When Axl Rose Shared His Own ‘Best Rock Singers Of All Time’ List

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The fame and fortune Axl Rose’s voice brought him along the years is undoubtfully immense. He is the owner of one of the most unique voices in rock and roll and the entire music world. Around 2014, Concert Hotels made a list comparing the powerful vocalists’ voice range and established with figures and facts that Axl Rose is the greatest singer of all time.

The list harbored the greatest names one could think of. Following Axl Rose was Mariah Carey, Prince, Steven Tyler, James Brown, and Marvin Gaye. However, Axl’s voice range was between F1 – B♭6, F1 being the highest pitch a vocalist can hit, and that is how he ‘beat’ all of the other vocalists. It was surprising for Rose’s fans and the musician as even though his key is remarkable and his voice is unique, many other vocalists in the world astonish their fans, perhaps more than Rose.

How Did Axl Rose React To Being Chosen The Best Vocalist?

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Although he is not famous for his humility, this was one of the rare incidents that he remained as humble as one could be. He reacted to this list to Spin in 2014 and stated how honored he was to have been selected among many iconic vocalists, but he disagreed. Instead, Rose made his own list.

Focusing on rock singers, he named Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Dan McCafferty, Janice Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Don Henley, Jeff Lynne, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown, indicating that he is a big fan of the ’70s rock singers. He ended his response by stating that he would prefer to listen to them than himself.

Here is Rose’s note:

“Big thanks to all the fans and media for the props reacting to the Spin top vocalists article.

From what I could tell, the original article was for the most part only talking about the professionally recorded vocal range of the singers they compared, calling the entire group ‘The World’s Greatest Singers.’ It’s very flattering and humbling to be included in such an illustrious ensemble.

If I had to say who I thought the best singers were, I’d say first that I don’t know there’s a definitive answer as in my opinion it’s subjective, and second that my focus is primarily rock singers.

That said, I enjoy Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Dan McCafferty, Janice Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Don Henley, Jeff Lynne, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and a ton of others (predominantly 70’s rock singers) and would rather hear and of them anytime rather than me!

Most of the names he mentioned had made it on Concert Hotels’ list, but they still couldn’t reach Rose’s range. This brings up the discussion about whether a vocalist can be chosen the ‘best’ according to a more subjective listener’s point of view or based on the mathematics of music. A good voice, in this case, is judged by the vocal range but, most listeners’ taste doesn’t necessarily get established by these figures.