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Limiting myself to ten favourite singers of popular song and the ones I'd argue to be the best... in no particular order:

Aretha Franklin

Marvin Gaye

Robert Plant

Danny Bowes

Frank Sinatra

Louis Armstrong

Joni Mitchell

Ella Fitzgerald

Paul Rodgers

Mavis Staples

As for my ten least favourite singers:

Madonna

Neil Tennant

Liam Gallagher

Ronan Keating

Chris Martin

Kate Nash

David Gray

Simon Le Bon

Ian Curtis

Celine Dion

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Whoever that clown is that sings "Flirtin' With Disaster" for Molly Hatchett

That "clown" would be the late, great Mr. Danny Joe Brown who passed away due to complications from diabetes in 2005.

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Danny Joe Brown

August 25, 1951 - March 10, 2005

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whichever Van Zant was on Skynyrd :lol: (I get them mixed up and I don't feel like looking it up... I think it's Ronnie tho)

It's Ronnie Van Zant. His youngest brother Johnny fronts the post-crash version of Skynyrd. Donnie sings for .38 Special.

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I admire a lot of different singers..

Etta James (She gives me goosbumps, listen to I'd Rather Go Blind)

Gram Parsons

Gerry Roslie (The Sonics)

Bob Dylan

Emmylou Harris

Mick Jagger

Otis Redding

Rick Danko (The Band)

Richard Manuel (The Band)

Levon Helm (The Band)

Roky Erickson

Sky Saxon (The Seeds)

Howling Wolf

Skip James

Tift Merritt

Heather Nova

Ane Brun

Aretha Franklin (When she's not wailing too much)

Waylon Jennings

Roy Orbison

Buddy Guy

Stevie Winwood

Eric Burdon

Lou Reed

Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys)

Van Morrison

Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters)

Dave Vanian (The Damned)

Feargal Sharkey (Undertones)

Johnny Cash

the list goes on..

What I don't like is singers who tries to hit as many notes as possible in a short time, i.e: Dion, Aguilera, Carey and Houston. But I admit they have great voices, it's just their style that's annoying.

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IN no particular order...

Favourites:

Robert Plant

Kurt Cobain

Grace Slick

Axl Rose (he's a d***head but he was a great frontman)

Jim Morrsion

Jack Bruce

Bono

Layne Staley

John Lennon

Paul Mc

Freddy Mercury

Dislike:

Lead singer of Slipknot

Lead singer of Dragonforce

Gary Lightbody

Eddie Vedder

Steven Morrisey

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Favourites include:

Jeff Buckley

Robert Plant

Jack Bruce

James Dean Bradfield

Liam Gallagher

Paul Draper

Thom Yorke

Least favourites include:

Bon Scott/Brian Johnson (I cannot listen to AC/DC because as soon as the vocals come in I would rather put my own nipples in acid than listen on any further. And it's such a shame).

Tim Wheeler (Ash are shite anyway but for fuck's sake...could you have any duller a voice?)

...actually I can't think of anyone else right now, but I may be back. :)

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Nice to see Gerry Roslie and Eric Burden get a nod. :)

Yeah, they are both great, aren't they! :D

I remember first hearing The Witch and He's Waitin' with The Sonics, I was stunned by Roslie's vocals! Can't be more rock'n'roll than that!

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Yeah, they are both great, aren't they! :D

I remember first hearing The Witch and He's Waitin' with The Sonics, I was stunned by Roslie's vocals! Can't be more rock'n'roll than that!

I always thought Gerry Roslie and Wally Tax (HUGE fan of Tax, btw!) had a similar quality in their voices. Tax certainly has a more melodic tone, especially on the later Outsiders stuff (which wasn't all that great, imo), but the similarities are still there.

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I always thought Gerry Roslie and Wally Tax (HUGE fan of Tax, btw!) had a similar quality in their voices. Tax certainly has a more melodic tone, especially on the later Outsiders stuff (which wasn't all that great, imo), but the similarities are still there.

I haven't thought of the similarity between those two.. I have to take a listen to The Outsiders with that in mind. I love their debut album, The Outsiders were a cool band.. Wally past away not too long ago, sad story, I've heard he was in pretty bad shape..

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Yeah...unfortunately there's quite a bit of later, solo Tax stuff on youtube that really shows the kind of shape he was in during his later years. Saddens me to think folks will hear stuff like that, but never listen to things like Touch , That's Your Problem , Ballad Of John B , Lying All The Time, etc. etc.

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Likes (in no particular order)

Freddie Mercury

Robert Plant

Paul McCartney

Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel

Jim Morisson

Ian Gillan

Michael Hutchence

Michael Jackson (Yep! You read that right! :P)

Jack Bruce

Steve Winwood

Jim Sohns

Michael Stipe

Little Richard

Buddy Guy

Elmore James :wub:

Howlin' Wolf

Junior Wells

Stevie Wonder

Koko Taylor

Sheena Easton

Hazell Dean

Anni-Frid Synni "Frida" Lyngstad

Agnetha Fältskog

Amy Lee

Betty Harris

Dislikes

Mariah Carrey

Whitney Houston

Katy Perry

Pink

Avril Lavigne

Fergie

Britney Spears

Bob Dylan (Sorry! I just don't get it! :wacko:)

Frank Sinatra (I have a feeling my ass is going to get kicked for mentioning him in my "dislikes" list and perhaps for even mentioning MJ in my "likes" list! Sorry folks! This is just my opinion and I can't change it! :P Yep! I guess I am tone-deaf! :lol:)

Villie Valo (I love the music his band plays but, his voice to me, is below average)

These are the only names I can come up with, at present :)

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Bob Dylan (Sorry! I just don't get it! :wacko:)

Since I was born in 1962 I can't really remember a time when there wasn't a Bob Dylan so I've always been surrounded by his music. That said, he's definitely an acquired taste. Still, he was a constant in my life music-wise so I never really had to warm up to him. It probably goes without saying but what he has going for him most of all is his songwriting ability. I believe that's where other artists like The Byrds come in. Their versions of his songs helped to make Dylan more palatable to the masses which helped expose him to a larger audience. His alliances with The Band probably didn't hurt things either.

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Off the top of my head, no particular order

Most favorite:

Robert Plant

Freddie Mercury

Don Henley

Stevie Nicks

Adele

Marvin Gaye

Bono

Robert Smith

Dave Matthews

Alicia Keys

Nat King Cole

Martina McBride

Least favorite:

The Supertramp guy

The woman who sings "I hope you dance"

The woman who sings "Total Eclipse of the Heart"

The Dire Straits guy

All death metal / screamers

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Favorite:

Robert Plant

Paul Rodgers

Elvis

after these three^^ no particular order:

Phil Collins

James Taylor

Burton Cummings

Eric Clapton

George Michael

Van Morrison

Michael McDonald

Dean Martin

Rod Stewart

Tina Turner

Barbara Streisand

Stevie Nicks

Conway Twitty

George Jones

Elton John

Charlie Rich

Conway Twitty

Don Henley

Barry White

BJ Thomas

Al Jarreau

Michael Jackson

Dan Fogelberg

Tina Turner

Carly Simon

David Gilmour

Patrick Simmons

Bob Seger

Waylon Jennings

Alan Jackson

David Gates

Mahalia Jackson

Barry Gibb

Marvin Gaye

Loretta Lynn

Tom Jones

Patsy Cline

George Straight

Brad Delp

John Lennon

Roger Daltrey

Enya

Paul McCartney

Bob Marley

I am sure there are so many more, but these off the top of my head are great voices IMHO

Least favorite-Only a few that I actually cannot take at all, but those are not even worth bringing up..

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Some Favorites - 20

Robert Plant

Ronnie James Dio

Rob Halford

Ian Gillan

Fiona Apple

Todd Rundgren

Freddie Mercury

Greg Allman

Bjork

Chris Cornell

Peter Gabriel

Mick Jagger

Kate Bush

Paul McCartney

David Bowie

Josh Homme

Ann Wilson

David Coverdale

Daryl Hall

Peter Hammill

some not so favorites

Stephen Pearcy - least favorite

Vince Neil - a close second

4 non blondes singer - she can definately sing.... just what she does with it drives me crazy..

Dizzy Dean Davidson

Glen Danzig

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ace frehley

Paul stanley

robert plant

brett anderson of the donnas

christina aguilera (i love her song fighter)

milli matijevic

freddy curci

sarah brightman

katherine jenkins

the singer, lizzy borden

vince neil

james hetfield

brett michaels

stephen percy

tony harnell

lee aaron

ronnie james dio

tom keifer

ann wilson

sharon den adel

simone simons

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Favorite

Stevie Nicks (Solo, Fleetwood Mac)

Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac)

Mariah Carey (R&B, Pop)

Lauryn Hill (R&B)

Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane)

Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane)

Kevin Cronan (REO Speedwagon)

Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)

David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)

Brad Delp (Boston)

Ann Wilson (Heart)

Elton John

Jack White (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Upholsterers)

Mama Cass (Mamas & The Papas)

Judy Garland

Ric Ocasek (The Cars)

Benjamin Orr (The Cars)

Sting (The Police)

The Edge (U2)

Roger Daltrey (The Who)

Ronnie Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Least Favorite (doesn't mean I hate them, just really don't care for their style or tone)

John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Billy Joel

Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones)

John Mellencamp

Eric Clapton

Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)

Brian Johnson (AC/DC)

Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)

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favorite vocalists

ace frehley

Paul stanley

robert plant

brett anderson of the donnas

christina aguilera (i love her song fighter)

milli matijevic

freddy curci

sarah brightman

katherine jenkins

the singer, lizzy borden

vince neil

james hetfield

sebastian bach

brett michaels

stephen percy

tony harnell

lee aaron

ronnie james dio

tom keifer

ann wilson

sharon den adel

simone simons

jani lane (rest in peace)

freddie mecury (rest in peace)

michael sweet

joe elliott

cj snare

bon scott (rest in peace)

brian johnson

elvis presley (rest in peace)

rob halford

chad kroeger

jon bon jovi

bryan adams

phil anselmo

least favorites

marilyn manson

any death metal screamers

bob dylan

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I don't have a list of Vocalists I dislike, because I only have music I enjoy

Favorite vocalists in no particular order:

Macy Gray

Robert Plant

Richard Strange

Chris Murphy

Freddy Mercury

Joe Elliott

Cheryl Crow

Mel Torme

Michael Hutchence

Paul Hewsen

Jeff Martin

Chuck D

Zachary Richard

Frank Sinatra

Chrissie Hynde

George Harrison

John Lennon

Dean Martin

David Coverdale

Chris Martin

Joan Jett

Bob Marley

Peter Tosh

Gordie Johnson

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Richard Strange

What... as in 'Kid', as in Docs of Madness? Now there's an unusual choice...

Favs: too many to mention. Plant, Rodgers, Halford probably. + Buckley Jnr.

Least favs: Ian Anderson & Damon Albarn. I'd like to torture them, just as they have tortured me.

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