It’s no secret that I love music. I mention it almost every time I write one of my “Best Of” posts, and in the past I even did a short post series on my favorite music videos.
Now, I know there are a lot of elements that go into making an amazing song. But speaking as someone who doesn’t know the first thing about music theory, or even the difference between a violin and a viola (other than that a viola burns longer), the first thing I usually notice about a song is the vocals. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good guitar solo just as much as the next person, but there’s just something about vocals that I love.
With that in mind, this type of post was pretty much inevitable. I love many singers, but there are some that are just fantastic. After much thought, I’ve finally come up with a list of my favorite vocalists. To be fair, I’ve come up with two lists: Top 5 Male Singers and Top 5 Female Singers.Also, I am including musicians who are not necessarily lead vocalists, but have performed lead vocals at least once. In other words, their primary instrument could be guitar or drums, but they’ve provided additional lead vocals on one or more songs.
Anyway, this week, I’ll be focusing on the guys, and next week will be about the ladies. So without further ago, click on the read the list!
From the moment I heard my first Anberlin song, I knew Stephen Christian had an amazing voice. From the alternative rock and post grunge music of Anberlin to the indie acoustic sound of Anchor & Braille, Christian has an incredibly versatile and almost mesmerizing voice. When Anberlin broke up at the end of 2014, I thought that would be the last I’ve heard of him, but fortunately, Christian continued with his solo project Anchor & Braille, releasing his third full length album, Songs for the Late Night Drive Home, in 2016. He’s also written a book, titled The Orphaned Anything’s, worked with To Write Love on Her Arms, and founded the non-profit organization Faceless International.
If you want a band with a strong rock n’ roll sound, look no further than House of Heroes. Not only that, but the band is well-loved for their vocal harmonies. All of the members have provided vocals at one time or another, but lead singer Tim Skipper really pulls it all together. He and his wife, Stephanie, also have an acoustic band called Copperlily. Granted, it isn’t exactly my go-to genre, but there’s no denying that Tim and Stephanie’s voices work well together. (Also, as a bonus fact, he provided backing vocals for some songs on Relient K’s Forget and Not Slow Down album)
I first heard Jason Wilkes’ voice on Disciple’s album Attack, although it was only as backing vocals. From there, I decided to investigate further. I started with Wilkes’ former band, High Flight Society, and loved it. When he stepped down from Disciple in 2015 and started a solo project (WILKES), I started listening to that as well. As with Copperlily, it isn’t my go-to genre, but Jason Wilkes is a very skilled vocalist. He also has the best hair of everyone on this list.
You can’t put Twenty One Pilots in a box. From lighthearted ukulele tunes to rap to electronic, they’ve basically covered every genre. And as a talented lead singer, Tyler Joseph has tackled each of those genres amazingly (is that a word?). Not only that, but he’s also a fantastic songwriter, having written some of the most meaningful lyrics I’ve heard in a long time. It’s no wonder that Twenty One Pilots has skyrocketed to fame.
(Although in fairness, #IVotedJosh)
Christopher Greenwood, better known by his stage name Manafest, is a rapper. I’m not the type to usually listen to rap or hip hop, but Manafest has some really awesome and inspiring music. I especially like how he blends the elements of rap and rock together, often working with another one of my favorite musicians, Trevor McNevan (Thousand Foot Krutch). Lyrically, his music is really motivating, especially tracks like “Pushover.” He’s also written one of my favorite non-fiction books, Fighter.
Of course, there are many others I wish I could have included, but these five vocalists are by far some of my favorites. I can’t wait to start working on next week’s list for my Top 5 Female Singers!
Have you listened to any of these artists before? Who are some of your favorite singers? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!
(Also, apologies for the late post – it’s been a crazy week, but I wanted to still get this out to you. Don’t worry, I still plan to post again on Friday!)