Top 10 Singers that Should Never Sing Ballads

Metal_Treasure
I mean ballads or just slow songs of any type. Ballads are usually love songs but not only - for example metal ballads are rarely love songs, they are about something else.

A really good voice is needed for ballads for many reasons. Besides, characters in ballads are either in love or hurt /vulnerable so the singer should have relevant qualities of the voice to communicate such emotions.

There are great and versatile singers who sound good on anything they sing but this list isn't about them.
I the context of this list there are 2 types of singers:
1) singers who sound good on other songs but not on ballads
2) singers who don't sound very good on anything they sing

Eligible are also singers who have never sung ballads but you definitely don't wanna hear a ballad by them.

The Top Ten

1 Marilyn Manson 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.

The thought of Marilyn Manson singing a ballad makes my soul crushed. It's one if the Apocalyptic omens I bet - TheSubinabox

I wonder which music style suits him, Is there any for him? *sigh* Nope... - Ananya

Seriously, TheTopTens is the first site I know where Marilyn Manson is hated. He has excellent critical reviews and is considered an essential part of the 90s music landscape, also he's intelligent and uses his provocative image and lyrics to challenge society and along Eminem sparked the discussion of whether media and music can make a person violent.

I mean, I know that this list does not only include bad musicians but also singers with flawed vocals, which Manson definitely does have (the voice suits his musical style but that's not due to how beautiful it sounds), but really, the comments sound negative overall. - Martin_Canine

2 Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.
3 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.

Like with many singers that are highly praised, it is not his perfect singing that he is loved for, but for how real and honest he sounds. It fits into the context of his music and therefore it sounds good overall. Several of his most popular songs are stripped down so you rather listen to the lyrics instead of being distracted by the production, instruments and complex compositions. I highly value what he contributed to music and have much respect for what he does. Even though I don't actively listen to him. I guess I'm more the Sixto Rodriguez type, who has both the lyrics and the musical perfection (yet not the same impact and output). - Martin_Canine

His voice doesn't sound good to me on any songs. Sorry. - Metal_Treasure

4 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own ...read more.

Too snarly a voice I feel to convincingly sing a ballad. - Mrveteran

Don't kill me for this but I just can't listen to A Tout Le Monde - his voice doesn't sound good to me on this song. I like when he snarls on thrash songs but not when he tries to really sing.
I know I am extremely picky when it comes to vocals but I can't change it. - Metal_Treasure

5 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his ...read more.

It depends... do "All Apologies" and "Something in the Way" (without the hidden track of course) count as ballads? He sure couldn't have sung "I Will Always Love You", but slower rock songs wouldn't have been a problem. - Martin_Canine

R.I.P. He had emotion and pain in the voice which is good for ballads but his vocal technique had many flaws for singing ballads. - Metal_Treasure

6 Rihanna Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian-American pop singer. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning ...read more.

Her song "higher" is why she should never try to sing. She should just stick to making catchy top 40 pop songs, she's trying to be soulful now but she just doesn't have the voice or range for that kind of music. Her voice isn't good to begin with, but at least with dance/pop music there's a beat backing her. - RnBLover

Rihanna has a solid singing voice and her ballads are sung solid as well. I don't see anything wrong with that. - Martin_Canine

She can't sing period - DaWyteNight

7 Britney Spears Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears is an American singer and actress. Born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. She performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows like "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997 and going on to become a pop superstar ...read more.

The weird thing is... on her ballads her singing is much better than on the uptempo tracks. "Someday" and "every time" are among the best pop ballads of the 21st century, at least in my opinion. She sounds surprisingly vulnerable on those songs. - Martin_Canine

8 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

Unlike other rappers on this list, Eminem actually tried to sing. Emphasis on "tried". I don't want to come off as mean but he sounds like he's whining when singing. While on "Mockingbird" it fits, because he sings to his daughter and singing to your child is always emotional even if you can't sing, but I just can't listen to "Puke" in its entirety. And he didn't sing that bad on purpose even though the song is a joke, because on some of his good and serious songs (e.g. "No Love") he sings just the same. As much as he is a brilliant rapper and lyricist, he should leave the singing to the featured artists. - Martin_Canine

Is Lose yourself not a ballad? - Revrad

9 Brian Johnson Brian Johnson Brian Johnson is an English singer and songwriter. Since 1980, he is the lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC, with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. As of April 2016, Johnson is not participating in the remainder of the Rock or Bust World Tour due to hearing ...read more.

His voice was made for hard rock and not ballads. By the way, are there any AC/DC ballads? - Metal_Treasure

10 Lil Wayne Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American hip hop artist and is often referred to as one of the worst rappers of all time. He was signed to Cash Money Records by Birdman at a young age. Before he became a household name and the artist he is today, he was 1 quarter of the southern rap group The Hot Boys, ...read more.

Lil Wayne is a rapper - of whom I have to say I like his voice, which is a whole lot better than his lyrics - and never claimed to be a singer. I doubt he could sing a ballad, but I am pretty sure he wouldn't try it. - Martin_Canine

The Contenders

11 Fred Durst 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.

Too crass and annoying a vocalist to sing a ballad. Not to mention, did you hear his band's cover of Behind Blue Eyes? - Mrveteran

His music is driven by his rage and high energy, not by a good singing voice. Limp Bizkit's songs are perfect teen anarchy anthems, but yeah, ballads would be entirely unfitting and simply wouldn't work. Not only because I highly doubt Durst can hit all the notes, but also because you simply wouldn't buy this image.
(Judged by a person who has only heard their first two albums) - Martin_Canine

12 Chad Kroeger Chad Kroeger Chad Robert Kroeger is a Canadian musician and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band, Nickelback.

Actually, I disagree on that, even though I also regard Nickelback's rock songs as better than their ballads. I think that while it is absolutely right that his voice does not sound as emotional as necessary on most of their ballads, it is mostly due to the fact that on more recent Nickelback ballads multiple tracks of his voice are playing at the same time, making it seem as if a group of Chad Kroegers were singing at the same time, and not because he isn't capable of doing it. In fact, on "Curb", where this technique wasn't used yet, there were several examples of emotional singing by Kroeger ("Fly", "Where? "). Even though there were no ballads on that album, you can tell he could have recorded some. If he used that style of singing for his ballads, they would sound way more believable than their actual ballads. - Martin_Canine

He sounds very good on hard rock and metal-ish songs because his voice is powerful and naturally aggressive. But he doesn't sound very convincing on ballads or slow songs because there's no softness and pain in his voice. I think ballads are not what he would sing naturally. - Metal_Treasure

13 Tom Araya Tom Araya Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Raining LOVE, anybody? - Metal_Treasure

14 Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian American rapper/pop music artist. Nicki is most known for songs like "Anaconda", "Only", "Truffle Butter", "Super Bass" and "Stupid Hoe" . Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. She was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James Trinidad and Tobago. ...read more.

Actually, Nicki Minaj can sing ballads. In fact, "Grand Piano" by her is a really great and emotional song, and the rap ballad "All Things Go" is a very personal experience. I am tired that people judge her by a few silly songs she made while obviously having been on drugs, instead of listening to a whole album by her (best one would be "The Pinkprint") and judge fairly. Yes, I include Soulja Boy on almost every list centering around bad musicians but I actually listened to a whole album before allowing myself to judge if he is bad or good. - Martin_Canine

15 Bono Bono Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. His original nickname was Bono Vox which means "big voice".

Wouldn't necessarily agree. His voice is distinctly average and faceless, hence the perfect voice for mediocre shlockly ballads. - Mrveteran

Mrveteran, LOL - "perfect voice for mediocre shlockly ballads."
But I don't like mediocre shlockly ballads... - Metal_Treasure

16 Silento Silento Richard Lamar Hawk, better known by his stage name Silentó, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is best known for his debut single "Watch Me", which reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100.

He can't sing good period so if he did a ballad it would just be a autotuned mess that would probally defeat the purpose of a ballad - christangrant

17 Dahvie Vanity Dahvie Vanity David Jesus Torres, better known by his stage name Dahvie Vanity, is an American singer-songwriter and rapper born on September 5, 1984, who is best known as one half of Crunkcore duo Blood on the Dance Floor and as the face and creative mind behind Industrial project Sinners are Winners. He is also ...read more.

Without hating on him (everything after 2011 by that band was actually not as bad as it is made out to be, but it's mostly their old stuff - which indeed sucks - that comes to people's minds. Listen to the "Anthem of the Outcast" or "Scissors" albums for a better idea of how they sounded before breaking up) he does have an EXTREMELY limited vocal range. Unlike Jayy von Monroe who has a solid singing voice, Vanity often can't hit the right notes, has a very thin voice and is far better at screaming (he doesn't "growl" like most emo/scene screamers but rather shout, in a way Chester Bennington does it) and doing Marilyn Manson-esque vocals (which he does on his new solo project Sinners are Winners, so I guess he knows for himself that he isn't really that good of a singer but figured out his strengths). But in their ballads he often tries to sing melodiously, but it simply does not sound good. Especially when he tries to sing long and loud. - Martin_Canine

Uh no a ballad by him would just be wired considering he's a pedophile - christangrant

18 Soulja Boy Soulja Boy DeAndre Cortez Way, known professionally as Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.

He tried to sing on "Turn My Swag On" and for me, that was it. All he had to do is carrying the tone for about two seconds and it sounds like he was in pain while recording this and forced himself to go all the way through in order to stop it. - Martin_Canine

19 Yoko Ono Yoko Ono Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and peace activist who is also known for her work in performance art, music, and filmmaking.

Yoko Ono is more about the feeling and the idea than singing. She isn't the best singer and never was, but I don't think she really tried to be that. On "Plastic Ono Band", she plays her voice like a trashy guitar, on later albums she actually does sing in more conventional ways, and it works in the context of her music, but damn, she just can't sing good enough to sing a ballad. But then again, that's not what her music is about anyway. - Martin_Canine

20 Pitbull Pitbull
21 Seven

Yeah, Brokencyde basically did what every other average rapper or rap group did in the late 2000s (rapping about sex and partying over synth driven beats, often with autotune, but the flow is quite nice and the beats are catchy that's why they have gathered themselves loyal fans), plus screaming. The latter is why they are more hated than other rappers, in addition to the fangirls. In fact, they are average. But gosh, there are a few tracks where Se7en of Brokencyde actually tries to sing an emotional hook and it comes off as a complete disaster. On "Kandyland 2.0" he is so terribly off-key that you have to wonder what kind of producer would let him get away with that. What makes it even more gruesome is that he sings like this both with and without autotune. So, even the program that has the sole purpose of pitch correction couldn't save him from not hitting any right notes. Wow. - Martin_Canine

22 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.
23 Varg Vikernes Varg Vikernes Louis Cachet, (born Kristian Vikernes) more popularly known as Varg Vikernes, is a Norwegian musician, writer, and a convicted murderer and arsonist. He is known as the frontman of the one-man band Burzum (named after a word in the Black Speech, which is a fictional language in J.R.R. Tolkien's The ...read more.

His black metal vocals are not suited for ballads... or working ears for that matter. - Mrveteran

24 Axl Rose 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.
25 Tyga Tyga Micheal Ray Stevenson, known by his stage name Tyga, is an American hip hop recording artist. In 2011, Tyga signed a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records.

Again he's admitted to pedophilia so doing a ballad would just be wired - christangrant

26 Weird Al Yankovic Weird Al Yankovic Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic is an American singer, songwriter, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, voice actor, music video director, film producer, and author.

I have to say... if "Don't Download This Song" would have more serious lyrics... I'd be totally fine with that. - Martin_Canine

I love him to death but... I don't wanna hear a ballad from him, haha. - Metal_Treasure

27 IceJJFish IceJJFish IceJJFish is an R&B artist known for his song "On The Floor" which has reached 67 million views on YouTube and reached number 5 on the Billboard hot 100 charts in 2014.
28 Sean Paul Sean Paul Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques is a Jamaican rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor.
29 Lil Uzi Vert Lil Uzi Vert Symere Woods, better known by his stage name Lil Uzi Vert, is an American hip hop recording artist and songwriter.
30 Katy Perry Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known by her stage name Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF. ...read more.
31 Selena Gomez Selena Gomez Selena Marie Gomez is an American actress and singer. She is best known for songs like "Come & Get It", "Good For You", "Same Old Love", and "Naturally". Selena Gomez's voice is mezzo-soprano but she usually sings in alto. She is best known for her role as Alex Russo in Wizards of Waverly Place.
32 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about ...read more.
33 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She was born on June 26th 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She is best known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and its spin-off show Sam & Cat. ...read more.

She has a nice voice for uptempo tracks, but her voice isn't strong/soulful enough and too small for ballads in my opinion, I don't think she has a good voice for ballads and could pull off a ballad with nothing but her voice. Maybe as she gets older and her voice grows, I don't know. But just like her body, she has the voice of a 12 year old. Yes she can hit high notes, but it's so child-like and not soulful at all, I would not want to hear Ariana doing ballads. I'm not a huge Mariah fan, but Ariana is no Mariah! - RnBLover

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35 Justin Bieber Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada and is Christian. He is the son of author Pattie Mallette. ...read more.
36 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Destiny Hope Cyrus, aka Miley Ray Cyrus, was born November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. She is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Miley Cyrus's voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the character Miley Stewart ...read more.
37 Kesha Kesha Kesha (formerly known as Ke$ha) was born in Los Angeles, United States. She is best known for her hits like Timber, Tik Tok, and We R Who We R. Kesha is an animal rights activist and she works for H.S.I. (Humane Society International). Kesha also stands up for L.G.B.T. rights in America
38 Tinashe Tinashe Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe, known professionally as Tinashe, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress and former model.
39 Flo Rida Flo Rida Tramar Lacel Dillard, better known by his stage name Flo Rida is an American rapper and pop music artist from Carol City, Florida. He is known for songs such as "Low", "Right Round", "Sugar", "Club Can't Handel Me", "Good Feeling", "Whistle", "Wild Ones", "My House" and "GDFR."
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41 Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.
42 The Weeknd The Weeknd Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer.
43 Jake Paul Jake Paul Jake Joseph Paul is an American actor and YouTube personality who rose to internet fame on the now-defunct video application Vine. Paul is known for playing the role of Dirk on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark.

One thing he's right about- he has no talent at all

44 Sean Kingston Sean Kingston Kisean Anderson, known professionally as Sean Kingston, is a Jamaican-American singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer whose first album, Sean Kingston, was released in 2007.
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