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 Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. 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

Yes but they have good instrumentals. I would probably listen to Slayer if their vocals weren't so screamo like. - ParasN2000

You must not like thrash metal... - Lucretia

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2 Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock 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

I just tune out the vocals..

3 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave more.

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. - AngryByrd

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

How in the entire world is this not number 1? - Aragorn98

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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 Black Sabbath (Ozzy)
6 Static X


7 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

8 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.
9 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 ñist. It says good bands remember

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10 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.

Good frontman, but crappy vocalist! - AngryByrd

The Contenders

11 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. more.

Corey Taylor is not a bad vocalist

Corey Taylor isn't my favorite. he's decent though... he can sing better then the singer for crap like A7X and Papa Roach - Lucretia

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 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.
14 Coal Chamber Coal Chamber Coal Chamber was formed in Los Angeles, CA, in 1993. The current members of Coal Chamber are Dez Fafara (Vocals), Nadja Peulen (Bass), Meegs Rascón (Guitar), and Mike Cox (Drums). Former members of the band include Rayna Foss, Chela Rhea Harper, and John Thor. Coal Chamber is typically known being more.

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

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 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

The most overrated singer ever. His whining is painful.

Yes. His screaming sounds awful... if you screamed it would sound more pleasant. Plus its way to annoyingly high... like Gedy Lee - Lucretia

I like Guns N' Roses, but Axl Rose sounds like a dying crow. I hate Rush as well, they have literally one good song in their entire catalogue. - CostcoHotDogs

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17 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. more.

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

He sounds like a oxygen deprived beached whale as its bones are being crushed... - Lucretia

18 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.
19 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

Literally the msot overrated band and singer ever... he can't sing a AiC song,he would break his vocal cords. - Lucretia

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20 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.

Geddy's voice is just too high.

His voice is out of the progish field... it would sound better for something else. - Lucretia

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Top Remixes (4)

1. Guns N Roses
2. Creed
3. Static X
1. Coal Chamber
2. Helmet
3. Static X
1. Megadeth
2. Black Sabbath (Ozzy)
3. U2

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