Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll, Final Four: Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) Vs. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)

by Guitar World Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2013 at 7:53am

Why should guitarists have all the fun?

GuitarWorld.com recently launched a new readers poll in partnership with Samson: the Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll.

We're certain that, even though our core readership is mainly made up of guitarists from different genres, locations and age groups, you — like us — have strong opinions about the skills (or lack thereof) of some of rock's most legendary singers.

And although we had hundreds of rock singers to choose from, we decided to narrow things down to a mere 16 names, all of which were carefully chosen by Guitar World's editorial staff. We took great care in choosing what's essentially a Sweet 16 starting point. Rock singers from every decade, starting with the 1960s, are represented, as are several rock sub-genres.

Here are our 16 rock singers in alphabetical order:

Phil Anselmo, Randy Blythe, Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Bruce Dickinson, Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford, James Hetfield, Mick Jagger, Maynard James Keenan, Freddie Mercury, Jim Morrison, Ozzy Osbourne, Robert Plant, Axl Rose and Bon Scott.

From there, we drew singers' names out of a hat (It was, in fact, a Black Sabbath baseball cap) to help us create our opening 16-singer bracket, which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of singers are ranked or coming from a previously compiled list, so we chose purely random matchups to have as little impact as possible on the final outcome. We're actually pretty pleased with the way the bracket turned out.

Round 1 and the Elite Eight round have come and gone, and the Final Four round kicks off today! As always, you can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is), and we'll post two or three matchups per week, continuing with today's Final Four shootout, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin against Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden.

Remember that, as with any poll, sub-genre might occasionally clash against sub-genre, so you'll just need to decide which singer has or had the most to offer within his genre and time period, which one has or had more natural talent or technical skill, which one had the biggest influence on other singers or rock in general — maybe which one was simply the stronger frontman.

Latest Results

Winner: Chris Cornell (55.47 percent)
Loser: Ozzy Osbourne (44.53 percent)

Today's Samson Greatest Rock Singers Final Four Matchup (1 of 2)
Robert Plant Vs. Bruce Dickinson

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 1.02.33 PM.pngROBERT PLANT

Born: August 20, 1948, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England
Associated Acts: Led Zeppelin, Band of Joy, the Honeydrippers, Page and Plant
Website: robertplant.com

Quote: "I don't know how much more expressive you can get than being a rock and roll singer."



bruce.pngBRUCE DICKINSON

Born: August 7, 1958, Nottinghamshire, England
Associated Acts: Iron Maiden, Samson, Tribe of Gypsies, Ayreon
Website: screamforme.com

Quote: "I got into trouble for saying we're better than Metallica … and it's true! They might be bigger than us and they might sell more tickets than us and they might get more gold-plated middle-class bourgeoisie turning up to their shows but they're not Maiden. I did say it's a bit of a wind-up. I thought, if I'm going to turn into an a------, I might as well, you know, go for it!"

Vote Now!

Samson Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll, Final Four: Robert Plant Vs. Bruce Dickinson

Thanks for voting! Check out our current matchup (and every matchup that has taken place so far) right HERE.

The Bracket

Check out the latest version of the 16-singer bracket below. We'll update it after each Samson Greatest Rock Singer of All Time matchup.

October 24, 2013, Samson Greatest Rock Singers of All Time Readers Poll


Add a Comment
0 Comments

Similar Guitar News

Led Zeppelin Premiere Alternate Mix of "Stairway to Heaven" — Listen (10/23/2014)
As we reported earlier today, Led Zeppelin will release remastered and expanded versions of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy next week. In honor of the new releases, Led Zeppelin are streaming a previously unreleased alternate mix of "Stai...
Jess Greenberg Covers Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" and "Whole Lotta Love" — Video (10/23/2014)
In honor of Led Zeppelin's deluxe, remastered edition of Led Zeppelin IV, which will be released next week, we thought we'd share an interesting cover of an iconic Led Zeppelin IV track, "Rock and Roll," by a guitarist named Jess Greenberg. You ...
Led Zeppelin Premiere Alternate Mix of "Rock and Roll" — Listen (10/16/2014)
Later this month, Led Zeppelin will release deluxe, remastered editions of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy. Each reissue will contain a second disc featuring previously unreleased alternate mixes, in-progress versions of songs and more. ...
Led Zeppelin Premiere "The Rain Song" (Mix Minus Piano) from 'Houses of the Holy' Remaster — Listen (10/1/2014)
As we've been reporting, the latest wave of Led Zeppelin remasters will be released October 28. This time, Led Zep fans can prepare for new-and-improved versions of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy. Speaking of which, it seems a previously...
Led Zeppelin Preview "Black Dog (Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs)" — Listen (8/29/2014)
Below, you can stream slightly more than a minute's worth of "Black Dog (Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs)," one of the raw, previously unreleased recordings to be included in the upcoming remastered edition of Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV. Th...
Led Zeppelin top greatest guitar riff poll (8/26/2014)
Read more about Led Zeppelin top greatest guitar riff poll at MusicRadar.com Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love has been voted the greatest guitar riff of all time by BBC Radio 2 listeners.Jimmy Page's riff topped a list of 100 that was dominated b...
Win a Led Zeppelin Re-Issues Prize Pack! (8/4/2014)
Teaser Content: 
Led Zeppelin Announce 'Led Zeppelin IV' and 'Houses of the Holy' Reissue Details (7/29/2014)
Led Zeppelin have announced deluxe reissues of 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy. The two reissues are due for an October 28 release, and, like the reissues of the band's first three LP's, each album will include a remastered...
Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" Performed by Floppy and Hard Disc Drives — Video (7/10/2014)
Here's a new video for, well, probably someone out there. It's Led's Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" performed by floppy and hard disk drives. The video was uploaded July 6 by a YouTube user called Arganalth. In the past, Arganalth has covered ...
"Whole Lotta Love" on a Dulcimer: Check Out This Crazy Led Zeppelin Cover — Video (6/26/2014)
Whole Lotta Dulcimer! (Insert your own Led Zeppelin dulcimer puns here.) Below, check out a new video of Led Zeppelin's classic "Whole Lotta Love" performed on a three-string electric mountain dulcimer by Sam Edelston. Here's an edited version o...
Led Vault: Jimmy Page Talks First Three Led Zeppelin Albums, Gibson and Harmony Guitars and More (6/11/2014)
This is an excerpt from the July 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of this story, plus features on Ace Frehley, Albert Lee, "The Album that Changed My Life," the history of Taylor Guitars, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, columns, tabs and reviews o...
Total Guitar 255 on sale now: Led Zeppelin & the riffs that changed rock 'n'roll! (6/9/2014)
Read more about Total Guitar 255 on sale now: Led Zeppelin & the riffs that changed rock 'n'roll! at MusicRadar.com
Jimmy Page on Led Zeppelin Glastonbury Rumors: 'You Never Know What's Going to Happen' (6/2/2014)
Jimmy Page has spoken about the possibility of Led Zeppelin playing England's massive Glastonbury Festival in the future. Talking to Shaun Keaveny on BBC Radio 6 Music about comments made by Glastonbury Festival boss Michael Eavis (Eavis had sa...
Led Zeppelin Premiere Previously Unreleased Instrumental, "La La" — Listen (5/30/2014)
Jimmy Page & Co. — better known as Led Zeppelin — are streaming a previously unreleased instrumental track called "La La." The track will be included with the Led Zeppelin II remaster/reissue, which will be released Tuesday, June 3, along wi...
Jimmy Page to Debut Bonus Material From First Three Led Zeppelin Albums — Listen (5/21/2014)
At 2:30 p.m. EST today, Jimmy Page will premiere several previously unreleased Led Zeppelin outtakes. The event, which will take place at the Olympia in Paris, can be streamed via the YouTube player below. The Olympia is the same venue where Led...
Led Zeppelin Getting Sued Over "Stairway to Heaven" (5/21/2014)
A lawyer representing Spirit guitarist Randy California claims Led Zeppelin stole the intro of 1971's "Stairway to Heaven" from Spirit's 1968 song "Taurus." Both songs can be heard below; check them out and let us know your opinion. Attorney Fr...