Top Ten Male Hard Rock Vocalists


The Top Ten

1 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.

Axl Rose's singing is like he's been gargling shards of broken glass in his throat. Paul Rodgers blows this wannabe away completely!

He should be 2nd after Brian Johnson. - masonkv

He is the ayotollah of rock and cool

best ever

2 Freddie Mercury 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 more.

True music artist with the best voice I've ever heard in my life.

Not only was he one of the greatest hard rock vocalists of all time, but he had the flexibility and vocal ability to sign pretty much any genre of music

Freddie is the best.

He eats Axl Rose for breakfast. It's s shame that Axl is on the first place instead of Freddie.

3 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.

He is th best ever

It's AC/DC. - masonkv

4 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.


5 Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) 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.

He is actually a grunge and metal singer. - Userguy44

Listen to Badmotorfinger/Ultramega Ok. ladies and gents.

6 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.

He was just crazy enough. One day he was going to preform for a record deal, and when his wife was still talking to the people, before he was supposed to come in, he comes in and lets doves out of his pocket. Then a dove was on the floor, and he grabbed it and bit the dove's head off. There was blood coming from his mouth and everything. - masonkv

He is absolute one of the best ever

Ozzy began it all. We owe to him.

Crazy train!

7 Ronnie James Dio 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 more.

He was a man that who can easily manage his own bands

How is dio at 14 he should be at least 4

8 Ian Astbury (The Cult)
9 Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) 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.
10 Glen Hughes

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11 David Byron David Byron David Garrick, better known by his stage name David Byron, was a British singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist with the rock band Uriah Heep in the early 1970s.

He could nail those ballads like “Sunrise” and “July Morning”

12 Paul Rodgers Paul Rodgers Paul Bernard Rodgers is an English singer, songwriter and musician, best known for his success in the 1960s and 1970s as vocalist of Free and Bad Company.
13 Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian) Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian) 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 more.

He's a vocal god. - Metal_Treasure

14 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.

Golden heavy metall vocalist

15 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.

This guy should be at least in the top 3. - Metal_Treasure

16 Paul Di'Anno Paul Di'Anno Paul Andrews better known as Paul Di'Anno, is an English singer best known as the first vocalist to record with heavy metal band Iron Maiden, from 1978 to 1981.
17 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.

Ok what the hell is James Hetfield doing in number 18! He is god!

A metal vocalist - Userguy44

He is the best! Love is voice!

18 Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother) Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother) Andrew James Stockdale is an Australian rock musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist and only mainstay member of the rock band Wolfmother, which formed in 2000. In 2007, alongside his Wolfmother bandmates, he won 'Songwriter of the Year' at the APRA Awards.
19 Matt Barlow (Iced Earth) Matt Barlow (Iced Earth) Matthew 'Matt' Barlow is an American heavy metal singer and police officer. He was the lead singer for Iced Earth in the 1990s and 2000s. He is currently the lead singer for Ashes of Ares. After the September 11 terrorist attacks Matt Barlow decided to become a police officer and contribute to the "real more.
20 Marc Martel

This guy sounds and looks just like Freddie Mercury. I'm serious and don't exaggerate. Check this out (copy and paste): Queen Extravaganza on American Idol - Somebody to Love (HD) - Metal_Treasure

21 Noddy Holder

Best rock vice in the world. And from thr same town as me. Walsall

22 Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Alcatrazz, Michael Schenker Group) Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Alcatrazz, Michael Schenker Group) Graham Bonnet is an English rock singer and songwriter. He has recorded and performed as a solo artist and as a member of several hard rock and heavy metal bands including Rainbow, the Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz, and Impellitteri.

Amazing vocal skills. Criminally underrated.
He was rumoured to have busted PA systems because his voice is one of the loudest ones in metal and hard rock. Bonnet is also known among the vocal experts for his l-o-o-o-o-o-ng and powerful sustain. Poor PA systems ...
He replaced Dio in Rainbow and by the way Bonnet is not a worse singer than Dio (this comes from a die hard Dio fan).

A hard rock song: Rainbow - All Night Long.
A metal song (early symphonic metal): Rainbow - Eyes Of The World (1979).

Alcatrazz - Only One Woman. - Metal_Treasure

23 Roger Daltrey 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 more.
24 Ian Gillan 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).
25 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington 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. more.

Oh please, he should be in top 5 along with Jared Leto of 30 seconds to Mars.

The god must be on top 5.. Don't believe? Then listen to faint, qwerty, victimised, given up, keys to the kingdom, war, wretches and kings, bleed it out.. Come on soldiers vote for chazzy the GOD OF ROCK

26 Jon Bon Jovi Jon 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 more.

How is he down here this is an outrage! He's the best!

27 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.
28 M. Shadows M. Shadows 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.

The hell?! 24? 24?!?!?! He should be AT LEAST in the top 10!

29 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.
30 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, more.

Original and best singer for acdc


31 Stephen Pearcy (Ratt) Stephen Pearcy (Ratt) Stephen Eric Pearcy, known as Stephen Pearcy, is an American musician. He is best known as the creator, singer, and songwriter of the heavy metal band Ratt.
32 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.
33 Jack Bruce Jack Bruce John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce was a Scottish musician, singer and songwriter known primarily for his contributions to the British supergroup Cream, which also included guitarist-singer Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker.
34 Eric Martin
35 Adam Lambert Adam Lambert Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor. Since 2009, he has sold over 2.5 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.

Adam Lambert a hard rock vocalist? Lmfao! - Userguy44

Adam Lambert is extremely talented. He's comparable to Freddie.

Queen have been touring with Adam Lambert since 2012.

May and Taylor said that although the tours with Lambert is a limited thing, they are open to him becoming an official member, and cutting new material with him.

Brian May commented, "It's a worthy challenge for us, and I'm sure Adam would meet with Freddie's approval." - Metal_Treasure

36 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.
37 Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) Joseph Thomas Elliott Jr. is an English singer-songwriter and musician, best known as the lead singer of the English rock band Def Leppard.
38 Lou Gramm (Foreigner) Lou Gramm (Foreigner) Lou Gramm is an American rock vocalist, and songwriter, best known for being the original lead singer for the British-American rock band Foreigner.
39 Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche) Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche) Geoff Tate is a German-born American singer and musician who rose to fame in the 1980s with the progressive metal band Queensrÿche.

Can't believe this ranking!?

40 David Coverdale (Whitesnake) David Coverdale (Whitesnake) David Coverdale is an English rock singer most famous for his work with Whitesnake, the commercially successful hard rock band he founded in 1978. Before Whitesnake, Coverdale was the lead singer of Deep Purple from late 1973 to 15 March 1976, when he resigned from the band and established his solo more.
41 John Lawton (Uriah Heep)
42 Jani Lane (Warrant) Jani Lane (Warrant) Jani Lane was an American recording artist and the lead vocalist, frontman, lyricist and main songwriter for the glam metal band Warrant.
43 Robert Plant 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.

Robert plant is at 49! Are u kidding me? He should be at least in the top 3

44 Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Yngwie, Deep Purple) Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Yngwie, Deep Purple) Joe Lynn Turner is an American singer, known for his works with hard rock/metal bands Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple.
45 Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia) Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia) 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.
46 Jorn Lande Jorn Lande Jørn Lande is a Norwegian metal and hard rock singer known for his solo career as Jorn, and providing vocals for Avantasia, Masterplan, Ark, Beyond Twilight, Millenium, Allen/Lande, Mundanus Imperium, Vagabond, The Snakes, Ayreon.
47 Maynard James Keenan 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.

Why 45?!

48 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Brian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist, author, and former music journalist.
49 Tom Keifer (Cinderella)
50 Miljenko Matijevic (Steelheart) Miljenko Matijevic (Steelheart) Miljenko Matijevic is a Croatian-American singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of rock band Steelheart. He has a big following in South Korea and has worked on several South Korean TV series.
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Top Remixes (6)

1. Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses)
2. Brian Johnson (AC/DC)
3. Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath)
1. Glen Hughes
2. David Byron
3. Paul Rodgers
1. Freddie Mercury
2. Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian)
3. Michael Kiske (Helloween)

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