There are very few rock stars that could qualify as a tenor and of the few who do, only a portion can hit their highest note while they retain a rock and roll attitude.
Let me just clarify that screaming is not singing. I have nothing against screaming and there are a lot of bands that I like that have “screamers” as their lead vocal. But this list contains the name of those who are, for lack of a better term, academically classified as a tenor.
10. Roger Daltry
Band: The Who
The Who’s singer went under the knife to remove a pre-cancerous growth on one of his vocal chords in December 2009, weeks before his half-time performance in the Super Bowl.
His voice was at its peak when he was younger, obviously. He was a natural tenor and can hit the high notes without going falsetto.
9. Mick Jagger
Band: Rolling Stone
Still one of the few rock stars who can hit the high notes without screaming. Unfortunately, his voice is underrated because it is often overshadowed by his showmanship. He also falls prey into putting to much “kicks” on his songs. It sounded alright in the old times but it quickly grew old.
8. Steven Tyler
Apparently, he has two kinds of voice. The young Steven Tyler wanted to be proper in singing that’s why he sang properly and some think is the better kind.
After fame, drugs and alcohol, Tyler started to not care about what is the proper way to sing so he started singing in “who the hell gives a fuck” kind of way and that’s the one we hear to day.
Either way, he can still sing with power.
7. Alice Cooper
Band: Alice Cooper
He can go from alto to tenor in no time.
I have to admit I’m not a big fun of Alice Cooper but hey, I respect the guy and the fact that he doesn’t belt out unless needed. Maybe that’s why many don’t hear the power in his voice too.
6. Jim Morrison
Band: The Doors
It has been documented that Jim Morrison never liked his own voice. When the band came together, they had to convince Jim to do the singing only because he was already a talented writer and they knew that no one can do the songs better than the writer.
It was in the course of the band’s career that Jim and the band started realizing that he really had a voice that was often referred to as a “crooner.”
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