Top 10 Backing Vocalists in Rock and MetalMetal_Treasure Some 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
How ironic; one of the greatest musicians of all time, but only the third best in his own band.
Long-term Metallica bassist who sang some of their songs live as a lead singer. Not bad at all. - Metal_Treasure
Made their live concerts 10x better
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
His high vocals and vibratos complete all the Queen songs like Bohemian Rhapsody, I want to break free and Somebody to love. - Plonderss
Oh YA! ROGER! All the way! The Best!
How is he not the first?
Oh, I forgot about him. Thanks for adding Mr. Taylor, zxm. - Metal_Treasure
Jack Bruce is up front in most of Cream's songs, with a few notable exceptions..
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
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
He did lead vocals on an entire Black Sabbath album (Seventh Star, 1986). - Metal_Treasure
Unrivaled voice and huge contribution to all bands involved with.
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.
Just listen to Dosed, the harmonies he makes are incredible and beautiful like no other
Both the By The Way and Stadium Arcadium albums are elevated because of his vocals.V 4 Comments
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
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
Bon Jovi guitarist released solo albums. - Metal_Treasure
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
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
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
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