Songs and music are like a life line for most of us. While exercising, cooking, dancing (obviously), studying, and reading, we all find solace in songs. This list brings to you the top lead singers of all times, some of whom you probably might have heard and some you might have never heard of. Either ways after reading this list, grab a CD of one of these singers and I am sure, you will never want to stop listening to them. YES, THEY ARE THAT GREAT!
30. The sound of young America
the brassy and sassy voice you often hear in the old collection of your grandparents belongs to Martha Lavelle later known as Martha Reeves was famously known under the band name of Martha and the Vandellas. She started her career from a night club performance in Detroit where she was noticed for her catchy voice by William Mickey Stevenson in 1962. Martha Reeves has been on the road to success ever since with her gospel reared voice.
A music icon because of her blond hair and photogenic face is famous for leading the wave band Blondie. Debbie Harry met her co band partner, guitarist, Chris Stein in 1970s and the two together set on a journey of creating a world famous band, Blondie. Blondie is responsible for creating a new wave in the genre of rock music, introducing punk, reggae, funk and other music styles.
28. The Supremes
Diana Ross is a perfect example of a teenager who started using her talent of singing from a very young age and introduced the world with the trio of The Supremes. Her career as a performer who went through up swings and down swings and still stood up has spanned for more than four decades.
27. Black Francis
Born with the name Charles Michael Kittredge Thompson IV and known as Black Francis in his Pixies day. After the disbanding of the Pixies in 1993, he emerged as Frank Black. Frank Black looks more like a geography teacher due to his style but his weirdness, ability to sing in Spanish, his shrill shriek and his obsession with choosing lyrics from the theme of religion, incest etc all made him a trademark of rock music. Many artists state that the rock music of the 90’s would have been very different without this icon.
26. King of Motown
William Robinson Jr. later known as Smokey Robinson is a prolific singer, a genius songwriter, producer and the American Idol Mentor. He has been credited for writing over 4000 songs with hits like Tracks of My Tears, Love Machine and Tears of a Clown. Smokey Robinson has also been the vice president of Motown Records and wrote hits and records for bands like The Temptations and Mary Wells. For a greater inside in this King’s life which was not free from ups and downs, get a copy of his biography ‘Smokey: Inside My Life’.
25. Iggy Pop
belonging to the band that had major influence on the genre of punk and metal rock, The Stooges, Iggy Pop originally known as James Newell Osterberg Jr. was a ball of energy during the 70’s. Besides his famous songs, he is also known for his stage antics which constituted of rolling in broken glass, exposing himself to the audience and is also sometimes credited for introducing stage diving. One of his hit songs is an enduring rock classic known as Real Wild Child. He formed the Psychedelic Stooges in 1967 which was later known as The Stooges.
24. Fleetwood Mac
Stephanie Lynn Nicks, later known as Stevie Nicks, is the sensational singer of Fleetwood Mac with whom she signed a deal in 1975 and becoming one of the most iconic lead singer of all times. After the induction of Stevie Nicks and Buckingham in Fleetwood Mac, the band sold 3 million copies which included some of Nicks’ famous tracks like Landslide and Rhiannon.
23. The Clash
A gifted, charismatic and brilliant singer, fronts men and songwriter who changed his name from John Graham Mellor to Joe Strummer to showcase his changed lifestyle. An icon of punk music and also the co founder of the punk band, The Clash.
22. White Stripes
John Anthony Gillis later known as Jack White is a famous guitarist and drummer from the influential rock band of the 2000s, White Stripes. He possesses the charisma and star like quality that is needed in an icon like him is the singer of the hit song fell in love with a Girl.
With an extremely British and mesmerizing voice, Liam Gallagher is the founder of the famous band Oasis. Liam Gallagher became famous after his debut song Supersonic and hit albums like Definitely Maybe has made him one of the best fronts men of all times.
The man who made wearing blouses and walking around with a bouquet of flowers down their trousers comfortable for men, Stephen Patrick Morrissey is famously known for his eccentric style and acidic lyrics.
Rock Legend, Geddy Lee is one of the most influential musicians of all times and is known for his skill and stylized technique on the bass guitar.
18. A Rock Star
The Who’s Roger Daltery is known for his dynamic stage performance and his famous for his art form of mic swinging. He is an extremely versatile, expressive and rock singer who knows how to handle the rock opera.
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is one of those singers who stand out every time he starts singing. He has also served as the judge of American Idol. If you have never listened to the passionate and earth whirling voice of Steven Tyler then you are definitely missing an important part of your life. His hits include I don’t want to miss a thing, dream on, walk this way etc.
Bon Scott made a mark in the history of rock ‘n’ roll with his rasping, cool voice and mischievous grin. He had a captivating presence and killer vocals. True rock n roll legends and fans still feel his absence and miss him sorely.
15. Dream Theatre
James LaBrie is respected for his vocal prowess and belongs to a class of musicians of the highest order.
14. Mick Jagger
besides being famous for his amazing history in the rock ‘n’ roll world, Sir Mick Jagger is also commonly known for his extracurricular activities which include anarchy, art, sex and drugs.
An odd and enigmatic man, Maynard James Keenan hides his real identity on stage by using wigs, gas masks, clown outfits etc.
James Hetfield known as a heavy metal monolith and the front man of the rock Music Radar.
11. Jim Morrison
He is the charismatic, acidic, honest and poetic singer and talisman of the band The Doors.
10. The Beatles
a list of leading singers of all times is incomplete without one of the lead singer of The Beatles, Paul McCartney. If you haven’t listened to The Beatles, you are missing the unthreatening and pacifying voice of Paul and also his mesmerizing and saucer shaped eyes.
Matt Bellamy of the Muse has such a powerful voice that you can hear it even after the unbending guitar sounds and the overblown light shows.
8. Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana is said to have the most visceral and primal vocal ever recorded. He is highly regarded for his passion and authenticity.
Thom Yorke’s multi instrumentalism, lyrics on the theme of politics and unique delivery has turned Radiohead in one of the most lauded bands of the world.
6. Bruce Dickson
with his powerful voice in both high and low notes and hyperactivity on stage makes him one of the greatest performers of all times.
5. John Lennon
John Lennon of The Beatles needs no description. With his extensive showcasing of emotions and acumen in playing instruments, John Lennon is one of the greatest singers this world has ever seen.
4. Ronnie James Dio
Do not go on this man’s height which is only 5’4, his voice, in fact, sounds like a voice of a giant and he is one of the most influential people of heavy metal. His death was a major blow for his fans who continue to give him tributes and reliving his moments.
3. Robert Plant
The heavy archetypal rock front man is one of the most influential people of all times with his high vocals and curly blond hair, he made his way into history by paving the way for heavy metal.
2. Freddie Mercury
He is an icon of the vest, mustache and flamboyant appearance and is also known for holding the world in his palm in 1985 during Queen’s live performance. He was a charismatic figure who made rock history.
1. Axl Rose
Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses is a born rock star being the step child of Steven Tyler and Robert Plant, this dangerous, lean, controversial and hotheaded singer is known as the greatest lead singer of all times.