Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Best Rock Singer?

Who's the best rock/rock n' roll singer of all time? I've thought about this question for a long time and have finally settled on a definitive answer. We're talking rock, or a variation therein, not straight pop. Whitney doesn't qualify. We're also talking singer, not star, dancer, persona. So, no, it's not Elvis Presley, though he's probably Top Three.

Is it: Jim Morrison? Bruce Springsteen? James Brown? Mick Jagger? Bob Dylan? Bono? Prince? Sting? Buddy Holly? Otis Redding? Cher? Blondie? Siouxsie Sioux? Del Shannon? Little Richard? Roger Daltrey? Marvin Gaye? David Lee Roth? Robert Plant? Freddie Mercury? Ray Charles? Johnny Cash? Aretha Franklin? Van Morrison? Sam Cooke? Cheryl Crow? Courtney Love? Jerry Lee Lewis? Fats Domino? Chubby Checker? Tommy James? Etta James? Axl Rose? Rod Stewart? David Bowie? Iggy Pop? Janis Joplin? Grace Slick? Kurt Cobain? Chrissie Hynde? Eric Burdon? Bjork? Pat Benatar? Tom Petty? Who am I missing?

Is it a contemporary artist? Does Adele qualify?

Stay tuned.

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