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Robert Plant is top seed in rock n' roll poll while Mick Jagger just scrapes the top ten
By Caroline Graham
Last updated at 9:38 AM on 02nd January 2009
Comments (0) Add to My Stories He's one of our most beloved rock stars famous for his huge mouth, snake hips and distinctive vocal style.
But Mick Jagger has come only ninth in a poll of the greatest voices in rock.
It was the high-pitched rough-edged wail of Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant that won the title after he came first in a vote organised by digital radio station Planet Rock.
Led ahead: Zeppelin's Robert Plant, left, beat the Stones' Mick Jagger, right
But despite the surprise placing for Jagger, the top ten names in the 40-strong list, unveiled on air yesterday, featured several other British rock heavyweights.
Freddie Mercury came second, Paul Rodgers of Free came next while Who frontman Roger Daltrey came fifth.
Brit rock: Roger Daltrey, left, came fifth, while Freddie Mercury was second
The only female voice on the list was that of Janis Joplin.
The Greatest Voice in Rock Top 40 was compiled by the station's DJs, presenters and listeners, plus musicians, rock critics and experts such as Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath, Phil Manzanera from Roxy Music, Ian Anderson from Yes and Led Zeppelin biographer Mick Wall.
Legends: David Bowie, left, came eleventh after Axl Rose, right, who was seventh
Planet Rock Programming Director Trevor White said: ‘It’s great to see Britain has produced the top three greatest rock vocalists of all time.'
But despite Plant's enduring popularity with fans and his peers, he refuses to go back on tour with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham for a Zeppelin re-union.
The Top 40 Greatest Voices in Rock
1. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
2. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
3. Paul Rodgers (Free/ Bad Company)
4. Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
5. Roger Daltrey (The Who)
6. David Coverdale (Whitesnake)
7. Axl Rose (Guns ‘N’ Roses)
8. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
9. Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones)
10. Bon Scott (AC/DC)
11. David Bowie
12. Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi)
13. Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)
14. Jon Anderson (Yes)
15. Bruce Springsteen
16. Joe Cocker
17. Ozzy Osbourne
18. Bono (U2)
19. Peter Gabriel
20. James Hetfield (Metallica)
21. Janis Joplin
22. Chris Cornell (Audioslave / Soundgarden)
23. Roger Chapman (Family)
24. Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)
25. Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple)
26. Steve Perry (Journey)
27. Jim Morrison (The Doors)
28. Alex Harvey (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band)
29. Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
30. Ronnie James Dio (Dio)
31. Sammy Hagar (Van Halen)
32. Meat Loaf
33. Alice Cooper
34. Geddy Lee (Rush)
35. Brian Johnson (AC/DC)
36. David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
37. Fish (Marillion)
38. Dave Lee Roth (Van Halen)
39. Biff Byford (Saxon)
40. Neil Young