Best frontman

Carried across from the Beatles v Stones thread, (and bullied into it by AlanP), here goes:

  1. Michael Philip Jagger

  2. Robert Plant

  3. Freddie Mercury

With an honourable mention to Ian Astbury of The Cult.

Your nominations would be most welcome.

Mr Mojo Risin.

The End.


One of those could-have-been singers, Jackie Leven was a great front man when he was with Doll by Doll, massive stage presence.


Is it only front-“man” so I can’t have Sonja Kristina, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick or Dagmar Krause.

  1. Keith Emerson
  2. Ian Anderson
  3. Peter Hammill
  4. Roy Wood
  5. Captain Beefheart
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I’m pretty sure we’d all take any gender as a “frontman”, and great calls there, might play Dagmar next.

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We have a winner Dagmar Krause.

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Good shout Lindsay



Having “suggested” the idea to Dave and sticking to a frontman as opposed to the best/most captivating musician, I am sticking with “Brenda”, as his mate Keef likes to refer to him as. So its Jagger for me.

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I thought this had been discussed at length on the previous forum, but it has to be Freddie Mercury. If you don’t believe me, just watch his performance at Live Aid.


Ok I’m Irish but for sheer stage presence he deserves a look in…

  • Some from me in no particular order

  • Roger Daltery

  • Peter Gabriel

  • Dave Gaharn

  • Freddie Mercury

  • Robert Plant

  • Prince

  • Brandon Flowers

  • Iggy Pop

  • Jack White

  • Morrisey

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Mick Jagger or Jim Morrison
Maybe Liberace , James Brown …

The late great sensational Alex Harvey.


Grohl, Strummer, Johnson, Bon Jovi, Rose, Osbourne, Cobain, Springsteen…etc etc

One thing is for certain in this thread … some have no comprehension of a superlative. The “best” means a list of ten?

There’s only one “best” as a frontman goes - Jim Morrison - and I’d suggest he was more the epitome. Tough to argue against for anyone with a reasonably comprehensive perspective in rock/pop music history.

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As exemplified so eloquently on this album, perhaps?

Now you’re talking…



Jim Morrison - The Lizard King

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