RE: Who are the top 3 rock singers of all time?
There must surely be an answer to this question but no one seems to have it. We have our opinion but having looked into your company and what you’re all about we’d imagine you may well go for:
- Chad Kroeger
- Chester Bennington
- Scott Stapp
Here at the Institute of Rock we’d suggest a re-evaluation at your end. Please provide an update/sensible information so that we can we move forwards accordingly.
Dear Hertford twit, and of course Minor twerp, at the Institute of Rock (citation needed)
I agree that you have identified an excellent top 3 (or 4) and would never dispute the standing of James, Mr Dio, Phil and Bon. I would like to offer some food for thought.
You have kindly offered some references to remind us of their talents, sadly mostly to be never seen again; long live Hetfield! Bon Scott was indeed wearing lovely strides, (keep the mystery; NOT) and it was nice to see Lars with such lovely hair, but not a touch on the rock-locks of James. Phil Lynott had great hair of course and who cannot love the soft Irish tones over a rolling dual guitar onslaught. And then we have Ronnie, and his timeless voice, and hair. I was introduced to the delights of Mr Dio through the original School of Rock that was the Green Gate, by a young pretender, who, I believe, is still an evangelist of rock. He converted me, bless his polycotton socks.
But I digress.
In the spirit of also-rans, I must nominate a few extra vocal cords. Thumbing through my i-pod, 5th generation, a classic in itself, I have to put in a nomination for Steve Hogarth of Marillion. The sheer power of his voice means his live performances match or on occasion, better the studio version, much like Geddy Lee. (I am deliberately and maybe contentiously not nominating Geddy, who has been rocking the world for a mere 42 years to date, not out of spite but as it is a deeply personal thing and Rush are a “unit” that deliver brilliantly. I don’t think Adam Lambert could rock up and do Geddy’s job if you know what I mean. Both have lovely hair though). Indeed Steve Hogarth has lovely hair and his vocals, cradled by the beautiful guitars, keyboards and rhythm section of the band mean it is a delight to watch.
Let us also not forget the gorgeous Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, probably, no definitely, the best vocals to emerge from the Seattle scene. The band are tight and talented with heavy hints of Sabbath and maybe some Montrose thrown in for good measure (no, Sammy Hagar is not getting a nomination , though he does have a great rock voice and lovely hair.) Cornell delivers in the band tracks but also, check out his live solo efforts; the Day I Tried to Live, or Fell on Black Days shows what a talent he is.
And of course we must not forget Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, a voice that makes your heart soar, makes the hairs on the back of your neck rise up, maybe in eagerness to listen themselves. My Morning Song, particularly will make you smile so hard you will end up with rictus (especially live) , Wiser Time will make you cry , in a good way, and Remedy will make your trousers fall down.
Perry Farrel needs a mention but he falls into the “unit” category of stunning band efforts.
And one final word for one of the hardest working vocals going. Mein Gott, if it’s not Klaus Meine of the Scorpions. Whether it is the climate change classic of Rock You Like a Hurricane, the laidback Arizona, or the frankly ridiculous but lovable Passion Rules the Game, Klaus delivers in buckets. The Scorpions also ended the cold war through music, bludgeoning the Berlin Wall down with their Rudy Schenker riffs and Klaus using a particularly resonant F sharp to actually shatter the concrete wall apart, something the hippies never managed. (we shall politely ignore The Hoff’s claims here, not the time nor the place, but he has nice thick hair)
Peace and Love