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    There are more far more average singers than great singers in this world, so actually I think you'll find the onus is the one professing a singer's vocal greatness, rather than the one professing their mediocrity.

    I'll desist from replying further until you can provide some statistical evidence (lists from magazines aren't evidence, by the way) that the majority think Bob Dylan has a great voice. It doesn't exist though, so good luck with that. :yy:
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    (Original post by StrangeBanana)
    There are more far more average singers than great singers in this world, so actually I think you'll find the onus is the one professing a singer's vocal greatness, rather than the one professing their mediocrity.

    I'll desist from replying further until you can provide some statistical evidence (lists from magazines aren't evidence, by the way) that the majority think Bob Dylan has a great voice. It doesn't exist though, so good luck with that. :yy:
    There's also no statistical evidence to back up the claim that "most people" think he has an average voice either. Also I'd say a list from one of the industry's most reputable magazines compile by 197 industry professionals who are paid because they know about this sort of thing has some weight in an argument about who the greatest singer in the world. Obviously it's not proof in itself but it's a significant point of reference from a sample.
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    (Original post by tengentoppa)
    His music is great but he's not the best singer.
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    Dylan

    Even if his voice isn't so great
    Many hate the Dylan voice—Joyce Carol Oates, in one of her less felicitous similes, said it was "as if sandpaper could sing"—but it is in the end inseparable from the glory of his best work. Nothing demonstrates this better than attempts by others to cover him. Take the Byrds' version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" – please: it makes one of the finest entries in the Dylan songbook sound like it was written by the Monkees.
    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/...friend/307647/

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    Bob Dylan. I don't think that he's a bad singer, but not particularly good - he's about average. But his lyrics are brilliant, they're definitely what make his songs.
 
 
 
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