Top 10 Edgelords in Rock Music

Whether it be looks, lyrics or performances, these people are enough to make rock dangerous again.

It doesn't feature ones that are blatantly harmful to society like GG Allin and Varg Vikernes.

The Top Ten

1 Marilyn Manson Brian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist, author, and former music journalist.

Say what you will about him, but you can't deny that he's really edgy. He's like a darker version of Alice Cooper.

2 Till Lindemann Till Lindemann is a German singer, songwriter, musician, actor, poet, and pyrotechnician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and frontman of the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.

Frontman of Rammstein. The band is known for their sexually graphic lyrics, music videos and live performances.

3 Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.

I wouldn't put him very high because the crazy things he did were just side effects of drug abuse and not an artistic expression of "edge" in his music. - Metal_Treasure

Did many crazy things in his career like biting a bat's head and even snorting a line of fire ants.

4 Chris Barnes Chris Barnes is an American musician mainly noted for his deep-throat vocals, explicitly violent lyrics. Barnes was a founding member of Cannibal Corpse before his dismissal and would later form Six Feet Under, which he fronts to this day.

Former frontman of Cannibal Corpse, who are known for their extremely violent and graphic lyrics and album covers (which I'm sure are pretty hard to find in album stores for obvious reasons).

5 Tom Araya Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Frontman of thrash metal band Slayer. They're known for their satanic lyrics which are even more blasphemous than Mercyful Fate (ironically though, Araya himself is Catholic. He states that he does not let Slayer's lyrics interfer with his faith).

6 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor whose career spans over five decades.

I think he should be higher than Marilyn Manson, who is currently at #1, because Marilyn Manson copied namely Alice Cooper. - Metal_Treasure

@Metal_Treasure-I know. I just Manson higher because he's darker than Alice.

Without Alice Cooper, none of the other names listed here would have existed.

He may be tamed by today's standards but he definitely was hot topic back in the old days.

7 Rob Zombie Rob Zombie (born Robert Bartleh Cummings) is an American heavy metal musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. His career launched in 1985 when he formed the heavy metal band White Zombie. Following their breakup, he began a successful solo career. Zombie began directing in the early more.

Known for his horror-themed lyrics and music videos.

8 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 more.

Before he went solo he was the frontman of Mercyful Fate, who were known for their satanic lyrics. Now he just writes horror-themed concept albums.

9 Trent Reznor Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer. He is known for his intense music videos.

Frontman of NIN. They're known for their vulgar lyrics about drugs, sex and depression.

10 Arthur Brown

The Original Edge Lord of Rock. This guy made one of the darkest Psych albums of the late 60s, and also inspired a lot of Shock Rockers Today. Seriously this guy went on stage with a mask which he set on fire, and also put on black and white face paint on before Kiss even thought of doing that. This guy was ahead of his time, and he basically invented the shock rocker thing.

Ooh, yes! Great addition. - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 Al Jourgensen Alain David Jourgensen (born Alejandro Ramírez Casas) is a Cuban-American musician, best known as the founder and frontman of industrial metal band Ministry (a pioneering band in the industrial metal genre).

Frontman of Ministry, one of the pioneers of industrial metal (a lot of artists in the genre, including them, are known for their explicit lyrics and weird music videos).

12 Dead Per Yngve Ohlin, better known by his stage name Dead, was a Swedish black/death metal vocalist and lyricist best known for his work with Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. He committed suicide in 1991 in which former guitarist Euronymous took a few pictures of his corpse and used one of them as the more.

Dead defines the term, Edgelord in regards to the Rock and Metal music industry.

Can't get any edgier by wearing buried clothing, smelling a dead crow, cutting yourself on stage and writing a suicide note before doing the deed. - CrimsonShark

13 Euronymous Øystein Aarseth (1968-1993), who went by the pseudonym Euronymous, was a Norwegian guitarist and co-founder of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. Euronymous was stabbed to death by band member Varg Vikernes in August 1993. more.

Euronymous isn't too far behind to Dead either. His misanthropic worldview, behavior, control-freak actions and generally unpleasant attitude makes up for it.

Also, he could have killed Varg Vikernes. Key word: "Could". - CrimsonShark

14 Varg Vikernes Louis Cachet, (born Kristian Vikernes) more popularly known as Varg Vikernes, is a Norwegian musician, writer, and a convicted murderer and arsonist. He is known as the frontman of the one-man band Burzum (named after a word in the Black Speech, which is a fictional language in J.R.R. Tolkien's The more.
15 Glen Benton

All he does is complain about why he doesn't like religion 24/7, if Nu Metal singers can be called out for being edgy about being misunderstood or angsty, then I think the same complaint can be made for this douchebag.

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