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Top 40 Singers in Rock

UK digital radio station Planet Rock has complied another indispensable top list that we can get upset over and correct to our own liking. Because we always know best, don’t we?

The Greatest Voice in Rock Top 40 was compiled by the station’s DJs, presenters and listeners with the help of musicians, rock critics and experts such as Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Phil Manzanera from Roxy Music, Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull and Led Zeppelin biographer Mick Wall.

And here are the results from the aforementioned jury:

1. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
2. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
3. Paul Rodgers (Free/Bad Company/Queen)
4. Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
5. Roger Daltrey (The Who)
6. David Coverdale (Deep Purple/Whitesnake)
7. Axl Rose (Guns ‘N’ Roses)
8. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
9. Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones)
10. Bon Scott (AC/DC)
11. David Bowie
12. Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi)
13. Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)
14. Jon Anderson (Yes)
15. Bruce Springsteen
16. Joe Cocker
17. Ozzy Osbourne
18. Bono (U2)
19. Peter Gabriel
20. James Hetfield (Metallica)
21. Janis Joplin
22. Chris Cornell (Audioslave/Soundgarden)
23. Roger Chapman (Family)
24. Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)
25. Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple)
26. Steve Perry (Journey)
27. Jim Morrison (The Doors)
28. Alex Harvey (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band)
29. Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
30. Ronnie James Dio (Dio/Rainbow/Black Sabbath)
31. Sammy Hagar (Van Halen)
32. Meat Loaf
33. Alice Cooper
34. Geddy Lee (Rush)
35. Brian Johnson (AC/DC)
36. David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
37. Fish (Marillion)
38. Dave Lee Roth (Van Halen)
39. Biff Byford (Saxon)
40. Neil Young

140 Comments to “Top 40 Singers in Rock”:

  1. 1
    69 says:

    Cool, Neil Young made the list! Shame that neither Dave Grohl nor Mike Patton made the list though!

    And Paul Rodgers taking a top position is a joke. I mean, above Roger Daltrey, oh come on!

    One slight correction though. Ian Anderson is flutist, singer and songwriter and head of Jethro Tull, and has never been in Yes, whereas JON Anderson has fronted Yes indeed. Neither of them could seriously be called an expert in good singing though, hehe.

  2. 2
    Drdp says:

    If you consider Dio participations in “Purple” history then there are 4 in the top 30 who a part of the DP family tree. Next nearest is Sabbath WITH Ozzy & Dio. But why isn’t that listed in Dio’s parentheses? Don’t agree with the Gilmour & Young inclusions this high though.

  3. 3
    George says:

    3 Purple vocalists out of 5 featured in the TOP 40 voices of rock?
    This underlines once more how great Deep Purple is (and we know this very good)

    and what about Ritchie Blackmore as #15 in TOP guitarists poll?? was it absolutely nonesence or not??
    I think (and not because I’m DP fan) that both GILLAN and BLACKMORE are #1 in their own instruments…

    And also, Glen Hughes is much greater than Dickinson, Jagger and Bon Scott… I will not even compare Axl Rose to Glen…

    btw, good poll…

  4. 4
    Roberto says:

    that is not planet rock list but plant rock list…
    that list is ridicolous:james hetfield and axl rose above ronnie james dio, bono above glenn hughes , paul rodgers (very overrated) above ian gillan…and where are dan mccafferty and mark farner, jhon lawton and david byron, and jhon fogerty?
    david gilmour, neil young and david bowie on that list…
    these are stupid lists…

  5. 5
    stoffer says:

    In reality this is not a bad list, some schuffling around of the top 10 maybe but all in all a pretty good compilation. Bowie and Gilmour do belong Neil Young??…I dunno

  6. 6
    Ricardo says:

    Top 40 singers without Greg Lake and Ian Anderson?And Glenn Hughes in 25 And Paul Rogers(Queen fx?)above Glenn?Naaahh….

  7. 7
    George says:

    Actually, the greatest faults of this poll are:
    Paul Rodges before Ian Gillan, and Glen Hughes after Axl, Dickinson, Jagger etc…
    Gillan MUST be at least #3 (though I think he’s #1), and Glen MUST be at least in the TOP 10…

    But why you ask the answer to the planet rock, while this list is editeb by the biographer of Led Zeppelin? 😀 😀

  8. 8
    Ger in Assen says:

    My own top ten
    (just spontaniously, without ‘deep digging’ ….) :
    1. Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
    2. Ronnie James Dio (Dio/Rainbow)
    2. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
    3. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
    4. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
    5. David Coverdale (Deep Purple/Whitesnake)
    6. Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
    7. James Hetfield (Metallica)
    8. Sammy Hagar (Van Halen)
    9. Alvin Lee (Ten Years After)
    10. Kaz Lux (Brainbox, former dutch band)

    Nobody has to pay attention to it, hahahaha !
    Cheers and bottoms up.
    Best regards,
    Ger, Assen, Netherlands.

  9. 9
    SEVEN-47 says:

    Very good list Ger in Assen!

  10. 10
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Bert Heerink ex singer VANDENBERG

    Roy Khan KAMELOT

    Paul Rodgers, NEVER overrated

    Corey Glover LIVING COLOUR

    Dave Meniketti Y and T

    ROD EVANS!!!!!!

  11. 11
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    I casted my vote….for Gillan!!!!

    The poll was taken online over the Christmas Holidays…
    Supposedly the outcome is from votes by FANS.

    So, if this is how the list was truly derived, then there isn’t much to bitch about except for the fact that there are many different Fans, with many different views on singing……and how they rate the BEST.


  12. 12
    Sam Knight says:

    This squabbling all sounds very familiar! Although Deep Purple are my favourite band, I do think that Paul Rodgers is currently the best rock singer on the face of the planet, which is saying something because Gillan was spectacular when I saw DP last.

  13. 13
    Ger in Assen says:

    Quote > SEVEN-47 says:
    Very good list Ger in Assen!
    January 4th, 2009 at 17:57
    Thanks SEVEN-47 :))

  14. 14
    Ricardo says:

    Hey Ger…Brainbox is the Focus prehistory.The great Jan Akkerman was the guitar player.I wish i could hear that band.

  15. 15
    Roberto says:

    Really can understand Paul Rodgers on the top 100…
    In my country He is not famous; I don’t like particulary his voice and his vocal range is small…after this list I can say He is the most overrated singer…

    these should have been in the top ten but they even don’t appear in the top 100…:

    dan mccafferty
    mark farner,
    jhon lawton
    jhon fogerty

    …and then…I like thin lizzy but Phil as one of the best singer of the story….
    Bono not even in the top 1000…

  16. 16
    Victor says:

    Rather than argue about singers – how ’bout everyone’s top ten like Ger’s? Here’s mine: In no particular order:

    Alvin Lee
    Ian Gillan
    Ian Hunter
    Bryan Ferry
    John Fogerty
    Jon Anderson
    Chrissie Hynde
    Noddy Holder
    Lucinda Williams
    Ann Wilson

    Again, like most of my lists I just base them on performers who have blown me away during their performance with their vocal chops.

  17. 17
    Victor says:

    And, we all get a little senile as the years go by. I can I forget the voices of

    Steve Marriott
    Alice Cooper
    Eric Burdon
    Mike Love
    Ray Davies
    David Bowie
    Nick Lowe
    Mark Knopfler
    Lou Reed
    Mike Ness

    It’s like trying to pick favorite children. I love them all especially if their chops create/shape the sound of any band. Led Zep without Plant? The Who without Roger!!! Enough, I won’t do this anymore!!!

  18. 18
    Painkiller says:

    What a sorry-ass list indeed…

    The beginning of the list goes like this (well, at least in my mind)…

    -Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath/Heaven And Hell, Dio)

    From here on the running order may change a bit along the way depending on the album/song/performance…

    -Rob Halford (Judas Priest, Halford)
    -Freddie Mercury (Queen)
    -Chris Farlowe (Colosseum)
    -Marco Hietala (Tarot, Nightwish, Conquest)
    -Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s
    Rising Force)
    -Tony Martin (Black Sabbath, Tony Martin, Empire)
    -Doogie White (Rainbow, Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s Rising Force, Empire)
    -Michael Kiske (Helloween)
    -Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius, Kotipelto)
    -Kai Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray)
    -Andi Deris (Helloween, Pink Cream 69)
    -Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s Rising Force, Axel Rudi Pell,
    -Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s Rising
    Force, Joe Lynn Turner)
    -Klaus Meine (Scorpions)
    -Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)
    -Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Dan Swanö, Nightingale)
    -Tarja Turunen (Nightwish, Tarja Turunen)
    -Doro Pesch (Doro, Warlock)
    -Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Alcatrazz, Michael Schenker Group,
    -King Diamond (King Diamond, Mercyful Fate)
    -Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson)
    -Ian Gillan (Deep Purple, Gillan)
    -David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake)
    -Glenn Hughes (Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Iommi)

  19. 19
    Carl Kottmeier says:

    My top ten, in order:

    1. Freddie Mercury (RIP)
    2. Ian Gillan
    3. Ronnie James Dio
    4. Dan McCafferty
    5. Greg Lake
    6. Brian Connolly (RIP)
    7. David Coverdale
    8. Ann Wilson
    9. Geoff Tate
    10. Brad Delp (RIP)

  20. 20
    Alf+ says:

    This list is only for a metalheads:
    6.TARJA TURUNEN (yes a woman) NIGHTWISH

  21. 21
    Karl-Heinz says:

    This is a list of the most popular rock-shouters – but not of the BEST SINGERS.

    For the best SINGERS Robert Plant can’t be under the top ten.
    And Freddie Emercury sould be No.1 and Glenn Hughes No. 2.

    I miss some singers with excellent voices:
    – John Lawton (what a voice still today)
    – David Byron

    And what about more commercial rock singers?
    Joe Lynn Turner, Lou Gramm, Bernie Shaw

  22. 22
    AndreA says:

    I have no more desire to talk about rankings and stupid things like these… Plant Sucks (mainly nowdays), Gillan is my Musical Universe..

    I’ve come back,so
    I wish to you all a good 2009.

  23. 23
    Felix says:

    Where are Elvis and D. Byron?

  24. 24
    Rascal says:

    So encouraging to start the New Year with another mind-numbingly exciting list………….

    So difficult to contain ones self…….

    Good news though…………..things can only get better…………..can’t they? Surely?

  25. 25
    AndreA says:

    next best drummer and bass.player?

    Bonham and JP Jones….
    we just know…
    uuuuffff…lost boring time…

  26. 26
    Pedro says:

    Well, it makes me laugh. Most of those singers don’t come to my CD player. Robert Plant could be the last of them. Ian Gillan, of course, keeps going the first.

  27. 27
    Roberto says:

    Andrea you are right…

  28. 28
    Sandman says:

    Do not forget the great late David Byron.

  29. 29
    AndreA says:

    ciao Roberto…

    like upstair I wrote that I don’t like discussion of this arguments, classifications etc. but at the end I am never able to stop writing…I am very instinctive, worse than an animal,a wild horse (my surname is cavallo,from the land of Abruzzo..you can understand..)

    sometimes in the nights,when I sleep I “see” Gillan,DP…believe me,it is true because They accompanied me in my life since I was a little Kid,
    They have entered into my genetic code, that never happens with led zeppelin .. even if I knew them…

    buon anno

  30. 30
    Rascal says:

    And I thought Abruzzo was known for the migratory habits of sheep and cows………

  31. 31
    AndreA says:


    you are right 🙂

    the migratory start in the full winter from mountains toward the sea cost,but this habit is not longer as intense like in the past…:the old traditions are disappearing.

    this migration is called trasumanza.

    cheers friend

    *where are you from?

  32. 32
    AndreA says:



  33. 33
    AndreA says:

    Sorry for my spamming…

    the last thing about Abruzzo and I stop.

    Rascal,have you never seen the movie called Ladyhawke?
    Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer,great actors..

    this movie was filmed in Abruzzo
    (National Park of Abruzzo)..

    trough this movie you could discover lovely images from the land almost to….the death of Pope.

    see it and tell me!

    (I stop here,forgive me)


  34. 34
    Rascal says:

    I am fortunate in being able to travel often………

    I didnt know that about Ladyhawke…….very interesting, I will watch it again.

  35. 35
    ormandy says:

    My top ten, in order, today:

    01. Ian Gillan
    02. Justin Hayward
    03. John Fogerty
    04. Paul McCartney
    05. Ann Wilson
    06. Jim Morrison
    07. Micky Dolenz
    08. John Wetton
    09. Jon Anderson
    10. Kelly Clarkson

  36. 36
    Ricardo says:

    Purple singers were the best of rock.Rainbow singers too.I will add three scotish guys both of them worked with Robin Trower both of them have that black music feel they are Jack Bruce Dave Pattison and the great late James Dewar.

  37. 37
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Dave Pattison from GAMMA, yeahhhhhhhhhh

    Jan Akkerman, I saw him once, not impressed
    Thijs van Leer was THE man behind FOCUS, not this rude man
    BTW, I saw an advertismenet 2 weeks ago. I could go see Akkerman for 5 Euro. Mmmmmmmmmmhhhhhhhhhhhhh, way to go Jan.

    I have the LADYHAWKE tape somewhere, great music by the Alan Parsons Project.

    To contain oneself is a good personality trait
    Thanx Mister Self Righteous!

  38. 38
    james jay says:

    Nice to see DP gets some notice. Big Gillian fan. What about JLT and G. Bonnet? Like them or not, they both can sing. Dio at #30? That is an injustice. Dio took it all to another level.

  39. 39
    Jani says:

    Hellou Ormandy,Justin Hayward. . ten points,very good :-)New horizons.

  40. 40
    Eddie6string says:

    There should only be two names;

    1 Ian Gillan

    2 Roger Chapman

    More talent the world is not ready for!!!!

  41. 41
    jack ruby says:

    IMHO opinion the most missing singer is indeed CHRIS FARLOWE .

    Would also see Ian Gillan in front because he is the founder of modern hard rock singing and still the best!

  42. 42
    Joanna says:

    Dio on 30th only? It’s a scandal…

  43. 43
    Rascal says:

    Anxiety and emotional turmoil is truely a sign of low self esteem

  44. 44
    purplepriest1965 says:


  45. 45
    Rascal says:

    I dont have a top ten singers list………I just dont give a ‘rats ass’ or have the inclination to compile one to be honest.

    Prefer to compile a list of top cheeses……anyone?

  46. 46
    Scott says:

    I Don’t agree with Plant being #1. There are so many better vocalists then him and IAN GILLAN is one of them. Plant is always at the top of every ones list. If I had a list he would be pretty dead last.

  47. 47
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I do like the 4 cheeses pizza………
    Sometimes I add salami or something like that.


    Yeah, I have to keep on swimming, lifting weights and trying to do BodyBalance, which includes YOGA ….I like that very much

    Recently I read Gillan does YOGA
    Does anybody know what kind of YOGA?
    Or does he still run all day and quit swimming?

  48. 48
    Roberto says:



  49. 49
    Rascal says:

    8)Humboldt Fog

  50. 50
    Peter wolf says:

    Here is my short list of unknowns!!?? Could not agree more though with Victor a huge favourite
    Steve Marriott, and here are the lesser knowns??
    Benny Mardones
    John Waite
    Ronnie Van Zant
    Steve Walsh
    Davey Pattison
    Brian Howe
    Don Henley
    Bob Catley
    Steve Perry
    Phil Mogg

  51. 51
    Thunderhawk says:

    i,m sick of Plant an Page always being so overrated.
    They are’nt that good at all.
    He’s a good singer i agree with that, but noway he’s a number 1#.
    There are far more better vocalists in my opinion, Ian Gillan is one of them for sure.

  52. 52
    AndreA says:


    my favourite pizza is

    cheese (mozzarella)
    and hot salami..

    it is creating a beautiful (purple) family, we talk a little bit of everything…

    gh gh

  53. 53
    Rascal says:

    Although the ‘nutty’ tasting ‘Reblochon’ cheese may deserve a place in the top ten…..

    Difficult to decide!

  54. 54
    Fan says:

    6. David Coverdale (Deep Purple/Whitesnake)Это конечно Класс мне очень нравится альбом Whitesnake Ballads Очень классно

  55. 55
    Fan says:

    Gillan конечно тоже весьма не плох. Мне, например, всегда в нём нравится, то как он берёт высокие ноты очень своеобразно и красиво.

  56. 56
    AndreA says:

    ..and Paul Di Anno?

    don’t You like him?

  57. 57
    Rascal says:

    Is he made of cheese?

  58. 58
    Renzo says:

    Hey! where the f*@k is Greg Lake!!!

  59. 59
    AndreA says:

    No Joker Rascal!

    He was made for the 1st two IRONS as you surely Know

    I love mainly the 1st album,with pieces
    like “Prowler” and “Remember Tomorrow”

    I saw him 2 years ago on stage (with a face from galley slave),he had a concert just 2 or 3 day’s after dad’s dead…
    it was a very intense moment when he announced the song “remember tomorrow” with a long crying..people in front of the stage got raped from him..and he gave us a wonderfull piece…

    lovely he was,he sang with great heart and voice and cried so much…


  60. 60
    Rost says:

    Hi All

    Here is my top 10 list in particular order:

    Jan Gillan
    Robert Plant (The best blues singer you can imagine)
    Paul Rogers
    Janis Joplin
    Mick Jagger
    David Gilmour
    David Bayron
    Ronnie J. Dio
    David Coverdale (when he was youmg)
    Jan Anderson (from Jethro Tull)

  61. 61
    AndreA says:

    Another singer I appreciate is
    The Wonderful Black Fairy


    that I have seen twice on concert (with his piano and his great voice)

    She should deserve to be on TOP…

  62. 62
    Rascal says:

    ‘Sanctuary’, ‘Running Free’, and of course ‘Phantom Of The Opera’…………..

    The ‘Mascarpone’ of spreadable cheese

  63. 63
    AndreA says:

    Oh Provocateur Rascal!

    just yesterday my Woman cooked at lunch mascarpone mixed with spinach and put in the pasta (the famous canelloni) .. and then into the oven for 30′ at 200 ° C.. good!

    and red wine to drink of course…

    I should stay on a diet but I am not able to…

    dear Gillan,can you help me?

  64. 64
    Renzo says:

    Ok, it’s just a game so let’s play…
    1 Greg Lake (King Crimson/ELP/GL)
    2 Ian Gillan (Deep/Gillan/Sabbath)
    3 Roger Daltrey (Who)
    4 Robert Plant (Led Zep)
    5 Philip “God Bless You!” Lynott (Thin Lizzy)
    6 Paul Rodgers (Free/Bad Co/PR/Queen)
    7 Jon Anderson (Yes)
    8 Eric Burdon (Animals)
    9 Freddie Mercury (Queen)
    10 Peter Gabriel (Genesis)

  65. 65
    Rascal says:

    Maybe a bottle of ‘Brunello di Montalcino’?

    ‘The Blood of Jove’

  66. 66
    AndreA says:


    in these days REFOSCO from the land called Friuli-Venezia-Giulia,that is under Austria, to the left of Slovenia..

    but my favorite red wines come from west italy (from the north-western land called Piemonte)

  67. 67
    Rascal says:

    A Barbaresco wine it is then

  68. 68
    AndreA says:

    yes..it is one of them,from the territory around the little town called Asti..

    usually i go there to buy wine in bulk and then bottled at my house,this way is not expensive for my money.
    I get itfrom wineries, from Grape-Wine Growers…usually I take the wine called Barbera,I love wine gradation with no less than 12.5 degrees without the bubbles..and I hate fruity wines..

    the only white wine I appreciate is called Pecorino (that mean “little sheep” because his grape is shaped like a head of sheep) good for good to accompany fish when you eat: it comes from Abruzzo.

    Others good wine come from the land called Conero Marche..upstair Abruzzo..

    I think to stop here,I am afraid to make people impatient stewed with my writings… :-/
    what do you think,am I right to think so?
    people tell me!!

    Nice this changing with you..

    One my favourite cover-art is COME TASTE THE BAND,with the glass wine: great wonderful image

  69. 69
    Barty says:

    Paul Rodgers!

  70. 70
    Rascal says:

    I think this is more interesting than the Top 40 singers…………

    We have had the top 10 cheese, maybe we can now have the top 10 wines……….

    To those who dont enjoy – ‘A little impatience will spoil great plans’

  71. 71
    Renzo says:

    …ehm, NERO D’AVOLA wine and PARMIGIANO cheese “uber alles”…
    cheers! hic

  72. 72
    AndreA says:

    ok Rascal

    you want it,you’ve got it!

    # 49 Rascal

    oh crazy..I did not see this your post!
    you make me laughing,you are a crazy mad guy! 😀
    I like Feta! the real in greece..

    take this my top wine [very expensive wine,the best one for each italian land ,(year and grower)]

    Langhe Sori San Lorenzo (2004 Gaja)

    Colli di Luni Vermentino Sarticola (2006 Lambruschi Ottaviano)

    Franciacorta Riserva Vittorio Moretti (2001 Bellavista)

    San Leonardo (2003 Tenuta San Leonardo)

    Alto Adige
    Alto Adige Terlano Sauvignon Quarz (2005 Produttori Terlano)

    Amarone della Valpolicella Classico (1998 Quintarelli Giuseppe)

    Friuli Venezia Giulia
    Collio Bianco Vecchie Vigne (2004 Roncùs)

    Emilia Romagna
    Albana di Romagna Passito Scacco Matto (2005 Fattoria Zerbina)

    Bolgheri Sassicaia (2004 San Guido)

    Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Riserva Vigna delle Oche (2004 Fattoria San Lorenzo – Crognaletti)

    Montefalco Rosso Riserva (2004 Antonelli – San Marco)

    Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Villa Gemma 2004 Masciarelli

    (one day I bought this,40 euros,but it was very very cool to taste it..)

    Connubio (2003 Vestini – Campagnano)

    Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale Pichierri Passione (2003 Savese)

    Aglianico del Vulture Riserva Vigna Caselle (2003 D’Angelo)

    Cabernet Sauvignon (2005 Tasca d’Almerita)

    Alvarega (2005 Columbu)

    is it OK!?
    and stop? 🙂

  73. 73
    AndreA says:


    but todays is your proverbs day?


  74. 74
    AndreA says:

    now I write a list of common good wines (not very expensive)..

    when you read “bianco” means white wine
    “rosso” red

    after the wine’s colour you read the land

    to be sincere I put this sign (+)to mean what I only tasted and ++ I really like

    Vino Aglianico D.O.C. Rosso Puglia ++

    Vino Agorà D.O.C. Bianco Puglia

    Vino Amarone della Valpolicella D.O.C. * Rosso Veneto ++

    Vino Barbaresco D.O.C.G. * Rosso Piemonte ++

    Vino Barbera d’Alba Rosso Piemonte ++

    Vino Barbera d’Alba D.O.C. Rosso Piemonte ++

    Vino Barbera del Monferrato D.O.C. Rosso Piemonte ++

    Vino Barbera del Monferrato La Monella D.O.C. Rosso
    Piemonte ++

    Vino Barolo D.O.C.G. Rosso Piemonte +++

    Vino Brezza * Bianco Umbria

    Vino Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. * Rosso Toscana ++

    Vino Cabernet Rosso Veneto +

    Vino Cabernet Franc D.O.C. Rosso Friuli Venezia Giulia +

    Vino Cabernet Sauvignon Rosso Veneto +

    Vino Cabernet Sauvignon Grave D.O.C. Rosso Friuli Venezia Giulia +

    Vino Cagnina di Romagna D.O.C.G. * Rosso Emilia Romagna

    Vino Cannonau di Alghero D.O.C. Rosso Sardegna + TOO STRONG!

    Vino Casteller D.O.C. Rosso Trentino Alto Adige

    Vino Chardonnay D.O.C. Bianco Trentino Alto Adige +

    Vino Chardonnay Grave D.O.C. Bianco Friuli Venezia

    Vino Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. * Rosso Toscana +

    Vino Chianti Classico Villa Antinori D.O.C.G. Rosso Toscana +

    Vino Chianti Classico Villa Primavera D.O.C.G. Rosso Toscana +

    Vino Chianti D.O.C.G. Rosso Toscana ++

    Vino Chianti Sigillo D.O.C.G. Rosso Toscana +

    Vino Corvo Rosso Rosso Sicilia +++

    Vino Dolcetto d’Alba D.O.C. Rosso Piemonte ++

    Vino Donna Marzia Rosso Puglia

    Vino Falanghina D.O.C. Bianco Campania +

    Vino Fiano di Avellino Bianco Campania

    Vino Frascati Superiore D.O.C. Bianco Lazio +

    Vino Gavi D.O.C. Bianco Piemonte

    Vino Greco di Tufo D.O.C. Bianco Campania

    Vino Grignolino Rosso Piemonte +

    Vino Grignolino d’Asti D.O.C. Rosso Piemonte +

    Vino Lambrusco di Modena * Rosso Emilia Romagna +

    Vino Lambrusco di Sorbara D.O.C. * Rosso Emilia Romagna

    Vino Locorotondo D.O.C. Bianco Puglia

    Vino Marzemino D.O.C. Rosso Trentino Alto Adige +++

    Vino Merlot D.O.C. Rosso Friuli Venezia Giulia +

    Vino Merlot D.O.C. Rosso Veneto +

    Vino Montepulciano d’Abruzzo D.O.C. Rosso Abruzzo ++

    Vino Pecorino d’Abruzzo D.O.C. Bianco Abruzzo +++

    Vino Muller Thurgau D.O.C. Bianco Trentino Alto Adige ++

    Vino Nebbiolo delle Langhe D.O.C. Rosso Piemonte ++

    Vino Orvieto Classico D.O.C. Bianco Umbria

    Vino Orvieto Classico secco D.O.C. Bianco Umbria

    Vino Pinot Bianco Bianco Trentino Alto Adige +

    Vino Pinot Grigio Collio Bianco Friuli Venezia Giulia

    Vino Refosco D.O.C. Rosso Friuli Venezia Giulia ++

    Vino Regaleali Bianco Sicilia

    Vino Rosso di Montalcino D.O.C. Rosso Toscana +++

    Vino Rupicolo di Rivera D.O.C. Rosso Puglia

    Vino Salice Salentino Leone De Castris Rosso Puglia ++

    Vino Sangiovese di romagna D.O.C. * Rosso Emilia Romagna +

    Vino Santa Cristina Rosso Toscana

    Vino Schiopettino * Rosso Veneto

    Vino Soave Classico D.O.C. Bianco Veneto

    Vino Taurasi D.O.C.G Rosso Campania

    Vino Terre di Franciacorta D.O.C. Rosso Lombardia +

    Vino Terre di Franciacorta D.O.C. Bianco Lombardia +

    Vino Tocai D.O.C. Bianco Friuli Venezia Giulia +

    Vino Torbato terre Bianche D.O.C. Bianco Sardegna

    Vino Trebbiano d’Abruzzo D.O.C. Bianco Abruzzo +

    Vino Trebbiano di Ravenna * Bianco Emilia Romagna

    Vino Valpolicella D.O.C. Rosso Veneto ++

    Vino Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi D.O.C. Bianco Marche +

    Vino Vermentino di Alghero D.O.C. Bianco Sardegna ++

    Vino Vernaccia di S. Giminiano D.O.C.G. Bianco Toscana +

    Vino Villa dei Faglia Rosso Lombardia

  75. 75
    Rascal says:

    Maybe its proverbs month……….what do you think?

    It is very Ok………Good list AndreA!!

    And remember:- ‘One barrel of wine can work more miracles than a church full of saints’

    Cheese and Wine list……..the best postings so far this year

  76. 76
    AndreA says:

    like # 67 Renzo rightly says

    of course NERO D’AVOLA from Sicilia,good heavy red wine

    and now stop!!!


    Italy is a beautiful country, a land rich in many things (escept i hard rock of course..), but many people here do not deserve it, is not up to (infact poor Berlusconi is a small cap of president as a Italian peeled man of thierties…)

  77. 77
    Rascal says:

    La pazienza non’e mai troppa.

  78. 78
    Roberto says:

    I am from Marche and I love red wine but now I become impatient with your discussion…

  79. 79
    Crimson Ghost says:

    I drink Sandeman’s Ruby Port, much recommended.

    Gillan deserves this placing on this list, probably higher, but he is at least among numbers this high no matter who surrounded by, so it’s very nice to see him make number four.

  80. 80
    Rascal says:

    Another popularity contest!!

    Popularity is not an indication of quality.

  81. 81
    purplepriest1965 says:


    But was it not you as well who resided to that criteria before to endorse current DP relating quality to big audience numbers?

    Or was that someone else?

    I might be confusing you guys here and there

    Must be those wines Andrea suggested.

  82. 82
    AndreA says:

    sorry for my translating
    I hope you appreciate this about Wine&DP

    Dear Roberto,
    to be sincere I am sorry with you..but it is also true that sometimes I wish to be free to do what I like…
    This is a form to involve into my easy living..

    take it easy,it is nice..


    “Pavarotti & Friends”

    A festival of music and wine to gladden the Ghota international entertainment at the “Pavarotti & Friends.” Donnafugata, the Sicilian winery that refers to the famous novel by Tomasi di Lampedusa, has again made the center, offering guests a dinner of his music from “Thousand and One Nights.” Modena restaurant to the mythical “Europe’92” located inside the Maestro Pavarotti’s Riding Horses, run by 10 years by one of the most noble families of high Italian gastronomy, Marisa Clò with Caesar and his son Luca, the most beautiful of the world music and entertainment has tasted foods with a selection of wines of Donnafugata, discovering the scents and harmony. A unique and rare qualities that made these wines known and appreciated throughout the world. George Benson, Fiorella Mannoia, Patty Pravo and glorious group Deep Purple have sipped the great reds of the Estate of Donnafugata, appreciating fully in the important structure combined with a pleasant smoothness. “Charming,” said Benson enjoying the “Thousand and One Nights” vintage 97, asking the representatives of Donnafugata on the wine “Nero d’Avola” and techniques of this great aging red Sicily. A love blossomed between a scope and one that has been consolidated with an invitation to attend the harvest in August night each year the soul of agro Entellina Contessa.

    Great success for the Passito di Pantelleria DOC of Donnafugata: delicious ravioli with carrots and onions Ryé Ben, a creation of Chef in’92, in honor of the evening. Fiorella Mannoia and Deep Purple have really felt “the fragrances and flavorings Mediterranean” on the island of Pantelleria volcanic, returning several times to fill the glass.

    “We are happy – commented Jose Rallo, the manager – that’s most interesting names from the world of international pop music has been able to discover our wines in such a unique, appreciating the way down to the bottom of the quality and sophistication. A recognition that makes us proud of our work and that we satisfy the commitment and passion that we put in the vineyard and winery. ”

    Palermo, 5 May 2001


  83. 83
    Rascal says:


    But rather it may confused with my comment relating to the JLT/DP days when I mentioned poor record and gig attendance.

    But at the same time I thoroughly enjoy the dulcet tones of John Lydon and the ‘Pistols’. Quality may not necessarily be the ‘catch-word’ many people would use when refering to this band.

    The test of an enjoyment is the remembrance which it leaves behind.

    The problem I guess is defining quality…….

  84. 84
    Avantasia77 says:

    Jesus! Where are Joe Lynn Turner and Lou Gramm??? And WHAT is Steve Perry doing so far down on the list?

    Great that the other Purple singers made the list, tho, especially Ian Gillan, very well deserved. Glenn Hughes should be further up, too!

  85. 85
    Victor says:

    Ah, well said, Rascal: “The test of an enjoyment is the remembrance which it leaves behind.” You have enlightened a soul for the day – good stuff!!!

  86. 86
    mamak says:

    hi all,

    nobody mention John Lennon ???? He’s also a real Rock n Roll singer, he deserved to be on the list.

  87. 87
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Still this……….

    I saw DP with JLT in Big halls in Rotterdam, Bruxelles and Essen…Germany…….

    Where was that small attendance?

    Probably in those stupid United States?

  88. 88
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Sorry, not Essen, that was TBRO 1993
    I meant I saw them in Paris….

  89. 89
    ormandy says:

    RE: Probably in those stupid United States?

    Stupid United States?!!

    Hey, I live in the USA…


    when your right your right.


  90. 90
    Rascal says:

    At #85


    Without having to cover the JLT/DP bullshit again. I understand overall record and gig attendance was low……..

    If the quality was exceptable to you and you enjoyed the experience…….who gives a damn about popularity………and what I think and saw.

    When you’re out of quality you’re out of business

  91. 91
    Rade says:

    my top 5
    1.Glenn Hughes
    2.John Fogerthy
    3.Ronnie James Dio
    4.Paul Rodgers
    5.David Byron

  92. 92
    purplepriest1965 says:


    You seem to suggest I make this up

    Why should I do that?

  93. 93
    Rascal says:


    Not at all…….

    I merely commented on what I understood was the ‘overall’ case…….I wasnt commenting on individual gigs…….

    If you have information that is contrary to this then so be it.

    But if the success of this record and tour was as you are suggesting……….I cannot understand why JLT didnt remain in the fold. Maybe you know otherwise.

  94. 94
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I think you know mere theories about that than me by now

    I dont think the criteria little or large audiences is the ONLY thing which decides the fate of a line up

  95. 95
    purplepriest1965 says:


  96. 96
    Roberto says:

    Jhon Kay from Steppenwolf, very good
    but Jhon Fogerty (Creedence C.R.) , Dan Mccafferty (Nazareth) and Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), Jhon Lawton (Batterfly Ball/Uriah Heep/Les Humphries Singers)
    together with Gillan and Coverdale are the best ever should always be on a serious list…

  97. 97
    Rajaseudun Rambo says:

    Uh, what is a list of rock singers without John Lennon, Elvis Presley or John Fogerty? I just don’t know. Maybe it’s all about the defintion of rock.

  98. 98
    Rascal says:

    Generally, the theories we believe we call facts, and the facts we disbelieve we call theories…………….

  99. 99
    Roberto says:

    Jhonn Lennon, wonderful composer, Elvis: great showman
    but in my opinion they are not so great singers…
    Fogerty rather has a woderful voice…

  100. 100
    purplepriest1965 says:

    The worst has yet to come


  101. 101
    AndreA says:

    you are amazing 🙂

    ‘with few exceptions, all in the world, men and animals, working with all our strength, with every effort, from morning to night just to continue to exist, and that is absolutely not a penalty to continue to exist and that after a certain time all end. It is a business that does not cover costs’
    Schopenhauer seems to be present….

  102. 102
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Gillan album update:


    I have a promo on the way and will be reviewing @The Underground, the second it arrives!

  103. 103
    AndreA says:

    that’s meaning it is not a rockalbum?

  104. 104
    Crimson Ghost says:

    For the most part it’s not, but that doesn’t mean it won’t feature any rock music, it’s just not going to be straight forward rock or hard rock that is.
    I happen to love AOP and could use another ten or so of them, so it doesn’t bother me none, in fact I gave up on him ever really rocking hard again when he did Dreamcatcher… I knew it was over then, and I hope this is way better than that.(then along comes Abandon, but I wasn’t fooled by that craft reliant effort)

    If you’ve heard the track “Over And Over” from Jon Lord and the Hootchie Cootchie Men, or better yet “No Worries” from Gillan’s Inn, then you’ll have an idea of what it might sound like. In fact “No Worries” features the same base line up as this.
    This is an album that will highly entertain Roger Glover, pretty sure…

  105. 105
    AndreA says:

    Oh thank you for the answer dear Crimson Ghost..

    sure that I like pieces like “Over And Over” and “No Worries”,of course I bought that works…so it let me think so good for “One Eye To Morrocco”…

    I hope so!!


  106. 106
    marco polo says:

    the best singer ever by far steve walsh of kansas listen to the point of no return/leftoverture and masque for some of the best rock singing ever with a tremendous range

  107. 107
    Roberto says:

    …so it will be a blues album…
    I am happy it’s not an hard rock, we have deep purple for that, but I doubt:
    I LOVE ‘accidentally on purpose’
    I HATE ‘dreamcatcher’
    both are not hard rock style, so what and how would be his next?
    blues, really?

  108. 108
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Not a big fan of Catcher or Naked Blunder myself.
    This will be more jazzy eclectic style than blues, but those tracks do help describe what I’ve been told.
    Not a fan of Morris at all either.

  109. 109
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I love different styles

    It s just the strenght of the material and or how he ll sing it which is important to me.
    I dont need or crave the so called screams. Only when its not done terribly bad
    Toolbox screams I was surprised with.Very good!

    AOP has a lot things I really cannot appreciate
    Even Clouds and Rain which I like is not worked out enough
    But the album has a few NICE tracks, hehehe

    I always think Jesus Christ Superstar and Cherkazoo when thinking about extraordinairy Gillan performances out of the heavy rock field.

  110. 110
    Roberto says:

    sorry but I don’t understand:
    you describe an jazzy eclectic style album using blues tracks?
    it’s a little bit strange…but what is important is that it will contain wonderful songs…

    AOP to me sounds wonderful:songs like ‘telephone box’ and ‘dislocated’ are pure genius…how they did to invent that songs?

    toolbox tour has been wonderful:the bootleg live munchen 1991 is just amazing in my opinion!

    But when I think to Gillan outside hard rock field I always think to that masterpiece which is on my top 10 of the best albums ever that bring the name of ‘clair air turbulence’.The rythm section and the middle part of ‘over the hill’ say it all…

    Jesus Christ Superstar is on my top 10 too, but it’s not a Gillan project…

    ‘dreamcatcher’: I can d an album like that in my house with my Computer…bad songs too…

  111. 111
    Crimson Ghost says:

    I can explain… the tracks I mentioned to describe it have some tribal and blues factors between them, and it’s this sort of ‘culture’ the album is supposed to contain… add the horns and you have it.
    Not quite blues, not quite jazz, but multicultural and varied, but it’s supposed to very consistent, so I assume the tracks will ‘all’ be strong in one way or another.

    It’s hard to get a full album like this out without the risk that at least a few clunkers can cause an imbalance, such as on Dreamcatcher.
    In other words, MLJ says it’s no a patchy effort, it’s 100% throughout, as far as he is concerned.

  112. 112
    AndreA says:

    oh purplepriest @108

    when I bought TOOLBOX me too I remained astonished by the wickedness of Gillan’s scream:a real heavy beating on all my bones…
    and a wonderful coverart…

    EVILOVELY (and bastard!!)

    Dirty dog, you had your day
    I know when. I get when to stray
    Now you’re out to grass
    And the world goes past

    Don’t you know all the turns
    Now you’ve got what you deserve
    Paid in full, I’ve been told
    You’re not gonna leave the fold

    Where you hidin’? Shame on you.
    Aaah, dirty dog


  113. 113
    mitch says:

    Robert Plant, just a cheaper and girlier version of Janis Joplin. He’s worse than nails down a blackboard.

  114. 114
    Roberto says:

    so the new album as you described, could be great!it depends all o the quality of the songs…please when you a have it make us a review…

    the dvd bucharets 1992 is also wonderful…
    toolbox ,yes, it has a wonderful covert art…

  115. 115
    Crimson Ghost says:

    @ 113

    That’s the first time I’ve seen anybody mention it, but I always felt Plant was a lot like a male Janis, lol!

    @ 114

    I’ll be interviewing Ian as well, so look forward to it.

    Bucharest 1992 DVD, yeah, great stuff, he was 100% on that night, amazing vocals! Pre-distant Dreamcatcher songs and all. It really is the best.
    Toolbox was a great achievement that I will always be proud of, it contains many relevant lyrics and was a statement of his prowess.

  116. 116
    Roberto says:

    Crimson Ghost

    don’t forget live mucnhen 1991…that is the best cd bootleg of the toolbox tour…perfect screams there!

    please let us know when you will interview Gillan…I am waiting for his new album!!!

  117. 117
    Al Cornish says:

    I don’t know if anyone can calculate the immense number of dicks Robert Plant sucked to get a recording contract. Maybe the NASA super computers can count that high.

  118. 118
    Roberto says:

    you are very funny AL Cornish…..

  119. 119
    Roberto says:

    I laugh everytime I read your comment…ahahaha!

  120. 120
    Rascal says:

    Did Led Zep force people to buy their music?

    “The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you’re playing by somebody else’s rules, while quietly playing by your own”…………..

  121. 121
    Keiron Hopkins says:

    David Coverdale should be in the Top 5 for certain. He is one of the greatest Rock Singers on there…I kow Freddie made a huge impact and had a great Stage Presence, but Coverdale is definately better than Plant and Daltery and Certainly Paul Rogers, c’mon he has a great Vocal range, and has great vocals period.

  122. 122
    Hamid says:

    With out no doubt , Freddie Mercury (Queen) is the best rock singer who ever exist in the history of rock music.

  123. 123
    dj says:

    IMHO Dan McCafferty of Nazareth is a pretty incredible singer. Put Page et al behind him on “This Flight Tonight” and you would have something. If Robert Plant can’t make the Zep reunion they might still produce some interesting new music.

  124. 124
    dj says:

    Perhaps i should revise my previous post. Let’s just say he has a great voice that IMHO would fit well with Zep’s celtic folk roots.. as it certainly does with Nazareth.

  125. 125
    Rapsucks says:

    My top ten
    In order
    Freddie mercury
    Robert plant
    Roger daltrey
    Ian gilliam
    Steve perry
    Ann wilson
    Arnel pinedA
    Axl rose
    Kurt cobain

    Kurt cobain
    Steve Coverdale

  126. 126
    Fabio says:

    Where is klaus Meine!?

  127. 127
    HALIA says:

    bono, vedder, bruce

  128. 128
    Mark O'Neill says:

    Paul Rodgers is #1 by far. Where is Elvis, John Lawton, Mark Farner, Freddie Mercury? Oh PLEASE!! Plant is rubbish,

    Paul Rodgers
    Little Richard
    John Lawton
    Ian Gillan
    Ronnie James Dio
    Burton Cummings
    John Kay
    Gary Brooker
    Steve Winwood
    David Coverdale
    David Clayton-Thomas
    Mark Farner
    Justin Hayward
    David Lecroix
    Noddy Holder
    Steve Marriot
    Eric Burden
    Gary Pucket
    Jay Black
    Jack Bruce

  129. 129
    cryomancer says:

    Why does the magazines put the fucking numbers?

    This isn´t a competition. Some of the selected singers don´t deserve their place because they are entertainers with poor or average singing technic (Axl Rose, Bruce Dickinson, David Lee Roth, etc.). Some of them are very overrated (mainly Plant, Gillan and Rodgers) and a few ones are underrated (sometimes Mercury, Coverdale and Hagar).

    My favourite singers of the list are:

    – David Coverdale (He and Rob Halford are the only rock/metal singers that can make high notes without falsetto. He has been compared with Plant, Gillan and Rodgers but finally his incredible records can prove his superiority against all them.)
    – Freddie Mercury (He was like a all-in-one because of being a great singer, instrumentalist, composer and performer. He used his voice´s gradual change so well that he is known as the best rock singer of the history)
    – Ronnie James Dio (he was a dark poet and a great singer, but i think that his best feature was that status of eternal fullness during all his career)
    – Sammy Hagar (He have the Dio´s fullness and also is as energetic as Coverdale… and another things makes him one of the best).

  130. 130
    Scott W. says:

    Where is Klaus Meine, Phil Mogg, Gene Vincent?

  131. 131
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    And Tiny Tim, Edith Bunker, Bob Dylan????

  132. 132
    Scott W. says:

    How about Jim Nabors, Tracy Heydor, Adam Lambert and Michael Jackson????

  133. 133
    Tracy Heyder (Zero the Hero) says:

    Actually SW, my list was a sarcastic response to the fact that the ‘list’ is truly endless regarding amazing vocalists past and present. Your list at #132 is a continuation of the list of Amazing Talent though……


  134. 134
    Scott W. says:

    Hi Tracy, I actually did not know this list was posted so far prior (i missed it?!?) , hence my #132 entry! I just thought your response meant you wanted to play! I’m always up for some back and forth banter… nothing personal… just fun! (even though i realised after, that i misspelled your last name!)

    Cheers, Scott

  135. 135
    LOL says:

    What a list. Here is the correct answer:

    1. Freddie Mercury
    2. Sebastian Bach
    x) All the rest

  136. 136
    demie says:

    If we talk about rock singers and can raise their voice more than 4 octaves maybe only these male singers: 1. Dan Mcafferty of nazareth,2,freddie mercury3.dee snider of twisted sister 4.vocalist of iron maiden,5.paul mcartney6.rob halford,7.david coverdale,8.sammy hagar,9.lead singer of uriah heep,10.ian guilan,11.jon von jovi,12.richie blackmore13.robert plant,14.steelheart,15.sebastian bach,16.scorpions,17.cenderilla,18.sting,19.bono of u2, 20.richie sambora lead guitarist of jon von jovi.

  137. 137
    Charlotte says:

    Just stumbled upon this list somehow, and find it pretty unbelievable that this goofy publication thinks that only ONE female artist is worth a mention out of FORTY? Seriously?! That’s messed up. So many amazing/gorgeous/incredible/fantastic female voices rushing through my head right now….What a joke. A really ridiculous, unfunny, pathetic joke. Shame on you.

  138. 138
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @137 Charlotte, that list is from eleven years ago. I daresay the people on that list, & the order their listed in would change from week to week.
    It’s subjective. People change their minds regularly. Different people might decide the list, etc. I wouldn’t take it so seriously.
    I personally wonder why Wanda Jackson wasn’t mentioned, or Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Mama Cass, Pat Benatar, Julie Driscoll & so on.
    Cheer up, B.R. 😎

  139. 139
    Ernesto says:

    The list is okay, but Glenn Hughes was and is a better vocalist than Coverdale. Just watch and listen to any of the DP stuff with both of them and you will see who really had the chops. And now, Glenn’s voice is still strong but David’s? Not so much.

  140. 140
    Marcelo says:

    You all forgot one of the greatest rock singers: Eric Burdon from The Animals.

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