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All Time Greatest Front Men

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My son told me about a Top 10 list a radio station was talking about today. He said it was published by Rolling Stone, but I searched for it and found nothing.

They had a list of the top front men of all time. Number 1 was... Bono!

Bono?? Really? He's a great musician, and I've always appreciated U2, but I'd never call him a top "front man" for a band, let alone the best. I have the undeniable best front man ever in mind, but I think I'll hold off and see if this obvious top seed is quickly named.

I'm not saying he's the best singer, but when it comes to being a face for a band, someone who makes the band stand out, there can be no other at the top.

Who would you say takes this place?
 

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I have to say Jim Morrison 'cause he was really cute and I had a crush on him...

However, if one wants to truly crown the king of front men...has to be Mick Jagger...he was sort of the front man for a whole generation.
 

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However, if one wants to truly crown the king of front men...has to be Mick Jagger...he was sort of the front man for a whole generation.

BAM!! Absolutely! Morrison was good, though short-lived. Jagger is so unique and has branded the Rolling Stones like no other front man. I like the early stones, but not much from the last 60 years of their music. :) I'm not a big fan of him personally, but come-on! They're The Stones, and he's Mick Jagger!

Actually, I always found all his gyrations kinda disturbing and irritating, but he's made it work for 50 years.
 

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So on July 2, 2012 it will be 50 years since Mick and the boys played their...as of today there is a pop hit, #9 on the charts, "Moves Like Jagger"...who else is there that today's artists are singing paeans too? That are still performing?

What was it he said in that interview...can't even remember the venue...he was asked how long the Stones had been performing and he said about 2 years...then he was asked if he thought they would continue and he said, "I think we're pretty set up for a least another year." It was back in around '64, '65.
 
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No way this can't be right. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Jim Morrison (The Doors), or Dave Evans (AcDc's first singer did only one song and has topped any other song they've done).
 

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No way this can't be right. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Jim Morrison (The Doors), or Dave Evans (AcDc's first singer did only one song and has topped any other song they've done).

Robert Plant - Not truly "a face" for Led Zeppelin. A front man needs to stand out and steel the show.

Dave Evans? - I thought Bonn Scott was their first singer. Not much of a front man if it's a trivia question that not many people will guess right on? No way, Jack!

Jim Morrison - A good second or third. Perhaps if he would have lived and performed more over the decades.

Another good one I guessed at when my son asked me was David Lee Roth. As one of his videos said, he has (had) charisma! He was arrogant as all get out, but he was a heck of a front man. "Van Hagar" never held a candle to Van Halen. But Mick Jagger defined a 50 year run for the Stones. No one could think of that band and not think of him.
 
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Robert Plant - Not truly "a face" for Led Zeppelin. A front man needs to stand out and steel the show.

Dave Evans? - I thought Bonn Scott was their first singer. Not much of a front man if it's a trivia question that not many people will guess right on? No way, Jack!

Jim Morrison - A good second or third. Perhaps if he would have lived and performed more over the decades.

Another good one I guessed at when my son asked me was David Lee Roth. As one of his videos said, he has (had) charisma! He was arrogant as all get out, but he was a heck of a front man. "Van Hagar" never held a candle to Van Halen. But Mick Jagger defined a 50 year run for the Stones. No one could think of that band and not think of him.
Bonn Scott came after Dave Evans.
 

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but he had a good voice for that band as you could understand him.

well i wont post the one song that i still chuckle at. not well good for this site.:lol

tnt, and dirty deeds done dirt cheap were his best.
 
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but he had a good voice for that band as you could understand him.

well i wont post the one song that i still chuckle at. not well good for this site.:lol

tnt, and dirty deeds done dirt cheap were his best.
One of my friends starting singing that the other day and it reminded me of how awesome that song was. But every time in TnT he says "Out for all that I can get, if you know what I mean." I just say "I don't know what do you mean?"

But Dave Evans was the original singer just Google it.
 

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Jimi Hendrix, Robert Plant, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Ian Anderson, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jon Anderson of Yes, Billy Corgan, of Smashing Pumpkins. That is just a few of the ones I like.
 

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I agree with Mike, a front man is more than just a lead singer...the front man needs to be the one that defines the band. And, if one can't immediately peg which band the front man is with, not much of a front man.

My personal list:

1 Mick Jagger
2 Jim Morrison
3 Jerry Garcia
4 Tom Petty
5 Bono
6 Don Henley
7 Jon Bon Jovi
8 Steve Tyler
9 Freddy Mercury
10 Bruce Springsteen
 

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In my mind, a front man can't be a solo artist either. Once the name becomes an individual, he ceases to be a front man. He's the main act. That's why I exclude Springsteen and anyone else that performs by their name. To me a front man stands out from the band despite not being the name of it. That takes a person who has a pretty flamboyant personality most of the time which is why some of the best artists aren't necessarily top notch front men, IMO. It's showmanship too.
 

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I'll give you Springsteen...but there are no Heartbreakers without Tom Petty.
 

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Best front men?

1) Robert Plant
2) Mick Jagger
3) Roger Daltrey
4) David Lee Roth
5) Freddie Mercury
6) Steven Tyler
7) Ronnie James Dio
8) Rob Halford
9) Bruce Dickenson
10) Jim Morrison
 

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I just would like to add that a front man in a band isn't always the lead singer.

For instance, Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers and Tommy Caldwell of Marshall Tucker were both front-men, but neither was a lead singer. Duane played guitar and Tommy, bass.
 

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Stevie Ray Vaughan - the best!:yes (maybe because of his name he should be excluded yet he played with Double Trouble)
Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy was also good. I would put him on the top 10.
 

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