I am no music expert by any stretch of the imagination. I know what my ears like and that is all I am basing this off of. These are singers I can listen to on repeat. Again, this doesn’t mean I think they are necessarily the best. I just like them. Don’t confuse favorite with best. If you would like to argue about the technical aspect of music, I won’t because I will lose. I am ignorant when it comes to music. So don’t waste your breath. Another thing to note, you’ll notice I am into pop rock, pop punk and pop as most of the people on this list fall into that genre.
10. Frankie Valli
Band/Bands: The Four Seasons, The Four Lovers, The Wonder Who?
Genre: Rock, Pop
Favorite Song: Cry For Me
Favorite Album: n/a
I have been a big fan of the Jersey Boys for quite a while. It all stems from the voice of Frankie Valli. Although I never actually saw Jersey Boys until a few years ago, I always YouTube’d their songs and it was something I wanted to see live. When my wife bought me Jersey Boys tickets for our anniversary, I lost my shit. That show most certainly did not disappoint.
9. Nick Jonas
Band/Bands: Jonas Brothers, Solo
Genre: Pop, Pop Rock, R&B
Favorite Song: Hold On
Favorite Album: A Little Bit Longer
When the Jonas Brothers first became popular, I was in high school. My wife absolutely loved them, especially Nick. I was a closeted fan because liking the Jonas Brothers would lead to getting made fun of. Now, I don’t give a shit. The rasp in Nick’s voice is freaking dope. I am pumped they are back together.
8. Nate Ruess
Band/Bands: Fun., The Format
Genre: Indie Pop, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
Favorite Song: All Alone
Favorite Album: Some Nights
Some Nights is easily one of my most listened albums on my iTunes. There are albums you love half the songs you love, the other half are meh. There wasn’t a song on the album I didn’t vibe with. From the first time I heard of them, I loved their sound mainly because of Ruess’ voice.
7. Tom DeLonge
Band/Bands: Blink 182, Angels and Airwaves, Box Car Racer
Genre: Pop Punk, Punk Rock, Skate Punk, Alternative Rock, Space Rock, Neo-Prog
Favorite Song: Secret Crowds (Angels and Airwaves)
Favorite Album: Enema of the State (Blink 182)
In all honesty, probably the person I will get the most shit for being on here. I don’t care. I love DeLonge. I always loved Blink growing up because as I stated before, my love for the genre has always been there. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I found out about Angels and Airwaves though (Thanks One Tree Hill). I started listening to them and I just love the passion in his songs.
6. Patrick Stump
Band/Bands: Fall Out Boy, Solo
Genre: Pop Punk, Pop Rock, Alternative Rock, Soul, R&B, Pop, Emo Pop, Synth-pop
Favorite Song: The Take Over, The Breaks Over
Favorite Album: From Under The Cork Tree
Staying with the genre of Pop Punk, Pop Rock, Stump is the lead singer of one of my favorite bands of all time. The first song I ever heard from Fall Out Boy was Sugar, We’re Goin Down which is probably the cliche’ for most. Between their lyrics and his voice, I certainly don’t tire listening to them.
5. Michael Jackson
Band/Bands: Jackson 5, Solo
Genre: Pop, Soul, Funk, R&B, Rock
Favorite Song: Man in the Mirror
Favorite Album: Bad
The King of Pop and one of the biggest music icons ever, Jackson had such a long and lengthy career. His voice was iconic from day one when he began with Jackson 5. He has a laundry list of songs that you can’t help but attempt (I say attempt because I can’t sing for shit) to belt out when they hit your ears. Some of my favorites include the aforementioned Man in the Mirror, The Way You Make Me Feel, Who’s Loving You, Beat It and Black or White.
4. Chester Bennington
Band/Bands: Linkin Park, Dead By Sunrise, Stone Temple Pilots
Genre: Alternative Metal, Nu Metal, Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Electronic Rock, Heavy Metal, Post Grunge, Pop Rock
Favorite Song: One Step Closer
Favorite Album: Hybrid Theory
I was 9 when Hybrid Theory was released. I listened to that CD on repeat for months on my walkman. However, I fell off Linkin Park. I liked a lot of their singles, but I wasn’t super into them. Then the news came that Chester had died. Now, I think I appreciate their music more than I ever have because of it, which is sad. I love watching his live performances and I wish I would have seen them live. The thing
3. Frank Sinatra
Genre: Traditional Pop, Easy Listening, Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Swing Music
Favorite Song: Come Fly With Me
Favorite Album: A Jolly Christmas
Style, class and moxie. I wish I could have seen Sinatra perform live just once. He was just so damn smooth in the the way he sang from his voice to body language. He is an OG of music. I get excited every holiday season because that means a ton of Sinatra for two months straight.
2. Justin Timberlake
Band/Bands: N*Sync, Solo
Genre: Pop, R&B, Neo Soul
Favorite Song: Mirrors
Favorite Album: No Strings Attached
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the lead singer of my favorite boy band gets the nod at number two. When you think of all the boy bands over the years, I think it is safe to say most don’t maintain the same level or more success in solo careers. JT did. Much like Sinatra, who JT said is an influence, he also dons that upscale style and class. No matter how much time passes, I still listen to most of his music with NSync and his solo career.
1. Brendon Urie
Band/Bands: Panic! at the Disco
Genre: Pop Punk, Alternative Rock, Emo Pop, Pop
Favorite Song: He Look Ma I Made It / Emperor’s New Clothes
Favorite Album: Pray for the Wicked
No one is surpassing for the top spot, at least not now. I always loved Panic growing up from the first time I heard I Write Sins Not Tragedies. A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out is still one of my most listened to albums. Once he released Death of Bachelor followed by Pray for the Wicked, he went from great to god for me. Urie’s vocal range is un-freaking-real. I saw him live for the first time after he released Pray for the Wicked and he is just amazing live.
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