1 Brian May
Brian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.
He's a great musician, even his hair brilliant.
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.
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.
"I wasn't an Einstein kinda guy, but school was always very easy for me." - Dio, 2008
"He would get a book and get on the airplane and by the time we'd fly to London, the book would be finished. [laughs] Just an avid reader and very, very smart." - Vinny Appice, 2012
4 Maynard James Keenan
Maynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool. He also is the singer of A Perfect Circle and Puscifer bands that vary in style.
Number one period. The man! People just haven't had access to lyrics till recently. Period. And when you delve into them, you will need to do some homework. Not everyone but most.
Very smart and very unique with his music. Can be strange but he is a very good rock singer and puts a lot of time and work into his music. He would be considered a legend.
No way, this guy is an idiot. I'd rather listen to Kanye West than him
5 Hansi Kursch
Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records ...read more.
He's not only an immensely talented singer but also the lyricist for 2 bands (Blind Guardian, Demons & Wizards). Judging by his lyrics and some interviews I would say he's very intelligent. He's known for reading a lot of books
6 Roger Waters
George Roger Waters is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is mostly known for being the secondary lead vocalist and bassist of Pink Floyd.
7 David Gilmour
David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.
8 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.
He's very smart and talented - formed his band Edguy at 14.
9 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.
He was very intelligent, and clever, you can see it in his interviews.
Only an intelligent man can write a song like Bohemian Rhapsody.
He was a very clever man with a high IQ, but he was also very kind man, too. LOve him.
Watch his interviews, and you will see.
10 Michael Jackson
Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana, and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or ...read more.
Michael Jackson had an IQ of about 164 (einstein level) How is he not number one?
He should be number one.
11 John Lennon
John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.
His songs have so much meaning.
12 Jim Morrison
James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
13 Jimmy Page
James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.
14 David Bowie
David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. ...read more.
Should probably be second after Bruce Dickinson.
15 Chris Cornell
Christopher John "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. His vocal range was C2 to A5, while ...read more.
16 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).
17 Greg Graffin
Gregory Walter Graffin is an American punk rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, college lecturer, and author.
Can't be sure about anyone, didn't read their books and didn't see many interviews. But Graffin seems intelligent from his interviews (and his songwriting).
18 Maria Callas
Maria Callas, Commendatore OMRI, was a Greek-American soprano, and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Many critics praised her bel canto technique, wide-ranging voice and dramatic interpretations.
Besides her mother tongue, Greek, she spoke fluently Italian, French and English. Rudolf Bing, the general manager of the Met, said that she "was so much more intelligent" and that she "knew exactly what she wanted, and why she wanted it".
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian-Spanish singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.
Shakira has an IQ of 139- one off from being considered a genius. She speaks six languages, and she has had major hits in both Spanish and English.
20 Roger Daltrey
Roger Harry Daltrey, is an English singer and actor. In a music career spanning more than 50 years, Daltrey came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the founder and lead singer of the English rock band The Who, which released fourteen singles that entered the Top 10 charts in the United Kingdom during ...read more.
I love his quote "Everyone said Pete Townshend was a songwriting genius, and Keith Moon and John Entwistle were genius musicians, but I'm just the singer". Truth is he was the leader of The Who and what kept the chaotic band together (off and on) for 50 years and he's raised for 100 million dollars for his charity "The Teenagers Cancer Trust"
21 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.
Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.
How? How is he 23. He is genius. Love you Marshall Mathers.
23 Robert Plant
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.
24 Amy Lee
Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.
25 Thom Yorke
Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead.
Went from typical soft indie rock, to evolving it into a sound of its own on another extence, to taking advantage of that in a whole new perspective (search: radiohead 0110) and variates little by little per album. Check also out Atoms For Peace and then check for which musicians are participated in it. Also! Without Radiohead, we would not had bands like Coldplay, Muse and The Killers and for those that think this is a depressed sounding band never heard really of On A Friday.