1 Layne Staley
Layne 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.
Layne is at the top of this list, no contest. Just listen to any, ANY AiC song and you'll see what I mean. - Pony
2 Chester Bennington
Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. ...read more.
Why did he have to die?! Whether you like Linkin Park or not, you have to admit Chester kicked ass. - Pony
3 Bruce Dickinson
Paul 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.
Absolutely phenomenal singer, one of the best of all time. He did record some I'm albums in the 90s and returned in 2000, so I'm adding him to this list. - Pony
4 Jeff Buckley
Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997) raised as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...read more.
His cover of "Hallelujah". Enough said. - Pony
Lilac Wine's vocals are awesome, too. - Metal_Treasure
5 Eddie Vedder
Eddie 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.
Listen to "Jeremy" for Vedder's best vocal performance. Or, perhaps, "Nothing As It Seems". He perfectly sets the mood for both tracks. And all of Pearl Jam's songs, really. - Pony
6 Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. 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 ...read more.
While his voice was very hoarse, he did have some genuine credibility with "Something In The Way", "All Apologies", and "Dumb". - Pony
7 Win Butler
Win has this incredible voice that is timeless. In fact, he makes songs such as Neighborhood #1 and Wake Up all the more better. - Pony
8 Thom Yorke
Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead.
This one's obvious. His perfomances on "The Bends", "OK Computer", and "Kid A" are LEGENDARY. - Pony
9 David Gilmour
David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.
10 Chris Cornell
Christopher John "Chris" Cornell was 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. His vocal range was C2 to A5, while ...read more.
While Chris is more of a soulful singer, he can really, REALLY hit those high notes. That's why it's so haunting. - Pony
11 Hansi Kürsch
Hansi 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.
A voice that can be extremely sad yet beautiful and powerful.
Demons & Wizards - Path of Glory, Fiddler On the Green, Love's Tragedy Asunder, Down Where I Am
Blind Guardian - Lord of the Rings, Harvest of Sorrow, A Past and Future Secret - Metal_Treasure
12 Chris Martin
Christopher Anthony John "Chris" Martin is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is best known as the lead singer of rock band Coldplay.
Yeah, I'm adding him to this list. While I'm not a fan of Coldplay, he does have some talent, and his best performance in my opinion is in "Clocks". - Pony
13 Tim Charles
14 Chino Moreno
Chino Moreno is an American musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and contributing guitarist of Deftones.
15 Steven Wilson
Steven John Wilson is an English musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, most closely associated with the progressive rock genre. He is best known for his band Porcupine Tree.
16 Jim Adkins
Lead singer of Jimmy Eat World, the band that basically invented what would later become popular as "emo" (many claim Sunny Day Real Estate was, but actually, they sound nothing like later emo).
Just listen to their song "Pain" and hear the desperation in the chorus. "haww haww haww". - Martin_Canine
17 Lenna Kuurmaa
Lenna Kuurmaa is an Estonian singer, songwriter and guitarist born on September 26, 1985. ...read more.
On her records, her voice is unfiltered and not in any way altered. The vocals in her songs, most of which are as the lead singer of Vanilla Ninja, are so full of bumps and characteristic slightly hoarse moments that her performances come across thrice as emotional and honest as that of an average singer with a good voice. Don't get me wrong: she sings wonderfully, but it's not in the slightest polished, that's what makes it so haunting and beautiful.
Example: "Spirit of the Dawn" by Vanilla Ninja. - Martin_Canine