Top 10 Best Metal Vocalists
The Top Ten
I just completed my mini tour with Iron Maiden (Tampa, Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Lincoln and KC - 5 shows in 31 days). Bruce was remarkably consistent throughout. At 58, hitting the high notes and singing virtually every word. And the screams - from Speed of Light to Children of the Damned to of course Number of the Beast - he hit them with gusto. All while running around the stage and the elevated runway without missing a note. Very theatrical, entertaining, and consistent, the epitome of what a heavy metal frontman should be.
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! ).
SU-METAL? She doesn't sing metal. I thought this was the best metal vocalists and not pop singers.
Her vocals are crappy, the band SUCKS it'll be much better without the three kids.
I don't understand why she's on this list, above Bruce Dickinson! How can someone who's listened to Bruce Dickinson vote for someone like that. And if you haven't listened to Bruce Dickinson, you haven't listened to metal you shouldn't be allowed to vote.
Amazing energy, iconic and powerful on stage, still has such a voice - the Air Raid Siren! Making the stories come to life and an all-round EPIC guy - smart, charismatic and one of the driving forces behind the best heavy metal band there of the past 4 decades. Never sold out and kept releasing great new materials instead of playing it safely with oldie-goldies...
The best live performer I have ever seen!
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.
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!
Dio is a legend. He was incredible in Rainbow, when he sang Man on the silver mountain, Gates of Babylon, and Stargazer, Tony Iommi made a good choice for choosing Dio to be the vocalist for Black Sabbath, and he released amazing songs during his solo career. Holy Diver, Rainbow in the Dark, The Last in Line, We Rock, Sacred Heart, and Dream Evil. Dio should be #1
The best metal singer when it comes to the complete package. Great voice, song writing skills and production ability. The thought that people even think differently is blasphemy and they need to get their effing hearing checked. anyone that thinks Ozzy can out sing Dio is definitely on some serious drugs. My only wish is that Dio made more albums with Sabbath.
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.
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.
The best! Rob Halford is number one. Others are too far away behind him in Metal and Rock Music in general. I love a lot of vocalists like Dio, Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske, Geoff Tate, Eric Adams... But no one can beat Halford in many aspects. Tim "Ripper" Owens is number two.
Yeah man, you have to be in a popular band to be in the highest position. I understand, because some fans don't know. I believe that voting from professionals who are neutral rather than voting for certain fans who are popular will definitely win.
Rob vocal capabiliy is number one in Metal!
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.
Just one question who is su-metal and why our she above James? Can she sing aggressively like him in battery, mop, creeping death? Can she sound totally melodious like James in nothing else matters, fade to black? Can she sing "oh please good wake me " ; " SANITARIUM" like him and bring goosebumps to us? No she can't guys vote for this man guys... He deserves to be 3rd or 4th on this list...
No doubt the best metal/rock voice and frontman ever. When you hear him sing on the radio you know automatically it's Metallica. He doesn't just sing, he plays rhythm guitar and even plays leads. Definitely better than Bruce Dickinson who can just run around the stage with no instruments.
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.
Corey's scream is as close as you can get without actually yelling and ruining your voice. Given how angry slipknot's music is, listening makes for a very immersive experience. You feel the genuine rage that the band feels, especially on Iowa. But what he is less known for, and underappreciated for, is his expressive singing. He has a distinct voice, one of the most distinct ever--very easy to pick out. He doesn't have a great range, but he sure knows how to use what he has. he sings with a lot of power.
...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.
Hands down the best vocalist of his generation. No other singer can come close to his range. From screaming his lungs out in psychosocial, to rapping on spit it out, and then sing melodies that can hold up to an opera singer. Whats even more amazing about him is that he can do all of this in one concert.
Is this the best vocalist list or our personal favourite vocalist list? When ozzy sings even bats cry
Bruce Dickinson and Ronnie James Dio are a little theatrical and operatic. I'm not sure why that's metal for so many.
Ozzy is the original metal vocalist and frontman. He started it all. if it weren't for ozzy with the help of tony command geezer butler, metal would not be what it is
He has a really heavy voice and created metal along with Tony Iommi, Bill Ward and Geezer Butler. Why is he only #7?
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.
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.
Draiman has proven countless times that he has an incredible vocal range he can adjust in just splitseconds. From a soft melody to a bone-shredding scream he really has the skill to be called a true master of his craft.
While I love almost every vocalist on this list... David's voice just sounds like it was made for metal... It has the perfect blend of raspyness, singing capability, and just power that deserves to be in the top ten
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.
David should by far be in the top 10! He has such a unique voice and can vary it so much that you won't recognize It's him! Disturbed is also one of the best bands ever!
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.
After listening through Dream Theater's discography, he's easily one of my favorite vocalists of all time. The high notes from Learning To Live and Innocence Faded are orgasmic, and the emotion he drives through Metropolis pt 2 and Octavarium are mind-blowing. Dream Theater ranges from aggressive to melodic, writing some of the most complex songs to date, and still I can't imagine another singer fitting his place.
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
His voice is amazing, his riffs and lyrics, this man is a legend. Love his voice and it changed from album to album.. this man deserves to be on top 5
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.
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.
I'm not a huge fan of the high octive singing, but somehow the way Joey does it, I love. State of Euphoria, Persistance of Time were my albums back in the day... and I saw Anthrax a few years ago in NYC, with Joey back in the band. Still amazing voice 30 years later
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.
How isn't he #2 (bruce dickinson should be #1, not that bull babymetal). And how are people like brian johnson and ian gillan on here, they are hard rock, not metal
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.
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.
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.
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.
This guy is the best metal vocalist hands down system of a down has no right to be above this legend dave mustain should be first and m shadows should be second
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!
Considering that A7x is the best band of this generation, Shadows must be regarded as one of the better vocalists - simply because of the band's ability to put old-school metal back on the map... none of that screamo crap - at least since they've matured.
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).
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.
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.
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.
I love to sing and my inspiration was Matt. I love his voice. I watched him live and its was absolutely amazing. I love every part of his voice.
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.
Bobby should be in top ten, along Halford, Dickinson and Blackie Lawless. I wonder if Blackie even in this list at all.
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?)
What? Why he's on 150? He should be at least in the Top 50 to Top 100 but why does he is so far away here in 150. I can't believe this man! He needs more vote man! As for me, his voice is 1 of the most amazing voice ever so I guess he deserves to be at least at a higher place than this man.
His vocal range is legendary. He is a metal artist (I mean not metalcore). So he should placed with SHADOWS if we consider heavymetal and nu metal are two extreme sub genre of metal music, which is again a sub genre of hard rock music.
Not a metal vocalist and he sounds like garbage. Just because you have good range does not automatically make you a good singer.
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.
This godlike ability to jump between clean super-high and clean super-low is quite remarkable. Its weird because sometimes it doesn't even look like it acquires that much effort from him, its like he "pretends" to sing somehow, kinda ventriloquist-ish haha.
By the way we got a random example in the opener of the AoA album "The Messenger" where every other line is sung either high or low.
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.
Matt Barlow is a legend. He has a unique voice that nothing can compare to. One of the few who can sound sinister and dramatic without becoming cheesy at the same time. Listen to Damien if you have the time.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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."
He‘s a legend! Inspiration for next generations. Simply the best. At that time Dio was far behind. And now he‘s the second? something hier goes wrong.
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...
The way Gillan moves his notes from high pitch to bass in songs like Born Again makes him one of the best.
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?