Top 10 Metal Vocalists of 2016

Eligible are ONLY metal vocalists who did something remarkable in 2016 - released albums or singles, delivered a great live performance, and so on.

All types of metal vocalists are allowed: clean vocals, growls, rough vocals, screaming vocals, etc.

The Top Ten

1 Ralf Scheepers Ralf Scheepers Ralf Scheepers is the vocalist for German heavy metal band Primal Fear. He has a relatively high-pitched tenor-esque singing voice and sometimes uses a shriek reminiscent of Judas Priest's Rob Halford, although it is his baritone lows which give him a near four-octave range in the modal register.

While Primal Fear 2016 album was very good but not mindblowing, his vocals were still awesome. And he was 50 when recorded this album. - Metal_Treasure

2 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.

His vocals were great in 2016 but I put him at #2 only because he shared vocals with many other singers on Avantasia album. - Metal_Treasure

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

Hands down. He still has it - power and aggression in his voice. - Metal_Treasure

4 Johan Hegg Johan Hegg

His deep growls never disappoint. - Metal_Treasure

5 Devin Townsend Devin Townsend Devin Garret Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.

Devin is known for his nearly 5 octave vocal range with his clean operatic voice. I think he didn't use his entire range on this album but still. He can growl, too, but he didn't growl on this album. - Metal_Treasure

6 Joe Duplantier Joe Duplantier Joseph "Joe" Duplantier is a French musician best known as the guitarist and vocalist of metal band Gojira.
7 Steffen Kummerer Steffen Kummerer Steffen Kummerer (born June 1, 1985) is a German guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is the leader, main songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist for the (technical) death metal band Obscura as well as the black metal band Thulcandra.
8 Simone Simons Simone Simons Simone Johanna Maria Simons is a Dutch singer-songwriter. She is the lead vocalist of Dutch symphonic metal band Epica.

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9 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.

Not perfect but I was pretty happy with his vocals - very good for a thrash singer at 50+. - Metal_Treasure

10 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.

The Contenders

11 Dave Mustaine 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 more.
12 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.
13 Matt Smith Matt Smith
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