Top 10 Metal Musicians with the Greatest Personalities

People on this list are great and talented musicians with great personalities. 2 in 1.

The Top Ten

1 Ronnie James Dio 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 more.

Mr. Golden Voice was also a great person. R.I.P. Dio.
A nice guy with impeccable ethics. Also wise, friendly, accessible.
Known for talking with fans for hours after live shows. Never left a fan without an autograph no matter how long the line was and paid attention to every fan who approached him.
Dio and his wife didn't have own children and adopted a boy.
Dio probably didn't do drugs. - Metal_Treasure

2 Bruce Dickinson Bruce Dickinson 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 sang a whole album with tongue cancer. He's got unique skills in different areas:
1) part-time metal singer
2) part-time pilot
3) part-time businessman
4) part-time T.V. entertainer with a great sense of humor (hosted Headbangers Ball, etc)
5) pretty good fencer who was a member of the UK Olympic team.
6) Captain Dickinson took part in rescue operations with his plane, incl. in other countries. I watched a BBC News report (The Flight Of Astraeus) where he flew back home passangers who were stranded in Egypt. Yep, "Hallowed Be Thy Plane". - Metal_Treasure

3 Matt Barlow Matt Barlow 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 more.

He's got a great powerful voice and he's a very interesting person, too.
He left a major metal band (Iced Earth) to help the US after September 11 terrorist attacks - he became a police officer in the police department in Georgetown, Delaware. Thank god, he returned to music in 2007. - Metal_Treasure

4 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.

A god given voice and unique personality. Intelligent, friendly, wise, honest, hard working. He reads a lot and plays video games, most often - D&D.
He doesn't smoke and doesn't look like a person who does drugs or drinks too much. When on tour, he calls his wife every day. He's been married for over 20 years and is known for not cheating on his wife. Some fans, musicians and bloggers from different sites make fun of him for not cheating on his wife and call him stupid.
He played for charity with Blind Guardian. - Metal_Treasure

5 Steve Harris Steve Harris Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

He formed one of the most iconic metal bands and wrote one of the most iconic metal songs ever - Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Every time I watch him on videos (music or interviews) I feel this guy just can't be a bad person. - Metal_Treasure

6 Jon Schaffer Jon Schaffer Jon Ryan Schaffer is an American heavy metal musician. He is best known as the guitarist and last remaining original member of the Florida-based heavy metal band Iced Earth, which he formed in 1985 under the name "Purgatory".

A very solid rhythm guitarist and amazing songwriter who's probably the most patriotic metal musician.
He's a rebel but he's got a very good heart. He's also a fighter with very strong character that helped him save Iced Earth several times during crisis situaltions when key members were leaving (Matt Barlow became a cop and so on).
I've read interviews with his wife and she obviously knows personally many metal musicians even outside Iced Earth and I conclude Jon Schaffer doesn't keep her away from his professional life. - Metal_Treasure

7 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck more.

Death metal pioneer. He was one of the nicest guys in metal.

8 Mike Mangini Mike Mangini Mike Mangini is an American drummer. Since 2010, he has been a member of progressive metal band Dream Theater, following the departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy.

One of the best metal drummers who's very smart and very friendly during interviews. You just feel this guy is very nice.
He's got a university degree in computer sciences and was an Associate professor at a percussion department. - Metal_Treasure

9 Alissa White-Gluz Alissa White-Gluz Alissa White-Gluz is a Canadian vocalist, best known as the former lead vocalist and one of the founding members of the Canadian metal band, The Agonist, and current lead vocalist for the Swedish melodic death metal group, Arch Enemy.

And a persons rights activist too =)

She's an animal rights activist and a vegan. - Metal_Treasure

10 Tony Iommi Tony Iommi Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer. At age 17, he accidentally lost the fingertips of his middle more.

The Contenders

11 Lemmy Kilmister Lemmy Kilmister Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.

Shouldn't really be on here. He's not metal.

12 Jarkko Ahola 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.

He's got a great voice and amazing personality. He often plays for charity all over the country (Finland). - Metal_Treasure

13 Thomas Gabriel Fischer Thomas Gabriel Fischer Thomas Gabriel Fischer, earlier known by his stage name of Tom G. Warrior, is a Swiss metal musician. He best known as the frontman for extreme metal bands Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, and Triptykon.

Pretty clean guy. He's a vegetarian and doesn't drink, smoke or take drugs.

He also doesn't try to get involved in Celtic Frost's influence on modern artists, stating that it's not a healthy thing. I agree because I think it'll just make you think you're above every band of today just because you influenced them.

14 Rob Halford 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.

Very down to earth guy. He doesn't have some manager controlling his Instagram, and he would always preform with American Idol contestants and comedians - SoldierOfFortune

15 John Petrucci John Petrucci John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Compared to his level of skill, John Petrucci is relatively unknown in the modern music industry.
16 Ian Gillan Ian Gillan Ian Gillan is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple, and the original singer on the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ).
17 Randy Rhoads Randy Rhoads Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. He was killed in a plane crash.

Humble little kid

Yes I know he is technically adult but I can call any teen a kid

18 Adrian Smith Adrian Smith Adrian Frederick "H" Smith is an English guitarist, best known as a member of Iron Maiden, for whom he writes songs and performs live backing vocals on some tracks.
19 Cliff Burton Cliff Burton Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums. He died in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's more.

RIP Cliff Burton :( - TheDarkOne_221b

20 Kirk Hammett Kirk Hammett Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.
21 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Brian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist, author, and former music journalist.

Not metal.

22 Necrobutcher Necrobutcher Jørn Stubberud is a Norwegian musician best known as the bassist in the black metal band Mayhem under the stage name Necrobutcher. He is one of Mayhem's founding members, along with Euronymous, Manheim and Messiah.

For real. You should see him in an episode of What's in My Bag? where he actually likes different types of music besides metal. At first I thought he was gonna be a creepy guy since he was part of Mayhem but he's actually a pretty nice and mild mannered person. Never really knew that to be honest.

Necrobutcher stands out as the most "normal" member of Mayhem during the Second-Wave Black Metal movement. By that, he was the only member who didn't act weird or questionable. In fact, he left Mayhem after the suicide incident because he felt that Euronymous was crossing moral boundaries by that point. He only returned after Euronymous's murder. - CrimsonShark

23 Abbath Doom Occulta Abbath Doom Occulta Olve Eikemo, better known by his stage name Abbath Doom Occulta, is a Norwegian musician who best known as the former frontman of black metal band Immortal and the current frontman of the band Abbath.
24 Kai Hansen Kai Hansen Kai Michael Hansen is a heavy metal guitarist and vocalist. Hansen is the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also the co-founder and former member of German metal band Helloween.
25 Michael Angelo Batio Michael Angelo Batio Michael Angelo Batio also known as Mike Batio or MAB, is an American heavy metal guitarist and columnist from Chicago, Illinois.

He has great personalities. Quite the opposite of Yngwie Malmsteen. People who have taken guitar lessons from him also said that. He also behaved nice with Daniel Himebauch. - zxm

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27 Alex Webster Alex Webster Alex Webster is an American bass player, who is best known as a member of the death metal band Cannibal Corpse.
28 Dave Murray Dave Murray David Michael Murray is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as one of the earliest members of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
29 Marty Friedman Marty Friedman Martin Adam "Marty" Friedman is an American guitarist, known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s, as well as Cacophony alongside Jason Becker until 1989. Friedman has resided in Tokyo, Japan since 2003, where he has hosted more.
30 Dimebag Darrell Dimebag Darrell Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.
31 James Hetfield James Hetfield 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.
32 Jason Newsted Jason Newsted Jason Curtis Newsted is an American metal musician, known for being the third bass guitarist with the band Metallica from November 1986 until his departure in January 2001, he was also a part of Voivod and Flotsam and Jetsam.
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