Most Underrated Rock Vocalists

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Ever get tired of seeing the same vocalists on every single list. Well your time of saying ,"Why not him here, or them there," are over. Let's bow down to the voices of the rockers we now and want the lists to love.

The Top Ten

1 Hansi Kürsch - Blind Guardian, Demons and Wizards Hansi Kürsch -  Blind Guardian, Demons and Wizards 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.

He's a vocal god. The most unique combination of beautiful angelic soft tone and raw powerful tone - you can hear them in one song. The most expressive and emotive voice I've ever heard. Unmatched tonal versatility. Awesome technical skills.
Demons and Wizards: Path of glory, Love's tragedy asunder, My last sunrise, Crimson king.
Blind Guardian: The bard's song, Majesty, Thorn, Into The storm, Sacred Worlds, Otherland. - Metal_Treasure

2 Ian Gillan - Deep Purple Ian Gillan - Deep Purple 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).

Just listen to Child In Time! You'll get everything ;)

His screaming in child in time was so cool.But most of time he doesn't involve in best metal singers.But always includes in most underrated singers. - zxm

For sure he does scream powerfully and beautyfully, and most of all all, he is even better on stage than in studio.

And it's not just about screaming. Ian has done all sorts of things - from singing with Black Sabbath to duos with Pavarotti - and he' s all done that greatly

3 Chad Kroeger - Nickelback Chad Kroeger - Nickelback Chad Robert Kroeger is a Canadian musician and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band, Nickelback.

Not underrated at all.

4 Michael Kiske - Helloween, Avantasia Michael Kiske - Helloween, Avantasia Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.

His vocal skills and technique are still the best known in metal, which means he IS the BEST metal singer. But he is never in the top 10, not even in the top 50 metal singers.
Helloween - The Tale That Wasn't Right; I want Out. - Metal_Treasure

5 Adam Gontier - Three Days Grace Adam Gontier - Three Days Grace Adam Wade Gontier is a Canadian musician and songwriter. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for Saint Asonia, but is best known as the former lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.
6 Miljenko Matijevic - Steelheart Miljenko Matijevic - Steelheart

SO UNDERRATED AND UNLUCKY...he didn't even reach his prime and the awful accident happened...

The accident took his career. I am sure he is in the league of Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant.
He is One of the greatest or maybe the greatest ever.
His Falsetto is thundering. - tobeykrueger

7 Layne Staley - Alice in Chains Layne Staley - Alice in Chains Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.

Such an underrated singer. He had one of the best voices in music history that can never be copied.

8 Brad Delp - Boston Brad Delp - Boston Bradley Edward "Brad" Delp was an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock bands Boston and RTZ.

Delp is CRIMINALLY UNDERRATED. In my book, he's the greatest rock vocalist of all, bar none. His closest "competitor" is Freddie Mercury.

Delp id have a fantastic range, but what puts him over the top is his beautiful timbre. His voice just sounds amazing, with a nice, rounded sound tempered with a little tartness.

The only reason I think he doesn't get more votes is that Boston has put out a very small body of work over the years.

His voice was also very versatile across a variety of genres. If you don't believe me, check out his albums with RTZ and his work on the "Barry Goudreau" solo album. "Mean Woman Blues" from Goudreau will show you what I mean.

Hands down; best rock singer with Paul Rogers probably second. Brad had a great vocal range; better than Freddie Mercury.

The BEST vocal range. One of several reasons there aren't many Boston tribute bands. His voice just can't be matched.

Gotta admit, he's really underrated. - zxm

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9 Joe Lynn Turner - Rainbow, Yngwie, Deep Purple Joe Lynn Turner - Rainbow, Yngwie, Deep Purple Joe Lynn Turner is an American singer, known for his works with hard rock/metal bands Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple.

This guy is a definition of underrated.
Even if you don't vote him check out these songs because you are gonna love them and his voice.
Rainbow - Can't Let You Go, I Surrender, Stranded.
Yngwie - Rising Force, Dreaming.
Deep Purple - The Cut Runs Deep, Fortuneteller, King of Dreams.

10 David Coverdale - Deep Purple, Whitesnake David Coverdale - Deep Purple, Whitesnake 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 ...read more.

The Contenders

11 Chris Cornell - Soundgarden Chris Cornell - Soundgarden Chris Cornell was an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave. He died on May 17, 2017.

Chris Cornell is mostly just known for Soundgarden, but since then he's done tins of amazing songs. He's not just an amazing singer, but also a gifted songwriter that weaves gentle ballods and powerful rock into sole albums or song, and truly deserved the same amount of fame as Kurt Cobain.

He's a vocal god. - Metal_Treasure

12 Phil Lynott - Thin Lizzy Phil Lynott - Thin Lizzy Philip Parris "Phil" Lynott was an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist.

His dark voice is very cool.
Thin Lizzy - Killer On The Loose, Angel of death, Cold Sweat, Thunder And Lightning. - Metal_Treasure

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13 Matt Barlow - Iced Earth Matt Barlow - Iced Earth Matthew 'Matt' Barlow is an American heavy metal singer and police officer. He was the lead singer for Iced Earth in the 1990s and 2000s. He is currently the lead singer for Ashes of Ares. After the September 11 terrorist attacks Matt Barlow decided to become a police officer and contribute to the "real ...read more.

This is a huge voice - try Melancholy, Dracula, Damien. - Metal_Treasure

14 Ralf Scheepers - Primal Fear, Gamma ray Ralf Scheepers - Primal Fear, Gamma ray 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.

He's amazing.
Primal Fear - Strike, King For A Day, Diabolus, The Man (That I Don't Know). - Metal_Treasure

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15 Sebastian Bach - Skid Row Sebastian Bach - Skid Row Sebastian Philip Bierk, known professionally as Sebastian Bach, is a Canadian heavy metal singer who achieved mainstream success as frontman of Skid Row from 1987-96. Since his departure from Skid Row, he has had many television roles, acted in Broadway plays, and leads a solo career. V 1 Comment
16 Joey Belladonna - Anthrax Joey Belladonna - Anthrax 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.

Brought Anthrax from run of the mill to the Big 4.

17 Graham Bonnet - Rainbow, Alcatrazz, Michael Schenker Group Graham Bonnet - Rainbow, Alcatrazz, Michael Schenker Group Graham Bonnet is an English rock singer and songwriter. He has recorded and performed as a solo artist and as a member of several hard rock and heavy metal bands including Rainbow, the Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz, and Impellitteri.

Amazing vocal skills. Criminally underrated.
He was rumoured to have busted PA systems because his voice is one of the loudest ones in metal and hard rock. Bonnet is also known among the vocal experts for his l-o-o-o-o-o-ng and powerful sustain. Poor PA systems ...
He replaced Dio in Rainbow and by the way Bonnet is not a worse singer than Dio (this comes from a die hard Dio fan).

A hard rock song: Rainbow - All Night Long.
A metal song (early symphonic metal): Rainbow - Eyes Of The World (1979).

Alcatrazz - Only One Woman. - Metal_Treasure

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

His solo music is just phenomenal. He has also taken a step aside from rock music and proven himself to be talented composer in classical music.

he really should earn more credits. he sings of freedom too. - freezerman75

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20 Randy Meisner - The Eagles
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Hansi Kürsch - Blind Guardian, Demons and Wizards
2. Joe Lynn Turner - Rainbow, Yngwie, Deep Purple
3. Ian Gillan - Deep Purple
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1. Hansi Kürsch - Blind Guardian, Demons and Wizards
2. Layne Staley - Alice in Chains
3. Chad Kroeger - Nickelback
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1. Hansi Kürsch - Blind Guardian, Demons and Wizards
2. Adam Gontier - Three Days Grace
3. Chad Kroeger - Nickelback
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