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post #16 of 50
I voted Eddie Vedder. He may not have the best vocals, but since this is a "Greatest" poll, he is the only one that is alive and/or does not suck today (I'm looking at you, Mr. Cornell, one of the best cases of "what could have been..."). I think Vedder is certainly the most talented overall, and I do not care what all the Kurt Cobain worshipers say, he was overrated. Nirvana may have the "death bump", but Pearl Jam will go down as the best Grunge band ever since they have demonstrated that they can last as a band and still kick ass live way after the others have been and gone.
post #17 of 50
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Originally Posted by Oggranak View Post
Eddie Vedder. No one can give such a raw, emotional performance, and I don't just mean in grunge. He's my favourite vocalist, period.

I happen to know my friend's opinion on this, and he prefers Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees).
Second this on Vedder!
post #18 of 50
While Cornell (for a time) may have been the best overall singer, I think Layne Staley simply exemplified "grunge" vocals, so my vote goes to him.

Can't really go wrong with Vedder either, Mark Lanegan was pretty good also.

And I agree with roadtonowhere08, Kurt Cobain was criminally overrated.
post #19 of 50
This was not a toughie for me. I don't believe Kurt was nearly the best singer on the poll. But when it comes to GRUNGE singing he is the example. If we were to take away the word grunge and say Who is the best ROCK singer out of these 5 guys, Kurt would surely not make the top. But if we are are canonizing them as grunge singers............ There's no argument, there's no debate, in my opinion. Kurt is THE grunge singer....the greatest one, and in my opinion, there really is no need for a poll when asking who was the greatest GRUNGE singer.........its obvious to me.
post #20 of 50
Is Neil Young a viable candidate?
post #21 of 50
Thread Starter 

Aprops Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) ...

I've read recently that Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumkins have said that
Layne Staley had an amazing voice.

Tom Morello (Audioslave) called Layne Staley an 'amazingly talented singer'.

I've also read that Layne Staley could convey naked emotion like no other.


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The band became known for its distinct vocal style,
which often included the "snarl-to-a-scream" vocals of Staley,
as well as the harmonized vocals of Staley and Cantrell.
(From here.)

What do you think?

post #22 of 50
gotta go with Layne...
post #23 of 50
I'm about to blow a blood vessel. Apparently nobody knows who Mark Lanegan is. If you want raspy, ditch Cobain and come to the Dark Side.

post #24 of 50
Its hard to choose between Layne and Chris. Both rock hard; I would say Layne brings more power and emotion but Chris has more talent.
post #25 of 50
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Originally Posted by Dublo7 View Post
Is Neil Young a viable candidate?
Yep, he is sometimes referenced to as the Grandfather of Grunge.
post #26 of 50
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Originally Posted by roadtonowhere08 View Post
I voted Eddie Vedder. He may not have the best vocals, but since this is a "Greatest" poll, he is the only one that is alive and/or does not suck today (I'm looking at you, Mr. Cornell, one of the best cases of "what could have been..."). I think Vedder is certainly the most talented overall, and I do not care what all the Kurt Cobain worshipers say, he was overrated. Nirvana may have the "death bump", but Pearl Jam will go down as the best Grunge band ever since they have demonstrated that they can last as a band and still kick ass live way after the others have been and gone.
It's not about best band or best voice. It is who had the best "grunge" sounding voice and it is still Kurt Cobain IMO. It's like John Lydon had the best punk voice but would suck trying to actually sing.
post #27 of 50
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Originally Posted by milkweg View Post
It's not about best band or best voice. It is who had the best "grunge" sounding voice and it is still Kurt Cobain IMO. It's like John Lydon had the best punk voice but would suck trying to actually sing.
Actually.....

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Originally Posted by AdamCalifornia View Post
Only Grunge rock is considered here.

We consider only their vocals and vocal abilities.
This is not about how good they were as frontmen, composers, lyricists, etc.
This is not about their physical appearance, showmnaship, leadership, etc.
post #28 of 50
I don't get it. If you can call Audioslave grunge, there's no point in considering it a separate style. Grunge is noisy, sloppy, guitar and a raucous voice. Audioslave is all slick and smooth compared. IMO, of course

I'm in on Mark Arm, and Courtney Love.
post #29 of 50
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Originally Posted by limpidglitch View Post
I don't get it. If you can call Audioslave grunge, there's no point in considering it a separate style. Grunge is noisy, sloppy, guitar and a raucous voice. Audioslave is all slick and smooth compared. IMO, of course

I'm in on Mark Arm, and Courtney Love.
....I believe Chris Cornell was being considered for his work in Soundgarden.
post #30 of 50
I second the vote for Neil Young. Keep On Rockin' In The Free World!
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