An impassioned vocal delivery can elevate a song to amazing heights. Would “Twist and Shout” be as memorable without John Lennon’s shredded vocal cord screams? Can you imagine “Like a Rolling Stone” without Bob Dylan’s nasal delivery of “How does it feeeeeeel?” A lot of people have sung “River Deep, Mountain High,” but nobody hits the notes quite like Tina Turner.
Now we have a question for you: what is your favorite vocal performance of the rock era? Please vote for a single artist and song. Tracks like “Unchained Melody” have been covered by a lot of people, so specify if you’re voting for the Righteous Brothers, Al Green, Sam Cooke, etc. Please only vote once and only for a single song. If we get 9,000 votes for Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend,” we’ll know something’s up.