By: Adam Kujawski
We know they say that the whole is only equal to the sum of it's parts, and we agree, but these lead singers may have just added a little something extra than their band mates. In honor of the great Freddie Mercury’s birthday this week, here is our list of the Top 5 Frontmen!
1. Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury was the cornerstone of the iconic British rock band Queen. Mercury found a way to fuse glam rock and hard rock into the unique sound found on songs such as the opera-esque “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and stadium staples “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.” Known for encouraging crowd involvement and donning skintight spandex uniforms on stage, Freddie Mercury’s artistic expression was unrivaled in rock and roll. Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and continues to rock on without their legendary frontman, but his style and passion can never be replaced.
2. Robert Plant
As the lead vocalist and lyricist of one of rock and roll’s most successful and revered bands, it’s no surprise Robert Plant made the list of our all-time favorite frontmen. Plant is credited with writing most of the music for Led Zeppelin, including “Dazed and Confused,” “Immigrant Song” and, perhaps mostly famously, “Stairway to Heaven.” As the anchor behind such an impressive anthology, Robert Plant led Zeppelin to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where they were inducted in 1995.
3. Mick Jagger
Father time might as well abandon any attempt to prevent this immortal frontman from taking the stage. Mick Jagger has still got the same moves that vaulted The Rolling Stones into a commercial success 50 years ago. At 70 years old, he and the band still tour, performing their chart-topping hits such as “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Paint It Black” and “Satisfaction,” which ranks number two on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Sir Mick Jagger and The Stones were inducted into Rock Hall in ‘89 and are still rockin’ to this day.
4. Jim Morrison
This iconic rebel was the frontman for one of rock and roll’s most poetic and defiant groups. Morrison was incredibly productive in just over four years with the band, having released an astounding six albums in that time. Hits such as “Light My Fire,” “People are Strange” and “Break on Through (To the Other Side)” challenged a generation to expand their horizons. Known for defying authority, Morrison was notorious for his onstage antics, which culminated with his famous riot-inducing rant in New Haven, Connecticut on December 9, 1967. Despite or perhaps because of it, Jim is one of the greats, and The Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
5. David Lee Roth
Taking stage shows to new heights, Van Halen’s original frontman, David Lee Roth, was the epitome of a wild man. Jumping around on stage and pulling off acrobatic stunts were not uncommon during shows. He’s said to have used Samurai swords and performed Kung-Fu routines on stage. The electrifying Roth was the ringmaster while Van Halen rocked out to the band’s most popular songs, including “Runnin’ with the Devil,” “Panama” and “Jump.” Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 and ranked seventh on VH1’s list of Top 100 Hard Rock Artists of All Time.
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