Top Ten Greatest Hard Rock Vocalists


The Top Ten

1 Axl Rose Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr.,better known as 'Axl Rose', was born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana, USA. 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.

Mr. Rose is hands down the best rock Singer/ vocalist to ever grace this planet. No one even comes close to his vocal range!

Axl is fantastic. Bon Scott, Freddie Mercury, Ian Gillan should be higher on the list. And why are people voting for Hetfield? Don't get me wrong, he's a great singer and I love Metallica, but It's not hard rock - it's metal. The name of the band is METAL-lica! Anyway - Guns N' Roses rocks and Axl is one of the best singers ever. End of story. - Moonchild

Listened to him sing sweet child o mine a few months ago on youtube. The man's voice didn't age a bit. Still in tune, still powerful. Atestament to this man's vocal prowess.

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2 James Hetfield 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.


Hands down best frontman

Metallica is 1st
Metallica is awesome

Don't know much about vocals, but he isn't hard rock. - zxm

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3 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury was born in Stone Town, Tanzania he later became a British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Before he became a singer he has been more.

Beautiful voice beautiful face. Possibly one of the best singers ever to grace the earth! Pure genius, just watch Queen's set at Live Aid for proof.

Look up Queen... That's all I have to say

Come on put him at one now his voice the best they come in in fact he has like 6 different voices so he should be one-END OF STORY

The Best ever! Sounds the same on albums and live!

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4 Steve Perry Steve Perry Stephen Ray "Steve" Perry is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is known as the lead singer of the rock band Journey during their most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987 and again from 1995 to 1998.

James Hetfield really? A good singer, a nice voice?

I LOVE Steve Perry! Journey is my favorite band of ALL time!

An awesome voice. Steve Perry is my favorite and he has to be the number 1!

5 Robert Plant Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

James Hetfield is overrated, as all of metallica. Robert Plant may not be a extremely hard rock vocalist, but he influenced it like no other. - ultrablastic123

He was the original hard rock vocalist. He created the style of singing

Greatest hard rock singer that ever lived? ROBERT ANTHONY PLANT. Nobody even close.

Awesome Man! Awesome Voice! Led Zeppelin Rocks - abdullahrazzaq22

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6 Steven Tyler Steven Tyler Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion.

Steven is one of the greatest singers in the history of the genre. He certainly deserves this spot, but Robert Plant certainly deserves second and Freddie Mercury deserves first.

Aerosmith lead singer. Enough said.

The demon of screamin he's the best

7 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.

He is at 20 'cause he is heavy metal not hard rock

I agree with both of you

What Bruce Dickinson at 20. he should be in top 10.

He is one of my favorite singers of all time but he doesn't sing hard rock. Same for James Hetfield. - Metal_Treasure

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8 Jon Bon Jovi Jon Bon Jovi John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983.

What a Voice & Charisma! Top 3 material along with Robert Plant & Freddie Mercury... - Nirmal1991USA

The Best vocalist of All-time along with Richie Sambora!

Should be number! Have you heard Axl Rose, he sounds like a retarded cat with a nasal disorder getting dissolved in acid!

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9 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).

Amazing range, rich voice, can make screams that would send other people to the hospital, just listen to the In Rock album

He has such vocal quality and such an operatic style! Listen to Child in Time!

Have you ever eared "I only want to say", with Gillan at Jesus Christ Superstar?

The best singer for me! The colour of his voice-quite unusual and charismatic. For ever only Ian Gillan!

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10 Brian Johnson Brian Johnson Brian Johnson is an English singer and songwriter. Since 1980, he is the lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC, with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. As of April 2016, Johnson is not participating in the remainder of the Rock or Bust World Tour due to hearing more.

Brian and axl. Who else is there

AC/DC and his voice is awesome

Should be higher. has powerful voice. in my opinion, better than Bon Scott. - zxm

The Newcomers

? Ann Wilson Ann Wilson Ann Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart.
? Sammy Hagar Sammy Hagar Samuel Roy "Sammy" Hagar, also known as The Red Rocker, is an American rock vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, musician and entrepreneur.

The Contenders

11 Ronnie James Dio 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 more.

I'm listening to rainbow in the dark at this very moment!

Yes I agree. #1!
Not enough peeps have really listened to his
Voice like on the 1st 3 Rainbow albums.
Or when he was w Black Sabbath & sang "heaven &hell" etc.

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12 M. Shadows M. Shadows Matthew Charles Sanders, better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

What is there to love about M. Shadows? Oh right, EVERYTHING! His voice being at the top of the list! He deserves his beautiful family- his wife and sons! :')

He is the best of the modern age and will remain untouchable for generations to come

One of the bests... Deserves the top 5... - sam117

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13 Bon Scott Bon Scott Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, more.

You all a crazy that is rock at its best none better

Only 18th place this is the best voice there is.

He was only 30 years do you think if 50 years... ?

This guy is the best love him

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14 Layne Staley 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. more.

Alice in Chains is much better than Nirvana (In my opinion). Therefor, Layne should be ahead of Kurt by at least one position.

This list is trash. Kurt Cobain is nothing compared to Layne - Sabbath

This list is wrong layne staley is #1

Hands down. Sexiest and best voice

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15 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise .

Chester Bennington... Greatest singer ever! Deserves to be in at least the top 5.

The Best vocalist, and deserves a good place for sure
Every single songs tells who Chester is.

No bull! Just see his live performances and you will know.
Try to take the best of him you go away!

16 Joe Lynn Turner Joe Lynn Turner Joe Lynn Turner is an American singer, known for his works with hard rock/metal bands Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple.
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18 David Coverdale David Coverdale David Coverdale is an English rock singer most famous for his work with Whitesnake, the commercially successful hard rock band he founded in 1978. Before Whitesnake, Coverdale was the lead singer of Deep Purple from late 1973 to 15 March 1976, when he resigned from the band and established his solo more.
19 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Chris Cornell is 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.

Amazing range, and great control. Plus he's actually a hard rock vocalist unlike half of these jokers. - wyattn97

Huge vocal range, plus helped get Eddie Vedder started, should be in the top 10

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