The 27 greatest frontmen (and women) of all time

Photo Credit: Frank Lisciandro © 1967 | The Ed Sullivan Show (New York City, NY)
Photo Credit: Frank Lisciandro © 1967 | The Ed Sullivan Show (New York City, NY)

Here's a riddle for you: can a bad band still be fronted by someone great?

Think about Journey. Maybe The Doors. Perhaps even Maroon 5. While some consider each band to be classic in their own way and others may find their entire output dismissive, Steve Perry, Jim Morrison and Adam Levine—love 'em or hate 'em—make for compelling figures. Yet no band has to follow a set template, which is why there are groups ranging from Sleater-Kinney to Radiohead to The Louvin Brothers to The B-52's where the phrase "frontperson" may not be the most accurate way to describe their aesthetic. Instead, the group effort is put entirely into the sonic and the personalities may fall where they may.

So with that in mind, let's dig into rock, rap, soul and country to find the greatest frontpeople of all time: ambassadors for a band that drew you in, kept you rapt, and may just as well have changed the course of pop music forever.

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