Greatest Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Vocalistsslacker121234 Please, if you're going to add to or vote on this list try and know what you're talking about.
The Top Ten
Bruce's voice has never aged and hopefully never will
Him, Dio, Rob, Gillan, etc.
Bruce has an amazing voice and his range is amazing. What is he doing at no. 2?! Get him to no. 1 dang it! Up the Irons!
SCREAM FOR ME, THETOPTENS!
Commanding power and attention, Bruce Dickinson is the reason why Iron Maiden is as successful as they are. With his multiple octave range, impressive stage presence, and the fact that he is practically a god, Bruce is truly the God of Heavy Metal. - CaptDeadeye
Geez he should be first because of his work vocalizing in rainbow elf black sabbath and his own dio he will be a remembered singer for all time rock in peace dio R.I.P. god bless you dio
To me, Dio is transcendent. He's just at a different level in most every criteria I can think of for a great rock singer: most powerful, most melodic, most expressive, best dynamic range, best pitch, best phrasing, etc. His vocal range is not the best of all, but it's pretty damn good. He has a unique and intoxicating tone that is uncannily pure, and can subtly caress or primally scream any phrase. Plus, he may be the greatest frontman ever, and he's a hell of a songwriter. Ronnie gives me goosebumps all the time, on my arms and my soul, and I never know when it's coming.
The best voice in known music history
He's always been number 2 on my 5 best singers ever list after Robert Plant of course but must admit love them both. Recently my parents' been doing a little redecoration of the house and called me to take my old cassettes because they knew how dear they used to be to me. Now I can listen to Heaven and Hell or Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow in my car, and I'm pretty excited what makes my husband a bit nervous Dio is one of a kind with his powerful voice. His treatment and his funeral made me truly sad but I liked the joke about Dio and devil who wanted to seat him at his right hand. Dio replied "Satan, Fu... K out of my throne" That one cheered me up after his death. DIO STILL RULES!77 Comments
listen to Painkiller. Then try to sing for more than 10 seconds like Rob did. Impossible. - maciekreguu0142a
Rob's voice is simply amazing and beautiful. His range impeccable. I think he should be number 1. In the studio and on stage his voice still sounds great
He is a god on singing no one can get the notes so high like hem there will never be a singer like hem
Rob Halford has the same vocal range in the studios and on stage whereas there are two Bruce Dickinson, one in the studio who sings the highest notes in one shot performances and the Bruce on stage who sings most of the time the highest notes lower in order to spare his voice or just because he can't,even in live shows in 1982 but he is still a great singer. So, to me it's 1-Rob Halford, 2-Ronnie James Dio and 3-Bruce Dickinson.52 Comments
He isn't the best singer, but he's the singer of the greatest metal band!
On Fade To Black he's amazing: #JamestheBest!
Metallica is the most recognizable Heavy Metal Band and James Hetfield is one of the reasons why. He sounds great in the studio, and can get people pumped live, There is a reason why he has the crown.
He's absolutely amazing, but it's a shame he doesn't do songs and albums like the ones
in the 80's. Since Cliff Burton died, Metallica kind of turned into a different band.
Great singer, great screamer, best rhytim guitarist, great songwriter, he deserves to be number 1, best singer of all time, not just metal, bruce is good to, but james kills em all63 Comments
Queen has hard rock songs too: Hammer to fall, I want it all, Stone cold crazy, Tie your mother down...and Freddie was great in any genre.
Not hard rock or metal... what the hell, who cares!?!?! Freddie is a god no matter what - CaptDeadeye
Unbeatable, unforgettable,inimitable, irresistible born talent.
Anytime FREDDIE MERCURY is Not NUMBER ONE on a 'Greatest Voice' list, whatever the voice, rock, or whatever, you Know it's a sucky, completely irrelevant, bogus list!
FREDDIE MERCURY IS THE GREATEST VOICE OF ALL TIME... NOW AND FOREVER! Period! No competition! No comparison! That would be just plain silly! Laugh out loud
FREDDIE MERCURY - THE GOD OF MUSIC!
Even better than Mercury, in my opinion of course.
Are you joking?! Robert plant is the father of ROCK SINGING! All the rock vocalists have been influenced by the style of Plant's singing. And the most important thing is, he did sing hard, but there was a mixture of 'heart and lungs'... Robert Plant clearly sang to the top of his SOUL, not his lungs... Plant, planted ROCK in his soul... That's why he is so soulful even after being the lead vocalist of the GREATEST ROCK band ever. SO! It's just pure injustice! Robert Plant CAN NOT be at no.4! NEVER! HE MUST TOP THIS CHART!
Not metal or hard rock, but nevertheless awesome. - CaptDeadeye
I think Robert deserves the best place, the James' voice is great; but is nothing compared to the Robert's. I still can't believe Corey Taylor is before Robert Plant - rock2metal32 Comments
Best Hard Rock vocalist ever
I voted for Bruce Dickinson as the best heavy metal vocalist but I had to add here that Axl Rose has the most beautiful vocal ever - tanjidchy
Should be no 1. Who could run and sing like him in the stage. People don't like him because of his personality maniac. But he is the best vocalist, like james hetfield. Without him no guns and roses
He Is the Best, His Voice Is MAGIC! There Is No Other "Guns N'Roses " Without Axl! And There Is No Other Singer With Axl's Voice!44 Comments
2. Ronnie Dio
He desserves higher than 9 for sure - Ak3nator
He should be the 1st! You ROCK man! He's my favourite singer ever! One of the Greatest Singer of all time..
"Prince of Darkness"Osbourne is also known as the "Godfather of Heavy Metal
With Black Sabbath and has sold over 100 million albums worldwide Osbourne had received notice that he would be the first inductee into The Birmingham Walk of Stars. Osbourne was crowned with the prestigious Living Legend award in the Classic Rock Roll of Honor. - vishwarajvithuvivi
Best vocalist on the face of the earth. His melodic vocals are amazing and he can reach incredibly high notes.
He also has the best screams in ALL of metalcore.
At least the top 5.
What the hell? Matt Shadows is at no: 9?
He should be in the top three! He is the best vocal of this time, how can he be at this position? I totally disagree with this list.
Haven't you guys heard the songs of A7X?
A7X is good but I highly doubt any of their member is top ten in their field, not even top 20. But Shadows truly deserved to be in this list, thanks to his awesome vocal. He can sing and scream equally great. A future face of the hard rock/metal world. - Pyansickness56 Comments
Scott is a bad ass frontman and an awesome lyricist And his raspy bark and screams are above many Not number 1, but definitely in the top 5 Hands F... N down!
Bon is absolutely perfect singer. In albums, his voice fills every song with his beautiful voice. And live, he could get that real screaming coming from his strong lungs. Bon is god. #1
If it weren't for Ronald Belford Scott you would've never heard of Brian Johnson or even AC/DC as a whole... One of the best songwriters ever. One of the best Showmen ever. It almost seems that everyone that has cast a vote on this list is still driving around with Back in Black stuck in there tape deck... No No wait a minute, I don't have time to explain that one. So go ask your mother what a tape deck is.
Bon Scott was the incarnation of Rock'n Roll. His wild voice still sounds rough like an animal scream. He lived like a true rocking' man. His personality and charisma will never forget. He died as he lived, savage and fast. God bless you Bon.9 Comments
Chester should be in the top five or at least in the top ten.
We love you bennington
chester bennington rock the world I love him - KORN95
What? Corey is higher than Chester? Chester is more better! Chester has the ability to scream, sing, and growl in different kinds of tunes. No one could ever beat his legendary 18 seconds of SCREAM! No one, I said, NO ONE, could ever beat him! Chester deserves to be the Top 1 of the list. Linkin Park is the best! Case closed.51 Comments
He is one of the best songwriters and has a great stage presence.
No one has the crowd under control like him.
He has one of the best voices in the world, his screams are brutal and sounds extreme evil and his voice for emotional songs is epic.
No one put so much feelings in his songs like him.
He screams for over 10 years and his voice is still amazing.
He can sing every style of music and make 'songs that he cover to his own.
Slipknot's amazing vocalist. He is so good at changing his singing style during a song from close to shouting into almost normal singing. - ozzydog12
This guy is born to be the best vocalist.. just look at his neck! There must be a special muscle string for every tone, you can imagine
He is by far the best! He has one of the most amazing death growls ever, and then he goes into this beautiful, yet agressive singing voice that people would give an arm and a leg to have. Best Metal Vocalist period. Followed by M. Shadows of A7X, and then Serj Tankian of System of a Down!50 Comments
"For Those About To Rock". Need I say more. That song alone is lightyears beyond anybody's vocal ability. Even Brian Johnson's. (In all seriousness, best gritty, hard rock vocalist of all time).
Brian Johnson should be #1
Brian Johnson is an original. Best heavy metal singer of all time!
Brian Johnson is number 1, best in heavy metal, rock, hard rock, his voice is unbelievably incredible.12 Comments
Why do I have to add him? He should be at least number 5. Listen to Child In Time or watch Deep Purple New York 1973 on youtube. He has an amazing range and a rich voice
Please, just please listen to Child in Time, you will see his vocal range, and then vote for him. One of the best hard rock vocalists there is, and highly underrated.
I truly believe his best vocal performance is an aria from Jesus Christ Superstar: "Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say)". It's available on YouTube and it's mindblowing. Just make sure it's his version because this song has many covers. But Gillan was the original performer of this epic piece, he was the original Jesus Christ. Gillan is the most underrated rock/metal singer of all time. - Metal_Treasure
In his prime, Gillan had a bona fide 3 octave voice - nobody before, or since, could have ever replicated his incredible 3 tiered screams on Child in Time. For those who have not experienced that awesome performance from DP's In Rock album (also live on Made in Japan), check it out. I guarantee it will blow you away. Cheers.19 Comments
Listen to cemetery gates people, this guys range is unbelievable. From the high notes he can hold to the heaviness he can deliver on the mic, his great lyrical work, this guy should no doubt be in the top 5. - HBKevin
The dude goes from low growls to breaking glass, he has a hell of a range, he sings clean really well too, just listen to some of the stuff he's done with Down
No one can create the mass fury in the audience like Phil Anselmo. He has/had the look, the voice, but more importantly the throw caution to the wind attitude. Total badass.
Listen to medicine man and you will now this guy is the best metal voice in Earth!18 Comments
Just listen every song of him
Should be on 1
If there's a better hard rocker singer than Layne Staley I can't think of who that might be.13 Comments
Just listen to his growls on holy wars... The punishment due or on mechanix
Next to die
You next victim
You your turn to die!
He's not a good singer but I don't think Megadeth would be as awesome as they are if the had a good singer - NjakDjak
Dudes HE can't SING! He is a good guitarist and awesome song writer but his voice... no (i'm a megadeth fan but his voice sucks)13 Comments
Are you ' kidding' me? Top five, at least.
the best vocalist, frontman, and the most craziest performer ever! see his lips and and heard his screams? - ronluna
Just listen to his scream at the end of Draw The Line
This guy is SIXTY and still going strong with his voice.
His voice in the 70s is as good as it gets. That is the perfect voice for metal in my opinion. Even if Rush wasn't a metal band
Rush is the greatest rock band of all time.
Greatest of all time. Virtually unrivalled range and power at his peak, whilst still able to caress the lower notes. Great cut glass vocalist.
The 3rd time he sang 'bleed you heart out' on Slaves and Bulldozers - perfect.
PS; SG were not a 'grunge' band!
A beast that comes once in a lifetime.
Chris Cornell, Layne Staley, and Freddie Mercury should all be in the top ten. Kick out Chester Bennington, M Shadows and Corey Taylor. If we're going to talk about pure vocal power and awesomeness, then you have to go with Chris. Four octave range, screams, clean tones, and the ability to sing tons of different types of music, ranging from metal to moody rock (Like a Stone) are what makes him so great. In addition, he does this all while playing guitar. Myles Kennedy shares the same attributes and he's one of my favorites as well. Both of them should be in the top ten.
This guy can deliver powerful lows to soaring highs! His voice has to be one of the most powerful in grunge tied with Layne Stanley. The man can also scream his head off too! Just his to his performances on Jesus Christ Pose or Slaves and Bulldozers and you will know what I'm talking about.8 Comments
He's the best of them ALL ♥
To be very honest about Serj Tankian, he is one of the best vocalists on the rock genre, simply awesome with his voice and not to forget he blasted a lot of your so called "honest politicians", this guy's songs attracts with one's life, both as a citizen and also he has songs about your romantic life, as a huge fan I recommend you these two songs "Empty Walls" and "Honking Antelope", you'll know what I'm talking' about. Long live Serj, long live.
He should be higher! Definitely. He has not only got a great voice, but his music has got sense.17 Comments
You are great and I can't wait to see you in the flash
Randy blythe is the best and I mean the best he should be number 1 listen to "blood of the scribe" and "in your words" and vote again. Long live the prince of heavy metal!
Randy Blythe has the best metal vocals for sure, just listen to his voice, it's proper hardcore! And I don't know but why is he under Kurt?
His range is amazing and he can scream insane vocals. Should be number one for sure - heavymetalrocker7777 Comments
I'm a big KISS fan, so I think Paul should have placed higher. Of course as the years went by, KISS was over shadowed big time by bands that sold way more albums & had way better guitar players than Ace. I think the only reason KISS even got so huge is because they came out in '75 when their was not a lot of real competition. If this list were made in '75 to '77 KISS glory years, then Paul would definitely be ranked #1. Paul's voice now is very bad unfortunately.
We need to make Paul Stanley number 1 because he deserves it and he’s the best.
Simply The Best,i love Paul
Amazing singer. If he'd had been in any other big band and not KISS he'd be up at the top of this list.6 Comments
Why the heck is Jonathan Davis of KoRn at 22 now?! Huh! I don't get it. KoRn is like one of the successful Nu-metal bands next to Limp Bizkit and Slipknot! But the thing is... KoRn invented Nu-Metal. :) I love KoRn and their music and effort. Head is back. David is not but I don't really care because I understand some KoRn fans say "David had more funky beats in his drums." which is pretty true but let's give Ray some credit, respect, and love. There is nothing wrong with Ray Luzier that's been in KoRn since 2007! Not only that but Jonathan said in an interview that he had a "normal hell childhood"..."Normal childhood? " No. His childhood and teen years were'nt normal at all. He got treated bad by his dad, step-mom, cheerleaders, classmates, teachers, and the principal in high school. And I also heard he got molested before high school or something like that. Yes. All of this came out of an teen KoRn fan and I've been listening to KoRn like crazy when I ...more
one of those who still put A LOT of emotions in his songs. A great inspiration for me. Bo:rni, from UNCLOUDED PERCEPTION
Haunting and raw vocal power.
He should be number one3 Comments
I can't believe Hetfield, Mustaine, and Ozzie are above this phenomenal singer! People are just voting for the singer of their favorite band, not the best singer. The only person on this list that can compare to Hansi is Rob Halford.
#44 is not good enough for this vocal god. I see Ozzy is #10, so Hansi has to be at least #9 because Hansi is undoubtedly better than Ozzy. - Metal_Treasure
What! This incredible voice at 44? God of Power Metal?
One of the most underrated metal singers of all time. Just listen to Burnt offerings or Horror Show and you'll see why he's amazing!
He is the wonder high barritone from iced earth, certainly deserves a spot on this list! Excellent power and range
Always legend, forever Mat Barlow the powerful king of metal singing...
From the baritone to the tenor, this guy is standing on top of the Silver Mountain with Dio, looking down on the rest of the Rock/Metal genre vocalists.
SO UNDERRATED! - CaptDeadeye
Iron Maiden's Debut and Killers are total classics. Maiden's best albums in my opinion. This guy can sing so cool. His voice fits perfectly with maiden's early songs.
YOU WANT ME YOU TAUNT ME YOU'LL TORTURE ME BACK AT YOUR LAIR!
-phantom of the opera, Iron Maiden
Paul should be a little higher than 32 come on man
One of the best voices!
Best singer in the world! ❤
Ville... is the best singer ever! His voice is so unique! His lyrics are so beautiful... and he's the sexiest man alive.. he's pure perfection.. he must be first!.. VOTE FOR VILLE!
Who's Ville Valo? - Feirceraven4 Comments
Many people may not know him from Stryper because they are a Christian band, but no singer on this list can match is range. He is number one! Check him out! He sounds just as good live as he does recorded!
Can someone say...RANGE! Give the man some top ten props.
Unreal voice! As was said, he's just as good live! Probably 75% of singers are not, some not even close to that! Check out "To Hell With The Devil", that all ya need!
This man is amazing, to me, he is the best of all, he has the perfect scream.1 Comment
THe Greatest of them all. Deserves to be top 3 - SharkDestroyer
I didn't expect to see one of the pioneers of American arena rock vocals down at 34. Come on guys.
AMAZING SINGER and AMAZING FRONTMAN but not necessarily Metal more like classic Rock
Now, I wouldn't say he was the best, but man could he make us wana party!1 Comment
His lyrics/vocals/emotions are just phenomenal. Hetfield use to be my favortie, but after I discoverd the almighty MAYNARD! I never looked back. no one will ever be as godly as him. - nathanpablo
Ok. This guy is up there with all the grunge singers. He's better than Brian Johnson for sure. In terms of uniqueness, this guy takes the cake. He is instantly recognizable and has awesome range. In addition, he is one of the few singers that I know that actually sounds better when he sings louder. He should be in the top ten.
Maynard's range and power is unparalleled. He has more power in some of the clean notes he hits than most metal singers get with their screams.
Rather than James hetfield (Metallica). Maynard James keenan (Tool) should have been in his place.6 Comments
Honestly, he is in my opinion top 5 for sure. He literally almost every song he sings can reach such high notes. Especially is his van hagar part of his career. Songs like dreams, judgment day just sounds awesome, high hopes, or give to live LIVE. he has some serious range and the sound of his voice is just awesome. For me my top five as far as ROCK goes, is bon scott, sammy hagar, freddie mercury, robert plant, and either ozzy or chris cornell
Sammy you rock man! He should be in the top ten if you don't believe me listen to songs like heavy metal and, sweet hitchhiker. He can scream almost like janis joplin. If you haven't heard him your missing out.
The guy is now 66 years old and can STILL wail and hold a note better than most on this list! He deserves to be in the top 10-15, period.
He's an amazing singer, as well as hotter than hell when he was young. - WheresMyGuitarPick
Best of all time... No doubt
Great singer with a wide range that should at least put him in the top 10. How can someone like Hetfield be ahead such a talented wunderkind?!
he must be the best, the number one. you didn't hear him very well. he is a god and his lyrics are exellent6 Comments
Tate rules! Listen to "Take hold of the flame"!
Of course Dickinson, Halford, and Dio take the cake right away, but Tate is truly a master at wailing! Just listen to any track of off Operation: Mindcrime or Empire and prepare to be blown away! He needs to be higher, at least at #10 at the very least if not in the top 5! Vote up, people!
If he's not in the top ten, there should not even be a list. I think people are misunderstanding this list. How could anyone ever compare the voices of Axl and guys like this? While Axl hit the scene hard and had a very unique voice, it was far from great and get him far away from the real contenders, especially Tate!
I can't believe he's not in the top 10!14 Comments
Love his vocals on slip of the lip on their 1986 album dancing undercover
Joey's vocal range and signature voice is unmatchable! Just listen to the high notes on Spreading The Disease. It showcases his unique vocals perfectly.
If there are no joey in anthrax, anthrax wouldn't in the big 4
The most original voice coming from the first heavy metal band. Inspirational for every single singer in this list
Amazing singer RIP Lemmy Rock on in heaven!
Not the best ever but should be wayy higher. Lemmy has carried motorhead for nearly forty years and is an icon of everything metal stands for m/
Should definitely be high in the top ten2 Comments
Nobody can top Manson with his wide variety in his voice to My Monkey high to Holywood low. His voice is sooo sexy when he sings in the lower voice range. I'll never stop listening to Manson or going to concerts, which are great! - MzzNee
No matter what anyone says Manson is the best heavy metal singer of all time. His vocals could reach insane ranges, this was most notably shown in Sweet Dreams, Beautiful people and Coma White.
HE'S THE DEMON, HE SINGS HIS HEART OUT... IT'S MARILYN MANSON... I can't WAIT TO SEE HIM AT HIS NEXT CONCERT
He has the sexiest, darkest, badass, and most BRUTAL Hard Rock N Roll/Metal voices! Listen to him! The one and only...MARILYN MANSON2 Comments
Wow. Cannot believe Joe Elliott wasn't in the top 50. Have you heard him sing in definitely Leppard? He is amazing!
Definitely Leppard the best!
Not much is ever heard from Jack mostly because he's too involved with changing the face of rock. Third Man Records, multiple fronting of bands might leave room for a rumored drug habit and icon building but leaves little time for public relations and general self promotion.
Patton has done a lot of things in all kinds of genres. But I can't remember anything anyone ever called Heavy Metal or Hard Rock.
However he is the best vocalist on earth. And if he ever starts singing in a Heavy Metal or Hard Rock Band he will top them all. So I vote for him.
Breaks my heart that he isn't even on this list yet, should be #10 minimum
The scream in Won't Get Fooled Again. Enough said.
Best singer ever and my name as musicianwise
Awesome! - Garjen
Incredible position for a musician so complete, the best voice I've heard!
Definitely the most underrated vocalists on this list... He has the perfect voice for metal... Unlike most on this list... He actually sings instead of screams... I mean I'm all for screaming (i love all types of rock and metal.. Now calm down old school metal fans who can't accept change) David can do more than that... He can still sounds badass while singing... Just like dio did... He deserves to be at least top 5
Disturbed is all about Draiman's vocals. His vocal sound gives creeps for even most metal singers and it's stunning to hear him first sing song like "Asylum" and right after "Darkness". Beautiful, just beautiful!
What the hell happening in here? I can't believe it man. David draiman AT O 20? Why? He should be on top 5(AT LEAST)... Do some vote... For Voice of metal. His voice range is unbelievable. Listen to Asylum. The animal. Sons of plunder. Darkness. The night... Water boiling when he SINGING!13 Comments
A girl fighting in the league of boys and men... Enough said... She is the one with one of the best vocals, with her ability to hit the right chords and scales, high above the sky! Lithium is one of the best examples!
Amy kicks ass, full of energy she puts all her might and soul into her music
Amazing vocal range, rich tone of voice, beautiful voice, astonishing studio quality, should be in at least the top 5.
Amy Lee is perfection as a hard rock vocalist. Great vocal range and tons of emotion. Very hot too.6 Comments
No one can match his screams. Araya has a true metal voice, listen to Angel of Death and you can feel the power he brings. m/ SLAYER m/
Slayer voice ( Tom Araya ) is power thrash metal voice in metal.
Tom has been doing it for over thirty years...
His voice is amazing good I don't know why dave mustaine is higher he sings like he has water in his mouth I mean he is a good singer but Kurt Cobain is better
I don't believe he is a hard rock singer. - zxm
Despite the looks and band sound,really smooth singer
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