Rock Singers That Could Be / Could've Been Punk Singers

Rock singers that could've been punk singers, or possibly can be depending on how they sound. I'm excluding singers that are already in a punk band, so no Billie Joe Armstrong for this list. Also I'll be excluding Thrash Metal singers, because Thrash Metal has punk influences. If I missed a particular singer, feel free to add them.

The Top Ten

1 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.

Songs like: War, Guilty All The Same, Across the Line, Cry Cry, Out of Time, All for Nothing, No More Sorrow, Given Up, End of the World, and etc. kind of give me punk vibes and his vocals could've easily worked with the genre shame that it didn't though.

2 Dimash Kudaibergen Dinmukhamed Kanatuly Kudaibergenov, commonly known as Dimash Kudaibergen (born May 24th, 1994) is a Kazakh singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Dimash is best known as a contestant of Chinese talent show "Singer 2017" where he was declared a runner-up. He is also known for possessing a wide more.

Can we please stop letting Dimash Kudaibergen fangirls vote on lists?

GET him out of the top ten now! His voice does not suite Punk music at all!

NO his voice doesn't fit punk, it's too melodic and lacks aggression.


3 Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and film director. He is best known as the former drummer of the hugely popular 90s grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters. He has sat behind the more.

His screams can definitely fit hardcore punk in my opinion.

4 Michael Barnes

No not really his screams don't really fit in Punk, also his singing voice is way too melodic to sing Punk. - Soulstealer

AKA the singer of the post- grunge rock band Red, and I can hear a punk vibe in his voice.

5 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.

His vocals do resemble Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys. - THC13

Maybe not now, but definitely when he was in his prime vocally as for now his singing is well... stale...

6 Daron Malakian Daron Vartan Malakian is an Armenian–American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He's best known as the main songwriter, guitarist, and co-vocalist for Armenian/American rock band System of a Down. After System of a Down's hiatus in 2006 he began to release music through more.

Eh kind of, but also kind of not.

7 Shaun Morgan Shaun Morgan Welgemoed, known publicly as Shaun Morgan, is a South African musician and singer for the post-grunge/alternative metal band Seether.

I can kind of see, but also kind of can't in a way.

8 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.

Again debatable, but I needed ten items.

He himself was in Hardcore Punk band before forming RATM - DarkBoi-X

9 Chris Cornell Christopher John "Chris" Cornell was an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave. His vocal range was C2 to A5, while more.

He probably could have been. Because he's a great singer. And his vocal technique was advanced and polished. Why waste it on singing punk? Punk singing isn't very demanding. - Metal_Treasure

I totally agree. He would have been better off doing something more big and challenging. - Gg2000

Kind of debatable, but I needed ten items and couldn't think of much choices so eh.

This was a good choice. Have you ever heard Soundgarden's cover of Fear's "I Don't Care About You"? Chris sounds pretty good doing punk. - THC13

10 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.

Kind of a bit iffy with this choice but again I needed ten items.

The Contenders

11 Duff McKagan Michael Andrew "Duff" McKagan is an American musician, singer, songwriter and author. He is best known for his twelve-year tenure as the bass guitarist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. McKagan rejoined the band in 2016, following more.

Listen to him singing some punk covers of The Spaghetti Incident album. He could have been a pretty good punk singer.

12 Wayne Static Wayne Richard Wells, known professionally as Wayne Static, was an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and music sequencer for metal band Static-X.

I can kind of hear in a hardcore punk vibe in his voice.

13 Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

He already is a punk singer...

14 Thurston Moore


15 Liam Gallagher William John Paul "Liam" Gallagher is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He rose to fame as the lead singer of the rock band Oasis, and later as the singer of Beady Eye.

I don't know... his voice is melodic but lacks aggression.

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