Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose is one of the most successful and beloved musicians in the rock and roll community. Although he is known for his huge tenure with his band, Rose contributed to numerous efforts of each artist.
Back in 2014, after being elected the greatest singer of all time on a list shared by Concert Hotels, it was reported that Axl Rose is the number one singer who has the best vocal range. According to the list, he was also the musician who sang in the lowest notes.
The 59-year-old musician Axl Rose has been originally known for being the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Guns N’ Roses. As some of you might know, Axl Rose is his band Guns N’ Roses‘ sole constant member since their inception in 1985.
During his ongoing career with Roses, Axl Rose performed in every one of Guns N’ Roses‘ albums, which means he has released six studio albums as a member of the band. Out of Roses, Axl Rose contributed to Sebastian Bach‘s Angel Down, Don Henley‘s The End Of The Innocence, Gilby Clarke‘s Pawnshop Guitars, and more.
However, after Concert Hotels picked him as the greatest singer of all time on vocal range and lowest notes, Axl Rose had spoken to Spin to share his feelings about the list. Sharing his honest opinion about some of his favorite singers, Axl Rose, who has left behind Paul McCartney, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Elton John and many other legendary musicians, had said that there were better musicians than him.
The 10 Singers That Axl Rose Named As His Favorites
“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,” Axl said.
Although there was no ranking, Axl Rose said some of his favorite singers include Paul McCartney, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Roger Daltrey, Johnny Cash, and more.
The English musician, songwriter, singer, and producer Paul McCartney gained international fame for being the bassist, co-songwriter, and co-lead vocalist of The Beatles. Throughout his musical career with them, McCartney had performed in every one of The Beatles‘ albums.
In the past, McCartney‘s song with his wife Linda McCartney, Live and Let Die, was covered by Guns N’ Roses. As some of you might agree, he is one of the greatest rock musicians in the world, also being the richest rockstar worldwide.
The late musician Michael Jackson was the King Of Pop who has been influencing tons of musicians with his amazing voice. Being one of the best-selling artists worldwide, Michael Jackson has sold more than 400 million records worldwide.
He was honored 15 times by Grammy Awards, 39 times by Guinness World Records, 6 Brit Awards, and more. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
Throughout his musical career, Jackson had released 10 studio albums in total. Debuted in 1972 with his Got To Be There, his final album was released in 2012 and named Invincible.
Born on September 5, 1946, Freddie Mercury had passed away at the age of 45 in 1991 after his serious war against AIDS. He was the lead singer of the rock band Queen, and his voice has been continuing to inspire young and new musicians, even though he passed away three decades ago.
The musician wrote several masterpieces for Queen, including We Are The Champions, Somebody To Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Don’t Stop Me Now, Killer Queen, and Crazy Little Thing Called Love.
Outside of his tenure with the band, Freddie Mercury had released a solo studio album in 1985 named Mr. Bad Guy.
Freddie Mercury was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 as a member of Queen.
The American singer Elvis Presley was the King of Rock and Roll. Born on January 8, 1935, Elvis Presley had died in 1977, but his legacy is still being respected by rock and roll fans.
His honors include 3 Grammy Awards, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Country Music Hall of Fame induction, Gospel Hall of Fame induction, Rockabilly Hall of Fame induction, Honky Tonk Hall of Fame induction, and more.
Debuted in 1956 with his self-titled solo studio album, Elvis Presley had released 24 solo albums throughout his career. Elvis‘ latest album was released in 1977 and was named Moody Blue.
Being one of the best-selling musicians of all time, Elton John is an English singer and pianist who has sold more than 300 million records worldwide.
At press time, Elton John released 31 solo studio albums. Debuted in 1969 with his Empty Sky, Elton released his latest album in 2021, named Regimental Sgt. Zippo.
His honors include 5 Brit Awards, 5 Grammy Awards, 2 Academy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, and more. In 1994, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well.
The co-founder and lead singer of the rock band The Who, Roger Daltrey, is an English singer who is one of the favorite artists of Axl Rose.
During his ongoing career with his band, Daltrey has released 12 studio albums as a member of The Who. Debuted in 1965 with My Generation, the band’s latest album was released in 2019, named Who.
Out of The Who, Daltrey‘s solo career includes 10 solo studio albums. He has some hit songs such as Giving It All Away, Walking the Dog, Written on the Wind, Free Me, Without Your Love, and Under a Raging Moon.
In 1990, Roger Daltrey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Man In Black, known as Johnny Cash, was an American singer who was born on February 26, 1932. He passed away on September 12, 2003, and still continues to be an inspiration to numerous artists.
Johnny‘s discography includes 67 studio albums, 105 compilation albums, 12 live albums, 4 soundtrack albums, 14 tribute albums and more.
Debuted in 1957 with Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar!, Cash released his latest album in 2002, named American IV: The Man Comes Around.
Also, there were three posthumously released solo albums of Johnny Cash, American V: A Hundred Highways, American VI: Ain’t No Grave, Out Among the Stars, respectively.
Selling more than 90 million records worldwide, Johnny Cash is one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Some of Cash‘s hit songs includes I Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, Get Rhythm.
Born on January 19, 1943, Janis Joplin had passed away at the age of 27 on October 4, 1970. Although she had a short career, Joplin‘s musical voice and successes are being inspirations for those who love her.
As a solo musician, Janis Joplin had released two studio albums. Debuted in 1969 with I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, Joplin‘s second and final album was released in 1971, named Pearl.
In 1995, Janis Joplin was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Joplin‘s most popular songs include her cover versions of Piece of My Heart, Cry Baby, Down on Me, Ball and Chain, and Summertime.
Don Henley is known for being the drummer, co-founder, and co-lead vocalist of the rock band The Eagles. Henley had contributed to the band’s hits such as Desperado, One Of These Nights, Get Over It, Hotel California.
After the band was disbanded in 1980 following a 9-year career, Don Henley launched a solo career that include 5 solo studio albums, 2 compilation albums, and more.
Henley‘s solo hits include All She Wants to Do Is Dance, The Heart of the Matter, The Last Worthless Evening, Sunset Grill, and The Boys Of Summer.
James Brown was an American singer who was born on May 3, 1933 and died on December 25, 2006. Being one of those favorite singers of Axl Rose, Brown was a major figure of 20th-century music.
Debuted in 1958 with Please Please Please, James Brown‘s discography includes 59 solo studio albums. He had released his latest solo album in 2002, named The Next Step.
Some of his hit songs include Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud, Please, Please, Please, I Don’t Know, People Who Criticize, Again, All for One, and Reality.