Top Ten Good Bands With Bad VocalistsAngryByrd 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
...I'd listen to Megadeth all the time... if not for the vocals. The vocals are garbage. They had two of the best living guitarists for a while. They should have hired a singer instead of having the marginally less remarkable guitarist "sing"
As terrible as anything can ever be. Besides the band is and always have been ridiculously laughable and overly pretentious. Show-Off dudes. Now they've gotten even worse, wonder why they don't hang their boots instead of repeatedly churning out garbages and raping ears. Not a fan of Metallica either, but at least they have couple of musically solid albums (MOP & RTL). - Vip3r
Surely megadeth is a great band and dave is a guitar god!
But his vocal suck! - Fenriz
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. - AngryByrd6 Comments
No his voice fits perfectly in their musical style. - Userguy44
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
Vocals are perfect. That toad Mustaine should be at the top of the list. In fact he should alone feature in this list. - Vip3r
This is the list of good bands with bad vocalists, and you don't think Megadeth is a good band. So why should they be at the top? - Alkadikce
No. He's a great vocalist for thrash. - Metal_Treasure8 Comments
I disagree. Zack makes this band even better in my opinion. - Userguy44
No! Zach is an amazing rapper and shouter. - DarkBoi-X
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
I just tune out the vocals..
Bono's not bad in my opinion. - Misfire
Bono is not a bad vocalist. - Userguy44
His vocals are far less annoying than that toad Mustaine's diabolical toad vocals. - Vip3r
Her vocal range is great but her voice is annoys me. - 05yusuf09
The most overrated singer ever. His whining is painful.
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. - 05yusuf091 Comment
Just a decent singer. - Userguy44
Mick Jagger is a great vocalist and front man. Get him off of here.
The king of off-key singing along with Jim Morrison (The Doors) - Joeljohns249
Good frontman, but crappy vocalist! - AngryByrd
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
YEAH YOU PUSH IT! (x 24)
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
Great bassist though
Geddy sounds like a 4 year old girl whining for no reason
Geddy's voice is just too high.
Why? Because Corey screams too much? - Userguy44
Corey Taylor is not a bad vocalist
Have you seen them live? - Userguy44
Why go to a Nickelback concert when you can go to the bathroom of a truck stop and hear the same unpleasant groaning noises? At least with the truck stop visit, you don't necessarily spend a fortune.
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!3 Comments
The instrumental it's ok or decent, but the voice of the vocalist it's TERRIBLE
Nah.I think they have a good vocalist. - DarkBoi-X
His voice is just unpleasant, almost as much as their repetitive and cliché music.
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
Garbage band, atrocious vocals (better than that Frog Mustaine's vocals), terrible garbage outputs, horrendous personality. - Vip3r
Fred is just terrible
when he sings he sounds like he has not entered puberty same goes for he's screaming. He's rapping is he's only good quality and he's not even a particulrly good rapper. Fred for a long time was considered the least talented person in the music buisness. And for good reason
Limp Bizkit's an already terrible band.
They are all good at what they do,even Fred durst - marco-mbs
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
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.
He sounds especially bad live! He squeals every five seconds! - AngryByrd
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
It's not the singing, it's the yelling. Again. - AngryByrd
He sounded good, but his vocal range was pretty narrow compared to a lot of other singers from the time. - AngryByrd
Too bad for his vocal range, but hey, as long as he sounded good for his music, he's not a bad vocalist. Les Claypool from Primus has a wider range than Freddie Mercury, does that make him better? - JoLeKosovo
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.1 Comment
There's two brothers in this band, The guitarist is amazing he uses tons of different techniques and
Ranges through a whole buch a different styles.
While the brother who sings sounds like he has larningistis, on their better songs.. , - rubymac
I SAID MAY-BAAAE. YOU’RE GANNA BE DA ONE DAT SAVES MAAAE. TERRIBLE SINGER. TERRIBLE BAND. UGH, EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BAND IS JUST AWFUL. GOOD THING THEY BROKE UP
They just SHOULDN'T be on this list!
Although I like Rob Halford's voice, he sometimes sounds like a donkey and I understand why they are here. I don't even bother Queen being on the list because it's just people's opinions. - Alkadikce
So wrong you are. Halford is a rock god, bow down and worship
Why? - Userguy44
Judas Priest has absolutely no place on this list, Rob Halford has a huge vocal range. Even now his voice has only gotten more character, not diminished.1 Comment
But Matt's got a good voice. - Misfire
I mean it fits the music, even though HHHe breathes too HHHhard and he sounds like he's out of breath and kind of dying all the time. - JoLeKosovo
Should be number one on this list, he is far worse than Dave Mustaine!
No way! Matt's voice is great. What the heck. - Userguy441 Comment
Adam's vocals aren't bad. He usually sings well live. - Misfire
So right! Adam Levine is such a poser. Can’t cover up that poor voice with falsetto!
Yoko Ono isn't a band. - Misfire
No matter if she’s solo or in a band, Yoko Ono SUCKS AT SINGING. SHE CAN’T SING, SHE JUST SCREAMS AND MAKES TERRIBLE NOISES. SHE SOUNDS LIKE SHE’S GETTING RAPED OR SOMETHING. I don’t know. MY MAIN POINT IS YOKO ONO IS, WAS, AND ALWAYS WILL BE ONE OF THE WORST SINGERS TO WALK THIS EARTH
Terrible vocalist, terrible band as always. Never heard a decent album from them. Simply loading riffs and solos in a song with no sense for musicality much like that toad's show-off band. Octavarium is the most horribly pretentious album I've heard off any band from any genre. - Vip3r
Oh, god no! James LaBrie has an amazing range, and his vocals fit the music perfectly! Just try to sing Pull Me Under as well as he does and then tell me he's bad! - AngryByrd
Really? James LaBrie? Bad? Ok, he has a few songs where he sounds silly. But all vocalists do at some point. These DT songs have amazing vocals: Learning To Live, The Spirit Carries On, Home, One Last Time, Finally Free, Panic Attack, Octavarium, The Ministry of Lost Souls, A Nightmare to Remember, etc. - IronSabbathPriest
Shocking! I stopped taking this list seriously until I saw this great vocalist on the list. Adding Mikael, Opeth, or any it's band members on any sort of worst list is a punishable crime - the offender will repent for the rest of his/her life.
When someone forgot their appointment to the doctor for the brain & ear check up and instead wasted the time here in adding this item.. - Arhaan95
Some brainless creature added this item - Vip3r
Mikael Akerfeldt on this list is so wrong - he's a great and versatile singer. His clean voice is soft and pleasant, his growls are powerful. - Metal_Treasure2 Comments
Why in the hell are they on here!?
I think the band is OKAY. But the lead singer is whom I can't stand (not because of his voice, but because he's done so many stupid things in his career that it's hard to even like him).
He sounds like a rat in a cage
Billy Corgan sounds like Rancid Rabbit from CatDog.
I challenge anyone to tell me all the lyrics to Even Flow without looking them up. - truckturner
No. - Userguy44
I love this band, but yeah I don't care for the vocals. I don't mind some screaming but it took me a long time to get past the vocals. It is one of my all time favorite bands though
Why are they on here? King's voice is incredible.
Not in my opinion. Queen's a great band and has a fantastic lead singer! - Misfire
Trolls... - Userguy44
Mike sounds like Spongebob in Epic's chorus. - Userguy44
Mike sounds like a cartoon character.
I like Billie's voice... - Misfire
Jordan's voice is a bit yelling and sometimes is distractive
The main problem is Kellin Quinn's voice, I swear the first time I heard them I think the vocalist was a girl
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