Top Ten Most Overrated Metal Singers

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The Top Ten

1 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

Listen to ozzy's voice makes me wanna puke its not beautiful its not pitched its not strong it has not anything. But listen to ronnie james dio's voice it so perfect you want to cry

Listen to the song solitude by Black Sabbath then you might change your mind - Sabbath

He literally guest stared on a couple of Disney Channel shows. If that's not selling out then I don't know what is.

Ronnie James Dio is a better vocalist, but Ozzy's style fit Black Sabbath more. I think so, anyway. - Metarock

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2 M Shadows

Not the most overrated but one of them

Ozzy is not over rated neither is corey or dave but james I guess is

3 Corey Taylor Corey Taylor Corey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.

I'm not a fan of his vocal style. As if he's trying to act hard and tough. - IronSabbathPriest

Corey Taylor is one of few people on this list who deserves the attention and respect they receive. He's one of the best vocalists over the past 20 years.

My favorite singer, and an extremely versatile one at that as well. I do think Corey is a Metal singer, though I do understand why some people dislike him or call him overrated. - CrimsonShark

This guy is most overrated. People give him too much credit and worship everything he does. Lame

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4 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 ...read more.

He sounds weird in most of his songs.

Some songs he doesn't even sing in. He just talks. - Sabbath

He sounds like he's having a lisp in the chorus to Symphony of Destruction.

I'm not a fan of his vocals. He just sounds like he's trying to sound tough.

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5 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.

I think he's starting to get boring after all these years. Sorry but I'm starting to lose interest in him. - Mumbizz01

He is awesome - JolteonIsAwesome

"Yeah" - James Hetfield - Brobusky

Underrated - GreenDayFan21

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6 Fred Durst Fred Durst William Frederick "Fred" Durst is an American musician and film director. Durst is best known as the vocalist of the nu metal band Limp Bizkit, formed in 1994, with whom he has released six studio albums.

Not a metal singer. - IronSabbathPriest

More like a metal rapper.

Metal rapper is something impossible. Rappers have no business in metal. - Metal_Treasure

Rap Rock Rap Metal Nu Metal same thing jesus christ

Ha ha, he is a rapper. not a metal vocalist. - zxm

7 Phil Anselmo Phil Anselmo Philip 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.

Not sure if this pathetic wannabe-tough-guy loser actually thinks he can sing, or if he's aware that he sucks and is just in it for the money. He basically got famous because the guitar guy in Pantera got shot

Phil Anselmo is a racist. He's only famous because he was in Pantera. Not a good vocalist

I liked his vocals in Cemetery Gates, but outside of that, eh... - Metarock

I love his vocals! - ryanrimmel

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8 Jonathan Davis Jonathan Davis Jonathan Howsmon Davis, also known as JD and JDevil, is an American musician best known as the leading vocalist and frontman of the nu metal band Korn.

What is Jonathan Davis doing here? are you people high?

I like him, because I love Korn - jack2244

9 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.

Amazing vocalist and guaranteed to be timeless in the upcoming years, but he himself admitted that Linkin Park is not Metal. Also, his voice gravitates towards Rock, Punk, Alternative and Grunge instead. - CrimsonShark

I don't think he sings metal so why pay attention to him. - Metal_Treasure

Yup. - Disasterpiece

Wouldn’t say he’s terrible, but his style is barely metal and he just is overrated.

10 David Draiman David Draiman David Michael Draiman is an American songwriter and the vocalist for the band Disturbed as well as for the band Device.

He has a good voice, but when he does those unnecessary "AH AH AHS" in the middle of verses it brings his music down. I like Disturbed though - ryanrimmel

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11 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Brian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist, author, and former music journalist.

Not a metal singer.

Should be higher.

12 Benjamin Burnley Benjamin Burnley Benjamin Jackson Burnley IV is an American musician, composer, and producer, best known as the founder and frontman of the American rock band Breaking Benjamin.

Go see him at #5 on the list "Top Metal Singers". His singing style isn't even metal. By the way, do you think he sings metal? I don't. That's called overrated. - Metal_Treasure

Breaking Ben is one of my favorite bands, and he sounds great on the record, but if you look up videos of them live, his voice is HORRIFIC

13 Mitch Lucker Mitch Lucker Mitchell Adam "Mitch" Lucker was an American musician and lead singer for the deathcore band Suicide Silence.

Compared to artists like Prince and Ray Charles (different genres but same principle), Mitch had made almost zero impact in the music industry, even after his untimely death. Not only did he have extremely limited vocal range, his lows were horrible unless he was cupping the mic, especially during live performances.

Definitely overrated nowadays by scene kids due to his death. His death was unfortunate, but that doesn't change the fact that he was a godawful vocalist with zero skill or technique.

Metalcore is the only bad type of metal I know about. - emilk

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15 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck ...read more.

I love Death, but to me, Chuck didn't create death metal. He even admitted it himself. In my opinion, Possessed are the true creators of death metal.

16 Alexi Laiho Alexi Laiho

I like Children of Bodom, but I'm not a fan of the monotone vocals of melodic death metal bands. Either sing properly or if you're going to growl, growl with some aggressive music. Enough said. - IronSabbathPriest

17 Chris Barnes Chris Barnes Chris Barnes is an American musician mainly noted for his deep-throat vocals, explicitly violent lyrics. Barnes was a founding member of Cannibal Corpse before his dismissal and would later form Six Feet Under, which he fronts to this day.
18 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor whose career spans over five decades.

He isn't a metal singer. Never been. - Metal_Treasure

He sold out. He made a song with Ke$ha years ago.

19 Papa Emeritus Papa Emeritus Papa Emeritus, alias Tobias Forge is best known as the lead singer of the masked Swedish band Ghost. He is also the lead singer of the death metal band Repugnant and Swedish rock band Subvision
20 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist.
21 Zack De La Rocha Zack De La Rocha Zacharias Manuel "Zack" de la Rocha (born January 12, 1970) is an American musician, poet, rapper, and activist best known as the vocalist and lyricist of rap metal band Rage Against the Machine from 1991–2000, and after the band's reunion in 2007 until their last show in 2011. He left Rage Against ...read more.

Yeah... I don't really like mainstream nu metal. - IronSabbathPriest

Rage Against the Machine isn't nu-metal though... they're alternative metal

22 Tom Araya Tom Araya Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

In most of Slayer's songs he sounds like he's fast talking and that's why I like only a few of Slayer's songs. - Delata

Honestly, I don't see how Slayer or Tom is in any way overrated. James Hatfield & Dave Mustaine are twice as overrated if you ask me. - ViitalShadow

23 George Fisher George Fisher George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher is an American extreme metal vocalist for the American death metal band Cannibal Corpse and the lesser-known melodic death metal band Paths of Possession.
24 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

Seriously. Can't TheTopTens be more serious with their lists for once?

25 Troy Sanders Troy Sanders Troy Jayson Sanders is an American musician, singer, and songwriter best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he plays bass and shares lead vocal duties with guitarist Brent Hinds and drummer Brann Dailor.

He doesn't sound as good live, but he has some good harsh vocals. I like him a lot - ryanrimmel

26 Bruce Dickinson Bruce Dickinson Paul 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.

Bruce is talented, but he can't beat Ronnie Dio, Rob Halford, and King Diamond.

Don't get me wrong, he's a great vocalist. But to be honest, I'm astonished at how many people think he's the "greatest metal vocalist of all time." I disagree, and I think there are a lot of other good metal vocalists that deserve more attention than him - Shake_n_Bake13

So overrated. Corey Taylor and Howard Jones are way better

He sounds like a donkey in mating season, Diano was way better

27 Amy Lee Amy Lee Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.
28 Andy Biersack Andy Biersack

Of course, there are many better vocalists than him... Most of the people just love him because of the way he looks.

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30 Peter Steele Peter Steele Petrus 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.

I don't get how he's overrated.

He's not overrated.

31 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.

He's both underrated and overrated. Outside the metal world he's underrated, but he's getting overrated compared to singers within metal. He's currently #17 on the list of top metal singers where he's above more better singers than him. Not saying he's a bad singer or anything, it's just there are far better metal singers than him.

32 Dead Dead Per Yngve Ohlin, better known by his stage name Dead, was a Swedish black/death metal vocalist and lyricist best known for his work with Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. He committed suicide in 1991 in which former guitarist Euronymous took a few pictures of his corpse and used one of them as the ...read more.

I know a lot of metalheads like Mayhem, but they only had a few obscure EXTREMELY lo-fi demos with Dead. The main reason he's loved is for his supposed crazy live stunts, which most metalheads had probably never seen. Dead was great, but people need to stop saying he was the best metal vocalist just because everyone else does.

33 Cronos Cronos

His forehead is practically a seven-head at this point. - IronSabbathPriest

34 Brann Dailor Brann Dailor Brann Timothy Dailor is an American drummer/singer best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he is the drummer, backing vocalist, lead vocalist and primary lyricist.
35 Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch 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.

Hansi is actually underrated. I am pretty sure Hansi was added to this list by a certain troll / metal hater (looking at you, visitor/anonymous troll). Every metal fan on this site knows this vapid troll. - Metal_Treasure

He's actually underrated.

I don't get how Hansi's overrated. Blind Guardian was never popular to begin with. - Aragorn98

He's not really overrated to be honest.

36 Thomas Kronenes

Ex vocalist of Gorgoroth - Fretto

37 John Cooper John Cooper John Landrum Cooper, professionally credited as John L. Cooper, is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He has been the lead vocalist, bassist and co-founder of the Grammy-nominated American Christian rock band Skillet since 1996.
38 Glen Benton Glen Benton Glen Benton is an American death metal musician. He is best known as the vocalist and bassist for the death metal band Deicide and was also a part of the band Vital Remains, where he has performed in recording sessions as well as live with them on a few occasions. ...read more.

I hate Glen Benton because he's one of the most pretentious and confrontational musicians to come across in any genre, let alone Metal. His personality is also what makes Deicide a terrible band to begin with and his vocals, while not the worst, are still subpar and underwhelming at best.

Also, move on Glen. Hating God and Christianity is NOT going to get you anywhere in life. - CrimsonShark

Has been hating on God for over 30-something years now. Seriously how is this guy even alive at this point (and this is coming from a non-Christian)?

39 ZP Theart ZP Theart ZP Theart is a South African singer, and songwriter, best known as the former singer of British power metal band DragonForce.
40 Adam Gontier Adam Gontier 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.

A really good singer, but his voice leans towards Grunge, Alternative and Rock. - CrimsonShark

41 Dee Snider Dee Snider

Very good vocals and perfomance

42 Ivan Moody Ivan Moody Ivan L. Moody, known by the pseudonym Ghost during his time with Motograter, is the lead vocalist for American heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch from Las Vegas, Nevada.
43 Tommy Lee Tommy Lee Thomas Lee Bass, best known as Tommy Lee, is a Greek-American musician and founding member of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe.
44 Vince Neil Vince Neil Vincent Neil Wharton is an American vocalist and musician, best known as the lead vocalist of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe.
45 Patrick Stump Patrick Stump Patrick Martin Stumph, known professionally as Patrick Vaughn Stump, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actor and music critic, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, pianist and composer of Fall Out Boy, an American rock band from Wilmette, Illinois.
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