One of rock and roll’s smartest scribes once wrote, “It’s the singer not the song that makes the music move along.” How true. The frontman or frontwoman is the figurehead for the band, connecting the noise on stage with the crowds below. Whether it’s the result of vocal greatness, a cool look, insane dancing ability or just out-and-out charisma, the best frontmen enhance the music with their performances (while sometimes turning their bandmates into the “out of focus guys,” to quote Almost Famous). When you watch a great frontman, you simply can’t turn away.
In tribute to these legendary performers, Gibson.com has been counting down the Top 50 Frontmen (and Frontwomen) of All Time – as voted on by the Gibson editorial and writing staff, some all-star musicians and most importantly, you, the readers. We’ve already unveiled #50-#41, #40-#31, #30-21 and #20-11. Now, we’re ready to reveal the Top 10 Frontmen of All Time.
To do the honors, we’ve enlisted a man who knows a thing or two about fronting a band: Buckcherry’s Josh Todd, who will take this list all the way to #1…
For the entire Top 50 Frontmen (and Frontwomen) list – plus the results of the readers poll – click here.
Votes for the Top 50 Frontmen (and Frontwomen) of All Time were included from Michael Wright, Bryan Wawzenek, Andrew Vaughan, Sean Dooley, Arlen Roth, Russell Hall, Ted Drozdowski, Ellen Barnes, Paolo Bassotti, Josh Todd (Buckcherry), Chad Kroeger (Nickelback), Ric Olsen (Berlin) and the Gibson.com Readers Poll.