Top Ten Greatest Hard Rock Vocalists

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The Top Ten

1 Axl Rose Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. 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!

We Love Axl and Guns n Roses.

Beautiful voice in world

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 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave ...read 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.

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

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

We have to vote him up for the first place! He eats Axl Rose for breakfast, they are not in the same page.

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3 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.

CAN NOT BELIEVE HE IS NOT 1ST METALLICA IS SO AWESOME

Metallica is 1st
Metallica is awesome

Hands down best frontman

He's a Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal Vocalist - christangrant

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4 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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5 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!

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.

Should be in top 3. 6th, you've got to be kidding me. Whoever voted for Steven Tyler to be in 6th needs to pull their heads out of their asses, take in the air and reach the logical conclusion that Steven Tyler is only worthy of at least top 3, if not number 1.

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 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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8 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 ...read 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

9 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, ...read 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... ?

Hard rock vocalist.. who the hell is better than this guy! I like Axl more..but Bon deserves to be in the top 5..

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10 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. He is famous for his band's hit song “Livin’ On A Prayer“ released in 1986. He ...read more.

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!

Why do people like Bon Jovi?

Because Bon Jovi is a great and famous band, unlike many famous bands, Bon Jovi have always been a group since 1983, Bon Jovi is a passion - DaringXx

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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 ...read more.

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

Dio should be far beyond 7. Like #1

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.

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 metalcore/alternative 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

The worlds greatest vocalist

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

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13 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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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. ...read 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 (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.

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.
17 Vince Niel
18 Joe Elliott Joe Elliott Joseph Thomas Elliott Jr. is an English singer-songwriter and musician, best known as the lead singer of the English rock band Def Leppard.

An incredible vocal range and could reach fairly high notes that many contemporary singers couldn't.

19 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 ...read more.
20 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Chris Cornell was 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. He died on May 17, 2017.

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

21 Jesse James Dupree

What also make's him very cool is that he uses a Chainsaw as a instrument such a badass - christangrant

Lead singer of Jackyl sounds a lot like Brian Johnson - christangrant

22 David Byron David Byron David Garrick, better known by his stage name David Byron, was a British singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist with the rock band Uriah Heep in the early 1970s.

Most underrated Male Rock Vocalist

23 Hideto Matsumoto Hideto Matsumoto

Take this hack off the list how

24 Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Stanley Bert Eisen, known professionally by his stage name Paul Stanley, is an American musician, singer, songwriter and painter best known for being the rhythm guitarist and co-lead singer of the rock band Kiss.

Paul Stanley is and always will be the epitome of what a hard rock vocalist should be! Sure KISS is not the "heaviest" band, but Paul Stanley has a voice like none other! He can stun, amaze, mesmerize and paralyze you with his totally awesome voice! He can change his voice easily from any genre of rock to the next! His onstage presence and banter along with the look all make him the #1 candidate for this! Have you heard him on the album Revenge?! Carnival of Souls? Wow! Is all I have to say!

Paul Stanley's voice has stayed remarkably fresh after all these years!
He's a fantastic pure vocalist and can hit a high note with total and
complete ease. His voice strangely gets better with age!
i can't even name anyone else whose ever been close to the way this man sings!

Just the greatest rock singer, he can go from hi to low just as easy as piece of cake. He's aroud 60 but his voice get better with age. Listen "Forever" and you see what I'm talking about.

25 Corey Taylor Corey Taylor Corey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.

One of the best artists I've ever come across in my life!

Blows me away especially in stone sour

What the heck he should be in top 5

26 David Lee Roth David Lee Roth David Lee Roth is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality.
27 Myles Kennedy Myles Kennedy Myles Richard Kennedy is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Alter Bridge, and as the lead vocalist in Slash's current band: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

This one man personified what rock nroll is all about with his work in alterbridge... Even led zepplin and slash wanted to work with him!

28 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

Kurt Cobain was so unique. One of few vocalists who you could actually hear the pain and emotion in his voice. An incredible talent who lyrics you could relate to instantly.

Not only was he perfect live, his voice may not be perfect but is pure emotion. I still get chills listening to where did you sleep last night.

He doesn't sing hard rock! - Metal_Treasure

The Real Trully Madly Deeply One

29 Darby Mills Darby Mills Darby Phyllis Mills is a Canadian rock vocalist, former figure skater; known best as the lead singer of the Headpins.
30 Ville Valo Ville Valo
31 John Vesely John Vesely

John Vesely is the best singer in this championship, defeating M. Shadows and gerard way and adam young, you are the best of all, let's grab the spirit and all are for the future of you and Candice Vesely

I can say the he's a great singer, because of his voice on his own songs!

Does he sing hard rock? All the songs I heard of his are alternative rock. - zxm

32 Isono Hiroshi

From underrated visual kei bands D'ERLANGER and DIE IN CRIES, industrial rock band BUG - ronluna

33 Mick Jagger Mick Jagger Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger is an English singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as the lead vocalist and a co-founder of the Rolling Stones.
34 hyde
35 Jared Leto Jared Leto

As great as axl in my opinion he should be further up this list

36 Noddy Holder
37 Gerard Way Gerard Way Gerard Arthur Way is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comic book writer who was the lead vocalist and co-founder of the American alternative rock band My Chemical Romance from its formation in September 2001 until its split in March 2013. His debut solo album Hesitant Alien was released ...read more.

...nor he sings hard rock - Undistinguished

38 Geoff Tate Geoff Tate Geoff Tate is a German-born American singer and musician who rose to fame in the 1980s with the progressive metal band Queensrÿche.

Metallica is awesome but James Hetfield is not that great of a singer. Geoff Tate is the second best rock singer of all time (behind Freddie Mercury).

Geoff Tate 42? Really? Has to be in the top 5 2nd to Freddie Merc, Tate, Dio, Rob halford, Bruce Dickinson. Those last three a toss up. Up really

39 Benjamin Burnley Benjamin Burnley Benjamin Jackson Burnley IV is an American musician, composer, and producer, best known as the founder and frontman of the American rock band Breaking Benjamin.

It's like he's got the voice of the devil and an angel at the same time. Scratchy, rough ans brutal. But then again it's soft and calm. His voice is so unique. And don't forget the screams!

40 Jack Russel
41 Adam Gontier Adam Gontier Adam Wade Gontier is a Canadian musician and songwriter. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for Saint Asonia, but is best known as the former lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.

Cannot believe he is not mentioned

42 Matt Tuck

Matt is certainly higher than 31! He in my mind is one of the greatest guitaristsinger ever he has nasty riffs great voice insane range and insane growls and screams he is like no other

Matt is not even in the list!
That's sick.. Get him in top 10 at least! He is a great vocalist.. He can scream growl and play some insane riffs at the same time!

43 Dave Grohl Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and film director. He is best known as the former drummer of the hugely popular 90s grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters. He has sat behind the ...read more.

Really all the way back here
He's one of my all time favourite vocalists and you have the shame to put him at #43!

44 Koshi Inaba
45 Sebastian Bach Sebastian Bach Sebastian Philip Bierk, known professionally as Sebastian Bach, is a Canadian heavy metal singer who achieved mainstream success as frontman of Skid Row from 1987-96. Since his departure from Skid Row, he has had many television roles, acted in Broadway plays, and leads a solo career.

Vocal range and control are stunning.

46 Shawn Morgan
47 Brad Arnold Brad Arnold
48 Chad Kroeger Chad Kroeger Chad Robert Kroeger is a Canadian musician and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band, Nickelback.

Bad ass
Ballz in ya tea!

49 Paul Rodgers Paul Rodgers Paul Bernard Rodgers is an English singer, songwriter and musician, best known for his success in the 1960s and 1970s as vocalist of Free and Bad Company.

The lead singer of one of the best hard rock bands ever Bad Company.

50 David Gilmore
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1. Axl Rose
2. Robert Plant
3. Ian Gillan
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1. Freddie Mercury
2. Ian Gillan
3. Axl Rose
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1. Freddie Mercury
2. Axl Rose
3. Bon Scott
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