Top Ten Most Overrated Metal Singers


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 more.

I really like his vocals but they hypnotize me, with a sort of plainness that I would visualize as a slab of white plastic. Fits with the Sabbath sound. - JoLeKosovo

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

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

2 M Shadows

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

Not the most overrated but one of them

3 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 more.

I don't like him but people generally find him bad so he's not overrated. - JoLeKosovo

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

He sounds weird in most of his songs.

How is he overrated? Most people trash on his vocals, he is rarely praised as a vocalist. - LadyBanshee

4 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.

In a way he's kinda overrated, but nonetheless, he's one of my favorite singers due to how he can scream like a demon to singing very soft. Listen to Wait And Bleed and you'll see what I'm talking about - TheDarkOne_221b

You guys don’t know what overrated means in this situation! He is an awesome singer! He does what he has to do to do his job right! He is awesome song quotes! Like for example: I fight for the ones who can’t fight but if I lose at least I tried! And : Quit your whining and fight your way through it! - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

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.

5 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.

Limp bizkit RULES - YeeMan

Not a metal singer. - IronSabbathPriest

More like a metal rapper.

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

He’s not a metal singer, and he actually gets a lot of hate. - 3DG20

6 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.

Best singer ever and deserves his praise. - PhoenixAura81

Never seems to change pitch when singing so sounds incredibly monotone. Oh well I suppose people don't listen to Metallica for voice anyway.

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

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.

His vocals are impressive, he's got great dynamics. - JoLeKosovo

I don't like Pantera, so I think Phil is overrated and the band is even more overrated. - PhoenixAura81

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

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 participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. more.

He is awesome! R.i.p. bro I will miss you. Linkin park will never be the same - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

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

He’s not a metal singer, but he is very overrated. - 3DG20

10 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.

The Contenders

11 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

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

He’s not a metal singer, but he is pretty overrated. - 3DG20

13 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 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.

14 Dani Filth Dani Filth
15 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.

Very boring death metal vocals

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

R.I.P. I will miss you too. Suicide silence will never be the same either - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

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

17 Alexi Laiho Alexi Laiho Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho is a Finnish guitarist, composer, and vocalist. He is best known as the lead guitarist, lead vocalist and founding member of the melodic death metal band Children of Bodom, and is also the guitarist for Sinergy, The Local Band and Kylähullut.

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

18 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor whose career spans over five decades.

Overrated, flashy excuse for a musician. The Eagles are better than this walking pile of crap.

HE IS A joke - YeeMan

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

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

19 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist. He's best known for being the lead singer of the Armenian/American rock band System of a Down. After System of a Down's hiatus in 2006 he began to release more.
20 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
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 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 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

23 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

24 Andy Biersack Andy Biersack Andrew Dennis "Andy" Biersack, formerly known as Andy Six, is an American singer and pianist. He is the founder and lead vocalist for the American rock band Black Veil Brides, and is its only remaining original member.

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

25 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 Dickinson deserves his praise. - PhoenixAura81

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

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

1 Comment
26 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.
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.

She’s not a metal singer, but I will admit she is pretty overrated. - 3DG20

28 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 more.

In WHAT universe was Michael Jackson METAL?! - PhoenixAura81

He is so overrated, the other members of Judas Priest deserve much more recognition like John Petrucci (just listen to his solo in Cowboys from Hell! ) - Alkadikce

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

He’s overrated, but not a metal singer. - 3DG20

29 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 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.

30 Gaahl Gaahl Kristian Eivind Espedal, better known by his stage name Gaahl, is a Norwegian vocalist and artist. He is best known as the former frontman of Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth. He is also the founder and frontman of Trelldom and Gaahlskagg.
31 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.

He’s cool epic and awesome - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX

I don't get how he's overrated.

He's not overrated.

32 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.

33 Cronos Cronos

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

34 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.
35 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.
36 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 more.

He's very underrated actually and I wish he and Blind Guardian were more popular. - PhoenixAura81

He's actually underrated.

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

He's not really overrated to be honest.

37 Thomas Kronenes

Ex vocalist of Gorgoroth - Fretto

38 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.

He’s not a metal singer, but he is really overrated. - 3DG20

39 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. 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)?

40 ZP Theart ZP Theart ZP De Villiers Theart is a South African singer, songwriter, and the lead vocalist for Skid Row. Theart first garnered attention as the original singer of British power metal band DragonForce.
41 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

He’s not a metal singer, and admittedly, he’s pretty overrated on the internet, but most people I know in real life only know who he is because I talked about him. - 3DG20

42 Dee Snider Dee Snider Daniel "Dee" Snider is an American singer-songwriter, screenwriter, radio personality, and actor. Snider came to prominence in the early 1980s as lead singer of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister. He was ranked 83 in the Hit Parader's Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time.

Very good vocals and perfomance

43 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.
44 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.
45 Vince Neil Vince Neil Vincent Neil Wharton is an American vocalist and musician, best known as the lead vocalist of glam metal/ hair metal band Mötley Crüe.
46 Tobias Forge
47 Dave Williams Dave Williams
BAdd New Item

Related Lists

Top 10 Metal Singers Who Have the Most Iconic Voice Top 10 Female Metal Singers With the Most Powerful Voices Top 10 Most Influential Metal Singers Top Ten Rock and Metal Singers with the Most Unique Voices Top 10 Best Rock and Metal Singers Most People Never Heard Of

List StatsCreated 30 Oct 2015

200 votes
47 listings
4 years, 21 days old

Top Remixes (9)

1. Ozzy Osbourne
2. Alice Cooper
3. Alexi Laiho
1. Dave Mustaine
2. Chuck Schuldiner
3. Chris Barnes
1. Marilyn Manson
2. M Shadows
3. Chester Bennington

View All 9

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.