Greatest High-Pitched Rock/Metal Singers


The Top Ten

1 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.

I do love this list! - Metal_Treasure

2 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.
3 Michael Kiske Michael Kiske Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.

His singing style resembles Bruce Dickinson. Amazing singer. Try: Helloween - I Want Out, Keeper of the Seven Keys (pt.2), esp. his sustains towards the end. - Metal_Treasure


4 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.
5 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.
6 Tobias Sammet Tobias Sammet Tobias Sammet is a German metal musician, best known as the vocalist and primary songwriter of the power metal band Edguy, as well as the founder, main singer and bassist of the metal opera Avantasia.

Sounds like Bruce Dickinson with a hint of Michael Kiske. Try: Edguy - Nailed to the Wheel. - Metal_Treasure

7 Daniel Heiman Daniel Heiman

This guy does unbelievable things with his voice. Try: Lost Horizon- Highlander - Metal_Treasure

I realize this is more a popularity contest than anything, but if we're being objective, Daniel is the best singer on this list. One could argue he is the greatest singer to ever live. He hits fuller, more chesty and more powerful high notes than even the highest female sopranos. His D6/Eb6 in Highlander is untouched by virtually any other vocalist to ever live.

8 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.
9 King Diamond King Diamond Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums more.

Agree - the craziest falsetto ever. Glad to see him in the top 10. - Metal_Treasure

10 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.

The Contenders

11 Ralf Scheepers Ralf Scheepers Ralf Scheepers is the vocalist for German heavy metal band Primal Fear. He has a relatively high-pitched tenor-esque singing voice and sometimes uses a shriek reminiscent of Judas Priest's Rob Halford, although it is his baritone lows which give him a near four-octave range in the modal register. V 1 Comment
12 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).

As far as I remember his natural voice is quite deep. But when he screams his voice becomes high-pitched - zxm

13 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Tanzanian-born British singer with Persian ancestry, 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 vocal range. more.

He could sing in high-pitch. Though he didn't use it that much. - zxm

P.ex. Cool cat, Pain is so close to pleasure, or high pitch in Under pressure

14 Roger Taylor Roger Taylor Roger Meddows Taylor is an English musician , multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter born on April 26th,1960 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. He was the drummer of the band Queen and wrote few of many hits such as including Under Pressure, A Kind Of Magic and Radio Ga Ga. Despite being well known in Queen more.

"He's got the dog whistle pitch, a very high voice" - Freddie Mercury. - ahmedaser

Yes, he has got high pitched vocals. To me, he is almost as good as Freddie (for high pitch). - zxm

15 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.

He's a great singer but I don't think he's a high-pitched singer. He's just a high baritone, not even a tenor. - Metal_Treasure

16 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.
17 Tim 'Ripper' Owens Tim 'Ripper' Owens Timothy S. "Ripper" Owens is an American heavy metal singer who first gained attention as the lead singer of Judas Priest, and then Iced Earth. He took the nickname "Ripper" from the Judas Priest song "The Ripper" during his time in the tribute band "British Steel". He currently performs with Beyond more.

Amazing but underrated metal singer. Try this and be conviced: Judas Priest - Cathedral Spires. - Metal_Treasure

18 André Matos André Matos André Coelho Matos is a Brazilian vocalist, pianist and composer. He was involved in the heavy metal bands Viper, Angra and Shaaman.

This guy is one of the technical beasts on this list.
Try: Shaaman - Distant Thunder. - Metal_Treasure

19 Kai Hansen Kai Hansen

High-pitched yet harsh voice. Try: Helloween - Ryde The Sky. - Metal_Treasure

20 Timo Kotipelto Timo Kotipelto Timo Antero Kotipelto is the vocalist of the Finnish power metal band Stratovarius and is the creator and vocalist of the power metal band Kotipelto.

Probably the highest full voice on this list. Try: Stratovarius - Father Time. - Metal_Treasure

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