Greatest Heavy Metal/Hard Rock VocalistsPlease, if you're going to add to or vote on this list try and know what you're talking about.
Simply because no one else on the list could sing anywhere near as good as him, yet at the same time he could cover most other bands and make their songs better than they are including most bands in the top 10. No one even comes close to him. 55 and he still runs around stage for the full 2 hours and can still sing better live than anyone on the planet. Every member of Iron Maiden is number 1 in their given instruments.
Bruce is not only a great voice in metal. He is the best frontman in heavy metal ever. Bruce is the frontman the that every band want to have. Besides Bruce is the voice of a one of the greatest band I the world: Iron Maiden, his devotion for work and multitasking way of life, create a legacy that you cannot compare with other singers with a big star over their shoulders like Bruce. He is the best voice and frontman in metal.
Much better than any singer in the business today-or ever! one could put Rob Halford up here, but I beg to differ because I think Rob wastes his talent screaming and not taking care of his voice, Bruce is the best singer in heavy metal, he sure helps me train my voice, he beat cancer and came back the same beast he always was! 4.5 Octaves has to mean something, right.
While he doesn't have the moodiness in his voice like Robert Plant, he has all of the power, and the fact that he can still sing like Plant and scream like he could in 1982 even though he's like 60 something shows just how awesome of a singer he is. While he may not be the best technical singer, to me, he's the best metal singer.
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!
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.
When you take into consideration that RJD's vocal range, songwriting capability and the power of his voice, he should be at the top of this list. He defined Rainbow and obviously his self-titled band Dio but he also made the legendary band Black Sabbath better every time he got in the studio with them. A true heavy metal icon that stayed true to the heavy metal genre. I don't think that many other singers have the "whole" package like Dio did.
No way Ronnie James Dio is anything but #1. Dickinson would tell you the same. Not even close. No mention of Queensryche's Geoff Tate here, who also belongs on top 10. Ray Gillen (Badlands), Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge), and even Klaus Meine (Scorpions) should be in the mix too. Arguably David Coverdale, Sammy Hagar in top 20. Probably forgetting some others... But Dio above all. No question.
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.
Judas Priest is the bedrock of Heavy Metal and Halford is the Metal God. NO ONE can say he doesn't have the Firepower to do his job. He uses his unique wide ranging voice to the best of his ability. Even at his advanced age his pipes are still impressive. My personal favorite, but ALL the contenders have there merits.
Hetfield, and Dickinson above Halford? I've never witnessed Halford not hit those high notes, I have though witnessed Dickinson screw up an entire show. And Hetfield, please. Only new school metal heads would come up with a reason for that price to be number two
Rob Halford has so many hits that it is impossible to made a short list of his best performances. If you don't know his work, first of all, shame on you. Listen Judas Priest - Pankinller, Fight - War of Words and Halford - Resurrection.
I grew up on metal thanks to my older brother and we would listen to Metallica, sabbath, maiden, slayer, megadeath, anthrax. Then came some great nu metal bands such as korn, slipknot, disturbed, godsmack, avenged sevenfold, five finger death punch, machine head. So personally I vote james (YEAH) because Metallica are my favourite band of all time, but my point is just look at all of these killer metal bands and I think we can agree that they are all amazing frontmen. Mick
Not even close to the best singers! But like many best of lists, if greatest means a vocalist that is best for his band and type of music they play, he's there! His voice is no less than PERFECT for this band! I even think that his vocals actually shapes a lot of their music! Also just like all-star lists in sports, if you do what you do for one of the BEST teams (or bands in this case), it adds extra qualifiers to the considerations!
His voice is certainly recognizable and is great for Metallica, but I don't think his voice is as good as Chris Cornell, Layne Staley, Dio, Mercury, Plant, M Shadows (just kidding), Maynard, or Myles Kennedy. If it was a list of influence, then he would be on top, but I don't think he can compare to the others I listed. He is a great front man none-the-less
Bruce just has to sing all the time is studios and live. But james has to do both guitars and vocals all the time. He is now 50 yrs old. He can't still sing like a 23 year old anymore. But he is trying his best. Metallica is my most favorite band and james is my best inspiration
Wow this list is a disgrace. Freddie Mercury, the legend at number 11! What he should be number one no doubt. You cannot tell me that Chester and shadows are better the list should be
4. Ozzy (I like ozzy more but dio had better voice
8. Bon scott
At least in my opinion
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.
Freddie Mercury is the best voice of all time. I think it should be removed from this list because his voice was incomparable.
Best vocalist of all time! And Queen, Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack, and a few others could be classified as hard rock/metal.
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!
Robert Plant is the best of the bests and should be placed as the first one. I've been listening to Led Zeppelin since my childhood more than 40 years and a lot of vocalists have appeared in this period but nobody is as charismatic and exceptional and nobody has ever had such powerful voice ( only Dio is an exception to me) and manner as Plant It's enough to watch their concert in MSG in NY in "The song remains the same" film. ROBERT PLANT, YOU 'LL ALWAYS HAVE SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART!
Robert Plant is unbeatable. He has an amazing range, a great range of styles, and was the father of hard rock singing, first real top of your soul screecher, but he culd also sing with emotion. His dynamic vocal interplay with the rest of the bands instruments has never been beaten live or in studio
At the birth of hard rock, there was Led Zeppelin and with that Robert Plant was made. He has a unique singing voice no one can imitate. He goes from a 'soft', girly voice to an enraged hard rock screaming. He is one of the best.
Come on I love Ozzy Osbourne and he is just the best I mean I'm not just saying this cause my names Ozzy but come on u got 2 give him a first no one is better that him you've gotta hear him playing war pigs, iron man, paranoid and fairy's wear boots. He rocks, how could you say the best heavy metal singer is the 9th best in the world, I'm mean come on he's better than Bruce Dickson by way. You gotta hear Ozzy sing, he's way better than That Bruce DICKson Ozzy and all the black sabbath fans better know that he is the most best coolest awesomest and legendaryest singer ever and he rocks the places balls off
"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.
He deserve to be number 1! He's the first metal singer and him and Black Sabbath have created metal! Ozzy is a legend! He's better than Bruce, James, Rob, Matt...
Ozzy Osbourne is the best man because of the variety of his fan base and they are still loyal yo him or nearly 50 years.
Stupid list, all of you, check up your head, there are totally problem. Who is here, ITS AXL ROSE! Bad boy from 80s who is the lead singer of the greatest band in the world. No one can sing like him ever. He was only person who have amazing voices and talented star in the world. Bet you what you know about him, kick bruce dickinson out the top 1. If you know what you vote for, think twice, there two aspects you should think about.
1)What the ability or something
special about the singer?
2)What the kind of singer you vote
for? (Heavy metal! )
That how you rock on the stage, kids, hit the lights and blow the fans.
Perhaps put robert plant higher in this list. Do not be brainless guy now man
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 can sing softly and in baritone, then scream like a banshee but in tune and carry that note on for a damn long time. Versatility to the max, and lungpower to boot. Plus, his stage presence is unrivalled.
Come on. This really isn't even close. I love James Hetfield, but let's be honest - He can't hold a candle to Axl Rose. It's hard to hold a candle. I think I've heard that somewhere before?
M Shadows (as he likes to call himself) isn't much better than Chad Kroeger. He has that same generic growly radio-rock voice and has no range. Corey Taylor is the same way (Corey Taylor switches between growl-shouting and not growl-shouting, the pitch is the same). The only difference between Nickleback's singer and M Shadows is the image. Shadows is able to mask how unoriginal of a singer he is by dressing up in that little backwards hat, aviators and a sleeveless muscle shirt and covering his arms in over-saturated tattoos. Also, he's able to hide behind his band, which is full of talented musicians. If you just left M shadows alone on a stage without his band and dressed him up in normal clothes and took off his make up, he would be almost indiscernible from every other radio rock singer.
What the hack? M shadows should be in the top two or three man! M Shadows has Incredibly voice and Scream his Fry screams incredibly high and long duration! If you want heared A7X Metal Song you just watched "Rock Am Ring 2011" from God Hates Us, Afterlife, Crittical Acclaim, Almost Easy and he didn't want sing like deathmetal vocalist or full with screaming hell no! He want his voice combine scream and clean vocals! In the beginning he starts the band with metalcore genre but he think it's better if he combine the clean vocals and screaming voice because he wants his voice more melodic and not bruttal like suicide silence, cradle of filth, lamb of god, BMTH, No! Because he didn't want like them he want his own way and his own voice but if ask him to be like that he can! He just didn't want like them HE JUST WANT TO BE HIMSELF! And you guys can doubt about this.. This is his decision to make
I am sorry to all A7X fans, but do you know really what metal is? You are trying to say me that song like "Little Peace Of Heaven" is metal song? Only one their song can be described as metal, and that song is Hail To The King. Metal doesn't have such a melodic vocals, do you think? Please, listen to Metallica (early days), Megadeth, Manowar, Sabaton, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Anthrax, Motörhead, Rammstein, Pantera and Slipknot to get a point what real metal is.
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.
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.
As far as getting ng the crowd going and talent? Corey's #1 in my book. Especially when he was younger, I don't know anyone that was as powerful and crazy on stage as he was physically vocally and mentally. He's even adjusted well after losing his voice over the years. Still sounds awesome not mention he's got an amazing singing voice and Wong writing ability.
Corey Taylor is an absolute animal. The man has 5 and half octaves and his screams are insane. His vocal range is crazy and he can easily change from screaming to singing in the blink of an eye. He is very versatile and everything he does with his voice is a work of art. Definitely deserves top ten.
What makes him interesting isn't has technical range, it's his switching between growls and singing. He really doesn't change his pitch that much, but it seems like he has a lot more vocal range because the tone of his voice is so different. He's a great singer, but he shouldn't be in the top ten.
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.
He can sing all genres of music. He can screaming and singing at the same time with amazing high range of vocal. His voice is unique and easy to recognize just by hearing. And the last, he is the one who make me love heavy song without make my ears get hurts when I hear it. I miss you, legend. See you in next life
Everyone switches to Death growl when going to high pitch but Chester can hold his melodic voice instead of switching to death growl...but his death growls, grunts also are smoother than other singers...So technically he's the best...Those of you who think Dickinson is best you're wrong...
How on Earth is Corey Taylor Higher Than Chester? I mean at least you can make out what Chester says Corey to me is just another dumb ass who can't do anything but scream for 4 minutes where as Chester can actually sing intelligibly
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.
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
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!
Brian Johnson should be #1. He has helped take AC/DC, a real good group into one of the top 5 bands in history. He sacrifices his voice for his band and all of the fans who love this band. His vocals on Hells Bells and For Those About To Rock are untouchable. Best Hard a Rock Vocalist of all time, Brian Johnson!
My top 10
1. Brian Johnson. 2. Axl Rose. 3. Tom Keifer (Cinderella). 4. Robert Plant. 5. Bruce Dickinson. 6. Rob Halford. 7. Rik Emmet? (Triumph singer). 8. Roger Daltry. 9. Ronnie James Dio. 10. Bon Scott
"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 is number 1, best in heavy metal, rock, hard rock, his voice is unbelievably incredible.
Brian Johnson is an original. Best heavy metal singer of all time!
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.
This guy's all about opinion. Personally, I think he's got the best range and repertoire of all of the modern metal singers, but I don't think enough people like him enough to consider him to be one of the top ten metal vocalists. I'd like him to be higher, but it probably won't happen.
He should be higher! Definitely. He has not only got a great voice, but his music has got sense.
So unfair! Definitely one of the greatest of all time! He makes hitting high notes look so simple!
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.
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.
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.
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
I Haven't missed a tour in 16 years. Great range like most vocalists on here. What really makes Anselmo unique is he has multiple successful bands. Unlike most singers his other bands all sound different. Different stlyes of music AND different style of vocals. See Cowboys from hell/Stone the crow/F your enemy.
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.
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.
Also try to listen to his stuff in Down. He's really great there. He might be called the second Halford. I even think Anselmo is better as Halford is too squeely.
He deserves to be higher since he can play guitar and sing. Which is hard. Plus I'm a pushover for megadeth so LONG LIVE MEGADETH! (Dio will always be my number 1 though. So beautiful RIP)
The fact that Dave Mustaine wanted Diamond Head's lead singer to be Megadeth's frontman is completely nuts. He is the third best singer of all time, just after Robert Plant and John Lennon.
What the hell Dave so low he is the greatest metal vocalist, who else can sing like him n why is a7x vocalist here? Dave's angry voice will kill them all
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)
M shadows, ozzy, ville vallo, dio, james hetfield better vocalist then layne you guys obviousy don't know much about rock singing layne was the best hands down the only ones you could compare his voice too would be axl rose kurt cobain and freddy mercury I mean come on people this is rock singing voice not your favorite band wake up and listen to good music!
#30 is very high for this extremely talented singer. His ability to make you feel not just hear the music was amazing. I can only imagine the music he would have created if was still with us. Thankfully we still have a piece of him to remind us how great he truly was. RIP Layne Thomas... We will always remember you.
The man. The Genius. He could fit right in every type of compositions, such a wide range he possessed. From Blues, Hard rock/Heavy metal, Sludgy doom metal to Country laden acoustic tunes he could pull all off with ease.
This list is all askew. Those who should be near the top are closer to the bottom. And those who should not be included in this list are near the top. Layne Staley makes me feel.
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.
Chris has the unique ability to whip and caress the listener at the same time, to project the whole range of emotions to the listener while playing a steady rhythm guitar at the same time. He IS music - and not confined to one style or expression only! Spawning a full four octaves is impressive, but a stupid measurement for voice quality actually... It's the amount of SOUL in the voice, and the singers ability to reach out tand touch his/hers audience that really defines the great vocalist.
People who vote on this list simply don’t know him. Seeing people like Dave Mustaine, Phil Anselmo or Corey Taylor above him and especially James Hetfield at #4 is absolute nonsense. Listen to “Beyond the wheel”, “Slaves & Bulldozers” and “Jesus Christ Pose”. Baritone, near impossible high notes, long and strong screams, calm acoustic voice. He created his own style. He was a vocal hurricane and should definitely be higher than 21.
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!
Just listen to his scream at the end of Draw The Line
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?
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
This guy is SIXTY and still going strong with his voice.
Rush is the greatest rock band of all time.
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?
Simply d best growler of d world! Deserves to be in the top 10! Without Lam of God is nothing! His singing in walk with me in hell! To the scream of failiure in laid to rest! To long for! In now uve got somtethng to die for! Everythng is just totally awseome!
His range is amazing and he can scream insane vocals. Should be number one for sure
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 was a (stupid myself) 12 year ...more
Completely blown away by his performances - he's an amazing frontman even if you're not into Heavy music.
Haunting and raw vocal power.
He should be number one
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
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.
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.
He is very good or the best and no-one can correct this because I am right!
Fronted one of the greatest rock bands of all time