Top 10 Music Artists Hansi Kürsch Likes

There were several lists about the guilty pleasures of the metal fans. Don't worry if you have guilty pleasures because metal musicians also like music that isn't metal.
On this list there are metal and non-metal music acts Hansi Kürsch likes.

Hansi Kürsch said he listens mostly to metal music but he didn't say which metal bands (I noticed he avoids discussing metal bands /colleagues).

Hansi Kürsch is the lead singer and co-songwriter for metal bands Blind Guardian and Demons & Wizards.

The Top Ten

1 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

Queen is the greatest band of all time.

Freddie is Hansi's favorite rock singer - Hansi is known for using multi-layered vocals, inspired by Freddie.
Again, I strongly agree with Hansi. Queen are awesome. - Metal_Treasure

2 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

Ian Gillan is Hansi's favorite metal singer. Hansi even became a singer thanks to Ian Gillan. Hansi explained: "I met André Olbrich in school and he was the one realizing my potential as a vocalist. During one of our high school parties I was screaming parts of Ian Gillan and MSG songs. He somehow liked it."
I agree with Hansi, yeah, Deep Purple are cool. - Metal_Treasure

3 Uriah Heep Uriah Heep Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal more.

Hansi even named his 2nd band after a Uriah Heep album (Demons & Wizards). He also did a great Uriah Heep cover - The Wizard (Blind Guardian).
Yes, I agree with Hansi again. I like Uriah Heep, too - they are a band related to early metal, progressive and art rock music. Uriah Heep had great singers and I guess Hansi appreciated them, and probably learned from them. - Metal_Treasure

4 Genesis Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.
5 Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel Peter Brian Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis.
6 Tori Amos Tori Amos Tori Amos is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. She is a classically trained musician with a mezzo-soprano vocal range.

Hansi said: "Tori Amos is great".
I want to add that Tori Amos did a cover of Raining Blood by Slayer. It's not a metal cover but it's a very interesting rendition. Check it out. - Metal_Treasure

7 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.

In the 80s Hansi did covers of their songs with Blind Guardian and Hansi still sings Barbara Ann at live shows.
Blind Guardian also covered Surfin' USA. - Metal_Treasure

8 Dixie Chicks

"I am a big fan of Dixie Chicks, I think they do spectacular music".
To be honest, I never heard of them before and found this on wiki:
"Dixie Chicks are an American country music band which has also crossed over into other genres, including pop and alternative country. Active since 1989." - Metal_Treasure

9 Jets

Hansi: "I even like to listen to Jets’ music from time to time, it is still not my most favorite music but there are good elements in there and if don’t take it too far it is very enjoyable for me."
There are several bands with this name and I don't know what did he mean. - Metal_Treasure

10 Slayer Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. more.

I put Slayer at #10 because I don't remember Hansi saying it directly but I remember he said that Blind Guardian members listen to Bay Area Thrash.
Also, I identified Slayer influences in Blind Guardian music of the 80s and even 90s - their 1995 album (Imaginations From the Other Side) is very thrashy and aggressive. I don't even think it's a power metal album - music is too heavy to be power metal. At times Hansi vocals resemble Tom Araya (ex.: Another Holy War, 1:25) - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Fates Warning Fates Warning Fates Warning is an American progressive metal band, formed in 1982 by vocalist John Arch, guitarists Jim Matheos and Victor Arduini, bassist Joe DiBiase, and drummer Steve Zimmerman in Hartford, Connecticut.

Blind Guardian's name is named after the "Awaken the Guardian" album... 'enough said.

Ah...NO. Blind Guardian was named after a Blind Guardian song that was ready for their debut album - Guardian of the Blind (you know this song). They had to change their name before the debut album (it was Lucifer's Heritage) - Metal_Treasure

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