Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Best Lead Singers of All TimeWatch clips from the winners, including Robert Plant, Bono, John Lennon and Freddie Mercury
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Paul Hewson's nickname was originally Bono Vox, which translated from Latin into "good voice." He's long since shortened it to Bono, but the sentiment remains. He does indeed have a very good voice. It's as effective on soft, moody songs like "Did You Wear That Velvet Dress" as it as on intense, hard rockers like "Bullet The Blue Sky." He can sing opera with Pavarotti, gospel with a Harlem choir, blues with B.B. King and even country with Johnny Cash. "He's a physical singer, like the leader of a gospel choir," says Billie Joe Armstrong. "He gets lost in the melodic moment. He goes to a place outside himself, especially in front of an audience, when he hits those high notes. That's where his real power comes from — the pure, unadulterated Bono."