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The 10 Best Frontmen in Rock History

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So many charismatic performers have taken the stage over the years that any ranking of the best or most influential frontmen in rock music is bound to leave out any number of worthy names. However, for our list of the 10 best frontmen in rock history, we’re taking into account the most influential and iconic figures from within the genre. For the record, we’re limiting this list to solely frontmen — so bands like The Beatles, that had two or more men share lead vocals are excluded.

1. Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones

Just as The Beatles were invading American airwaves, The Rolling Stones proved to be another key part of the “British Invasion.” In the decades since, the band’s legendary and seemingly never-ending list of hits has continued to grow, but its longevity can be largely attributed to Jagger’s distinctive vocal style and undeniable stage presence. While he has released a few solo albums over the years, Jagger is so closely tied to the band that he co-founded, that it’s difficult to imagine The Rolling Stones ever existing without him in the lead.

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