Best Power Metal Singers


The Top Ten

1 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 should be either #1 or #2 after Michael Kiske. - Metal_Treasure

WAY too unknown. After checking youtube videos I can say so for sure. Blind Guardian songs should have 15-20+ million views at least.

At the very least he should be sitting in the number 3 spot... I'm sorry but I can't seem to take this list seriously, when I see someone like ZP clearly winning I start to wonder who these voters listen to. They mustn't have heard very much variance as there's by far better singers then StudioForce's ZP Theart

Hansi is the best period! The varierty of his voice is very unique like no others!

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2 Michael Kiske Michael Kiske Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.

Should be Number one!

He IS No. 1 but many people don't know that ...
The current top 3 is comic and tragic at the same time - ZP, Bruce D. and M. Hudson (Bruce D. is not even power metal). - Metal_Treasure

Kiske is THE VOICE of power metal.


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3 Roy Khan Roy Khan Roy Sætre Khantatat, is a Norwegian singer-songwriter. Commonly known as Roy Khan or simply Khan, he was the lead vocalist for the symphonic power metal band Kamelot from 1997 to his departure in 2011. He co-wrote most of Kamelot's songs with the band's guitarist and founder Thomas Youngblood during more.

A haunting voice. Both dark and beautiful.

He should be on top!

4 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.

Nothing will ever top Zippy.

People who put ZP Theart in the 1st place either need to get their ears checked asap or never heard of the power metal greats like Michael Kiske, Hansi Kürsch, Tobias Sammet, Dio, Roy Khan, Matt Barlow... - Metal_Treasure

Should be number 1

Hansi's singing is heavily overrated, I'm starting to wonder if these people actually heard more of DragonForce other than TTAF.

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5 Ralf Scheepers Ralf Scheepers Ralf 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.
6 Tobias Sammet Tobias Sammet Tobias 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.
7 Joakim Broden Joakim Broden

The Best in 2016

8 Fabio Lione Fabio Lione Fabio Tordiglione is an Italian singer and lyricist who has sung with many music bands including Rhapsody of Fire, Labyrinth, Ayreon, Angra, Vision Divine, Hollow Haze, Kaledon, Ancient Bards, and Athena.

Fabio has an impressive vocal range. His voice is wonderful and he puts a lot of emotions into his singing. Should be number 1

He should Be number 1

9 Marc Hudson Marc Hudson

Hansi could be #2 but only after Michael Kiske and not after ZP Theart or Marc Hudson. Don't you understand that Michael Kiske, Hansi Kürsch and Dio are at least 3 levels higher than those guys. It's a different league, different class. - Metal_Treasure

In this list ZP theart is the #2. But Hudson has Higher Notes, and lower notes,too. And I think, he has better tone, for power metal.

Bruce is a traditional heavy metal vocalists, so he should be a spot higher (or lower because I think that Hansi Kursch should be #2. - Caleb9000

I'd hold him above ZP. He has a better tone and a fuller range.
Marc is also better live.

10 Dio Dio Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice.

If we consider only technical skills, Dio is #3 after Kiske and Hansi. But if we take into account the overall influence and importance - Dio is definitely #1. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Tony Kakko Tony Kakko Toni 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.

You may compare the singers studio album performances. Try listening to Tony's live performance like the live album For the Sake of Revenge (2006). Then compare with some live performance of Blind Guardian. And then it's a clear victory for Tony.

Best vocalist in my opinion

Tony is love
Tony is live
Tony has better vocals than the 85% of all metal singers in the world

12 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.

Is he a power metal singer? - zxm

Bruce isn't a power metal vocalists, he's a traditional heavy metal vocalsts. Just because it isn't brutal death metal, or thrash metal liske Slayer or Metallica doesn't mean that it's power metal. - Caleb9000

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14 Andre Matos Andre Matos André Coelho Matos is a Brazilian vocalist, pianist and composer. He was involved in the heavy metal bands Viper, Angra and Shaaman.

The best South-American singer (Brazil) and one of the top power metal singers. - Metal_Treasure

15 Jon Oliva Jon Oliva John 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, more.

Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King, Scream Murder, Sirens. - Metal_Treasure

16 Jarkko Ahola Jarkko Ahola Jarkko 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.

Jarkko belongs in the top 5! His vocal range is something like three and a half octaves and his high notes are truly impressive. He can sing almost anything, including opera. It's too bad he's not so well known outside Finland. He deserves to be more famous.

Powerful, beautiful and divine voice. Great range. Impressive sustain - he can hold it for 14-15 seconds, which puts him in one league with Michael Kiske/Helloween, Eric Adams/Manowar and Ralf Scheepers/Primal Fear.

Teräsbetoni - Pyhä maa (3:15)
Northern Kings - Don't bring me down (intro scream and 2:55-3:05! )

Also try one of Ahola's live performances in Viiala, last stop of his X-Mas charity tour - copy and paste into the YouTube window:

Ave Maria -- J. Ahola -- 8.12.2013

His Ave Maria (live! ) reveals his capacity to be an opera singer, too - the second half is more impressive (after 2:45), especially towards the end. - Metal_Treasure

Oh My God, what a voice! He is the best metal singer from Finland.

Northern Kings - Don't Bring Me Down, My Way (cover songs).
Teräsbetoni - Teräksen taakka, Pyhä maa, Konstantinopoli, Missä miehet ratsastaa, Metalliolut, Paha Sanoo, Kuumilla Porteilla.

Also try one of Ahola's live performances in Viiala, last stop of his X-Mas charity tour - copy and paste into the YouTube window:
Ave Maria -- J. Ahola -- 8.12.2013

PS. He's a metal singer but his Ave Maria (live! ) reveals his capacity to be an opera singer, too - the second half is more impressive, especially towards the end (after 2:45). - Metal_Treasure

17 Alessio Garavello Alessio Garavello
18 Tarja Turunen Tarja Turunen Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen-Cabuli (born August 17, 1977), generally known as Tarja Turunen or simply Tarja, is a Finnish singer-songwriter. She is a soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves. more.

She's a trained opera singer who does metal. Absolutely fantastic. - Kronolith

19 Matt Barlow Matt Barlow Matthew '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 more.

Iced earth is the most underrated metal band of all time and matt barlow is the most underrated vocalist.

20 Timo Kotipelto Timo Kotipelto Timo Antero Kotipelto is the vocalist of the Finnish power metal band Stratovarius and is the creator and vocalist of the power metal band Kotipelto.

Pftt kotipelto's got more talent than all the guys on this list put together!

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1. Hansi Kürsch
2. Fabio Lione
3. Joakim Broden
1. Hansi Kürsch
2. Dio
3. Michael Kiske
1. ZP Theart
2. Bruce Dickinson
3. Marc Hudson



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