What makes a great rock singer? Just review the six decades of rock and roll history and find a good number of bands that have driven the crowds crazy. It is part breaking borders, part stage presence, part releasing hits from a deep compositional catalog. In general, they have made us feel incredible things, above all, inspiration.
In rock radio we dedicate this space to pay tribute to 10 singers greater than life.
Did rock and roll ever have a better showman than Freddie Mercury? In addition to leading Queen with his four-octave vocal range, Mercury was also an accomplished songwriter. The members of Queen often shared duties, but on classics like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are the Champions”, he made his indispensable mark.
Janis Joplin was an artist who shared her soul with her audience and left nothing to hide. The psychedelic era would never have been the same without her, and anyone who’s seen her rock “Piece of My Heart” live would probably attest to it. Had he lived past his 27 years, he would certainly have continued to pave the way for music.
When Ozzy Osbourne responded to an ad for a singer, it turned out that the other members of the band were his enemies from high school. This unlikely union allowed Ozzy’s ultimate voice to put a stamp on the first true heavy metal band with Black Sabbath, but it didn’t stop there. The Prince of Darkness formed a solo band after his banishment from Black Sabbath and enjoyed one of the most successful careers of anyone, not just in rock, but in all of music.
Legendary Led Zeppelin frontman had the whole package: tremendous vocal range, flowing rock star locks, and magnetism for miles. Plant, who was a reluctant lyricist at first, took over the Zeppelin writing duties for Led Zeppelin II, as the band took on the mysticism and greatness that only he could deliver.
Iron Maiden’s “air raid siren” Bruce Dickinson is a fountain of youth, showing absolutely no sign of age as Iron Maiden moves a little closer to four decades of pure traditional heavy metal. Dickinson is a leading athlete, running from wing to wing across the stage, never missing a note and seemingly never out of breath. Always trying to perform for the furthest person in the audience, he is the consummate leader and more than deserving of this spot on the list.
Mike Patton is one of the most eclectic singers in rock and always leaves everyone wondering what he will do next. Her stage outfit is constantly changing and she always raises at least one eyebrow when her dynamic range cuts through the oddities and complexities of Faith No More’s music. The unhinged vocalist can let their voice rise and hum to the best of them, as well as unleash some downright terrifying and abrasive screams and howls.
Few singers hold the rank of Rob Halford from Judas Priest. The dynamic singer can deliver a soft, low hum to some of the best screams in the metal genre. Halford is the God of Metal and no one is going to argue with that. He defined the heavy metal look with leather and studs in the mid-70s and is still in top form to this day.
Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan helped the band grow into the unstoppable force they were in the 1970s. Following the departure of Rod Evans after the band made a conscious decision to go heavier, Gillan was selected. as his replacement and the band began to dominate rock. Gillan’s rough voice and his ability to put out some high-pitched screams like in “Child in Time” also drove what would become the definition of heavy metal vocals.
Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio led not one, not two, but three of the greatest rock and metal bands of all time (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Dio) with a voice that could raze a house to the very end. His lyrics were full of fantasy, providing an escape into a world that almost seemed real. It helped shape heavy metal and influenced countless singers, but it will never be replicated.
How many singers can rock a stadium on an open platform surrounded by fans on all sides? Who knows, but James Hetfield definitely can! Oh, and he also does it behind his guitar. His gritty style matches Metallica’s unhinged approach to unrelenting fury, which only becomes more intense when the band plays live. Crowd participation is paramount in metal, and few get involved more than Hetfield.
Rockers and rockers of blood
You don’t need to be a guitar or drum virtuoso to be a rockstar, fill stadiums, or hit incredible highs. Much less being the son of a famous musician because being a rocker also means being aware. And this is why Radio Futuro has joined DKMS. To save the lives of thousands of blood cancer patients Every 27 seconds, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer in the world. A reality that repeats itself every two hours in Chile. This Christmas, the new 88.9 campaign together with DKMS seeks to give a second chance at life to those who need it.
If you are between 18 and 55 years old, you live in Chile and are generally in good health; Register as a potential blood stem cell donor at dkms.cl. Someday you could be compatible with a person who needs you. You could be their only hope of life!
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