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1. Mike Patton
Mike Patton can do it all, from rapping to singing to screaming to random vocal utterances. I got into him via Faith No More, and have been a fan of every other band he's been in (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, Tomahawk., Peeping Tom, Lovage, etc.). His album Adult Themes for Voice is a collection of songs composed entirely by his voice with occasional vocal manipulations, and it both blows my mind & creeps me out. His most recent release is Mondo Cane, a collection of covers of 50s & 60s Italian pop songs. Oh yeah, and if you saw I Am Legend, he did the creature vocal effects.

An old favorite: Air-Conditioned Nightmare
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2. Maynard James Keenan
I've dug Maynard's voice since the first time I heard Tool's "Sober", though I didn't realize that wasn't the first time I'd heard his voice. Before that, I'd unknowingly heard him sing the falsetto "not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin" in Green Jello's "3 Little Pigs". Anyway, after Aenima gained Tool a huge fanbase they started taking themselves way too seriously, and I haven't been as into them as I once was. Luckily, Maynard joined A Perfect Circle where he poured a lot more passion into his vocals (at least to my ears).

Best APC single: 3 Libras
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3. Nick Cave
Nick Cave could sing the phone book & I'd enjoy it. From The Birthday Party to the Bad Seeds to Grinderman, his vocals have improved over time. That's a good thing because it means I'll be able to enjoy him for many more years to come.

A more recent fave: Midnight Man
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4. Johnny Cash
The first song I ever heard him sing: (Ghost) Riders in the Sky (and the first song I ever remember hearing as a child, which makes this video PERFECT)
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5. Jim Morrison
I probably fell in love with Jim's voice because it was similar to Johnny Cash's...deep, dark & mysterious.

My all-time favorite song ever: When the Music's Over
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6. Robert Plant
Mostly for Led Zeppelin, of course.

Song to get lost in: Dazed & Confused
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7. Deftones
Chino Moreno

Chino excels at whisper to a scream vocals, and his singing voice has improved over time. I've been a Deftones fan since I first heard "7 Words" back in early '96.

Old & new: Bored and Rocket Skates
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8. Queen
Freddie Mercury

I shouldn't have to explain.

How I got into them: thanks Wayne's World
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9. David Bowie
One of the most distinctive voices in rock n roll. I didn't really pay much attention to him until he went on tour with NIN in 1995, when I bought his 1. Outside album. Then after I saw him I started buying up as much of his discography as I could.

One of many favorites: Golden Years
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10. Jimi Hendrix
Not just the best guitarist ever (another list I'm working on), but Jimi's voice was as distinctive and original as his playing.

My favorite lyrics of his (plus something extra): Stone Free
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11. The Dillinger Escape Plan
Greg Puciato

When Greg took over vocal duties for DEP, it enabled the band to expand their musical palette. He can scream with the best of them, but he also sings well which allowed the band to branch out from the mathcore tag they'd originally been saddled with.

I'll let a song explain this further: Farewell, Mona Lisa (I see the highest rated comment breaks the song down for you, if you need it)
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12. The Mars Volta
Cedric Bixler-Zavala

I have no idea what his lyrics are about, and I don't care. The passion in Cedric's vocal delivery is so powerful that he could sing about anything & I'd still feel it.

See also: At the Drive-In

Favorite song off their first album: Televators
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13. Leonard Cohen
Got into him via his songs on the Natural Born Killers soundtrack. Very distinctive voice.

One of many great songs by him: Hallelujah
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14. Stone Temple Pilots
Scott Weiland

I've heard from reliable sources that his voice isn't what it used to be (probably due to drug use), but for many years (Core through Shangri-la-dee-da) it was a favorite of mine.

Favorite song: Kitchenware & Candybars (If you don't want the Q&A session, skip to the 4 minute mark.)
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15. Joy Division
Ian Curtis

Another dark, deep, mysterious voice. Sad that he took his life at such a young age.

This one might make you cry: Atmosphere
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16. Public Enemy
Chuck D

One of the best voices in hip-hop. When Chuck D's on the mic, there's no question who you're hearing.

Song that got me into them: Bring the Noise
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17. Frank Zappa
His compositions were always amazing, but I prefer the ones he (and those he surrounded himself with) sang on. His lyrics are as brilliant as his compositions.

I could put anything here: St. Alphonzo's
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18. Pink Floyd
Roger Waters and David Gilmour

Watch them sing together: Comfortably Numb
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19. Butthole Surfers
Gibby Haynes

Gibby can sing as well as he howls & screams, and it seems like he doesn't get as much credit as he should due to the fact that the Surfers' music is too out there for most people. My introduction to them was Independent Worm Saloon, an album where most of the songs sound like they come from different bands instead of all being created by one.

I can't choose: The Wooden Song or Who Was In My Room Last Night?
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20. Peter Murphy
Loved his voice since Bauhaus.

Watch him improve a NIN song: Reptile

Or watch him in Bauhaus: A God in an Alcove
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21. Cold War Kids
Nathan Willett

One of the most soulful voices in music right now.

Hear for yourself: Robbers
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22. Serj Tankian
Loved him in System of a Down. Still dig his voice, but his solo work has yet to impress me.

An old favorite: Spiders
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23. Mark Lanegan
The best thing about Screaming Trees was Lanegan's voice. He's also sung on most of my favorite Queens of the Stone Age songs.

My favorite song he sings on: In the Fade
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24. Liars
Angus Andrews

Watch them play in prison: starting with Scissor
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25. Louis Armstrong
Song that's not "What a Wonderful World": A Kiss to Build a Dream On
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26. Violent Femmes
Gordon Gano

Got into them in '91 thanks to some friends. Gordon's voice is one of the few in the higher range that I love.

Not "Blister in the Sun": American Music
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Average listal rating (7 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating
27. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Nils Frykdahl

Another deep, dark, mysterious voice...he can sing & scream & creep me out at times.

Creepy video: A Hymn to the Morning Star
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28. Sponge
Vinnie Dombroski

One of the best yet underrated voices of the '90s.

Brings back memories: Have You Seen Mary
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29. Queens of the Stone Age
Josh Homme

Whatever you do, don't tell anyone: The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
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30. Echo & The Bunnymen
Ian McCulloch

Horrible video: Seven Seas
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31. R.E.M.
Michael Stipe

Loved his voice since I first heard "Losing My Religion".

More recent song I love: Hollow Man
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32. Dredg
Gavin Hayes

Great range & passion.

An old favorite: Same Ol' Road
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33. Murder By Death
Adam Turla

People often say he sounds like he could be Johnny Cash's son...is it any wonder then that I'd love his voice?

Off my favorite album: Until Morale Improves, the Beatings Will Continue
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34. Fugazi
Ian MacKaye & Guy Picciotto

Ian on lead vocals: Waiting Room

Guy on lead vocals: Give Me the Cure

(I tried to find decent live videos, but the sound quality wasn't what I'd hoped for on any of them...sorry about that)
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35. Finch
Nate Barcalow

Nate's definitely under Mike Patton's influence, which seems to be helping his vocals improve.

Song with mostly singing & a little screaming: Bitemarks and Bloodstains
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36. Gogol Bordello
Eugene Hutz

"All your sanity & wits they will all vanish, I promise": Start Wearing Purple
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37. The Dandy Warhols
Courtney Taylor-Taylor

Good voice, decent range.

Off my favorite album (Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia): Get Off
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38. Saul Williams
I love his voice and his words. My favorite living poet.

The U2 cover: Sunday Bloody Sunday
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39. CeeLo Green
Didn't really pay attention to him until I bought the first Gnarls Barkley album. I could listen to him sing all day & night.

Have some soul: Who's Gonna Save My Soul?
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40. Outkast
Andre 3000

No disrespect to Big Boi, but Andre's the one who has the better voice. His solo album The Love Below reinforced my belief that he was the main reason I liked Outkast to begin with.

From The Love Below: Prototype
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41. Placebo
Brian Molko

I love his voice, but I love his lyrics even more.

Passionate vocal delivery: Pierrot the Clown
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42. Mastodon
Brent Hinds, Troy Sanders & Brann Dailor

Their voices combined provide great dynamics for their sound. Each is equally worthy of attention.

Single off their best album so far (Crack the Skye): Oblivion
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43. Pig
aka Raymond Watts

His solo work is excellent & he's also the best voice to ever be a full-time member of KMFDM.

Favorite KMFDM song he sings on: Brute
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44. Man Man
Honus Honus

Title track off my favorite album of theirs so far: Rabbit Habits
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45. Eels
Mark Oliver Everett AKA E

Not a great singer per se, but definitely a distinctive voice.

Check out: Trouble With Dreams
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46. The Legendary Pink Dots
Edward Ka-spel

See also: The Tear Garden
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47. Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor obviously

Not a great singer in a technical sense, but I love his voice nonetheless.

Former personal theme song: something i can never have
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48. The Fall
Mark E Smith

To be a fan of The Fall, you have to love his voice...it's the only constant since the rest of the line-up changes on a regular basis.

Song for you to hear: Mountain Energei
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49. Q-Tip
Got into him when he was in A Tribe Called Quest, and his solo work has been almost as good. Definitely one of the more distinctive voices in hip-hop.

With the Beastie Boys: Get It Together
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50. The Jesus Lizard
David Yow

Another one that's not a great singer in a technical sense, but so what? Sometimes being able to sing isn't everything. Got into this band by seeing them play live, & Yow's stage presence & antics scared me. That doesn't happen often.

I was at the show this was filmed at...in the pit, as a matter of fact (though you can't see me in this): Puss
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My favorite male vocalists, in order (more or less) of how talented or distinctive I think their voices are.

For the ladies, please see my I love her voice list.

If you enjoyed this list, please check out my other music lists

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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Dec 2 15:15
Great choices! I love the voices of the most of these guys.

Listen to Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes singing in greek language. The song is written by the band Pyx Lax.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpQNPtyMTBk
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Feb 16 8:39
Really enjoyed reading your list. Great variety!
Posted: 2 years ago at Sep 6 20:12
omg yes cedric from mars volta!
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at May 4 22:02
how do you feel about Zack de la Rocha's voice?
Posted: 10 months, 3 weeks ago at Nov 9 22:33
thanks for suggestions! ;) great list

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