James Hetfield

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James 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.


What makes Hetfield a good singer is how unique he is. Many other band singers have tried to imitate his voice but it is so complex and sophisticated that it is just too difficult to master. Some might have the growl but are unable to get the soft tone down while others get the soft tone but are unable to get the growl down. James Hetfield has the full package. A truly unique musician, singer and individual.

The variety of James's vocals is just amazing. Sometimes when I listen to a song from their early days, like hit the lights and then something from Death Magnetic I'm just amazed that that's the same person singing. It's also amazing that he can sing this well at his age. Most of today's stars lose their voices and end their careers at age 20 something.

How is this guy not #1? His vocals are so good that every time I listen to Metallica, his voice really stands out. I don't think anyone can march his voice. when I hear him sing ONE, James' voice is so good that I fall off my chair and start wippin my head like a maniac. plus, look at the band he started. lars, kirk, and cliff were awesome but he was above all of them

What the hell guys, 55 only? Come on I mean James should deserve better than this... Just hear The Unforgiven III, Fade to Black (my personal favorite), Master of Puppets and one I bet you can't help being a fan of James Hetfeild.
Metallica has registered 5 albums continuously in the #1 of Billboard 200. Okay, maybe Michael Jackson sings better than him, but out there he doesn't have to play guitar for 8 minutes or more... Playing a guitar as well as singing and screaming at same time is very difficult, specially when you are holding a heavy one... I am not saying That James is better than Eminem or can dance better than MJ but he should "DESERVE" better than this..

it's not always abt hittin difficult notes.. a good singer is the one who matches his singing style perfectly with the genre of his/her band or whatever.. and james is spot on..his vocals give u that feeling that boy this is real METAL!!!

It's not just essential for a singer to be great on recorded singing, Hetfield is obviously great because he sings live terribly good. And his voice and loud has not changed so much during the years, which makes him a great singer.

His voice has evolved, but incredibly fit all the songs, the voice of master of puppets is perfect for master, but not for nothing else matters, I don't know any voice that fits like this, and his lives are... Awesome!

Just look at how he manage to remember the guitar chords and lyrics while performing and sing powerfully. James and Mustaine are Gods of music

Come on, Taylor Swift shouldn't even be on this list! She just puts out the same crap every time! Who cares about your ex boyfriend! James is so unique and can adapt to any rock genre.

Some of the earlier stuff is probably why he's down so low, but his voice since the black album has gotten SO much better. He has at least a three octave range! He should be up higher than this.

The most complete voice ever. Just listen to The Black Album. He had the power, range, aggression and emotion in his voice. The best male voice I've ever heard.

How is axl rose 11 and James Hetfield 57? Axl sounded good on one album (barely) and James sounded good on 9 going on 10! Not to mention he plays guitar and sings metal at the same time and the only thing axl holds besides his mic is a beer. No wonder why guns n roses sucks balls and Metallica is one of the greatest rock bands of all time!

Dude he's leading Metallica he should be in the top 10. It's a shame that people are voting for their favourite singers who have never tasted the hard work which they had put in.

This ranking is crazy.. Go and die man! I'm totally tortured by the above names.. I need to relax for a day after this now! James at 55? I suppose its just a random numbering!

He was okay up until he busted his chords. I'm Gonna be honest, he is one of the worst metal singers right now (my opinion) right up there with andy Biersack.

I love Metallica but James isn't know of the best singers he is good yeah but range wise he isn't that good if you wanna go with metal or hard rock stick with Robert plant rob half it's or Bruce Dickinson the ones who he te power and the range to be really someone on th list

Are You Kidding Me? Just Open The List Of Best Bands, You Will Find Metallica on top Which Is Just Because Of This Great Vocalist

He have a great, beautiful and powerful voice. He can sing perfectly in loud and fast songs, as well as calm and melodic songs.

James Is One heavy Singing Guy And Should Be Way Up The Top In The Top 5 Or Something He's Far More Talented To Be Number 47

James Hetfield is far better than Lady gaga, Katy Perry, this is totally messed up that this Rock legend is at 48 place...

This God deserve on top 10. How can he putted so low in this list? People on this list need to see and hear james hetfield.!

He is better than all. No one sings better in metal songs. His all songs are better than everyone else. Must be above

there would be no great metal bands right now if it wernt for hetfield and metallica they inspired so many bands - PayXBack6969

Pf... It's just that people don't go down this far, because He'll be higher. Metallica Rocks, enought said - Desro

Is really chester more than him in 15th? I think chester should take lessons from james!