De-Mixing The Genres

ROUND TWO: The Best Male Vocalists Ever

I got lots of feedback on my original list. Several people made really good arguments, including the fact that it’s impossible to mix such a diverse field of genres. So I decided to to with another approach to my favorite male vocalists, this time listed by Genre. See if this strikes you as more fair. (NOTE: I realize many artists could be classified in a different genre, but this was the best way I could manage it!)

POP

R&B/SOUL

1. Paul Carrack wiki | youtube
1. Marvin Gaye wiki | youtube
2. Michael Jackson 2. Stevie Wonder
3. Don Henley 3. Donny Hathaway
4. Phil Collins 4. Ray Charles
5. Sting 5. Sam Cooke
6. Peter Gabriel 6. Seal
7. John Waite, Bad English 7. Luther Vandross
8. Peter Cetera 8. Peabo Bryson
9. Paul McCartney 9. James Ingram
10. Michael McDonald 10. Otis Redding
11. Eric Martin, Mr. Big 11. Al Jarreau
12. Richard Page, Mr. Mister 12. David Ruffin, The Temptations

CLASSIC ROCK
(1960-1989)

CONTEMP. ROCK
(1990+)

1. Steve Perry wiki | youtube
1. Chris Cornell wiki | youtube
2. Joe Elliott, Def Leppard 2. Danny O’Donahughe, The Script
3. Lou Gramm, Foreigner 3. Paul Meany, Mute Math
4. Paul Rodgers, Free/Bad Company/Queen 4. Brandon Flowers, The Killers
5. Brad Delp, Boston 5. Bono, U2
6. Steve Lukather, Toto 6. Doug Robb , Hoobastank
7. Max Carl, 38 Specal 7. Jim Adkins, Jimmy Eat World
8. David Coverdale, Whitesnake 8. Jon Foreman , Switchfoot
9. Steve Winwood, Traffic/Spencer Davis Group 9. Chris Martin, Coldplay
10. David Clayton-Thomas, Blood Sweat & Tears 10. Gary Lightbody, Snow Patrol
11. Sammy Hagar, Van Halen 11. Chris Robinson, The Black Crows
12. Brian Johnson, AC/DC 12. Anthony Followill, Kings Of Leon

ALTERNATIVE

COUNTRY

1. Jeff Buckley wiki | youtube
1. Keith Urban wiki | youtube
2. John Mayer 2. Vince Gill
3. Jakob Dylan, The Wallflowers 3. Collin Raye
4. Jason Kay, Jamiroquai 4. Bryan White
5. Rufus Wainwright 5. Ronnie Dunn, Brooks & Dunn
6.  Dave Barnes 6. George Strait
7.  Adam Levine, Maroon 5 7. Lee Greenwood
8.  Jason Mraz 8. Josh Turner
9.  Ben Gibbard, Death Cab For Cutie 9. Ronnie Milsap
10. Rob Thomas 10. Kenny Rogers

JAZZ/CROONERS

OLDIES

1. Mel Torme wiki | youtube
1. Roy Orbison wiki | youtube
2. Nat King Cole 2. B.J. Thomas
3. Sammy Davis Jr. 3. Tony Williams, The Platters
4. Dean Martin 4. Ben E King, The Drifters
5. Michael Bublé 5. Marty Robbins
6. Tony Bennett 6. Felix Cavaliere, The Young Rascals
7. Harry Connick Jr. 7. Johnny Mathis
8. Bing Crosby 8. Jim Reeves
9. Bobby Darin 9. Perry Como
10. Frank Sinatra 10. Bobby Vinton

BOBBY MCFERRIN


Yes, this man has his own Genre. He is one of the finest vocalists who has ever lived, but what the heck category should he be under?! Let’s just post a video of him doing what only he can do and leave it at that.

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2 Comments on “De-Mixing The Genres”

  1. C Dub Says:

    Okay, Jerm,,,I can appreciate this approach,,,So here are my thoughts on each category: POP – I’d Consider MJ to be more R&B than Pop,,, even though he’s called the “King of Pop. My favorite MJ tunes are definetly R&B. ROCK – Can’t argue with Steve Perry,, great voice,,but I certainly don’t have a vast amount of knowledge of this genre. R&B / SOUL – Gaye, Wonder and Donny could be interchanged in any order and I wouldn’t argue. I’d give the edge to Stevie, with Donny # 2 and please get rid of Debarge and give his spot to someone more deserving,,like Michael McDonald . Hey how’d Luther V sneak up past Ingram ? JAZZ / CROONER – Looks good to me. OLDIES – Okay,, I’m gonna leave your boy Roy alone,,but Johnny Mathis should be up higher, or moved to the CROONER list. COUNTRY – You really ought to find a spot for Lee Greenwood,,,this guy could just flat out sing,,,Lovett’s spot perhaps ? CHRISTIAN – There are obviously many black gospel greats that could fall into this list,, there probably should be a separate category,,and I realize that’s not a genre that you have a lot time invested in listening to. Hit YouTube and check out:
    1) Smokie Norful
    2) Rev. James Moore
    3) Daryl Coley

    Three of the greatest voices on all time.

    Finally,,These are guys that would’ve made my list , and should’ve made yours
    AL Jarreau
    Jose Feliciano
    Neil Sedaka
    Bobby McFerrin

    Thanks for investing the time to create these lists and give you and I another chance to debate,, I always enjoy it !!!

  2. Jim Says:

    Ciao ragazzi, Voi Ancora non Conoscete delle Nazioni Unite cantante di Christian Rock Che Fa Parte di UNA band Che SI Chiama Petra. Io sono Metallaro cioe ONU Ragazzo Che posto la Musica Metallara, Voi non ci crederete ma sono io rimasto stupito di NB Tutti gli ingredienti cantante John Schlitt e Venuto con la SUA band Petra Nello stadio di Amsterdam. Lo stadio era affolatissimo dovettere venire le FORZE dell’ordine Perchè c’èrano Gente Che SI SI bisticciavano per chi dovesse prendere Il Posto negli spalti. FORSE Voi non mi crederete, ma quello SI chiamava il proprio “The Rock grida Che mi sembra Tour e Stato nell’1989?!, perche mi Ricordo di NB Tutti gli ingredienti Particolare Che prima di entrare Nello stadio c’èrano le locandine cioe i Cartelloni Pubblicitari, Il concerto e qualche durato 2 ore. Mamma mia e Stato delle Nazioni Unite concerto strabiliante venire suonavano Quei Petra spiegarlo e immagginabile. Quella SERA SONO uscito Dallo stadio strabiliato. NB Tutti gli ingredienti cantante Credetemi E LA SUA band SONO mitici. SONO andato uno Tanti concerti heavy metal ma venire non ne NB Tutti gli ingredienti Ho visto mai. Non in modo venire Tipo spiegarlo …. avevano UNO stile di Suonare inimitabile. Non così spiegarlo il suono Che avevano tremavano le impalcature dello stadio. E fantastico Gruppo delle Nazioni Unite. Forza Petra.


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