Top 10 Most Emotional and Expressive Metal Singers

The Top Ten

1 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.

RE "garage-band material" and blah blah - 1) this is one of the most ignorant and absurd music comments on TheTopTens I've ever read. So every garage-band employs full symphonic orchestras, complex progressive compositions and complex overlapping vocal harmonies?
2) Hansi is not pitchy at all - neither more nor "less pitchy". - Metal_Treasure

He has great voice. Hansi is german. but his English accent is great.I still don't know how german musicians are so good at english accent - zxm

@Metal_Treasure and @IronSabbathPriest,actually this guy is a PROFESSIONAL BROKEN ROBOT who is creating VIRUSES - zxm

Hey you,yes I am talking to you,troll.hows going your fish market job and crop researching? - zxm

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 more.

Passionate about songwriting the music and to his fans. The complete package sorely missed but will always be remembered

3 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.

I love this guy - so much emotion and power.
Iced Earth - Melancholy, Dracula, A Question of Heaven - Metal_Treasure

4 James Hetfield James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

His "Until it Sleeps" is also very emotional, especially a live performance I watched. The song is about his mother dying of cancer with no medical help, so this explains why. - Metal_Treasure

Fade to Black is about someone(James) wanting to leave this earth. When write an album like KEA this is a daring move to make on your second album

I think he's bit of far as I know from his songs. - zxm

The only emotional songs hatfield has done is Sanitarium and Dyers Eve.
Though he still kicks ass

5 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.
6 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.

Halford song that moves me the most is "Beyond The Realms Of Death" by Judas Priest. Awesome song and vocals. - Metal_Treasure

Best heavy metal voice

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, more.

Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King, Hounds, Sirens, Jesus Saves, Gutter Ballet, Morphine Child - Metal_Treasure

8 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.

Jarkko Ahola is an extraordinary talent, he lives every musical note he sings.

Amazingly talented singer!

One of a kind.

His songs with Teräsbetoni are in Finnish and thanks to him I realized I don't need to understand lyrics in order enjoy songs. His voice is so expressive that tells more than words could, especially his ballads.
Teräsbetoni - Teräksen taakka, Missä miehet ratsastaa - Metal_Treasure

9 Mikael Åkerfeldt Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician, prominently known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth, as well as being the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath for three albums up until 2012. more.
10 Russell Allen Russell Allen is a singer and lyricist best known as the vocalist of American progressive metal band Symphony X.

The Contenders

11 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).
12 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.
13 Jonathan Davis Jonathan Howsmon Davis, also known as JD and JDevil, is an American musician best known as the leading vocalist and frontman of the nu metal band Korn.

The raw emotion in Davis's voice in unmatched. - Verderame

Tracks like Daddy show Jonathan's emotion. - MickJames

14 Corey Taylor Corey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.
15 Sharon Den Adel Sharon den Adel, Dutch singer and the vocalist of symphonic rock band Within Temptation. more.

@Martin_Canine: I agree with you - probably Tarja has better vocal skills but to me Sharon sounds more vulnerable and this moves. And thanks for the correct understanding of the list idea - it's not about the best singers / singers with the best vocal skills (there are many other lists about that). This list has a different focus. - Metal_Treasure

Tarja may be the best singer, but it is Sharon whose voice can deliver EVERY emotion. Listen to "Mother Earth" - sheer grace. Then listen to "Caged" - she sounds so desperate. And then listen to "Shot in the Dark" - sounds like a woman who has been scarred by life, and despite being waiting for her dearest, has grown to be tough by all the struggles.
The lyrics to those songs are very vague. They don't really tell all the story, it's her voice that does. - Martin_Canine

16 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.
17 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist. He's best known for being the lead singer of the Armenian/American rock band System of a Down. After System of a Down's hiatus in 2006 he began to release more.
18 Apostolos "Apollo" Papathanasio Apostolos 'Apollo' Papathanasio is a Swedish metal singer of Greek descent (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Firewind). He has also sang for Meduza, Evil Masquerade, Gardenian, and Richard Andersson's projects Majestic and Time Requiem.

Spiritual Beggars - Dreamer, Sweet Magic Pain - Metal_Treasure

19 Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool. He also is the singer of A Perfect Circle and Puscifer bands that vary in style.
20 Floor Jansen Floor Jansen is a Dutch singer-songwriter and vocal coach. She is currently vocalist of Nightwish and leader of Revamp.
21 Daniel Gildenlöw Daniel Gildenlöw is a Swedish musician and songwriter. He is best known as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist for the progressive metal band Pain of Salvation.
22 Jørn 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.

He sounds like a combination of David Coverdale, Dio and Ian Gillan. - Metal_Treasure

23 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.
24 Klaus Meine Klaus Meine is a German vocalist, best known as the lead singer of the hard rock band Scorpions. He and guitarist Rudolf Schenker are the only two members of the group to appear on every Scorpions album.

Klaus Meine (born 25 May 1948) is a German vocalist, best known as the lead singer of Scorpions. Meine was placed at #22 on Hit Parader 's Top Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time list in 2006.
In 1981, after a world tour and during the recording of the Blackout album, Meine lost his voice to the extent that he couldn't even speak properly. Meine was advised by his doctor to consider another profession because of his voice problems. However, Scorpions stuck together, and, after therapy and two vocal cord surgeries, Meine's voice recovered.

25 David Draiman David Michael Draiman is an American songwriter and the vocalist for the band Disturbed as well as for the band Device.
26 Simone Simons Simone Johanna Maria Simons is a Dutch singer-songwriter. She is the lead vocalist of Dutch symphonic metal band Epica.
27 Oli Sykes Oliver Scott "Oli" Sykes is a British musician, best known as the lead vocalist of the band Bring Me the Horizon. He also founded the apparel company Drop Dead Clothing.

Just listen to "There Is A Hell..." The vocals on that album are so emotionally powerful - LifeAsAPro

28 Ivan Moody Ivan L. Moody, known by the pseudonym Ghost during his time with Motograter, is the lead vocalist for American heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch from Las Vegas, Nevada.

American Heavy metal singer now working with the band Five Finger Death Punch. It has been said that Ivan can sell emotions better than most other vocalist out there. The only problem is that his band is often overlooked.

29 Ville Valo Ville Hermanni Valo is a Finnish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead vocalist and main songwriter of the Finnish gothic rock band HIM.
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