Top 10 Best Metal Vocalists


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The Top Ten

Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden
The legendary vocalist: Bruce Dickinson. Now in his mid-50's and he can still hit those incredible notes in almost every gig he plays. In many of his songs in Iron Maiden, Dickinson has showed his "scream" (most famously in Run to the Hills and Infinite Dreams) which is one of the most impressive vocal displays in metal.
Dickinson's the best of this group, but too take this list more seriously, besides Dickinson, and Dio. Where is Robert Plant, Rob Halford, or Axl Rose?. I may have changed my choice if you had included them in the discussion. They are legends and Household names. Dickinson Mr. Air Raid Siren gets the nod here!.
What phil anselmo should be second behind bruce but why is hetfeild 3rd coming from a metallica fan he has terrible vocals the band made him go get singing lessons before they made the black album and he's 3rd?
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2Roy Khan
Outside all the typical vocalist that people are listing on here... Corey Taylor, Matt tuck or Matt Shadows... Roy Khan can actually sing. He does not have a typical or weak singing voice... Its not poppy nor is it something that would be considered likeable by the mainstream community but he is by far one of the most unique and incredible voices that has ever been heard by human ears. His range is absolutely astounding, the only metal vocalist I've heard in the 2 decades of my listening to metal that can even top Roy is Devin Townsend. He also has a great control over his tone giving him an ability to make something sound beautiful, haunting, powerful... And so much more. He is more than just a "Metal vocalist" he is an artist, painting portraits with each note. He also is an outstanding live performer, he is charismatic, energetic when he needs to and subtle when its called for and using that he has the best stage presence imaginable. The man deserves so much respect and is without a doubt the top vocalist in metal history.
A man with a great great heart. A man with an extraordinary voice full of emotion. A man almost destroyed by his own creation. Always went on 200%. Brilliant work with vocal melodies, dynamics, harmonies, emotions, lyrics... He made every performance and recording so organic and mindblowing. Pure magic. People usually don't talk about this but I think that he's actually one of the greatest story tellers in metal genre. Listening to that guy and watching him perform is a real adventure. Roy Khan definitely deserves to be on a better position.
I truly believe he is one of the few singers that made music something more than just melodies and notes. He added emotions and magic.

His Kamelot where one of the best bands ever existed, with a unique charm. Karma and The Black Halo are simply two of the greatest albums ever made.
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3SU-METAL - Babymetal
For her age she has an unbelievable voice which will only improve over time and more training.
Definitely needs to be on this list if we are being fair here. Amazing vocalist.
She really needs to be on here. Her vocals are amazing.
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4Ronnie James Dio - Dio
Seeing Dio and Rob Halford not in the top 5 makes this list a complete joke. Dio is one of the greatest metal vocalists in music and has one of the most powerful and phenomenal voices of all time.
"sing me a song your a singer" is the best opening line ever in a song mainly because Dio's voice makes it sound so much better.


Ronnie james dio is the best. Rest in peace ronnie james dio. You are the best. Because your sound is wonderful. You will never die. And metal will never die!
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5Rob Halford - Judas Priest
I agree that sometimes Bruce Dickinson and James Hetfield sing better SONGS than Rob Helford, but that doesn't make them better SINGERS than Rob Halford.

My favorite band is Iron Maiden, but I must say, Rob Halford is the greatest metal vocalist of all time.

Why is he the best? Beacause he can do EVERYTHING with his voice:
1. His screams are phenomenal.
2. He can sing really high- in VICTIM OF CHANGES Rob sings higher than Bruce.
3. Without even trying to be one, he the best grawler of all time (PAINKILLER! ).

WHAT THE HELL!?!? JAMES HETFIELD ABOVE ROB! GRR Rob should be at the top with Bruce Dickinson!


Is this a joke?
I think the younger listeners needs to be strapped to the rack, then fed with the top quality songs of early Judas Priest. None above, none equal to - The Metal God.
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6James Hetfield - Metallica
How come James is #1 in best metal/rock voices and in the best metal band of all time but he is #5 in metal voices? Still Bruce is second in my opinion still he has a extremely EPIC METAL voice but James is the best.
You cannot beat James' metal vocal ability at seattle 1989. It was amazing!
Metal boss in one word. Master of Metal. Killed em'all. Amazing vocal with riffs.
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7Corey Taylor - Slipknot
At least he has to be in the top 5. He's the best screamer their is.
just listen to psychosocial, wherein lies continue, liberate for his highs and snuff, skin ticket, purity for his lows. He is AWESOME
His voice just raise up my spirit!


Just because he is more recent than other vocalists doesn't make him any worse his voice is incredible and his screaming is brilliant, listen to Diasasterpiece its amazing! Also Randy Blythe should be higher up. Although Bruce deserves to be top.
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8M. Shadows - Avenged Sevenfold
Great vocalist - good range, and great variation with both softer songs (like Seize The Day, So Far Away, and my personal favourite Victim) and heavier songs (like Nightmare, Critical Acclaim and Welcome To The Family).
M Shadows in my opinion should be at least 3. He has a powerful voice and uses it in the way he should use it! On hail to the king album his vocals are just amazing. It's not like any other metal singer. This is Raw power. If the Rev was still here and he sand on Hail to the king, he would be number 1!
Really unique voice. Amazing control and range coupled with an ability to incorporate heavy raspy growl for metal stompers or extremely clean and emotive vocals for ballads with perfect execution at all time.
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9Ozzy Osbourne - Black Sabbath
"The Godfather of Heavy Metal", "The Prince of Darkness" OZZY OSBOURNE!
He deserves to be up there on top!
He's way more talented than Bruce and any day way way WAY better than Corey Taylor
Ozzy is awesome. By the way Ronnie James Dio should be on this list to
Is this the best vocalist list or our personal favourite vocalist list? When ozzy sings even bats cry
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10Serj Tankian - System of a Down
Serj is the best!
Powerful, melodic, true voice. the best of these ten
Serj is the best vocal.
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The Contenders

11Geoff Tate - Queensryche
He was one of the best in his prime the entire operation mindcrime was phenomenal my top 3 in no particular order is Rob Halford Bruce Dickenson Geoff Tate
I think Tate was the greatest ever in his prime. My top five are in order are Tate, Dio, Dickinson, Halford, and Anselmo.
The best enough said

12Phil Anselmo - Pantera
Hey..we talk about metal here! Why Ian Gillan, Axl Rose and other rock/hard rock vocalist was on the list?
Anselmo is the best, his voice is so perfect for pantera's music..and that's what metal is..
Raw aggression and passionate harmonys help create this tension I cannot describe m/ rock on Phil!
Anselmo has a soulful singing voice yet devastating rage packed into one voice
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13Tobias Sammet - Avantasia, Edguy
I think he is one of the best with his range and stage presence. Avantasia is the product of a genius mind.

14James Labrie - Dream Theater
Maybe not the best, but a good one
This guy desereves at least no.10...his voice is a high pitched voice...tye only singer that can go all the way to the F#...

15Randy Blythe - Lamb of God
He has got powerful voice hear Walk with me in hell, Laid To Rest, Omerta, Set To Fail, In Your Words, Blacken The Cursed sun..


Just try any song of lamb of god.. And you will shocked after listening he's vocals... He sings like a ghost..
Best vocal... In the world...
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16Maynard James Keenan - Tool
He always seems to pour deep emotion into his songs, which to me seems to be one of the determining factors of a good singer. Pure talent and singing range is good, but to to have that and be able to put for that emotion is something else.
Can't believe this guy isn't at least in the top 10, seeing him all the way down here makes me sad
Laugh out loud, Dickenson, Corey Taylot, Shadows and Ozzy above MJK? I don't think so. The Pot and The Grudge are some fine examples of MJK's amazing vocals. No one can match the progressive raw power.

17Matt Tuck - Bullet for My Valentine
Matt Tuck is an awesome vocalist thanks to his skill with the guitar and to his nice style. In all the video clips he is playing guitar even though it is very difficult to synchronize with all those complicated things but now Bullet For My Valentine are in the 15 best heavy metal bands around the world. They 're just great!
He can growl and sing melodic tracks equally well... Something rare in today's metalcore bands
Amzing voice and far amazing screams, he's definitely ahead than that overrated chester bennington.
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18Matt Barlow - Iced Earth
Anything to say? A god among humans, with a great voice tune, power and feeling, and a awesome presence on stages, he knows how to conquer the World!
He is very underrated! He is pretty much the American Bruce Dickinson. He has such a phenomenal range and power in his voice!
What? How is he below Axl Rose? This is top 10 BEST METAL vocalists not personal choice
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19King Diamond - Mercyful Fate
Come on really have U. Not heard gypsy

20Michael Kiske - Helloween
Matt Shadows? Corey? Who are they next to the great master Kiske? He is easily one of the best vocalists out there! Even Deris (who is an amazing vocalist as well) who entered in his place has some difficulties into singing the other vocalist songs. Just try to achieve the high noted of Eagle Fly Free, Halloween and a Tale That Wasn't Right, then you'll see what a real vocal master is.
The best voice I've ever heard! God blesses him! Another vocalists are top ten because the fame: Ex: Axel? Great voice but Kiske is much better than all of them!
Just the best high pitches falsetto singer in world.. Probably the best heavy metal voice ever. Incomparable!
PS: I can't believe that there is people who voted as better singer the Slipknot's singer or Serj or that Avenge Sevenfold guy, what do they listen?
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21David Draiman - Disturbed
This guy is the giver of shivers down my spine for me! He writes his own lyrics and his music is like sex to the ears... Should be at least in the Top 10 in my opinion.
I'm surprised David didn't make it into the top 10. His voice alone could shake mountains. Especially his growls, there are spectacular and amazing!
10! Seriously? So underrated it's unbelievable.
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22Brian Johnson - AC/DC

23Axl Rose - Guns N' Roses
Easily the best voice on this list. Unfortunately, this is a metal list and Rose is not metal.
Rose has a very great voices. I can't do like him! Rank number 11 in top 100 greatest metal vocalists of all time...


if he just sang metal he would be the best


24Jonathan Davis - Korn
Davis is the best rock and metal vocalist man :/ Why is on 19? His voice is unique
Jonathan davis truly is the best singer, in my opinion, he should be number 1
Jd is easily top 3 vocalist of all time this whole list is trash
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25Ian Gillan - Deep Purple
Not much to say really. His ability is unmatched.

26Tommy Karevik - Seventh Wonder, Kamelot
Amazing singer! New star in the genre and great stage presence.

27Russell Allen - Symphony X
Definitely one of the best metal vocalists of our times, both in Symphony X and in all his other side projects! He deserves a much better position than this!
Russel Allen! Symphony X stands out as one of the Metal greats. There are few bands that can combine technical ability and introspective emotions.

28Daniel Gildenlöw - Pain Of Salvation
Vocal range, color and control of his voice - it all makes a complete harmony...
The most versatile singer I've ever heard or seen

29Tarja Turunen
Tarja is the goddes of metal, simply as that. Listen to the album Once, her vocal range there is but astonishing, from Nemo to Creek Mary's Blood, and the unforgettable Ghost Love Score, her voice is unique and majestic.

30Steve Braun - Halcyon way
Steve Braun is one of the most talented singers you will ever hear, let alone just in the metal genre. Pairing his amazing talent with this incredible band was the best thing to ever happen to metal.
Steve and Halcyon Way may be a little unknown, but that doesn't say a single thing about their talent or skill.
If you don't know this band you are missing out.
Definitely Steve is one of the most talented singers out there. Great guy, great showman, great vocalist
If there was a voice for Prog Metal, Steve would fill that category. Talent in bucket-loads and an amazing dude to match.
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31Urban Breed - Trail of Murder, Tad Morose
By far the most excellent lyricist, and deliverer of expression and abstraction on this list. Urban is quite literally the excellence of execution when it comes to delivery of melodies.
And then he provides some of the best backing vocals in metal as well.

32Devin Townsend
A great and kind man with more musical talent than all of the metal community combined. He has done so much work in the 20+ years that he has been releasing music and he is now only recently starting to get the deserved attention for it... From working with Steve Vai in the early 90s... To performing in his own band Strapping young lad, the epitome of heavy, aggressive and intense metal... And to today where he performs in his solo project playing everything from progressive metal, to death metal to even ambient melo stuff. But to the factor of his voice, he has a range that shouldn't even be humanly possible, he can scream to levels that hurt my throat just hearing, do powerful growls, perform simple mellow clean vocals and to top it all of... Incredibly powerful operatic vocals that blow people away. Every note he hits is clean and spot on and he has an incredible sense of timing with each one. With all that, his live performances put his studios albums to shame. For those reading this... Just looking him up on youtube and listen to his song Supercrush or Kingdom... With those songs alone he should be considered the greatest vocalist of all time.
This man is the God of music, there is no hyperbole used in that statement. Musically, he can do no wrong.
Unique range both technically and artistically. One of the most capable vocalists of modern metal.
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33Anders Friden - In Flames
Amazing vocalist, and one of the most unique vocalist in metal, with black metal influence to his vocals
His clean vocals are great, and the harsh ones, eh... you say it.
Extreme guttural vocals don't get nearly enough respect! Anders is the best of the best when it comes to guttural vocals! His clean vocals are damn good as well! It was a tough call between Anders and Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden.


34Alexi Laiho - Children of Bodom

35Andi Deris - Helloween

36Parash Sakya - Antim Grahan
He sings so fast. no one sings like him. Alexi is awesome too. And why the hell is Attila here when Dead is missing?
Awesome metal vocal from Nepal

37Johnny Gioeli - Axel Rudi Pell, Crush 40, Hardline

38Floor Jansen - After Forever

39Till Lindemann - Rammstein
How is Till number 35?! He has amazing vocals that can move you in songs like Ohne Dich or Mutter. He should be in the top ten.
Till lindemann do first! He is the best vocal

40Shagrath - Dimmu Borgir, Fimbulwinter, Ov Hell, Chrome

41Mike Patton - Faith No More
HE CAN SING ANY GENRE! , I really don't know why he's not up a little higher.
An amazingly versatile and talented vocalist and an exceptional frontman. He should be much much higher up the list.


43Robert Lowe

44Gene Simmons - KISS

45Hansi Kürsh - Blind Guardian
One of the best metal Vocalists of all time. The range of his voice and his ability to perform live is paralleled only by some on this list like Dio, Roy, or Bruce. Deserves a much better place in this list.
I think it is very popular as it should... I really like his voice, is powerful, rare, interesting... It's wonderful to live and very few are.
The best one of them. I think better than James or Bruce Dickinson. Must be higher in this list. They just voted for names but Hans Kürsh is very well.
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46Jari Mäenpää - Wintersun
Jari has a great voice he can change him many time just listen to Time and then you will realise it

47Mikael Akerfeldt
Excellent versatility, and some of the best growls in metal. His clean voice is also a way beyond the norm of the scene, and in general he's a superior vocalist to many.
Basically the best with growls, & an amazing vocalist in the progressive metal arena. Should be up there among the metal vocal kings like Bruce & Robert.


Sings like a loving angel...growls like a furious demon...he needs to be one of the big 3
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48Ivan Moody - Five Finger Death Punch
If corey taylor is number 7, Ivan moody should at least 8 because he sounds just like him in my opinion.
Loud and deep voice. Very loud

49Robert Plant - Led Zeppelin
Deserve first 10 places.

50Joakim Broden - Sabaton

51Simone Simons - Epica
Simone Simons is a really awesome singer. His voice is mezzosoprano, but she can climb to the top notes of a soprano. It can be sweet, as aggressive. Master the classical technique as style rock / pop. Her voice is full of feeling, a feeling that is when she sings live. Not the typical super sweet soprano, she has a wonderful voicepoint, warm and dark at once. Not only sings, also composed some lyrics, very philosophical lyrics that really make you think, like "Sensorium" or "Storm the Sorrow", not just a pretty face, no, she really has a melodious voice, she's a goddess of metal with a heart of gold x

52Lemmy Kilmister- Motorhead
Lemmys voice set the bar for metal and when you hear him live and see people running for the exit sign after an encore with overkill you know it's the real deal.
The voice that even a devil will fear... It sounds like a 10000 cc engine... Hell yeah!

53Sharon den Adel - Within Temptation

54Eric Clayton

55Layne Staley
Best vocalist in my opinion. Layne could take something very dark and sad and make it one of the most beautiful things you ever heard. RIP
The man can bring sadness to metal just by using his voice. He almost sound like he's on the edge of tears even when he's hitting those higher notes that require an angrier tone. The best in my opinion
Best, most powerful voice in the business, period.

56Maťo Ďurinda - Tublatanka

57Dani Filth - Cradle of Filth
Dani posses a great talent for song writing, and when he mix that talent with high pitched vocals it just sounds unreal.
Dani is a DEVIL!
Dani filth sounds like the devil. Brilliant high screams, and decent growls.
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58Blackie Lawless
Great, powerful and spine tingling vocal power!
I'm wondering why he is not in this list :/

59Tom S. Englund - Evergrey

60Attila Csihar - Mayhem

the best voice of all the black metal... he is amazing

61Chino Moreno - Deftones

62Paul Di'Anno - Iron Maiden

63Bill Byford - Saxon

64Sebastian Bach - Skid Row

65Steven Tyler - Aerosmith

66ZP Theart - Dragonforce

67Tom Araya - Slayer
Amazing vocals... Evil voice

68Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth - Overkill
The ultimate thrash vocalist. Best metal vocalist in my opinion.

69Markus Stock

70Ailyn - Sirenia

71Myles Kennedy - Alter Bridge
Umm haha that girly voice of m shadows in top 10 and myles here, way to go idiots, actually its good for Alter Bridge fans as we get quality fans and the band doesn't get overrated like A7x
Huge huge huge range, comes after Bruce Dickinson when comes to delivering metal vocals


Amazing voice, amazing man.

72Matt Heafy - Trivium

73Eric Adams
How is it that this metal legend is 99? Age hasn't stopped him at all like any true metal god. He even sang at the longest heavy metal performance ever which clocked in at 5 hours and 1 minute. I understand Dickinson, Dio, and Halford being ahead of him but he should at least be in the top 5. Long live the Kingdom of Steel and the Army of Immortals.
He is known for holding high note screams for over 40 seconds at Manowar shows. Adams's main vocal influence is Ian Gillan; Adams declared in an interview that he used to go to every Deep Purple show as a young man because he loved Gillan's voice.[4] However, he has also worked to create his own, personal style. His voice covers 4 octaves from bass B1 to the soprano B5. As Adams has aged, his vocal high end has decreased, so recent Manowar albums are tuned lower than earlier albums

74Johan Hegg - Amon Amarth

75Sully Erna - Godsmack
Evey one votes for his favourite band's vocalist and that sucks ass. I love metallica but I know this guy is the beast just listen to the enemy

76Kyo - Dir En Grey
Should be number one. No one can ever sing like how Kyo sings.
KYO SHOULD TOPPED THE LIST! Oh I forgot, Kyo is not even human.

77Max Cavalera
Its should be in top 5 max have the nice pure metal voice and scream..

78Jorn Lande
Jorn is definitely top 10.
Yes, top 10 indeed

79Benjamin Burnley - Breaking Benjamin

80Danny Worsnop - Asking Alexandria

81Waylon Reavis - Mushroomhead

82Tim Owens
Amazing singer! Great musician!
Is the best voice in my opinion.
Wow 76! Come on people! Vote!

83Tom Angelripper

84Daniel Heiman
Highest metal singer (D6)

85Mitch Lucker - Suicide Silence
Must be in top 10
Vote everybody
M schocked to see him so back... He's just awesome metal vocal.. Please vote for him

86Joey Belladonna - Anthrax

87David Gold - Woods of Ypres

88Joe Elliott - Def Leppard

89Brian "Head" Welch - Love & Death
Everybody should hear Head! I never knew how melodic, how harsh he can do with his vocals. Jonathan Davis should look out on how good of a vocalist and guitarist Head is!

90Christian Alvestam
Clearly you guys are uncultured posers if you think Dickinson or hetfield are even close to Alvestam's talent. Go listen to his stuff for Solution.45, you'll thank me.

91Timo Kotipelto

92Klaus Meine
One of the most versatile voices in Rock, he can sing ballads or heavy tunes, and is voice sounds better live. He is maybe the oldest singer in the list!, but he must be on the top 5 because he still sounds powerful live!

93Jeremy McKinnon - A Day to Remember

94Udo Dirkschneider - Accept, U.D.O.

95Jimmie Strimell
Jimmie is the simply the best. Great screams and I also like his poppish voice. He's the best believe me, just listen to Dead by April's Losing You and you'll be amazed by his talent. Jimmie Strimell the best thumbs upp.

96Mikael Stanne

Why is this site full of massive opinionated tools? I mean, what kind of stupid do you have to be to actually think Corey Taylor and Dave Mustaine have good vocals? Stanne does both good growling and singing, and he's being doing it since The Gallery.

97Chris Cerulli - Motionless In White

98Mark Slaughter
How could Mark not in the list? Just hear some of Mark's song... His voice just drives me crazy!

99Jason Newsted
I was really impressed how good Newsted can do his vocals. He is like a mix of Dave Mustaine and Lemmy Killmeister when he sings! If you want proof listen to his new band Newsted and their debut material, Metal.

100Ian Astbury - The Cult

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