Top 10 Backing Vocalists in Rock and Metal

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.

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21 Brian Head Welch Brian Head Welch

Korn's besting backing vocalist seperated and formed Love and Death.

22 Neil Young - Buffalo Springfield Neil Young - Buffalo Springfield Neil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.

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.

23 Daron Malakian Daron Malakian Daron Vartan Malakian is an Armenian–American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.

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

24 Pepper Keenan - Down, Corrosion of Conformity

He did lead vox on 'Vote With A Bullet' by Corrosion of Conformity. - Metal_Treasure

25 David Bryan - Bon Jovi David Bryan - Bon Jovi David Bryan Rashbaum, best known as just David Bryan, is the keyboard player of the popular American Rock band Bon Jovi, with which he has also co-written songs and performed backing vocals.

He sings alone the song "In These Arms". Not bad. - Metal_Treasure

26 Chris Fehn - Slipknot

Very very awesome

27 Mike Dirnt Mike Dirnt Michael Ryan Pritchard, known professionally as Mike Dirnt, is an American musician best known for being the co-founder, bassist, backing and occasional lead vocalist of the American punk rock band Green Day.
28 Synyster Gates Synyster Gates Brian Elwin Haner, Jr., better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn, is an American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold.

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.

29 Malcolm Young - AC/DC
30 Arto Järvinen - Teräsbetoni
31 David Crosby - The Byrds, CSN&Y David Crosby - The Byrds, CSN&Y David Van Cortlandt Crosby is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of three bands: the Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and CPR.

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.

32 The Edge The Edge
33 Ray Thomas - The Moody Blues

A phenomenal talent!

34 Marcus Siepen - Blind Guardian Marcus Siepen - Blind Guardian Marcus Siepen is a German guitarist and backing vocalist, most known for being the rhythm guitarist of power metal band Blind Guardian.
35 Randy Meisner

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.

36 Noel Gallagher Noel Gallagher Noel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Oasis.

As well as lead singer and better singing skills than their regular lead singer. - zxm

37 Martin Gore - Depeche Mode
38 Mark Tremonti Mark Tremonti Mark Thomas Tremonti is an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge.

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

39 Gary Moore Gary Moore Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.

He started as a guitarist and backing vocalist for Thin Lizzy but continued with a very successful solo career. - Metal_Treasure

40 Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

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

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