Greatest Singers-- Male!

  1. Tim Buckley. "Lorca".
  2. Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones). "Let It Loose".
  3. Mark Stewart (Pop Group). "We Are Time"*.
  4. Klaus Nomi. "The Cold Song" (live).
  5. Ewan McColl. "Chylde Owlet (Child 291)".
  6. Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd). "Dark Globe".
  7. Blind Willie Johnson. "Nobody's Fault But Mine"/"Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground...".
  8. Louis Armstrong. "Stardust" (Alternate take).
  9. Frank Sinatra. "I'm A Fool To Want You"/"One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)" (Mercer/Alren).
  10. Captain Beefheart. "Orange Claw Hammer"*.
  11. Bruce Springsteen. "Drive All Night".
  12. Jim Morrisson (Doors). "The End" (only a clip).
  13. Tom Waits. "Anywhere I Lay My Head".
  14. Ian Curtis (Joy Division). "Ceremony" (Live).
  15. Dave Thomas (Pere Ubu). "Nonalignment Pact"*.
  16. Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu). "Rose of Sharon"*.
  17. Fred Astaire. "Night And Day" (Porter)/"Puttin' On The Ritz" (Berlin).
  18. Cab Calloway. "Minnie The Moocher"/"Hi De Ho Man".
  19. Lux Interior (Cramps). "Sunglasses After Dark"/"TV Set".
  20. Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys). "California Ueber Alles".
  21. Daniel Johnston. "True Love Will find You In The End"/"Careless Soul"/"Don't Play Cards With Satan".
  22. Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields). "Busby Berkeley Dreams".
  23. Matt Berninger(The National). "Bloodbuzz Ohio".
  24. Jonathan Richman (The Modern Lovers). "Hospital".
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Dudes who won't show up here: Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Jeff Buckley, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Tom Jones, Bob Marley, Mike Patton, and so on...

Featuring their best in studio performance (unless there's a live thing that is just THAT MUCH BETTERER)

Piero Scaruffi said this of Jazz musicians, but I think it holds true for all musicians and even singers:
"I am not too interested in the instrumental technique. I am more interested in emotion than in technique. Traditionally, jazz has been associated with technique (an odd mis-interpretation of the original spirit of Afro-american music by white intellectuals). I do not enjoy listening to music for the sake of a brilliant solo. That solo has to deliver emotion. If it is technically breathtaking but does not deliver any emotion, that musician is not very interesting to me. There is a difference, in my opinion, between a juggler and an artist. If the playing is barely passable, but it delivers a lot of emotion, that musician is a genius. "

*all in this mediafire thing

eric burden (animals), howlin' wolf, nick cave, mark lanegan (screaming trees, solo [Whiskey For The Holy Ghost]), dennes boon (minutemen), jeff buckley, mark hollis (talk talk), robert plant (led zeppelin), roger daltry (the who), mark kozelek (red house painters), van morrison, jeffery lee pierce (the gun club), alan vega (suicide), damo suzuki (can), Ian MacKaye & Guy Picciotto (fugazi), tod ashley (cop shoot cop), david crosby, gibby haynes (butthole surfers), bryan ferry (roxy music), mark sandman (morphine).....


All good suggestions that I stupidly forgot about and only now actually notice that this message even exists and I should add most of these dudes sometime soon.

What is Bob Dylan NOT doing on this list?

I just never found his singing, in and of itself, the most impressive thing?


it is an interesting voice that paved the way for other interesting voices to pave even further unexplored territory.

If he ever goes on this list, it will probably be for "I Want You" for the sheer amount of simple odd emoting he does in that. From the sly mincing smile you can her in "I wasn't very cute to him, was I?" to the painfully sincere, dopily simple refrain "I want you".