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« Thread started on: Sep 30th, 2016, 3:04pm »

I thought it would a cool idea to do top ten lists for every position in a band. I'll start with vocalists. The threads for the other positions will come soon.

My top ten:

1. Phil Collins - (Genesis)
2. Peter Gabriel - (Genesis)
3. Sting - (The Police)
4. Jon Anderson - (Yes)
5. Dennis DeYoung - (Styx)
6. Tommy Shaw - (Styx, Damn Yankees)
7. Steve Winwood - (Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith)
8. Stevie Nicks - (Fleetwood Mac)
9. Steve Perry - (Journey)
10. Lou Gramm - (Foreigner)
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 1st, 2016, 01:27am »

1) Peter Gabriel
2) Marko Saaresto
3) Stevie Nicks
4) Lenny Zakatek
5) Jon Anderson
6) Simon Neil
7) Amy Lee
8) Dan Reynolds
9) John Rzeznik
10) Michael David Rosenberg

My top two are carved in stone.......the others could change from time to time dependent on mood! grin
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« Reply #2 on: Oct 1st, 2016, 04:08am »

01) Peter Gabriel
02) Steve Winwood
03) Kate Bush
04) Phil Collins
05) Ian Gillan
06) Eric Burdon
07) Mick Rogers
08) Geddy Lee
09) Daniel Gildenl÷w
10) Gene Clark
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 2nd, 2016, 7:15pm »

Edited as per posts below.

1. Mark Knopfler
2. Peter Gabriel
3. Paul McCartney
4. Glenn Frey
5. Mick Jagger
6. Robert Plant
7. Phil Collins
8. Randy Newman
9. Kate Bush
10. Van Morrison
The inclusion of a couple of names here will probably raise eyebrows. In fact MOST of them....
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« Reply #4 on: Oct 3rd, 2016, 07:23am »

My top ten, I include those that have passed as I still listen and am inspired by them;


  • Maurice White - Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Paul Rodgers - Free
  • David Bowie
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Laura Nyro
  • Chaka Khan
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Daryl Hall
  • Ian Gillan
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Russ Ballard
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« Reply #5 on: Oct 3rd, 2016, 09:53am »

01. Steve Winwood
02. Peter Gabriel
03. Phil Collins
04. Van Morrison
05. Richard Manuel (The Band)
06. Rick Danko (The Band)
07. Sandy Denny
08. John Anderson
09. Paul Rodgers (Free)
10. Gary Brooker (Procol Harum)
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« Reply #6 on: Oct 4th, 2016, 09:12am »

My top ten in no particular order. I love vocalists that create pure emotion, that can move me, that can cause me to close my eyes and take me to another place. My choices may not be typical of this page but here goes;

Vincent Cavanagh (Anathema)
Bjork
David Sylvian
Tom Smith (Editors)
Guy Garvey (Elbow)
Jonsi (Sigur Ros)
Steve Hogarth
Nick Cave
Peter Gabriel
Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol)
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« Reply #7 on: Oct 7th, 2016, 08:43am »

Phil Collins
Peter Gabriel
Jon Anderson
Steve Perry
Dennis DeYoung
Freddie Mercury
Geddy Lee
Chris Thompson
Judie Tzuke
John Wetton
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« Reply #8 on: Oct 7th, 2016, 12:51pm »

1.Peter Nichols (IQ)
2.Greg Lake
3.Annie Haslam (Renaissance)
4.Kate Bush
5.Peter Gabriel
6.Jon Anderson
7.Guy Garvey(Elbow)
8.Huw Lloyd-Jones (Also Eden and Unto Us)
9.Freddie Mercury
10.Enya
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« Reply #9 on: Oct 9th, 2016, 4:02pm »

1: Freddie Mercury
2: Kate Bush
3: Phil Collins
4: David Gilmour
5: Roger Waters
6: Peter Gabriel
7: Ray Wilson
8: Greg Lake
9: David Bowie
10: David Byrne
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« Reply #10 on: Oct 12th, 2016, 1:27pm »

on Oct 2nd, 2016, 7:15pm, FeelItComing wrote:
Edited as per posts below.

1. Mark Knopfler
2. Peter Gabriel
3. Paul McCartney
4. Glenn Frey
5. Mick Jagger
6. Robert Plant
7. Phil Collins
8. Randy Newman
9. Kate Bush
10. Van Morrison
The inclusion of a couple of names here will probably raise eyebrows. In fact MOST of them....


These are the only two that really raise eyebrows for me. I love them both, but not primarily for their vocals.
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« Reply #11 on: Oct 12th, 2016, 1:33pm »

This is the hardest list for me to pare down.

  1. Ray Charles
  2. Aretha Franklin
  3. Van Morrison
  4. Paul McCartney
  5. Sarah McLachlan
  6. Bono
  7. Sting
  8. Levon Helm
  9. Kate Bush
  10. Alison Krauss
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« Reply #12 on: Oct 12th, 2016, 4:20pm »

on Oct 12th, 2016, 1:27pm, Dr. John wrote:
These are the only two that really raise eyebrows for me. I love them both, but not primarily for their vocals.


Yes, I understand that as neither of them are 'singers' in the traditional sense, just as Bob Dylan isn't.

Both of these guys are 'storytellers' and use their voices to do this rather than to demonstrate any vocal prowess. Their voices also complement their respective instruments. The way Newman especially can adapt his singing from everything to a 19th centry slave trader (Sail Away) to a rapper (Masterman & Baby J) never fails to impress me.

As for Knopfler once Frey died I had to admit to myself that his singing along with his songwriting gives me the most pleasure even if he's not a great technician. Otherwise Gabriel & McCartney would have ranked above him. I can't even really list any particular favourite vocals by Knopfler, so I will cite one example by Dire Straits (Brothers In Arms) & one solo (Silvertown Blues).
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on Oct 12th, 2016, 4:20pm, FeelItComing wrote:
Yes, I understand that as neither of them are 'singers' in the traditional sense, just as Bob Dylan isn't.

Both of these guys are 'storytellers' and use their voices to do this rather than to demonstrate any vocal prowess. Their voices also complement their respective instruments. The way Newman especially can adapt his singing from everything to a 19th centry slave trader (Sail Away) to a rapper (Masterman & Baby J) never fails to impress me.

As for Knopfler once Frey died I had to admit to myself that his singing along with his songwriting gives me the most pleasure even if he's not a great technician. Otherwise Gabriel & McCartney would have ranked above him. I can't even really list any particular favourite vocals by Knopfler, so I will cite one example by Dire Straits (Brothers In Arms) & one solo (Silvertown Blues).


Certainly both are expressive emotionally as vocalists, which is probably the most important quality. That's why they can tell their stories so compellingly. I would say the same for Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits.
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« Reply #14 on: Oct 14th, 2016, 12:13am »

Holly Cole
Alison Krauss
Natalie Merchant
Bono
Frank Sinatra
Kate Bush
Tracey Thorn
Otis Redding
Neko Case
Paul McCartney
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