Rock Singers

Rock singers are part of Rock music which is also known as ‘rock and roll’. Originating in America and Europe, the style of this music was heavily inspired from African American music composers like Chuck Berry and Little Richard. The major focus of these compositions was the inclusion of guitar and drums and heavy vocals. The earliest and most popular rock singer was Elvis Presley who brought rock and roll music into picture and garnered instant fame and adulation. He then paved the way for many successful rock singers like the Beatles and inspired musicians and singers worldwide. In all these years rock singers have evolved with their music styles and have branched out into many genres like hard rock, metal, psychedelic, folk rock, glam rock and many more. Whole generations of youngsters have been inspired by this form of music and rock singers have often used music to address several issues like wars, racism, homosexuality etc. Always regarded as the leaders of the ‘free’ generation, rock singers always have a story to tell and a legacy to inspire. Read more about famous rock singers and their biographies. Also learn interesting facts and trivia about them from their life histories.

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1Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 08 January 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: 16 August 1977
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, winner of 3 Grammys, and pioneer of the Pelvis move, Elvis Presley was a musical phenomenon of the 20th century. Known for his humbleness, love for God and devotion to his country, Presley had numerous gold, platinum and multi-platinum records to his credit, including 18 number 1 hits and 38 top ten hits.

2Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 05 September 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: 24 November 1991

Legendary singer, songwriter and lead vocalist of the British rock band, Queen, Frederick Bulsara adopted the name Freddie Mercury which aptly suits his on-stage vibrant and exuberant persona. A four-octave vocal range musician, Mercury owned every stage he set foot on as much with his vivid performance as with his superhuman voice modulation.  

3Miley Cyrus

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Birthday: 23 November 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Miley Cyrus, the American singer-songwriter and actress, is known for her wide range in music, spanning from pop and country pop to hip hop. The portrayal of the title character of television series, Hannah Montana, made her a teen idol. Her personal life has often sparked controversy, especially when she came out as pansexual and talked about use of cannabis.

4Lisa Marie Presley

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 01 February 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

The only child of the legendary singer and musician, Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie Presley fought her addiction with drugs during her teens and later launched herself as singer-songwriter with her debut album To Whom It May Concern. It was followed by two more commercially and critically successful albums. Lisa Marie Presley has also earned appreciation for her numerous philanthropic work.

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5David Bowie

David Bowie
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 08 January 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: 10 January 2016

English singer-songwriter and actor David Bowie is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Dubbed "The Greatest Rock Star Ever" by Rolling Stone magazine, he rose to international prominence in the 1970s with his innovative style of music. Deeply dedicated to his profession, he remained musically active until his death in 2016.

6John Lennon

John Lennon
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Famous As: Co-founder of 'The Beatles'
Birthday: 09 October 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: 08 December 1980

John Lennon was part of the hugely successful and popular music band, Beatles. It became the first British band to break out big in the US. However, they eventually broke up. Subsequently, Lennon went solo, with 1971 album, Imagine, being his most successful and acclaimed post-Beatles efforts. Sadly he was shot dead by a deranged fan in New York.

7Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan
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Famous As: Singer & Songwriter
Birthday: 24 May 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Singer-songwriter and author, Bob Dylan, is widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time. Active in the music industry for almost six decades, he is a major pop culture icon who introduced a range of political, social, and literary influences to pop music. He is a Nobel laureate and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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8Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthday: 20 March 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: 20 July 2017

Singer, songwriter, and musician Chester Bennington rose to prominence as the lead vocalist for the band, Linkin Park. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest rock vocalists of his generation. He possessed a three-octave tenor vocal range that showed tremendous durability for the entirety of his career. He died of suicide in 2017.

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9Tina Turner

Tina Turner
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 26 November 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Known as the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Tina Turner is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time and has had a very long and successful career. Let's Stay Together, What's Love Got to Do with It, Private Dancer and Golden Eye are some of her chartbuster songs. She is also a songwriter and has acted in films too.

10Gerard Way

Gerard Way
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 09 April 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Best known as the co-founder of the rock band, My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way is a popular singer and songwriter. Also a famous comic book writer, Gerard Way co-founded DC's Young Animal imprint and wrote the Eisner Award-winning book series ,The Umbrella Academy. After struggling with prescription drug addiction and alcoholism, he has been maintaining sobriety for many years now.

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11Neil Young

Neil Young
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthday: 12 November 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

One of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers of all time, Neil Young has worked both solo as well with bands like Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The Grammy award winning musician’s notable albums include After the Gold Rush, Harvest, Harvest Moon and Ragged Glory. He strongly backs environmental and disability issues too.

12Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 26 July 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

Mick Jagger is widely regarded as one of the most influential frontmen in rock & roll history. Known for his energetic performances on-stage and multiple relationships off-stage, Mick is frequently portrayed as a countercultural figure. He is an inductee to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and UK Music Hall of Fame.

13Tom Petty

Tom Petty
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 20 October 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: 02 October 2017

A rock icon and creator of sprit-lifting songs, Thomas Earl Petty was one of the defining musicians of the 1970s and the lead vocalist and guitarist of the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Writing songs and creating music up till his last breath, Petty is noted for positivity and self- liberation themed songs, a rarity in rock music.

14Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 23 September 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Considered one of the greatest rock stars, Bruce Springsteen’s catalogue of songs over many decades is unparalleled. His fame skyrocketed in 1975 after the release of his third album, Born to Run, and it reached dizzying heights with his seventh album, Born in the USA, in 1984. He was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

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15Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 27 September 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian, French

Success came early to Canadian singer and songwriter Avril Lavigne. At fourteen, she performed with Canadian icon, Shania Twain, and at sixteen, bagged a two-album recording contract with Arista Records. Her debut album Let Go released soon, became a huge success, made her a teen idol and earned Grammy Award nominations. With subsequent albums, her popularity has only increased.

16Elle King

Elle King
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthday: 03 July 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

American singer, Elle King, made her mark in showbiz when her debut single Good To Be A Man was released in March 2012 as a digital download. Her 2014 single Ex's & Oh's became one of the top songs in US. Under the Influence, America's Sweetheart, Good Girls, Different for Girls, Wild Love are some of her other popular songs.

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17Tracy Chapman

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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 30 March 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

A four-time Grammy Award-winning artist, singer Tracy Chapman is best known for her hit single, Give Me One Reason. Interested in music from a young age, she learned to play multiple instruments as a child. She made her major-stage debut in 1985 and soon became a sensational hit. She is also known for her social activism.

18Van Morrison

Van Morrison
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 31 August 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British, Northern Irish

Northern Irish singer, Van Morrison, garnered recognition in the 1960s while playing with the band, Them, and then later as a solo singer with the 1967 song Brown Eyed Girl. Over the years, he has released more than 40 albums. Astral Weeks, Moondance, Wavelength, Down the Road and Keep It Simple are some of his acclaimed and commercially successful albums.

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19Bruno Mars

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 08 October 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

American singer, Bruno Mars, is one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has a wide range of musical style like R&B, pop, funk, reggae, hip hop and rock. He is also known for his stage performances. Locked Out of Heaven, When I Was Your Man, 24K Magic and That's What I Like are some of his hit songs.

20Linda Ronstadt

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Birthday: 15 July 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

One of the world's best-selling music artists ever, Linda Ronstadt has sold over 100 million records worldwide. She performed in diverse genres, including Latin, light opera, rock, and country. She is also one of the most decorated female music artists of all time, having won prestigious awards, such as the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

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21Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 07 November 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

Joni Mitchell is one of the most popular Canadian singer-songwriters. Widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, her songs reflect her feelings about joy, romance, disillusionment, and confusion. Apart from being a musician, Joni is also a visual artist who designs most of her album covers. In fact, she calls herself a painter derailed by circumstance.  

22Glenn Frey

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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthday: 06 November 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: 18 January 2016

American singer, songwriter and vocalist, Glen Frey was the co-founder of the extremely famous rock band of the 1970s—Eagles. The band delivered hit albums like Hotel California before disbanding after a decade. The six time Grammy award winner then enjoyed a successful solo career with hit songs like Smuggler’s Blues and The Heat Is On before re-joining his band.

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23Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono
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Famous As: Artist
Birthday: 18 February 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese

24Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 07 October 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British, Scottish

25Courtney Love

Courtney Love
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthday: 09 July 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

26Axl Rose

Axl Rose
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Famous As: Musician
Birthday: 06 February 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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27Barry Gibb

Barry Gibb
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Famous As: Musician
Birthday: 01 September 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

28Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthday: 21 August 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: 20 March 2020

29Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 10 January 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

30Keith Urban

Keith Urban
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Famous As: Musician
Birthday: 26 October 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian, New Zealander, American

31Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel
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Famous As:
Birthday: 13 February 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

32Joan Jett

Joan Jett
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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthday: 22 September 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

33Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthday: 23 April 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: 06 December 1988

34Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 06 January 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: 07 July 2006

35Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson
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Famous As: Musician, Singer
Birthday: 20 June 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

36John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp
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Famous As: Musician, Singer-Songwriter
Birthday: 07 October 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

37Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 04 February 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

38Michael Hutchence

Michael Hutchence
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Famous As: Musician
Birthday: 22 January 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian
Died: 22 November 1997

39Lindsey Buckingham

Lindsey Buckingham
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthday: 03 October 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

40Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi
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Famous As:
Birthday: 02 March 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

41Tom Waits

Tom Waits
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Actor
Birthday: 07 December 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

42Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthday: 20 June 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

43Anthony Kiedis

Anthony Kiedis
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Famous As: American musician
Birthday: 01 November 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

44Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 27 September 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

45Sonny Bono

Sonny Bono
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthday: 16 February 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: 05 January 1998

46Little Richard

Little Richard
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Famous As:
Birthday: 05 December 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: 09 May 2020

47Adam Levine

Adam Levine
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthday: 18 March 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

48Michael Peña

Michael Peña
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 13 January 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

49Ritchie Valens

Ritchie Valens
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Famous As: Singer
Birthday: 13 May 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: 03 February 1959

50Paul Anka

Paul Albert Anka
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthday: 30 July 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian, American
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