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 Post subject: 100 Greatest Rock Frontmen/Women (Under Revision)
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100 Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Frontmen/Women
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1. James Brown
2. Elvis Presley
3. Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones)
4. Little Richard
5. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
6. Tina Turner
7. Chuck Berry
8. Jerry Lee Lewis
9. Jim Morrison (The Doors)
10. Prince
11. Bruce Springsteen
12. Iggy Pop (The Stooges, Solo)
13. Jackie Wilson
14. Michael Jackson (Jackson 5, Solo)
15. Madonna
16. Jimi Hendrix
17. David Bowie
18. Alice Cooper
19. Bono (U2)
20. Roger Daltrey (The Who)
21. Elton John
22. Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)
23. Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath, Solo)
24. David Lee Roth (Van Halen, Solo)
25. Chuck D (Public Enemy)
26. Sam & Dave
27. Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
28. Bon Scott (AC/DC)
29. David Byrne (Talking Heads)
30. Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)
31. Bob Marley
32. Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses)
33. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
34. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
35. Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
36. Sly Stone (Sly & The Family Stone)
37. Joey Ramone (The Ramones)
38. Levi Stubbs (The Four Tops)
39. Paul Stanley (KISS)
40. Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
41. Bo Diddley
42. Lord Sutch
43. Screamin' Jay Hawkins
44. Otis Redding
45. Johnny Rotten (The Sex Pistols)
46. George Clinton (P-Funk)
47. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
48. Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, Solo)
49. Deborah Harry (Blondie)
50. Peter Gabriel (Genesis, Solo)
51. Michael Hutchence (INXS)
52. Robbie Williams
53. Perry Farrel (Jane's Addiction)
54. Donna Summer
55. Arthur Brown
56. Marc Bolan (T. Rex)
57. Patti Smith
58. Joe Strummer (The Clash)
59. Run & D.M.C (RUN DMC)
60. Frank Zappa
61. Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)
62. Robert Smith (The Cure)
63. Marilyn Manson
64. Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi)
65. Janet Jackson
66. Billy Joel
67. Annie Lennox (The Eurythmics)
68. Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)
69. James Hetfield (Metallica)
70. Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)
71. Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings, Solo)
72. Rod Stewart
73. Thom Yorke (Radiohead)
74. Peter Frampton
75. David Ruffin (The Temptations)
76. Betty Davis
77. Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
78. Jack White (The White Stripes)
79. Maynard James Keenan (Tool, APC)
80. Andre 3000 (Outkast)
81. Ronnie Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
82. Janis Joplin
83. Bjork
84. Wilson Pickett
85. Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver)
86. Zach De La Rocha(Rage Against The Machine)
87. Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day)
88. Sting (The Police, Solo)
89. Ian Mackaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi)
90. Bobby Brown (New Edition, Solo)
91. Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac)
92. Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil)
93. Buddy Holly
94. H.R. (Bad Brains)
95. Sam Cooke
96. Matthew Bellamy (Muse)
97. Morrissey (The Smiths, Solo)
98. Eric Burdon (The Animals, War)
99. Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane)
100. Tupac Shakur

101. Jello Biafra (The Dead Kennedys)
102. Jonathan Davis (Korn)
103. Joe Elliot (Def Leppard)
104. Corey Glover (Living Color)
105. Bill Haley (Bill Haley & His Comets)
106. Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company)
107. Brian Johnson (AC/DC)
108. John Lennon (The Beatles, Solo)
109. David Johansen (New York Dolls)
110. Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music)
111. Fats Domino
112. Layne Staley (Alice In Chains)
113. Ian Astbury (The Cult)
114. King Diamond
115. Steve Perry (Journey)
116. Joan Jett (The Blackhearts, Solo)
117. Neil Young
118. Serj Tankian (System Of The Down)
119. Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave)
120. Captain Beefheart
121. Henry Rollins (Black Flag)
122. Van Morrison
123. Justin Hawkins (The Darkness)
124. Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders)
125. Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
126. Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Solo)
127. Ray Davies (The Kinks)
128. Ronnie James Dio (Dio)
129. Bob Seger (Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band)
130. Joe Cocker
131. Cyndi Lauper
132. George Thorogood
133. Gwen Stefani (No Doubt, Solo)
134. Phillip Anselmo (Pantera, Superjoint Ritual)
135. Jack Black (Tenacious D)
136. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)
137. Glenn Danzig (The Misfits)
138. Ann Wilson (Heart)
139. Elvis Costello
140. Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
141. Nick Cave
142. Tom Waits
143. Courtney Love (Hole)
144. Rob Tyner (MC5)
145. Vince Neil (Motley Crue)
146. Jeff Buckley
147. Lenny Kravitz
148. Kanye West
149. Bob Dylan
150. Geoff Tate (Queensryche)
151. Pelle Almqvist (The Hives)
152. Bonnie Raitt
153. Liam Gallagher (Oasis)
154. John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
155. Aretha Franklin
156. Curtis Mayfield
157. Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead)
158. Chris Martin (Coldplay)
159. Les Claypool (Primus)
160. Ian Curtis (Joy Division)
161. Dave Matthews
162. Tom Petty
163. Diana Ross (The Supremes)
164. Lionel Richie (Commodores)
165. Beyonce Knowles (Destiny's Child, Solo)
166. John K (Steppenwolf)
167. Marvin Gaye
168. Pat Benatar
169. Smokey Robinson (The Miracles)
170. Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)
171. Klaus Meine (The Scorpions)
172. Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran)
173. Peter Wolf (The J. Geils Band)
174. Brad Nowell (Sublime)
175. Jay Kay (Jamaroquoi)
176. Adam Duritz (Counting Crows)
177. Justin Hayward (Moody Blues)
178. Martha Reeves (Martha & the Vandellas)
179. Clyde McPhatter (The Drifters)
180. Belinda Carlisle (The Go-Go's)
181. Tommy James (Tommy James & the Shondells)
182. Burton Cummings (The Guess Who)
183. David Clayton Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
184. Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad)
185. David Coverdale (Whitesnake)
186. Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire)
187. Jon Anderson (Yes)
188. Cedric Bixler (The Mars Volta)
189. Billy Idol
190. Meat Loaf
191. Robin Zander (Cheap Trick)
192. Gene Vincent
193. Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
194. Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs)
195. Country Joe McDonald (Country Joe & The Fish)
196. Lou Gramm (Foreigner)
197. Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & The Raiders)
198. Frankie Valli (The Four Seasons)
199. Mitch Ryder (Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels)
200. John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful)


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 Post subject: 100 Greatest Rock Frontmen/Women (Revision in Progress)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:13 am 
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100 Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Frontmen/Women
New List: Entered 7/26/10---Forms in blue as expanded

1. Elvis Presley
2. James Brown
3. Freddie Mercury
4. Mick Jagger
5. Tina Turner
6. Jerry Lee Lewis
7. Jim Morrison
8. Michael Jackson
9. Little Richard
10. Jackie Wilson
11. Roger Daltrey
12. Prince
13. Alice Cooper
14. Jimi Hendrix
15. Janis Joplin
16. Chuck Berry
17. Bruce Springsteen
18. Otis Redding
19. Iggy Pop
20. Axl Rose


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Frontmen/Women (Under Revision)
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:41 am 
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Didn't we have some comments for this? What happened? :confused:


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Frontmen/Women (Under Revision)
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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Frontmen/Women (Under Revision)
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:32 am 
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James Brown was THE frontman of rock. Elvis was good, but he was no James Brown. James Brown regularly did 3 hour shows while being extremely physically active and having insane amounts of stamina. He's also gained absolute legendariness as a frontman, which is exceedingly rare, being parodied by Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live pretty much only based on his stage antics. The only person who comes close in that regard is Freddie Mercury.

No one else should have the #1 spot. In fact, this would be my ideal Top 5:

1. James Brown
2. Elvis Presley
3. Freddie Mercury
4. Mick Jagger
5. Jim Morrison

The 50s guys were good, but they weren't "frontmen" in the same sense as someone like Jim Morrison, who radiated charisma. Also I'd probably put Roger Daltrey at 6.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Frontmen/Women (Under Revision)
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Beaver and Lefty...Interesting lists.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Frontmen/Women (Under Revision)
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Freddie for #1!

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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Frontmen/Women (Under Revision)
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beaverteeth92 wrote:
James Brown was THE frontman of rock. Elvis was good, but he was no James Brown. James Brown regularly did 3 hour shows while being extremely physically active and having insane amounts of stamina. He's also gained absolute legendariness as a frontman, which is exceedingly rare, being parodied by Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live pretty much only based on his stage antics. The only person who comes close in that regard is Freddie Mercury.


Presley had just as much charisma and would often keep going for hours until he was a sweaty mess (especially the '68-'71 period). I would agree that Brown had mad more energy overall, barely, but they both just seemingly came out of nowhere and knocked the world on it's ass. There obviously can be NO other choices for top 2.

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No one else should have the #1 spot.


As the biggest Elvis fan on this site, I could definitely see a case for James at #1. But like I said, those are the top 2, cemented for all time.

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In fact, this would be my ideal Top 5:

1. James Brown
2. Elvis Presley
3. Freddie Mercury
4. Mick Jagger
5. Jim Morrison


Sorry but to not have Tina Turner there....makes it immediately unacceptable...

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The 50s guys were good, but they weren't "frontmen" in the same sense as someone like Jim Morrison, who radiated charisma.


Jackie Wilson, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis SURE as hell radiated charisma. Maybe not quite as much as Morrison, he was truly one of a kind, but those guys paved the way and have much more influence.

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Also I'd probably put Roger Daltrey at 6.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Frontmen/Women (Under Revision)
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If you disagree with his inclusion after seeing this, then you have something wrong with you. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbu1kg ... rday_music


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Frontmen/Women (Under Revision)
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Negative Creep wrote:
beaverteeth92 wrote:
James Brown was THE frontman of rock. Elvis was good, but he was no James Brown. James Brown regularly did 3 hour shows while being extremely physically active and having insane amounts of stamina. He's also gained absolute legendariness as a frontman, which is exceedingly rare, being parodied by Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live pretty much only based on his stage antics. The only person who comes close in that regard is Freddie Mercury.


Presley had just as much charisma and would often keep going for hours until he was a sweaty mess (especially the '68-'71 period). I would agree that Brown had mad more energy overall, barely, but they both just seemingly came out of nowhere and knocked the world on it's ass. There obviously can be NO other choices for top 2.

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No one else should have the #1 spot.


As the biggest Elvis fan on this site, I could definitely see a case for James at #1. But like I said, those are the top 2, cemented for all time.

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In fact, this would be my ideal Top 5:

1. James Brown
2. Elvis Presley
3. Freddie Mercury
4. Mick Jagger
5. Jim Morrison


Sorry but to not have Tina Turner there....makes it immediately unacceptable...

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The 50s guys were good, but they weren't "frontmen" in the same sense as someone like Jim Morrison, who radiated charisma.


Jackie Wilson, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis SURE as hell radiated charisma. Maybe not quite as much as Morrison, he was truly one of a kind, but those guys paved the way and have much more influence.

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Also I'd probably put Roger Daltrey at 6.


Not seeing it...


Presley had charisma, but with my ordering, I'm going heavily off reputation for the two individuals. Brown is known primarily for his massive amounts of energy, the cape routine, extremely long setlists, and his theatrics. Presley is known for being one of the first frontmen to introduce sex appeal in a rock setting, which in-and-of-itself is more than enough to catapult him to #2. His oversexualized approach was legendary, but in the long run, James Brown has longevity. There was no point in his career, drugs or not, in which he didn't put on absolutely incredible shows, as opposed to Elvis, whose habits made putting on the kinds of shows he was known for close to impossible, losing energy on stage and experiencing a truly terrible fall from grace. Not sure if that matters for the list since there's no criteria as of right now, but it's definitely something important to consider.

I didn't put Tina Turner on there primarily because I don't know much about her. Can someone please educate me?

And I understand that Wilson, Little Richard, and Jerry Lee Lewis had influence and charisma. But as much as Jim Morrison? Doubtful. Morrison's reputation as a frontman has survived much better than the other two and his oversexualized antics and storytelling significantly influenced many other artists who do the kind of banter Jim did with the audience.

The reason I suggested Daltrey for 6 is because The Who was one of the first rock bands to truly take stage antics to 11 and Daltrey was an important part of it. But I'll be willing to concede this if other people disagree.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Frontmen/Women (Under Revision)
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Agreed with your points on Presley/Brown.
Elvis definitely lost a lot of his appeal toward the mid-70's. But if we're looking at how each individual affected the role of rock frontman, I think they're about equal.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Frontmen/Women (Under Revision)
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This list is so hideously biased towards men. I think splitting it into two lists for each gender would be the wise thing to do.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Frontmen/Women (Under Revision)
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That sounds like a good idea, provided we could even get enough names.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Rock Frontmen/Women (Under Revision)
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Actually I think the list is fine how it is.
A 'greatest frontwomen' list wouldnt be nearly as elaborate or interesting, imo.

Besides, it's great to see women like Tina Turner right up there with guys like Brown and Mercury.


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