Most Underrated Rock Vocalists


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21Jorn Lande - Masterplan, Ark, Beyond Twilight, Millenium, VagabondJørn Lande is a Norwegian metal and hard rock singer known for his solo career as Jorn, and providing vocals for Avantasia, Masterplan, Ark, Beyond Twilight, Millenium, Allen/Lande, Mundanus Imperium, Vagabond, The Snakes, Ayreon.

His voice is awesome - it's like Dio, David Coverdale and Ian Gillan singing together. Check this out and be convinced:
Jorn - Don't talk to strangers (Dio cover)
Jorn - Burn (Deep Purple cover, David Coverdale)
Jorn - Perfect strangers (Deep Purple cover, Ian Gillan)

You have to agree that you've just heard the best covers of these classic metal songs. - Metal_Treasure

22Little RichardRichard Wayne Penniman, known by his stage name, Little Richard, is an American musician, singer and songwriter.
23Joey Tempest - Europe

Few of them have heard of Europe...

24Tobias Sammet - Edguy, AvantasiaTobias Sammet is a German musician. He is best known as the vocalist and primary songwriter of the power metal band Edguy, as well as the founder, main singer and bassist of the metal opera Avantasia.

Definitely one of the masters today.
Edguy: Nailed to the wheel; Sacrifice. - Metal_Treasure

25John Lawton - Uriah Heep

Amazing singer- check out lucifers friend... Very underrated album.

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26Thom Yorke - Radiohead
27Richie FurayPaul Richard "Richie" Furay is an American singer, songwriter, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member who is best known for forming the bands Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin, and Poco with Jim Messina, Rusty Young, George Grantham and Randy Meisner.
28Trent Reznor - Nine Inch Nails
29Glenn Hughes - Deep PurpleGlenn Hughes is an English rock bassist and vocalist, best known as a member of Deep Purple and the rock pioneers Trapeze, and his solo career. Hughes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple. He is acclaimed for his wide vocal range.

Best singer on the planet and nobody's heard of him. It's criminal! Check out his solo stuff, or more recently Black Country Communion and be convinced!

30Ronnie James Dio - Rainbow, Solo, Black SabbathRonnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.

Dio is really one of the best vocalists in heavy metal, he had an extremly good range, lots of versatility and a very original style.
The simple fact that he isn't in the top 10 shows how underrated he is, he is the most underrated vocalsit ever along with Joey Belladonna, who takes even less credit.
Just listen to Holy Diver!

Best vocalist in music history. Chris cornell is second but by a long way

This guy invented the devil horns and was in Black Sabbath for a while, yet people rarely know who he is, this god has a voice comparable to Freddie Mercury

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31David Byron - Uriah HeepDavid Garrick, better known by his stage name David Byron, was a British singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist with the rock band Uriah Heep in the early 1970s.

Uriah Heep - July Morning, Bird Of Prey, Look at Yourself. - Metal_Treasure

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32Eric Burdon - War, Solo
33Chris 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.V1 Comment
34Adam Levine - Maroon 5Adam Noah Levine is an American singer and songwriter. He is the lead vocalist for the Los Angeles pop rock band Maroon 5.

He isn't underrated. I don't think so - zxm

35Brian Johnson - AC/DCBrian Johnson is an English singer and songwriter. Since 1980, he is the lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC, with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. As of April 2016, Johnson is not participating in the remainder of the Rock or Bust World Tour due to hearing more.

Some will say he is overrated. But he isn't underrated - zxm

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36Matthew Bellamy - Muse

His voice is basically Thom Yorke on acid. What more could you ask for?

37Michael Des Barres

He is the most underrated singer I've ever discovered.
Find him on YouTube, he is amazing.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber saw him play a rock star in The Dirtiest Show In Town and said he should be a rock star.
- Queen asked him to replace Freddie Mercury when he died
- His first band Silverhead were on Deep Purple's record label, Purple Records
- His second band Detective were on Led Zeppelin's record label, Swan Song
I could go on an endless list of why he should be the top of this list but I'll stop now.
Michael Des Barres is the most underrated rock vocalist.

38Steve Walsh

Few on this list have the pure vocal versatility and talent to compete with Steve. Just go listen to some of his recordings and find me one other who can do what he did. You cannot. Not even close.

Simply the best rock vocalist ever. Range and emotion.

39Peter GabrielPeter Brian Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis.
40Layne 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. more.

Such an underrated singer. He had one of the best voices in music history that can never be copied.

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