Top Ten Lead Singers That Define Their Bands

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The lead singer is always the face of a band, but in some cases he/she is even more. In some bands, it would be nearly impossible to exist without their particular lead singer. When you think of a band, you think of this singer right off the bat. These are the top ten lead singers that literally define their band

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1Marilyn Manson - Marilyn MansonBrian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist, author, and former music journalist.

You know your singer's important when you name your entire band after him - Shake_n_Bake13

2Steven Tyler - AerosmithSteven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion.

The Demon of Screamin. It would be impossible for Aerosmith to exist as themselves without this man fronting the band - Shake_n_Bake13

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3Maria Brink - In This Moment
4Ann Wilson - HeartAnn Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart.V1 Comment
5Jimmy Pop - Bloodhound GangV1 Comment
6Freddie Mercury - QueenFreddie Mercury was born in Stone Town, Tanzania he later became a British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Before he became a singer he has been ...read more.
7Trent Reznor - Nine Inch NailsMichael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer. He is known for his intense music videos.

Solely responsible for the direction of the band. There is no Nine Inch Nails without Trent Reznor - Shake_n_Bake13

8James 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.
9Hansi Kürsch - Blind GuardianHansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records ...read more.
10Bruce Dickinson - Iron MaidenPaul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

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?Eddie Vedder - Pearl JamEddie Vedder is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as a member of the rock band Pearl Jam, with whom he performs lead vocals and is one of three guitarists.
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11Bono - U2Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. His original nickname was Bono Vox which means "big voice".
12Axl Rose - Guns N' RosesWilliam Bruce Rose Jr.,better known as 'Axl Rose', was born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana, USA. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

Like him or hate him, there's no denying this guy IS Guns N' Roses. He kept it going all these years with an array of changing faces around him - Shake_n_Bake13

13Chuck Schuldiner - DeathCharles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck as the "Godfather ...read more.V1 Comment
14Chris Cornell - SoundgardenChris Cornell is an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave.
15Jonathan Davis - KornJonathan Howsmon Davis, also known as JD and JDevil, is an American musician best known as the leading vocalist and frontman of the nu metal band Korn.V1 Comment
16Jon Bon Jovi - Bon JoviJohn Francis Bongiovi, Jr., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983.V1 Comment
17Jim Morrison - The DoorsJames Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

Steven Tyler along with most of the other names here grew up with a poster of Jim Morrison on his bedroom wall. It is really no contest.

RIP Lizard King, you were the greatest of them all.

18Layne Staley - Alice in ChainsLayne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.
19Kurt Cobain - NirvanaKurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.
20Hayley Williams - ParamoreHayley Nichole Williams is an American singer, songwriter and musician. She is best known as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the American rock band Paramore.
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