Top 10 Best Metal Vocalists

The Top Ten

1 Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

The legendary vocalist: Bruce Dickinson. Now in his mid-50's and he can still hit those incredible notes in almost every gig he plays. In many of his songs in Iron Maiden, Dickinson has showed his "scream" (most famously in Run to the Hills and Infinite Dreams) which is one of the most impressive vocal displays in metal.

Dickinson's the best of this group, but too take this list more seriously, besides Dickinson, and Dio. Where is Robert Plant, Rob Halford, or Axl Rose?. I may have changed my choice if you had included them in the discussion. They are legends and Household names. Dickinson Mr. Air Raid Siren gets the nod here!.

Rob Halford is literally number three and Robert Plant (he sucks) and Axl Rose are not even metal singers.

Bruce Dickinson is the Greatest lead singer in the world his range I unbeatable. He is a great guy friends with major people is a singer, musician, songwriter, pilot, fencer, broadcaster, author, actor, marketing director, and certified badass and going to defeat cancer and send cancer to purgatory to deal with Eddie. Up The Irons

Clearly the best metal vocalist ever and definitely one of the best vocalist of all time, anywhere, any genre. Listen to Hallowed Be Thy Name, The Trooper, Infinite Dreams and Empire of the Clouds to hear how versatile his voice is (and how well it ages, despite throat cancer! ).

2 Ronnie James Dio - Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.

Ronnie James Dio is really cheesy. Before someone calls me out, I honestly think it's an intentional design choice, and I'm fine with that.

If anything, Dio's cheesiness works because he has the power and energy to back up his style and tone. So yeah, he's cheesy in a good way (Also, being cheesy isn't inherently a bad thing).

Another thing I want to address is that DragonForce isn't bad because they're cheesy. Yes, they are cheesy, but like Dio, I think it's intentional and there's nothing wrong about it.

Seeing Dio and Rob Halford not in the top 5 makes this list a complete joke. Dio is one of the greatest metal vocalists in music and has one of the most powerful and phenomenal voices of all time.

Wrong Dio doesn't compare to Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Mustaine, or even Phil Anselmo. I can't believe that black sabbath ever even thought about him replacing

"sing me a song your a singer" is the best opening line ever in a song mainly because Dio's voice makes it sound so much better.

Ozzy better than Dio? Mustaine better than anybody? Lay off the weed bro.

3 Rob Halford - Judas Priest Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.

The top 3 are correct but not in the correct order. Rob Halford is the best. Always has been, always will be.

It's not even close. come on. Halford is off the charts, then when you get to the charts, Dickinson is next.

Just hear the difference between "Beyond the Realms of Death" and then "Painkiller".
Halford can sing with an extraordinarily clean voice, but can scream like no one else can do. He helped create metal, influenced lots of important singers and surely knows how to use his 4 octaves (though he is best at hitting high-pitched notes).
He truly deserves to be #1.

More versatile than Dio & Dickinson. He can singing for highest & lower than both. He only lose because fanbase. Average vocalist with the biggest fanbase easily can on top 3 or even on the highest.

4 James Hetfield - Metallica James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

How come James is #1 in best metal/rock voices and in the best metal band of all time but he is #5 in metal voices? Still Bruce is second in my opinion still he has a extremely EPIC METAL voice but James is the best.

He created thrash metal

He made the album MASTER OF PUPPETS

SHOULD BE NUMBER 1

WAY BETTER THAN BRUCE DICKINSON

You cannot beat James' metal vocal ability at seattle 1989. It was amazing!

A big joke hetfield is at no 6... All the voters are blind.. Hetfield can sing hard medium and soft both like hard in creeping death, master of puppets.. Medium in ride welcome home, enter sandman and slow in unforgiven 2, nothing else matter.. He is best live performer... Metallica is best band of the world and they are god of metal... Hetfield deserve 1st position in this list... He is best vocalist + rhythm guitarist and member of Metallica.. Name of Metallica is enough...

The God of Metal is Tony Iommi who invented Metal in fact. Metallica formed ten years later.

5 Corey Taylor - Slipknot Corey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.

He was chosen on T.V. as the best singer in the entire world. That is 2013, but no one was chosen after him

His voice just raise up my spirit!

...I like how James Hetfield can't sing and no one of the top 3 can do different screaming techniques but they are on top 3... metal posers...

Corey can go from a stellar metal growl to amazingly melodic singing in the flip of a switch. The fact that he's been at it for so long makes it all the more impressive because his range has not diminished in the least. Finally, the fact that he can make two very similar bands sound so different is just the cherry on top.

6 Ozzy Osbourne - Black Sabbath John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

Aces High I agree is an amazing vocal song but Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Can't be it.

Is this the best vocalist list or our personal favourite vocalist list? When ozzy sings even bats cry

Ozzy is awesome. By the way Ronnie James Dio should be on this list to

He has a really heavy voice and created metal along with Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler. Why is he only #7?

7 Michael Kiske - Helloween Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.

Some decent picks on here, but then a lot that are just vocalists in popular mainstream bands that aren't actually that talented. At least Bruce Dickinson is around where he should be. The problem with Kiske is that he's not actually done much with metal since Helloween. Although you should listen to Ultrasonic's Light of Dawn album. His voice has aged better than most as though he's been in suspended animation all of this time.

Who doesn't know Michael Kiske, and if you don't you have been under a very large rock for the last 30 years, Kiske is a metal god with a range that no one can reach, those high notes he gets out of his golden throat are just godlike

Matt Shadows? Corey? Who are they next to the great master Kiske? He is easily one of the best vocalists out there! Even Deris (who is an amazing vocalist as well) who entered in his place has some difficulties into singing the other vocalist songs. Just try to achieve the high noted of Eagle Fly Free, Halloween and a Tale That Wasn't Right, then you'll see what a real vocal master is.

Let's be honest. He's not rated first only because Helloween did not have such big successes as bands of other vocalists.

8 Phil Anselmo - Pantera Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Pantera. He currently is the vocalist of heavy metal bands Down and Superjoint Ritual.

So many great voices, rasp, high fry, mid fry, death growl, mid growl, black metal growl, wide range of clean vocal, he used to drink and smoke and still kills.

Not much to say besides the fact that he should be way higher. Phil is the definition of a metal vocalist. He has the screams, the power, the soul, the distortion and the gut. When Phil sings I feel it in my bones, he was and always will be the perfect metal singer.

Phil Anselmo is pound for pound the GREATEST METAL SINGER OF ALL TIME. There is absolutely no reason for him to not be in the number one spot. Name one other metal singer who has had a more consistent career of bringing the brutality that is metal to every performance. To this day he is still as bad ass as he ever was. He can still scream like a demon. There are others on this list who have blown their voices out and have changed their sound. Not Phil. If you are in doubt listen to one of his newest ventures - SCOUR

Anger, Beauty and Awesomeness, those are his vocals. The coolest sounding vocalist in my opinion, which just makes the songs sound heavier, and just doper overall. He did used to hit the notes, just listen to Cemetery Gates, but then he went to a much more badass and cooler song. Top 5 Vocalist, AT LEAST.

9 David Draiman - Disturbed David Michael Draiman is an American songwriter and the vocalist for the band Disturbed as well as for the band Device.

Incredible singer, just hear the difference in Down with the sickness and their cover on The Sound of Silence

He can go from one extreme to another I'm honestly shocked he isn't higher placed.

This guy is the giver of shivers down my spine for me! He writes his own lyrics and his music is like sex to the ears... Should be at least in the Top 10 in my opinion.

Can sound crazily awesome, but can also sing incredibly softly like "Darkness".

10 James Labrie - Dream Theater Kevin James LaBrie is a Canadian vocalist and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater.

James is an amazing vocalist. He is severely overlooked in the rock world. Dream Theater songs are very hard to sing. He sings them so high and clear that it makes it look easy. The control he has over his voice is out of this world. He can go from belting, right back to a soft spoken serenade. He has incredible range and only seems to improve. The Astonishing is without a doubt some of his best work. Tremendous frontman as well. Always interacts with crowd, and exudes a joy and passion for what he is doing up there. Not even to mention his regiment for vocal ability. The running, diet, vitamins, etc. He devotes so much of his life to his ability to sing. So much respect for this guy. Rawk on James!

He is good.. Geoff Tate? Noo... James LaBrie is the Progressive Metal vocal.. His vocal is unique... I don't know how to describe it, he is only for Dream Theater, Dream Theater just for him. The one and only, his vocal control... He has his own vocal style, if you are DT fans since their Image And Words album, maybe you can understand the beautiful of his voice.. Learning to Live, Another Day.. Peruvian Skies, Burning My Soul, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence... Through My Her Eyes, The Spirit Carries On, To Live Forever, Lifting Shadow of A Dream.. He is the best progressive metal vocal. I think his vocal is versatile.. Cover other band songs like, Iron Maiden, Dio, Queen, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple.. Listen to Tenement Funster; Flick of The Wrist; Lily of The Valley cover or Elton John songs, Funeral For A Friend Love Lies Bleeding cover... Or maybe Stargazer... Easy to say if you NOT a singer... But... Not easy to be James LaBrie...

James LaBrie holds claim to one of metal's most celebrated clean voices. From Dream Theater's iconic album 'Images and Words,' this next high note is found on the record's final track, 'Learning to Live.' During this particular part of the song, LaBrie continues to ascend in pitch, teasing a magical high note which fans mentally beg LaBrie to hit. After the build-up, the vocalist finally reaches the desired peak before guitarist John Petrucci transitions into a new part of the song with a mind-bending solo.

He's not as good as Ozzy, Bruce, Halford, or Dio, but definitely is a good one, with loads of talent. Besides, his vocal cords got messed up in 1994, after a food poisoning incident, and if you listen to A Change of Seasons, he could still hit the high notes, which to me was incredible considering how bad they were torn up.

Again, doesn't deserve the top spot, but should be in the top 10

The Contenders

11 Hansi Kürsh - Blind Guardian

Severly underrated singer, his voice can be brutal one second and light as air the next. He can hit all the notes and fill them with passion. While Blind Guardian is a controversial band because of the power metal label, you can't deny Hansi to be one of the best singers out there.

One of the best metal Vocalists of all time. The range of his voice and his ability to perform live is paralleled only by some on this list like Dio, Roy, or Bruce. Deserves a much better place in this list.

I think it is very popular as it should... I really like his voice, is powerful, rare, interesting... It's wonderful to live and very few are.

One of the best vocalists in metal with a godly range even live

12 Chuck Schuldiner - Death Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck ...read more.

He is a heavy metal legend and plays the most technical and amazing riffs I LOVE IT!

Best Death metal vocalist that I have ever heard. He should be, at the very least, within the top five! What is he doing down here?

He has one of the craziest vocalists rates I have ever heard. If you don't believes me listen to the song Mutilation from the album scream bloody gore then listen to the song Painkiller on the album the sound of perseverance. You will be amazed.

Metal should not be treated as one genre, this kinds on lists do not mean anything unless you make ones for subgenres such as 'top 10 best old-school death metal vocalists'
what, Corey Taylor 4th, Mr. Shuldiner 11th...

13 Joey Belladonna - Anthrax Joey Belladonna is the American Thrash Metal singer, best known for leading the band Anthrax. He also sings and drums for the cover band Chief Big Way.

Dude, seriously, only 25? What is all that baby metal crap? Hetfield, ozzy, mustaine, they are all legends. But they are in no possible way better than Joey. I mean, this man can reach high notes like a god. Don't believe me? Listen to the first part of armed and dangerous in the first buildup. Man those notes give me goosebumps every single time I absorb them.

You'd have to be either deaf or totally ignorant to rank Hetfield or Mustaine above Joey. Hetfield isn't bad but Mustaine is a complete joke as a vocalist. Joey should be top 5 for sure.

Dude why isn't he number 1? He can reach high notes like a monster.

Rock vocalist on a metal band... Epic!

14 Geoff Tate - Queensryche Geoff Tate is a German-born American singer and musician who rose to fame in the 1980s with the progressive metal band Queensrÿche.

First 4 albums... Re-wrote the books in America. 5-octave range... Perfect clarity. Take hold of the flame...

Arguably better than Dickinson.. But absolutely better than the rest

Tate in his prime had the best vocals I've ever heard, in my opinion. His voice can hit the highs and lows. His vocals are absolutely outstanding. First time I listened to Queensryche, I couldn't get over how powerful and outstanding his voice is.

Should be number 1... best vocalist of all times in my opinion. many can hit the high notes as well, but Geoff has a great voice even when hitting the high notes, others sound like screaming not Geoff.

15 Dave Mustaine - Megadeth David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own ...read more.

One of the best vocalists. Even today, Dave's voice is incredible. Should be higher ranked than James Hetfield.

Might not be on the top, and rightly so, because the likes of Bruce and Rob are simply better. But Dave's got some unique style which I haven't heard before. His voice oozes sarcasm and weirdness, and that works for all those intricate Megadeth riffs.

An Icon to Metal Vocalists. Should be easily on the Top 20, even though I can agree his vocals are not for everyone, specially due to his aggressive, raw nature.

Many might not agree with me, but I just love the sound of his voice. It is just so uniquely raw, aggressive and powerful. I don't think anyone could replicate this mans voice.

16 M. Shadows - Avenged Sevenfold Matthew Charles Sanders, better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American metalcore/alternative metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

M.Shadows is my favorite vocalist and he's gonna have to make his way back up to the 8th spot

Great vocalist - good range, and great variation with both softer songs (like Seize The Day, So Far Away, and my personal favourite Victim) and heavier songs (like Nightmare, Critical Acclaim and Welcome To The Family).

M Shadows in my opinion should be at least 3. He has a powerful voice and uses it in the way he should use it! On hail to the king album his vocals are just amazing. It's not like any other metal singer. This is Raw power. If the Rev was still here and he sand on Hail to the king, he would be number 1!

Really unique voice. Amazing control and range coupled with an ability to incorporate heavy raspy growl for metal stompers or extremely clean and emotive vocals for ballads with perfect execution at all time.

17 Matt Heafy - Trivium Matthew "Matt" Kiichi Heafy is a Japanese-American musician, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Orlando based Heavy Metal/Metalcore band Trivium.

One of the most versatile metal vocalists still active today, with impressive screaming and clean vocals. Since damaging his voice and recovering, he has become a rare case of sounding better than before the injury.

He was so good at ascendancy era. He could sing very high pitch such as pull harder, dying in your arms, declaration, departure. I like him when he sang high.

He was the best until he changed his technique (both singing and screaming) in 2013 due to injury

Matt Heafy is not a trained vocalist. As a guitarist he his skilled enough, but his screaming abilities are good. He should placed within first 15.

18 Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth - Overkill Robert Ellsworth, mainly known as Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth, is the lead vocalist of New Jersey thrash metal band Overkill.

I don't know if I would place him at #1 (probably not), but Bobby Blitz should be top 15 for sure. He's one of the most underrated vocalists out there and still has an amazing voice to this day even after multiple albums starting in the mid-late 80's. A thrash metal legend.

The ultimate thrash vocalist. Best metal vocalist in my opinion.

This list sucks big time, average voters age is 12. Bobby should be in top ten, along Halford, Dickinson and Blackie Lawless. I wonder if Blackie even in this list at all.

19 Chester Bennington - Linkin Park Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. ...read more.

Can combine screaming singing and rapping probably the most diverse metal singer

I should put this comment to a lot of singer in the list: It says Singers not frontman! Chester was a SINGER. (Hetfield is a frontman - do you feel the difference?)

Best vocals of all time from screams to soft tones chester could sing anyone's music like it was his own. He is deeply missed.

he screams like a demon
sings like an angel,
lived like a man
and died like a legend

20 Matt Barlow - Iced Earth Matthew 'Matt' Barlow is an American heavy metal singer and police officer. He was the lead singer for Iced Earth in the 1990s and 2000s. He is currently the lead singer for Ashes of Ares. After the September 11 terrorist attacks Matt Barlow decided to become a police officer and contribute to the "real ...read more.

Whilst probably not THE best, he is undoubtedly one of them. His phenomenal voice has soared into the highest reaches of sound and rumbled in the lowest depths. The masculine thickness of his voice also allows for him to be soft while still menacing and strong. His voice is a one of a kind, and it's a damn shame he doesn't get more recognition.

Anything to say? A god among humans, with a great voice tune, power and feeling, and a awesome presence on stages, he knows how to conquer the World!

THE voice of ICED EARTH. Killer growls, clean and hight pitched vocals. "Something Wicked This Way Comes", "Horrow Show" and "Immortal" albums are a proof of what is he made of: pure metal and a class A+ quality voice.

Barlow, a perfect mixture between Hetfield, Anselmo, Dickinson and Halford, at his best.

Why is this guy not higher? The list is kinda ridiculous, sure the singers above are good, but Barlow's voice is so powerful, and he has an incredible range. The dude is amazing.

21 Lemmy Kilmister- Motorhead Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.

I just don't understand why he is not number 1. His voice was so scary and and song he sang automatically became a metal song

Lemmys voice set the bar for metal and when you hear him live and see people running for the exit sign after an encore with overkill you know it's the real deal.

Why the hell is Lemmy at #27?

He needs to be in the top 10

Pure rock and Roll metal voice...needs to be in the top 10

22 Johan Hegg - Amon Amarth Johan Hegg, born in 1973 in Stockholm, Sweden, is the singer of melodic death metal band Amon Amarth. He joined the band in 1991.

He has a great and powerful voice. Really impressive and his technique and vocals are getting better each album. By far the best melodeath singer and one of the very best metal singers.

He has a really genuine sound to him. A lot of Amon's songs can send shivers down my spine and tears to my eyes, especially their live versions. I saw them live last October near Detroit.

Look up their live performance of "Thousand Years of Oppression" on YouTube and you will hear exactly what I am talking about.

One of the smoothest voices in melodic death metal

The best and most recognizable voice in melodeath

23 Floor Jansen - After Forever Floor Jansen is a Dutch singer-songwriter and vocal coach. She is currently vocalist of Nightwish and leader of Revamp.

This Metal Goddess shall be below Dickinson, she exceed all female vocalist in the past years, just listen Ghost love score if you not have an eargasm you are deaf! Amazing!

Floor Jansen is top 3, end of discussion. She shares a seat at the royal table of metal with Bruce and Ronnie.

Has a beautiful operatic voice that can get rough for more intense songs.

My favorite singer of all time, she is simply amazing!

24 Ian Gillan - Deep Purple Ian Gillan is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple, and the original singer on the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ).

The way Gillan moves his notes from high pitch to bass in songs like Born Again makes him one of the best.

The one who started it all. The only reason he's not top 1 is the debate whether he belongs to the metal or hard rock genre...

Not much to say really. His ability is unmatched.

So many metal singers were inspired by Ian Gillan. I can't remember all of them right now but I clearly remember that Hansi Kürsch (one of the best metal singers of all time) quotes Gillan as the biggest vocal influence. Hansi said during an interview that Gillan was the only metal singer who moved him "because the way Gillan sings has always had a deeper impact on me."

25 Brian Johnson - AC/DC Brian Johnson is an English singer and songwriter. Since 1980, he is the lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC, with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. As of April 2016, Johnson is not participating in the remainder of the Rock or Bust World Tour due to hearing ...read more.

He is not a metal singer bro

I love AC/DC. But in what universe Brian Johnson is metal vocalist? This itself discredits this list

Not metal, and not that good

I'm sorry, but his voice is like nails on a chalkboard.

What the hell is that baby metal?

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