jsdixon wrote:It really comes down to stye of music. Bowie was awesome at restyling himself and being the lad about town during glam (which is image as much as anything). Jagger is one of the icons of hard rocking, hard living and feasting everything in sight including bandmates girls, Bowie, etc. Freddie was great at big shows and costumes, Elton wrote some inspired tunes and looked flash for his fanboys. Daltry was the best voice and singer of this group. Many of them would not do well without their bands and some were not singer/songwriters. Tough grouping to decide who is best. At what I ask?
Well, that's the question. They are all vocalists, but only some are in bands. Jagger is nothing without Keef, (and Mick Taylor if you really want to know how I feel), Plant has a good range, but he's mostly screaming/skipping octaves to achieve it, not like Steve Marriott, who could beat him any day. You would have to listen to "Whole Lotta Love" vs. "That's the Way." However, he is also the lyricist, which knocks him up a point for me. Even with the LOTR album. Plus, he has been voted "best vocalist of all time" by numerous publications. But I have my own opinions, after an entire issue of CREEM magazine was devoted to The Monkees©, I put no stock in 'rock journalists'.
Freddie. I didn't pick him because he was in the band Queen, and I consider that to be a collective effort, just like I didn't pick Plant or Jagger (not that I would have anyway to the latter.)
BUT, if your office fight was about who the best vocalist was overall- (not just rock) Freddie would win.
Daltrey is FABULOUS, the best "rock singer" of all time, but he needed Townsend to write, ergo I passed. The Who was a group effort, thus dismissed.
Phil Lynott- not for me (see above), plus not a good enough singer.
You should shoot the office mate that suggested Elton John, unless they specified "Madman Across the Water" and nothing else. But it still took Bernie Taupin.
That leaves "Little Stevie" Wonder, (awesome child prodigy), Iggy and Bowie.
BOWIE by a MILE.
p.s. To answer your question, D. My office would specify what the parameters were, and we have a strict policy of no Clapton vs. Page.