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Weekend Rock Question: Which Singer Has the Most Unique Voice?

Cast your vote in our weekly readers' poll

January 20, 2012 4:30 PM ET
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Clockwise from top-left: Tom Waits, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Wayne Coyne and Janis Joplin.
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When NBC's hit singing competition The Voice returns for its second season on February 5th immediately after the Super Bowl, the show will kick off with its distinct blind auditions.

This process allows the judges – Cee Lo, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton – to listen to prospective contestants without getting burdened by the singer's appearance, age, gender or race. Listening blindly opens up the potential for truly interesting singers to make the cut on raw talent and personality, instead of by scoring points with polish and flash.

With this in mind, our question for you this week is: Which singer has the most unique voice? You know – the kind of voice that may not be technically impressive, but has compelling character unlike any other.

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Last weekend, we asked you to tell us your favorite "Weird Al" Yankovic song, and we compiled the results in this video gallery.

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