Top Ten Classic Metal Songs with the Best Vocals


The Top Ten

1 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Bruce Dickinson proves, once again, that he has one of the best voices in music history with this song off Number of the Beast. - Brobusky

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2 Painkiller - Judas Priest

Rob's screams on this track are just legendary. - Brobusky

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3 Kill the King - Rainbow

MIND-BLOWING performance from Ronnie James Dio. One of the all-time best vocal performances EVER recorded. - Brobusky

Amazing. RIP Ronnie James Dio. - DynastiSugarPop

"Mind blowing." Meh. Squealy forced tenor, kinda like Robert Plant on a bad day. Harmonies appear borrowed from Heart, who, in any case, sounded far better. Hodgepodge chord progression, and quite unimaginative guitar licks.

Eh. Maybe I just really like the song so I put it at number 1. I still think it's pretty good. - Brobusky

@visitor - we already know it: you hate metal and everything in metal (vocals, progressions, solos,…). By the way, Dio isn’t a tenor, he’s a baritone. And Dio doesn’t sound squealy at all. Plant is a very good singer but even on his best day Plant can’t sing this song better than Dio.
However, "Kill the King" isn't a vocal-oriented song and I wouldn't say this is the best from Dio. This song is written to demonstrate speed and raw aggression. - Metal_Treasure

4 Victim of Changes - Judas Priest

Insane vocals for sure and a great song but I don't think this song is metal. Just saying. This isn't a problem because Halford has many great metal performances to choose from. - Metal_Treasure

The last part when he screams VICTIM OF CHANGE! - zxm

5 Child in Time - Deep Purple

Especially the screaming part - zxm

10 minutes of sheer epicness. - Brobusky

6 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

You know why this song is on the list. - Brobusky

7 Wish You Were Dead - Overkill

Bobby Blitz's high note is one of the best ever in the song. That alone gets Wish You Were Dead a spot on the list. - Brobusky

8 Gates of Babylon - Rainbow

Ronnie James Dio has one of the best voices in metal, as this song proves. - Brobusky

9 Cemetery Gates - Pantera
10 Rainbow in the Dark - Dio

I think this is one of the best vocals from Dio, if not his best. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Stargazer - Rainbow
12 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

If some of you don't know this song you should listen to it NOW. I don't wanna describe the vocals - this vocal performance should be heard. Vocals are from Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian. - Metal_Treasure

13 Angel of Death - Slayer

The face-melting opener to Slayer's landmark 1986 album Reign in Blood has one of Tom Araya's signature screams right at the beginning to set the tone for this amazing song, with an amazing vocal performance. - Brobusky

14 One - Metallica
15 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest
16 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian
17 Thorn - Blind Guardian
18 A Question of Heaven - Iced Earth

Shouldn't be on here. This came out in 1996 which was 22 years ago (a classic has to be 30 years or older). - Aragorn98

@Aragorn98 - you are right about 30+ years but I'm not sure the author meant this definition of "classic".
I personally understood "classic metal" as traditional heavy metal (metal that isn't extreme, isn't prog, etc.)
But I think that most of the voters had no any definition in mind (neither yours nor mine) - people just voted for songs they like. - Metal_Treasure

19 Aces High - Iron Maiden
20 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Painkiller - Judas Priest
2. My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards
3. Rainbow in the Dark - Dio
1. Child in Time - Deep Purple
2. Painkiller - Judas Priest
3. Victim of Changes - Judas Priest
1. Kill the King - Rainbow
2. Victim of Changes - Judas Priest
3. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

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