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She beat out John Bonham for Drummer of the Year one year.  Bonzo once confronted her and said she couldn't even last through one Zep song.  So she sat down and knocked out three in a row.

Go stand in the corner until I have time to hurt you.                  Although, if you put him up as one of the great songwriters....

I don't think any definition of rock and roll needs to be "purist", as the genre continues to evolve. There are many characteristics that define a great artist in this field -- instrumental talent and

6 minutes ago, Cygnia said:

How are we defining "rock"?

 

    And how are we defining “best”?  Janis Joplin and Johnny Cash both had voices that could tear your heart out on a sad song but neither were exactly rich melodious songbirds.

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I'd definitely take Orbison over Mercury.

 

I think I'd give the crown to Ann Wilson. My runners-up would include Aretha, Bowie, Pat Benatar, Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Barry Gibb, and Linda Ronstadt. But they're all such different talents it's really difficult to rank them.

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1 hour ago, Old Man said:


Loosely, if Karen Carpenter is in there. Though she was a great vocalist. 

She beat out John Bonham for Drummer of the Year one year.  Bonzo once confronted her and said she couldn't even last through one Zep song.  So she sat down and knocked out three in a row.

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2 hours ago, Bazza said:

Paul Rodgers. 

 

John Mellencamp called Rodgers 'the best rock singer ever', while Freddie Mercury himself was a fan of Rodgers and his aggressive style of singing.

 

https://books.google.com.au/books?id=OR4h_dORXcUC&pg=PA65&dq=mellencamp+paul+rodgers&redir_esc=y&hl=en#v=onepage&q=mellencamp paul rodgers&f=false

 

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/100-greatest-singers-of-all-time-147019/paul-rodgers-46966

 

Here’s Why Paul Rodgers Is Called ‘The Voice’

https://wmgk.com/2018/02/01/heres-paul-rodgers-called-voice/

 

“Everyone knows that Paul Rodgers is one of the greatest singers in the world. What they are only just waking up to is that there may never be another like him.”
– Mick Wall Classic Rock Magazine

 

1972

 

2018, 46 years later, losing nothing

 

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When you get to these kinds of rankings, it's sometimes hard to separate the singer from the band, and/or from the style.

 

For emoting, Roy Orbison.  Huge bonus points for clarity and smoothness.  Honorable mention to Eddie Vedder, even if his emotion is generally rather negative.  

 

For flair, Freddy.  If ya wanna argue James Brown...perhaps, but I prefer Freddy's style, as well as the style of the period.  

 

Among the power singers, I'd have to go with Steve Perry.  

 

Edit:  for breadth, power, style...Bono.  LOVE Edge's guitar work but Bono's the one that caught me first...which is backwards from, say, Van Halen, where it's Eddie's guitar.

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