“I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend.”
Freddie Mercury, the dynamic lead singer of the band Queen, would have been sixty-six years old today.
An argument about who deserves to be named the greatest rock-and-roll singer of all time could go on for months or years—decades, maybe—with very knowledgeable people bringing up worthy names such as Robert Plant, Chris Cornell, Bono, that one guy from Simon & Garfunkel, Paul McCartney, Janis Joplin, Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, Tiny Tim,1 that other guy from Simon and Garfunkel, Chrissy Hynde, Bruce Springsteen, Pat Benatar,2 or Roger Daltrey.
They’d all be wrong, though. The answer is Freddie Mercury.
1. Not really. Just wanted to see if you were still paying attention.
2. Okay, it’s debatable whether Pat Benatar belongs in the discussion of all time greatest rock and roll voices. We admit that in part we’re trying to stave off complaints about a lack of female representation on this list that has come more or less from the top of our heads, but, to be fair, Pat Benatar is still a heck of a singer. Maybe even better than Tiny Tim.