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hi folks, back from "staycation." saw this list on another vocal forum. i though it would be thought provoking.

Technique: Breath Support, Consistency throughout registers, Endurance, Diction

Control: Register Switching, Runs, Register Blending, Pitch, Vibrato, Volume Control

Power & Range: Projection, Resonance, Use of Range, Sustain

Versatility: Technical Versatility, Tonal Versatility, Stylistic Versatility

For criteria breakdowns, each criterion from either tier is worth equal points. Influence and impact have no bearing on a singer's placement.

100 Most Technically Skilled Male Rock Vocalists

Updated 12/13/10

1. Jackie Wilson

2. Adam Lambert

3. Tim Buckley

4. Freddie Mercury

5. Jeff Buckley

6. Chris Cornell

7. Michael Kiske

8. Steve Perry

9. Geoff Tate

10. Mike Patton

11. Daniel Gildenlöw

12. John Farnham

13. Steve Balsamo

14. Chang Yu-Sheng

15. Mark Boals

16. Rob Halford

17. David Phelps

18. Stevie Wonder

19. Roy Khan

20. Myles Kennedy

21. Todd Hall

22. Jimmy Gnecco

23. Hansi Kürsch

24. Tobias Sammet

25. Russell Allen

26. Axl Rose

27. Matt Barlow

28. Graham Bonnet

29. Ronnie James Dio

30. Bruce Dickinson

31. Brad Delp

32. Freddy Curci

33. Eric Adams

34. Robert Plant

35. Glenn Hughes

36. Roy Orbison

37. Jon Bon Jovi

38. Michael Sweet

39. Daniel Heiman

40. Lindsey Buckingham

41. Jørn Lande

42. Paul McCartney

43. Ralf Scheepers

44. James LaBrie

45. Arnel Pineda

46. Fabio Lione

47. Roger Daltrey

48. Tim Owens

49. David Coverdale

50. Oliver Hartmann

51. Lou Gramm

52. Joe Lynn Turner

53. Maynard James Keenan

54. Miljenko Matijevic

55. Kenny Loggins

56. Sebastian Bach

57. Geronimo Rauch

58. Buzz Clifford

59. Morten Harket

60. Bobby Kimball

61. Cedric Bixler-Zavala

62. Ian Gillan

63. Ted Neeley

64. Al Green

65. D.C. Cooper

66. Elvis Prelsey

67. Tony Williams

68. Mark Slaughter

69. Sting

70. Dennis DeYoung

71. Paul Rodgers

72. Paul Stanley

73. Jarkko Ahola

74. Andre Matos

75. Leo Jimenez

76. Don Dokken

77. Steven Tyler

78. James Christian

79. Tony Martin

80. Bono

81. Serj Tankian

82. Sammy Hagar

83. Jimi Jamison

84. Eddie Vedder

85. Layne Staley

86. Richie Sambora

87. Michael Bolton

88. Tom Jones

89. Devin Townsend

90. Dan Arlie

91. Phil Anselmo

92. Klaus Meine

93. Ron Rock

94. Billy Joel

95. Michael Jackson

96. Mick Hucknall

97. Brent Smith

98. Tony Kakko

99. Marco Hietala

100. Aleksandr Gradskiy

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I's like to suggest Annie Lennox (both solo and with Dave Stewart in the Eurythmics.)

Oops, my bad. I just realized the thread said rock vocalists. Not new wave / R & B. Never mind.

Michael Jackson is number 95, and Stevie Wonder is number 18, so I think Annie Lennox would be fine on the list, except she is female, which I almost just explained why Kelly Clarkson should be on the list but realized it was male vocalists. lol.

@raphaels I don't really think it is offensive, its technically skilled and Adam Lambert is absolutely ridiculous lol. By technical skill there are probably people who should be higher, I feel like Steven Tyler should up higher on the list, same with Freddie Mercury despite him already being number 4. Just by how much I see people talk about Dio I think he should be up higher.

I'd also like to say I don't know about 90 of the people on this list lol.

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Yup, I think Steven should at least be in the top 10, Steve Perry should be higher up on the list too. I don't know much about Jackie Wilson but from the things I have seen of him there are better lol.

1.Adam Lambert

2.Freddie Mercury

3.Steven Tyler

4.Steve Perry

Despite how new Adam is I still think he is possibly the best male singer ever. He just has too good of control and power.

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Adam is in his prime now. He might get worse after a few years on the road. Think about Robert Plant in his prime. Now compare the two of them in their prime and Adam gets eclipsed by Robert. Or Steven Tyler, Axl Rose, David Coverdale, Ronnie James Dio, Bruce Dickinson, Lou Gramm, Elvis Presley, etc.. And control over high notes is just one part of singing, btw.

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Quite the list, indeed....Of course, I could add several more.

However, I'd like to take this opportunity to add that I've been here at The Modern Vocalist since it's initial inception in November 2008. Since that time, I've found some of the most ASTOUNDING vocalists, BOTH male AND female right HERE on TMV !!! :cool:

I'm extending an invitation to our entire membership to check the videos that OUR dedicated members have uploaded to TMV on the main site. That's MY addition to this "list".... :D

AMAZING !!!!

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Dear Videohere,

I could not help but notice the following did not make this list:

-David Bowie

-Peter Gabriel

-Ville Valo

-Sean Morgan

-Vince Neil

-Ray Charles (maybe not massively rock, but still)

I understand that this is probably some sort of mistake. Please amend it immediately :P

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Dear Videohere,

I could not help but notice the following did not make this list:

-David Bowie

-Peter Gabriel

-Ville Valo

-Sean Morgan

-Vince Neil

-Ray Charles (maybe not massively rock, but still)

I understand that this is probably some sort of mistake. Please amend it immediately :P

lol!!! here, shoot the source

http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=185

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Actually, I've found a number singers started out singing really high and then lowered some as the years went by and I don't think it was always just a matter of age or wear and tear. I think it's coming to realize that singing some parts lower not only adds variety and spice, but also places the song where the audience can sing along. And an audience that can sing along will by your album. A lot.

Halford used to sing high all the time, even on most of the album, Sad Wings of Destiny. When he lowered it a notch on British Steel, the audience could sing along, which helps get the song stuck in their head and then they just have to buy the album. Everyone and their aunt's second cousin has sang along with "Another Thing Coming."

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What is interesting about this is that Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson both had nodules. Yet they are supposedly technically skilled?

i'm not sure who made up that list..may have been a rock enthusiast rather than a singer or instructor.

just posted it for fun.

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i'm not sure who made up that list..may have been a rock enthusiast rather than a singer or instructor.

just posted it for fun.

Yeah that's cool. I wish I could get nodules yet still manage to sound as amazing as Mercury or Jackson did.

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