Top 10 Singers that Should Never Sing BalladsMetal_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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
His voice was made for hard rock and not ballads. By the way, are there any AC/DC ballads? - Metal_Treasure
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
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
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
Raining LOVE, anybody? - Metal_Treasure
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
His black metal vocals are not suited for ballads... or working ears for that matter. - Mrveteran
Again he's admitted to pedophilia so doing a ballad would just be wired - christangrant
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
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
One thing he's right about- he has no talent at all
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