Best Male Metal Singers


The Top Ten

1 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.

The god of metal, he could sing good in both aggressive style and calmly and he sounded great even when he was dying from cancer and he invented the devil horns, that's enough to justify my choice. - IronMaidenFan666

The best singer!

Ronnie's voice perfectly suits metal.

2 Bruce Dickinson 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.

Just A talented vocalist all round. Has A vocal range of 4 octaves most of which he is able to reach in full voice and what A powerful voice that is (more so live than on the Cds. ) He also has A great mix of Raspy vocals and clean ones (although he struggles with the raspy ones live nowadays. )

Definitely deserves to be on this list and I'm happy to see him in the top 10 - technicalbrutaldeath

How come he's not on top when he's on top of "best metal singer" list. - zxm

3 Marco Hietala Marco Hietala Marko Tapani "Marco" Hietala is a Finnish heavy metal vocalist, bass guitarist and songwriter (Nightwish, Tarot).

This list says Marco Hietala is the best metal singer, #1. Hmm... no offense but he is not even the best metal singer from Finland. He's not bad but something tells me that there are at least 70 metal singers better than him. - Metal_Treasure

His voice is captivating, even more so live. I love the range of his voice, which might not be as wide as the one of the other mentioned artists, but he definitely is one of my favorites.

Yeah Marco has a tenor range, but he can reach very low notes as well. Check The Islander by Nightwish..


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4 Michael Kiske Michael Kiske Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.

Clean voice and singing with high pitch mouth very close to microphone without any sound break..

He's the best rock/metal singer on the earth, it's not question. Brutal clear sound in a funny character from Germany! GOD!

Awesome singer a shame there is no "Keeper III"

His range, power and feeling are incredible!

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5 Attila Dorn Attila Dorn

Attila's voice is exceptionally powerful. The fact that people don't know him as well as other singers (Marco Hietala, Dio, etc) is what makes him so much underrated. His operatic yet harsh style is what makes him unique from a lot of the typical high-pitched metal singers. His voice conveys power even at even very high notes.

His voice is so powerful yet, you can sense that he is into what he sings.

Attila's voice is powerful as a nuclear strike and catchy as AIDS, also perfectly fits Powerwolf's music. The dark god of metal deserves to perform a duet with Floor Jansen, but this will drastically revamp the world!

Outstanding and charismatic voice

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6 Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch 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.

Easily, TOP 5! One of the vocal gods in metal. His skills are remarkable but one thing never cease to amaze me: those angelic/demonic dimensions of his voice and Hansi's ability to switch from raw demonic to soft melancholic tone (and vice versa) in less than a second! No one else does that so powerfully and beautifully! (ex. My last sunrise, Heaven Denies, Path Of Glory, Love's Tragedy Asunder - by Demons & Wizards).
His extremely aggressive thrashy tone is awesome, too (Majesty, Banish from Sanctuary, Valhalla - by Blind Guardian). He's got the most passionate and emotive voice ever and always moves.
Hansi is just one of a kind metal singer who is amazing live, too. - Metal_Treasure

Favorite metal singer, so versatile!

The best ever

7 Tobias Sammet 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.

Tobias is the best vocalist of the entire world. Not a fan mode On...

He is now #6 and it's exactly where he should be, based on his incredible vocal skills.
His tone reminds of Bruce Dickinson and I love it. Try 'Nailed to the wheel' by Edguy. - Metal_Treasure

His live performance is much better than in the CD! He's awesome!

8 Roy Khan (Kamelot) Roy Khan (Kamelot) Roy Sætre Khantatat, is a Norwegian singer-songwriter. Commonly known as Roy Khan or simply Khan, he was the lead vocalist for the symphonic power metal band Kamelot from 1997 to his departure in 2011. He co-wrote most of Kamelot's songs with the band's guitarist and founder Thomas Youngblood during more.

Just the most perfect voice of world and the more emotional singer

Pure talent and passion.

Just unique.. Enough said

Should be number 1! Unique voice and stage presense, very talented man, miss him

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9 Rob Halford Rob Halford 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.

How is this man not higher - sextysex

This man is easy top 5, if not top 3!

He is perfect, the metal god!

This list totally fails - 36 names so far and Rob Halford hasn't been mentioned yet?!?
Thank God Dio, Dickinson and Kiske are already in the top 10!
Let's get Rob Halford and Hansi Kürsch up there where they belong, too! - Metal_Treasure

10 Tony Kakko Tony Kakko Toni Kristian "Tony" Kakko is a Finnish musician, composer and vocalist. He is mainly known as the vocalist, primary songwriter, and creative force in the band Sonata Arctica since 1996.

He has so much emotion and power in his voice. Unbelievable and mostly underrated. Made enough covers to prove that he can do more than rock/metal. Listen to "Nothing compares 2 U" or "My heart will go on".

Tony is one of my favourite vocalists. He has such an incredible tone to his voice and he sings with so much emotion in every song.

Cannot beat this guy. What an awesome singer

Best live singer I have ever seen

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The Contenders

11 Jari Maenpaa Jari Maenpaa Jari Mäenpää (born 23 December 1977) is a Finnish heavy metal multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He is the founder of metal band Wintersun for which he records all instruments. Before forming Wintersun, Mäenpää was best known for his role in the folk metal band Ensiferum.

Deserves nr. 1

12 Tommy Karevik Tommy Karevik Tommy Karevik is a Swedish metal vocalist, best known as the singer for metal bands Seventh Wonder and Kamelot.

Probably the best balanced singer of the list. Still learning, but nowadays should be on top 5 just listening seventh wonder's albums. Seventh Wonder has extreamly amazing vocal melodies and their live versions and the Kamelot ones are more than great.

A technical beast.


Just listening to the concept Album Mercy Falls (Seventh Wonder), his voice is captivating and if you need proof listen to Live in Atlanta.
Also Kamelot's Silverthorn is a masterpiece. Simply an amazing Vocalist.

13 Kai Hansen Kai Hansen Kai Michael Hansen is a heavy metal guitarist and vocalist. Hansen is the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also the co-founder and former member of German metal band Helloween.
14 Geoff Tate Geoff Tate Geoff Tate is a German-born American singer and musician who rose to fame in the 1980s with the progressive metal band Queensrÿche.

Take Hold of the Flame is a song powerful enough to get him to the top of the list

Oh dear, he should be in the top 3... not 53 - Metal_Treasure

15 Andreas Bergh
16 Timo Kotipelto Timo Kotipelto Timo Antero Kotipelto is the vocalist of the Finnish power metal band Stratovarius and is the creator and vocalist of the power metal band Kotipelto.

Come on guys what a powefull voice.. he make our days live.. I can't describe with words how means this guy for our universe.. listen he's voice and feel the song! Then you'll find the truth of masterpiece soul.

17 Matt Barlow Matt Barlow 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.

His voice is like a huge ocean tide. Definitely Top 10. - Metal_Treasure

18 Benjamen Sotto
19 King Diamond King Diamond Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums more.

That Falsetto though.

20 James LaBrie James LaBrie 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.
21 Piotr Wiwczarek Piotr Wiwczarek Piotr Wiwczarek (also known as Peter) is a Polish guitarist and vocalist who is best known as the frontman for death metal band Vader, where he is the only constant member of the band since its inception.
22 Warrel Dane

Warrel in Sanctuary's two albums "Refuge Denied" and "Future Tense" in the late 80's created some of the most awesome wicked high pitch vocals ever. The guy is a freak of nature and he didn't just sing high, he could enunciate and was controlled. Still gives me chills.

He is still around and a fine singer, but (probably) can't hit the high notes consistently anymore. A shame, but I am enjoying his newer stuff because the guy still sounds great, but lower.

23 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.

Best singer EVER! - PhoenixAura81

24 Alan Averill
25 Phil Anselmo Phil Anselmo 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.
26 Jørn Lande Jørn 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.

He sounds like Dio, David Coverdale and Ian Gillan singing together. - Metal_Treasure

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27 Jarkko Ahola Jarkko Ahola Jarkko Kalevi Ahola is a Finnish performing artist, composer and singer, best known as a metal singer. He is the vocalist, bass player and one of the three songwriters of the metal band Teräsbetoni. He also started a solo career as Ahola, a metal band.

Powerful, expressive and overall divine voice. I think he is the best metal singer from Finland. - Metal_Treasure

Jarkko should be in the to 10! He is not so well known outside Finland, but his voice is unbelievable.

Definitely one of the best metal singers in the world. And he can sing so much more as well, even opera.

28 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).

He was the prototype metal singer of all new generations: operatic feel, screams, growls, spooky sounds - everything's there. Should be higher for sure, lets say top 15-20.
Deep Purple - Child In Time;
Black Sabbath - Disturbing The Priest. - Metal_Treasure

29 Chris Barnes Chris Barnes Chris Barnes is an American musician mainly noted for his deep-throat vocals, explicitly violent lyrics. Barnes was a founding member of Cannibal Corpse before his dismissal and would later form Six Feet Under, which he fronts to this day.
30 Tom Araya Tom Araya Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
31 Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens
32 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.

My favourite singer. He absolutely brilliant. He is just the best in any type of song whether is slower or havier... My favourite slow song by a7x is victim. His screams are just out of this world. Really god gifted voice... Love M. Shadows... A7x forever m/

33 Jeff Scott Soto Jeff Scott Soto Jeff Scott Soto is an American rock singer of Puerto Rican descent. He is most well known for being the lead singer for the group Talisman from 1990 till the end of Talisman in 2007, the vocalist on Yngwie Malmsteen's first two albums, and the lead vocalist for Journey on their 2006–2007 tours after more.
34 Nergal Nergal Adam Nergal Darski (born Adam Michał Darski; 10 June 1977 in Gdynia), is a Polish musician and television personality, best known for being the frontman for the black/death metal band Behemoth. more.
35 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.
36 Ray Alder
37 Till Lindemann Till Lindemann Till Lindemann is a German singer, songwriter, musician, actor, poet, and pyrotechnician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and frontman of the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.
38 Andrea Ferro
39 Jimmie Strimell

Why in Jesus name isn't Jimmie on number one?! Man, Jimmie Strimell is so awesome, every time I listen to his voice it makes me cry. The work he has done in Dead by April is completely awesome, I think he's the only person in the world that can combine pop music with screaming (metal) so well. Whenever I don't feel good I just listen to one of his songs (Dead by April, I feel so bad he's not there anymore) and when I listen to his screams it makes me feel so alive. His clean singing is great too. I just can't stop giving Strimell compliments, I just wanna say that Jimmie Strimell is the best in the world! And he will always be my favorite singer of all time.

Great screamer, awesome singer, he's the man! From real Death Metal to Acoustic songs, just every talent! Dead by April, Nightrage, Cipher System, Ends With A Bullet, just mention one of these bands where he hasn't done incredible work... Greatest Metal vocalist for sure. I personally think that he's a lot better than Matthew Tuck and Mitch Lucker and other famous screamers/singers, just look at all his bands! He's the "King of Metal"!

The Swedish king of Metal music! He's the best, from Dead by April to Death Destruction, just awesome. Screams of Jimmie are the best in the Metal genre, it's not too dark, not too soft, you can understand what he's screaming, it's melodic. Just unbeatable, I bet that.

The talented metal singer of Dead by April.

40 Corey Taylor Corey Taylor Corey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.

My favorite Metal singer

41 Andre Matos Andre Matos André Coelho Matos is a Brazilian vocalist, pianist and composer. He was involved in the heavy metal bands Viper, Angra and Shaaman.

He's a technical beast, impressive tenor. - Metal_Treasure

42 Russell Allen Russell Allen Russell Allen is a singer and lyricist best known as the vocalist of American progressive metal band Symphony X.

Can't believe he's at #58. He's a top 10 material. - Metal_Treasure

The best...

43 Georg Neuhauser
44 Buzz Osborne Buzz Osborne Buzz Osborne is an American musician, and composer. He is mostly known for the lead vocalist of the American Sludge Metal band "The Melvins".
45 John Bush John Bush John Bush is a singer who was first in the band Armored Saint however he then went on to join Anthrax after they got Joey Belladonna their last singer out of the band. John Bush then left Anthrax in 2005 though briefly rejoined in 2009 only to leave again in 2010
46 Benjamen Burnley

He's got one of the best voices out there, in my opinion. Rough, deep and scratchy. Love him and Breaking Benjamin.

He's not a metal singer and should't be on this list. This guy sings post-grunge and alternative metal - obviously you will need a magnifier to find metal in his stuff. - Metal_Treasure

47 Klaus Meine Klaus Meine Klaus Meine is a German vocalist, best known as the lead singer of the hard rock band Scorpions. He and guitarist Rudolf Schenker are the only two members of the group to appear on every Scorpions album.
48 Anders Jacobsson
49 Jon Oliva (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Avantasia) Jon Oliva (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Avantasia) John Nicholas Oliva, known as Jon Oliva, is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Co-founder of the metal band Savatage and the rock opera Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He's got a real 4 octave range, able to morph the sound of his voice to any style, from John Lennon and Freddie Mercury, more.

A powerhouse singer. Clean vocals but with some of the most 'evil' vocal effects in metal.
Check out:
Savatage - Commissar, Morphine Child, Hall Of The Mountain King, Gutter Ballet, Surrender, Jesus Saves, Sirens.
Avantasia - Death Is Just a Feeling. - Metal_Treasure

50 Fabio Lione Fabio Lione Fabio Tordiglione is an Italian singer and lyricist who has sung with many music bands including Rhapsody of Fire, Labyrinth, Ayreon, Angra, Vision Divine, Hollow Haze, Kaledon, Ancient Bards, and Athena.

Everyone that saw him live can agree with me.

He has such an awesome vocal and range

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