Back in August 2011, I have written my top 5 female singer, I know I should have followed it with my top 5 male voice but I don’t know why I never written it. When one of my favorite male voices came recently, the idea to write this struck me again. I have heard 3 singers Live and loved it, hoping to hear another one soon, unfortunately I will hear the last one on my list.
I know that my list is not going to be the same with other people because when you talk about best voices, ordinary people and critics have different opinion. Critics will lay down all the techniques in singing and other stuff I don’t understand…For me, beautiful voices are the voices that give you chill when you listen to them sing, especially live ( I know some singers who sound great in CD and failed epicly in live, those kind of singers will never be one of my favorites).
As I have said so many times in my top-5 post, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder…it goes the same to this list. These are men who had captured all my heart with their wonderful voices, and I know they might not capture yours.
I like voice that sounds different to other singers or in other word it has the signature belongs to only singer. The kind of voice that can immediately make me know that that man is the singer.
So…here are my most favorite male singers (no pop singer here, all belong to rock bands)
#5 Ed Roland of Collective Soul
I have always loved Ed Roland’s voice even though I wasn’t a big fan of Collective Soul (that is until June 22, 2013. Now I am a huge fan of Collective Soul). Ed has a very strong signature voice. I didn’t follow all the albums, but whenever I came across CS’s new song in the radio, I instantly knew “ah Collective Soul!” In my ears, Ed has a tender voice but very powerful when he wants it to be. He sounds the best when he sings ballads but there’s a good rock edge when he sings rock tune.
His voice is what makes me so eager to come to Java Rockin’Land. I want to hear his voice LIVE and I am so very happy that he sounds the same as his recording. It only confirms me that I am not wrong for loving his voice.
#4 Matthew Bellamy of Muse
I love Matt’s falsetto voice a lot. His high voice as well as his low voice is a treat to my ears. He has such a melodic voice even though he is singing high pitch rock song. The song that made me realize that Matt has beautiful voice was when I heard Unintended (although I became Muse fan after Black Holes and Revelation). His voice is very sweet in this song, falsetto and a bit of vibration mix as one.
Hearing him live only made me love his voice even more. His voice didn’t falter even after more than 1,5 hour show, he hardly gasp even though he never stop moving around and using a lot of his energy.
#3 Thom Yorke of Radiohead
Thom Yorke is a genius!! Both as a song writer and as a singer. He has such a special voice that goes straight to my heart. The first time I heard Creep Live, I was mesmerized. I can feel sadness through his voice. When I listen to more of his songs, many emotions are transmitted from the way he sings. His voice is hypnotizing. I don’t think there is another singer like him.
How I love to hear him live. I am still praying for them to come to Jakarta.
#2 Freddie Mercury of Queen
Freddie was my number singer before I found my current number one. He has a very melodic voice that can easily go up and down in less than a second. He sings beautifully without even trying. All Queen’s songs are full of harmony and he is the only one who can sing them perfectly because his voice is the perfect explanation for the word harmony. All the musicians who had covered his songs couldn’t even match the harmony he brings out when he sing them. The first time I heard him was in Bohemian Rhapsody and he straight away stole my heart.
There’s a comment in youtube saying, “Why do you take him, God? You are so selfish, You want him for Yourself!”. I smiled at that comment because in way, it’s true…only God can hear him sing now.
#1 Hyde of L’Arc~en~Ciel
Yes…my number one is easily predicted! Hyde might not be as famous as the previous four in my list but he has a voice that can turn my attention toward him the moment I hear him sing. His wonderful voice is the first reason I fell in love with L’Arc~en~Ciel. Just like Yorke, he transfer emotions through his voice but unlike Yorke, Hyde has a more cheerful tone. Finale is the first song that makes me realize that he is a great singer. After listening to ALL Laruku’s songs, my love for his voice is exceeding my love toward other singers. He might not be the best singer in the world, compared to Mercury he is still way behind Mercury’s technique…but his voice soothed me, his voice keeps me happy.
Unfortunately, his involvement in Vamps ruins his beautiful voice. I really wish he stops singing those shouting songs. His solo in 666 (the name of the album) is the first record that totally ruined his voice. I am glad that Tetsu insisted that Hyde gets back to his “Laruku’s voice” after having his solo and vamps project.
Fortunately, when I hear him live…he still has his beautiful voice.
Honorable mention (this mention goes to singers that has signature voice, voice that I will always recognize and for that I really their voices)
- Axl Rose of Guns N Roses
- BJ Armstrong of Green Day
- Brandon Flowers of The Killers
- David Cook
- Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam
- Eric Martin of Mr. Big
- Paul McCartney and John Lennon of The Beatles
- Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin
- Ryuichi kawamura of Luna Sea
- Serge Pizzorno of Kasabian (I know that the lead singer of Kasabian is Tom Meighan but the voice that attracts me belongs to Serge. I sort of wish he is the lead singer, but I still love Kasabian with Tom)
That’s my list…even if it makes you raise your eyebrow, but I stay firm on my list because that’s the way I feel toward those male singers in my list.
I love to know your list, do share it with me and remember don’t mock other people’s list because different people have different opinion.