Top 10 Most Influential Metal Singers
Metal singers whose singing influenced the next generations of great metal singers.
The Top Ten
1 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).
Yes, he's the most influential metal singer ever. More or less every high pitch metal singer was inspired by his screaming. Including Bruce, Hansi, Geoff, Eric, I know a lot of singers who mention him as their biggest influence. - zxm
He influenced directly Bruce Dickinson and then Bruce influenced almost everyone with clean vocals. Therefore, Gillan singing style has the biggest multiplication effect and I put him at #1.
Bruce Dickinson became attracted to harder/heavier music after hearing Deep Purple's "Child in Time" being played in another student's room. As a result, the first album he ever bought was Deep Purple's "In Rock".
Hansi Kursch was also influenced by Ian Gillan. In Geoff Tate screams I easily recognize Gillan screaming style, etc. - Metal_Treasure
2 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.
For example, he influenced directly some great singers like Michael Kiske and Tobias Sammet. - Metal_Treasure
3 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.
He was a role model for everyone who wanted to sing metal. R.I.P. - Metal_Treasure
4 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.
He influenced directly King Diamond, Tim "Ripper" Owens and Ralf Scheepers, among others. - Metal_Treasure
5 Michael Kiske
Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.
He influenced directly Tobias Sammet, Timo Kotipelto and Andre Matos. - Metal_Treasure
6 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 ...read more.
Straight up most influential death metal musician in history. - Lucretia
7 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.
8 George Corpsegrinder Fisher
George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher is an American extreme metal vocalist for the American death metal band Cannibal Corpse and the lesser-known melodic death metal band Paths of Possession.
9 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.
10 Peter Steele
Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk, better known by his stage name Peter Steele, was the lead singer, bassist and composer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative.
He influenced the metal singers with low voices usually found in gothic and doom metal. - Metal_Treasure
11 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.
Influenced the way Vocalists sing in Groove Metal - christangrant
12 Lord Worm
Dan Greening, aka Lord Worm, is the original vocalist for Cryptopsy, a Canadian technical death metal band. He is also an English teacher.
For brutal death growls. - Metal_Treasure
13 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 ...read more.
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