voices...
1) Freddie Mercury
2) Meat Loaf
3) Annie Lennox
4) Chris Cornell
5) Warren Zevon OR Michael Stipe
|Bowie. Mercury. Sinatra. Can't think of anyone else at the moment...|
2) Roger Waters (he's so clear!)
3) David Gilmour
4) Phil Collins
erm... all that come to mind ATM
|My favorite voices :
2) Jonsi Birgisson (Sigur Ros)
3) Jeff Buckley
4) Peter Gabriel
5) Thom Yorke
6) Chris Martin
7) Maximilian Hecker
8) Bon Scott
9) Robert Plant
2-Ronnie James Dio
8-Jeff Scott Soto
9-Bruce Dickinson(personal favorite at the moment)
|Oh shit! How could I have left off Meatloaf?! Thanks for reminding me Mandy!|
|The Real Wizard
|What's all this anti-Robert Plant? On an average early day of Zeppelin, he'd out-do just about any of Freddie Mercury's best days.|
|Of course Michael Stipe from R.E.M I forgot him!
|And Meat Loaf of course I forgot him too!|
rhapsody__87 wrote: Can someone please tell me what the big goddamn deal is with Kurt Cobain and Nirvana because I personally think his voice is nothing special at all and neither were Nirvana. Maybe I'm biased because that's not my type of music but what's so great about Nirvana?the big deal with Nirvana is that they made a generation's anthem using three chords! brilliant. i don't really listen to them either BUT i do acknowledge the fact that they wrote something so simple and yet so catchy.
|No prob, Dan ;)
Queenrocks!, will you marry me?
No, not really :) But it's rather rare that I find someone who can appreciate both Stipe and Meat Loaf.
Oh what the hell. Let's do my full 22. But before that, I have to go on Kurt Cobain Rant No. 658 in a series of five thousand. In reality, he had a kick-ass voice for his style of music, which also happens to be a style I love and appreciate. He did not have a classically good voice, but there's no denying the man could sing. Just listen to the Unplugged show.
Back on topic...
1) Freddie Mercury
2) Meat Loaf
3) Annie Lennox
4) Chirs Cornell
5) Warren Zevon
6) Michael Stipe
7) Whitney Houston
8) Eddie Vedder
9) Melissa Etheridge
10) Noddy Holder
12) Bonnie Tyler
13) David Bowie
14) Natalie Maines
15) Jon Bon Jovi
16) Mick Jagger
17) Jello Biafra (no, I'm not kidding. This guy's voice is fricking amazing, whether he wants it to be or not.)
18) Kurt Cobain
19) Elton John
20) Billy Joel
21) Roger Daltrey
22) Courtney Love (not kidding about this one either.)
This is by no means a permanent list. It'll change in five minutes. If I were in the modd, Robert Plant might be on there.
|Geoff Tate (Queensryche)
Neil Morse (Spock's Beard)
James LaBrie (Dream Theater)
Freddie Mercury and David Bowie
|geeks and geeks I do love R.E.M and Stipe's vocals are excellent. I listen to Meat Loaf from time to time but not a lot.|
|mercury elliott petty john bowie plant rose daltry michales that is all i can think of|
Those are my favourites, without including any operatic and musical theather's singer
(and forgive me on my poooooooor english ;)
2. Chris Cornell
3. Christina Aguilera
4. Mariah Carey
5. Chris Carrabba
|I like Jello Biafra's voice, especially on the "Prairie Home Invasion" album with Mojo Nixon.|
|I expected all that...there are some great singers out there apart from all the mainstream ones you mentioned here!|
|Indeed! That's why I've only said random singers. There's no WAY I could pick a top 22.|
|What I mean is: you all seem to prefer those singer Queen or members of Queen have worked with in the past, particularly at the Tribute Concert. Most of the lists that were mentioned here seem to be the guest list of the tribute concert. )-: There are some amazing singers out there who have nothing to do with Queen, especially in the prog rock world. Please open your mind to them!|
|How did I forget Ian Gillan? IAN GILLAN! JCS! ROCK ON!!
... Murray Head too.
|1. Freddie (of course)
2. George Michael
3. Mariah Carey
4. Steven Tyler
5. Marc Anthony
6. Mick Hucknall (Simply Red)
7. Brian Johnson (AC/DC)
8. Michael Jackson
9. Whitney Houston
10. R. Kelly (don't like the guy but he has one hell of a voice)
11. Jon Bon Jovi
12. Meat Loaf
13. Natalie Merchant (10.000 Maniacs)
14. Robert Plant (when he was young)
15. Aretha Franklin
16. Dolores O'Riordan (Cranberries)
17. Marvin Gaye
18. Frank Sinatra
19. Luther Vandross
20. Amy Lee (Evanescence)
21. Axl Rose
22. Eminem (I'm not kidding, as a rapper the guy is great... but as a singer he's awful)