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Hi, we're the Replacements: Best replacement singers of the '80s



Bruce Dickinson/St. Pete Times photoWhat is it about the '80s and replacement singers? We are, for better or worse, the decade of "Bring back Steve Perry!" "Bring back Dennis DeYoung!" "Bring back Ozzy!" "Bring back Peter Gabriel!"

The Dallas Observer went a step farther and has named their Top 10 Replacement Singers. And not to spoil the list, but nobody is naming Journey's Arnel Pineda or Styx's Lawrence Gowan among the elite replacements.

Here is the top 5 singers on the list. Click here to see the full list, which is almost entirely '80s-centric.

1. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden). "If you want to talk to the most obstinate, know-it-all rock dudes ever, find some rabid Paul Di'Anno purists."

2. Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath). "His addition breathed new life into the ailing Sabbath, and fans count Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules among Sabbath's best albums."

3. David Gilmour (Pink Floyd). "Brought in as a fifth member, then bumped to lead vocals after Syd Barrett's breakdown, Gilmour's hypnotic vocals lent a featherlight edge to Floyd's solid progressive rock base."

4. Brian Johnson (AC/DC). "Why do people hate this guy? ... Not only did AC/DC replace their vocalist, but their first album with Johnson, Back In Black, was the biggest album of their careers."

5. Jean Terrell (the Supremes). "Motown president Berry Gordy recruited 24-year-old club singer Terrell to replace the departing Diana Ross in 1969."

[Last modified: Thursday, November 10, 2011 8:46am]


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