Top 10 Bands With the Best Lead Singer

The Top Ten

1 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.

Don't have to think a lot about this. Freddie was definitely the best lead singer of all time.

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

2 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock 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 ...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

3 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was 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

4 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

5 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

6 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.

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.

Kurt Cobain.

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 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.

The Newcomers

? Stone Temple Pilots Stone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego, CA in 1989. ...read more.
? Pearl Jam Pearl Jam is a Alternative/Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. ...read more.

The Contenders

11 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 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

13 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

14 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

15 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!

16 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 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 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 died on May 17th, 2017.

Chris Cornell - the best grunge singer. - Metal_Treasure

19 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.

Chester and mike.
Enough said

20 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

21 Edguy Edguy is a heavy metal band from Fulda, Germany that was founded in 1992 by 14-year-old students Tobias Sammet, Jens Ludwig, Dominik Storch and Dirk Sauer.

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

22 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

23 ABBA ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
24 The Box Tops

Alex Chilton was also the lead singer of Big Star.

Alex Chilton

25 Rush Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members 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

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