The history of rock and roll wouldn’t be the same without Elvis Presley. Elvis pre-dated modern rock music, but he was a strong influence on the music that turned into the rock that made up the golden age of the genre. Most notably, Elvis was one of the first performers who brought personality to the table along with music that was massively popular.
Elvis was one of the first performers that commanded the attention of everyone in a room. His ability to draw eyeballs like moths to a flame was second to none, paving the way for a lot of what became the world of rock as it is known today. In fact, Elvis is such a memorable personality that many people still think he is alive after he passed away.
He was a controversial artist when he was first becoming popular, thanks in large part to the fact that he brought a number of dance moves on stage that were considered controversial at the time. Today, Elvis would have been considered as innocuous as a musician could be. But his pioneering of musicians with personality earns him a place on this list.
As a general rule, whenever someone spent a number of years biting the heads off of bats and performing other wild stunts while performing on stage, they are one of the biggest personalities in rock. Ozzy Osbourne used to do exactly that. That was just the beginning of the antics that have made him famous for a lot more than just his ability to sing amongst the best vocalists in rock history.
In addition to his wild on-stage performances, Osbourne was the quintessential rocker in a lot of ways. A profane lead singer who wasn’t afraid to terrify and offend spectators with his behaviour, Ozzy was one of the greats in an era of music where it was clear that the stars were both working hard and playing hard.
That kind of attitude led to Osbourne being honoured as a golden god of rock in 2018. Those awards are meant to honour those in the rock community who were groundbreaking and Ozzy certainly fits that bill, thanks to his personality that never ceased to keep all eyes on him. Given that people always wanted to know what Ozzy was going to do next, his status as a golden god has never been in doubt.
When fans of rock and roll think about big personalities, it doesn’t take long before they think of Freddie Mercury. The lead singer of Queen did everything during his career and in his life with pride and the knowledge that he could do it on his own terms. Mercury was never more confident than he was when he was performing, as his distinct voice was one of the most beloved in the history of music. It commanded attention, and kept the attention of anyone who was around to listen.
Not only was Mercury one of the best lead singers of all-time. He was also one of the most fashionable. His looks throughout his career were iconic, as he took to the stage in everything from a Japanese kimono to a tank top and jeans and everything in between. To pull those looks off required a comfort in his own skin that most lead singers could only aspire to and that confidence was palpable when enjoying a Queen show.