Top 10 Rock Singers Who are Mistakenly Called Metal Singers

The people on this list aren't metal. Some of them never claimed to be metal so please understand that.

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.

I like to think of him as a both a Rock and Punk singer. Some of his songs do have punk-ish vibes. But I agree that he's not Metal in the slightest.

'It's just that it gets very annoying and misleading when someone places a band in the wrong genre'; It's more annoying when redundant lists are submitted everyday with no actual reason. What band is metal or not; what metal musician likes dogs or cats; or which metal musician could be leader of the world.

I agree with all 10 items of the original remix of the author. - Metal_Treasure

May I ask, why do metalheads make such a big deal about what band is metal and what is not? I'm very curious why that is so because it just bothers me that this is something people love to argue about. - cjWriter1997

2 David Draiman David Michael Draiman is an American songwriter and the vocalist for the band Disturbed as well as for the band Device.

For a while Disturbed had a different name in the 90s (Brawl) and as Brawl they released a demo with 4 songs that was groove metal. But it was with another singer, so yes - David Draiman isn't a metal singer. - Metal_Treasure

3 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.

What's System then, I though it was Nu-Metal? - EliHbk

4 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.
5 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.

He himself admitted Korn were not metal. I agree - their music is basically rap/hip hop with punk, rock and industrial rock (in different proportions, depending on the song). - Metal_Treasure

Then it's pretty heavy rock - EliHbk

6 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.

Slipknot claim they play thrash metal... LOL. Whatever they play, it isn't thrash metal. And for me, it isn't metal in general. - Metal_Treasure

Talking bout Stone Sour right? - EliHbk

Oh dear... Skullkid755, it's not death metal vocals. It's called harsh (rough) vocals and harsh vocals are still clean vocals although they are different from melodic clean vocals. Death growls are from a completely different group - "unclean" vocals. - Metal_Treasure

Define metal singing.

7 Trent Reznor Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer. He is known for his intense music videos.
8 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.
9 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.

Though he was like rap metal (more like rap-rock) - EliHbk

He's a rapper and not a metal singer - Metal_Treasure

10 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.

The Contenders

11 Till Lindemann Till Lindemann is a German singer, songwriter, musician, actor, poet, and pyrotechnician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and frontman of the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.
12 Lemmy Kilmister Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.

Lemmy (R.I.P.) himself denied being metal many times and I agree with his explanations:
"We were not heavy metal. We were a rock 'n' roll band. Still are. Everyone always describes us as heavy metal even when I tell them otherwise. Why won't people listen? Motörhead have more in common aesthetically with The Damned than Black Sabbath, and nothing whatsoever in common with Judas Priest. We were a blues band, really. Although we played it at a thousand miles an hour, it was recognizable as blues - at least to us it was; probably it wasn’t to anybody else" (2011)
In 2014, Lemmy reiterated to Der Spiegel: "I do not particularly like heavy metal."
"I generally feel more kinship with punk rockers than with heavy metal bands." - Metal_Treasure

13 Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant (born 20 August 1948) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.
14 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.

People actually think that this whiny P.O.S is a Metal singer?

15 Danny Worsnop Danny Robert Worsnop is an English musician, singer and songwriter, prominently known as the lead vocalist of rock bands Asking Alexandria and We Are Harlot.
16 Oli Sykes Oliver Scott "Oli" Sykes is a British musician, best known as the lead vocalist of the band Bring Me the Horizon. He also founded the apparel company Drop Dead Clothing.
17 Chris Fronzak
18 M. Shadows Matthew Charles Sanders, better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American metalcore/alternative metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

Explain nightmare. welcome to the family? bat country? shepard of fire? - EliHbk

19 Steven Tyler Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion.

EliHbk, I agree it's pretty stupid to call Aerosmith metal but many people actually do - Steven Tyler is at #46 (out of 204) on the list Top Metal Singers, which is very high despite remixes with him on dishonorable mentions. He's higher than Russell Allen (#76), Floor Jansen, Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth, Tim Ripper Owens, and many more, because the list has 204 items as of today. - Metal_Treasure

What, who calls aerosmith metal? - EliHbk

20 Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool.
21 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.
22 Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.
23 Myles Kennedy Myles Richard Kennedy is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Alter Bridge, and as the lead vocalist in Slash's current band: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.
24 Lzzy Hale Elizabeth Mae "Lzzy" Hale is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She is best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the American hard rock band Halestorm, which she co-founded in 1997.
25 Hansi Kursch 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.

This and Ronnie were obviously troll items.

26 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.

Useless item on this list.. Not only he was a metal singer but also a pioneering metal singer of mid-pitch voice. At that time, most metal singers were focusing only high-pitch singing. He was one of the fewest metal singers who didn't sing in high pitch. I'd say Bruce Dickinson was combination of Dio and Gillan. - zxm

Yeah dio isn't a metal band, and I suppose John Bonham is the best punk vocalist and slash is the best black metal saxophonist - InsertCleverName

Troll item. He's 1,000% metal. - Metal_Treasure

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