Top Ten Good Bands With Bad Vocalists

A bad vocalist doesn't always mean a bad band, but it can significantly lower the quality. Here are some of those bands.

The Top Ten

1 Slayer Slayer more.

I don't know why everyone is getting so freaked out about slayer being on the list! Since I'm not one of those people who worships slayer, I can't really relate, but I still love slayer's music! Look at the title of the list: GOOD bands with bad vocalists! I like their music, but that doesn't mean I have to think their vocalist is the single most amazing vocalist ever! I mean, if mindless yelling with no grit behind it is what you like, then I can see why you love Tom Araya. Just remember this about me: I love slayer, and Tom Araya's cool, I just don't like his vocals very much. - AngryByrd

His voice is perfect for slayer. The scream on angel of death is bone chilling

This list is so inaccurate... Tom is amazing! - gemcloben

The government is evil, satan every slayer song ever
the Byrd man

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2 Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine Rage Against the Machine is a Nu-Metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

Every other member of the band is cool, but Zack De La Rocha is just an idiot. He's pretty much just yelling. Also, you can only hear "Uh! " So many times in one song. - AngryByrd

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3 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums, and their biggest hits are Symphony of Destruction, Holy more.

I'm sure by now everybody knows where I stand as far as the whole Metallica/Megadeth thing. This is part of the reason for where I stand. - AngryByrd

Surely megadeth is a great band and dave is a guitar god!
But his vocal suck! - Fenriz

This is the definition of a good band with a bad vocalist.

Even Dave M. Himself said during an interview "I'm not a great singer, you know". I respect him for being honest and so down to earth. Dave M. Is too smart to think he's a big singer.

To fanboys: be smart like him and do him a favor - don't put him on any lists of best, great, etc. Metal singers because this makes him look overrated. - Metal_Treasure

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4 Living Sacrifice

Darren Johnson was a little bit better than Tom Araya. He used three different vocal styles: a yell, a death growl, and a slightly less growly death growl. They were all executed fairly well, but they each had problems. A yell just isn't good period, the death growling is completely unintelligible, and the other vocal style (I have no idea what to call it) sounded like an angry teenager who tried to do metal. - AngryByrd

5 Scars on Broadway

I was going to put System Of A Down on this list, but Serj isn't the reason. It's the guitarist, Daron Malakian that sounds like a prepubescent Armenian boy. For that reason, I put his solo band on the list. - AngryByrd

6 Static X
7 Black Sabbath (Ozzy)
8 Nickelback Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

Nickelback is a pretty bad band, but their singer is especially bad! And as of right now, Nickelback has a better vocalist than Helmet and Rage Against the Machine according to this list! That is a fail! Those bands should not be on a list like this, and the horrible-sounding Nickelback guy should be number 1!

At least he tries to do something besides yell. But with how he sings, I kind of wish he did just yell! - AngryByrd

Its when he finish a phrases the sound he make is so annoying!

Chad Kroeger, let me ask: do you want to be a metal vocalist, or do you want to be a post grunge vocalist? If you want to do metal vocals, power it up on the growling. If you want to do post grunge vocals, then be in an instrumental band! Love, AngryByrd XOXOXO - AngryByrd

Shouldn't be on the ├▒ist. It says good bands remember

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9 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is a Nu Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa . The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". more.

Corey Taylor is not a bad vocalist

10 U2 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have more.

The Contenders

11 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more. V 1 Comment
12 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). more.

Ben Burnley doesn't sound too bad, but he just sounds weird. Another thing, even though I'm a huge BB fan, I can name a lot of things wrong with them. No other band could rip off System Of A Down twice, release an album of clones, and have a vocalist who always sounds like a retarded old man and have me still adore them! - AngryByrd

13 Coal Chamber

The reason I didn't put Dez Fafara's other band, Devildriver, on the list is because I love them, and Dez showed great vocal power with Devildriver. It's just that with Coal Chamber, he didn't have enough aggression in his voice. - AngryByrd

14 Sabaton Sabaton Sabaton is a power metal band from Falun, Sweden formed in 1999. The band's main lyrical themes are based on war and historical battles.
15 Helmet Helmet Helmet is an American alternative metal band from New York City formed in 1989. Founded by vocalist and lead guitarist Page Hamilton, Helmet has had numerous lineup changes, and Hamilton has been the only constant member.

It's not the singing, it's the yelling. Again. - AngryByrd

16 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s.

He sounds especially bad live! He squeals every five seconds! - AngryByrd

I love Manson, but most of the time he sounds like he's dying. Just because you look like a monster doesn't mean you have to sound like one.

It might be just me, but I actually love his voice. I don't know what it is but when he sings it's just amazing. - music-is-life

17 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. more.

He sounded good, but his vocal range was pretty narrow compared to a lot of other singers from the time. - AngryByrd

Singers can be good/bad absolutely or relatively. Kurt is not an absolutely bad singer, he's just not good enough relatively, i.e. compared to other singers from his genre and generation.

Cornell and Staley are way better singers than Kurt but Kurt became more popular than them, so he is even overrated. - Metal_Treasure

Cobain can't hold a candle to Cornell or Staley. - IronSabbathPriest

Most of the time you can't understand what Kurt is saying. An example of this would be Smells Like Teen Spirit.

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18 Guns N Roses Guns N Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also more.

No, Axl Rose is (was) a great singer. His voice and singing style may annoy some people but his vocal skills are (were) amazing. In his prime Axl had a vocal/melodic range of 5 octaves, 2-1/2 notes (F1 to Bb6), sustain of 21 seconds LIVE, etc.
So he's NOT a bad singer and shouldn't be on this list. He's actually one of the BEST and most talented rock singers. - Metal_Treasure

Expect for her personality, I don't know but her voice is irritating. - 05yusuf09

Her vocal range is great but her voice is annoys me. - 05yusuf09

Face it, Axl Rose has a voice like a cat being strangled. Sorry, Estrangled. - IronSabbathPriest

19 Rush Rush Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more. V 1 Comment
20 Alestorm Alestorm Alestorm is a heavy metal band originally from Perth, Scotland. Their music is characterized by a pirate theme, and as a result they have been dubbed a "pirate metal" band by many critics and their fanbase.
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Megadeth
2. Black Sabbath (Ozzy)
3. U2
1. Rage Against The Machine
2. Slayer
3. Living Sacrifice
1. Guns N Roses
2. Creed
3. Static X

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