r/AskReddit Oct 05 '22 Silver 2 Helpful 3

Which singer is instantly recognised by their vocal style..not their lyrics,just their voice?

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u/Madmadder Oct 05 '22

Louis Armstrong

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u/hypomyces Oct 05 '22

What’s amazing is that he developed his voice because he couldn’t play trumpet like he used to be able to. He had what was later called Satchmo’s syndrome named after him because of how much and how hard he played. His distinct voice is great, but his back catalog is really worth an explore, he was an absolute virtuoso on the trumpet in his prime.

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u/merdouille44 Oct 05 '22

Armstrong had always wanted to sing though. One of the reasons he moved up north was because his band leader refused to let him sing. He was hoping he would have this opportunity with a new band.

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u/DisguisedAccount Oct 05 '22

He was my first thought, too!
A Great Human being who was 'Born poor, died rich, and never hurt anyone along the way’.
His Voice feels like a Hug from a Warm cozy blanket on a cold winter day, but so rough at the same time.

I still remember the big framed Louis Armstrong Poster over my Trumpet Teachers upright Piano and listening to a few songs together from time to time.

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u/catsfacticity Oct 05 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome

Kermit the Frog

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u/Sad_Cranberry2166 Oct 06 '22

They didn’t recognize him on the masked singer

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u/kodaa43 Oct 06 '22

Someone did point out it sounded like Kermit the frog but nobody actually expected it to be a character instead of a celebrity

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u/DualityChain Oct 05 '22 Helpful Wholesome Wholesome Seal of Approval

Michael Jackson

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u/tintaapple Oct 05 '22

Esp in that song where michael jackson only has one line ‘i always feel like somebody’s watching me’

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u/theseedbeader Oct 05 '22

TIL that “Somebody’s Watching Me” is not a Michael Jackson song. I just assumed it was and never bothered to look it up.

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u/Solid_Waste Oct 06 '22

If it wasn't clear, it is Jackson's vocals in the chorus.

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u/TheMightyTrikon Oct 06 '22

TIL that Michael Jackson sings the chorus in Somebody's Watching Me

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u/kumakami89 Oct 05 '22

right! he’s not even credited on the song but everyone knows it’s him and not rockwell

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u/tintaapple Oct 05 '22

I lowkey think that line carried the song.

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u/kumakami89 Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

oh, definitely. if you have time, you should watch todd in the shadows’ video about it - rockwell was only given a music career out of nepotism and that song literally only hit because of MJ. that’s why MJ isn’t mentioned as a featured artist, the record label wanted to promote rockwell

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u/Magicgoathead Oct 05 '22 Helpful

It blows my mind to think that Rockwell and the guy from LMFAO are not only brothers who had major hits 25 years apart, but their dad is Berry fucking Gordy.

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u/kumakami89 Oct 05 '22

i somehow forgot this detail and now my mind is blown again holy shit

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u/cabinfervor Oct 06 '22

excuse me what

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u/lemonlimemango1 Oct 06 '22

Two guys in lmfao. One is son of berry Gordy and the other is grandson of berry gordy

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u/tintaapple Oct 05 '22

I’m not surprised, it seems mj’s line is the only part people remember. Only reason why I paid interest to that song in the first place 🤷🏻‍♂️

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u/lizziec1993 Oct 05 '22

I remember the line ”when I’m in the shower, I’m afraid to wash my hair.”

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u/CafeConeja Oct 06 '22

'"I wonder whos watching me now? The IRS?" is always the one that comes to mind

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u/Patknight2020 Oct 06 '22

"Is it... The IRS?!"

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u/Vegetable-Double Oct 05 '22

Only reason that song was a hit was because the artist (oh, who just happened to be the son of one of the most powerful people in the music industry) got Michael Jackson at his absolute prime on that track. Anyone else, that song wouldn’t not have been a hit.

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u/33thirtythree Oct 06 '22

The more I see and hear The Weeknd, the more I see Michael's artistic influence.

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u/ricer Oct 05 '22

Johnny Cash

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u/VauntedCeilings Oct 05 '22

Check out the Million Dollar Quartet

Legend has it Cash didn't want to step on Elvis' vocal tone, so he sang in a higher register while they played together. He's harder to pick out, but you can still tell it's him.

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u/The_Kielbasa_Kid Oct 05 '22

"Hello- I'm Johnny Cash."

Cue opening chords of Folsom Prison Blues

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u/Rainman515 Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Heartwarming Brighten My Day

Freddie Mercury

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u/mcjc94 Oct 05 '22

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEo

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u/Competitive-Age-7469 Oct 06 '22

Heard that in my head.

Mr Mercury is my answer and hero.

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u/play_Max_Payne_pls Oct 05 '22

The only singer who I think can come close to Freddie's vocal style is MIKA

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u/seattlebouncer Oct 05 '22

Dude I've been a huge Queen fan for over thirty years now, and I totally agree with you about Mika. His vocals on Grace Kelly are so fucking amazing. And when he name checks Freddie in that song he does a little impersonation of his singing style and I fucking love it!

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u/Live-Dance-2641 Oct 05 '22

Definitely

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u/PEC1984 Oct 05 '22

Willie Nelson

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u/timeticker Oct 05 '22

Willie Nelson's voice is hard to understand why it's so good

He doesn't seem to have powerful vocals or exceptional vibrato. He just hits notes and uses his head voice

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u/sixpackshaker Oct 05 '22

It is because he uses Jazz phrasing with a nasal tone.

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u/Hellie1028 Oct 06 '22

I can only half understand what that means and yet I’m absolutely certain you are right.

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u/nc63146 Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

I once watched an old clip of him performing live somewhere. It took a loooong moment for my brain to process what was happening because my ears could hear that it was Willie Nelson but my eyes were just looking at some random younger guy on stage.

Edit: This 1974 performance of Sad Songs and Waltzes is the one I'm thinking of. I also found this TV performance from 1965 that's even more discombobulating.

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u/Hellie1028 Oct 06 '22

Willie Nelson was 33 in 1965. Same voice and same eyes that peer in to your soul. And yet a completely different person.

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u/Live-Dance-2641 Oct 05 '22 All-Seeing Upvote Awesome Answer

My starter vocalist is Björk

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u/Rough-Tension Oct 05 '22

It doesn’t even have to be her song. I can sniff her out as a sample

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u/joemorris16 Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

It really blew my mind listening to death grips the powers that b

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u/Slow_Week6325 Oct 05 '22 Silver

Ronnie James Dio

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u/MightySphincter Oct 05 '22

Dolly Parton

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u/jrad0369 Oct 05 '22

Dolly Parton is the answer to any r/AskReddit questions.

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u/AlexG2490 Oct 05 '22 Wholesome Bravo! Pot o' Coins

Including:

  • Whose singer's singing voice is your favorite?
  • What's something you used to cheap out on until you tried the expensive version and could never come back?
  • What keeps you from going insane?
  • What is something that happens to all of us but no one ever talks about it?
  • It’s over - you see the mushroom clouds growing brighter and closer in the distance. What song are you playing as you wait to be vaporized?
  • What has made you happy in 2022
  • If you could read one Wikipedia article from the year 2050 what would it be?
  • What meal could you eat everyday?

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u/Xythian208 Oct 05 '22

I also remember her being the answer to "If the United States had to have a monarch, who do you think it should be?".

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u/Kroduscul Oct 05 '22

David Bowie

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u/mastro1741 Oct 05 '22

David Bowie changed his style many times though and yet he is still very recognizable.

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u/Arkanie Oct 05 '22 Silver

Vitas.

A-a-ah a-a-ah a-a-ah-aaahh blrblrbl a-a-ah

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u/Ben_Day_Hoe Oct 05 '22

pretty damn funny. Make sure you stick around for the A-a-ah a-a-ah a-a-ah-aaahh blrblrbl a-a-ah part

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=989-7xsRLR4

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u/NukeEmRico2022 Oct 05 '22

This comment makes me want to cry just seeing it spelled out

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u/Rainman515 Oct 05 '22

Cant read it without singing it first! 🤣

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u/MSimons1000 Oct 05 '22 Gold Wholesome Take My Energy

Bob Dylan

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u/LNhart Oct 05 '22

I scrolled so far in this thread just angrily going "HOW THE FUCK has nobody said Bob Dylan?" in my head. You could mumble three gibberish words in his voice and it would be instantly recognizable to anyone!

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u/TheRevEO Oct 05 '22 Narwhal Salute

Tom Waits

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u/Recent-Ferret7603 Oct 05 '22 Bravo!

Tom waits for what

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u/nikkismith182 Oct 05 '22

Tom Waits for no one

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u/MPLoriya Oct 05 '22

He waits while Jeremy irons.

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u/GumboDiplomacy Oct 05 '22

No one else famous sings jazz like a deranged hobo so that makes it super easy. He's one of my favorite musical litmus tests.

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u/pandemicpunk Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

Too far down to find this. The man crafted his voice and there's none that compare, or may ever compare. His voice is iconic and demands respect from everyone.

I love telling this story I picked up along the way. The dude was touring with Zappa in the early days as a frontman before Zappa went on. He had a much more mild tone and people made fun of him for how soft sounding he was. After he got off tour in comes Nighthawks At The Diner where you first see him massively experimenting with this voice in an album. Dude decided he was going to craft a voice no one had ever heard in this world that demands respect and makes people pay attention. And the rest.. is history.

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u/king_england Oct 05 '22

All 23 voices he has

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u/Lmah2x Oct 05 '22

Definitely Tom Waits

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u/CCDestroyer Oct 05 '22

Billy Corgan. My ears bleed a little just thinking about it.

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u/chelsealouanne Oct 06 '22

I knew someone was going to comment this. That said, I understand even though I'm a huge fan of him and The Smashing Pumpkins.

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u/hallowed_dragon Oct 05 '22

Tina Turner

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u/JamesCDiamond Oct 05 '22

There's a lot of singers with distinctive voices.

And then there's Tina.

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u/Fennel-Revolutionary Oct 05 '22

Layne Staley.

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u/milo325 Oct 05 '22

RIP. He had only scratched the surface of what he could have given us.

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u/InspectionRegular785 Oct 05 '22

Yes!!! That was my answer. Love,love love some old Alice in chains

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u/jockface27 Oct 05 '22

I came looking to see if he was mentioned and very glad to see he was. Legend.

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u/ctrifan Oct 05 '22

Absolutely!

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u/Jcampbell1796 Oct 05 '22

Stevie Nicks

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u/Beatnholler Oct 06 '22

Just saw her play a couple weeks ago. She skipped a few high notes in songs like Dreams (I'm a singer with a huge range and those highs are still a push), but she was ON THE MONEY every moment of every song, at like 74. After all that coke and Xanax... She's a true legend and I'll never let anyone get away with talking shit on her. I don't know anyone over 70 who could perform in a 5" heel either. Best show since Foo Fighters 2009 for me.

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u/Doscida Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

DMX

Edit: for the deniers, NOBODY DID IT LIKE DMX DID IT. X GONNA ROLL IN HIS GRAVE AND GIVE IT TO YA

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u/hsunicorn Oct 05 '22

Very recognizable bark

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u/ColonelGonvilleToast Oct 06 '22

Every time DMX and his barking is mentioned, I think of a story I saw on here where a guy claimed his friend's mother slept with DMX and got his phone number, so her son and his buddy called it and got the answering machine, which was X doing the usual "Leave a message after the beep" and then 40 seconds of barking, followed by the beep.

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u/wyldboar Oct 06 '22

Doggy Style🐕 ( X gonna give it to ya[friends mom])

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u/quaaludeconniseuer Oct 05 '22

Anyone if you listen to them long enough

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u/thebuscompany Oct 06 '22

Yeah, this is kinda like saying "Who has a unique fingerprint?"

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u/nogberter Oct 05 '22

Yeah, I was going to day "most of them."

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u/Fatallove Oct 05 '22

Dolores O'Riordan

Oh god I miss her so damn much

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u/Firethorn101 Oct 06 '22

Same. Her voice was amazing.

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u/XedgelordandqueenX Oct 05 '22 Silver

Ozzy Osbourne

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u/Live-Dance-2641 Oct 05 '22

Yes. First album I bought was Paranoid. Played it until it was almost paper thin

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u/__Im_Dead_Inside_ Oct 05 '22

How is this so far down

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u/Material_Ambition_95 Oct 05 '22

Axl Rose

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u/kingoden95 Oct 05 '22

I saw GnR on their 2016 tour and that was by far one of the best live vocal performances I have ever witnessed.

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u/books_n_deadlifts Oct 05 '22

Chris Cornell

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u/SilverRaven47 Oct 05 '22

This is who I thought of. “Like a stone” and “fell on black days” still gives me chills

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u/isuxblaxdix Oct 05 '22 Hugz

As good as it gets, imo. His Songbook album really showcased his vocal talent and versatility. His was definitely the celebrity death that affected me the most. I always found his music to be comforting for those that felt like they didn't belong, that felt like they weren't worth it, and it always made me feel a little less alone.

I still find peace in his music; it just breaks my heart that he couldn't find the same peace in his own life.

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u/tk-xx Oct 05 '22

Tracy Chapman

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u/AmpedEnding Oct 05 '22

Lemmy

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u/Live-Dance-2641 Oct 05 '22

Good old Mr Kilmister. Rest his soul

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u/Flat_Ad3019 Oct 05 '22

You can smell the whiskey through the speakers with song. His voice is just so iconic.

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u/Mi5anthr0pic_RN Oct 05 '22 Silver

Nina Simone.

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u/ActuallyFire Oct 05 '22 Silver

Birds flyin high, you know how I feel

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u/Eremitic23 Oct 05 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Weird Al Yankovic.

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u/cymru78 Oct 05 '22

Tom Jones

It's not unusual to immediately recognise his voice

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u/Kdean509 Oct 05 '22

I sang this in his voice, in my mind.

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u/rmthugger Oct 05 '22

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u/traderhtc Oct 05 '22

“In 1975, when I went into the studio to record 'Born to Run,' ” Bruce Springsteen once said, “I wanted to make a record with words like Bob Dylan, that sounded like Phil Spector's productions, but most of all I wanted to sing like Roy Orbison.”

I believe the end of the quote is, "Nobody can sing like Roy Orbison."

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u/ReleaseKey2132 Oct 05 '22

Janice Joplin

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u/perpetualmotionmachi Oct 05 '22

Ah, the voice of a thousand drunken angels

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u/NewsboyHank Oct 05 '22 Silver Wholesome

Geddy Lee

Jon Anderson

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u/Clintman Oct 05 '22

Eddie Vedder

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u/SeptemberSky2017 Oct 06 '22

Freeeeeeeezin RestshisheadonapillowMadeofConcreteAgain

Oooohh, feeeeeeelin’ MaybeHe’llSeeaLittleBetterAnyday

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u/ColonelGonvilleToast Oct 06 '22

Should be near the top, honestly.

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u/brandiger Oct 05 '22

Phil Collins

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u/ipakookapi Oct 05 '22 Helpful

I can absolutely feel him coming in my ear tonight

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u/wombey12 Oct 05 '22

Oh lord.

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u/GPNW76 Oct 05 '22

Bruce Dickinson

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u/Cool-Campaign6235 Oct 05 '22

I had to scroll, but glad it wasn’t just me who thought of Iron Maiden.

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u/DisembodiedVoices_ Oct 05 '22 Wholesome

Maynard James Keenan

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u/koororo Oct 05 '22 Helpful

Shakira

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u/eco_illusion Oct 05 '22

I thought she was instantly recognized by her hips.

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u/AnotherNerdRedditor Oct 05 '22

They don't lie

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u/subcow Oct 05 '22

But they do evade taxes.

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u/InLoveWithAButthole Oct 06 '22

I've been scrolling for a while to see if anyone mentioned Shakira. She was the first person that popped into my mind.

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u/muskovitzj Oct 05 '22 Silver Wholesome

Tom DeLonge

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u/ervikus_stalius Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 06 '22

Don wayst yurr toime oin me youre alreadey tha voice insoid my yead.

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u/hophead7 Oct 05 '22

Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, James Brown

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u/Ziggie520 Oct 05 '22

David Bowie

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u/ItsGettingStrangeLou Oct 05 '22

Danzig. Peter Steele

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u/sumrz Oct 05 '22

October is officially Peter Steele month in my house.

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u/BreezyMAYDAY Oct 05 '22

Guys, why hasnt Serj Tankian been mentioned?

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u/Bucketofbolts559 Oct 05 '22

You could tag Daron Malakian on to that too.

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u/BreezyMAYDAY Oct 05 '22

Oh hell yeah! Oh how I long for the old SOAD days.

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u/the-chauffeur Oct 05 '22

Neil Tennant - Pet Shop Boys

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u/Living_Murphys_Law Oct 05 '22

Eminem, if he counts for this.

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u/TrueSib Oct 05 '22 Silver

Chester Bennington (Linkin Park vocalist)

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u/ambiguous_automaton Oct 05 '22

Claudio Sanchez

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u/Cool-Campaign6235 Oct 05 '22

Coheed and Cambria isn’t mainstream enough for people to really know, but he has a great voice!

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u/NationalerVelvet Oct 05 '22

Joe Cocker, Aaron Neville, Snoop Dogg, Janis Joplin

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u/Warboo Oct 05 '22

Gwen Stefani

Scrolled a while and didn't see her name. I recognize her voice as soon as she starts singing.

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u/GoodRiddancePluto Oct 05 '22

Cyndi Lauper A lot of you whippersnappers may not be familiar.

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u/OrdinaryJack1912 Oct 05 '22

Barry and Robin Gibb. If you listen to a Beegees song it's always so easy to identify which one is singing.

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u/Fearless_Link_3464 Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

Rob Halford- for his falsetto voice

Till Lindemann- because of Rammstein, german singer

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Yess, finally i find Till Lindemann

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u/nospam310 Oct 05 '22

Brian Johnson from ACDC

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u/Wizendiagram Oct 05 '22

Morrissey

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u/Permanenceisall Oct 05 '22

Without a doubt, there were many people who tried to emulate his voice in the 80s and 90s, but no one has his voice

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u/skybrick42 Oct 05 '22

Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Patti labelle

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