I'm ranking these rock/ metal singers not based on if they're good or not rather how emotional or powerful their voices were or still are (Depends If they're alive or dead)
1 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.
2 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.
Demons & Wizards - My Last Sunrise, Path Of Glory, Tear Down the Wall
Blind Guardian - Thorn, Into The Storm, Lord Of The Rings - Metal_Treasure
3 Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave ...read more.
I know it's cliche but let's be honest there's no other rock singer that's as emotional or powerful as Freddie Mercury.
Vote Freddie on the top! He deserves it, we all know that!
You'll get an idea from "The Show Must Go On". - Metal_Treasure
Love of my life
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Take my breath away
The show must go on
It's a hard life
In my defense
4 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.
Iced Earth - Dracula, I Died for You, A Question of Heaven - Metal_Treasure
5 Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell was an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave. He died on May 17, 2017.
Pretty self explantory.
6 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.
Savatage - Hounds, Summer's Rain, Tonight He Grins Again, Ghost in the Ruins, I Am - Metal_Treasure
7 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.
I'm quite sure I don't need to explain why for this one.
8 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.
Pretty emotional, not as much as others, but I like that. - EliHbk
Somewhat emotonal but not as emotional as other metal singers.
I agree with EliHbk - Hetfield level of "emotional" is fine for me. I definitely like emotional singers but not too "watery" or too "whiny" emotional because it already sounds kinda cheesy to me.
I think Hetfield's most emotional vocal performance is Until It Sleeps. - Metal_Treasure
What I've felt
What I've known
Sick and tired and I stand alone
Behind the door should I open it for you?
Or are you unforgiven too?
9 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.
Quite a emotional singer.
10 Layne Staley
Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.
The most emotional Grunge singer that ever lived.
11 Sammy Hagar
Samuel Roy "Sammy" Hagar, also known as The Red Rocker, is an American rock vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, musician and entrepreneur.
He was a lot more emotional than Roth in Van Halen in all honesty.
12 Chester Bennington
Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.
He had a very emotional voice that won't be forgotten.
13 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.
His voice is more emotional in Stone Sour than Slipknot but it can be emotional in both bands.
He shows anger in near purest form in Slipknot, and less wretched but still as pure in Stone Sour... - EliHbk
14 Axl Rose
William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.
Nobody’s more emotional than Axl.
Back in the day maybe but he sounds like a dead dried up horse now.
15 Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.
16 José Andrëa