21 May 2010

Sing Me a Song, You're a Singer

With the death of Ronnie James Dio this past week, I've been thinking about my favorite singers, and have here compiled a list of the top forty. It's always possible that I'm forgetting someone important, but all of these are singers whose vocals never fail to move me. I've listed them in order of relative preference, though that is daily subject to change. (The omission of Mick Jagger is not an oversight. Likewise, as much as I love Ozzy Osbourne's music and his knack for finding great guitarists, he's not among my favorite singers. Sorry, Oz)

Chris Daughtry (Daughtry)

Darius Rucker (Hootie & the Blowfish)

Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven and Hell)

David Coverdale (Whitensake)

Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi)

Axl Rose (Guns 'n' Roses)

Rob Halford (Judas Priest)

Amy Lee (Evanescence)

Tim McGraw

Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty)

Pat Benatar

Dennis DeYoung (Styx)

Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)

Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)

Freddie Mercury (Queen)

John Waite (The Babys, Bad English)

Ann (& Nancy) Wilson (Heart)

Scott Stapp (Creed)

Jason Aldean

Rod Stewart

Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Free)

John Cougar Mellencamp

Jackson Browne

Travis Tritt

Trace Adkins

Alison Krauss

John Ondrasik (Five for Fighting)

Chad Kroeger (Nickelback)

Paul McCartney (The Beatles)

Eliot Sloan (Blessid Union of Souls)

Brent Smith (Shinedown)

Klaus Meine (Scorpions)

David Lee Roth (Van Halen)

Tracy Lawrence

Steve Perry (Journey)

Rodney Atkins

Toby Keith

Kerry Livgren (Kansas)

Lou Gramm (Foreigner)

Billy Squier

Bob Seger

James Hart (Burn Halo)

Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge)

Benjamin Burnley (Breaking Benjamin)

Brian Johnson (AC/DC)

Billy Joel

Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)

Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Chickenfoot)

Bryan Adams

Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Rising Force)

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