Most Underrated Rock VocalistsEver 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
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
Just listen to Child In Time! You'll get everything ;)
"Child In Time". Listen to it all the way through at least once and you'll know why Ian Gillan is underrated. One of the greatest songs ever and his great vocals are a huge reason!
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
Such an underrated singer. He had one of the best voices in music history that can never be copied.
One of the best singers of all time, not just grunge or his era. He had such a wide vocal range, and emotional range that came through his music. Most of his songs you can hear him reach out unimaginable notes (Man in the Box, Love Hate Love, It Ain't Like That, etc.), but he also gives you glimpses at a softer side of his voice at other points�"illustrating a multifaceted mastermind.
Not underrated at all.
SO UNDERRATED AND UNLUCKY...he didn't even reach his prime and the awful accident happened...
If I recall correctly, he was the real voice of Steel Dragon. I’ve always felt he deserved way more recognition
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
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.
Easily on the top 5 greatest singers list in rock history. He is up there with Freddie Mercury, Jon Anderson, and Geddy Lee, in my humble opinion. Brad Delp should be every bit as famous and revered as they are. It's total BS that whenever I mention his name, the response nine out of ten times is "who? "
His vocal skills and technique are really very good. 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
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.
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
Number 1 and Gillan number 0
His dark voice is very cool.
Thin Lizzy - Killer On The Loose, Angel of death, Cold Sweat, Thunder And Lightning. - Metal_Treasure
KILLER ON THE LOOSE is my favorite TL song. Phil had a great voice... one of the gods of rock.
ONE OF THE GREATEST TO WALK THE FACE OF THIS EARTH "LEJINN"
I still can't believe Blackmore kicked him out of Rainbow because he wouldn't grow his hair long. Great vocalist. - truckturner
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
Easily one of the most talented rock vocalists of all time. Never gets the recognition he deserves.
Probably the best vocalist of the late 80s and early 00 era.
This is a huge voice - try Melancholy, Dracula, Damien. - Metal_Treasure
By far the most underrated
Stumble down romancer is a fantastic tune!
Sexy, soulful voice. Highly underrated!
Unique soul unlike anyone else
Primal Fear - Strike, King For A Day, Diabolus, The Man (That I Don't Know). - Metal_Treasure
Rob Halford Jr.
Primal Fear - Metal Gods (Judas Priest cover). - Metal_Treasure
Brought Anthrax from run of the mill to the Big 4.
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
Greatest living vocalist in the 2000's
1 of the best vocals ever heard
Few of them have heard of Europe...
His voice is awesome - it's like Dio, David Coverdale and Ian Gillan singing together. Check this out and be convinced:
Jorn - Don't talk to strangers (Dio cover)
Jorn - Burn (Deep Purple cover, David Coverdale)
Jorn - Perfect strangers (Deep Purple cover, Ian Gillan)
You have to agree that you've just heard the best covers of these classic metal songs. - Metal_Treasure
I don't think he is underrated. Cause he doesn't have a very good voice - zxm
Zxm could do with ear wax removal, Geddy has a unique voice, often much derided by those outside the Rush bubble but appreciated my many and both he and the band as a whole have been an incredible influence on so many other modern musicians.
Definitely one of the masters today.
Edguy: Nailed to the wheel; Sacrifice. - Metal_Treasure
Best singer on the planet and nobody's heard of him. It's criminal! Check out his solo stuff, or more recently Black Country Communion and be convinced!
Amazing singer- check out lucifers friend... Very underrated album.
Uriah Heep - Sympathy. - Metal_Treasure
How underrated you could think of a singer when he doesn't got any user/visitor to comment on him. - zxm
No one hits the high notes on those iconic songs better than he does. Period.
This man has one of the most incredible voices I've ever heard. The fact that he is still able to sing flawlessly nowadays after all he's been through is astonishing! Lou is one of the greatest!
The best, the best, the best! Totally addicted - I almost need a detox. No one can be compared to Lou and his voice and presentation. The man is THE role model for all singers in that category.
He is very underrated. - zxm
Number 35? Seriously. Number one more like it.
Uriah Heep - July Morning, Bird Of Prey, Look at Yourself. - Metal_Treasure
Dio is really one of the best vocalists in heavy metal, he had an extremly good range, lots of versatility and a very original style.
The simple fact that he isn't in the top 10 shows how underrated he is, he is the most underrated vocalsit ever along with Joey Belladonna, who takes even less credit.
Just listen to Holy Diver!
Best vocalist in music history. Chris cornell is second but by a long way
This guy invented the devil horns and was in Black Sabbath for a while, yet people rarely know who he is, this god has a voice comparable to Freddie Mercury
This guy is the godfather of metal, was in his own band, Black Sabbath, and rainbow, invented the devil horns, and had a beautiful voice somewhat like Freddie Mercurys yet nobody even knows who he is other than metalheads, I just don't get it, I mention him to my friends who like classic rock singers and they don't even know who he is
Robert Plant underrated? Come on, it's not even funny. He's very good but not underrated at all. - Metal_Treasure
This guy can sing extremely high, and still make out words. My favorite performance by him is Since I've Been Loving U. Simply amazing
He is not underrated
Guys a legend but definitely not underrated - InsertCleverName
He is the most underrated singer I've ever discovered.
Find him on YouTube, he is amazing.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber saw him play a rock star in The Dirtiest Show In Town and said he should be a rock star.
- Queen asked him to replace Freddie Mercury when he died
- His first band Silverhead were on Deep Purple's record label, Purple Records
- His second band Detective were on Led Zeppelin's record label, Swan Song
I could go on an endless list of why he should be the top of this list but I'll stop now.
Michael Des Barres is the most underrated rock vocalist.
One of the greatest, most underrated front men of all time. If you never saw him live during STPs prime you have no idea what a monster that guy was on stage.
Can sing in many styles and can sing continuously for awhile (vasoline live)
He was underrated in the 90s. Got recognition in the 2000s. Currently he's is closer to the group of the overrated singers, especially within the group of the metal singers. - Metal_Treasure
FREDDIE MERCURY is undeniably the GREATEST singer on Earth - EVER! Yet, somehow, he's not always number ONE, which is very disturbing! Sometimes others are voted higher, but those singers themselves would undoubtedly acknowledge Freddie as the very best of the best and readily admit that his was a genius untouchable by any human, including them! They could only wish to be mentioned in the same sentence with the great, the one and only, the BEST FREDDIE MERCURY!
Freddie Mercury is underrated because he should ALWAYS be #1. Anything else is blasphemy! No mere mortal comes close to Freddie's brilliance and genius. Nobody beats Freddie. NOBODY!
He's my favorite singer outside metal but I don't really believe he's underrated. - Metal_Treasure
I don't believe he is underrated.
He isn't underrated. I don't think so - zxm
Some will say he is overrated. But he isn't underrated - zxm
Oh, come on, he's not underrated. - Metal_Treasure
What about Bon Scott?
His voice is basically Thom Yorke on acid. What more could you ask for?
Few on this list have the pure vocal versatility and talent to compete with Steve. Just go listen to some of his recordings and find me one other who can do what he did. You cannot. Not even close.
Simply the best rock vocalist ever. Range and emotion.
He had such a beautiful voice.