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!