Best European Heavy Metal Singers

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The Top Ten

1 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.
2 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.

The best.

3 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).

He invented metal vocals he should be in top 3! - zxm

Yeah, I agree with Powerfultekin that he is not recognized much as heavy metal but this is only because most of the metal fans don't know what metal is and don't know the metal songs by Deep Purple.
Ian Gillan created his own singing style that was quite operatic for the 70s but this operatic style influenced Bruce Dickinson and then Bruce influenced everybody with clean vocals (Kiske, Sammet, Kotipelto). Hansi said Gillan was the only metal singer who ever moved him and Hansi learned from Gillan. Now we are all moved by the way Hansi sings.
Gillan is shamefully underrated. He was the first singer with a true metal singing style (because he created this style). Gillan also had a 4 octave vocal range (Freddie had the same range) - Metal_Treasure

4 Hansi Kursch Hansi Kursch 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.

He is my favorite metal singer because he has it all: very powerful voice, vocal technique, incredible tonal versatility and unmatched passion. There are lots of details about his vocal skills in my lists: "Top 10 Hansi Kürsch Vocal Performances", and "Top 10 Most Emotionally Intense Vocal Performances by Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian, Demons & Wizards)". - Metal_Treasure

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

This guy is just amazing. Hands down. Kiske, Kursch and Sammet should be higher than Ozzy, Lemmy and Biff. - Metal_Treasure

6 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.

Incredible singer with excellent vocal technique. If you are interested in his vocal skills, you can visit my list "Top 10 Tobias Sammet Vocal Performances". - Metal_Treasure

7 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.

In my opinion he is the BEST in Europe. An amazing vocal range, and he's especially famous for his high notes. He can sing almost anything, from power metal to opera. His new band AHOLA is really worth checking out.

My god this boy can sing!

In general, I agree with the visitor's comment and confirm Ahola is an incredible singer - definitely the best metal singer from Finland and currently one of the best in Europe. He is a young guy and still unnoticed. He's got the most resonant voice I've ever heard (his notes are ringing).
Several months ago I made a list with many details "Top 10 Jarkko Ahola Vocal Performances".
His first band (Teräsbetoni) got its first recording contract thanks to a nation-wide petition in Finland, started by fans and sent to several record companies. As a result, Teräsbetoni were signed to Warner Music in 2004. Never heard of anything like that before. - Metal_Treasure

8 Mikael Akerfeldt Mikael Akerfeldt 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. ...read more.

Opeth is awesome

9 King Diamond 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.
10 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.

His voice and vocal skills are very impressive - his voice is a combination of Dio, Ian Gillan and David Coverdale. If this sounds interesting to you, you can visit my list "Top 10 Jørn Lande Vocal Performances" - there are song samples and details to convince you. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Biff Byford Biff Byford Peter Rodney, professionally known as Biff Byford is an English singer, musician, and composer. He is mostly known for the lead vocals of the metal band Saxon.
12 Klaus Meine Klaus Meine

Such a fantastic and unique voice.

13 Sean Harris Sean Harris
14 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. V 1 Comment
15 Joakim Broden Joakim Broden V 1 Comment
16 Till Lindemann Till Lindemann
17 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. ...read more.
18 Daniel Tompkins Daniel Tompkins Daniel Tompkins is best known as the lead singer for the British progressive metal band Tesseract (often stylized as TesseracT).

He is very very good and should be higher than #50. - Metal_Treasure

19 Ozzy Osbourne 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 ...read more.

@zxm - I didn't say it directly but you got my point: he doesn't have enough vocal skills for the top 10, not even for the top 100 best European singers. However, I wanna make some clarifications. My opinion isn't based on like/dislike him personally - I'm just comparing his singing ability with the other singers, that's all. There is one thing that annoys me - he is extremely overrated, he is the most overrated metal musician and singer. - Metal_Treasure

Just to remind you that the list title is "Best Singers" and not most popular singers. The best singers are the singers with the best vocal skills: range, power, control, switches, and so on. - Metal_Treasure

Though Ronnie James Dio isn't European, he is better in general.

@Metal_Treasure : I know.He is overrated.There are singers who deserve to be higher than him - zxm

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20 Lemmy Kilmister Lemmy Kilmister Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead.

He wasn't a metal singer because Motorhead were not a metal band. Lemmy himself explained that they had always been a rock N roll band. I agree with him: they played faster and heavier rock N roll with punk elements. For metal you need classical elements but Motorhead never had classical influences. - Metal_Treasure

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