Best Punk Rock Lead Singers

The Top Ten

Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

Punk rock is often labeled as music for people that can't sing or play an instrument. But this guy is very talented, not only can he sing but he can also lay down piano, guitar (rhythm and lead) harmonica. His best vocals are all on 21st Century Breakdown. He's a great musician and an incredible lead singer

Apart from the fact that he is a great composer and has a great voice, Billie is the one singer that inspired me into being myself and do what I enjoy most, not caring about what others think of me. I definitely agree with this ranking, thank you Billie Joe for everything!

My IDOL since I heard "true music" and will be forever, no music inspired me without Billy's "Voice", His voice has a magic nothing can beat! Long Live BJ!

First of all, it's BILLIE Joe. Second, I'm glad he's first. He has changed vocally so much over the years, and continues to inspire thousands.

Spike Slawson (Me First & the Gimme Gimmes)

And He is a darn fine Ukelele player as well!

Gimmes Rule!

Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) Eric Reed Boucher, better known by his professional name Jello Biafra, is a American singer who is the former lead singer and songwriter for the San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys.

I love his singing style. Amazingly fitting. My all-around favorite singer, probably.

Joey Ramone (The Ramones) Jeffrey Ross Hyman, professionally known by Joey Ramone, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, lead vocalist of the punk-rock band The Ramones.

Not only influenced punk rock but every other genre. I think he is up there with members of The Beatles. I can't believe Green Day and Blink 182 is in here that's not even punk it's poser.

He stands above the rest. Joey's the best.

He commanded the best punk band in music history

Billy Joe whatever from Green Day ahead of a real punk rocker like Joey?

John Lydon (Sex Pistols) John Joseph Lydon, also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, is an English singer, songwriter, and musician.

The voice of punk! With out his snarling, fantastic vocal style there wouldn't be a Billie Joe Armstrong or any list of vocal imitators.

Very talanted

Not based on the sex pistols but on PIL.great live as well.

At least number 1 is correct, I can ignore all the rubbish underneath. The top 5 should be 1) Lydon/Rotten
2) Ramone
3) Strummer
5) Danzig
6) Vanian
Without those 5 Punk Rock wouldn’t of made it to global success.

Roger Miret (Agnostic Front)
Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) Timothy James "Tim" McIlrath is an American punk rock musician. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist, songwriter and co-founder of the American punk rock band Rise Against.

His voice is just orgasmic in all ways! Can sing quiet, loud and even scream.

One of the most insightful punk rock vocalists of all time.

Inspirational lyrics. Great voice. Good heart.

Tim Mcllrath not in the top ten. Ha good one.

Deryck Whibley (sum 41) Deryck Jason Whibley (Born March 21, 1980) is a Canadian musician, best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, songwriter and producer of the punk rock band Sum 41. He has made 7 studio albums with Sum 41 to date.

His unique voice reminded me of Lennon on Please Please Me, Sum 41 is growing big and mature, and his lyrics and voice are a big part of this change. Long live Sum 41

I love his vice it has this rough edge thing its so awesome

The bad thing about him is that he almost died from alcohol but he is an amazing lead singer

So GOD! Simply the best punk band of all time

Joe Strummer (The Clash) John Graham Mellor, known by his stage name Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the Clash.

Billie joe armstrong on number 1? Get real!

Brilliant, distinctive voice, great songs and a super band. Joe should be higher up!

Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi)


The Contenders

Johnny Ramone (The Ramones) John William Cummings, better known by his stage name Johnny Ramone, was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones.

Johnny Ramone didn't even sing...

It's Joey Ramone not Johnny. Johnny is the guitarist Joey is the singer.

He is a guitarist. Not a singer. I doubt he even did backing vocals.

Haha. Johnny never sang A note.

Mike Ness (Social Distortion)
Gerard Way Gerard Arthur Way is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comic book writer who was the lead vocalist and co-founder of the American alternative rock band My Chemical Romance from its formation in September 2001 until its split in March 2013. His debut solo album Hesitant Alien was released more.

Mr Way earns my vote because of how unique his vocals are. Definitely not your typical everyday vocalist; the way you *think* the lyrics will be sung are in actuality sung completely different.

He seems to not really follow a set "rule", no guidelines for his songs...He does a lot of different things with his voice and doesn't seem to try too hard to make the vocals line up with the music (which is part of what gives it such a unique sound). His vocals can stand alone and apart from the stand alone music, but when combined with the (almost completely different tuned) insturmental, it's amazing.

I actually don't even like his singing voice all too much. I'm in love with what he does with his voice. Up or down, soft or loud, it's always unexpected and refreshing.

And also the way he gives the song exactly the right emotion, exactly what he wants you to feel while listening--a lot of vocalists cannot do that. He puts extreme emotion inyo his singing too; its all or ...more

Not Punk at all... he might do screamo screams but he doesn't really qualify as punk to me.

The vocals he does are plain addicting and emotional and amazing

This is probably the best singer I've heard in my life.

Stiv Bators (Dead Boys)

Stiv is god

Dexter Holland (The Offspring) Bryan Keith "Dexter" Holland is an American musician and molecular biology graduate student, best known as the singer, rhythm guitarist, and primary songwriter for the punk rock band The Offspring.

His voice is so catchy that he can basically make any song enjoyable to listen too. Also, his voice is so unique that no matter what song you hear you know its him; making him one of the better singers! Timeless!

He is the coolest punk vocalist that I know

This voice though.

He's the most amazing musician in the world. His lyrics have a magical way to get stuck in your head and your heart. The dude has a Ph.D, a pilot license and his own hot sauce. Sure he's old, but he's in his 50's, give him a break. The Offspring have the best selling album on an independent label! They kick Green Day's America idiot ass.

Keith Morris

Great performer

Tom Delonge Thomas Matthew "Tom" DeLonge, Jr., is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and film producer. He was born in Poway, California on December 13, 1975. When he was in high school at age 15, he got expelled for drinking at a basketball game. He also used to play the trumpet, more.

His voice isn't even that amazing in my opinion, but he still manages to be one of my favorite singers somehow.

Personally I don't understand how tom is second on this list. His voice honestly isn't that great but it is something I've never heard before

Love blink-182 and tom makes a great impact. He's amazing he doesn't sound like the same old bang he's awesome

Honestly his voice now days is pretty bad. But this is a best of all time list. And if you talk about 90s-early 2000s tom his voice is no doubt number 1. If you don't believe me look up the song dick lips and witness a true punk rock voice

H.R. (Bad Brains)

Should be at the top of the list, this is full of poser crap.

Iggy Pop James Newell Osterberg, Jr., known professionally as Iggy Pop, is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor.


Glenn Danzig Glenn Danzig is an American singer, songwriter, and musician from Lodi, New Jersey. He is the founder of the bands Misfits, Samhain and Danzig. He owns the Evilive record label as well as Verotik, an adult-oriented comic book publishing company.

He has an awesome voice, great vision and takes no crap from anyone.

Glenn should be number one, in my opinion.

Great all around singer period.

Fat Mike (NOFX)
Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low) Alexander William "Alex" Gaskarth is an English-American musician, singer, songwriter, podcast host and actor.

Why so low down!?! So amazing love there new song kids in the dark!

Great voice! And amazing lyrics. Deserves to be in the top 10.

Chester Bennington 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. more.

I believe he could've been a punk singer at some point but I wouldn't call bands like Dead by Sunrise, Linkin Park, and Grey Daze punk.

How in any way is Linkin Park a punk band?

The complete technique.

Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) Patrick Martin Stumph, known professionally as Patrick Vaughn Stump, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actor and music critic, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, pianist and composer of Fall Out Boy, an American rock band from Wilmette, Illinois.

HE is one of the most iconic singers of pop-punk and punk-rock

Listen to his voice...

Tim Armstrong (Rancid, Operation Ivy)

I hate him because he tried to let billie in rancid at least he is still in green day I'm happy for that

Tim deserves to be way higher.

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