Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll, Round 1: Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) Vs. Rob Halford (Judas Priest)

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dgd2000

A "Greatest Vocalist" list that includes Randy Blythe and Maynard James Keenan, but not the likes of Glenn Hughes, Steve Tyler, Myles Kennedy, Paul Stanley, amongst a fair few others?! Really?

Damn!

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sekitogtr

I'm confused.. Is one of these 16 singers facing Mike Patton in the final round?

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gnri

What the hell is this in gw . this is a guitar site . singers are a pain in the ass.

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gnri

There cannot be any debate discussion or vote. The only name needed to be said is DIO. END THE CONTEST RIGHT NOW

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realpeguitar

Russell Allen from Symphony X!

tj.ogrady

No female rockers? Ann Wilson comes to mind. She still sounds great.

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AutumnShantel

Of course there are many missing, but my votes would go to Robert Plant and Dio anyways. Dio if I had to choose between the two.

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HangtownDave

I agree! But I would go with Robert Plant. Roger Daltry should absolutely be on the list.

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AIORIAGUITARGOD

All my coins for Chris Cornell !!!!!

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Darth Compton

Rob. I love the man's banshee wail, as well as his normal tones. Bruce doesn't do much for me. Shame it looks like he's being taken out in the first round.

jefffos

And the winner is..........Eddie Van Halen!!! Don't laugh, they'll make it happen...

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Steve Haynie

Yup. Going back to the first year of Guitar World, everything was all about Eddie Van Halen.

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davidjc

My vote is for Steve Winwood. What? He isn't on your list? This list is bogus. I can think of 20 more that should be in there and have been mentioned by some others already.

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ardiril

Joe Walsh. Now fuck off.

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doubletrouble5150

Only sixteen choices and one of them is Phil Anselmo could this poll be any shittier?

strat714

Ian Gillian, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Roger Daltrey, Paul Rodgers, Ann Wilson, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, David Bowie, Stevie Winwood, Bono, David Crosby, Neil Young, Steve Stills, Graham Nash, Brian Wilson, Rod Stewart, John Fogerty, Steve Perry, Don Henley, Glenn Hughes and Steven Tyler say WTF!!!!!!!

chriswich007

Wellfuckingsaid! Totally agree.

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SteveK2112

If there is anything worse than a crappy poll, it's people complaining. "X isn't in it, neither is Y. This sucks" Well if you don't like it, don't even bother. Hundreds of great singers...they can't all be on the poll.

Bruce vs Rob? Bruce has better vocal quality; range, timbre, and content.

And...I'm mad Joe Lynn Turner isn't on the poll. ;)

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bull

I agree with most of the posts here. There are a lot of really good singers missing. That could be understandable if they were overlooked for good singers, but Phil Anselmo... really!?! I love metal and I can't even stand his voice.

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ipsofacto

To the maker of this list, I would like to speak to your supervisor.

Where is David Coverdale, David Lee Roth, Klaus Mein, Sammy Hagar, Brad Delp, Paul Stanley, Don Henley, or even Paul McCartney?

And lets not forget about the ladies: Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, and Ann Wilson.

Honestly, this list looks like was scribbled down at the last minute by someone that forgot to do their homework.

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celticknight

Gotta agree with you I think all your choices should've been included to make it truly representative of rock music, especially David Coverdale who is one my faves. The only singer I would include in that list is Ian Gillian who is just a massive oversight. I always liked Jon Bon Jovi voice and Sebastian Bach as well.

But pitting Bruce Dickison against Rob Halford in Round one is just so wrong either one of those guys would make an excellent winner!

Oh well, I suppose that always happens in these sorts of polls :(

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ipsofacto

Agree with your additions of Bon Jovi, Bach, and Gillan, as well as many of the selections by strat714. I would also further include Joe Elliot, Lou Gramm, Jeff Tate, Rik Emmett, and Brian Johnson.

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SteveK2112

Paul Stanley? Wtf? Who is YOUR supervisor?

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ipsofacto

All vocalists have their strengths and weaknesses (Stanley being no different), but to deny him as being one of the all time greats (especially live) nullifies your opinion from having any credibility.

After 40 years of constant touring, (unlike many of his equals) his voice is still as strong as ever.

Put this in your pipe and smoke it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-UH3DUF23c

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ipsofacto

Nonetheless (imo), I like both Maiden and Priest, but Halford has a much more powerful and diverse voice. He probably would have made a hell of an opera singer.

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LoQ

Really, right out of the gate GW is pitting Rob Halford against Bruce Dickinson??

If GW would have set up the bracketing better, there would have been a really good chance that these two might have been the final two battling for the number one slot. Instead one of them will be eliminated immediately. Excellent planning there GW... Bravo!

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Steve Haynie

Derek St. Holmes can go up against any of the others singers named in the poll or those suggested by other readers.

Dan McCafferty has one of the most "made for rock and roll" voices of any singer in the past 40+ years.

Steven Tyler not only carries a tune, but he wraps it up in a unique package.

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SamiEndler

GW is going mad with their polls...
Only 16 singers to vote on???

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dadrab

As stated above, no Ian Gillan?

No Glenn Hughes?

No Tony Martin?

This poll is rendered useless due to glaring HOLES in the list to choose from.

Bon Scott couldn't sing his way out of a wet bag and he's dead; Axl Rose can't sing at all unless it's through his nose and Robert Plant sounds like a girl with laryngitis.

At least you got Ronnie James Dio right, but he's dead too.

Way to go.

chriswich007

Yeah--you embarrassed yourself as soon as you started talking shit about Bon and Axl. But you sealed the deal with Robert Plant : what a lousy singer, his band didn't amount to much either...

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dadrab

And the fact that you consider your buddies Bon and Axl good singers says something about you, too.

They suck. Get over it.

And, don't get me started on Ded Zepplin. Aside from Plant's squawking, Jimmy Page is about the sloppiest guitarist that ever made a name for himself. Purely radio play voodoo is how they got where they were.

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capnkrk

Good Lord.

Anselmo, but no Paul Rodgers.
Hetfield, but no Ian Gillan.
Keenan, but no Steve Marriott.
Axl, but no Steve Walsh.

Cobain? Really??

Stick to the strings my friends, you have a vocal talent evaluation deficit.

pjknewyork

Bruce has got a better range and style.

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