We all know about the best rock singers of all time. The ones who other rock singers idolize. The staples who make it onto every list that’s ever published on the subject. The Robert Plants. The Freddie Mercurys. The Mick Jaggers. But what about all the other amazing singers that came through once The Beatles knocked down the doors for classic rock ‘n’ roll? Surely there are others that slip through the cracks and get overlooked on these lists? What are they, chopped liver? Far from it, and it’s time that we give these singers their due (so everyone can stop referring to them as “the singer from ____”).
Sure, they’re not all flashy frontmen and perhaps not all of them have 40-octave ranges. But from Geddy Lee to Robin Zander to Jack Bruce, they each have a distinct, unconventional and memorable vocal tone that sets them apart from their peers. Here’s a list of the 10 Most Underrated Classic Rock Singers who we refuse to let history forget. Let the wailing commence.
10. Geddy Lee
Love or hate it, the prog rock frontman’s high, piercing voice is part of what makes Rush a legendary group. The bassist/singer’s voice often gets overlooked due to the tightness of the band as a whole, but it’s hard to imagine anyone else belting out classic cuts like “Tom Sawyer,” “Fly by Night” or “2112.”
9. Jeff Lynne
Perhaps because of his multitude of talents (including composing, producing and arranging), his voice often gets overshadowed. But the singer has great versatility and range, as can be heard on ELO hits like “Evil Woman”, “Livin’ Thing” and “Mr. Blue Sky.”