Top Metal Singers


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1Bruce Dickinson

Bruce has ALWAYS stayed at a great, high vocal range. No matter how much older he is getting. , I Love dave mustaine, sucks that his surgery took a lot out of his voice. He's still beautiful, and. Rob Halford, I've never heard anyone scream that loud, I love him too. But in all reality. Bruce still has it, voice pitch might be down 1 point as apposed to the other older singers.I. want more singers to come out like these ones I have listed, not that growly distorted stuff. We need more bands that have melody in their sound, like Bruce Dickenson said, "if you can't carry a tune, I'm going home"! REAL MUSIC, NOT JUST NOISE!

To have someone like Burnley on a list with Dio and Dickinson is pure nonsense! Best "METAL" singer we are talking about... Correct? Bruce Dickinson is the BEST... If you need an explanation, then you are not educated enough to vote here... Keep the cookie-cutter modern bull away from the names of legends like Bruce Dickinson, and Ronnie James Dio! UP THE IRONS!

He is the man who has the most powerful voice then in any other metal band. He is amazing. Up the irons

Without words

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2Ronnie James Dio

people voting on this list makes me laugh... you people don't perhaps know what singing means dio is the best
the list should be:
1. Ronnie James Dio
2. Rob Halford
3. Robert Plant (i consider him metal)
4. Steven Tyler
5. Bruce Dickinson
6. Bon Scott
7. Axl Rose
8. Ozzy Osbourne
9. Ian Gillan
10. Dave Mustaine

His music will always live on, it has influenced people from many generations (from 57 onwards) and his voice was god like. It's a shame that he was taken from us far too soon and I shall always miss him

RJD is the best, people voting here just don't know, RJD inspired a lot of the others in this list

Ronnie Dio is not only the best metal singer of all time, he's the best singer of all time.

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3James Hetfield

Ever heard Metallica live at Seattle 89? James has the most powerful Thrash Metal voice ever! I'm disappointed not to see James laBrie on this list though...

James, more than anyone else, has a powerful voice. Regarding attack and aggression, he is unsurpassed. Even with that said, he finds a balance so that with this aggressive roar, you can also hear his enunciation, verbalization, and pronunciation of the lyrics. James is the master of rhythm not only with his guitar, but with his voice to. A perfect example of this is "Metallica - Blackened (vocals only)" on youtube.

Maybe he has a crack voice when he was younger, (in kill'em all period) but his voice developed itself day by day. Yes, he is not a born singer, don't have a pure talent like dickinson or halford, but I don't think that they could sing metallica songs like james. Especially the black album, load&reload. And the S&M... Compare master of puppets album and the concert. Not to saying which is better, but to see the evolution.
What I'm trying to say is, he isn't perfect, just like kirk and lars. Oh come on, metallica isn't perfect itself. But, that is the factor why we love metallica and care them like an children :D
(sorry for bad english. I'm just a beginner :D)

The main man in the best metal band ever - gemcloben

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4Rob Halford

He isn't called the metal God for no reason. He earned that name and deserves it. Possibly the most powerful voice in all of metal. No one else on this list has proven they can do the more insane things that Rob can with his voice, they're almost inhuman (compare the scream in "Dissident Aggressor" to the growl from "Halls of Valhalla" for an example of his range and the songs "Painkiller" and "The Mower" are perfect examples of something no one else can do quite like him). The natural talent and skill he has to sing in many different styles is immense, he's sung blues rock, angelic ballads and even thrash metal and nailed it every time. He is the most metal voice there is - just listen to the "Painkiller" album. He also pioneered the power metal vocal style, there was no one in rock music like him before (or since, for that matter). No. 1 in my book and it would appear that my opinion is shared with many others. Long live the metal God m/

This list is such a joke. The only people you can even argue are better are Dio and Dickinson.

Can't believe he's not in top three. and how is James Hetfield and Ben hurley Higher in the list than Bruce Dickinson? that man is one of the greatest singers of metal of ALL TIME, Along with Rob halford. This list is messed up.

Rob Halford cannot be anything but number one metal vocalist - not even sure if anyone else is close. Maybe argue over one or two others. Even now at his age he has learned to use his voice in better and unique ways.

Please don't embarrass James Hetfield by putting him ahead of the metal god.

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5Ben Burnley

Ben's has the best voice ever in the whole universe... I can't imagine a world where his music and his talent didn't exist. everything of him is amazing, I've been playing only BB in my ipod for the last year and a half. Ben keep on rockin', we miss you a great deal

The songs he wrote are the best song I have ever listened to. His distinct voice crafts a spell on every song he sings and leads them to be epic. It's not just about being "hard" but on the emotion of the songs too. And by that he can really do express what the song means through his singing and not every singer can do it! Ben's voice is one of the most unique singing voice I have ever heard and as of now he is my favorite lead singer. His ability to sing while doing guitar riffs are extremely more than awesome. I can listen to him all day long... in fact there's not a day that I don't play one of Breaking Benjamin's song. The riffs, the bassline, the drums plus Ben Burnley's voice = Best kind of music for me. Ben is number 1 for me!... and the whole Breaking Benjamin band!

Ben Burnley has a voice that can amp you up and can put you in a better mood no matter what is going on. His music and vocals are an inspiration to me and I cannot wait until he can get back into the studio and make some more awesome music. He is truly an inspiration and hero to many, including me.
His music got me through my GED, and now through 2 semesters of college. I am getting ready to get "I Will Not Bow" tattooed on me, for him and Bruce Willis (big fan of both), also because it is my theme song.
Keep rocking' Ben. You deserve the best. Hope you get to feeling better. I am wanting to come to a Breaking Benjamin concert so bad, and bring my daughter with me for her first concert. Mine was NKOTB in 1990, I want her's to be you guys.

Uniquely amazing! His voice is unmatched by any of these generic vocalists listed!

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6Ozzy Osbourne

I just don't understand ozzy osbourne not in the top ten this is a big joke he has one of the most unique voice and I have no idea how ben burley is first ozzy is way better he was a part of black sabbath one of the best metal bands of all times but breakin benjamin is not even metal its alt rock

Is every one kiding me
Ozzy is known as the godfather of heavy meta

you can always tell when its ozzy singing, with his unique voice

The best by far no one's better

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7Corey Taylor

One of the most haunting, beautiful voices you will ever hear. Just amazing. And his screams are awesome too. Also, how the hell does James Hetfield get #2 on the list? Just like everyone else from Metallica, he's way overrated.

He is a member of Slipknot band. This make him special. I love and the others but I like Corey, too. I don't know why I click to vote Corey (because I love and the others). It was just random. Anyway I love Corey, I know almost everything about him. And what about Slipknot? I really love that band! And their songs are the best! I don't care if their satanist or they don't believe in god, I don't care about Christianity. Actually I'm atheist. :) So I don't care about this! I love the way they scream! I would like to be in a metal band and scream like them!

Corey Taylor's the man. He's a pro in singing and screaming.

Not only the best metal vocalist (my opinion) but also one of the most talented vocalists ever (also my opinion). Its amazing how he can go from Screams in one piece to soft vocals on another (like in snuff).

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8Phil Anselmo

How the heck is ben burnly even on the list? They're not even metal and his vocals aren't that great. Phil on the other hand is one of the greatest metal vocalists of all time. Listen to the song cemetery gates

Sorry but, the greatest metal band of all time AKA Pantera also has the greatest metal singer of all time.

Phill is the man with the most amazing voice in down and of legendary Pantera he deserves to be in the top 5 at least, and surely above that M. Shadows

The best, and first, groove metal singer - gemcloben

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9Geoff Tate

This list is turning into a top ten list for bands, just with singers names listed in place.M. shadows and Corey Taylor do not have half the voice that Tate has. While Queensryche might not be as good as Metallica, Geoff Tate can certainly sing better than Hetfield.

He can sing the high notes, and the low notes. Plus, his voice is very unique and nobody sounds like him. He should at least be in the top five! Geoff is a great singer.

Geoff have a range much larger then tath

10Chester Bennington

Not metal at all - gemcloben

He's very fantastic I like it when he sings metal because he have the most loudest and scariest sounds of all

He can go from a low to a very high pitch beautifully... His screams are awesome! Amazing voice

His screams...beautiful

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?Rob Dukes

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11Dave Mustaine

Dave's voices are amazing but it's hard to like it. But if you listen that set the world afire, you understand me and all megadeth fans. Also Five Magic is good choice for Dave's vocals, and you must think that Dave also plays hardest riff's and amazing solos, and sing the song. He is beast.

Listen to youthanasia album! Addicted to chaos and reckoning day have amazing vocals, so does trust!

I haven't got a clue why he's all the way down here. Dave mustaine has a unique voice, which proves better than most singers these days. I understand that its hard to listen to his voice, but once you start to get used to it, you can't get enough!

He's not in the top 10, yet Chester and M. shadows above this legend? - gemcloben

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12M. Shadows

What the hell M Shadows is 7th. He is probably the best metal vocalist ever, no one can sound like him and he has an amazing voice and is the best screamer.M. shadows has an incredible range and can sing different song like soft song example:Dear god, so far away, size the day and some crazy songs like god hates us and eternal rest.M. shadows must be in to 3

One of the best live singers of any band. Where the hell is Sully Erna in the top ten? He is another amazing singer live!

he can sing and scream. what more do we want? - sharm7064

This list is best not worst, so why is this guy here

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13Matthew Barlow

Best voice in all Heavy Metal.
This guys can sing whatever he likes and with such passion and emotion I can't describe it.
Just listen to A Question Of Heaven and you will understand perfectly what I mean.

Should have been way higher though. For me he is number 1 but he should be at least be in the top 10.

He has a very powerful voice, in which he can transition from a dark, somber voice to an aggressive/rapid fire one. Really puts the passion into what he sings.


Easily the best ever! Pumps every metal vocalist that came before and after.

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14Amy Lee

You call this metal? - gemcloben

Amy lee has an amazing angelic voice, one of the greatest vocalists ever.

I don't really believe she sings metal. Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy should be here. - Metal_Treasure

She is pop not metal

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15Chuck Billy

Absolutely the most talented vocalist in metal. He has mastered the scream/sing technique. (ala Hetfield) and has taken it a step further. He can produce a great melodic line and sound absolutely terrifying at the same time. Amazing versatility/flexibility. Listen to a little Testament. (F.E.A.R. , Careful What you Wish for, The Preacher) You'll see... - thethrasher

Why is Chuck Billy all the way down here? He's the best vocalist in metal after Dio and Rob Halford!

Testament should be one of the big 4 - gemcloben

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16King Diamond

How are people like Corey Taylor so high while King Diamond and Joey Belladonna are so low? King Diamond can sing higher and lower than anyone else on this list, and can jump back and forth between the two in seconds, while also having a just as excellent mid-range voice.

Wow King Diamond should be a lot higher than 27. Also James LaBrie should be higher and Rob Halford should be #1

Gypsy is the best metal vocal performance ever

17James LaBrie

Writes some great lyrics, awesome solo albums and has a great voice. Dream Theater forever! - DesL42

This upsets me. How can James be so damn low. :'(

Should be at at least top 20 what...

Dream Theater vocalist, best band ever vocalist

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18Serj Tankian

Brilliant vocal range, beautiful voice, and not just with SOAD, listen to all of his solo work too. Also seems to have a nice personality, not as big headed as many other famous singers. Also, Dave Mustaine has a crap voice, and James Hetfield's is ok, consider others people, don't vote for your favourite band.

The craziest vocalist of all time, I mean this in a good way. You can't and won't find a guy as diverse as him, he can sing in any genre, and hell yeah he can rip it in metal!

whats up with you serj is like the best ^_^

What 18th place? nope he is way better than that

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Have absolutely no idea how Chester Bennington is ahead of Lemmy... Linkin Park? Really?

Not exactly metal. Lemmy himself states that Motorhead have never been a metal band. I think he's right. - Metal_Treasure

This guys should be number one! I love Metallica but this guy's voice is pirate heavy

The fastest and heaviest of his day - gemcloben

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