Top Metal Singers

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The Top Ten

1 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.

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!

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

Bruce ' Dickinson
The best of the best!

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2 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 ...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

Pretty much the godfather of metal

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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.

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 Halford is literally gay, but One Direction is still gayer. - SoldierOfFortune

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4 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.

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)

He's not really a good singer, he just has this voice - SoldierOfFortune

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5 Phil Anselmo 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.

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.

Phill is the man with the most amazing voice in down and of legendary Pantera he deserves to be in the top 5 at least, and surely above that M. Shadows

Very diverse! - EliHbk

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6 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 ...read more.

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!

Sure Ozzy Osbourne may have been the main singer in Black Sabbath, but Ronnie James Dio was the better singer.

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7 Corey Taylor 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.

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? REALLY? Corey is The KING OF NU METAL he should be first

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8 Ben Burnley 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!

Maybe he would qualify for this list if his voice was decent and Breaking Benjamin was a metal band, but unfortunately neither of those things are the case so he shouldn't be on here - dubsinthetubs

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9 Hansi Kursch 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!

Hansi #38 ?!? He's a vocal God. His vocal skills are so great that he should be in the top 5. Probably Hansi can't beat Halford but I agree he's maybe a little bit better than Dio and Bruce D. (no disrespect to them). And Hansi's got the most passionate, beautiful and emotive voice in metal (maybe outside metal, too). Try 'My Last Sunrise' by Demons & Wizards, and 'The Bard's Song In the forest', 'Majesty', 'Thorn' - by Blind Guardian.
Oh boy... non-metal singers like Dave Grohl and Axl Rose are now higher than Hansi... And LOL - Ozzy and Dave Mustaine better than Hansi? - Metal_Treasure

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

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10 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine ...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!

You can take a bad singer
Put him in control
Watch him become 10 on best singers list - SoldierOfFortune

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The Newcomers

? Steve Grimmett

He's the singer of Grim Reaper - christangrant

? Murat İlkan

The Contenders

11 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.

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.

According to breakdowns, this is the real Top 10: 1. Michael Kiske; 2. Geoff Tate; 3. Rob Halford; 4. Hansi Kürsch; 5. Roy Khan; 6. Tobias Sammet; 7. Russell Allen; 8. Matt Barlow; 9. Dio; 10. Bruce Dickinson.

Most of those guys are not even in the top 50 on this list... - Metal_Treasure

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12 Chester Bennington 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 has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.

Not metal at all - gemcloben

Well according to me that guy is perfect, Great Plan Vocals then awesome screams Just Next to perfect..

He can go from a low to a very high pitch beautifully... His screams are awesome! Amazing voice

I suffered a lot, whenever badtime knocked my door Iused to listen ds man...his vocal give me every time a dose of piece and relativeness. uh was, uh are and uh will always be close to may heart.

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13 King Diamond 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 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

Who needs Alvin and the Chipmunks when you've got King Diamond to do high vocals!

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14 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.

Matt is God, period

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15 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist.

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.

Only the 15 noo! Serj is a legend

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16 James LaBrie 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.

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.

Writes some great lyrics, awesome solo albums and has a great voice. Dream Theater forever! - DesL42

This upsets me. How can James be so damn low. :'(

More rock but yeah - Lucretia

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17 Chuck Billy Chuck Billy Charles "Chuck" Billy is an American vocalist, who is best known as the vocalist for the thrash metal band Testament.

Absolutely the most talented vocalist in metal. He has mastered the scream/sing technique. (ala Hetfield) and has taken it a step further. He can produce a great melodic line and sound absolutely terrifying at the same time. Amazing versatility/flexibility. Listen to a little Testament. (F.E.A.R. , Careful What you Wish for, The Preacher) You'll see... - thethrasher

Why is Chuck Billy all the way down here? He's the best vocalist in metal after Dio and Rob Halford!

Chuck is the absolute best, are you kidding me. Dark Roots of Earth... What! His voice is fantastic...Native Blood...What! He is the best.

One ofn the best thrash metal vocalists maybe even the best, - Lucretia

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18 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.

Great singer and awesome scream from Angel of Death and great vocals for every slayer song. He sings with power and energy if not best metal singer than best thrash singer

Not much of a singer but fits Slayers music.

The best thrash vocalist ever - gemcloben

Vocalist is a be5er term for him, he isamon the greatest of thrash - Lucretia

19 Axl Rose 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.

He's not a metal singer. - Metal_Treasure

Good, but not metal - gemcloben

20 M. Shadows 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 heavy 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? - sharm7064

He should be like #6 or 5 his voice is so good live

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