Top Metal Singers


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21 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.

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.

His voice is so strong and sexy..he is metal

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22 Lemmy Lemmy Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead.

Have absolutely no idea how Chester Bennington is ahead of Lemmy... Linkin Park? Really?

Not exactly metal. Lemmy himself states that Motorhead have never been a metal band. I think he's right. - Metal_Treasure

The fastest and heaviest of his day - gemcloben


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23 Klaus Meine Klaus Meine

I really had a Blackout!

24 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.

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

He has an amazing voice - gemcloben

Wow. Are you serious? Joey is insanely good. Come on upvote him! He has an amazing voice! Top 5 at leadt!

Good singer

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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.

You call this metal? - gemcloben

Amy lee has an amazing angelic voice, one of the greatest vocalists ever.

I don't really believe she sings metal. Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy should be here. - Metal_Treasure

No. She is rock/ - Lucretia

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26 Aaron Lewis 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.

27 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.

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 - gemcloben

28 Michael Kiske 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.

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

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

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...

He is upgraded Dickinson, or Bruce 2.0 v. Simple the BEST! Genie among losers!

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29 Mikael Akerfeldt 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. 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. - djh101

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? - BOOGIE69

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30 Eric Adams Eric Adams Eric Adams has been the singer of the American heavy metal band Manowar since its inception in 1980. Previously, he sang for a group called LOOKS, a band which also included future Manowar bassist and childhood friend, Joey DeMaio.

This list is a list of most popular rock vocalists, not most talented metal vocalists. ERIC ADAMS has the most powerful voice by far, epic screams that can reach B5, and a beautiful, controlled voice. Definitely the best, as well as Daniel Heiman.

I know that this is only my opinion but if you guys ever asked some professional and technical advice in the art of singing for sure you would understand why Eric is just one of the very top ten of the world singers including female and male of all types of music, his capacity to sustain high or low notes for long time and sharped as razors it�'s just behond human understanding

Amazing singer.. Better than Ozzy for sure..

His voice is just amazing!

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31 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner 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 as the "Godfather more.

Seriously, Chuck's voice is the best. His high and low notes are just amazing. In "SPiritual Healinh (album)" his voice scares me. In Painkiller (Judas Priest cover), those screams are just insane. I think he burned his vocal chords. And it's pretty sad knowing that Painkiller was the last song he recorded, given the fact that is so good.

He had a crazy vocal range, just compare the songs Mutilation (1987) and painkiller (1998)

Best of any death meal, mainly progressive. - Lucretia

Chuck below Durst?

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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.

Maynard should definitely be above M. Shadows. What's he even doing on this list? Maynard is completely amazing.

The guy has so much range. He can hit high notes accurately but just being able to do that well around the other musicians of Tool should place him higher than this.

live live live
he is fantastic live and he can either sooth a crowd or scare them he has vocal range like crazy
Tool FTW - blaqksails92

Listen to his cover of Bohemian Rhapsody and weep in the glory of his angelic voice

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33 Matt Heafy Matt Heafy Matthew "Matt" Kiichi Heafy is a Japanese-American musician, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Orlando based Heavy Metal/Metalcore band Trivium.

I realize that many people don't like Matt's voice but I've never understood why. Ever since I got into metal I've always loved Trivium and wished so badly that I could sing like Matt Heafy. I love how he shifts between 3 main vocal styles: clean singing, gritty thrash singing, and screaming. I've never heard a scream that sounds close to his. His singing has some what of a 90's hard rock style but resonates amazingly with Trivium's heavy ass riffs.

He have strong voice, that is the man sound. I like his sound!

I thinks matt heafy should be number 6

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34 Joe Elliott

He was part of one of the best selling metal bands of all time. His voice is amazing

35 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).

What?! 99th place? Tom Araya higher. What a shame.

Hmm, this what happens when you invent something and give all your efforts for it but no one cares, - zxm

Better than Ozzy and more influential - Lucretia

The first metal singer and master screamer. He is the guy who invented the metal style singing - operatic and powerful vocals, with a wide range (4 octaves). Bruce Dickinson was influenced by Ian Gillan. Not by Ozzy.
Give a listen to "Disturbing the priest" by Black Sabbath. Really freakish and psychotic vocals. - Metal_Treasure

36 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.

Awesome singer from Lamb of God

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37 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.

Jonathan has a certain aura to his singing that most other singers don't have. He usually keeps to a certain set of lyrical categories, but he can still bring the goods with each song.

Very unique style and by far best I've seen live... Way better then LP in my opinion (really don't like Chester that much much rather listen to Mike)

One of the most unique metal vocalists I've ever heard. His growls are perfection. Should be up near the top in my opinion

Rock not metal - Lucretia

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38 Till Lindemann Till Lindemann

His bass voice combined with powerful lyrics and the German language make Rammstein's lead vocalist the best in the world

Why is he so low? He has the most powerful voice I know and his live performance is outstanding.

All of his lyrics are like poetry with meaning and emotion, WHY SO LOW?

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39 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.

One of the greatest metal voices I have ever heard with a stage presence to match it. Unbelievable rock legend.

Amazingly strong voice. I get shivers every time I hear it.

Utterly strong, unmistakeable voice.


40 Tobias Sammet Tobias Sammet Tobias Sammet is a German metal musician, best known as the vocalist and primary songwriter of the power metal band Edguy, as well as the founder, main singer and bassist of the metal opera Avantasia.

top 10!
Edguy songs: Nailed to the Wheel; Sacrifice. - Metal_Treasure

I really like the song 'In my defense'.

No.55? Oh dear, according to vocal experts breakdowns, this guy is No 6.
Here's the real Top 10 based on detailed analyses: 1. Michael Kiske; 2. Geoff Tate; 3. Rob Halford; 4. Hansi Kürsch; 5. Roy Khan; 6. Tobias Sammet; 7. Russell Allen; 8. Matthew Barlow; 9. Dio; 10. Bruce Dickinson.
Most of these guys are not even in the top 50 on this list... - Metal_Treasure

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