Great artists, but really not great singers

PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 4,107
I’ve had this thought before, but listening to The Stones yesterday made think of it again. A lot of singing greats are really not great singers in the sense of what I’d call having a great voice. They just have a uniqueness that sets them apart. Many of my favorites make the list.
Mick Jagger
Steven Tyler
Bob Dylan
Bruce Springsteen
Bono
Michael Stipe
Axl Rose
Geddy Lee
David Lee Roth

Any others you’d add...or take off my list?
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  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 2,129
    I don't think of them as singers but rather as vocalists. We have always liked Van Morrison but would not regard him as a singer like we would Joni Mitchell which is another of our favorites.
    Yep, my name really is Bob.
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    Neil
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,299
    Rod Stewart. :#
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • EmlynEmlyn Posts: 2,471
    Two great vocalists but not necessarily singers: Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) and Udo Dirkschneider (Accept).

    Rob Halford (Judas Priest) was both, in my humble opinion.
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  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 4,107
    vcwatkins wrote: »
    Neil

    Yes! That’s one I couldn’t think of when making my list, though he would be high on the list.
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 4,226
    vcwatkins wrote: »
    Neil

    Agreed. Total POS.

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  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,604
    All mentioned are amazing vocalists.! Nuff said
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
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  • EmlynEmlyn Posts: 2,471
    edited October 6
    All mentioned are amazing vocalists.! Nuff said

    Very true. I don't think any of them would make it if they were starting out today on the trash that is "The Voice" or "American Idol." I could imagine the retort Mick would have if someone told him his performance was a little pitchy. :)
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 5,848
    edited October 6
    All mentioned are amazing vocalists.! Nuff said

    They may we’ll have unique voices and the ability to emotionally communicate with their singing. But I am sorry sir, great SINGERS they are not. Good intonation? Pitch? Range? The ability to even hit the notes correctly?? Haha bob dylan and Johnny cash would know a D if it smacked them in the face...

    Now, amazing songwriters? Communicators? Folks that aroused many emotions through their songs? Absolutely. Two very different points being argued i suspect here...
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 4,226
    DSkip wrote: »
    Viking64 wrote: »
    vcwatkins wrote: »
    Neil

    Agreed. Total POS.

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    Thought that was Britney Spears at first.

    That would be "Kneel". HAHAHAHA
  • DeltadonDeltadon Posts: 59
    edited October 6
    Perhaps you are all too young to remember Tiny Tim.
    He was in his own category of singer.




  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 4,226
    Deltadon wrote: »
    Perhaps you are all too young to remember Tiny Tim.
    He was in his own category of singer.
    I remember seeing him on "The Carol Burnett Show" when it was still on during weeknights. I was 4 or 5. :o :p
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 22,939
    Any one say Leonard Cohen yet?
    So Long Marianne just came on the radio moments ago -- and it made me think, Yeah. Leonard Cohen. He's in the club.

    :)



  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 22,939
    edited October 6
    and Ol' Jer, of course.




  • DeltadonDeltadon Posts: 59
    edited October 6
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Any one say Leonard Cohen yet?
    So Long Marianne just came on the radio moments ago -- and it made me think, Yeah. Leonard Cohen. He's in the club.

    :)


    He's Canadian so one would expect him to sing differently, no?

    Speaking of bad voices from Canada, are there any worse?


  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 22,939
    Deltadon wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Any one say Leonard Cohen yet?
    So Long Marianne just came on the radio moments ago -- and it made me think, Yeah. Leonard Cohen. He's in the club.

    :)


    He's Canadian so one would expect him to sing differently, no?

    You may be on to something there, eh?
    Canadian.... well... yeah, there's Bruce, too.
    Great guitarist, great songwriter, idiosyncratic singer.
    Loves me some Bruce!

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 22,939
    That Neil guy they're goin' on about earlier.
    Canadian.
    Coincidence?
    I think not.

  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,298
    I’m going to go there and toss John Lennon out there as well. An incredibly talented artist, but as a singer alone, not so much. Another incredible performer that is not a strong singer is Neil Diamond, though if he were to every perform again, I would be the first to go see him.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 22,939
    edited October 6
    So many great artists who are not very good singers -- but who get the job done.

    some more:

    John Fogerty



    Kinda got that Bon Scott, generative organs caught in a pair of Vice-Grips thing goin' on, you know?

    ... and then there was The Band.
    OK, part Canadian... but all not great singers.
    A fabulous song -- featuring at least two great, not great singers: Levon Helm and Rick Danko




    two ugly agglomerations of fellows, those two bands, as well -- but that's a different thread, I suppose.
  • DeltadonDeltadon Posts: 59
    edited October 6
    I’m going to go there and toss John Lennon out there as well. An incredibly talented artist, but as a singer alone, not so much. Another incredible performer that is not a strong singer is Neil Diamond, though if he were to every perform again, I would be the first to go see him.

    Are you serious? Lennon's singing was iconic!
    Rolling Stone had him at #5.
    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/100-greatest-singers-of-all-time-147019/john-lennon-16-227134/









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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,298
    No, I am not kidding. I am a huge fan actually. He is an amazing story teller with his voice and his presence, but he was not the kind of voice that would have filled The Albert Hall without having been a Beatle first.
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  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 938
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    That Neil guy they're goin' on about earlier.
    Canadian.
    Coincidence?
    I think not.
    Yeah, Neil Young sure wrote a lot of American protest music for a Canadian.

    I'll add Tom Petty (RIP) to the list. Great songwriter and performer, though.

    Jakob Dylan didn't fall too far from the apple tree with his voice.

    How about country? I've always thought Tim McGraw is a terrible singer only fixed by ProTools processing.
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  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 1,042
    As much as I love Fleetwood Mac, I never cared for Stevie Nicks voice - I find Christine McVie much more pleasing to listen to.
    Too much stuff to keep track of.

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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 4,226
    edited October 7
    Former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth. Brilliant guitarist. Abysmal vocalist. (I dare not call him a "singer".)

  • DeltadonDeltadon Posts: 59
    And did we mention Janis Joplin?

  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 4,107
    jdjohn wrote: »
    Yeah, Neil Young sure wrote a lot of American protest music for a Canadian.

    I'll add Tom Petty (RIP) to the list. Great songwriter and performer, though.

    Jakob Dylan didn't fall too far from the apple tree with his voice.

    How about country? I've always thought Tim McGraw is a terrible singer only fixed by ProTools processing.

    Oh my gosh!!! How did I leave off Tom Petty? He’s my all-time favorite artist, but not a great singing voice.

    I considered Jakob Dylan, but decided he wasn’t a big enough star to make the list...though I have pretty much his entire catalog.

    I also considered Leonard Cohen and he probably belongs, but he’s almost more storyteller than singer.

    John Fogerty: He’d be high on the list.

    Country music: Willie Nelson has to be high on the list. And Hank Jr. probably isn’t too far behind.

    I’m not talking bad singers who’ve made it big, I’m talking about legends, icons, yet not great singers.

    The thing about everyone mentioned is that they have a uniqueness to their voice.
    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.-John Wooden
  • DeltadonDeltadon Posts: 59
    edited October 7
    No, I am not kidding. I am a huge fan actually. He is an amazing story teller with his voice and his presence, but he was not the kind of voice that would have filled The Albert Hall without having been a Beatle first.

    Your comments remind me of what his aunt Mimi had said to him. lol

    At least you will have to admit that John and Paul's voices blended very well together.



    So perhaps our sense of nostalgia changes our perception.



    This was Lennon and Harrison together.



    And now for something completely different.

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