Top 10 Most Influential Metal Vocalists

Hard Rock or metal vocalists who influenced other metal singers the most ,

The Top Ten

1 Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) 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).

I think he started screaming which created metal voice - zxm

The screamer! - zxm

I agree with him at #1. Ian Gillan introduced a combination of elements that we all hear in current metal - operatic singing style, quite wide range, crafted screams and even some shallow growls. The key word is "combination". Many singers before him did screams but Gillan made them part of the artform called metal and he used screams systematically.
Bruce Dickinson said Gillan was his vocal idol, Hansi Kursch said Gillan was the only singer whose singing ever moved him, and so on. - Metal_Treasure

2 Rob Halford (Judas Priest) Rob Halford (Judas Priest) 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 set the bar very high - very difficult to be replicated. - Metal_Treasure

The screamer no 2 - zxm

3 Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) 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.
4 Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath) Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath) 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.

Ozzy is the most popular metal musician but here we are talking about vocal influence and to be honest I don't know any good metal singer who ever used anything from Ozzy's "vocal style". The reason is very simple - to put it politely, Ozzy isn't a very talented singer and there's no point to copy him. - Metal_Treasure

First man in a first metal band - zxm

5 Ronnie James Dio (Dio,Rainbow,Black Sabbath) Ronnie James Dio (Dio,Rainbow,Black Sabbath) 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.
6 Michael Kiske (Helloween) Michael Kiske (Helloween) Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.

He was influenced by Bruce Dickinson but he also influenced many great metal singers who tried to sound like him. You can visit my list "Top 10 Metal Singers Who Sound Like Other Singers". - Metal_Treasure

7 James Hetfield (Metallica) James Hetfield (Metallica) 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.
8 Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) Robert Anthony Plant (born 20 August 1948) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.
9 Freddie Mercury (Queen) Freddie Mercury (Queen) 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 more.
10 Brian Johnson (AC/DC) Brian Johnson (AC/DC) 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.

The Contenders

11 Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) 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.
12 Lemmy (Motörhead) Lemmy (Motörhead) Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.
13 James Labrie (Dream Theater) James Labrie (Dream Theater) Kevin James LaBrie is a Canadian vocalist and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater.
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Top Remixes

1. Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
2. Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath)
3. Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
1. Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
2. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
3. Rob Halford (Judas Priest)


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