Top Ten Clean Metal Vocalists

There has been a lot of top metal vocalists list on this site, but this list is purely the singers that only do clean vocals, so no Michael Akerfeldt or Corey Taylor. Who are the best clean metal vocalists (range, emotion, versatility)?

The Top Ten

1 Bruce Dickinson Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

He's got clean vocals and a good vocal range. He is versatile to many of the songs themes and he can go really high and low. Perfect choice for number 1. - FieryKnightFloyd

2 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.
3 Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records more.

Taking everything into account, he's my #1. The most emotional and the most versatile metal singer for me (stylistic, technical and tonal versatility). Hansi and Dio have the same ranges, that are a bit bigger than Kiske's and Dickinson's. Hansi voice is also very powerful and can sound both very dark and very angelic. His vocal cords have natural double layer effects. His vocal technique improved significantly over time. - Metal_Treasure

4 Rob Halford Rob Halford Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.

The widest range on this list - over 4 octaves. I think everybody knows his vocal skills and I don't need to say more. - Metal_Treasure

5 Russell Allen Russell Allen

What is there to say about Russell Allen from his amazing vocals in the band Symphony X to his concept project with Jorn Lande and his guest work with Avantasia he hasn't disappointed and still has a voice as powerful in his work on the 2015 album Underworld - germshep24

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6 Michael Kiske Michael Kiske Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.

Vocal technique of Michael Kiske and Geoff Tate is almost with no weak spots - i.e. their breath support, runs, volume control, switching, etc. - Metal_Treasure

7 Jon Oliva Jon Oliva John Nicholas Oliva, known as Jon Oliva, is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Co-founder of the metal band Savatage and the rock opera Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He's got a real 4 octave range, able to morph the sound of his voice to any style, from John Lennon and Freddie Mercury, more.

Range - 4 octaves, which is more than Dio, Kiske, Dickinson, Sammet...
Emotion - 10/10. Versatility - 9.5/10. His voice is also very powerful. - Metal_Treasure

8 Tobias Sammet Tobias Sammet Tobias Sammet is a German metal musician, best known as the vocalist and primary songwriter of the power metal band Edguy, as well as the founder, main singer and bassist of the metal opera Avantasia.

One of the metal voices I am addicted to. A beautiful and effortless tenor with excellent vocal technique. Remarkable sustain and controlled screams. His voice often reminds me of Bruce Dickinson and Michael Kiske. Just give a listen to the intro of 'Nailed to the Wheel', and 'Sacrifice', 5:00-6:05 (both by Edguy). - Metal_Treasure

9 Floor Jansen Floor Jansen Floor Jansen is a Dutch singer-songwriter and vocal coach. She is currently vocalist of Nightwish and leader of Revamp.
10 Matt Barlow Matt Barlow Matthew 'Matt' Barlow is an American heavy metal singer and police officer. He was the lead singer for Iced Earth in the 1990s and 2000s. He is currently the lead singer for Ashes of Ares. After the September 11 terrorist attacks Matt Barlow decided to become a police officer and contribute to the "real more.

One of the most powerful and emotional metal voices. I like him very much, a favorite singer of mine.
Iced Earth - Melancholy, Dracula, A Question Of Heaven, Ghost Of Freedom. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Roy Khan Roy Khan Roy Sætre Khantatat, is a Norwegian singer-songwriter. Commonly known as Roy Khan or simply Khan, he was the lead vocalist for the symphonic power metal band Kamelot from 1997 to his departure in 2011. He co-wrote most of Kamelot's songs with the band's guitarist and founder Thomas Youngblood during more.

One of the more unique voices in metal and the amount of effort he had put into his performances and studio time to portray every song to its true form really shows, doesn't try to show off with his vocals with over the top notes like some singers. - germshep24

A very operatic voice, with lows and high notes, from head voices up to powerful chest voice and amazing lyricist.
He's the reason why I got in to metal

12 Jorn Lande Jorn Lande Jørn Lande is a Norwegian metal and hard rock singer known for his solo career as Jorn, and providing vocals for Avantasia, Masterplan, Ark, Beyond Twilight, Millenium, Allen/Lande, Mundanus Imperium, Vagabond, The Snakes, Ayreon.
13 Tommy Karevik Tommy Karevik Tommy Karevik is a Swedish metal vocalist, best known as the singer for metal bands Seventh Wonder and Kamelot.

It was unfortunate that he had to replace Roy Khan one of the most impassioned and emotive singers in metal for his talents gets overlooked because he is forced to try to imitate Roy Khan in Kamelot which no one can do, but look at his work with Seventh Wonder a very underrated band - germshep24

Angelic voice for this guy, just saying.

14 Geoff Tate Geoff Tate Geoff Tate is a German-born American singer and musician who rose to fame in the 1980s with the progressive metal band Queensrÿche.

His vocal technique was almost perfect in his prime and he should be in the top 10. - Metal_Treasure

15 Tarja Turunen Tarja Turunen Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen-Cabuli (born August 17, 1977), generally known as Tarja Turunen or simply Tarja, is a Finnish singer-songwriter. She is a soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves. more.
16 Ian Gillan Ian Gillan Ian Gillan is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple, and the original singer on the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ).

One of the most underrated metal singers. His singing style shaped the clean vocal style in metal: wide range (4 octaves), legendary screams, powerful voice, operatic style. He was Bruce Dickinson's vocal idol. Then Bruce influenced almost everyone with clean vocals. Hansi Kürsch also said Gillan was his fave metal singer and biggest influence. - Metal_Treasure

I do really enjoy Ian Gillian, I think people assume he is rock and not metal - germshep24

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18 Andre Matos Andre Matos André Coelho Matos is a Brazilian vocalist, pianist and composer. He was involved in the heavy metal bands Viper, Angra and Shaaman.

Yes, he's a very technical singer. His voice reminds me of Michael Kiske. - Metal_Treasure

19 Jarkko Ahola Jarkko Ahola Jarkko Kalevi Ahola is a Finnish performing artist, composer and singer, best known as a metal singer. He is the vocalist, bass player and one of the three songwriters of the metal band Teräsbetoni. He also started a solo career as Ahola, a metal band.

He is a lesser known metal singer and I made a list about him "Top 10 Jarkko Ahola Vocal Performances". - Metal_Treasure

20 Ralf Scheepers Ralf Scheepers Ralf Scheepers is the vocalist for German heavy metal band Primal Fear. He has a relatively high-pitched tenor-esque singing voice and sometimes uses a shriek reminiscent of Judas Priest's Rob Halford, although it is his baritone lows which give him a near four-octave range in the modal register.

Probably one of the more underrated singers - germshep24

Yes, he's one of the underrated/unnoticed metal singers but he's damn good. The short article under his name describes his voice very well.
I think some of his best vocal performances are: Primal Fear - The Man (That I Don't Know), Strike; Scheepers - Before The Dawn (Judas Priest cover). - Metal_Treasure

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