The Greatest Singer of All time:

#11
If you are only talking rock and roll, as frontmen, Plant and Mercury are at the top.

If you are talking across ALL genres... then there is no one right answer imo.

You've got Placido Domingo and my favorite Beniamino Gigli, and then how can you not consider Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston, and while you are at it what about Jackie Evancho or Sia from down under?
 
#26
Freddie wasn't very consistent live. He was kinda like Cornell: God like in the studio and a trifle underwhelming live. On the other hand, you have someone like Dio who could nail his tenor C all the way into his 60s, show after show. It depends what you give more weight to: studio or live. I tend to look at a singer's performance live. And when I say performance, I mean the quality of the singing, not performing as in jumping around. Singers who have rendered demanding material very well over a long career would be Dio, Russell Allen, Annie Haslam, Paul Rodgers, Stevie Wonder and many others. Engel Humperdinck doesn't really sing a demanding repertoire but his voice has held up well too. And yeah, this is just rock/pop. If I included jazz, I would absolutely go for Ella Fitzgerald
 

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#33
I find it interesting when someone touts whoever as the greatest of all time in any endeavor when we have no idea of who might have been in the running for "all time" before us, or "all time" to come after we are long gone.

But to answer your question, Yoon Mi Rae.
 
#36
Freddie wasn't very consistent live. He was kinda like Cornell: God like in the studio and a trifle underwhelming live. On the other hand, you have someone like Dio who could nail his tenor C all the way into his 60s, show after show. It depends what you give more weight to: studio or live. I tend to look at a singer's performance live. And when I say performance, I mean the quality of the singing, not performing as in jumping around. Singers who have rendered demanding material very well over a long career would be Dio, Russell Allen, Annie Haslam, Paul Rodgers, Stevie Wonder and many others. Engel Humperdinck doesn't really sing a demanding repertoire but his voice has held up well too. And yeah, this is just rock/pop. If I included jazz, I would absolutely go for Ella Fitzgerald
are you kidding me? Freddie was the best live.
Queen Rock Montreal ftw.
 
#37
Freddie wasn't very consistent live. He was kinda like Cornell: God like in the studio and a trifle underwhelming live. On the other hand, you have someone like Dio who could nail his tenor C all the way into his 60s, show after show. It depends what you give more weight to: studio or live. I tend to look at a singer's performance live. And when I say performance, I mean the quality of the singing, not performing as in jumping around. Singers who have rendered demanding material very well over a long career would be Dio, Russell Allen, Annie Haslam, Paul Rodgers, Stevie Wonder and many others. Engel Humperdinck doesn't really sing a demanding repertoire but his voice has held up well too. And yeah, this is just rock/pop. If I included jazz, I would absolutely go for Ella Fitzgerald
Where would you rate one of my favorite rock vocalists, who I might add is still touring at age 70 some 50 plus years after starting with The Guess Who?

 
#40
Where would you rate one of my favorite rock vocalists, who I might add is still touring at age 70 some 50 plus years after starting with The Guess Who?

I would have to get back to you on that because I have never heard Guess Who (though I have heard about them of course). But if he's still singing 50 years on, odds are he must be amazing.
 
#41
Here too, Freddie's voice is cracking on the same spot:


I am going to stop here because I love listening to Freddie and would not want to spoil the enjoyment for myself or anyone else. I have made my point. You have your views and I have mine, end of.
 
#43
You must know Lenny Kravitz's cover of their biggest hit, "American Woman."
Afraid not :D, not much into Lenny Kravitz either. See, for young whippersnappers working their way back through the rock archives, it gets all haphazard. I have done pick and choose from over 40 years of music. And my tastes lean towards progressive rock so I guess there are massive blind spots in my listening as far as straight up rock goes.
 
#50
A shout out for Ray Gillen before I tuck in. Amazing singer but probably had attitude issues (got into fisticuffs with Iommi and lost a Sabbath gig). But here was a singer who could belt as well as Dio, maybe even own him. Zach Stevens is also amazing.
 
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