Axl Rose responds to being (incorrectly) named greatest singer of all time

on May 28, 2014, 11:00am

Last week, Axl Rose was named the best singer of all time via a list ranking artists on their vocal ranges. The Guns ‘N Roses singer’s impressive five octave range had him sitting pretty until a more comprehensive examination found that Mike Patton reigns over all with his six octave range, with Diamanda Galás and David Lee Roth pushing Rose back down to number four.

Rose apparently ignored that second study, as he’s released a statement thanking everyone who heaped praise on his vocal talents. Ever so humble, Rose acknowledges that the research only looked at “professionally recorded vocal range,” and goes on to say he’d be hard pressed to name the best singers. He then precedes to list who the best singers are. Read the full statement below (via Spin).

From what I could tell, the original article was for the most part only talking about the professionally recorded vocal range of the singers they compared calling the entire group “The World’s Greatest Singers.” It’s very flattering and humbling to be included in such an illustrious ensemble.

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.

That said, I enjoy Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Dan McCafferty, Janice Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Don Henley, Jeff Lynne, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and a ton of others (predominantly 70′s rock singers) and would rather hear ANY of them anytime rather than me!




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harry palmer
October 9, 2014 at 9:01 am

Kurt cobain had a better voice.

August 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm

axl is one of the greatest rock n roll singers of all time, and he still got it. Check this out, this dude sings just like axl did 20 years ago :)

July 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Something we all knew but cool to see it acknowledged all the same. He was very gracious. Congratulations Axl!

To the “Hate On Axl Rose” Club members below… Grow up.

June 27, 2014 at 4:38 am

Truly that axl rose is the greatest man the greatest frontman of all time, He has all those unique ability and talent that no one can do it better.For all the fans , youre the greatest singer of all time by all means, and not only that you helped so much other bands to shine,great axl! Keep it up!

June 8, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Finally! Honor that’s looong over due to Axl. THANKS Concert Hotels for professional job well done, and finally recognizing Axl’s unique great voice!! Axl totally deserves this. He’s total talent, underrated for too long! Axl’s beautiful voice is unrivaled, not like ANY other. Axl’s voice is both beautiful ,and the most versatile! You can never get enough! His songs, style and vocal range accommodates any mood!( And, Axl’s F’ckin BEAUTIFUL !!!! ).
No one compares to him!
Undoubtedly, I would MUCH rather listen to Axl, than those and any other artists!

I’m sure Axl’s thankful. Hope he appreciates the honor, and knows he deserves it.
Somewhat gracious statement, but Axl shouldn’t have been belittling to himself, and gave better respect to the vocal professionals that affirmed his unrivaled vocal genius

David Owen
June 1, 2014 at 9:59 am

Well said Axl…the man has a great voice, but he is gracious enough to pay tribute to so many others…I’d like to add a couple if I may…Robert Plant in his prime with Led Zep, and Ian Gillan in his Deep Purple heyday.

June 7, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Paying tribute to other artists is different than belittling yourself. You don’t have to belittle yourself to pay tribute to other artists, not necessary. Fans disagree with Axl’s statement. So do the experts.

May 31, 2014 at 12:12 pm

I think vocal range is a piece. But I don’t like Mariah careys voice. I don’t want to hear axl rose sing opera but I think he has a cool voice. Distinctive I think his statement was hardly egomaniacal or falsely humble

May 31, 2014 at 3:26 am

You know, Axl can really open his mouth and swallow his own foot whole! What is WRONG with him? He names nearly every artist , then most of the artists he names have sucky voices, lower vocal ranges, etc, really can’t compare to him, unless its Freddie, Mike Patton,Mariah carey, But certainly these aren’t better. This was all professional and factual vocal measurements, and Axl came in fourth behind only Mike Patton,Diamanda Galás,David Lee Roth! These vocal measurements are FACTUAL, not opinion! And Axl doesn’t seem to realize that majority opinion agrees with the expert’s findings! Its a good thing Axl’s talents outweighs his common sense and his taste in music! Being humbly modest is one thing, being self destructive of career is something else entirely! This statement by Axl does nothing for his fans, and he discredits his own unique god-given abilities. Many times artists can’t appreciate their own works like others can, I realize, but really, from all GNR fans, SHAME on you Axl!

May 29, 2014 at 3:19 am

I actually thought that was quite big of him to say that. He didn’t have to you know…

May 31, 2014 at 3:29 am

Yes, Axl didn’t have to, nor should he have incorrectly said that

June 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Axl went too far with his statement. He shouldn’t have belittled himself, nor insulted the vocal experts recognizing his unique unrivaled vocal ability

May 29, 2014 at 1:51 am

Professionally trained opera singers are laughing their asses off at this.

Bertie ShotgunWatson Pennington
May 28, 2014 at 1:21 pm

I too would rather hear ANY of them anytime rather than him

Sam Waterson
May 28, 2014 at 9:16 pm

B.S. — See him live if you can swing it.
Axl puts on such an intensely great live show, a true legend.

melissa buckingham (@oldsassylady09)
May 29, 2014 at 7:49 am

doesn’t make him the greatest, which by the way, he isn’t.

May 31, 2014 at 3:40 am

Axl is by far the greatest. And those vocal measurements are factual, not just some opinion. Axl is the best!

Doug Ferguson
June 27, 2014 at 1:00 am

Jesus, are you hearing yourself? Did you forget, Rob Halford(Judas Priest), Michael Sweet(Stryper), Geoff Tate(Queensryche), Klaus Meine(Scorpions), Jim Gillette(Nitro)? There are several others I did not take the time to list because its too long of a list. Axl is phenomenal, I will not take away from his talents but to exclude vocalists that should be and are in the list of greatest vocalists of all time is blasphemy. Ronnie James Dio would be another insanely talented vocalist that was conveniently left off this list because hes not of the American Idol type of performer. Please, this whole list is stupid because its a popularity contest and not a true measure of skills, otherwise vocalists from ALL genres would have been included.

May 31, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Totally AGREE Sam and Samantha, and talk is cheap. Professionals did the vocal recordings and measurements, and Axl’s was among best, top 4. No one can argue with that. It’s about time all this got settled. Axl’s unique, beautiful voice unlike any. Axl is also an AWESOME, unprecedented performer, unmatched be ANY! THE BEST FRONTMAN ! There will never be another like him, the one great Legend Axl Rose!

Axl is too shy!!

May 28, 2014 at 11:23 am

Big Cube was never a copycat! HARD,FUNNY,AMAZING,ALL NEW GAMEPLAY We hate clones,dont be a clone.The Rolling Stones likes Big Cube. App store:

July 15, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Prince has best vocals axl is bloody awesome to


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