Top 10 Rock and Metal Singers Whose Voices Aged WellMetal_Treasure Voice is the most delicate music instrument. While some famous singers has never actually had great and powerful voices, some others still sounded great even after a certain age.
Aging is a natural process - phisical body ages as well as the voice. Signs of aged and tired voices - vocal range shrinks and usually it's harder to hit high notes, unwanted rasp appears, power of the voice is not the same, and so on.
This list is about singers whose voices were still good and even great after 40, and especially after 50 and 60. This part of the vocal skills is called endurance and is one of aspects used in breakdowns to compare singers' abilities and decide who's a better singer (besides range, power, versatility, etc).
What to take into account here:
1) age - if two singers sounded equally good on two selected songs, the older one wins (if the first one sang the song at 45 and the second one at 49)
2) difficulty of the material they have sung
3) whether the material is potentially harmful to the vocal folds (for example, metal material is the most harmful)
4) how often and for how long the singer has performed live - frequent live shows exhaust the voice more than recording in the studio because you don't record new albums every day.
The Top Ten
Such a shame he had to pass away at 45 but even when he was dying his voice was incredible proving how great of a vocalist he truly was and probably is the greatest singer ever - christangrant
He died at 45. When he sang 'The Show Must Go On' he was already dying and was barely able to walk but his voice was still there - huge and incredible. - Metal_Treasure
Hands down. He sounded very good at 65 and pretty decent at 70+.
His voice at 48:
Deep Purple - The Battle Rages On, Anya (1993). Moreover, most of the songs on this album were intended for another singer (i.e., not written for Gillan voice but he nailed it).
His voice at 55:
Live albums from 2000-2001 prove it (In Concert with The London Symphony Orchestra, Live at the Rotterdam Ahoy). - Metal_Treasure
Yes on the song "Metal Will Never Die" which was the last dio song recorded he still sang incredibly - christangrant
At 65, several months before his death of cancer, he still sounded very good even live. - Metal_Treasure
In fact id say he gotten better with age :). Just listen to At the Edge of Time and Beyond the Red Mirror albums his voice is so incredible - christangrant
I agree very much with christangrant, at least several aspects of Hansi singing got better. I noticed some unusual things (and other people noticed them, too):
1) after 30 he widened his vocal range (after 1996)
2) after 35 he started singing mostly in his higher register (after 2000)
3) after 35 his voice sounded more agile
4) after 40 his vocal harmonies got better (2006 onwards) - Metal_Treasure
His voice was incredibly fresh at 48, after 30 years of singing difficult metal material with high-pitched gritty vocals and brutal screams - these 2 vocal styles are very harmful but he obviously has a very good vocal technique that saved his voice.
At 40, Blind Guardian - Fly, Another Stranger Me
At 44, Blind Guardian - Wheel Of Time
At 48, Blind Guardian - Miracle Machine, The Throne (songs recorded in 2014).
The beginning of Miracle Machine demonstrates everything you need to know about his voice endurance - smooth clean voice that sounds like spring water. - Metal_Treasure
In 2014, at 56, he recorded an album with tongue cancer. He sounded very good for a metal singer at his age and with the serious health problem he had, which was related to the singing ability. - Metal_Treasure
Just incredible. I took my wife to her first Maiden show in 2008. She couldn't believe he was that athletic running around on stage and never pitchy once in the show and that's he was 50 at the time. - stmalice
He has always sounded great, since the 80s now (he's 50 in 2017). Currently Michael Kiske and Hansi Kürsch sound equally good but I put Hansi higher for 3 reasons:
1) Kiske never sang material that is potentially very harmful while Hansi did
2) Kiske never did gritty vocals and brutal screams while Hansi did them very often
3) Kiske was a very active live performer only for 6-7 years (1987-1993), whereas Hansi has toured non-stop for 30+ years. Kiske wasn't a very active live performer in the 90s because he left Helloween. Again, in the 2000s and 2010s Hansi had more live shows than Kiske. - Metal_Treasure
Hands down. At 50 he sounded great even live. His material is less harmful than metal material but still. - Metal_Treasure
At 32, Rainbow - Can't Let You Go
at 39, Deep Purple - Fortuneteller, The Cut Runs Deep, Love Conquers All
at 62, Avantasia - The Watchmakers' Dream (2013) - Metal_Treasure
His singing material is very safe - it isn't potentially harmful but his voice was very good even after 50 so I had to add him. - Metal_Treasure
He was born in 1960 so:
His voice at 41, Savatage - Morphine Child (2001)
His voice at 50, Avantasia - Death Is Just a Feeling (2010) - Metal_Treasure
Her powerful and extremely husky voice hasn't lost anything of its unique sound and she still sounds great live
(She has done pop as well but was rock when she worked with Jim Steinman). - Martin_Canine
At 46 (in 2011) he covered a Judas Priest ballad that Rob Halford had sung at 27 and Ralf sounded pretty amazing (Scheepers - Before the Dawn). - Metal_Treasure
He provided vocals for Yngwie's debut album Rising Force (1984) and 20 years later, in 2003, he sang LIVE Queen's The Show Must Go On. This song is very hard to sing and while his vocals aren't better than Freddie's, his rendition is one of the best Queen covers vocal-wise. And it was live. - Metal_Treasure
When I listened to Anthrax's Discography joeys voice during the albums in the 80s and early 90s wasn't that great however when he came back on Worship Music his voice was incredible in fact say he got better with age - christangrant
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