There’s a certain magic to distinguishing between a regular “good” voice and one that has that certain je ne sais quoi – the one that sends chills up your spine. In order to be considered on this list, singers must be able to command an audience with his or her vocals. Each artist on this list of the five greatest voices in the history of rock music has a powerful, distinctive and unforgettable voice.
Number Five: Freddie Mercury
The former lead vocalist of Queen has one of the strongest voices in Rock music. His vocal range is a four-octave, which is commonly the range of classical singers. Mercury’s vocals shine on songs such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” and “We Are the Champions.” In 2001, Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Number Four: Steve Perry
Perry was the frontman of the band Journey in the late 1970s through the late 1990s. Perry is commonly referred to as “The Voice.” He shows off his extraordinary vocals on songs such as “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Open Arms” and “Oh Sherrie.” Surprisingly, Journey has yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Number Three: Brian Johnson
Johnson is the lead singer of AC/DC, and he has one of the most distinctive voices in rock music. His unique vocals are highlighted on the songs “Back in Black,” “Highway to Hell,” and “You Shook Me All Night Long.” Johnson’s vocals can been heard today on commercials, films and video games. Twelve years ago, AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Number Two: Tina Turner
Turner was the former lead vocalist for the R&B duo Ike & Tina Turner. After deciding to end her abusive marriage to Ike Turner, Tina embarked on a solo career as a rock musician. Tina’s power vocals and confidence has made her one of the most prominent figures in rock and roll music. Perhaps the most well-known woman in rock, Tina’s biggest hits include “The Best,” “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” and “We Don’t Need Another Hero.” The “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
Number One: Axl Rose
Rose is the frontman for the legendary band Guns N’ Roses. He is arguably one of the most unique voices in rock music. Notorious for his lead vocals in “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Live & Let Die,” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Rose’s aggressive and badass voice has made him a staple in the world of Rock music. In 2012, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.