Top 10 Best Metal Vocalists

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1Bruce 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!.

Bruce Dickinson is the Greatest lead singer in the world his range I unbeatable. He is a great guy friends with major people is a singer, musician, songwriter, pilot, fencer, broadcaster, author, actor, marketing director, and certified badass and going to defeat cancer and send cancer to purgatory to deal with Eddie. Up The Irons

Bruce, Khan, Dio, Halford and Tate...Boom!

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2Ronnie 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. - wolphert

Dio is a legend. He was incredible in Rainbow, when he sang Man on the silver mountain, Gates of Babylon, and Stargazer, Tony Iommi made a good choice for choosing Dio to be the vocalist for Black Sabbath, and he released amazing songs during his solo career. Holy Diver, Rainbow in the Dark, The Last in Line, We Rock, Sacred Heart, and Dream Evil. Dio should be #1

He is the greatest vocalist of all time

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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.

The best beautiful voice

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4Rob Halford - Judas Priest

It's not even close. come on. Halford is off the charts, then when you get to the charts, Dickinson is next.

The best! Rob Halford is number one. Others are too far away behind him in Metal and Rock Music in general. I love a lot of vocalists like Dio, Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske, Geoff Tate, Eric Adams... But no one can beat Halford in many aspects. Tim "Ripper" Owens is number two.

Just hear the difference between "Beyond the Realms of Death" and then "Painkiller".
Halford can sing with an extraordinarily clean voice, but can scream like no one else can do. He helped create metal, influenced lots of important singers and surely knows how to use his 4 octaves (though he is best at hitting high-pitched notes).
He truly deserves to be #1.

Why is baby metal above Rob Halford?! Most incredible vocalist with incredible high notes and versatility, deserves to be top 5 with Bruce Dickinson, Dio, Ozzy Osbourne and Maynard James Keenan!

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5James Hetfield - MetallicaJames Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band 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!

A big joke hetfield is at no 6... All the voters are blind.. Hetfield can sing hard medium and soft both like hard in creeping death, master of puppets.. Medium in ride welcome home, enter sandman and slow in unforgiven 2, nothing else matter.. He is best live performer... Metallica is best band of the world and they are god of metal... Hetfield deserve 1st position in this list... He is best vocalist + rhythm guitarist and member of Metallica.. Name of Metallica is enough...

James sings like he is taking a Dump. Are you people on dope?

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6Corey Taylor - SlipknotCorey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.

His voice just raise up my spirit! - ShamsulBahriel

Corey's scream is as close as you can get without actually yelling and ruining your voice. Given how angry slipknot's music is, listening makes for a very immersive experience. You feel the genuine rage that the band feels, especially on Iowa. But what he is less known for, and underappreciated for, is his expressive singing. He has a distinct voice, one of the most distinct ever--very easy to pick out. He doesn't have a great range, but he sure knows how to use what he has. he sings with a lot of power.

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

He has been praised for nothing. What he does is NO screaming its shouting and there are some much better shouters then corey additionally he can't even growl or scream but his clean vocals are pretty good but he wastes this talent with bands like Slipknot.

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7Ozzy Osbourne - Black Sabbath

Is this the best vocalist list or our personal favourite vocalist list? When ozzy sings even bats cry

Ozzy is awesome. By the way Ronnie James Dio should be on this list to

How come he is placed below Ronnie James Dio. He should be next to dickinson

Simply the best in all music a true legend

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8Roy 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 ...more

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.

Simply the best...

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9Michael Kiske - Helloween

Some decent picks on here, but then a lot that are just vocalists in popular mainstream bands that aren't actually that talented. At least Bruce Dickinson is around where he should be. The problem with Kiske is that he's not actually done much with metal since Helloween. Although you should listen to Ultrasonic's Light of Dawn album. His voice has aged better than most as though he's been in suspended animation all of this time.

Who doesn't know Michael Kiske, and if you don't you have been under a very large rock for the last 30 years, Kiske is a metal god with a range that no one can reach, those high notes he gets out of his golden throat are just godlike

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.

Let's be honest. He's not rated first only because Helloween did not have such big successes as bands of other vocalists.

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10M. 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.

Should be higher up

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The Newcomers

?Björn "Speed" Strid
?Scott Lewis (Carnifex)

The Contenders

11Geoff Tate - Queensryche

Tate in his prime had the best vocals I've ever heard, in my opinion. His voice can hit the highs and lows. His vocals are absolutely outstanding. First time I listened to Queensryche, I couldn't get over how powerful and outstanding his voice is.

I honestly think he should be #1. I know a lot of people will disagree with me, but really. Tate has a voice that can hit all kinds of notes, and lets be real here, it's absolutely AMAZING. My favorite vocalist ever.

I think Tate was the greatest ever in his prime. My top five are in order are Tate, Dio, Dickinson, Halford, and Anselmo.

Just listen to Mindcrime and you'll be convinced

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12James Labrie - Dream Theater

He is good.. Geoff Tate? Noo... James LaBrie is the Progressive Metal vocal.. His vocal is unique... I don't know how to describe it, he is only for Dream Theater, Dream Theater just for him. The one and only, his vocal control... He has his own vocal style, if you are DT fans since their Image And Words album, maybe you can understand the beautiful of his voice.. Learning to Live, Another Day.. Peruvian Skies, Burning My Soul, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence... Through My Her Eyes, The Spirit Carries On, To Live Forever, Lifting Shadow of A Dream.. He is the best progressive metal vocal. I think his vocal is versatile.. Cover other band songs like, Iron Maiden, Dio, Queen, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple.. Listen to Tenement Funster; Flick of The Wrist; Lily of The Valley cover or Elton John songs, Funeral For A Friend Love Lies Bleeding cover... Or maybe Stargazer... Easy to say if you NOT a singer... But... Not easy to be James LaBrie...

James LaBrie holds claim to one of metal's most celebrated clean voices. From Dream Theater's iconic album 'Images and Words,' this next high note is found on the record's final track, 'Learning to Live.' During this particular part of the song, LaBrie continues to ascend in pitch, teasing a magical high note which fans mentally beg LaBrie to hit. After the build-up, the vocalist finally reaches the desired peak before guitarist John Petrucci transitions into a new part of the song with a mind-bending solo.

He's not as good as Ozzy, Bruce, Halford, or Dio, but definitely is a good one, with loads of talent. Besides, his vocal cords got messed up in 1994, after a food poisoning incident, and if you listen to A Change of Seasons, he could still hit the high notes, which to me was incredible considering how bad they were torn up.

Again, doesn't deserve the top spot, but should be in the top 10

Top 10 in my opinion

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13Phil Anselmo - Pantera

Not much to say besides the fact that he should be way higher. Phil is the definition of a metal vocalist. He has the screams, the power, the soul, the distortion and the gut. When Phil sings I feel it in my bones, he was and always will be the perfect metal singer.

Anger, Beauty and Awesomeness, those are his vocals. The coolest sounding vocalist in my opinion, which just makes the songs sound heavier, and just doper overall. He did used to hit the notes, just listen to Cemetery Gates, but then he went to a much more badass and cooler song. Top 5 Vocalist, AT LEAST.

He should be no. 1 when the the world was stuck with grunge rock. Pantera saved metal. The metal world owes Pantera everything, what would pantera be without Phil.

There are few who can match his growling vocals. Those few need an award of some sort.

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15Suzuka Nakamoto - Babymetal

She's just awesome, Trust Me. I've seen her perform live 3 time in the past 18 months an I have never head such a voice. The combination of awesome metal instrumentals and her stunning vocal delivery create an amazing sound.

At Just 17 years old. She has so much ahead of her and she will only improve, She's already the best.

Hey, I saw her in top 3 before. Don't manipulate the vote. She's the best singer hands down.

I know that you have a Shrine for the metal Gods, but all have to admit, If we don't recognize young talents will die. And She is worthy of the attention, she has a true talent for metal. Born from pop, growing in metal, for me, she is one of the most inspirational people in the music. Kobayashi believes in her, I believe in her, she could be a legend if she keeps improving. Guys, See her live, only after hearing her voice you will understand. She is the future. And she is only 17. She have a ton of time for learning.

How come you fabricate the stats? You guys working here are all coward cheaters.

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16Serj Tankian - System of a Down

I was gonna vote for Roy Khan, because he is incredible, but my loyalties will always be to Serj Tankian. System of a Down is my favorite band since I was 10 years old. Serj's has this incredible range of style and emotion. You get all these different kinds of songs like Question or Spiders or even crazy ones like Vicinity of Obscenity. And his solo work is amazing too. The big sound of Elect the Dead or the symphonic Imperfect Harmonies or the sorta punk rock Harakiri. Serj is an amazing talent.

Serj has a great voice, as far as the genre is concerned. I would rate him higher than this. Most metal singer just yell and scream a lot, which of course will offend a lot of people, but I think Serj's has a bit of a lyric quality to it.

Serj and Bruce are my favourite singers, Serj has an amazing voice and he has a wide range of styles. Really like his Solo stuff too

He has a very unique voice and he's perfect when hitting the low notes.

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17Matt Heafy - Trivium

He was so good at ascendancy era. He could sing very high pitch such as pull harder, dying in your arms, declaration, departure. I like him when he sang high.

Matt Heafy is not a trained vocalist. As a guitarist he his skilled enough, but his screaming abilities are good. He should placed within first 15. - Gupta

His solos are unbelievable and the new vocals are pretty but he should scream

My favorite for life

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18Maynard 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

Who is that Su-Metal person at the top of the list? Anyways, Maynard knows how to sing and how to sing GOOD. Great emotion, great screaming, great everything. He should at least be in the top 5. - NuMetalManiak

Such a peculiar voice, smooth and suave, and then mighty and persuasive. Maynard just cannot be repeated.

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19Matt Barlow - Iced Earth

Whilst probably not THE best, he is undoubtedly one of them. His phenomenal voice has soared into the highest reaches of sound and rumbled in the lowest depths. The masculine thickness of his voice also allows for him to be soft while still menacing and strong. His voice is a one of a kind, and it's a damn shame he doesn't get more recognition.

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!

THE voice of ICED EARTH. Killer growls, clean and hight pitched vocals. "Something Wicked This Way Comes", "Horrow Show" and "Immortal" albums are a proof of what is he made of: pure metal and a class A+ quality voice.

Barlow, a perfect mixture between Hetfield, Anselmo, Dickinson and Halford, at his best.

Why is this guy not higher? The list is kinda ridiculous, sure the singers above are good, but Barlow's voice is so powerful, and he has an incredible range. The dude is amazing.

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20Chuck Schuldiner - Death

This guy invented a whole new way of singing (as far as I know) I think he deserves to be in the top ten, he's a genius.

Chuck has to climb. He is easily in my top 10. I'm referring to his amazing work on sound of perseverance

A very powerful and great vocalist also an awesome guitarist... - abc126

This Is the Best Metal Guitarist and Vocalist...

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