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Axl Rose Responds to Being Placed First on World's Greatest Singers List

May 29, 2014 (4:52 am) GMT
The Guns N' Roses member, who was named the greatest singer after a chart showed that his vocal range spanned almost six octaves, says he feels flattered and humbled for being included in the list.
Axl Rose, Guns N' Roses

recently topped the World's Greatest Singers list after a chart by ConcertHotels.com showed that he had a vocal range that spanned nearly six octaves. The vocalist has now responded to the new milestone in a letter to Spin, saying that "it's very flattering and humbling to be included in such an illustrious ensemble."

"From what I could tell, the original article was for the most part only talking about the professionally recorded vocal range of the singers they compared calling the entire group 'The World's Greatest Singers'," wrote Rose, who beat the likes of , and in the list.

"If I had to say who I thought the best singers were, I'd say first that I don't know there's a definitive answer as in my opinion it's subjective, and second that my focus is primarily rock singers," he continued.

"That said, I enjoy Freddie Mercury, , , Dan McCafferty, Janice Joplin, , , Roger Daltrey, , Jeff Lynne, , , Jimmy Scott, , , Chrissie Hynde, , and a ton of others (predominantly '70s rock singers) and would rather hear ANY of them anytime rather than me!"

The World's Greatest Singers list, however, has been updated. A follow-up study shows that Mike Patton of has the broadest singing range, pushing Rose back down to the list's No. 4.

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