Top Ten Heavy Metal Gods


The Top Ten

1 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.
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.
3 Rob Halford Rob Halford Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.

Literally when you search up. "Who is the metal god" on google Rob shows up. - SoldierOfFortune

The greatest heavy metal singer of all time. Dio a very, very, very close second.

A true vocal god. - Metal_Treasure

4 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.

The true god of metal even his name is god (Dio means God in Italian) - christangrant

Dio was the true metal god. Not Ozzy. Ozzy was "pronounced" metal god by his wife and manager - $haron. For financial and marketing reasons. - Metal_Treasure

5 Ritchie Blackmore Ritchie Blackmore Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the more.

Ritchie Blackmore invented more metal elements than anybody else on this list. Problem is, other people get the credits for what he did. Which explains why he wasn't even on the list. - Metal_Treasure

6 Lemmy Lemmy Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead.

I do see Lemmy as a god but as a god of Rock 'n' Roll because Lemmy has stated that "I am rock and roll, and rock and roll is me. We were not heavy metal. We were a rock 'n' roll band. Still are." - christangrant

I agree with christangrant - Motörhead were influential towards metal but they were not metal. - Metal_Treasure

7 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine more.
8 Tony Iommi Tony Iommi Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer. At age 17, he accidentally lost the fingertips of his middle more.

Tony Iommi did more for metal than Ozzy. - Metal_Treasure

9 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.

He's not a god of metal

he barley was in or wrote any metal songs he did more Hard Rock songs than metal

plus a metal god WOULD NOT make a rap version of Iron Man with Busta Rhymes

- christangrant

No. Please...
- the most overrated metal musician
- he didn't create metal
- he can't sing very well
- the biggest sellout in metal
- his personality is a disgrace to metal
- his best songs were written by other people but he gets the credits,
- and so on. - Metal_Treasure

10 Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

The Contenders

11 Dimebag Darrell Dimebag Darrell Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.
12 Tom Araya Tom Araya Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
13 Steve Harris Steve Harris Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
14 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck as the "Godfather more.

One of the pioneering forces in Death Metal. His contributions are to be considered very highly for Heavy Metal History. - CrimsonShark

15 Jon Lord Jon Lord John Douglas "Jon" Lord was an English composer, pianist, and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep Purple, as well as Whitesnake, Paice Ashton Lord, The Artwoods, and The Flower Pot Men.

For me, he's the true god of heavy metal. The man saw a possibly of heavy metal in the mid 60s. Most of the musicians, even artists like Ritchie Blackmore or Ronnie James Dio was far away from metal. But this guy connected every genres (jazz, rock, classical, blues) and created heavy metal for the first time on his hammond organ. There would be no Ritchie Blackmore without him. He was just interested in pop songs. - zxm

16 Glenn Tipton Glenn Tipton Glenn Raymond Tipton is an English Grammy Award-winning guitar player and songwriter. He is most commonly known as the lead guitarist for English heavy metal band Judas Priest.
17 KK Downing KK Downing
18 Phil Anselmo Phil Anselmo Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Pantera. He currently is the vocalist of heavy metal bands Down and Superjoint Ritual.

Led Pantera during a time when Metal began to become overlooked in favour of Grunge and other rock subgenre. One of the most contributing Metal artists during the 1990s. - CrimsonShark

19 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.

A more "contemporary" example. While not on the same level as Dickinson, Duo or Hetfield, Corey has built himself as one of the most recognized figures in Rock and Metal in the 2000s timeline thanks to his contributions to the genre and his vocal octave of 5 1/2. - CrimsonShark

20 Jonathan Davis Jonathan Davis Jonathan Howsmon Davis, also known as JD and JDevil, is an American musician best known as the leading vocalist and frontman of the nu metal band Korn.

Created an entire subgenre, has a really haunting and spooky voice.

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