Top 10 Best Metal Vocalistsjuan_david
The Top Ten
When you're wondering why he didn't become an opera singer during Hallowed be thy Name you just gotta be thankful because this kind of a voice is not at place in metal
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.
When I listen to this guy, It sounds like I'm listening to my heart, because he's always careful about his voice in many tones, and is always careful about his lyrics too. Even if you're not a metal fan, you would also say he has one of the best voices ever. - LightningStrike
Best of the bestV 139 Comments
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!
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 bestV 120 Comments
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.
Number 1 by light years. One day, this list will catch up to that stone cold fact..
Bruce Is Overrated...Rob Is The Best
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!
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.V 85 Comments
For her age she has an unbelievable voice which will only improve over time and more training.
Maybe for her age has good voice, but come on, don't tell how better than the fathers of the metal...
Definitely needs to be on this list if we are being fair here. Amazing vocalist.
She really needs to be on here. Her vocals are amazing.
Well you gotta admit, She HAS potential. Though she may be young, her voice gets you. Its not the type of voice that gives you a feeling that you are being brought to a place filled with the magic of the song, but more like, the feeling of familiarity... it feels like she is standing beside you, looks at you, grabs your arm and says "Lets have fun! ". Her voice is sincere and filled with the amount of fun she is having on stage. You can sense her... awe (can't get the right word)... in it.V 991 Comments
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.
A voice that can take you to cotton clouds also put you on a bed of nails.
The best vocalist of all time, this is even coming from someone who's favourite band is metallica, where James Hetfield is voted higher than him. Taylor is deserving of the number one spot for his sheer talent
I love Corey Taylor especially in his band Slipknot! The main reason is because, he doesn't constantly scream. - ENNDS15V 79 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?
Best metal vocalist we can hope forV 35 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.
Kiske's vocals on 'I Want Out' are nothing short of brilliant. On that one track he eclipses almost any other rock vocalist.V 22 Comments
Strong and amazing voice!
You should listen to power metal (The albulm)
Iron maiden sucks zakk wylde and phil no doubt
Bruce Dickinson #1 and the Kid not even on the list? What a joke.V 46 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.
At 19, put out their best album, Ascendancy and the vocals were amazing. Crazy talent.V 13 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.V 6 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 best
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...V 17 Comments
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.
Number one by far
Should be #4, behind Halford, Dio, Dickenson.
Incredible voice,wowV 25 Comments
Best singer and guitarist in my opinion, R.I.P Chuck!
How tf is hetfield #4 and chuck #18? wow
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? - LadyBansheeV 16 Comments
One of the most iconic and powerful voice I ever heard
Incredibly sexy voice to go with such a sexy man.
Deserves top 5
Fantastic vocalist. Needs to be much higher. - AdamDestructorJr.V 15 Comments
One of the best of all time
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.I.A., Save Me, Sceomd heartbeat, and the stage are among his best vocals
Sounded like he was crying until recently. - AdamDestructorJr.V 94 Comments
The most talented voice in metal. This man can sing 5 octaves (G1 to F#6) - Metallicafan01
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.
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.
Top 5 spot deserved... 18th spot is a disgrace for the metal communityV 15 Comments
Amazing mixture into clean vocals and growls.
Should be way higher. His versatility is insane.
So underratedV 19 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.
He should be at the top of the list.
Over the top, songwriting as well
He at least deserves the top 5.
Unique voice among the many, in this quire.V 31 Comments
How is he above Ian Gillan? - Userguy44
Dave should be ranked in top 5 for sure. Megadeth is one of the father of Metal music.
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.V 13 Comments
He belongs in the top 5 with Dio and Dickinson. - MattAffterburner
Definitely one of the best, if not *the* best
Ian Gilian belongs in the top 3, this is an embracement...
One of the greatest singers ever. - Userguy44V 5 Comments
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.
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!
He deserves more attention..
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!V 33 Comments
Not metal, but good nonetheless. - galaxyfox
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
He is trash.
Not metal, and not that goodV 5 Comments
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.
Come on! King Diamond leaves all these in the dust with his amazing vocal range. Rob Halford is great, but no one can touch KingV 10 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 metalV 1 Comment
Definitely the sexiest one
The 1st woman on this list
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!
Best female screamer
Pure rock and Roll metal voice...needs to be in the top 10
Lemmy IS the voice of Rock and Roll - Slaytanica
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.V 15 Comments
59? Come on people he has the best voice in thrash metal
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.
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.
The most damn beautiful voice in all of metal.
Serj has a great voice, as far as the genre is concerned. I would rate him higher than this. Most metal singer just yell and scream a lot, which of course will offend a lot of people, but I think Serj's has a bit of a lyric quality to it.V 56 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.
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
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!V 11 Comments
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.V 12 Comments
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 the bestV 12 Comments
His range in angel of death blew me away
Best bass / singer combination in the world of metal!
He knows how to get the best out of the crowd at the concerts
Amazing vocals... Evil voice
Oh come on! He shouldn't be this low! A lot of you should be ashamed of yourselves.. - LadyBansheeV 6 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 singerV 1 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
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.
Insane vocal rangeV 9 Comments
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.
Best of bests for me
Just try any song of lamb of god.. And you will shocked after listening he's vocals... He sings like a ghost..V 16 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.
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
Are you crazy?
Why so low?
Need to be in top 20 at least...
Is it some kind of a joke?V 1 Comment
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
Well this top ten is in severe need of some light! Try finding a darker room on the Internet.
He is one of the best singers ever, not only in metal music, for me he's even better than dickinson. Incredible voice and so underrated
One of the best singers on this list!
Slave to the grind said it all!V 4 Comments
Brilliant Clean vocal with even better corresponding death growls
This man is one of the torchbearer in metal world. As good as Bruce Dickinson. Although definitely Leppard is marked as a rock band (NO REAL REASON).
One of the best swedish singers rivaled only by Akerfeldt of opeth - CaptDeadeye
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!
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!
This legend should be at least top 15V 4 Comments
The man the myth the legend
Best thrash vocalist
Why is that baby metal girl higher than Paul Baloff. I JUST UNDERSTAND. - Demogorgan
Why is that BabyMetal girl is higher that Paul Baloff. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND DFBAJDHFIAHSOIF - Demogorgan
186?! Wtaf one of the most metal people to ever live
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