Axl Rose Responds to List Calling Him ‘World’s Greatest Singer’
Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney and others rank on Rose’s list of best singers
Guns N’ RosesÂ FrontmanÂ Axl RoseÂ has responded to an unscientific, albeit virally popular, list ofÂ “The World’s Greatest Singers,”Â which placed him in the top spot. The list claimed he had a range that spanned nearly seven octaves, with his lowest note allegedly appearing in the 2008Â Chinese DemocracyÂ song “There Was a Time” and his highest in his cover of the Dead Boys’ “Ain’t It Fun,” which appeared on the group’s 1994 covers albumÂ “The Spaghetti Incident?”. He said that he found the recognition flattering and humbling, according toÂ Spin, though he wouldn’t top his own list of the greatest singers.
“If I had to say who I thought the best singers were, I’d say first that I don’t know there’s a definitive answer as in my opinion it’s subjective, and second that my focus is primarily rock singers,” he toldÂ Spin. “That said, I enjoyÂ Freddie Mercury,Â Elvis Presley,Â Paul McCartney, [Nazareth singer] Dan McCafferty,Â Janis Joplin,Â Michael Jackson,Â Elton John,Â Roger Daltrey,Â Don Henley, [Electric Light Orchestra frontman] Jeff Lynne,Â Johnny Cash,Â Frank Sinatra, [jazz singer] Jimmy Scott,Â Etta James,Â Fiona Apple, [PretendersÂ frontwoman] Chrissie Hynde,Â Stevie Wonder,Â James BrownÂ and a ton of others (predominantly Seventies rock singers) and would rather hearÂ anyÂ of them anytime rather than me!”
Guns N’ Roses are currently in the middle of aÂ 12-date residencyÂ at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. In April, Rose was honored at theÂ RevolverÂ Golden Gods Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award and performed with his band. While there, guitarist Richard FortusÂ told The Associated PressÂ the group was “working on stuff.” He said he hoped the band would have new music “in the next year.”