Top 10 Metal Cover Songs with the Best Vocals

A good cover is when all components are done properly. But this list focuses only on the vocals where the cover band/team provided vocals at a level comparable to the original.
The most difficult covers vocal-wise are when:
1) the original song is hard to sing
2) the original singer/vocal performance is great
3) the original singer's got a very distinctive voice - tone, power, range

By Metal Cover Songs I mean covers made by metal bands. The original songs can be from any genre.

The Top Ten

1 Dream On - Dio & Yngwie

A perfect Aerosmith cover.
Dream On is my favorite Aerosmith song and it's hard to sing but I admit Dio nailed the vocals. - Metal_Treasure

2 Don't Talk to Strangers - Blind Guardian

Incredible Dio cover. Great job by Hansi Kürsch.
Thanks to this cover I realized that among the metal singers, Hansi voice is naturally the closest possible to Dio's.

In his original songs Hansi uses different vocal techniques and doesn't sound like Dio but Dio and Hansi have absolutely the same vocal range and voice type - both are high baritones. - Metal_Treasure

3 Kill the King - Jorn

Awesome Rainbow/Dio cover. This is the most aggressive metal song of the 70s.
All Jorn covers are great vocal-wise but here his voice sounds so close to Dio voice. - Metal_Treasure

4 Symphony of Destruction - Paul Di'Anno

This Megadeth song isn't hard to sing but Paul Di'Anno vocals are better than the original and that was the reason to put this cover relatively high.
Paul Di'Anno was Iron Maiden's lead singer before Bruce Dickinson. - Metal_Treasure

5 Holy Diver - Killswitch Engage
6 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! - Yngwie J. Malmsteen

Mark Boals nailed the vocals although it isn't easy for a male to sing an ABBA song. Moreover, metal style. - Metal_Treasure

7 Circle of the Tyrants - Opeth

Amazing Celtic Frost cover.
This list needed a cover with unclean vocals and who would do it better than Mikael Åkerfeldt? - Metal_Treasure

8 Perfect Strangers - Jorn

The best Deep Purple cover EVER vocal-wise and one of the best covers in general. - Metal_Treasure

9 Flight of Icarus - Tim Ripper Owens, Doug Aldrich, Jimmy Bain, Simon Wright

Iron Maiden cover. Vox - Tim "Ripper" Owens.
Tim "Ripper" Owens got overhated for no good reason - in fact, he's a great singer. - Metal_Treasure

10 Look At Yourself - Gamma Ray

Uriah Heep cover.
The original singer David Byron was a vocal beast, so is the guy who sang the cover (Ralf Scheepers) - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Doctor Doctor - Iron Maiden

Awesome UFO cover - Metal_Treasure

12 Rainbow in the Dark - Corey Taylor
13 Don't Bring Me Down - Northern Kings

ELO cover with very impressive vocals by Jarkko Ahola (Teräsbetoni, Ahola, Dreamtale) - Metal_Treasure

14 Space Truckin' - Iron Maiden

Deep Purple cover with vox by Bruce Dickinson - Metal_Treasure

15 Sunset Superman - Jorn
16 Set Me Free - Saxon

The Sweet cover (Biff Byford of Saxon has always been a great singer, even now when he's probably in his 60s-70s) - Metal_Treasure

17 Immigrant Song - Demons & Wizards

Led Zeppelin classic was in very good hands. Vox - Hansi Kürsch. - Metal_Treasure

18 Lay All Your Love on Me - Avantasia

ABBA cover. Vox - Tobias Sammet - Metal_Treasure

19 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Machine Head
20 Dream a Little Dream of Me - Blind Guardian
21 We Don't Need Another Hero - Northern Kings

Singers in order of appearance:
Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto (Charon, Harmaja)
Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot)
Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica)
Jarkko Ahola (Teräsbetoni, Ahola, Dreamtale) - Metal_Treasure

22 Stormbringer - Jorn

Another Deep Purple cover with amazing vocals by Jorn Lande - Metal_Treasure

23 Oops! I Did It Again - Children of Bodom
24 The Wizard - Blind Guardian
25 Egypt (The Chains are On) - Doro
26 Whiskey in the Jar - Metallica
27 Sacred Heart - Jorn
28 My Way - Northern Kings
29 Rebel Yell - Northern Kings
30 I Just Died in Your Arms - Northern Kings

Jarkko Ahola turned a fast paced rock song into an emotional ballad. - Metal_Treasure

31 Loverman - Metallica

One of the best vocal performances by James Hetfield - Metal_Treasure

32 Turn the Page - Metallica
33 Maniac - Firewind
34 Dancing with Tears in My Eyes - Avantasia
35 It's a Sin - Gamma Ray
36 Waterloo - Nation
37 Smoke on the Water - Metalium
38 Night People - Jorn
39 Push - Jorn
40 Don't Talk to Strangers - Jorn
41 Going Blind - Melvins
42 Killer On the Loose - Paul Di'Anno

Thin Lizzy cover, very good vox by Paul Di'Anno - Metal_Treasure

43 La Isla Bonita - Twilight Guardians
44 Neon Knights - Anthrax
45 The Temple of the King - Scorpions

Rainbow cover - Klaus Meine never disappoints. - Metal_Treasure

46 Holy Diver - Holy Mother
47 The Mob Rules - Adrenaline Mob

Powerful vox by Russell Allen (Symphony X) - Metal_Treasure

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