The Greatest Frontmen (And Women) In Rock ‘n’ Roll History

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Image credit: Michael Ochs Archive / Getty Images

The energy, the sexual appeal, the unyielding artistry and defiant angst—these artists embody what it means to be a rock icon. The definition is never the same twice. While stars like Janis Joplin use their softness as the most biting weapon, others like Jim Morrison capture a frenetic, untouchable energy that’s as captivating as it is uncomfortable. These enigmatic singers have wailed, crooned, and shaken their hips into the rock and roll history books.

Freddie Mercury

Everyone remembers that iconic Wayne’s World scene. There’s no denying it wouldn’t have been the same without Freddie Mercury’s dynamic range. As the lead singer of the 1970s rock band Queen, Mercury is an accomplished songwriter behind the mega-hits “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are the Champions.” If there was ever a front man who embodied the idea of ’70s stadium rock, it was Mercury.

Though no one can contest Mercury’s sheer chops as a showman, what most people don’t know is that he was an artist in more ways than one. The hitmaker designed Queen’s iconic “Royal Crest” logo to embody their full vision: being “regal and majestic” and “shocking and outrageous.” Mission accomplished.

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