10 Rock Bands That Have Two Frontmen

The Ultimate Vocal Team-Ups.

Chester Bennington, from left, and Mike Shinoda of the band Linkin Park perform in concert during their Carnivores Tour 2014 at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Camden, N.J. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
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Most kids dreaming of being a rockstar tend to go back to the idea of the frontman. As opposed to shredding and blowing minds on guitar, most aspiring rockers tend to think of themselves as being the commander of the crowd, doing their best to be the host of one big musical party. At the same time, why would you stop at just one guy when you can have two?

Across every respective genre of rock, many great acts have been able to make two distinct vocal presences work within the context of one group. Rather than just having one distinct voice leading the charge, each of these acts work best when they have both singers work together to create an insane wall of noise for the listener to absorb. Oftentimes, these vocalists will not really have the same type of vocal timbre either, giving each of them their own unique personality whenever they have a turn on the mic.

Whether it be through harmony work, trading off midway through a song, or even just working together in the writing process, each of these singers have done an excellent job at giving their all for the betterment of the group. For as many great acts have one party animal, these bands prove that it sometimes takes teamwork to make something truly awesome.

10. Cream

At the start of the '60s, the term supergroup was still a relatively new word. Since the era of the big rock stars were just starting to kick into high gear, the idea of having a group made up of famous rock stars was kind of questionable if they weren't playing off of the rest of their band. In Cream's case though, they managed to get two of the most passionate singers of the day in one group.

Being bred in the blues rock sound of the British rock scene, the original version of Cream began in the mind of Eric Clapton, who had just come off of his stint in the Yardbirds. Though his smooth style of vocals would have worked wonders with Ginger Baker in the back, a whole new dimension of sound was added once Jack Bruce stepped in. Instead of the traditional bluesy flair that the others had, Bruce's intense knowledge of the bass and experience on the scene put him on par with the rest of the group, along with the wild bluesy wail he had once he opened his mouth.

However, Cream's version of vocal dynamics was a bit strange for its time, oftentimes showing both Bruce and Clapton trading off in between verses of a song, which reached its apex on Sunshine of Your Love. Though Cream's moment in the sun was really brief, you don't really get a blues throwdown like this very often.

 
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