Top 10 Bands With the Best Lead Singer

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The Top Ten

1 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

This list is actually about the best lead singers and not about the best bands, so we have to take into account singers' vocal skills, such as:
range, power, chest/head voice switches, sustain, pitch, volume control, projection, endurance, etc. And of course, degree of difficulty of the material. - Metal_Treasure

Freddie Mercury. - MontyPython

Only listen to BR and then you will know

No doubt.

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2 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

Robert Plant. - MontyPython

3 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and ...read more.

Roger Daltrey. - MontyPython

4 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.

Bruce Dickinson. - MontyPython

Bruce Dickinson and Paul di'anno are great, hell even blaze bayley is better than most pop singers nowdays - Brobusky

5 Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also ...read more.

If I'm honest I don't like axls voice sometimes. He can be good sometimes but screechy in others - samanime

6 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

I disagree. Cobain was an okay singer, but nothing special. All he did in most of their songs is scream, and in the ones where he did sing, he did an average job. I still like Cobain, but I don't believe that he should be on this list. - Alpha101

I agree with Alpha101: even within the grunge genre he wasn't the best singer - Chris Cornell and Layne Staley were way better singers. Chris Cornell still is. R.I.P. Kurt and Layne.
Hey, the best singer is the singer with the best vocal skills and not necessarily the most popular singer or your favorite singer. - Metal_Treasure

Kurt Cobain. - MontyPython

7 AC/DC AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read more.
8 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.

Mick is cool and funny but nothing special as a singer compared to many singers on this list, currently lower than Mick.
Mick at #8 is too high for his vocal skills. - Metal_Treasure

Mick Jagger. - MontyPython

9 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas, Enrico Caruso, and Mario Lanza were never in bands. "Technically speaking", nobody on this list is remotely in their league. But when you are talking rock bands, you are talking results, and the Lads' results exceed all the rest here combined.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and sometimes George Harrison- Top That!

@visitor - technically speaking, it isn't difficult to "top that", not at all.
It depends on how many other singers you know. - Metal_Treasure

10 Aerosmith Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

Steven Tyler. - MontyPython

The Contenders

11 Faith No More Faith No More Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979. Before settling on their current moniker in 1983, the band performed under the names Sharp Young Men and later Faith No Man.

Mike Patton. Technically speaking, the best singer of all time. 6 octave range. - IronSabbathPriest

I agree with IronSabbathPriest - Patton's range is really over 6 octaves. Range isn't the only criterion to compare singers but the other vocal skills of this guy are outta this world, too. - Metal_Treasure

12 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.

Hansi Kürsch.
Sometimes called "Freddie Mercury of metal". His vocal skills are so amazing that he can do Freddie's multi-layered, overdubbed vocal harmonies. Only singers with almost perfect vocals can do this because if your voice sucks, when you overdub it 100 times, it will suck x100.
Studio:
Blind Guardian - Thorn, Fly, Wheel of Time (7:00-7:07!, he sang this at 44! )
Live:
Blind Guardian - The Lord Of The Rings [Live Tokyo Tales] - Metal_Treasure

13 The Doors The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

Jim Morrison. - MontyPython

Not only was Jim Morrison a better singer than the rest of this lot, he would have kicked their a***s for good measure!

14 Helloween Helloween Helloween is a German power metal band founded in 1984 in Hamburg, Northern Germany. The band is a pioneering force in the power metal genre, and their second and third studio albums, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II, are considered masterpieces of the genre.

Michael Kiske - unbelievable vocal skills. His sustain is about 20 seconds long - 'Keeper of the Seven Keys pt.2' (12:35-13:15). - Metal_Treasure

15 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. ...read more.

Rob Halford.
Classical voice teachers say that he could have been a classical singer because he has a "fabulous range of vocal colors" and "mad skills." - Metal_Treasure

16 Queensrÿche Queensrÿche Queensrÿche is an American progressive heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band the Mob. They released their self titled EP in 1984, but didn’t gain notoriety until the release of their critically acclaimed album Operation: Mindcrime in 1988. As of now, they ...read more.

Geoff Tate - a true vocal master. - Metal_Treasure

17 Kamelot Kamelot Kamelot is an American power metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed by Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner in 1991. The Norwegian vocalist Roy Khan joined for the album Siége Perilous, and shared songwriting credit with Youngblood until his departure in April 2011. On June 22, 2012, Youngblood announced ...read more.

Roy Khan - very technical metal singer, studied opera singing for 3 years. - Metal_Treasure

18 Badfinger Badfinger Badfinger was a British rock band that, in their most prolific lineup, consisted of Pete Ham, Mike Gibbins, Tom Evans, Joey Molland and Bob Jackson.
19 Soundgarden Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

Chris Cornell - the best grunge singer. - Metal_Treasure

20 Edguy Edguy

Tobias Sammet - extremely talented young metal singer. He sounds like a combination of Bruce Dickinson and Michael Kiske.
Edguy - Nailed to the Wheel, Sacrifice - Metal_Treasure

21 Dio Dio Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.
22 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative ...read more.
23 Big Brother and the Holding Company Big Brother and the Holding Company Big Brother and the Holding Company is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1965 as part of the same psychedelic music scene that produced the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Blue Cheer, and Jefferson Airplane.

Janis Joplin. - MontyPython

24 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band's final lineup is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their other members of that lineup: Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). ...read more.

Rush is one of the best bands of all time and Geddy is a great musician in general, but his singing isn't good enough to be considered as one of the best, to be honest. He's an OK singer. - Metal_Treasure

Geddy Lee's vocals may annoy some (not me) but you have to admit it takes skill to sing that high. E.g. "Something for Nothing". - IronSabbathPriest

25 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.
26 Coldplay Coldplay Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

One of the few bands today that sound the same in concert and in the studio

27 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. ...read more.
28 Journey Journey Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

There is no comparison to Steve Perry who is one in a million with a fantastic range and style

29 The Script The Script The Script is an Irish pop rock band formed in 2001. The band comprises keyboardist and lead vocalist Danny O'Donoghue, guitarist and vocalist Mark Sheehan and drummer Glen Power.
30 The Box Tops

Alex Chilton was also the lead singer of Big Star.

Alex Chilton

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32 The Byrds The Byrds The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn remaining the sole consistent member, until the group disbanded in 1973. Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial ...read more.

The Byrds had four potential lead singers. Even though David Crosby defined how high harmony would be sung in pop/rock music, he could easily have also sung lead, and even bassist Chris Hillman was an excellent lead singer in his later groups like Desert Rose Band.

Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn shared lead vocal duties to create possibly the greatest harmonies ever heard in the pop/rock genre.

33 Skillet Skillet Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 and based in the United States.
34 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.
35 Queen Extravaganza

Marc Martel.
He sounds and looks like Freddie Mercury.
YouTube this: Queen Extravaganza on American Idol - Somebody to Love (HD) - Metal_Treasure

36 Alice in Chains Alice in Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

Layne Staley was one of the best grunge singers and Willem Duvall is pretty good too. - IronSabbathPriest

37 Iced Earth Iced Earth Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.

Matt Barlow.
They had 4 singers but the classic Iced Earth is with Matt Barlow. He's got one of the most powerful / loud voices I've ever heard. He is amazing.
Try: Melancholy, Dracula, Dante's Inferno. - Metal_Treasure

38 The Jordanaires

They had a pretty good lead singer you might have heard of, his name was ELVIS PRESLEY.
Elvis is the only popular singer who could have stood onstage with Luciano Pavarotti.
Nobody else could hold a candle to him, not Freddy Mercury, not Robert Plant, nobody.

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40 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative rock band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). ...read more.
41 ABBA ABBA ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
42 Mudvayne Mudvayne Mudvayne was an American heavy metal band from Peoria, Illinois formed in 1996. Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, they are known for their sonic experimentation, innovative album art, face and body paint, masks and uniforms.
43 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, ...read more.
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