Top 10 Metal Singers of the 1970s


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.

He's not only the best of the '70s, but he's the best of all time. Maybe only Michael Kiske and Hansi Kürsch are comparable to him. - somekindofaguy

2 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).

Powerful voice and lot of screams since 1970. - somekindofaguy

3 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.

One of the most important metal pioneers. - somekindofaguy

4 David Coverdale David Coverdale David Coverdale is an English rock singer most famous for his work with Whitesnake, the commercially successful hard rock band he founded in 1978. Before Whitesnake, Coverdale was the lead singer of Deep Purple from late 1973 to 15 March 1976, when he resigned from the band and established his solo more.

He sung the metal Deep Purple tracks "Burn" and "Stormbringer", but he's a hard rock singer mostly. - somekindofaguy

5 Klaus Meine Klaus Meine

The singer of the Scorpions. They released metal songs in the '70s like Virgin Killer, Sails of Charon and Lovedrive. - somekindofaguy

6 John Lawton

He sung Lucifers Friend's Ride the Sky - somekindofaguy

7 David Byron David Byron David Garrick, better known by his stage name David Byron, was a British singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist with the rock band Uriah Heep in the early 1970s.

Uriah Heep's first singer, his screams on Bird of Prey are awesome - somekindofaguy

8 Udo Dirkschneider Udo Dirkschneider Udo"Hassan"Dirkschneider is a German heavy metal singer who rose to fame with German heavy metal band Accept.

He sung the songs on Accept's debut album released in 1979 - somekindofaguy

9 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.

He's too low because he isn't that good singer. - somekindofaguy

10 Biff Byford Biff Byford Peter Rodney, professionally known as Biff Byford is an English singer, musician, and composer. He is mostly known for the lead vocals of the metal band Saxon.

Saxon's debut - 1979 - somekindofaguy

The Contenders

11 Glenn Hughes Glenn Hughes Glenn Hughes is an English rock bassist and vocalist, best known as a member of Deep Purple and the rock pioneers Trapeze, and his solo career. Hughes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple. He is acclaimed for his wide vocal range.
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