Top 10 Backing Vocalists in Rock and Metal


The Contenders: Page 2XW

21Steve Priest - The Sweet

He's their bassist. I like his vocals more than the lead vocals, especially on "No You Don't" and "Fox On The Run". The song "Restless" was sung by Steve Priest. - Metal_Treasure

22John Frusciante - Red Hot Chili PeppersJohn Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer.He is best known for his time with the Funk Rock California based band the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

John has very good backing vocals. Especially in Can't Stop, Sir Psycho Sexy, Venice Queen and Knock me Down.

By the way and snow are two of my favorites, great background vocals - Flea does a good job too but not as good.

Go and listen to Venice Queen and he will instantly be your number one choice.

V1 Comment
23Erich Awalt - Disturbed
24Daron Malakian - System of a DownDaron Vartan Malakian is an Armenian–American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.
25Pepper Keenan - Down, Corrosion of Conformity

He did lead vox on 'Vote With A Bullet' by Corrosion of Conformity. - Metal_Treasure

26Arto Järvinen - Teräsbetoni
27David Crosby - The Byrds, CSN&YDavid Van Cortlandt Crosby is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of three bands: the Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and CPR.

A massive jerk, but Crosby essentially invented the concept of "high harmony" that enhanced whatever the lead singer was doing, and making the overall sound much better.

28Mike DirntMichael Ryan Pritchard, known professionally as Mike Dirnt, is an American musician best known for being the co-founder, bassist, backing and occasional lead vocalist of the American punk rock band Green Day.
29David Bryan - Bon JoviDavid Bryan Rashbaum, best known as just David Bryan, is the keyboard player of the popular American Rock band Bon Jovi, with which he has also co-written songs and performed backing vocals.

He sings alone the song "In These Arms". Not bad. - Metal_Treasure

30Neil Young - Buffalo SpringfieldNeil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.

Neil was young and still a little shy about singing the amazing songs he was writing even back then, and often let Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, or Jim Messina take the lead vocals, and just contributed to the background.

"On The Way Home" and "Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It" are among Buffalo Springfield's best songs written by Neil, but with Richie Furay as lead singer. When BS has a reunion concert, Richie still sings lead, but you can tell that Neil's backing vocal adds a lot. It is an exceedingly rare treat when Neil performs those numbers himself at one of his own concerts.

31Gary MooreRobert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.

He started as a guitarist and backing vocalist for Thin Lizzy but continued with a very successful solo career. - Metal_Treasure

32Marcus Siepen - Blind GuardianMarcus Siepen is a German guitarist and backing vocalist, most known for being the rhythm guitarist of power metal band Blind Guardian.
33The Edge
34Ray Thomas - The Moody BluesV1 Comment
35Yngwie J. MalmsteenYngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

He's a virtuoso guitar player and backing vocalist but he sang all vocals on some of his albums. His singing isn't as impressive as his guitar playing but is OK (some popular lead singers sing worse than him, haha). - Metal_Treasure

36Joe Trohman - Fall Out Boy
37StingGordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known professionally by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor, and philanthropist.
38Neil Sanderson - Three Days Grace
39Randy Meisner

He was the bassist for the Eagles until 1977 I believe, he had a beautiful voice and could hit some insane high notes, most notably on "Take it to the Limit", I wouldn't say top 5, but he deserves a spot on the top 20 - VintagePetRaptor

40Ben Bruce
PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Greatest Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Vocalists Best Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Vocalists Best Modern Metal and Rock Vocalists Best Backing Metal Vocalists Most Talented Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Vocalists

List StatsUpdated 8 Dec 2016

100 votes
47 listings
119 days old

Top Remixes (5)

1. George Harrison - The Beatles
2. Roger Taylor - Queen
3. Eric Clapton - Cream
1. Richard Wright - Pink Floyd
2. George Harrison - The Beatles
3. Roger Taylor - Queen
1. Jason Newsted - Metallica
2. Brian Head Welch
3. Chris Fehn - Slipknot

View All 5


Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.