Top 10 Backing Vocalists in Rock and MetalSome backing vocalists are very good - maybe not better than the lead singers but still.
There are backing vocalists who:
1) Released solo albums as lead singers
2) Are lead singers for another band (usually less known)
3) Sang whole songs for the same band as lead singers (studio or live)
4) Sang big parts of songs for the same band as lead singers (studio or live)
5) Provide great backing vocals.
The Top Ten
Jason Newsted above Roger Taylor? Are you kidding? Jason Newsted hasn't a 4 octave vocal range!
His falsettos are orgasmic...very talented drummer, songwriter and singer!
All those as in "in the lap of the gods" and ready freddies in "crazy little thing called love" and radio gaga, damn he is the greatest
I don't have to thinking about that! This man has a 4 octave vocal range, his voice was amazing, his backing vocals are unique and awesome!
Until the point he left Metallica was still a metal at least.
Cliff Burton: Thrash Metal
Jason Newsted: Heavy metal
Rob Trujillo: Happy metal
Made their live concerts 10x better
Jason was the man! - Userguy44
Long-term Metallica bassist who sang some of their songs live as a lead singer. Not bad at all. YouTube these videos:
Metallica - Seek & Destroy (Jason on vocals);
Metallica - The Four Horsemen (Jason on vocal! ) [HD] (1992.06.16) Jackson, MS, US - Metal_Treasure
How ironic; one of the greatest musicians of all time, but only the third best in his own band.
He was better than David Coverdale in my opinion. Glenn is incredible - MattAffterburner
He was the bassist and backing vocalist during the Coverdale era. Later he started a solo career as a lead singer and bassist. - Metal_Treasure
Unrivaled voice and huge contribution to all bands involved with.
He did lead vocals on an entire Black Sabbath album (Seventh Star, 1986). - Metal_Treasure
Jack Bruce is up front in most of Cream's songs, with a few notable exceptions..
Whitesnake's guitarist has amazing vocals - he is so good that he could have been a lead singer. He provided lead vox for some songs - Outlaw, Free Flight, and more. - Metal_Treasure
The Chili's songs with his backing vocals are far superior to those without. Also his solo stuff is amazing, providing backing vocals to himself.
No one can hit high notes like fur isn't especially as a back up vocalist. His singer in desecration smile, under the bridge, and other side are incredible
John has very good backing vocals. Especially in Can't Stop, Sir Psycho Sexy, Venice Queen and Knock me Down.
By the way and snow are two of my favorites, great background vocals - Flea does a good job too but not as good.
He's their bassist. I like his vocals more than the lead vocals, especially on "No You Don't" and "Fox On The Run". The song "Restless" was sung by Steve Priest. - Metal_Treasure
Also, his lead vox (shared) on The Ballroom Blitz are fantastic. - Metal_Treasure
I put him on low because he's a complicated case - basically he's been a guitarist all the time but he switched several times from lead to backing vox and vice versa:
In Helloween - first lead vox and then backing vox
In Gamma Ray - first backing vox and then lead vox.
Lead vox: Gamma Ray - Rebellion in Dreamland, Land Of The Free, Armageddon - Metal_Treasure
This man is a rock god in and of himself... There is no other.
Rhythm guitarist who sang entire songs for Iced Earth (ex., Stormrider) and provides lead vox for his side project 'Sons Of Liberty'. Not bad. - Metal_Treasure
Check out the song Stormrider, his vocal performance is fantastic! - Metalmaniakkk
A massive jerk, but Crosby essentially invented the concept of "high harmony" that enhanced whatever the lead singer was doing, and making the overall sound much better.
The man could sing. Great voice which enhanced so many songs along with his wonderful lead efforts. - Billyv
A phenomenal talent!
"On The Way Home" and "Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It" are among Buffalo Springfield's best songs written by Neil, but with Richie Furay as lead singer. When BS has a reunion concert, Richie still sings lead, but you can tell that Neil's backing vocal adds a lot. It is an exceedingly rare treat when Neil performs those numbers himself at one of his own concerts.
Neil was young and still a little shy about singing the amazing songs he was writing even back then, and often let Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, or Jim Messina take the lead vocals, and just contributed to the background.
Bon Jovi guitarist released solo albums. - Metal_Treasure
YES YES YES! He’s the greatest! And he has the most soothing voice I’ve ever heard! Just listen to I’ll be there for you, stranger in this town, and his solo in Dry County and be blown away by the amazing voice and skills this guy has! - DaringXx
GIMME AN R! GIMME AN I!
GIMME A C! GIMME A H!
GIMME AN I! GIMME AN E!
WHAT DOES THAT MAKE?
RICHIE! wooopwopp - DaringXx
I think people don't realize how much impact had his backing vocals on Maiden's songs
Love his backing vocals on Wasted Years,you can find them isolated on YouTube
He was nearly a better singer than David Lee Roth. When David couldn't sing, Michael did. Watch Chickenfoot perform Highway Star, and he does the high scream. - MattAffterburner
Sometimes he is the lead vocalist
Primal Fear bassist is the lead vocalist for his band Sinner (mostly hard rock). Check out:
Sinner - Every Second Counts, Born To Rock, All Men Are Heroes, Call My Name - Metal_Treasure
Annihilator guitarist provided lead vocals for 3 entire Annihilator albums and some songs on other albums. Also, his backing vox on Alison Hell are more interesting than the lead vox. I wouldn't say he's a great singer but pretty good for thrash.
Songs he sang entirely - 21, King of the Kill (youtube videos available) - Metal_Treasure
Very very awesome
Dicknose is the best!
Nearly went with George Harrison, but Christine McVie is my favourite Fleetwood Mac singer. Can't say the same for George and The Beatles. - truckturner
He sings alone the song "In These Arms". Not bad. - Metal_Treasure
Korn's besting backing vocalist seperated and formed Love and Death.
He sometimes defines the songs just with his vocals, it blends so perfectly with Serj's vocals.
Twice on this list - Ljubo1950
Well he was / is the lead guitarist of System of a Down and he also sang in many of the bands songs along with Serb.most notably lonely day and lost in Hollywood.he also started a solo project - Toucan
Provided lead vocals for 10 years (1985-1994) and then backing vox. He handed over lead vocal duties to Kotipelto because Tolkki was handling all lead and rhythm guitars, and at times bass guitar (until 1993). Tolkki wanted to concentrate on his guitar work and songwriting because he was almost the sole composer of the band. - Metal_Treasure
He did lead vox on 'Vote With A Bullet' by Corrosion of Conformity. - Metal_Treasure
Listen to beautiful day. - Userguy44
Since the release of Hail to the King, he can sing really high without having his voice crack. Especially 2014 performances of Nightmare are impressive.
He started as a guitarist and backing vocalist for Thin Lizzy but continued with a very successful solo career. - Metal_Treasure
He's a better singer than Dave! - MattAffterburner
I'm surprised that there are no jokes from the fans about how he sounds like he's singing his own name when he does backing vocals ("Eeeeddd"). Maybe that's more of a YouTube thing. - Gg2000
Brad Walst (the bassist) also sings backing vocals.
He was the bassist for the Eagles until 1977 I believe, he had a beautiful voice and could hit some insane high notes, most notably on "Take it to the Limit", I wouldn't say top 5, but he deserves a spot on the top 20 - VintagePetRaptor
I believe he belongs in the top 20 too. His ability to hit high notes and to sing back up vocals with great harmonizing was a true gift.
As well as lead singer and better singing skills than their regular lead singer. - zxm
Better than John Frusciante.
His work in Alter Bridge not only displayed his virtuosity as a guitarist but as a powerful singer. Blending flawlessly with the incredible range of Myles Kennedy, marks smooth, deep vibrato rich backing vocals create a warmth and a powerful town which completes many songs, particularly “come to life”, “waters rising”, “before tomorrow comes” just to name a few. Not only that, but his work in creed also highlights his ability to blend with different singers. “My own prison” was his first introduction to singing at the start of his career and his growth can be seen in the raw power and clarity of tone in the song “a thousand faces”. He has gone on to complete three albums and working on a fourth, and he deserves all the praise in the world as well as Myles, because they’re truly two of the most talented musicians in the world currently and if you haven’t seen their work, check it out. - LachlanM
He's a virtuoso guitar player and backing vocalist but he sang all vocals on some of his albums. His singing isn't as impressive as his guitar playing but is OK (some popular lead singers sing worse than him, haha). - Metal_Treasure
Listen to World on Fire and your mind will change. He has gotten so much better at singing. - MattAffterburner