RE: Who are the top 3 rock singers of all time?

Mr twit,

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:

  1. Chad Kroeger
  2. Chester Bennington
  3. 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.

Thank you.

Minor Twerp Major Twit Asked on 2016-11-18 in Music.
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Thanks Minor Twerp, what a great question this is and one we are more than qualified to answer here at

Initially, however, I may query your own credentials at the Institute of Rock. The three individuals you have mentioned in your question as our “imagined” top 3 are a little…well…shite. Damning them with faint praise the best way we can describe these 3 is that they are “worthy”.  That’s a strange institute you got there we’d say…let’s investigate your choices a little further…

Chad Kroeger chad

The king of catchy grunge-light blue collar anthems. There’s lots of people out there who have a great deal of fondness for Chad and his Nickelback crew but we ain’t one of them. Nice hair though.

Chester Bennington chester

Despite his name giving us the impression of a Harvard law graduate who is now in insurance, old Chester is the best of the 3 on the list but we tire of his quiet \ loud shouty approach to singing. Linkin Biscuit certainly have a formula for success and we actually quite like Hybrid Theory but putting this chap in the top 3 rock singers of all time would be a grave error. Nice hair though.

Scott Stapp scottstapp

Po faced twat. That’s it. Nice hair though.

So who do we think should be in the top 3 Minor Twerp? Why these four of course!

bonscott rjd phillynott jaymz

Bon Scott

Poor old Bon died in the back of Renault 5 in East Dulwich after a night of heavy drinking. An ignominious end for such a larger than life character but the “live fast, die young” epitaph may just have been written with the AC\DC frontman in mind.

Bon Scott-era AC\DC is a rip-roaring joyous ride and Bon’s style has been the template for many a rock act ever since. Look and listen to this quintessential Bon Scott tune – a true legend.

Phil Lynott

As youngsters, we loved Phil and Thin Lizzy and we still do now. Blessed with a great voice, immense songwriting talent and tons of pure charm Lynott was of course plagued with addictions. Dead at 34 he left behind a great legacy and this concert from 1977 proves his overall genius. Much missed.

James Hetfield

Hetfield is metal. He’s also the only one of our 4 still alive so keep safe Jaymz!

He transcends Metallica from mere greatness to utter brilliance and this fabulously raucous live version of Harvester of Sorrow demonstrates this fact somewhat well.

Ronnie James Dio

Ahh…Ron. The diminutive Dio.  5 ft 2 in his heels but with the biggest pair of lungs going. Whether with Rainbow, Black Sabbath or his own band Dio it didn’t matter if he was singing about devils, rainbows, wizards, more rainbows or whatever.  Ron delivered with such power and conviction that you believed everything he said. Everything!

We’ve included 3 examples of his genius from each of his bands – just listen to ad-libbing at the end of Stargazer from about 6 minutes in. It’s fabulous and although this is very much a Richie Blackmore song, it’s Ron who steals the show – no wonder he sacked him.

We miss Ron a lot.

Now we know that this sort of thing is based very much on our personal choices and tastes but we love those four lads. We considered many other great singers in the creation of this list and they will obviously be bitterly disappointed they didn’t make the cut. Guys like Robert Plant of Led Zep, Paul Rodgers of Free, Ian Gillan of Deep Purple, Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Phil Mogg of UFO and Steve Perry of Journey!

Well they’re all brilliant of course but in the end we didn’t think they had the absolute “frontman charisma” of our choices – the ability to hold a crowd in their hand and make you feel a part of the band, to take you on their journey.

“Hang on!” I hear you cry! What about Freddie flippin’ Mercury then?!?!?!?!?! Well old Fred has of course singing and stage presence in buckets but Queen wrote too much crap for our liking. For every top notch rocker like “Tie Your Mother Down”, “Now I’m Here” or “Brighton Rock” there was always too many throwaway tunes like “Seaside Rendezvous” or “Radio flamin’ Gaga” in their canon. Sorry Fred.

Well I hope that helps you at the obviously confused Insitute of Rock, Minor Twerp. If you’ve not heard of these chaps before then give them a listen. Now! Quick. Now!

What do you think of our list intertwitters? Could you do any better? Let us know!

Chief Twit Answered on 2016-11-22.
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