Well, in terms of GOAT, I got to say Freddy Mercury. No one could captivate and entertain a huge stadium-size crowd better than him especially during Queen's shows at Wembley Stadium.
This is what me and Bully were discussing though.
What defines a great singer, or vocalist, or frontman?
A great frontman doesn't have to be a great singer, a great vocalist doesn't have to have the best voice and can also be relatively boring to watch live (if you're into your Axl Roses and Mike Pattons - two of the greatest 'frontmen' ever, regardless of what you think of their voices). A great vocalist can reach into your fucking soul and squeeze your heart.
A great singer can be really annoying (see Mariah Carey).
Originally Posted by AlienBountyHunter
I wouldn't necessarily call him a GOAT but just to add to the discussion of 'vocalist not singer', would people agree that Cobain would come under that bracket of being a great vocalist, but not a particularly great 'singer'? Similar to Anark's point about Layne and Ed Ved.
I said this before, but I don't think Kurt should be in this kind of debate, and I think he'd probably be embarrassed just to be getting mentioned.
He's a vocalist out of the three so far defined types, but he is a songwriter before that. He should be in the songwriter bracket, not the frontman/singer/vocalist bracket.
His singing is not what defined him.