Top 10 Best Metal Vocalistsjuan_david
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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.
Hell no... This spot is reserved for manner James... Tool.
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! ).
My personal favorite. Dio, Halford and Ozzy are amazing, too.145 Comments
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 - Jasonpenner223
The best for sure!
Dickinson, Halford, & Dio definitely the top 3 in this genre as far as I'm concerned. But what makes Dio # 1 is the uniquely rich and treacherous TONE of his voice! Not to take anything away from these other guys...but Dio's tone is unmatched and most completely epitomizes the spirit of metal music, period!
Simply the best124 Comments
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.
Rob can hit the high pitch notes which Bruce can't
It's not even close. come on. Halford is off the charts, then when you get to the charts, Dickinson is next.
Unparalleled vocal range. Listen to victim of changes, dreamer deceiver, or painkiller and you will know. James Hetfield can suck it, his voice is nothing special, he just has a good band.79 Comments
James Alan Hetfield is the best metal singer of all time. His vocal is unique and amazing. He have different singing voice. He can sing in different ways.
My childhood hero
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.
THE one.85 Comments
...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.
Love the way his voice changes throughout the whole song it is incredible
Roy Khan and possibly M. Shadows are better vocalists, but Corey is definitely better then Hetfield and is extremely skilled.83 Comments
Should be higher
He has a really heavy voice and created metal along with Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler. Why is he only #7?
Is this the best vocalist list or our personal favourite vocalist list? When ozzy sings even bats cry
Very crazy35 Comments
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.22 Comments
Best METAL screamer ever
The authentic definition of a strong and powerful voice.
Strong and amazing voice!
You should listen to power metal (The albulm)47 Comments
One of the most iconic and powerful voice I ever heard
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.
Incredibly sexy voice to go with such a sexy man.
Deserves top 515 Comments
Ehhh. I love LaBrie's vocals, but his vocal control in live shows makes me put him lower. He has definitely not aged well but is still a great singer nonetheless. - CaptDeadeye
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...18 Comments
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.6 Comments
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...
Best singer and guitarist in my opinion, R.I.P Chuck!
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? - LadyBanshee17 Comments
Definitely the greatest of all time.
Hands down the best!
Arguably better than Dickinson.. But absolutely better than the rest
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.29 Comments
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.15 Comments
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 the best until he changed his technique (both singing and screaming) in 2013 due to injury - Metal_Potato
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.
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. - Gupta13 Comments
Can sound crazily awesome, but can also sing incredibly softly like "Darkness". - AiCFanboy123
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.
I'm surprised David didn't make it into the top 10. His voice alone could shake mountains. Especially his growls, there are spectacular and amazing!
So underrated! Should be at least in the top 5! He can growl, scream and straight up song and has a huge vocal range. Needs to be higher!34 Comments
Listen to the pot by tool. Enough said
Maynard is in my top 5 for sure.
His range and depth are only matched by his soulfulness and haunting voice
He should be at the top of the list.34 Comments
Pure rock and Roll metal voice...needs to be in the top 10
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.16 Comments
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.
How is he above Ian Gillan? - Userguy44
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.
Dave should be ranked in top 5 for sure. Megadeth is one of the father of Metal music.13 Comments
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...
He belongs in the top 5 with Dio and Dickinson. - MattAffterburner
Definitely one of the best, if not *the* best
Top 5 Sure8 Comments
Listen to So You Die by Bloodbath then listen to Windowpane by Opeth. There you go.
Should really be higher!
Amazing mixture into clean vocals and growls.
He is not a metal singer bro - Metal_Treasure
I love AC/DC. But in what universe Brian Johnson is metal vocalist? This itself discredits this list - MetalFreek
Not metal, and not that good
He is trash.
I'm sorry, but his voice is like nails on a chalkboard.4 Comments
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. - RogerMcBaloney
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 metal1 Comment
Shame he isn't in the top 5.
King belongs in the top 3 easily. Why is he always so underrated?!?!
King Diamond should at least be in the top 10.
What an incredible deluge of eerie falsetto shrieking, growling, gurgling... His work on Abigail is the stuff of metal legend and struck fear into to the hearts of listeners and competitors... Should be at least top 10, if not top 5.10 Comments
He has declined a lot, but in his prime he was definitely top 10.(For me he is first but maybe I'm wrong so let's say top 10)
I was gonna vote for Roy Khan, because he is incredible, but my loyalties will always be to Serj Tankian. System of a Down is my favorite band since I was 10 years old. Serj's has this incredible range of style and emotion. You get all these different kinds of songs like Question or Spiders or even crazy ones like Vicinity of Obscenity. And his solo work is amazing too. The big sound of Elect the Dead or the symphonic Imperfect Harmonies or the sorta punk rock Harakiri. Serj is an amazing talent.
As far as originality, versatility, haromonies, range of cleans, screams and growls, and just an all around mind blowing pioneer into an untapped realm of metal vocalists: argue with me that there is anyone better than Serj.
The most damn beautiful voice in all of metal.57 Comments
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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).
One of the best of all time
Should be in top 10 át least. Great scream and great raspy voice. His 2005-2013 live voice is unmatched in my opinion.96 Comments
59? Come on people he has the best voice in thrash metal
If u listen to just 5 songs anybody who thinks he shouldn't be on the list is wrong. In fact he should probably be in the top 5 around #4.
He can have a decent voice, he just wastes it on painful bro-metal trash. - AdamDestructorJr.
In my opinion he's the best vocalist in all of metal music currently! He has a lot of diversity in his vocals ranging from mellow singing to brutal screaming.
You're kidding guys, aren't you? I hope those who voted him down have at any rate a half of Ivan's incredible voice charisma.12 Comments
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.
Chester is the best metal singer ever and deserves the 1st position or at least the position in the top three
Not just scream
Deserves the 1st position20 Comments
Love his vocals on Decay especially
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.
It' such a disgrace she's so low
Unbelievable she's so far down. Should be in the top 5. Listen to Showtime, Storytime's live version of Ghost Love Score - instant goosebumps.7 Comments
Come on, hear this guy singing Symphony X songs and after that vote. He is in another level...
Debatably the best in the genre and my personal favorite, Russell has a great range of 4+ octaves, an unreal amount of vocal control, an amazing amount of power, a naturally pleasant and soothing vocal tone and a real passion for what he does.
Here is a quote from progressive metal genius Arjen Lucassen on Russell Allen's ability as a vocalist:
"Russell has a very powerful and versatile voice, and on top of that he is a great musician and performer. Russell was one of the few singers with whom I didn't need to be present during recording, but when on the phone he let me hear the parts he had sung, my eyes filled with tears. Russell thought I was joking, but I was truly moved! At the moment Russell is one of the best singers in the world. And he proved that during the Star One tour."
Definitely the best thing to happen to Michael Romeo and the rest of Symphony X and definitely deserving of a better place on this list.
Definitely one of the best metal vocalists of our times, both in Symphony X and in all his other side projects! He deserves a much better position than this!
Russell Allen's gotta be my favorite vocalist overall. For me it goes
1) Russell Allen
2) Matt Bellamy
3) David Gilmour/ Roger Waters
4) Mikael Åkerfeldt
5) Geddy Lee
6) James LaBrie
8) King Diamond (partially cause I can sing most of his songs with little effort, given we have similar falsettos. My modal range is a bit trash)
9) Joe Duplantier
10) ICS Vortex maybe
Extremely versatile - he can sing a huge range of vocals/screams and music types equally well, and what about that insane vocal range. Should be in top 10, easily. He maintains an aversion to celebrity way of life that keeps him less known that his talent would justify.
#36 -Seriously? This mans voice is exceptional and he plays games with it too. Outstanding talent - should be in the top 10.
A true vocal god right here. Can sing any genre effortlessly, and does things with his voice that I've never heard anyone in metal (including Devin and Kyo), or in most of music do. Some of these so-called singers here (even some legends), are laughable compare to this man (especially these young tools like M Shadows). Now to be fair, there are some people who can probably compete with his range... but they are outside metal and usually dwell in the experimental side of music. Anyway, the only reason he's placed so low in this, is because these lists tend to focus on popular people.
Mike Patton is very likely the most talented vocalist on the planet. How a cheap imitator like Serj Tankian makes the top ten and Patton sits at # 40 baffles me. Anyway, I don't consider him a "metal vocalist", simply because the vast majority of his work falls into other genres. As far as metal singers go, I would take Patton over any body. Ever.12 Comments
His voice hypnotizes me - it's a great mix of vocal and licst, this specific German accent, and I think he should be in the first ten, just after Bruce Dickinson.
How is Till number 35?! He has amazing vocals that can move you in songs like Ohne Dich or Mutter. He should be in the top ten.
Till lindemann has amazing vocals so deep and low for yelling and soothing song
Till should be number one because he has a incredible voice7 Comments
Best bass / singer combination in the world of metal!
He knows how to get the best out of the crowd at the concerts
His range in angel of death blew me away
Amazing vocals... Evil voice
Oh come on! He shouldn't be this low! A lot of you should be ashamed of yourselves.. - LadyBanshee6 Comments
Simone Simons is a really awesome singer. His voice is mezzosoprano, but she can climb to the top notes of a soprano. It can be sweet, as aggressive. Master the classical technique as style rock / pop. Her voice is full of feeling, a feeling that is when she sings live. Not the typical super sweet soprano, she has a wonderful voicepoint, warm and dark at once. Not only sings, also composed some lyrics, very philosophical lyrics that really make you think, like "Sensorium" or "Storm the Sorrow", not just a pretty face, no, she really has a melodious voice, she's a goddess of metal with a heart of gold x
Such a beautiful voice. Her and Tarja rule symphonic metal
It's not really epic
Band is ehh but Simone Simons is an incredible singer1 Comment
A great and kind man with more musical talent than all of the metal community combined. He has done so much work in the 20+ years that he has been releasing music and he is now only recently starting to get the deserved attention for it... From working with Steve Vai in the early 90s... To performing in his own band Strapping young lad, the epitome of heavy, aggressive and intense metal... And to today where he performs in his solo project playing everything from progressive metal, to death metal to even ambient melo stuff. But to the factor of his voice, he has a range that shouldn't even be humanly possible, he can scream to levels that hurt my throat just hearing, do powerful growls, perform simple mellow clean vocals and to top it all of... Incredibly powerful operatic vocals that blow people away. Every note he hits is clean and spot on and he has an incredible sense of timing with each one. With all that, his live performances put his studios albums to shame. For those reading ...more
Just watch his "Kingdom" performance for EMGtv, you'll know why you should vote for him then.
Did anyone listen to 'Love? ' by SYL?
This guy has to be top 5. The fact that Babymetal is in front of him discredits this list. Know your metal people.10 Comments
One of the best swedish singers rivaled only by Akerfeldt of opeth - CaptDeadeye
Simply one of the greatest voices in Metal!
Not only an awe-inspiringly amazing voice, but also a brilliant lyricist who easily puts history into song...
One of the best!
His Voice fits the Lyrics and the band just sooo god!
And technically he is just one of the best singers.
For me he should be in Top 10!
Best Male Mettal voice!
This legend should be at least top 154 Comments
Lol, she's not even the best vocalist of Arch Enemy
Alissa deserves a top 10 slot without a doubt! Also, no best of metal vocals list is complete without John Arch, Ray Alder, Midnight, and of course the mighty Ski (Deadly Blessing)! You sir need a metal refresher course or something! Many other legends too, but these few prove my point. Which is, this list blows!
Definitely the sexiest one
Best female screamer1 Comment
No onde can growl like this guy do he's a monster
To start with, Randy was the one who originally got me listening to growling. He is capable of mixing the heavy, ear-ripping effect of growling, but still keep the lyrics fairly easy to hear. Combine this with intricate songs about policy and war, and you have a recipe for chills.
Just try any song of lamb of god.. And you will shocked after listening he's vocals... He sings like a ghost..17 Comments
A Predator's Portrait is where Bjorn shines the brightest. - AdamDestructorJr.
Seriously one of the best vocalists out there. Check out shining lights on the album the ride majestic
The best vocalist, I've ever heard. Check out his Features on youtube or so. SUCH BRILLANT!
Björn is a beast and can sing and growl exceptionally well. His signing on The Living Infinite proves that and his growling on The Chainheart Machine proves that he's great.
His voice is powerful. He should be at least in the top 10
Very melodic and commanding voice
Killswitch Engage are simply the best. After all they were one of the founders of metalcore!
Very skilled, best growls and clean vocals. Should be much in top 10
Almost forgot about him, he definitely deserves to be much higher
Clearly you guys are uncultured posers if you think Dickinson or hetfield are even close to Alvestam's talent. Go listen to his stuff for Solution.45, you'll thank me.
You wanna hear someone who combines growling and clean vocals Chris is your man not Corey Taylor who just shouts
Christian Älvestram is amazing, listen to holographic universe by scar symmetry and you'll understand why
This guy has a really unique style that draws on so many influences, impossible not to love the sound
In my opinion his vocal style is somewhere between Kiske and Jorn Lande, great vocalist composer musician and person
I think he is one of the best with his range and stage presence. Avantasia is the product of a genius mind.
He's amazing. Love his crafted screams and sustain. His voice and singing style remind me of Bruce Dickinson and a bit of Michael Kiske. - Metal_Treasure
Man could do anything from rapping on “the burning red” and “catharsis” to the thrash on “unto the locust”
Both him and Messiah deserve this list, certainly if Shadows does! Just jisten to his range, his screaming! Listen to Demon's Gate and Under The Oak
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