1 David Phelps
David Norris Phelps is an American Christian music vocalist, songwriter and vocal arranger, who is best known for singing tenor in the Gaither Vocal Band.
NO, David Phelps is NOT the best there is!
Best I've ever heard.
He doesn't have a powerful voice!
Obsessed, delusional 24/7 voters for this dude who does NOT have the best voice ever.
2 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.
This guy, who writes everywhere that Pavarotti is much better than Freddie...it is disgusting. I don't understand how can someone hate Freddie so much. Freddie is the best, deal with it you Pavarotti obsessed fan.
Get your hearing tested.
I'm a big fan of Freddie Mercury but he does NOT have the most powerful voice the world has ever heard. That accolade belongs only to Luciano Pavarotti, and those who disagree need their hearing tested.
He's no Pavarotti.
3 Luciano Pavarotti
Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time.
Luciano Pavarotti has the most powerful & the most glorious male voice of all time.
Luciano Pavarotti's voice is one in a trillion. There will never be another voice as glorious or more glorious than his voice & it is indeed the most powerful voice of all.
Voices don't come more powerful as Luciano Pavarotti's voice.
Should be number 1. Without understanding a word of what he is saying, I cannot shut him off. He makes the world stop and bring out plenty of emotions
4 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.
He's always the lord of metal vocalists. - LightningStrike
5 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.
It's like there is a solid brick wall backing his voice! - SoldierOfFortune
His voice is raw power
6 Matt Barlow - Iced Earth, Ashes of Ares
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 ...read more.
Iced Earth - Melancholy, Damien.
These aren't his best vocal performances - these are some of his softer songs that even non-metal fans can check out and hear how powerful his voice is. Of course he puts more power in the heavier songs. Matt is an amazing singer who sings with lots of passion and from the heart - so moving. - Metal_Treasure
7 Rhydian Roberts
Rhydian James Roberts, known as Rhydian, is a classically trained Welsh baritone singer, musical theatre actor and television presenter.
Not only powerful also a beautiful voice. Why is he not seen on Television it would be a refreshing change from the duo Michael Ball and Alfie Bow
A very versatile powerful singer
Wow! I didn't expect him to be on this list. I thought he'd been long forgotten, but I'm glad he's here. He has an incredible voice. It's nice to see his name here. - Britgirl
8 Teddy Pendergrass
Theodore DeReese Pendergrass was an American singer–songwriter and composer. He first rose to fame as lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s before a successful solo career at the end of the decade.
9 Russell Allen - Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob
Russell Allen is a singer and lyricist best known as the vocalist of American progressive metal band Symphony X.
10 Josh Groban
Joshua Winslow "Josh" Groban is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. His first four solo albums have been certified multi-platinum, and he was charted in 2007 as the number-one best selling artist in the United States, with over 22.3 million records.
Amazingly powerful, controlled voice! - Bhgmom
11 Phil Anselmo - Pantera, Down
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.
12 Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.
Just simply the greatest singer of all time
Should be in top ten clearly ridiculous at this position his voice is priceless
13 Donny Hathaway
Donny Edward Hathaway was an American jazz, blues, soul and gospel singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist.
14 Hansi Kürsch - Blind Guardian, Demons & 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.
Time Stamds Stil At The Iron Hill, that is all.
Hansi sings many styles but when he sings epic symphonic metal he has to out sing a loud metal band, one symphonic orchestra and an opera choir of 70 singers. Imagine what it takes …
Blind Guardian - Wheel Of Time, Thorn, Into The Storm
Demons & Wizards - Tear Down The Wall, Path Of Glory - Metal_Treasure
15 Jørn Lande - Jorn, Avantasia, Ark
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.
His voice is extraordinary powerful:
Beyond Twilight - The Devil's Hall of Fame
Jorn - Stormbringer (Deep Purple cover) - Metal_Treasure
16 David Ruffin
David Eli Ruffin was an American soul singer and musician most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of The Temptations during the group's "Classic Five" period as it was later known.
17 Stevie Wonder
Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.
18 Robert Plant - Led Zeppelin
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.
I think his voice is the most beautiful and powerful, ever!
28? Really people? Robert Plant could sing anything, be it blues, rock, country, even jazz for gods sake. Listen to immigrant song and tell me otherwise
This list is about the most powerful voices and not about singers who has sung many genres. - Metal_Treasure
Umm, his voice can't be described as powerful (at least in the context of this list). - Metal_Treasure
Robert Plant's extended wail near the end of "Whole Lotta Love" is the single greatest sound in the history of rock music.
19 Sam Cooke
Samuel Cook, known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music.
His 'Sitting by the dock of the bay' - fantastic.
20 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.
The greatest lead singing voice in all of rock history. Freddy was overall the better frontman because of his flamboyancy, but no one could pull of a rock n' roll scream like Cornell.
I would have him much higher than others on this list like Rhydian Roberts (please) and Teddy Pendergass. He should be at least top 5. For me, he's the greatest of all time, no one sings like him anymore. Phenomenal range, great screaming rock god voice and control. My favourite.
I'm not a big grunge fan but I respect talented people from almost all music genres - this guy is incredibly talented and yes, his voice is very powerful. Probably the most powerful grunge voice. - Metal_Treasure
21 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.
Joe has one of the best voices I've ever heard. - DaWyteNight
23 Graham Bonnet - Rainbow, Alcatrazz, MSG
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.
He was rumoured to have busted PA systems in the 80s - his rock voice is that loud!
Rainbow - All Night Long, Eyes of the World. - Metal_Treasure
24 Johnny Gill
Johnny Gill started out as a solo artist in the 1980s, releasing two albums that didn't garner much attention. It was not until later, when Gill became a member of the r&b/pop group New Edition, that people started to take notice of his music and his talent. He went on to release his most successful ...read more.
25 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.
God of voice - highest_iq
26 Joey Tempest
Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson, better known as Joey Tempest, is a Swedish singer, lead singer, and main songwriter of the rock band Europe.
27 Chuck Billy -Testament
Charles "Chuck" Billy is an American vocalist, who is best known as the vocalist for the thrash metal band Testament.
28 Luther Vandross
Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr. was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in-demand background vocalist for several different artists.
29 Bruno Mars
Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. ...read more.
30 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.
Not at all powerful. - Metal_Treasure
His voice isn't really powerful. - Userguy44
31 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.
32 R. Kelly
Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American recording artist, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player.
33 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. ...read more.
Should be number 1 - DarkBoi-X
Very powerful voice, especially when it came to live performances, too bad we won’t be able to see him live again...
34 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 under ...read more.
Metal_Treasure that user who wrote about how Michael Jackson is inspiring must be a huge fan of him, and meant to say that his singing voice is more powerful than most celebrities today. And the next time you said to someone "Read the list title", you don't have to be upset about it.
Duh! Of course the King of Pop should be number one. He is an international icon that inspires over billions of people all over the world. Though other celebrities are very talented, but Michael Jackson is the best.
Powerful voice or not, I still like him either way.
I LOVE Michael Jackson's vocals, even though he's below the list. ❤
35 Mario Lanza
Mario Lanza was an American tenor of Italian ancestry, and an actor and Hollywood film star of the late 1940s and the 1950s. Lanza began studying to be a professional singer at the age of 16.
Queen Elizabeth remarked she didn't know a human could produce such power after hearing him sing at the Royal London Concert Hall in 1957
36 David Coverdale - Whitesnake, Deep Purple
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 ...read more.
Whitesnake - Crying In The Rain, Still Of The Night
Deep Purple - Mistreated (live 1974 California) - Metal_Treasure
37 Tim Owens
Timothy S. "Ripper" Owens is an American heavy metal singer who first gained attention as the lead singer of Judas Priest, and then Iced Earth. He took the nickname "Ripper" from the Judas Priest song "The Ripper" during his time in the tribute band "British Steel". He currently performs with Beyond ...read more.
Aka Tim 'Ripper' Owens.
Try: Judas Priest - Cathedral Spires. - Metal_Treasure
38 Placido Domingo
José Plácido Domingo Embil, known as Plácido Domingo, is a Spanish tenor, conductor and arts administrator.
Spanish tenor (opera). - Metal_Treasure
He was Pavarotti's bandmate in the "Three Tenors".
39 Jon Oliva
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, ...read more.
40 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.
Outstanding voice... he can sing anything!
Vocal range has nothing to do with how powerful a voice is, and that includes Adam Lambert's screaming high notes.
He's got a great rock voice, too, and I personally think he wastes his talent on pop songs but it's his choice. I mean pop songs don't show his full vocal potential - Adam sings Freddie's songs with Queen live... - Metal_Treasure
I love he's face and voice he's amazing
41 Enrico Caruso
Enrico Caruso was an Italian operatic tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and the Americas, appearing in a wide variety of roles from the Italian and French repertoires that ranged from the lyric to the dramatic.
Greatest voice of all time? Sadly we will never know.
Italian opera singer. - Metal_Treasure
42 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.
One of a kind, highly underrated!
43 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.
44 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.
Should be at top 10
45 Boris Christoff
Boris Christoff was a Bulgarian opera singer, widely considered to have been one of the greatest basses of the 20th century.
Mindblowing bass voice (opera). He's probably the most famous interpreter of Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky. I was surprised to learn that he's Bulgarian and not Russian. - Metal_Treasure
46 Matthew Bellamy
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.
His falsetto is great. He's an amazing singer. Not the most powerful voice, but this man can sing. That's why I like Muse. - Userguy44
47 Thom Yorke
Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead.
His voice isn't powerful. Somebody made a mistake by adding him to this list. - Metal_Treasure
48 Layne Staley
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.
He had a gifted voice. Not only powerful, but emotional too. - Userguy44
49 Jose Carreras
Josep Maria Carreras i Coll, better known as José Carreras, is a Spanish tenor from Catalonia who is particularly known for his performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini.
Spanish opera singer. - Metal_Treasure
Pavarotti's other bandmate in the "Three Tenors".
50 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 ...read more.
Kurt Cobain may not have a powerful voice, but he has pretty good songs.