Axl Rose Denies Being The World’s Greatest Singer
Rose wrote in to Spin to spread the praise around, saying that vocal range is not the only criteria by which a singer should be judged. He begins:
Big thanks to all the fans and media for the props reacting to the Spin top vocalists article.
From what I could tell, the original article was for the most part only talking about the professionally recorded vocal range of the singers they compared calling the entire group "The World's Greatest Singers." It's very flattering and humbling to be included in such an illustrious ensemble.
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.
That said, I enjoy Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Dan McCafferty, Janice (sic) Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Don Henley, Jeff Lynne, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and a ton of others (predominantly 70's rock singers) and would rather hear ANY of them anytime rather than me!
The site goes on to say that the list has been updated, and that Mike Patton of Faith No More and David Lee Roth have greater vocal ranges than Rose. They were omitted from the original survey, which drew from Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Singers and this year's BMA Awards nominees.