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
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
How ironic; one of the greatest musicians of all time, but only the third best in his own band.
His high vocals and vibratos complete all the Queen songs like Bohemian Rhapsody, I want to break free and Somebody to love. - Plonderss
Why isn't he on the top? I think, that he is number one in singing skills among the others in this list. He has much better voice than p.ex. George Harrison.
A drummer with a four octave voice, amazing!
He has much better voive, than George Harrison.V 3 Comments
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
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
Listen to Venice Queen at Slane Castle. The backing vocals are just beautiful and extraordinary. He matches Anthony so perfectly. - connor2738V 6 Comments
Bon Jovi guitarist released solo albums. - Metal_Treasure
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
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
Sometimes he is the lead vocalist
Korn's besting backing vocalist seperated and formed Love and Death.
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.
"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.
He sometimes defines the songs just with his vocals, it blends so perfectly with Serj's vocals.
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
He did lead vox on 'Vote With A Bullet' by Corrosion of Conformity. - Metal_Treasure
He sings alone the song "In These Arms". Not bad. - Metal_Treasure
Very very awesome
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.
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.
A phenomenal talent!
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
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 started as a guitarist and backing vocalist for Thin Lizzy but continued with a very successful solo career. - Metal_Treasure
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
Brad Walst (the bassist) also sings backing vocals.
Rate definitely had some of the best backing vocals in metal. I give the nod to Warren because he stood out just a bit above the others - Shake_n_Bake13
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