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Right now I'm really getting a bang out of country singer Jason Aldean. His voice really livens up songs like "Hicktown" and "She's Country" that would otherwise be your standard Big & Rich type of fare that I would probably ignore. He makes them sound not quite so gimmicky and . Then there's the song "Johnny Cash," which sounds so much better than Tracy Byrd's version. He gives it a on-the-edge, desperate, vulnerable side that Byrd could never have gotten out of the song. Love it. For mainstream country, it's pretty damn good. Just thought I'd share that, even though probably nobody wants to hear about it (it's 2 am, what can I say?).

I do - I'm always interested in checking out new artists :D

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I do - I'm always interested in checking out new artists :D

Oh yay! :) That's nice of you to say. I always feel a little weird talking about country on a rock forum, considering it's one of those things like rap - you either love it or you hate it - so I'm glad I could actually be helpful.

Oh yeah, and I'd just like to add that Ronnie Van Zant is the voice of my soul. His voice has the same effect on me as Hendrix playing the guitar.

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Oh yay! :) That's nice of you to say. I always feel a little weird talking about country on a rock forum, considering it's one of those things like rap - you either love it or you hate it - so I'm glad I could actually be helpful.

Oh yeah, and I'd just like to add that Ronnie Van Zant is the voice of my soul. His voice has the same effect on me as Hendrix playing the guitar.

Don't feel weird at all. Many people here listen to a variety of genres beyond rock, myself included :D

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Jahfin...that is cool, I have seen Pearl Jam Live once...Eddie is much to be admired for the same reasons as Jeff Buckely was...Eddie has tremendous respect for both The Who and Led Zeppelin...

It is refreshing to see young musicians who value the work of their seniors....

I have had the pleasure of seeing Eddie live a few times and he never disapoints.

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Favorite male singers (some i love their voice, some i love their style, some i love both): Robert Plant, Bono, Lou Gramm, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, George Harrison, Billy Squier, David Gilmour, Trent Reznor, Eddie Vedder, Hugo Ferriera, Phil Collins, Jeff Buckley, Keith Richards (seriously!), Michael Hutchence, Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Roger Waters, Justin Haywood, Steve Winwood, Jon Anderson, Ronnie Van Zant, Neil Young, Adam Durwitz, Jared Leto, Kevin Ogilvie, Don Henley, Lindsey Buckingham, Roger Daltrey, Julian Lennon, Don Fagen, Scott Stapp, Chris Martin...

Favorite female singers: Liz Frasier, Tori Amos, Stevie Nicks, Jewel, Fiona Apple, Sinead O'Connor, Pat Benatar, Ann Wilson, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston...

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Can't think of a singer who I'd rather listen to more than Danny Bowes. Real talent + zero cliched rock star mentality = rare integrity indeed. No need to explain further - just listen. What a shame the greatest male voice around will not be heard after the summer, apart from perhaps an occasional guest appearance, while the airwaves will be filled with more famous yet far, far weaker talents.

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here's my list of favorite vocals of all time

1. Paul Stanley (KISS)

2. Robert Plant (led zeppelin)

3. Ace Frehley (KISS)

4. Lizzy Borden (lead singer for the group of the same name)

5. Elvis Presley (solo artist)

6. Gene SImmons (KISS)

7. Vince Neil (motley crue)

8. Miljenko (Michael) Matijevic (steelheart)

9. Phil Anselmo (pantera)

10. Brett Anderson (The donnas)

11. Alice cooper (solo artist)

12. King Diamond (King diamond and merciful fate)

13. Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)

14. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)

15. Peter Criss (KISS)

16. Katherine Jenkins (classical vocalist)

17. Sarah Brightman (opera singer)

18. Michael Starr (steel panther)

19. Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi)

20. James Hetfield (Metallica)

21. Alan Jackson (country singer)

22. Tony Harnell (TNT)

23. Trace Atkins (country singer)

24. Ronnie Van Zant (Lynard Skynard) (Rest in peace)

25. Eric Carr (KISS)

26. Freddie Mercury (Queen)

27. CJ Snare (Firehouse)

28. Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath and he's also a solo artist in his own right)

29. Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Dio)

30. Paul Rogers (Free and Bad Company)

31. Jay Buchanan (Rival sons and a bit of a solo artist in his own right)

32. Aaron Tippon (country singer)

33. Pam Tillis (country singer)

34. Bryan Adams (solo artist)

35. David Coverdale (Whitesnake and Coverdale and Page)

36. Travis Tritt (country singer)

37. Marty Stuart (country singer)

38. Kevin Richardson (backstreet boys)

39. Simon Lebon (duran duran)

40. Simone Simons (Epica)

41. Sharon Den Adle (Within Temptation)

42. Tom Keilfer (Cinderella)

43. Howie Dorough (backstreet boys)

44. Joe Eillot (Def Leppard)

45. Pat Benatar (solo artist)

46. Brian Litrell (backstreet boys)

47. Hank Williams Jr. (country singer)

48. Bret Michaels (Poison)

49. Rob Halford (Judas Priest and Halford)

50. Nick Carter (backstreet boys and he's a solo artist In his own right)

51. Adam Lambert (solo artist)

52. Miranda Lambert (country singer)

53. Reba Mcentire (country singer)

54. Michael Sweet (Stryper)

55. AJ McLean (backstreet boys)

56. Dean Martin (solo artist)

57. Frank Sinatra (solo artist)

58. Garth Brooks (country singer)

59. George Strait (country singer)

60. Teddy Pendergrass (solo artist)

61. Marvin Gaye (solo artist)

62. Jerry Lee Lewis (solo artist)

63. Freddie Jackson (solo artist)

64. Alexander O' Neal (solo artist)

65. Steve Perry (Former lead singer for journey and he is a solo artist in his own right)

66. Johnny Van Zant (Current lead singer for Lynard Skynard)

67. Bob Segar (solo artist)

68. Ann Wilson (Heart)

69. Tracy Lawrence (country singer)

70. Gretchen Wilson (country singer)

71. Keith Urban (country singer)

72. Taylor Swift (country singer)

73. Mark Chesnutt (country singer)

74. Stevie Wonder (solo singer)

75. Smokey Robinson (The Miracles and he is a solo artist in his own right)

76. Frankie Valli (four seasons and he is a solo artist in his own right)

77. Josh Turner (country singer)

78. Tracy Byrd (country singer)

79. Clay Walker (country singer)

80. Clint Black (country singer)

81. Kix Brooks (Brooks and Dunn and he is a solo country artist in his own right)

82. Ronnie Dunn (Brooks and Dunn and he also is a solo country artist in his own right)

83. Toby Keith (country singer)

84. Rod Stewart (solo artist)

85. Prince (solo artist)

86. Eric Carmen (solo artist)

87. Richard Marx (solo artist)

88. Madonna (solo artist)

89. Kenny Rogers (country singer)

90. Tarja Turunen (Nighwish and she's a solo artist in her own right)

91. James Brown (solo artist)

92. Diana Ross (The Supremes and she's a solo artist in her own right)

93. Janis Joplin (solo artist)

94. Jim Morrison (The Doors)

95. Aretha Franklin (solo artist)

96. Christina Aguilera (solo artist)

97. Lee Aaron (solo artist)

98. Sebastian Bach (skid row and he's a solo artist in his own right)

99. katy perry (solo artist)

100. Matthew Tuck (bullet for my valentine)

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Lonesome Dave Peverett

Nathanial Peterson

Johnny Winter

James Dewar

Ronnie James Dio

Ian Gillan

Rory Gallagher

Rickey Medlocke

Keith Relf

Andy Powell

Jack Bruce

Jim Morrison

David Gilmour

Roger Daltrey

Eric Bloom

Rusty Day

Alice Cooper

Peter Wolf

Jorma

Doug Gray

Henry Paul

Gregg Allman

Danny Joe Brown

Dan McCafferty

And the list keeps going, and going, and going.......

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Not in order:

Steve Marriott - The guy had a powerful voice, that was filled with raw emotion. Robert Plant payed close attention to how Marriott sang. Marriott is definitely one of my favorites!

Robert Plant

Paul Rodgers

Tom Jones

Elvis

Ricky Nelson

Bon Scott

John Lennon

George Harrison

Chris Cornell

John Lee Hooker

Willie Dixon

Howlin' Wolf

Jimi Hendrix

Eric Clapton

Keith Relf

Eddie Vedder

Layne Staley

Gordon Downie

Mark Lanegan

Scott Weiland

Burton Cummings

James Dewar

Phil Moog

Roger Daltrey

Rod Stewart - early days only!

Joe Cocker

Otis Redding

Marvin Gaye

Buddy Miles

Ray Charles

Peter Gabriel

Roy Orbison

Mickey Dolenz

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Besides RP, Johnny Cash, Al Green, Tom Jones, Marvin Gaye Johnny Mathis, Frankie Valli, Stevie Wonder, Teddy Pendergrass, Liam McKahey, Freddie Mercury.

Female: Dusty Springfield, Janis Joplin, Billie Holliday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Andrea Marcovicci, Barbra Streisand, Debbie Harry.

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Here is a partial list of some I enjoy, I generally prefer singers who have warm friendly natural sounding voices. Being able to wail at the top register doesn't normally impress me with some exceptions like Fred from Queen or Rob from Zeppelin.

Frank Sinatra

Mel Torme

Dean Martin

Harry Connick Jr

Amanda Marshall

Chad Kroeger

Rod Stewart

Art Alexakis

Joe Elliott

Jeff Martin

Avril Lavigne

Bono

Billy Idol

Richard Strange

Gordie Johnson

Courtney Love

Michael Hutchence

John Lennon

Sass Jordan

Billy Corgan

Chuck D

Robert Plant

Freddy Mercury

David Coverdale

Joan Jett

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Peter Gabriel.... without a shadow of a doubt is the best vocalist over the past 40 years, not even Plant can get near him.

jane,joe from liverpool I also really enjoy Peter's vocals - but the best of the last 40 years?

Freddy Mercury would have to be my pick.

To each his own...

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jane,joe from liverpool I also really enjoy Peter's vocals - but the best of the last 40 years?

Freddy Mercury would have to be my pick.

To each his own...

Probably an exaggeration on my part, sorry,I particularly like Mercury on Live Killers.I suppose I just got a bit over zealous about Gabriel.

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Probably an exaggeration on my part, sorry,I particularly like Mercury on Live Killers.I suppose I just got a bit over zealous about Gabriel.

No need to say sorry, you enjoy who you enjoy - it's all opinion after all. Peter was one of the greatest shows I have ever witnessed back in 90/91. Unfortunately was never able to see Freddy live, in person.

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Mine is Mike Patton, he is probably the most versatile singer ever. Him and Clapton are both called god lol.

and the other extreme.

and in diffirent languages

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Looks Like most of the bug names have already been covered, so I'll throw in a few that I didn't see covered very much.

For me it's Dylan, esp his late 80s and early 90s period. His 60s and 70s goes without saying that some of it is total brilliance.

In that same vein, Mark Knopfler has an amazing voice, and an ability to create such atmospheric music around it (check out "Mark Knopfler Seattle" on YouTube for his latest).

Allison Kraus has one of the most beautiful female voices, such a range to it.

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