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Dom Heffner
12-08-2007, 11:30 AM
I guess this one doesn't require much explanation other than, "Whose voice would make you jump off a cliff even if they were singing "Yesterday."

Geddy Lee- His voice is so distinctive that I distinctively can't stand it.

The other dude in the Goo Goo Dolls- Look: your music is bad enough without letting the guy who has no vocal quality sing lead vocals on two songs per album. If it's a clause in his contract, change the contract. Baseball players have went on strike for much less, Mr Rzeznik.

Boyz II Men- There are two parts to a Boyz II Men song. One is the part where they have to show us how good they are by singing at full strength all the way through the song. It's like hanging out with a body builder who flexes 100% of the time: we don't need to see your biceps through your dress shirt.

Then there's the part of the song just after the second chorus where they "take it down a notch" by speaking some romantic garbly-goo over a slow drum beat. The only good thing to come out of their music is this: If you want to have some fun, set up a karaoke machine, get totally loaded and start free-versing (in your worst Barry White knock-off voice) the first thing that comes to your mind over a Boyz II Men love song. Something like, "Baby, I'd love to cook up some french fries...get some salt and ketchup all over them....and eat them off your kneecaps..."

Johnny Cash's Recordings With Rick Rubin- With the exception of one song, I would like my money back. Cash is a great story, he is a legend, but I'm not going to pretend to like something because it won an award or because Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone gave it 5 stars. It's like the record company is asking, "Do you want to hear what Johnny Cash sounds like near death?" No, I don't. It took one listen for me to place the CD on half.com. It was so bad I'd place it on freeifyou'llpickuptheshipping.com.

OldRightHander
12-08-2007, 11:35 AM
1. Any rapper
2. Any pop singer who over embellishes. What I call the American Idol Syndrome. Yesterday I had on one of the XM Christmas music channels and they played one of my favorite Christmas carols being sung by Kelly Clarkson. She was all over the place on every other note. What's wrong with occasionally singing so people can sing along with it, instead of trying to impress everyone with all the things you can do. It's like a musical version of a figure skating routine where you get more points for fitting in more technical elements and achieving a higher degree of difficulty.

sonny
12-08-2007, 01:07 PM
I 2nd the Geddy Lee.

Dave Mustaine also sucks IMO.

Yachtzee
12-08-2007, 01:54 PM
Axl Rose. The G'n'R cover of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" sound like someone took a cat in heat, put it in a sack with a microphone, and started swinging it around their head.

redsfanmia
12-08-2007, 02:29 PM
Mick Jagger and the lead singer of Boston.

BoydsOfSummer
12-08-2007, 03:21 PM
The "other guy" in Montgomery-Gentry. Please stop letting that dude sing anything. He's a bad Kareobuke singer in disguise. Same almost goes with Brooks and Dunn.

Geddy Lee is an aquired taste, methinks.

Highlifeman21
12-08-2007, 03:55 PM
I agree with the bass player from the Goo Goo Dolls. He can't sing worth a lick.

My votes for least favorite... in no particular order.

John Lennon

Gweneth Paltrow

Michael Stipe

lead singer for The White Stripes

lead singer for The Strokes

Clay Aiken

that's all I can think of off the top of my head

Dom Heffner
12-08-2007, 04:18 PM
Clay Aiken

I would file his singing style under "suck."

Big voice for a smaller guy, but his inflections (MWM could probably help me with the proper term) ruin for me any song he tackles.

MWM
12-08-2007, 04:31 PM
I would file his singing style under "suck."

Big voice for a smaller guy, but his inflections (MWM could probably help me with the proper term) ruin for me any song he tackles.

He's got a really good voice, technically speaking. But he's all wrong for anything popular. He should be singing musical theatre, with the occasional foray into some of the standards. But that's where he should stop. The whole clay Aiken persona makes it hard for anyone to take him seriously. He's really made a mes of himself.

For me, one of my least favorite vocalists is slowly becoming Carrie Underwood. Admittedly, she's talented and part of my annoyance is the incredible over-exposure. But part of it here strained sound she has and the attempt to sound like Martin McBride. She strains so badly when she goes anywhere near her upper range, that I wouldn't be surprised if she's not singing at all by the time she's 40. I know how popular she is, but I'm just not the biggest fan of her style of voice. There's not a lot of depth there.

MWM
12-08-2007, 04:46 PM
the other person I can't stand that a lot of people mentioned as a favorite Allison Kraus. She's got such a mousey voice and sounds like a whining child, IMO.

Caveat Emperor
12-08-2007, 05:14 PM
James Blunt and the lead singer from "Train" -- both of them could stop singing tomorrow and I'd be a happier person.

And just about anyone who sings falsetto Jamaican accents -- Sean Paul, Sean Kingston, Shaggy, etc. There was one Bob Marley, don't try to be #2.

RANDY IN INDY
12-08-2007, 05:15 PM
the other person I can't stand that a lot of people mentioned as a favorite Allison Kraus. She's got such a mousey voice and sounds like a whining child, IMO.

That's bluegrass.

RedsBaron
12-08-2007, 05:50 PM
Johnny Cash's Recordings With Rick Rubin- With the exception of one song, I would like my money back. Cash is a great story, he is a legend, but I'm not going to pretend to like something because it won an award or because Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone gave it 5 stars. It's like the record company is asking, "Do you want to hear what Johnny Cash sounds like near death?" No, I don't. It took one listen for me to place the CD on half.com. It was so bad I'd place it on freeifyou'llpickuptheshipping.com.

Johnny Cash was never a great vocalist, even when he was younger, but I found his versions of "Hurt" and "In My Life" to be very moving. His vocie is admittedly weak on "In My Life" but it sounded like a final testament of his love for June.

westofyou
12-08-2007, 07:32 PM
Calvin Johnson - Halo Benders

And whoever is the lead singer for Neutral Milk Hotel, that guys voice kills me.

TheBigLebowski
12-08-2007, 09:27 PM
James Blunt and the lead singer from "Train" -- both of them could stop singing tomorrow and I'd be a happier person.

And just about anyone who sings falsetto Jamaican accents -- Sean Paul, Sean Kingston, Shaggy, etc. There was one Bob Marley, don't try to be #2.

Love the siggy. I am a big fan of the FOTC.

CrackerJack
12-08-2007, 09:33 PM
Tony Lewis (The Outfield)

Bill Joe Armstrong (Green Day)

Any singer of the copy cat boy bands' that sound like Good Charlotte

Tina Turner

Janis Joplin

Mariah Carey

MWM
12-08-2007, 10:59 PM
How could I forget Michael Bolton. Good lord, I'd rather be forced to listen to 24 straight hours of Tim McCarver, Hawk Harrelson, and Joe Buck than have to listen to a single of his songs. He was a screamer, not a singer.

paintmered
12-08-2007, 11:21 PM
How could I forget Michael Bolton. Good lord, I'd rather be forced to listen to 24 straight hours of Tim McCarver, Hawk Harrelson, and Joe Buck than have to listen to a single of his songs. He was a screamer, not a singer.

I can't read that and not think of this:

http://clee4654.googlepages.com/OfficeSpaceMichaelBolton.jpg

"Why should I change my name? He's the one who sucks!"

GAC
12-09-2007, 04:03 AM
Freddie Mercury

Neil Young

Dennis DeYoung

Hap
12-09-2007, 10:30 AM
Steve Perry
Avril Lavigne
Annie Lennox
Tim McGraw

pedro
12-09-2007, 01:52 PM
that dude from Creed.

cincinnati chili
12-09-2007, 02:23 PM
What's up with not liking Freddy Mercury's voice? Even if Queen's music is too buttsexy for one's taste, dude had pipes. A few pitch problems when he was drunk, but that's rock n' roll.

The same for Brad Delp of Boston. Overplayed music, dumb lyrics, but I loved his voice.

Jay Bruce
12-09-2007, 02:45 PM
Celine Dion, Scott Stapp and Chad Kroeger.

nate
12-09-2007, 03:23 PM
What's up with not liking Freddy Mercury's voice? Even if Queen's music is too buttsexy for one's taste, dude had pipes. A few pitch problems when he was drunk, but that's rock n' roll.

The same for Brad Delp of Boston. Overplayed music, dumb lyrics, but I loved his voice.

I know what you're saying. Freddy was an amazing singer but some people just don't like the sound of his voice. He has that fast and deep vibrato and a little bit of a "theatrical". For example, I don't much care for Celine Dion, but I think she's a great singer.

I like Freddy, though.

These folks, however don't do it for me:

*Nina Simone
*Bob Dylan
*Neil Young
*Any "singing rapper" that can't really sing
*Britney Spears (although, does anyone know what she really sounds like without the "studio" around her?)
*Ronnie Spector
*Bono
*Darius Rucker
*Fred Schneider
*Michael Stipe
*Moby
*Any singer with a really fast vibrato

Ravenlord
12-09-2007, 03:42 PM
Eddie Vedder

Patrick Bateman
12-09-2007, 03:45 PM
"Mario" From WB Superstar
Eddie Murphy

Sean_CaseyRules
12-09-2007, 05:32 PM
How has no one mentioned Brian Johnson from AC/DC? He sounds like friggin Donald Duck!

BUTLER REDSFAN
12-09-2007, 05:38 PM
What's up with not liking Freddy Mercury's voice? Even if Queen's music is too buttsexy for one's taste, dude had pipes. A few pitch problems when he was drunk, but that's rock n' roll.

The same for Brad Delp of Boston. Overplayed music, dumb lyrics, but I loved his voice.

Buttsexy??

jimbo
12-09-2007, 05:39 PM
Geddy Lee, lead singer of Rush.

Stewie
12-09-2007, 05:51 PM
*Fred Schneider


Ditto that. The B52s could very well be my least favorite musical act of all-time, and Fred Schneider's voice is a large reason why.

Another least favorite vocalist for me:
Bjork

redsfanmia
12-09-2007, 05:53 PM
What's up with not liking Freddy Mercury's voice? Even if Queen's music is too buttsexy for one's taste, dude had pipes. A few pitch problems when he was drunk, but that's rock n' roll.

The same for Brad Delp of Boston. Overplayed music, dumb lyrics, but I loved his voice.

One man's trash is another man's treasure.

Chip R
12-09-2007, 06:29 PM
I'm surprised Yoko Ono hasn't been mentioned yet.

OldRightHander
12-09-2007, 06:33 PM
I'm surprised Yoko Ono hasn't been mentioned yet.

She's a vocalist? I was thinking more along the lines of a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

cincinnati chili
12-09-2007, 06:34 PM
I'm surprised Yoko Ono hasn't been mentioned yet.

Is she a "vocalist" or a weapon of mass destruction.

For what it's worth, my wife has half the stuff she ever recorded. I don't get it. Never will. Thank god we have separate pairs of headphones.

nate
12-09-2007, 07:53 PM
I'm surprised Yoko Ono hasn't been mentioned yet.

You can't mention Yoko without mentioning Linda McCartney! (http://www.twistedunicorn.com/sounds/pages/lindamccartney.html)

westofyou
12-09-2007, 08:26 PM
You can't mention Yoko without mentioning Linda McCartney! (http://www.twistedunicorn.com/sounds/pages/lindamccartney.html)

Both are pretty good compared to Nico (http://smironne.free.fr/NICO/)

gilpdawg
12-09-2007, 09:09 PM
I 2nd the Geddy Lee.

Dave Mustaine also sucks IMO.

Why must you taunt me so?:D

GAC
12-09-2007, 09:15 PM
What's up with not liking Freddy Mercury's voice? Even if Queen's music is too buttsexy for one's taste, dude had pipes. A few pitch problems when he was drunk, but that's rock n' roll.

The same for Brad Delp of Boston. Overplayed music, dumb lyrics, but I loved his voice.

nate says it for me.....


Freddy was an amazing singer but some people just don't like the sound of his voice.....For example, I don't much care for Celine Dion, but I think she's a great singer.

I'm not denying his talent. The thread is about least favorite. Just that his voice always grated on me.

Strikes Out Looking
12-09-2007, 09:47 PM
Steve Perry. That's the list.

Javy Pornstache
12-09-2007, 10:40 PM
lol @ "buttsexy".

*BaseClogger*
12-09-2007, 11:55 PM
lead singer of nickelback

Cedric
12-10-2007, 01:14 AM
Scott Stapp is the all time worst singer. If you ever heard Layne Staley or Eddie Vedder talk you realized their voice was true. Stapp strained so hard to get that cheesy grunge voice. He was so incredibly fake.

Weiland did the same thing at times and it always bothered me. You can hate Eddie Vedder's voice all you want, but it's his. The guys like Stapp and Nickelback singer are just absurd.

RedsBaron
12-10-2007, 06:18 AM
I think the lead singer of Rascal Flatts can't carry a tune.

Jpup
12-10-2007, 06:25 AM
Scott Stapp is the all time worst singer. If you ever heard Layne Staley or Eddie Vedder talk you realized their voice was true. Stapp strained so hard to get that cheesy grunge voice. He was so incredibly fake.

Weiland did the same thing at times and it always bothered me. You can hate Eddie Vedder's voice all you want, but it's his. The guys like Stapp and Nickelback singer are just absurd.

Stapp is probably my favorite lead singer of the last several years. BTW, I like Rascal Flatts too, so that tells you about my taste. :)

SunDeck
12-10-2007, 07:54 AM
Geddy Lee
Steve Perry
Michael Bolton
Christine Aguilera
Frankly, just about any pop singer being churned out by the music industry, from the truly annoying Aquilera mentioned above to all the gravel throated male lead singers.
That pretty much covers it for me.

Oh, one more. Barry Manilow. My god, how awful?

pedro
12-10-2007, 12:12 PM
Scott Weiland certainly deserves mention.

WebScorpion
12-10-2007, 01:05 PM
Dang! Somebody already mentioned every one of mine:

Celine Dion
Michael Bolton
Christina Aguilera

Ok, how about Wiliam Shatner? He made an album that was pretty much the worst thing I've ever heard in my life. :thumbup: or is it :thumbdown ?

RichRed
12-10-2007, 01:23 PM
Totally agree with Scott "Creed" Stapp and the guy from Nickelback. Just nails-on-a-chalkboard awful.

scounts22
12-11-2007, 01:10 PM
It phyiscally pains me to listen to Reba.

And Rascal Flatts are amazing.:D

IowaRed
12-11-2007, 01:15 PM
Steven Tyler by a mile

Danny Serafini
12-11-2007, 01:19 PM
Anne Murray, Macy Gray and Kelly Clarkson all make me cringe at the first hint of their voices.

Patrick Bateman
12-11-2007, 02:25 PM
Good call on Macy Gray. Not sure how that one didn't immediately jump in my head.

Johnny Footstool
12-11-2007, 03:44 PM
The guy from Cake. I get it, your gimmick is that you don't really sing at all, and that's supposed to make your music unique. Well, is also happens to make your music unlistenable -- completely and painfully unlistenable.

The guy from The Offspring. Hey, I like a nice pseudo-punk/grunge rasp as much as the next guy. But yours scrapes against my eardrums like a muffler being dragged down the highway.

Avril Lavigne. Someone should tell her she's not really all that talented, or cute, or punk, or anything. Then they should jab a corkscrew into her voicebox to ensure that she never bothers the rest of us again.

Sea Ray
12-11-2007, 03:51 PM
There are two "Neils" I can't stand and this may be going back too far for a lot of you:

1) Neil Sedaka

2) Neil Diamond