#1 Posted by Aegon (6573 posts) -

It's gotta be MJ for me.  

#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (36567 posts) -

Hatsune Miku.

#3 Posted by Aegon (6573 posts) -
@Video_Game_King: You bastard.
#4 Posted by benspyda (2108 posts) -

I like unusual singing voices mostly, but that's a tricky one. I'd probably be compelled to say Thom Yorke because Radiohead is my fav band and his vocals really tug at my emotions. But I'm not entirely sure.

Like you said, MJ's voice is pretty hard to beat.

#5 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4311 posts) -

John Legend motherfucker 

#6 Edited by MonetaryDread (2293 posts) -

Adam Turla from Murder By Death

Some people I know always complain that his voice reminds them a bit too much of Johnny Cash, but with their most recent album he is finding a style more his own.

A close second would have to be William Elliot Whitmore.

Edit: Videos not included because I don't want this thread to be locked for Youtube spam. I understand why the rule is there, but damnit, the rule sucks for threads like this.

#7 Posted by Renegade_Pixels (56 posts) -

Benjamin Burnley

#8 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8734 posts) -

Shirley Manson.

  (Warning, loud beginning)
#9 Posted by TopSteer (702 posts) -

Katie Melua

#10 Posted by BRich (444 posts) -

Amy Winehouse

#11 Posted by TheKramer89 (442 posts) -

Marvin Gaye.

#12 Posted by SSully (4583 posts) -

@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG: John Legend has a killer voice, so damn soothing, but still capable of belting out some of the most powerful vocals I have ever heard.

Mine would have to be John Frusciante. He puts everything he has when he is playing, and it shows every damn time.

#13 Edited by TobbRobb (4987 posts) -

Hmm, this is hard. I'm inclined to say Freddie Mercury, but I reserve the right to change my mind.

There are actually a lot of bad bands with awesome singers or bad singers with great voices....

#14 Posted by dungbootle (2501 posts) -

Frank Sinatra

#15 Edited by HisDudeness (261 posts) -

Tough choice, I really like Tunde Adebimpe. Also Panda Bear and Avey Tare from Animal Collective. As far as rappers go, I really like MF Doom's voice. EDIT: forgot to add Karin Dreijer Andersson (The Knife).

#16 Posted by zudthespud (3326 posts) -

Probably Jose Gonzalez. Dustin Kensrue is pretty amazing too.

#17 Posted by GS_Dan (1430 posts) -

I really like The Beta Band fronted by Steve Mason

#18 Posted by Mirado (1087 posts) -

@TobbRobb: Finally! A voice of reason. I'm just going to have to assume that everyone else couldn't pick which Queen video to post. Don't worry, duders, any one will do.

See? Any choice is a showcase. By far best rock vocalist ever, especially technically (his vocal range is practically unmatched).

#19 Posted by buzz_clik (7247 posts) -

Mike Patton, without doubt.

#20 Posted by InfiniteSpark (336 posts) -

Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz), Chan Marshall (Cat Power) and Nina Nastasia are a few vocalists that stood out to me.

#21 Posted by VarkhanMB (177 posts) -

This is my favourite voice! (Okay I'm just being a dick, I'm sorry)

But for real, I would have to go with Brennan Taulbee from the band Oceana

#22 Posted by SSully (4583 posts) -

@Mirado: Freddie Mercury is just so good that people don't list him, because it is already known how amazing he is. Seriously though, there is no one else like him.

#23 Posted by TheHT (12201 posts) -

Florence Welch, no question.

#24 Posted by fox01313 (5172 posts) -

Tends to vary some but right now, Emilie Autumn & Peter Murphy (sorry so damn hard for me to pick favorites as there's too many). Other notable ones for me: Dave Vanian (from the Damned), Danielle Dax, Kate Bush, Dominique (from Stolen Babies) & Lux Interior (from the Cramps)

#25 Posted by MikeGosot (3235 posts) -

Little Jimmy Urine has an amazing style, but his voice is nothing compared to TOM JONES

#26 Edited by Marz (5692 posts) -
@buzz_clik said:

Mike Patton, without doubt.

#27 Posted by Elyk247 (395 posts) -

Paul Westerberg

#28 Posted by CoinMatze (513 posts) -

Jamie Lenman - looks like a tramp, sounds like a king

#29 Posted by Equal_Opportunity_Destroyer497 (578 posts) -

Clean male vocals - Mikael Akerfeldt from Opeth

Male screamer/growler - Randy Blythe from Lamb of God

Clean female vocals - Dido

Female screamer/growler - Krista Cameron from iwrestledabearonce

And a huge honorable mention for general vocal insanity goes to Mike Patton.

#30 Posted by Aronman789 (2737 posts) -

Lemmy of course, who else?

#31 Posted by McGhee (6128 posts) -

@MonetaryDread said:

Adam Turla from Murder By Death

Some people I know always complain that his voice reminds them a bit too much of Johnny Cash, but with their most recent album he is finding a style more his own.

A close second would have to be William Elliot Whitmore.

Edit: Videos not included because I don't want this thread to be locked for Youtube spam. I understand why the rule is there, but damnit, the rule sucks for threads like this.

That dude is amazing. Met him after the show and he's a super nice guy too.

#32 Posted by 49th (2979 posts) -
#33 Posted by McGhee (6128 posts) -

All time favorite male voice is Kevin Moore. He is not flashy and has no range to speak of, but his mournful tone just kills me. If I had a genie in a bottle one of my wishes would be to have this guy's voice.

For female singers, I don't think there is any voice that is as compelling as Flora Purim's. She can be so soft and sultry one moment and powerful and joyful the next. She's truly a one of a kind. This song and the whole album, "Light as a Feather" by Chick Corea with vocals by Flora is an all time great, no joke. I get emotional from the get-go.

#34 Edited by believer258 (12609 posts) -

Anberlin's singer has a pretty good voice. Despite the fandom (and, by extension, the hatedom) that goes with it, Evanscence's singer also has a pretty good voice. I like Demon Hunter's vocalist, especially since his screams are usually pretty understandable and his actual singing can be quite soothing, in a haunting sort of way, if in the right song.

Finally, I don't listen to them much but props to Arch Enemy for having a female vocalist in a metal band that does grunting/screaming/growling/whatever it's called.

EDIT: This is going to get too long, but I also want to mention Jeff Buckley because... Jeff Buckley, and A Skylit Drive because most males can't even get up that high, much less carry an entire song through.

#35 Edited by benpicko (2016 posts) -

Thom Yorke. Maybe Matthew Bellamy.

#36 Posted by ExplodeMode (851 posts) -

Karen O.  Infectious fun type of voice.

#37 Posted by crusader8463 (14744 posts) -

Probably Weird Al. The guy can do songs of any genre, and half the time it sounds better then the original.

#38 Posted by ShaggE (7020 posts) -

@fox01313 said:

Emilie Autumn

Seconded. Of course, I love everything she does in general.

I'm a big fan of unique voices, so I also have to go with Tom Waits and Yolandi Visser (assuming her voice isn't layered with effects... I only just discovered Die Antwoord).

And for more traditional voices, Sharon den Adel and Anthony Keidis.

#39 Posted by CaptainTightPants (2829 posts) -

Ray Lamontagne and Fiona Apple are a few standouts I can think of.

#40 Posted by Spoonman671 (4922 posts) -


Special mention to Chris Cornell.   
#41 Posted by Loyal_Dragoon (118 posts) -

As of right now, this man has my favorite voice.

#42 Posted by SpacePringles (24 posts) -

Jeff Buckly

#43 Posted by supermike6 (3752 posts) -

Probably Jisun

#44 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

I don't know, Jeff Mangum?

#45 Posted by OneKillWonder_ (1949 posts) -

@Renegade_Pixels said:

Benjamin Burnley

Definitely one of my favorites, as well. I've been a BB fan for almost 10 years and Burnley's voice was always one of the biggest draws to that band for me. There's something very appealing about it. He has an excellent range, too.

Anyway, my favorite vocalists are Lajon Witherspoon, Myles Kennedy, Sahaj Ticotin, MJK, Bjorn 'Speed' Strid, and Christian Alvestam. All unrivaled at what they do, as far as I'm concerned.

#46 Posted by marvin_martian (95 posts) -

Only one Dustin Kensrue so far and that makes me sad =[
On the hiphop front though, possibly Soul Khan.

#47 Posted by SmasheControllers (2950 posts) -

@H2Oyea said:

@Video_Game_King: You bastard.
#48 Posted by forkboy (1288 posts) -

There could be many mentions. Mike Patton as previously mentioned is a man who can croom, sing, & spazz out like the best of 'em. Probably love him the most in Mr Bungle, but can't go wrong with any of the groups he's recorded with from the Irony Is A Dead Scene EP with Dillinger Escape Plan, Lovage, Peeping Tom, Tomahawk (specifically the record Anonymous), Faith No More, Fantomas, his various solo records & so forth.

Then you got the man in my avatar, Lou Reed. Technically not a mind blowing voice, & it's shot to fuck today (that record with Metallica, ouch, it's not even as good as St Anger. Think about that for a second) but Lou in the 60s with the Velvet Underground & in the 70s & early 80s on his solo material has a voice that's just...full of emotion is only way I can describe it really. He's almost just talking but it moves me in a way that Freddie Mercury (just the first example to come to mind since someone else posted him here & proclaimed everyone else clearly just couldn't decide what video to post up) never can. Technical proficiency doesn't really mean much to me compared to raw emotional power. Something like Heroin is just a confessional, a man pouring out his feelings, not making a statement that smack is either good or bad, just what it does to him.

Aside from Lou, well there's so damn many great voices. Dax Riggs, formely of Louisana sludge group Acid Bath & now a kind of folky indie solo artist has a voice I adore, don't want to loud the post up with videos but maybe one Acid Bath track at the end of this rant. Kirk Windstein of another Louisiana sludge group, Crowbar, is another favourite, just again for me it's all about the emotion conveyed in his voice: he sounds like he's suffering when he sings "I gave my heart & soul to you my friend, you let me fall" in Existence Is Punishment. Sticking on a metal bent, Niklas Kvarforth of Swedish miserable fuckers Shining is a guy who sounds like he's on the verge of offing himself, which is the vibe of their music, not for everyone. And on a similar depressive black metal vein there's Nattram from Silencer, who allegedly ended up institutionalised, which isn't hard to believe when you listen to his...they an only be described as screams of agony.

Moving away from metal there's Anton Newcombe from the Brian Jonestown Massacre, David Tibet of Current 93, Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, Bob Dylan, Howlin' Wolf, Hank Williams Sr, Ice Cube, & god i could be here forever. So I'll leave it with that Acid Bath track I mentioned

#49 Posted by SmasheControllers (2950 posts) -

Crooked Fingers/Archers of Loaf lead singer, Eric Bachmann.

#50 Posted by Piqued_Interest (66 posts) -

Britt Daniel (Spoon)

His live vocals are some of the best I've seen.

Julian Casablancas of The Strokes is a close second though.