Top 10 Best Metal Singers

The Top Ten

1 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.

Bruce has ALWAYS stayed at a great, high vocal range. No matter how much older he is getting. , I Love dave mustaine, sucks that his surgery took a lot out of his voice. He's still beautiful, and. Rob Halford, I've never heard anyone scream that loud, I love him too. But in all reality. Bruce still has it, voice pitch might be down 1 point as apposed to the other older singers.I. want more singers to come out like these ones I have listed, not that growly distorted stuff. We need more bands that have melody in their sound, like Bruce Dickenson said, "if you can't carry a tune, I'm going home"! REAL MUSIC, NOT JUST NOISE!

Bruce is the epitome of a front man. His range and unique cackle are accented by his ability to hit the hi note and stay on key. Nicknamed the "Air Raid Siren," Bruce has some of the most epic screams in Metal and rock history. The greatest being "The Number of the Beast." Bruce can also handle the rapid fire lyrics of insane Steve Harris. Yes, Steve, you are insane, but in a good way and you have taken full advantage of Bruce.

Bruce learned from Ian Gillan about looking people in the audience in the eye, person after person and then everyone thinks Bruce is looking at them. He is. And he has you captivated.

Bruce is also a talent off the stage. A certified Airline Pilot and Captain he has flown commercially between tours and concerts, including piloting "Ed Force One" on their world tours. Bruce is also a world class fencer, author and entrepreneur.

I can appreciate Bruce being a pilot as my father flew for Eastern Air Lines 60's to 80's. I like that Bruce has a ...more

To have someone like Burnley on a list with Dio and Dickinson is pure nonsense! Best "METAL" singer we are talking about... Correct? Bruce Dickinson is the BEST... If you need an explanation, then you are not educated enough to vote here... Keep the cookie-cutter modern bull away from the names of legends like Bruce Dickinson, and Ronnie James Dio! UP THE IRONS!

He is the man who has the most powerful voice then in any other metal band. He is amazing. Up the irons

2 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 ...read more.

His music will always live on, it has influenced people from many generations (from 57 onwards) and his voice was god like. It's a shame that he was taken from us far too soon and I shall always miss him

people voting on this list makes me laugh... you people don't perhaps know what singing means dio is the best
the list should be:
1. Ronnie James Dio
2. Rob Halford
3. Robert Plant (i consider him metal)
4. Steven Tyler
5. Bruce Dickinson
6. Bon Scott
7. Axl Rose
8. Ozzy Osbourne
9. Ian Gillan
10. Dave Mustaine

RJD is the best, people voting here just don't know, RJD inspired a lot of the others in this list

Ronnie James Dio is the greatest metal singer ever. he was there singing before metal was seen as a real music genre and he was there when there was metal without any subgenre. he might not be seen as a real metal singer by lots, but do not forget that Ronnie James Dio is one of the people who created metal in the first place.

3 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.

Ever heard Metallica live at Seattle 89? James has the most powerful Thrash Metal voice ever! I'm disappointed not to see James laBrie on this list though...

James, more than anyone else, has a powerful voice. Regarding attack and aggression, he is unsurpassed. Even with that said, he finds a balance so that with this aggressive roar, you can also hear his enunciation, verbalization, and pronunciation of the lyrics. James is the master of rhythm not only with his guitar, but with his voice to. A perfect example of this is "Metallica - Blackened (vocals only)" on youtube.

Maybe he has a crack voice when he was younger, (in kill'em all period) but his voice developed itself day by day. Yes, he is not a born singer, don't have a pure talent like dickinson or halford, but I don't think that they could sing metallica songs like james. Especially the black album, load&reload. And the S&M... Compare master of puppets album and the concert. Not to saying which is better, but to see the evolution.
What I'm trying to say is, he isn't perfect, just like kirk and lars. Oh come on, metallica isn't perfect itself. But, that is the factor why we love metallica and care them like an children :D
(sorry for bad english. I'm just a beginner :D)

Listen to some songs from all of Metallica's albums, From their first album to their most recent. And you will see his voice progress into something that was awesome! Into something purely Magnificent. Personally I think his voice is coolest in their... And Justice For all album. Sadly his voice live after 1993 started to suck. Still best band ever, with the best frontman.

4 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.

He isn't called the metal God for no reason. He earned that name and deserves it. Possibly the most powerful voice in all of metal. No one else on this list has proven they can do the more insane things that Rob can with his voice, they're almost inhuman (compare the scream in "Dissident Aggressor" to the growl from "Halls of Valhalla" for an example of his range and the songs "Painkiller" and "The Mower" are perfect examples of something no one else can do quite like him). The natural talent and skill he has to sing in many different styles is immense, he's sung blues rock, angelic ballads and even thrash metal and nailed it every time. He is the most metal voice there is - just listen to the "Painkiller" album. He also pioneered the power metal vocal style, there was no one in rock music like him before (or since, for that matter). No. 1 in my book and it would appear that my opinion is shared with many others. Long live the metal God m/

This list is such a joke. The only people you can even argue are better are Dio and Dickinson.

Can't believe he's not in top three. and how is James Hetfield and Ben hurley Higher in the list than Bruce Dickinson? that man is one of the greatest singers of metal of ALL TIME, Along with Rob halford. This list is messed up.

Rob in his prime had a range of six octaves. SIX OCTAVES. In addition to having one of, if not the highest voice in metal, he's also the loudest. Watch Judas Priest performing All Guns Blazing at Rock in Rio 1991. Listen to him scream those first words. Also who the hell is Ben Burnley?

5 Phil Anselmo Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Pantera. He currently is the vocalist of heavy metal bands Down and Superjoint Ritual.

He's on the list because not only is he great, but he'd kick my ass if I didn't vote for him.

How the heck is ben burnly even on the list? They're not even metal and his vocals aren't that great. Phil on the other hand is one of the greatest metal vocalists of all time. Listen to the song cemetery gates

Sorry but, the greatest metal band of all time AKA Pantera also has the greatest metal singer of all time.

Typically, I don't enjoy growly vocals... the key word is typically. Phil Anselmo's growls are absolutely fantastic and perfectly captured Pantera's style.

6 Ben Burnley Benjamin Jackson Burnley IV is an American musician, composer, and producer, best known as the founder and frontman of the American rock band Breaking Benjamin.

Ben's has the best voice ever in the whole universe... I can't imagine a world where his music and his talent didn't exist. everything of him is amazing, I've been playing only BB in my ipod for the last year and a half. Ben keep on rockin', we miss you a great deal

Ben Burnley has a voice that can amp you up and can put you in a better mood no matter what is going on. His music and vocals are an inspiration to me and I cannot wait until he can get back into the studio and make some more awesome music. He is truly an inspiration and hero to many, including me.
His music got me through my GED, and now through 2 semesters of college. I am getting ready to get "I Will Not Bow" tattooed on me, for him and Bruce Willis (big fan of both), also because it is my theme song.
Keep rocking' Ben. You deserve the best. Hope you get to feeling better. I am wanting to come to a Breaking Benjamin concert so bad, and bring my daughter with me for her first concert. Mine was NKOTB in 1990, I want her's to be you guys.

The songs he wrote are the best song I have ever listened to. His distinct voice crafts a spell on every song he sings and leads them to be epic. It's not just about being "hard" but on the emotion of the songs too. And by that he can really do express what the song means through his singing and not every singer can do it! Ben's voice is one of the most unique singing voice I have ever heard and as of now he is my favorite lead singer. His ability to sing while doing guitar riffs are extremely more than awesome. I can listen to him all day long... in fact there's not a day that I don't play one of Breaking Benjamin's song. The riffs, the bassline, the drums plus Ben Burnley's voice = Best kind of music for me. Ben is number 1 for me!... and the whole Breaking Benjamin band!

He deserves it! The most talented singer in this world is Ben!
And he deserves it, best band in the world with the world's best singer alive
Not a day without hearing the voice of Ben! Or without hearing BB simply amazing!
I'm a fan since 2000 and I'm only 15 years old I really like Ben and the band are my favorite band for 11 years I admire them for how every song I associated with him in some way Not only the voice, also he is an amazing person, see how he gives the show together with the band! What else can I say? Amazing singer, amazing guitarist, amazing band, amazing person, amazing songs, amazing meaning its already perfect!
How can't he be the best singer? He have everything that someone can wish for his music! I just hope to new songs I really want more things to hear with that perfect voice of him, the songs can never boring me because of the whole band! Just wait for a new song and know that Ben is ok, and yeah he is the best singer, because all of this and much ...more

7 Corey Taylor Corey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.

Has a wide range of capabilities. Listen to Slipknot AND Stonesour and you'll know what I mean.

One of the most haunting, beautiful voices you will ever hear. Just amazing. And his screams are awesome too. Also, how the hell does James Hetfield get #2 on the list? Just like everyone else from Metallica, he's way overrated.

He is a member of Slipknot band. This make him special. I love and the others but I like Corey, too. I don't know why I click to vote Corey (because I love and the others). It was just random. Anyway I love Corey, I know almost everything about him. And what about Slipknot? I really love that band! And their songs are the best! I don't care if their satanist or they don't believe in god, I don't care about Christianity. Actually I'm atheist. :) So I don't care about this! I love the way they scream! I would like to be in a metal band and scream like them!

One of the best vocalists around. The thing that makes Corey Taylor such a talented musician is the versatility he has as a singer. From Slipknot, to Stone Sour. I've heard him sing with Steel Panther and do a beautiful cover of Purple Rain. Corey can sing so many different types of music and the passion and power that he sings with is what sets him apart from other vocalists.

8 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 ...read more.

The GODFATHER of heavy metal!

all other vocalists on this list were inspired by him and sing just like him

I just don't understand ozzy osbourne not in the top ten this is a big joke he has one of the most unique voice and I have no idea how ben burley is first ozzy is way better he was a part of black sabbath one of the best metal bands of all times but breakin benjamin is not even metal its alt rock

you can always tell when its ozzy singing, with his unique voice

BLACK SABBATH. Listen to this song and you'll see that James Hetfield, Bruce Dickinson etc should be number three and four (second should be Roy Khan). Ozzy beats anyone on this list (except Roy Khan). We love you both!

9 Hansi Kursch 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 ...read more.

Hansi is better than most of the singers on this list. In my opinion he should be number one, even above Halford, Dio and Dickinson, because Hansi sings with so muck passion, and the choral effect he does by overdubbing his voice 1000 times is just epic. He's versatile, got a wide range. He sings heavy songs with a voice so mean and aggresive it sounds like satan himself, and then on the ballads his voice becomes the softest and most beautiful voice I have ever heard. Truly, Blind Guardian would not be what they are without Hansi's voice. Just listen to Bright Eyes, Battlefield, Lord of the Rings or Time Stands Still. Hansi is a god among insects

Amazing voice, like elvish, Hansi is really magnificent!

Come on, Axl Rose over Blind Guardian?

You could never see any vocal with very high and extremely powerful notes except Hansi Kursch

10 Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own ...read more.

Dave's voices are amazing but it's hard to like it. But if you listen that set the world afire, you understand me and all megadeth fans. Also Five Magic is good choice for Dave's vocals, and you must think that Dave also plays hardest riff's and amazing solos, and sing the song. He is beast.

Listen to youthanasia album! Addicted to chaos and reckoning day have amazing vocals, so does trust!

I haven't got a clue why he's all the way down here. Dave mustaine has a unique voice, which proves better than most singers these days. I understand that its hard to listen to his voice, but once you start to get used to it, you can't get enough!

Dave mustaine has the type of voice that does take some getting used to. But once you do not only do you start to like it, it even starts to seem beautiful in its own way

The Contenders

11 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.

Agreed Tate is better than Hetfield. Definitely in the top three at the very least!

This list is turning into a top ten list for bands, just with singers names listed in place.M. shadows and Corey Taylor do not have half the voice that Tate has. While Queensryche might not be as good as Metallica, Geoff Tate can certainly sing better than Hetfield.

What a stupid list. The only guys above Tate or in the same level as him would be Dickinson, Halford, and Dio. Also Klaus Meine for the scorpions should also be their, but he is like 20? Most people voting probably have never even heard Tate sing.

He can sing the high notes, and the low notes. Plus, his voice is very unique and nobody sounds like him. He should at least be in the top five! Geoff is a great singer.

12 Matthew Barlow

He has a very powerful voice, in which he can transition from a dark, somber voice to an aggressive/rapid fire one. Really puts the passion into what he sings.

Best voice in all Heavy Metal.
This guys can sing whatever he likes and with such passion and emotion I can't describe it.
Just listen to A Question Of Heaven and you will understand perfectly what I mean.

Should have been way higher though. For me he is number 1 but he should be at least be in the top 10.

Easily the best ever! Pumps every metal vocalist that came before and after.

Has a unique and powerful voice. A lot more talent than most vocalists above him on the list

13 Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. ...read more.

I mean, have you heard him sing? Vocal chords made from steel cable.

Chester is not a metal singer, he is METAL!
His voice is technical, aggressive, melodic, powerful and unique.
Every song he made is a majestic and there is no voice like him in the entire history of music.
Linkin park is the best band ever and it's so unhappy that their talent isn't recognized as they deserve in metal world only because they do other genres too.

The reason why he wasn't recognized as a great "Metal" singer is because he wasn't actually a "Metal" singer.

Not metal at all

Not Metal, But has a great voice!

14 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist. He's best known for being the lead singer of the Armenian/American rock band System of a Down. After System of a Down's hiatus in 2006 he began to release ...read more.

Brilliant vocal range, beautiful voice, and not just with SOAD, listen to all of his solo work too. Also seems to have a nice personality, not as big headed as many other famous singers. Also, Dave Mustaine has a crap voice, and James Hetfield's is ok, consider others people, don't vote for your favourite band.

The craziest vocalist of all time, I mean this in a good way. You can't and won't find a guy as diverse as him, he can sing in any genre, and hell yeah he can rip it in metal!

Serj should be higher on this list. M Shadows should stay at seventh (personal favourite but not the best). Dave Mustaine shouldn't even be in the top 30. He has a terrible whiny voice.

Why isn't he number 1? System is my favourite metal band of all time, and serj is by far my favourite singer. He can do any genre so easily.

15 James LaBrie Kevin James LaBrie is a Canadian vocalist and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater.

LaBrie is the most amazing singer in prog and metal alike. He's fought through health issues to maintain his position in Dream Theater, and has a truly amazing and powerful voice, in and out of the studio. Why are Chester Bennington and Ben Burley above him?

I can't believe he is so low on this list. His power, range and tone at his age is unbelievable. It takes a lot to sing two hour shows, five days a week with a progressive metal band. Yet he does it. Super underrated.

While his voice has aged significantly worse than his contemporaries, it doesn't mean that it's bad in any way. LaBries is essentially the Bruce Dickinson of prog metal.

Writes some great lyrics, awesome solo albums and has a great voice. Dream Theater forever!

16 King Diamond Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums ...read more.

How is the king so low. How are Phil and Corey higher than him (they are good, but king diamond is better).

How are people like Corey Taylor so high while King Diamond and Joey Belladonna are so low? King Diamond can sing higher and lower than anyone else on this list, and can jump back and forth between the two in seconds, while also having a just as excellent mid-range voice.

The King is below someone like Corey Taylor? That should not be, King has an incredible vocal range and deserves to be in the top ten at least.

Wow King Diamond should be a lot higher than 27. Also James LaBrie should be higher and Rob Halford should be #1

17 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.

Thrash metal and singing more than the few same notes don't go hand in hand, yet Joey Belladonna manages to pull it off incredibly.

He's better than half these people he should move up

He has an amazing voice

Destroyer half this list

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

It's clear that David is a trained vocalist. He has amazing control during his clean and dirty vocals.

David needs to be in the top 10! He is one of the best singers of all time and is definitely not getting the love and respect he deserves from this list. Metal would be far different if it were not for David Draiman, the personification of what it means to be a metal singer. David is not just a metal singer, he is metal. He does not just define Disturbed and Device, he defines a culture and an amazing genre.

You can say whatever you want, think whatever you want, like whom ever you want... But David Draiman is David Draiman! He should be at least be in top 5. His voice is so beautiful and yet so powerful, calm for your ears and yet blowing your mind! Just listen to some of Disturbed/Device's songs and you'll see. World wouldn't feel same without him... Can't live without a everyday dose of it! Disturbed live forever and after! M/(-. -) m/

How is he not in the top 10? His voice alone can move mountains.

19 Floor Jansen Floor Jansen is a Dutch singer-songwriter and vocal coach. She is currently vocalist of Nightwish and leader of Revamp.

Floor Jansen has the greatest range I have EVER heard in a singer's voice. She can so from belting to opera to growling with not a single problem. Her voice is 4-5 times more powerful than the average singer as well. She has a beautiful, soft voice for ballads and a hard, rocking voice for the heavier songs. Listen to 'After Forever - Beautiful Emptiness', 'After Forever - Evoke' or 'ReVamp - Here's My Hell' for great examples of her voice.

I can't believe Floor Jansen is this low. I mean, have you not heard the new Nightwish album with her? She has the most amazing voice (not to mention very powerful) of any singer I've ever heard. Just listen to songs such as Shudder Before the Beautiful or The Greatest Show on Earth by Nightwish. She has a terrific voice for these songs. She fits with Nightwish so well.

That a metal wannabe like Amy Lee can make top 10 while the goddess of metal is stuck outside of it is a travesty of the worst kind. Just listen to the latest ReVamp album.

Three short words: Ghost. Love. Score. I believe I have said enough.

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

Come on? Have you listened to Michael Kiske? He is one of the best metal singers of all time. Keeper of the seven keys 1 and 2 prove it. Listen some helloween songs of the first albums and you will see how kiske deserves to be on the top 5.

Guys, are you kidding? He is really one of the best metal singers ever, he should be at least on the top 5. I can't take this seriously, you have no ears then...

Michael kiske puts almost all of these singers to shame. Him, King Diamond, Ozzy, Dio, Halford, and Bruce Dickinson should be at the top

I agree with everything except mentioning Ozzy among these great singers, sorry.

Michael Kiske (Helloween/ Unisonic) definitely belongs to top 3. Nobody else can do that high and clean voice. Looks like mostly music analfabets or youngsters come to this site to vote.

21 M. Shadows Matthew Charles Sanders, better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American metalcore/alternative metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

What the hell M Shadows is 7th. He is probably the best metal vocalist ever, no one can sound like him and he has an amazing voice and is the best screamer.M. shadows has an incredible range and can sing different song like soft song example:Dear god, so far away, size the day and some crazy songs like god hates us and eternal rest.M. shadows must be in to 3

One of the best live singers of any band. Where the hell is Sully Erna in the top ten? He is another amazing singer live!

he can sing and scream. what more do we want?

Hetfield as number 1? What? Guys like David Draiman and M. Shadows who are 100% dedicated singers are much better than someone like Hetfield who plays guitar at the same time.

22 Aaron Lewis Aaron Lewis is an American musician, who is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and founding member of the rock group Staind, with whom he has released seven studio albums.

Great lyricist and ability to convey emotion in vocals.

Come on, Aaron is without a doubt the best. Respect.

He became a country singer

23 Mikael Akerfeldt Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician, prominently known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth, as well as being the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath for three albums up until 2012. ...read more.

An extremely various vocalist with an amazingly frightening growl voice and a beautiful clear voice full of passion. There do exist singers with a farther range, but none of them sounds as natural and emotional as Akerfeldt. Not to mention he's one of the greatest songwriters of our time, for one of my favourite bands ever: Opeth!

Mikael wins. One of the best in both clean and harsh vocals. Second for me would have to be James Hetfield.

Should be much higher on this list. Makes me think if people have ever heard of Opeth.

Linkin park above him? What is this world turning to?

24 Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

Not metal, but has one of the largest documented vocal ranges ever (5 octaves and 2.5 notes)

Good, but not metal

He's not a metal singer.

He sounds like a dying crow.

25 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.

Brilliant in his prime but went wayward and never fulfilled his potential

Bruce is better, but Paul doesn't get a lot of recognition as a singer. Really underrated

The only person who can replace him is bruce

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