Greatest rock vocalist of all time: Robert Plant or Freddie Mercury?
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Greatest rock vocalist of all time: Robert Plant or Freddie Mercury?

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Robert Plant and Freddie Mercury are two of the greatest voices in rock history, but music lovers argue about who's the GOAT. Rolling Stone called Plant's distinctive voice "an unearthly howl...a bluesman crossed with a Viking deity." The magazine also praised Mercury's pipes: "He threw himself into his majestic, operatic singing...His four-octave range overdubbed into a shimmering wall of sound." They're both golden gods, but who's the greatest rock vocalist of all time? 🎤

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For the 12 years Robert Plant fronted Led Zeppelin, he captivated audiences with what Rolling Stone calls his "wild banshee wail." His vocal style ranged from intimate and warm ("Going to California") to heavy metal shriek ("Immigrant Song"), often incorporating all his stylings on one track ("The Rain Song").

Of Plant's unearthly voice, Alison Krauss said "[it] sounds so new and so old at the same time, with this crazy European mystery to it." He was voted greatest rock singer of all-time in a 2009 New Music Express poll, and Rolling Stone readers ranked Plant as the greatest of all lead singers in 2011. 

The sheer operatic power of Freddie Mercury's voice was like a force of nature. There is actual science behind why Queen's frontman was such a technical virtuoso—but he also married his technical skill with emotion and feeling. 

LA Weekly's Liz Ohanesian named Mercury the greatest rock singer of all-time:

"His astonishing range and purely powerful voice allowed him to tackle a myriad of genres—from rock to folk to opera to funk—all of which he infused with his own style... there will never be another Freddie Mercury." 

This top 10 compilation of Mercury's greatest moments gives some sense of his ability. Check out it below. 

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