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
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 (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 ...read more.
3 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 ...read 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
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
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 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
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, ...read 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 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 is a Dutch singer-songwriter and vocal coach. She is currently vocalist of Nightwish and leader of Revamp.
10 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 ...read 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
? Jonas Renkse
Jonas Petter Renkse (born 19 May 1975, Sweden) is a founding member, songwriter, lead vocalist (1991–1994, 1997-) and ex-drummer (1991–1994, 1996–1998) of the band Katatonia; founding member, songwriter, bassist, backing vocalist, ex-guitarist (2004) of the band Bloodbath.
I like his voice very much. Try this: Katatonia - July. - Metal_Treasure
? King Diamond
Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums ...read more.
11 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.
12 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 ...read 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
13 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
14 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. ...read more.
15 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.
16 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
17 Attila Dorn
18 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 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
20 Tim 'Ripper' Owens
Timothy S. "Ripper" Owens is an American heavy metal singer who first gained attention as the lead singer of Judas Priest, and then Iced Earth. He took the nickname "Ripper" from the Judas Priest song "The Ripper" during his time in the tribute band "British Steel". He currently performs with Beyond ...read more.
I made a list about him so if somebody is interested, this is the list with details and samples "Top 10 Best Tim 'Ripper' Owens Vocal Performances". - Metal_Treasure