I really wanna see a list of singers with lots of pain in their voices and not just great singers. There are many excellent singers with no pain in their voices but this doesn't make them bad singers.
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1Jeff BuckleyJeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997) raised as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...read more.
2Layne StaleyLayne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.
3Kurt CobainKurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana. 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 Seattle home in 1994.
Mother, Am I Demon, How the Gods Kill. - Metal_Treasure
5Eddie VedderEddie Vedder is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as a member of the rock band Pearl Jam, with whom he performs lead vocals and is one of three guitarists.
6Amy LeeAmy 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.
7Jim MorrisonJames Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
8Joe CockerJohn Robert "Joe" Cocker was an English singer and musician. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance and definitive versions of popular songs.
10David GilmourDavid Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.
11Bob DylanBob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .
12Chester BenningtonChester 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 has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.
Given the lyrical context he sings in many of Linkin Park's songs, Chester invokes a lot of emotions with his voice. In fact, much of Linkin Park's song deal with specific themes which were heavily involved in Chester's life (E.g. "Crawling" on Chester's drug addiction, "Breaking the Habit" about breaking out of drug addiction and "Valentine's Day" serving as a metaphor to Chester's dad passing away on Valentine's Day. Its safe to say there's a lot of pain and sorrow in what Chester sang. - CrimsonShark
Vote him up. R.I.P
13James HetfieldJames Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.
Behind his angry voice there's a lot of pain. - Metal_Treasure
14Matt BarlowMatthew 'Matt' Barlow is an American heavy metal singer and police officer. He was the lead singer for Iced Earth in the 1990s and 2000s. He is currently the lead singer for Ashes of Ares. After the September 11 terrorist attacks Matt Barlow decided to become a police officer and contribute to the "real ...read more.
15Mikael AkerfeldtLars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician, prominently known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth, as well as being the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath for three albums up until 2012. ...read more.
This man from Opeth can sing black metal to opera to progressive rock.
16Leona LewisLeona Louise Lewis is a British singer, songwriter and animal welfare campaigner. She was born and raised in the London Borough of Islington, London, England where she attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.
Saddest pop singer ever
17Lexy PanterraLexy Panterra is a Persian-American dancer . She was born on May 22, 1989 in California. As a young child, Panterra enjoyed participating in beauty pageants and racing motorcycles. She went on to be a trained hip-hop dancer who founded the exercise program Lex Twerk Out in 2014. By 2015, Panterra has ...read more.