Greatest Heavy Metal/Hard Rock VocalistsPlease, if you're going to add to or vote on this list try and know what you're talking about.
One of the most Skilled and Consistent Singers. His vocal range is amazing, he basicallyinvented the light opera singing Style in heavy Metal and is still unmatched. If you want to understand his greatness you need to listen to some examples of his Skill: The thin Line between Love and Hate (amazing vibrato), Chemical Wedding (overall amazing Vocal performance), Darkest Hour (shows that he is still very great in what he is doing), Hallowed be thy Name (No explenation necessary) and of course Big Brother (the scream is unbelievable)
Simply because no one else on the list could sing anywhere near as good as him, yet at the same time he could cover most other bands and make their songs better than they are including most bands in the top 10. No one even comes close to him. 55 and he still runs around stage for the full 2 hours and can still sing better live than anyone on the planet. Every member of Iron Maiden is number 1 in their given instruments.
Bruce is not only a great voice in metal. He is the best frontman in heavy metal ever. Bruce is the frontman the that every band want to have. Besides Bruce is the voice of a one of the greatest band I the world: Iron Maiden, his devotion for work and multitasking way of life, create a legacy that you cannot compare with other singers with a big star over their shoulders like Bruce. He is the best voice and frontman in metal.
Much better than any singer in the business today-or ever! one could put Rob Halford up here, but I beg to differ because I think Rob wastes his talent screaming and not taking care of his voice, Bruce is the best singer in heavy metal, he sure helps me train my voice, he beat cancer and came back the same beast he always was! 4.5 Octaves has to mean something, right.
He's always been number 2 on my 5 best singers ever list after Robert Plant of course but must admit love them both. Recently my parents' been doing a little redecoration of the house and called me to take my old cassettes because they knew how dear they used to be to me. Now I can listen to Heaven and Hell or Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow in my car, and I'm pretty excited what makes my husband a bit nervous Dio is one of a kind with his powerful voice. His treatment and his funeral made me truly sad but I liked the joke about Dio and devil who wanted to seat him at his right hand. Dio replied "Satan, Fu... K out of my throne" That one cheered me up after his death. DIO STILL RULES!
To me, Dio is transcendent. He's just at a different level in most every criteria I can think of for a great rock singer: most powerful, most melodic, most expressive, best dynamic range, best pitch, best phrasing, etc. His vocal range is not the best of all, but it's pretty damn good. He has a unique and intoxicating tone that is uncannily pure, and can subtly caress or primally scream any phrase. Plus, he may be the greatest frontman ever, and he's a hell of a songwriter. Ronnie gives me goosebumps all the time, on my arms and my soul, and I never know when it's coming.
When you take into consideration that RJD's vocal range, songwriting capability and the power of his voice, he should be at the top of this list. He defined Rainbow and obviously his self-titled band Dio but he also made the legendary band Black Sabbath better every time he got in the studio with them. A true heavy metal icon that stayed true to the heavy metal genre. I don't think that many other singers have the "whole" package like Dio did.
No way Ronnie James Dio is anything but #1. Dickinson would tell you the same. Not even close. No mention of Queensryche's Geoff Tate here, who also belongs on top 10. Ray Gillen (Badlands), Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge), and even Klaus Meine (Scorpions) should be in the mix too. Arguably David Coverdale, Sammy Hagar in top 20. Probably forgetting some others... But Dio above all. No question.
Rob Halford has the same vocal range in the studios and on stage whereas there are two Bruce Dickinson, one in the studio who sings the highest notes in one shot performances and the Bruce on stage who sings most of the time the highest notes lower in order to spare his voice or just because he can't,even in live shows in 1982 but he is still a great singer. So, to me it's 1-Rob Halford, 2-Ronnie James Dio and 3-Bruce Dickinson.
Judas Priest is the bedrock of Heavy Metal and Halford is the Metal God. NO ONE can say he doesn't have the Firepower to do his job. He uses his unique wide ranging voice to the best of his ability. Even at his advanced age his pipes are still impressive. My personal favorite, but ALL the contenders have there merits.
Its hard to think that it's the same vocalist on Sad Wings Of Destiny and on Painkiller.
Bruce Dickinson is brilliant but he only sings high pitch while Rob can sing whichever way he wants and still make it sound great.
I think the following sums it up
ROB HALFORD > DICKINSON + DIO
Hetfield, and Dickinson above Halford? I've never witnessed Halford not hit those high notes, I have though witnessed Dickinson screw up an entire show. And Hetfield, please. Only new school metal heads would come up with a reason for that price to be number two
Not even close to the best singers! But like many best of lists, if greatest means a vocalist that is best for his band and type of music they play, he's there! His voice is no less than PERFECT for this band! I even think that his vocals actually shapes a lot of their music! Also just like all-star lists in sports, if you do what you do for one of the BEST teams (or bands in this case), it adds extra qualifiers to the considerations!
I grew up on metal thanks to my older brother and we would listen to Metallica, sabbath, maiden, slayer, megadeath, anthrax. Then came some great nu metal bands such as korn, slipknot, disturbed, godsmack, avenged sevenfold, five finger death punch, machine head. So personally I vote james (YEAH) because Metallica are my favourite band of all time, but my point is just look at all of these killer metal bands and I think we can agree that they are all amazing frontmen. Mick
Metallica is the most recognizable Heavy Metal Band and James Hetfield is one of the reasons why. He sounds great in the studio, and can get people pumped live, There is a reason why he has the crown.
Bruce just has to sing all the time is studios and live. But james has to do both guitars and vocals all the time. He is now 50 yrs old. He can't still sing like a 23 year old anymore. But he is trying his best. Metallica is my most favorite band and james is my best inspiration
Wow this list is a disgrace. Freddie Mercury, the legend at number 11! What he should be number one no doubt. You cannot tell me that Chester and shadows are better the list should be
4. Ozzy (I like ozzy more but dio had better voice
8. Bon scott
At least in my opinion
Queen has hard rock songs too: Hammer to fall, I want it all, Stone cold crazy, Tie your mother down...and Freddie was great in any genre.
Freddie Mercury is the best voice of all time. I think it should be removed from this list because his voice was incomparable.
Best vocalist of all time! And Queen, Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack, and a few others could be classified as hard rock/metal.
Are you joking?! Robert plant is the father of ROCK SINGING! All the rock vocalists have been influenced by the style of Plant's singing. And the most important thing is, he did sing hard, but there was a mixture of 'heart and lungs'... Robert Plant clearly sang to the top of his SOUL, not his lungs... Plant, planted ROCK in his soul... That's why he is so soulful even after being the lead vocalist of the GREATEST ROCK band ever. SO! It's just pure injustice! Robert Plant CAN NOT be at no.4! NEVER! HE MUST TOP THIS CHART!
Robert Plant is unbeatable. He has an amazing range, a great range of styles, and was the father of hard rock singing, first real top of your soul screecher, but he culd also sing with emotion. His dynamic vocal interplay with the rest of the bands instruments has never been beaten live or in studio
At the birth of hard rock, there was Led Zeppelin and with that Robert Plant was made. He has a unique singing voice no one can imitate. He goes from a 'soft', girly voice to an enraged hard rock screaming. He is one of the best.
He is the greatest and the most influential rock vocalist ever... He was the pioneer... Plant planted ROCK in his soul...and he sang to the top of his souls, not lungs. HE is the greatest. WHY is he at no. 4?
Come on, I love Ozzy Osbourne, and he is just the best. I mean, I'm not just saying this because my name is Ozzy, but come on, you've got to give him credit. No one is better than him. You've got to hear him play "War Pigs," "Iron Man," "Paranoid," and "Fairies Wear Boots." He rocks! How could you say the best heavy metal singer is the 9th best in the world? I mean, come on, he's better than Bruce Dickinson, by the way. You've got to hear Ozzy sing. He's way better than that Bruce Dickinson. Ozzy and all the Black Sabbath fans better know that he is the most awesome, coolest, and legendary singer ever. He rocks the place's balls off!
"Prince of Darkness"Osbourne is also known as the "Godfather of Heavy Metal
With Black Sabbath and has sold over 100 million albums worldwide Osbourne had received notice that he would be the first inductee into The Birmingham Walk of Stars. Osbourne was crowned with the prestigious Living Legend award in the Classic Rock Roll of Honor.
He deserve to be number 1! He's the first metal singer and him and Black Sabbath have created metal! Ozzy is a legend! He's better than Bruce, James, Rob, Matt...
Ozzy invented the har rock/singing style! Without him and Black Sabbath none of the signers on this list would be here! He should definitely be no. 1!
Stupid list, all of you, check up your head, there are totally problem. Who is here, ITS AXL ROSE! Bad boy from 80s who is the lead singer of the greatest band in the world. No one can sing like him ever. He was only person who have amazing voices and talented star in the world. Bet you what you know about him, kick bruce dickinson out the top 1. If you know what you vote for, think twice, there two aspects you should think about.
1)What the ability or something
special about the singer?
2)What the kind of singer you vote
for? (Heavy metal! )
That how you rock on the stage, kids, hit the lights and blow the fans.
Perhaps put robert plant higher in this list. Do not be brainless guy now man
Should be no 1. Who could run and sing like him in the stage. People don't like him because of his personality maniac. But he is the best vocalist, like james hetfield. Without him no guns and roses
He can sing softly and in baritone, then scream like a banshee but in tune and carry that note on for a damn long time. Versatility to the max, and lungpower to boot. Plus, his stage presence is unrivalled.
Come on. This really isn't even close. I love James Hetfield, but let's be honest - He can't hold a candle to Axl Rose. It's hard to hold a candle. I think I've heard that somewhere before?
M Shadows (as he likes to call himself) isn't much better than Chad Kroeger. He has that same generic growly radio-rock voice and has no range. Corey Taylor is the same way (Corey Taylor switches between growl-shouting and not growl-shouting, the pitch is the same). The only difference between Nickleback's singer and M Shadows is the image. Shadows is able to mask how unoriginal of a singer he is by dressing up in that little backwards hat, aviators and a sleeveless muscle shirt and covering his arms in over-saturated tattoos. Also, he's able to hide behind his band, which is full of talented musicians. If you just left M shadows alone on a stage without his band and dressed him up in normal clothes and took off his make up, he would be almost indiscernible from every other radio rock singer.
I am sorry to all A7X fans, but do you know really what metal is? You are trying to say me that song like "Little Peace Of Heaven" is metal song? Only one their song can be described as metal, and that song is Hail To The King. Metal doesn't have such a melodic vocals, do you think? Please, listen to Metallica (early days), Megadeth, Manowar, Sabaton, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Anthrax, Motörhead, Rammstein, Pantera and Slipknot to get a point what real metal is.
A7X is good but I highly doubt any of their member is top ten in their field, not even top 20. But Shadows truly deserved to be in this list, thanks to his awesome vocal. He can sing and scream equally great. A future face of the hard rock/metal world.
The best vocalist of all time! M. Shadows have great voice range and he is the best, even on early metalcore times his screaming was so great, but now he is even better, can't wait for new Avenged Sevenfold album.M. shadows and A7X foREVer!
Corey Taylor, in my opinion, is one of the greatest male vocalists of all time. He has an insane vocal range, he has many vocal styles and can sing anything. On top of that, he's an amazing person in general. He's intelligent, witty, humble, down to earth, passionate, well spoken, caring, extremely funny, and incredibly handsome (that last one is subjective, but the rest are right on). Seeing him on this list among legends like James Hetfield, Ozzy Osbourne, Freddy Mercury, Ronnie James Dio, Robert Plant, Rob Halford, Axl Rose, Brian Johnson, Ian Gillan, Steven Tyler and Chris Cornell makes me really really happy.
He is one of the best songwriters and has a great stage presence.
No one has the crowd under control like him.
He has one of the best voices in the world, his screams are brutal and sounds extreme evil and his voice for emotional songs is epic.
No one put so much feelings in his songs like him.
He screams for over 10 years and his voice is still amazing.
He can sing every style of music and make 'songs that he cover to his own.
As far as getting ng the crowd going and talent? Corey's #1 in my book. Especially when he was younger, I don't know anyone that was as powerful and crazy on stage as he was physically vocally and mentally. He's even adjusted well after losing his voice over the years. Still sounds awesome not mention he's got an amazing singing voice and Wong writing ability.
Corey Taylor is an absolute animal. The man has 5 and half octaves and his screams are insane. His vocal range is crazy and he can easily change from screaming to singing in the blink of an eye. He is very versatile and everything he does with his voice is a work of art. Definitely deserves top ten.
What? Corey is higher than Chester? Chester is more better! Chester has the ability to scream, sing, and growl in different kinds of tunes. No one could ever beat his legendary 18 seconds of SCREAM! No one, I said, NO ONE, could ever beat him! Chester deserves to be the Top 1 of the list. Linkin Park is the best! Case closed.
Everyone switches to Death growl when going to high pitch but Chester can hold his melodic voice instead of switching to death growl...but his death growls, grunts also are smoother than other singers...So technically he's the best...Those of you who think Dickinson is best you're wrong...
He can sing all genres of music. He can screaming and singing at the same time with amazing high range of vocal. His voice is unique and easy to recognize just by hearing. And the last, he is the one who make me love heavy song without make my ears get hurts when I hear it. I miss you, legend. See you in next life
I'm sorry. It was really hard choice between Corey Taylor and Chester, but when it comes to "Metal/Hard rock vocalists" Corey is the best. But Chester sings better in general, as we can hear on Minutes To Midnight.
If it weren't for Ronald Belford Scott you would've never heard of Brian Johnson or even AC/DC as a whole... One of the best songwriters ever. One of the best Showmen ever. It almost seems that everyone that has cast a vote on this list is still driving around with Back in Black stuck in there tape deck... No No wait a minute, I don't have time to explain that one. So go ask your mother what a tape deck is.
Bon Scott was the incarnation of Rock'n Roll. His wild voice still sounds rough like an animal scream. He lived like a true rocking' man. His personality and charisma will never forget. He died as he lived, savage and fast. God bless you Bon.
Bon is absolutely perfect singer. In albums, his voice fills every song with his beautiful voice. And live, he could get that real screaming coming from his strong lungs. Bon is god. #1
What are these nu-metal guys doing higher than Bon Scott?
Brian Johnson should be #1. He has helped take AC/DC, a real good group into one of the top 5 bands in history. He sacrifices his voice for his band and all of the fans who love this band. His vocals on Hells Bells and For Those About To Rock are untouchable. Best Hard a Rock Vocalist of all time, Brian Johnson!
My top 10
1. Brian Johnson. 2. Axl Rose. 3. Tom Keifer (Cinderella). 4. Robert Plant. 5. Bruce Dickinson. 6. Rob Halford. 7. Rik Emmet? (Triumph singer). 8. Roger Daltry. 9. Ronnie James Dio. 10. Bon Scott
"For Those About To Rock". Need I say more. That song alone is lightyears beyond anybody's vocal ability. Even Brian Johnson's. (In all seriousness, best gritty, hard rock vocalist of all time).
Brian Johnson is number 1, best in heavy metal, rock, hard rock, his voice is unbelievably incredible.
Brian Johnson is an original. Best heavy metal singer of all time!
This guy's all about opinion. Personally, I think he's got the best range and repertoire of all of the modern metal singers, but I don't think enough people like him enough to consider him to be one of the top ten metal vocalists. I'd like him to be higher, but it probably won't happen.
His range is much wider then almost all the others on this list.
He's can go faster then most rappers, with a vocabulary that you just don't
see many people practice. In my opinion he would have to be much higher, I guess he isn't because many don't know him.
To be very honest about Serj Tankian, he is one of the best vocalists on the rock genre, simply awesome with his voice and not to forget he blasted a lot of your so called "honest politicians", this guy's songs attracts with one's life, both as a citizen and also he has songs about your romantic life, as a huge fan I recommend you these two songs "Empty Walls" and "Honking Antelope", you'll know what I'm talking' about. Long live Serj, long live.
Growl scream shout melodic operatic and distortion vocals. How the hell james hetfield is 4 ozzy with half octave sound on 7 and serj tankian is 26?
My list would be
3.ronnie james dio
I Haven't missed a tour in 16 years. Great range like most vocalists on here. What really makes Anselmo unique is he has multiple successful bands. Unlike most singers his other bands all sound different. Different stlyes of music AND different style of vocals. See Cowboys from hell/Stone the crow/F your enemy.
Listen to cemetery gates people, this guys range is unbelievable. From the high notes he can hold to the heaviness he can deliver on the mic, his great lyrical work, this guy should no doubt be in the top 5.
No one can create the mass fury in the audience like Phil Anselmo. He has/had the look, the voice, but more importantly the throw caution to the wind attitude. Total badass.
Also try to listen to his stuff in Down. He's really great there. He might be called the second Halford. I even think Anselmo is better as Halford is too squeely.
I truly believe his best vocal performance is an aria from Jesus Christ Superstar: "Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say)". It's available on YouTube and it's mindblowing. Just make sure it's his version because this song has many covers. But Gillan was the original performer of this epic piece, he was the original Jesus Christ. Gillan is the most underrated rock/metal singer of all time.
In his prime, Gillan had a bona fide 3 octave voice - nobody before, or since, could have ever replicated his incredible 3 tiered screams on Child in Time. For those who have not experienced that awesome performance from DP's In Rock album (also live on Made in Japan), check it out. I guarantee it will blow you away. Cheers.
He is the most versatile singer, equally good at performing rock, metal, blues, fusion. He is a popularizer of belting and has had a great influence on vocalists of modern metal and hard rock.
Please, just please listen to Child in Time, you will see his vocal range, and then vote for him. One of the best hard rock vocalists there is, and highly underrated.
#30 is very high for this extremely talented singer. His ability to make you feel not just hear the music was amazing. I can only imagine the music he would have created if was still with us. Thankfully we still have a piece of him to remind us how great he truly was. RIP Layne Thomas... We will always remember you.
The man. The Genius. He could fit right in every type of compositions, such a wide range he possessed. From Blues, Hard rock/Heavy metal, Sludgy doom metal to Country laden acoustic tunes he could pull all off with ease.
This list is all askew. Those who should be near the top are closer to the bottom. And those who should not be included in this list are near the top. Layne Staley makes me feel.
There is nothing I can say that explains his vocal talents. "Imitations are pale... " Just read the name Layne Staley - says it all!
Definitely the most underrated vocalists on this list... He has the perfect voice for metal... Unlike most on this list... He actually sings instead of screams... I mean I'm all for screaming (I love all types of rock and metal.. Now calm down old school metal fans who can't accept change) David can do more than that... He can still sounds badass while singing... Just like dio did... He deserves to be at least top 5
What the hell happening in here? I can't believe it man. David draiman AT O 20? Why? He should be on top 5(AT LEAST)... Do some vote... For Voice of metal. His voice range is unbelievable. Listen to Asylum. The animal. Sons of plunder. Darkness. The night... Water boiling when he SINGING!
Disturbed is all about Draiman's vocals. His vocal sound gives creeps for even most metal singers and it's stunning to hear him first sing song like "Asylum" and right after "Darkness". Beautiful, just beautiful!
Not only does David Draiman impress in original music from Disturbed and Device, he makes classics like "Sound of Silence" and "Land of Confusion" far better with his amazing voice. Badly underrated vocalist.
Chris Cornell, Layne Staley, and Freddie Mercury should all be in the top ten. Kick out Chester Bennington, M Shadows and Corey Taylor. If we're going to talk about pure vocal power and awesomeness, then you have to go with Chris. Four octave range, screams, clean tones, and the ability to sing tons of different types of music, ranging from metal to moody rock (Like a Stone) are what makes him so great. In addition, he does this all while playing guitar. Myles Kennedy shares the same attributes and he's one of my favorites as well. Both of them should be in the top ten.
Chris has the unique ability to whip and caress the listener at the same time, to project the whole range of emotions to the listener while playing a steady rhythm guitar at the same time. He IS music - and not confined to one style or expression only! Spawning a full four octaves is impressive, but a stupid measurement for voice quality actually... It's the amount of SOUL in the voice, and the singers ability to reach out tand touch his/hers audience that really defines the great vocalist.
People who vote on this list simply don't know him. Seeing people like Dave Mustaine, Phil Anselmo or Corey Taylor above him and especially James Hetfield at #4 is absolute nonsense. Listen to "Beyond the wheel", "Slaves & Bulldozers" and "Jesus Christ Pose". Baritone, near impossible high notes, long and strong screams, calm acoustic voice. He created his own style. He was a vocal hurricane and should definitely be higher than 21.
This guy can deliver powerful lows to soaring highs! His voice has to be one of the most powerful in grunge tied with Layne Stanley. The man can also scream his head off too! Just his to his performances on Jesus Christ Pose or Slaves and Bulldozers and you will know what I'm talking about.
I can't believe Hetfield, Mustaine, and Ozzie are above this phenomenal singer! People are just voting for the singer of their favorite band, not the best singer. The only person on this list that can compare to Hansi is Rob Halford.
What! This incredible voice at 44? God of Power Metal?
The fact that Dave Mustaine wanted Diamond Head's lead singer to be Megadeth's frontman is completely nuts. He is the third best singer of all time, just after Robert Plant and John Lennon.
I'm sorry, but if you think that Mustaine's voice sucks, what is with M. Shadows' voice? He sings awful, honestly.
Dudes HE can't SING! He is a good guitarist and awesome song writer but his voice... no (I'm a megadeth fan but his voice sucks)
He's an amazing guitarist and an amazing songwriter. But singing is not his forte.
His voice in the 70s is as good as it gets. That is the perfect voice for metal in my opinion. Even if Rush wasn't a metal band
This guy is SIXTY and still going strong with his voice.
Rush is the greatest rock band of all time.
Unique voice, sounds like magic when first listening tot 'A farewell to kings'
I'm a 70's person, the albums Aerosmith made that period culminating in the Live bootleg bootleg double album which shows Steve Tyler at his best. Topsongs: Back in the Saddle, Draw the line and Dream on.
Are you ' kidding' me? Top five, at least.
Randy blythe is the best and I mean the best he should be number 1 listen to "blood of the scribe" and "in your words" and vote again. Long live the prince of heavy metal!
Randy Blythe has the best metal vocals for sure, just listen to his voice, it's proper hardcore! And I don't know but why is he under Kurt?
Simply d best growler of d world! Deserves to be in the top 10! Without Lam of God is nothing! His singing in walk with me in hell! To the scream of failiure in laid to rest! To long for! In now uve got somtethng to die for! Everythng is just totally awseome!
His range is amazing and he can scream insane vocals. Should be number one for sure
Why the heck is Jonathan Davis of KoRn at 22 now?! Huh! I don't get it. KoRn is like one of the successful Nu-metal bands next to Limp Bizkit and Slipknot! But the thing is... KoRn invented Nu-Metal. :) I love KoRn and their music and effort. Head is back. David is not but I don't really care because I understand some KoRn fans say "David had more funky beats in his drums." which is pretty true but let's give Ray some credit, respect, and love. There is nothing wrong with Ray Luzier that's been in KoRn since 2007! Not only that but Jonathan said in an interview that he had a "normal hell childhood"..."Normal childhood? " No. His childhood and teen years were'nt normal at all. He got treated bad by his dad, step-mom, cheerleaders, classmates, teachers, and the principal in high school. And I also heard he got molested before high school or something like that. Yes. All of this came out of an teen KoRn fan and I've been listening to KoRn like crazy when I was a (stupid myself) 12 year ...more
Completely blown away by his performances - he's an amazing frontman even if you're not into Heavy music.
Haunting and raw vocal power.
He should be number one