Greatest Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Vocalists


The Contenders: Page 2

21 Jonathan Davis Jonathan Davis Jonathan Howsmon Davis, also known as JD and JDevil, is an American musician best known as the leading vocalist and frontman of the nu metal band Korn.

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.

I love this guy!

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22 Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Stanley Bert Eisen, known professionally by his stage name Paul Stanley, is an American musician, singer, songwriter and painter best known for being the rhythm guitarist and co-lead singer of the rock band Kiss.

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.

Must be some rap loser he is the lead singer for one of the big 4 zeppelin sabbath deep purple and kiss everybody else is afterbirth

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 was and is amazing.

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23 Matthew Barlow

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

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.

24 Ville Valo Ville Valo

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!

He has the most emotional voice ever

He had a perfect voice, but smoking cracked up his voice..
Maybe not anyone likes this kind of metal, but he sings very good. He deserves at least 4th place in this top.

Best voice in the world by far, even just his normal talking voice.
Ville should be at the top of this list.
Take the time to listen to his voice not just the lyrics and music.

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25 Amy Lee Amy Lee Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.

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.

She got everything that a vocalist need

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26 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.

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...

27 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.

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.

What! This incredible voice at 44? God of Power Metal?

#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

28 Sammy Hagar Sammy Hagar Samuel Roy "Sammy" Hagar, also known as The Red Rocker, is an American rock vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, musician and entrepreneur.

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.

29 Joey Belladonna Joey Belladonna Joey Belladonna is the American Thrash Metal singer, best known for leading the band Anthrax. He also sings and drums for the cover band Chief Big Way.

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

30 Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.

This guy is SIXTY and still going strong with his voice.

Rush is the greatest rock band of all time.

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

31 Paul Di'Anno Paul Di'Anno Paul Andrews better known as Paul Di'Anno, is an English singer best known as the first vocalist to record with heavy metal band Iron Maiden, from 1978 to 1981.

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.
-phantom of the opera, Iron Maiden

Paul should be a little higher than 32 come on man

32 Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool.

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.

Lol mjk at 27,

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33 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. 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 Seattle home in 1994.

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

34 Michael Poulsen Michael Poulsen Michael Schøn Poulsen is a Danish vocalist and guitarist. He is currently the singer and main songwriter of the band Volbeat.

He's simply awesome! If you don't know who he is, is it the vocalist of Volbeat!


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35 David Draiman David Draiman David Michael Draiman is an American songwriter and the vocalist for the band Disturbed as well as for the band Device.

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!

Not only does David Draiman impress in original music from Disturbed and Device, he makes classics like "Sound of Silence" and "Land of Confusion" far better with his amazing voice. Badly underrated vocalist.

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36 Jon Bon Jovi Jon Bon Jovi John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983.

Should be in top 10 considering 30 years of iconic and still going hard rock music

The great vocals all time

His music is not metal, but American pop

Great votive the best and that is that!

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

he must be the best, the number one. you didn't hear him very well. he is a god and his lyrics are exellent

Yes better voice than most singers here... Great singer

His live performance's vocal is unbelievable..very clean..maybe not the best..but he should be on top 10

Should be top 10 his vocal range is unbelievable from screaming to melodic

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38 Randy Blythe Randy Blythe David Randall "Randy" Blythe is the vocalist and lyricist of American heavy metal band Lamb of God and side-project band Halo of Locusts.

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 - heavymetalrocker777

Should be inside 20.Better than AXL.Listen to his growl first. - wriddhak

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39 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.

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!

#1 hands down! Amazing, high pitch singer! His love performances slay! I've seen him from the late 80s til this Sat night sing & he still got it! My favorite forever!

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40 Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Roger Keith Barrett was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band.
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