Greatest Lead Vocalists In Rock Bands

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The Top Ten

1 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 ...read more.

The greatest singer off all time. There could never be another Freddie.

Best Singer Ever - gleek1233

No doubt. He is the number one.

His voice was from another universe.

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2 Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) 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.

Amazing. The greatest singer in the entire universe. He its incredible notes in almost every song. It's a joke that he isn't number one. - Narayan1

3 Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) Robert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

"Misty Mountain Hop" with his vocals is impressive. - CannibalCorpse

I still can't get over how amazing his vocals are... - MontyPython

4 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.
5 Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi) Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi) John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983. He is famous for his band's hit song “Livin’ On A Prayer“ released in 1986. He ...read more.
6 Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones) Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones) Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger is an English singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as the lead vocalist and a co-founder of the Rolling Stones.
7 M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) Matthew Charles Sanders, better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American metalcore/alternative metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

He is an amazing singer for an amazing band and his voice always cheers me up when I am down

They're metal - Userguy44

8 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.

Judas priest is actually a metal band - zxm

9 Jim Morrison (The Doors) Jim Morrison (The Doors) James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

About half the other names on this list grew up with a poster of Jim Morrison hanging up in their bedroom or garage, now that is greatness.

10 Roger Daltrey (The Who) Roger Daltrey (The Who) 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.

The Contenders

11 Bon Scott (AC/DC) Bon Scott (AC/DC) Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, ...read more.
12 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.

Its not a rock band.even but bruce has awesome voice - zxm

Iron Maiden plays Heavy Metal/NWOBHM
but yes: His voice is really amazing. - CannibalCorpse

13 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 ...read more.

Clearly the best lead vocalist of all time, period!

14 Steve Perry (Journey) Steve Perry (Journey) 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.
15 Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian, Demons and Wizards) Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian, Demons and Wizards) 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.
16 Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) 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.

He should be higher on this list - Userguy44

17 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 ...read more.
18 Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne) Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne) 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 ...read more.
19 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).
20 Adam Gontier (Three Days Grace) Adam Gontier (Three Days Grace) 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.
21 Layne Staley (Alice In Chains) Layne Staley (Alice In Chains) Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.

22? Easily in top 10! - Userguy44

22 Benjamin Burnley (Breaking Benjamin) Benjamin Burnley (Breaking Benjamin) 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.
23 Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) 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 ...read more.
24 Paul McCartney (The Beatles) Paul McCartney (The Beatles) Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .
25 Amy Lee (Evanescence) Amy Lee (Evanescence) 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.
26 Phil Anselmo (Pantera) Phil Anselmo (Pantera) 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.
27 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.
28 Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) 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 participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. ...read more.
29 Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) 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.
30 Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) Sebastian Philip Bierk, known professionally as Sebastian Bach, is a Canadian heavy metal singer who achieved mainstream success as frontman of Skid Row from 1987-96. Since his departure from Skid Row, he has had many television roles, acted in Broadway plays, and leads a solo career.
31 Ray Davies (The Kinks) Ray Davies (The Kinks) 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.
32 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.
33 Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) Patrick Martin Stumph, known professionally as Patrick Vaughn Stump, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actor and music critic, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, pianist and composer of Fall Out Boy, an American rock band from Wilmette, Illinois.
34 Matthew Bellamy (Muse) Matthew Bellamy (Muse) Matthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.
35 Jim Dandy (Black Oak Arkansas)
36 Kyo (Dir En Grey) Kyo (Dir En Grey) Kyo is a Japanese musician, singer, lyricist and poet. He is best known as the vocalist of the metal band Dir en grey. He has been with the band since its inception in 1997 and was formerly in La:Sadie's.
37 John Lennon (The Beatles) John Lennon (The Beatles) 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.
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39 John Cooper (Skillet) John Cooper (Skillet) John Landrum Cooper, professionally credited as John L. Cooper, is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He has been the lead vocalist, bassist and co-founder of the Grammy-nominated American Christian rock band Skillet since 1996.
40 Brad Delp (Boston)

Brad Delp, the lead singer for Boston (RIP) had it all. Range, power, control. WOW!

41 John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
42 Eric Burdon (The Animals) Eric Burdon (The Animals) Eric Victor Burdon is an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was previously the vocalist of rock band The Animals and funk band War. He is regarded as one of the British Invasion's most distinct singers with his deep, powerful blues-rock voice.
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1. Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
2. Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses)
3. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
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1. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
2. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
3. Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses)
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1. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
2. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
3. Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses)
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