Best Lead Vocalist/Rhythm Guitarists

Best lead singers who also played rhythm guitar..I couldn't find all the best .So please add more .

The Top Ten

1 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.

He is both a good rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist. So I added him on top. And he has played some lead guitar too. - zxm

2 John Lennon 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.
3 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own more.

Yes, visitor. I agree that he plays both lead and rhythm guitar. But most musicians play rhythm guitar and vocals when performing on stage. Mostly additional guitarists come to play lead guitar. - zxm

While technically Dave is a lead/rhythm guitarist, the complexity of his rhythms that he plays while also singing is incredible

Way better as a guitarist than singer though. - Metal_Treasure

He is supposed to be no.2
He is way much better than john lennon

4 Dave Grohl Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and film director. He is best known as the former drummer of the hugely popular 90s grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters. He has sat behind the more.
5 Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Stanley Bert Eisen, known professionally by his stage name Paul Stanley, is an American musician, singer, songwriter and painter best known for being the rhythm guitarist and co-lead singer of the rock band Kiss.
6 Noel Gallagher Noel Gallagher Noel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Oasis.

He is mainly a lead guitarist of the band. But he also sang almost half of Oasis songs. And he also plays rhythm guitar. That's why I added him - zxm

7 Matthew Tuck Matthew Tuck Matthew "Matt" Tuck is a Welsh musician. He is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist in the Welsh emo/metalcore band Bullet for My Valentine.
8 Ray Davies Ray Davies Raymond Douglas "Ray" Davies is an English musician. He was the rhythm guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for The Kinks, which he led with his younger brother, Dave.
9 Scott Ian Scott Ian Scott Ian is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist, backing and additional lead vocalist, and the only remaining original founding member of the thrash metal band Anthrax. He also writes the lyrics on all their albums.
10 Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

Well, I didn't add him because he isn't VERY good at singing. And he also plays lead guitar. But most punk guitarists play rhythm guitar. That's why I added him. So, I think he could be here. But not very high. - zxm

The Contenders

11 Matt Heafy Matt Heafy Matthew "Matt" Kiichi Heafy is a Japanese-American musician, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Orlando based Heavy Metal/Metalcore band Trivium.
12 Lou Reed Lou Reed Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned five decades. more.

A very underrated player, if well enough recognised for his trail blazing work with the Velvet Underground and a prolific solo career.

13 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his more.

Mainly lead guitarist. But rhythm guitarist too. - zxm

I love his solo in Smells Like Teen Spirit,Come As You Are. He showed virtousity and showmanship also simplicity in playing guitar. He can play while singing.

14 Mikael Åkerfeldt Mikael Åkerfeldt Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician, prominently known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth, as well as being the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath for three albums up until 2012. more.
15 Eddie Vedder Eddie Vedder Eddie Vedder is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as a member of the rock band Pearl Jam, with whom he performs lead vocals and is one of three guitarists.
16 Myles Kennedy Myles Kennedy Myles Richard Kennedy is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Alter Bridge, and as the lead vocalist in Slash's current band: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.
17 David Crosby David Crosby David Van Cortlandt Crosby is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of three bands: the Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and CPR.
18 Dave Padden Dave Padden David James Padden, is a Canadian musician, best known as the former vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Canadian thrash metal band Annihilator from 2003 to 2014.

Though of him.But wasn't quite sure about his roles in annihilator. - zxm

He was in Annihilator for more than 10 years. Annihilator play technical thrash metal and guitar work is very demanding. Dave does mostly clean thrash vox but sometimes he puts growls to spice the song.
Annihilator - Haunted, Invite It, The Trend, Weapon X, Detonation, One Falls Two Rise, Rage Absolute - Metal_Treasure

@zxm - as the list title requires, his roles were lead vox and rhythm guitar on the songs I listed (these songs were written in his era, 2003-2014). I have to add that at live shows his roles were even more difficult because he had to play mostly old songs written for the band when the lead singer didn't play an instrument. But he did a great job even in this situation (Jeff Waters, lead guitar, was helping him a lot).
Find these videos on you tube:
Annihilator | Blackest Day | Live At Masters Of Rock DVD
Annihilator | Phantasmagoria | Live At Masters Of Rock DVD - Metal_Treasure

19 Graham Nash Graham Nash Graham William Nash is a British-American singer-songwriter and musician. Nash is known for his light tenor voice and for his songwriting contributions as a member of the English pop/rock group the Hollies and the folk-rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash.
20 Adrian Belew Adrian Belew Adrian Belew is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. A multi-instrumentalist primarily known as a guitarist and singer, Belew is noted for his unusual, impressionistic approach to guitar playing.
21 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) 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 more.

Lead vocalist mainly. But not sure if he's lead or rhythm guitarist. But if he's a lead guitarist then he's also a part of rhythm guitarist. - zxm

22 Chris Cornell 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 more.
23 Ben Burnley Ben Burnley Benjamin Jackson Burnley IV is an American musician, composer, and producer, best known as the founder and frontman of the American rock band Breaking Benjamin.

Amazing vocalist and rhythm guitarist- truly talented

24 Adam Gontier Adam Gontier Adam Wade Gontier is a Canadian musician and songwriter. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for Saint Asonia, but is best known as the former lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.
25 Tom Delonge Tom Delonge Thomas Matthew "Tom" DeLonge, Jr., is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and film producer. He was born in Poway, California on December 13, 1975. When he was in high school at age 15, he got expelled for drinking at a basketball game. He also used to play the trumpet, more.

The (former)lead guitarist for Blink 182 but still deserves recognition as he can go hard on the Stratocaster!

26 Chad Kroeger Chad Kroeger Chad Robert Kroeger is a Canadian musician and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band, Nickelback.
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