Top 10 Best Rock and Metal Vocal Performances by Singers in Their 50sMetal_Treasure I took into account difficulty of the material they sang, power of the voice at this age, vocal range, how good they sounded, and the age - there's a difference between a singer at 51 and 58.
Singers on this list deserve the whole praise of the world, especially of the music world.
The Top Ten
Hands down. Bruce Dickinson recorded this song (and the entire album) at 56, with tongue cancer - his neck area was affected. - Metal_Treasure
Ian Gillan at 55, sings a 7 minute long song LIVE at the Rotterdam Ahoy (October 30, 2000). And the song was performed with a Philharmonic Orchestra, not only with the Deep Purple members!
He recodred the studio version at 50 so the original also counts, which is, again, a great vocal performance. - Metal_Treasure
Rob Halford at 56. On the song sample you can hear his clean operatic voice with a beautiful sustain, followed by a long brutal scream. - Metal_Treasure
Dio at 54. R.I.P. Dio.
4 singers in the top 10 of this list were discovered by Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow) - Dio, Ian Gillan, David Coverdale and Joe Lynn Turner. Ritchie Blackmore was very picky but he certainly knew what was doing, judging by the results that are visible now. - Metal_Treasure
Joe Lynn Turner at 57... on a bonus track! - Metal_Treasure
David Coverdale is the oldest singer on this list because he recorded this song at 59 - he was almost 60! (album was recorded in 2010 and released 2011). - Metal_Treasure
Absolutely amazing. Hands down. - Metal_Treasure
Chuck Billy at 54. He still sounds great to me. - Metal_Treasure
James Hetfield at 52-53. - Metal_Treasure
Tom Araya at 53-54. - Metal_Treasure
Ralf Scheepers at 50. He probably deserves to be higher but I put him lower because he was only 50 and there are older singers with good vocals, too. - Metal_Treasure
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2. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming (Live) - Deep Purple
3. Nostradamus - Judas Priest