Martin Bailey mbailey at
Mon Jan 12 09:35:47 UTC 2009


Roger is a respectable 5th.


Throughout December 2008 we asked you to tell us who you thought had the Greatest Voice In Rock and thousands of you duly complied.

And the results are in...

With just under 10% of the votes to himself you named Led Zeppelin's iconic frontman, Robert Plant as the greatest rock singer of all time.

It's impossible now to imagine Led Zeppelin without that trademark howl, but Plant was famously the second choice singer for Jimmy Page in 1968. After Terry Reid rejected the chance to join the New Yardbirds he recommended Plant and the rest is, as they say, history. Plant went on to sell 300 million records as a member of Zep and as a solo artist, and with one of the most distinctive voices in rock that, as 2007's Zep gig proved, has aged pretty well you can't really argue against Percy's place at the top of the Rock Vocalist pile.

Meanwhile, Queen as a band also did rather well in the list. Original frontman Freddie Mercury came in at number two, while the band's current incumbent of the microphone and former Free and Bad Company singer, Paul Rodgers, came in at number three.

Similarly Deep Purple, Black Sabbath , AC/DC and Van Halen did pretty well with multiple singers in the list.

Thirty-two of the top forty are still performing today, while the youngest entrant in the list is former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell who made the list at number 39.

And the only female representation in the top 40 is Janis Joplin, who is at number 21. Stevie Nicks and Grace Slick fell just short of the list.

Here's the Top Forty Greatest Voices In Rock

1. Robert Plant 
2. Freddie Mercury
3. Paul Rodgers 
4. Ian Gillan 
5. Roger Daltrey 
6. David Coverdale 
7. Axl Rose 
8. Bruce Dickinson
9. Mick Jagger 
10. Bon Scott
11. David Bowie 
12. Jon Bon Jovi 
13. Steven Tyler 
14. Jon Anderson 
15. Bruce Springsteen 
16. Steve Perry 
17. Ozzy Osbourne 
18. Bono
19. Peter Gabriel 
20. James Hetfield 
21. Janis Joplin 
22. Brian Johnson
23. Roger Chapman 
24. Phil Lynott 
25. Glenn Hughes 
26. Joe Cocker 
27. Jim Morrison 
28. Alex Harvey 
29. Alice Cooper 
30. Ronnie James Dio 
31. Sammy Hagar 
32. Meat Loaf 
33. Rob Halford
34. Geddy Lee 
35. Biff Byford 
36. David Gilmour 
37. Fish
38. Dave Lee Roth 
39. Chris Cornell
40. Neil Young

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