Axl Rose Tops "Greatest Singers" Chart
A new chart from ConcertHotels.com has listed Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose the greatest singer. The chart, which attempts to figure out what makes a great singer, is based primarily on vocal range. To check out the chart, click here.
Rose has five-octave pipes--spreading from an F1 on "There Was a Time" all the way to B flat 6 on "Ain’t It Fun." That puts Rose at the top of the list with pop stars like Mariah Carey, Prince, and Christina Aguilera. All of those singers may be able to hit higher notes than Rose, but he had the largest vocal range overall.
While metal fans may wonder about other frontmen with pipes, like Ronnie James Dio and Judas Priest's Rob Halford, it should be noted the list was mainstream-oriented with only a few other rock singers.
Rose commented on topping the chart with the letter below:
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 ANY of them anytime rather than me!