I was on Twitter trying to figure out why @GeorgeRRMartin has 33,000 followers and no tweets when I noticed that #10favoritevocalists was trending. I figured I’d have some fun and take part.
Here’s my off-the-top-of-my-head list. The descriptions are short because they began life as Twitter entries. I’m sure there are glaring omissions that I will realize later and gasp. Most of the music I listen to is very lyric-driven, but I tried to focus entirely on vocal style for this list, so some of my favorites (Joe Michelini, Tegan Quin, Conor Oberst, SiMS) don’t appear.
The links are to Spotify (with the exception of Meds, which isn’t hosted on Spotify). Enjoy!
Anthony Green – The man with the mile-high voice. Unlike his imitators, he sounds even better live. Circa Survive – Get Out
Dustin Kensrue – There aren’t genres enough in music to contain his versatility. Thrice – Beggars
Aaron Weiss – The best lyricist of our generation is also a pioneer of vocal styles. mewithoutYou – Fox’s Dream of the Log Flume
Max Bemis – Not a conventionally great singer, but nobody tops the affect he can cram into a syllable. Say Anything – Woe
Aaron Marsh – Male vocalists shouldn’t be permitted to sound so pretty. Copeland – Should You Return
Josh Scogin – Too many screamers fail to convey real intensity. That’s not an issue here.
Brian Molko – My vocal technique is lifted wholesale from his, so credit is due. Placebo – Meds
Nate Ruess – Before his band exploded, he reminded me to be calm and forgive everyone. Fun. – Be Calm
Thom Yorke – Invented a vocal style from nowhere; made like twelve genres of music with it. Radiohead – Kid A
Brittany Ann – We’ll round this out with a kickass local singer. Do yourself a favor and listen. Brittany Ann – Puzzle Pieces