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Old 03-13-03, 08:48 PM
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Greatest vocalists

I was listening to Audioslave in the car and got around to thinking about who the greatest vocalists in music are (were). I know I'm forgetting tons of people, but here's the start of my list. Anybody care to contrinbute a name, or challenge one of my choices?

(in no particular order)

Chris Cornell
Etta James
Josh Groban (not really my type of music, but good voice)
Shawn Smith
Norah Jones

I'll update as I think of more.
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Old 03-13-03, 09:49 PM
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Heres a few people that i think are great vocalists
Bruce Dickenson
Rob Halford
Axl Rose
Bob Dylan
George Jones
Merle Haggard
Johnny Cash
Glen Danzig
Billy Corrigan
I could go on forever !
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Old 03-13-03, 09:59 PM
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Ronnie James Dio

Geoff Tate
Paul Stanley
Bruce Dickinson
Rob Halford
Nusrat Fetah Ali Kahn
Jill Scott


many more
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"Wow, I can't believe Bruce Dicks.....[suppressing laughter] Bruce Dickinson digs our sound!"

Good quote there; I even used it as my sig for a time.

While I'm here, I figured I'll give a shout out to What's His Name? from Opeth. He's the only guy I know who's mastered the br00tal death growl, but can also *actually sing* when he feels like it!
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Originally posted by inVectiVe
While I'm here, I figured I'll give a shout out to What's His Name? from Opeth. He's the only guy I know who's mastered the br00tal death growl, but can also *actually sing* when he feels like it!


His name is Mikael Akerfeldt. Also the singer of Shadows Fall combines "real" vocals and screams and sounds pretty damn good.

Also on the list is Axl Rose and James Hetfield.
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I might be a little bias, but here are the vocalists I respect the most, and consider them some of the best out there (that I know of at least):


Chris Cornell
Layne Staley
Eddie Vedder
MJK
Robert Plant
Thom Yorke
Mikael Akerfeldt (forgot to add him!)
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Freddie Mercury
Geoff Tate (used to be at least)
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Old 03-13-03, 11:21 PM
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These are the best vocalists out there in my opinion:

Thom Yorke of Radiohead
Maynard James Keenan of Tool
Chris Cornell of Audioslave
Dolores of The Cranberries
Dave Matthews of the Dave Mathews Band
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paul rodgers
sheryl crow
robert plant
john lennon
elvis presley

frank sinatra
dean martin
johnny mathis
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Old 03-13-03, 11:26 PM
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Chris Cornell
Layne Staley
David Gilmour

are my favs of all time.
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Old 03-13-03, 11:33 PM
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Yea honorable mention goes to Layne Staley, great vocalist from a great band that never got the recognition they deserved. RIP Layne.
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Old 03-14-03, 12:15 AM
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Mike Patton can do things with his voice that just aren't normal.
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Old 03-14-03, 01:48 AM
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Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Thom Yorke, Jeff Buckley, Freddie Mercury, Johnny Cash, Russell Moore, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart (but only when he was lead singer of The Faces), Bono...

I'll contribute more as they come to mind...
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Old 03-14-03, 09:23 AM
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I also forgot to include Jim Morrison in there, one of the greatest ever.
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Martin Sexton
Bruce Dickenson
Mike Patton
Dolly Parton


They may not be the absolute best, but they are darn good, and some of my favorites.
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Old 03-14-03, 01:09 PM
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Eva Cassidy probably had the most pure, powerful, natural voice I have ever heard. She was absolutely amazing.

It is very puzzeling to me why to this day she is not a very well recognized singer/musician when her talent was so great and yet cut too short.

You know there is something special when you can bring an entire audience to tears by singing a song.

I suggest everyone here into music find a recording of hers. My suggestion would be Eva By Heart or Live at Blues Alley.

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Originally posted by das Monkey
"Easy, guys. I put my pants on just like the rest of you - one leg at a time. Except, once my pants are on, I make gold records." - Bruce Dickinson

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Old 03-14-03, 04:38 PM
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Andrea Bocelli - quite possibly the most beautiful voice ever.
Ella Fitzgerald

And I'll second Ronnie Dio for best rock vocalist.
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Allison Krause has the best singing voice I've ever heard.

Sure, she sings bluegrass/country-pop, but when she did that duet with Pavarotti of Ave Maria, she blew him out of the water.
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Originally posted by slop101
Allison Krause has the best singing voice I've ever heard.

Sure, she sings bluegrass/country-pop, but when she did that duet with Pavarotti of Ave Maria, she blew him out of the water.

voice of an angel
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Old 03-14-03, 07:32 PM
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Forgot to mention What's His Face from Type O Negative. Peter Jennings? Peter North? Ah yes, Peter Steele!

His voice is awesomely *deep*.

"Jesus Christ looks like me......Jesus Chriiiiiiiiiiiist, yeah!"

Great lyricist as well.
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Old 03-14-03, 08:41 PM
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Emmylou Harris circa early-mid 70s.
Staples Singers circa 1975
Joni Mitchell pretty much any time.
Chris Cornell circa 1992-4
Louis Armstrong circa 1925
Chuck D circa 1991
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Old 03-14-03, 09:01 PM
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Mariah Carey hands down. She is the #1 best selling female artist of all time after all. In terms of the most number of #1 Singles, she's just behind Elvis and The Beatles. Some people don't give her all the respect and recognition she deserves.

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