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Rock Band Lead Singers

Can you name the lead singers of these bands?
If there are multiple valid answers, guess the most famous
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Last updated: December 5, 2019
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First submittedOctober 15, 2012
Times taken65,466
Average score54.2%
Rating4.48
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Band
Lead Singer
U2
Bono
Nirvana
Kurt Cobain
Led Zeppelin
Robert Plant
The Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger
Guns N' Roses
Axl Rose
Queen
Freddie Mercury
Talking Heads
David Byrne
Garbage
Shirley Manson
Hole
Courtney Love
Aerosmith
Steven Tyler
Green Day
Billie Joe Armstrong
Radiohead
Thom Yorke
Band
Lead Singer
Coldplay
Chris Martin
The Sex Pistols
Johnny Rotten
The Clash
Joe Strummer
The White Stripes
Jack White
The Velvet Underground
Lou Reed
The Doors
Jim Morrison
R.E.M.
Michael Stipe
Van Halen
David Lee Roth
Sammy Hagar
Pearl Jam
Eddie Vedder
The Who
Roger Daltrey
Oasis
Liam Gallagher
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Level 76
Oct 15, 2012
John Lydon should be accepted for Johnny Rotten.
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Level 61
Feb 20, 2018
Totally agree.
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Level 89
Feb 21, 2018
I disagree. This quiz is about the name of the singer as known in popular culture, i.e. their stage name. If Lydon is accepted for Rotten then Paul Hewson should also be accepted for Bono and William Bailey for Axl Rose.
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
True. That's logical.
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Level 74
Feb 23, 2018
Sorry, but that's not correct. Johnny Rotten has been known/credited for several years as Lydon, even if it was more PiL than Pistols (and if I'm not mistaken, due to a legal dispute with M McLaren over who owned the name Rotten). Bono is probably only known as Paul to his mum
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Level 54
Nov 16, 2012
Missed Yorke and Martin. Daltrey not getting enough props!
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Level 28
Mar 12, 2013
Yeah, who put Radiohead before The Who?
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Level 66
Apr 30, 2015
Music fans born after the 60s, ie most people
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
Not I. I was born in the 70s
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
Agreed!
+5
Level 81
Apr 18, 2013
No love for Gary Cherone?
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Level 83
Feb 27, 2014
No. No love for Cherone. That was the worst Van Halen album out of them all!
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Level 61
Feb 20, 2018
I think most folks just don't admit that era ever happened...including Van Halen.
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Level 89
Jul 16, 2018
Technically isn't it Van Hagar when the redhead was there?
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Level 28
Apr 25, 2013
sex pistols is sid vicious
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Level 37
Jun 1, 2013
Sid was the basist... and not the original one. He replace Glen Matlock in '77. He was the most historically infamous (thanks to NANCY!), but not the front man.
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Level 82
Feb 20, 2018
Yea, in reality they were the angry man's Osmond's
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Level 71
Nov 8, 2021
As a bassist he was considered so bad that they would sometimes turn his amp off for live shows
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Level 74
Feb 23, 2018
He did sing on a couple of tracks, granted, but the question asks for the most famous lead singer. He may be famous, or infamous, but not as the lead singer.
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
That's what I said.
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Level 51
May 20, 2013
put my chemical romance in!!!
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Level 84
Sep 25, 2014
Why?
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Level 70
Apr 30, 2015
Who?
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Level 83
Apr 30, 2015
What?
+2
Level 91
Apr 30, 2015
When?
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Level 35
Apr 30, 2015
How?
+2
Level 67
Oct 10, 2019
Whensoever?
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Level 30
Dec 13, 2019
whatsoever?
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Level 56
Nov 8, 2021
Which?
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Level 60
Feb 10, 2022
Whither?
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Level 75
Mar 9, 2023
Wherefore?
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
Porqué?!
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Level 58
Apr 8, 2014
I'm surprised Yorke is so low. Radiohead is one of the most popular bands in the world. But I suppose they don't create much media buzz outside of their music; no scandals, crazy relationships, things like that to make people recognize the name.
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Level 79
Apr 30, 2015
Radiohead is one of the most popular bands in the world? Really? Maybe at one time they were decent at best. You are right though, they certainly aren't in the news for being whackjobs.
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Level 66
Mar 13, 2023
This guy really acting like Radiohead aren't one of the biggest bands over the last 30 years lol. They are ALWAYS the headliner at festivals.

(Wish I could block people like this.)

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Level 83
Apr 30, 2015
I'm not surprised at all. He was one of five I missed. Couldn't come up with Garbage or 2nd Van Halen, both of which I knew but could not get my brain to work at the time. The Clash rings a bell but never would have gotten it. Radiohead? Coldplay? These fall into the category of 'British bands I have heard of but I could not name a song or band member'.
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
Forgettable.
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Level 61
Feb 20, 2018
Yorke is the only one I didn't know.
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Level 67
Feb 20, 2018
Radiohead is worshiped among big-time audiophiles, but they do not have the mass appeal of most of the bands on this list (I think probably only Garbage and Hole are less famous). Their commercial peak was 20 years ago, and as you rightly point out, Thom Yorke has avoided the spotlight.
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Level 67
Oct 10, 2019
I was gonna say the were big around 2000, then I saw your comment and thought I'd react to that. And so, no not 20 years ago, but around 2000. Then I realised Damn! That IS about 20 years ago.... man I feel old now...
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
They had like one big song that was stolen from the Hollies and the Hollies did It better" The Air that I Breathe" geeks like them because Yorke is nerdy and stole Creep. They identify. And Creep was 1994 I think.
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
They plagiarised the Hollies.
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Level 65
Apr 30, 2015
All bar Green Day, which is not necessarily a bad thing!
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Level 69
Apr 30, 2015
Shouldn't Hewson be acceptable for Bono? I think I recall it being accepted in another quiz.
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Level 58
Dec 3, 2016
You would seriously know Hewson and NOT Bono?
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
I would like Bozo to be accepted.
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Level 76
Feb 20, 2018
So I guess they should accept Farrokh Bulsara for Freddie Mercury? Come on.
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Level 65
Dec 12, 2019
I did type Bulsara... Mercury just wouldn't come to mind
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
Why not?
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Level 70
Apr 30, 2015
haha I'm wearing my guns n roses tee right now and i totally blanked out on that question
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
Lol, awesome! Favourite group.
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Level 51
May 2, 2015
Why doesn't Steve Tyler work? Thought I was going mad, then the answer came up Steven!
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Level 67
Oct 10, 2019
Or just type the last name, which is all that is required.
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Level 66
Mar 9, 2023
He goes by Steven. I heard him say once don't call me Steve.
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Level 67
May 2, 2015
Why not accept Townshend for The Who?
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Level 67
May 10, 2015
Because he is not their singer. Roger Daltrey is the singer. Pete Townshend is the guitar player.
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
Townsend sang Let me love open the door and that's one of my favourites.
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Level 51
May 5, 2015
Out of all the bands you could have chosen for this quiz... you chose coldplay.

Why?

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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
Lol! Goop.
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Level 35
May 6, 2015
I had literally never heard of Hole.
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Level 67
May 10, 2015
Haha. They are by far the least-known band on this quiz. They were moderately successful in the 90s, but Courtney Love is probably more famous for her ridiculous behavior, her marriage to Kurt Cobain, and even her acting by this point. She is much more famous than the band is.
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Level 74
May 9, 2016
One of my favorite bands. Their Pretty on the Inside album is wonderful feminist-fueled lo-fi grunge. Worth a listen
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Level 84
Mar 2, 2017
What was the inspiration for their band's name?
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Level 75
Mar 9, 2023
you
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
Probably the worst band ever. Courtney love the singer was married to Cobain. Way worse than Nickelback who isn't that bad compared to A LOT of groups.
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Level 65
Jan 12, 2016
If you want to do lead singers to bands: www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/119618/rock-bands-by-lead-singer
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Level 72
May 17, 2017
Only 35% for Thom Yorke? You uncultured swine!
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
I have some taste.
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Level 85
Feb 20, 2018
I made a similar quiz a while back https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/154362/first-names-of-1990s-rock-singers
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Level 65
Feb 20, 2018
It's so annoying you accept 'York' for his surname, as I'm typing the next name without realising the 'e' is still on the screen. People should be able to correctly spell the names or get the question wrong IMO.
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Level 61
Feb 20, 2018
Mick Jones shared lead vocal duties with Joe Strummer for the Clash. They only released one album without him. He should be accepted, as well.
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Level 74
Feb 23, 2018
It was hardly 50/50 though
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Level 66
Feb 20, 2018
I object to Coldplay being classified as a rock band.
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Level 38
Mar 9, 2023
Literally what other genre would you call their first three records? Bhangra?
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
I second your objection.
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Level 88
Feb 20, 2018
Poor Gary Cherone...Xtreme didn't make the quiz, and he got left off of Van Halen. :(
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Level 60
Feb 21, 2018
I'm not into Maroon 5.
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
I wish Maroon five made the quiz. They are way better than Coldplay and have a great funk sound.
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Level 45
Feb 23, 2018
David Lee Roth should be the sole Van Halen singer listed.
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Level 26
Aug 4, 2019
For Oasis, you should really have both Noel and Liam. Cheers.
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Level 58
Nov 12, 2021
Agreed, Noel did sing one of their most famous songs. So it works the same as in Van Halen
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Level 38
Mar 9, 2023
I mean... Ringo sung one of the Beatles' most famous songs but I wouldn't exactly call him the frontman
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Level 12
Oct 4, 2021
where is Linkin Park?
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Level 67
Nov 8, 2021
It's not an exhaustive list of bands. There's plenty more to make a sequel.
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
Oh God.
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Level 69
Oct 4, 2021
billie joe armstrong is almost always referred to as billie joe
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Level 71
Nov 8, 2021
And, unfortunately, that was all I could remember
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Level 74
Nov 8, 2021
Easily enough well known singers for a sequel to this. Linkin Park and My Chemical Romance (as others have said above), Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, Credence Clearwater Revival, Slipknot, Electric Light Orchestra, Weezer, Foo Fighters, Nickelback, Limp Bizkit, Muse... plenty for another quiz of similar difficulty, I think.
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Level 74
Nov 11, 2021
This has really had me thinking the past few days. I decided to make a metal version instead of a rock one because that interests me more, but I'd still like to see someone make a sequel to this.
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Level 38
Mar 9, 2023
Ask and you shall receive:

https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/332725/rock-band-lead-singers-2

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Level 58
Nov 8, 2021
Some of the names just wouldn't come to mind - even of bands that I know very well. I just couldn't remember Thom Yorke's name even though I could visualise his face very clearly. I was pleased though that I knew some of the more obscure ones such as Hole and Garbage.
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Level 29
Nov 11, 2021
I 100% agree with any comment saying Mick Jones was just as much of a vocalist as Joe Strummer. Considering he went on to do Big Audio Dynamite, his career lasted longer too.
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Level 33
Mar 9, 2023
Do kids these days not know David burne?? I remember spening my days on the swingset with my friends talking about how good he is at singing and what a heartthrob he was.... damn are the 70s that long ago?? LMAO! damn i'm getting old.....
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
80s. I don't remember him in the 70s.
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Level 74
Mar 9, 2023
Just a day after the International Women's Day, I thought there would've been some room for ladies like Stevie Nicks and such...
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
Oh please no!
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Level 67
Mar 10, 2023
Two things: 1- Nico should be added as a lead singer for Velvet Underground. 2 - Less than half the people who took the bother to do this quiz don't know who Eddie Vedder, Johnny Rotten, Roger Daltrey, Michael Stipe, Lou Reed, Thom Yorke, David Byrne and Joe Strummer are. This makes me weep. (I just omitted those who seemed less monumental to me, no offense intended)
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
I know all the good groups you Eddie Vedder, Johnny Rotten, Roger Daltrey, Michael Stipe, Lou Reed, David Byrne and Joe Strumm.
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Level 66
Mar 13, 2023
Wow can't believe two things:

1) That both Van Halen guys are so highly scored

2) That one of their names isn't Eddie van Halen!! (Why did I think that?)

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Level 49
Jun 20, 2023
Did you purposely leave out that Gary guy from Van Halen, or was this just a "name two" thing? LOL
+1
Level 47
Jan 2, 2024
no acdc? :(
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
Willy you accept Bozo for Bono?
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Level 46
Mar 22, 2024
The Who is one of my favourite groups but I thought it was Dautry for some reason. If I made this Quiz The Who, GNR, Queen, Metallica and the Stones would be the top five.