Top 10 Naturally Skilled (Self-Taught) Metal Singers
There's a list 'Top 10 Trained Metal Singers', where you can find Geoff Tate, Roy Khan, and so on.
The Top Ten
1Rob Halford - Judas PriestRobert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.
He is one of the pioneers of the operatic vocal style in metal. - Metal_Treasure
2Ronnie James Dio - Dio, Black Sabbath, RainbowRonnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.
The one and only Dio! Mr. Golden Voice. R.I.P. Dio! - Metal_Treasure
3Hansi Kürsch - Blind Guardian, Demons & WizardsHansi 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.
4Bruce Dickinson - Iron MaidenPaul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.
This list doesn't surprise me: passion gets you further than training. can you do one of these on guitarists? - gemcloben
@gemcloben: yes, passion is the right word and I noticed that my most favorite singers are naturally skilled although I can't deny training helps. Sure I can do this on guitarists, too. - Metal_Treasure
5Michael Kiske - Helloween, UnisonicMichael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.
I tried to rank the singers according to their vocal skills and not the popularity of the bands they sing for. That's why some more popular singers are lower. - Metal_Treasure
6Tobias Sammet - Edguy, AvantasiaTobias 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.
7Matt Barlow - Iced Earth, Ashes of AresMatthew '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.
8Jon Oliva - SavatageJohn Nicholas Oliva, known as Jon Oliva, is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Co-founder of the metal band Savatage and the rock opera Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He's got a real 4 octave range, able to morph the sound of his voice to any style, from John Lennon and Freddie Mercury, ...read more.
9Russell Allen - Symphony X, Adrenaline MobRussell Allen is a singer and lyricist best known as the vocalist of American progressive metal band Symphony X.
10Ralf Scheepers - Primal Fear, Gamma RayRalf 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.
11Eric Adams - ManowarEric 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.
12Tim 'Ripper' Owens - Judas Priest, Iced Earth, YngwieTimothy S. "Ripper" Owens is an American heavy metal singer who first gained attention as the lead singer of Judas Priest, and then Iced Earth. He took the nickname "Ripper" from the Judas Priest song "The Ripper" during his time in the tribute band "British Steel". He currently performs with Beyond ...read more.
13Sharon den Adel - Within TemptationSharon den Adel, Dutch singer and the vocalist of symphonic rock band Within Temptation. ...read more.
14Jorn Lande - Avantasia, Allen-Lande, soloJørn Lande is a Norwegian metal and hard rock singer known for his solo career as Jorn, and providing vocals for Avantasia, Masterplan, Ark, Beyond Twilight, Millenium, Allen/Lande, Mundanus Imperium, Vagabond, The Snakes, Ayreon.
15Mikael Åkerfeldt - OpethLars 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. ...read more.
16André Matos - Angra, Avantasia, ShaamanAndré Coelho Matos is a Brazilian vocalist, pianist and composer. He was involved in the heavy metal bands Viper, Angra and Shaaman.
17Daniel Gildenlöw - Pain of SalvationDaniel Gildenlöw is a Swedish musician and songwriter. He is best known as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist for the progressive metal band Pain of Salvation.
18Jarkko Ahola - Teräsbetoni, Northern Kings, AholaJarkko Kalevi Ahola is a Finnish performing artist, composer and singer, best known as a metal singer. He is the vocalist, bass player and one of the three songwriters of the metal band Teräsbetoni. He also started a solo career as Ahola, a metal band.
19Phil Anselmo - Pantera, DownPhilip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Pantera. He currently is the vocalist of heavy metal bands Down and Superjoint Ritual.
20Devin Townsend - Devin Townsend Project, Strapping Young LadDevin 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.
21James Hetfield - MetallicaJames 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.
22Stu Block - Iced Earth, Into EternityStuart "Stu" Block is a Canadian singer-songwriter, who was the frontman for Canadian progressive death metal band Into Eternity, and is now the lead vocalist for American heavy metal band Iced Earth.
23Ian Gillan - Deep Purple, Black SabbathIan 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).
24Paul Di'AnnoPaul 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.
25Dave Mustaine - MegadethDavid 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 ...read more.
26Kai Hansen - Gamma Ray, HelloweenKai Michael Hansen is a heavy metal guitarist and vocalist. Hansen is the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also the co-founder and former member of German metal band Helloween.
27Daniel Heiman - Lost Horizon, HeedDaniel Heiman (born June 11, 1974) is a Swedish power metal singer. He is most famous for his time in Lost Horizon. After leaving Lost Horizon, he recorded an album with the band Crystal Eyes, and later founded the band Heed.
28Peter Steele - Type O NegativePetrus Thomas Ratajczyk, better known by his stage name Peter Steele, was the lead singer, bassist and composer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative.
29James LaBrie - Dream TheaterKevin James LaBrie is a Canadian vocalist and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater.
30Tony Kakko - Sonata ArcticaToni Kristian "Tony" Kakko is a Finnish musician, composer and vocalist. He is mainly known as the vocalist, primary songwriter, and creative force in the band Sonata Arctica since 1996.
31Chuck Billy - TestamentCharles "Chuck" Billy is an American vocalist, who is best known as the vocalist for the thrash metal band Testament.
32Tom Araya - SlayerTomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
33Fernando Ribeiro - MoonspellFernando Ribeiro has been the lead vocalist for the Portuguese metal band Moonspell since 1992. He sings gothic metal, black metal, doom metal, melodic death metal.
34Max Cavalera - Sepultura, SoulflyMassimiliano Antonio "Max" Cavalera is a Brazillian singer, guitarist, and songwriter who currently plays in heavy metal bands Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Killer Be Killed.
35Todd La Torre - Queensrÿche, Crimson GloryTodd La Torre is an American singer and drummer. He is the lead singer for the progressive metal band Queensrÿche, and a former lead vocalist of the bands Crimson Glory and Rising West.