Top 10 Songs Not Sung by Lead Singers

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These are some songs where the lead singers didn't do lead vocals. However they may have done backing vocals or few vocal parts. But the majority of the song was sung by other member.

The Top Ten

1 (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

Great list. It's another proof that zxm is one of the several users who make original music lists - lists that take deeper music knowledge and probably some research to be made. - Metal_Treasure

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2 Long Away - Queen

Sung by Brian May. Don't know if he ever took vocal lessons. But he does great in this song. - zxm

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3 Outlaw - Whitesnake

A very pleasant song of 1979 sung by their guitarist Bernie Marsden - pretty good vocals. I mean, better than some lead singers for other rock bands... - Metal_Treasure

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4 Hijack My Heart - Queen

A great song of Queen sung by Roger Taylor. - zxm

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5 King of the Kill - Annihilator

Written and entirely sung by guitarist Jeff Waters. One of their most liked songs of the 90s. - Metal_Treasure

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6 Can't You See - The Marshall Tucker Band

Doug Gray is a very good singer. But unfortunately/fortunately their biggest hit was sung by their lead guitarist Toy Caldwell. - zxm

The beginning of this song is second to none. - DMZABO

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7 No You Don't - The Sweet

Lead vocals by the bassist Steve Priest. One of my favorite songs by this band.
Steve Priest really can sing if you ask me. He sang on many songs and he sounds great even on the live videos I watched. - Metal_Treasure

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8 Beth - Kiss

For me the singing wasn't very good. But it became famous. - zxm

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9 Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll - Queen

A song written and sung by drummer Roger Taylor in 1973.
He sings it very good - he's even better than some lead singers for other bands in that era. It's a very obscure Queen song on their debut album - a short but very fast song. And with pretty heavy sections in the context of the early 70s. - Metal_Treasure

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10 Remember a Day - Pink Floyd

Sung by Richard Wright. Roger, David and Barrett were their regular singer. But here Richard sings. - zxm

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The Contenders

11 Death of a Clown - The Kinks UListen to Sample
12 Happy - The Rolling Stones

Keef! - DMZABO

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13 21 - Annihilator

It was written and entirely sung by guitarist Jeff Waters. - Metal_Treasure

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15 Free Flight - Whitesnake

A 1978 song sung by their guitarist Bernie Marsden. Play the sample and be convinced. - Metal_Treasure

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16 Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles

Sung by George Harrison.

A year and 205 days after this list was created, a song by The Beatles is added. - Billyv

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17 Before They Make Me Run - The Rolling Stones

Not on top. Cause even though Keith Richard's not a regular vocalist of the band. But he did lead vocals on some songs. - zxm

Keef! - DMZABO

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18 Holy Man - Deep Purple

Yes, Glenn Hughes can sing - Metal_Treasure

Sung by bassist Glenn Hughes. - zxm

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19 Drive - By the Cars

Best Cars song ever! - DMZABO

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20 Astronomy Domine - Pink Floyd

This is sung by Wright too. He has a nice voice - BrianScott01

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22 14 Years - Guns N Roses

Sung by Izzy Stradlin. Axl Rose has some singing parts. That's why its not on top. - zxm

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23 Hands of Time - Primal Fear

A ballad by a metal band - it is sung by the bassist and the two guitarists. The lead vocalist sings only 2 short lines - "Time is running, time is running out. Time is running and takes the time away".
I guess this song was a vocal experiment but the guys sang it good. However, when the lead singer starts singing his 2 lines, you know who's the lead singer and why. - Metal_Treasure

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24 You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire - Queens of the Stone Age

Sung by the bassist Nick Oliveri

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25 F.O.D. - Green Day

Sung by the drummer Tre Cool

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26 Words are Weapons - D12
27 Salvation - Skillet UListen to Sample
28 Traces of Sadness - Vanilla Ninja

Sung by bassist Maarja Kivi - Martin_Canine

29 Don't You Realize - Vanilla Ninja

Sung by bassist Maarja Kivi - Martin_Canine

30 Restless - The Sweet

Lead vocals - Steve Priest (bassist). - Metal_Treasure

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31 My Generation - The Sweet

Lead vocals - Steve Priest, bassist. It's The Who cover that's not bad at all. - Metal_Treasure

32 Lady Starlight - The Sweet

Lead vocals - Andy Scott ( guitarist).
In this band all members provided lead vocals and there are more songs. - Metal_Treasure

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33 Miss Demeanor - The Sweet

Lead vocals - Steve Priest - Metal_Treasure

34 Into the Night - The Sweet

Lead vocals - Andy Scott, guitarist. Not bad at all. - Metal_Treasure

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35 Obak Bhalobasha - Warfaze

This song was sung by their bassist (Babna Karim). Considered as one of their greatest songs. - zxm

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36 Have a Cigar - Pink Floyd

Sung by Roy Harper. - JCHOW

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37 Breathe - Pink Floyd

Not only one of the best Pink Floyd songs, but sung By Richard Wright (who is only featured as the lead vocalist in three Floyd songs) and perhaps the best on the album, The Dark Side of the Moon.

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38 Stormrider - Iced Earth

Guitarist Jon Schaffer in lead vox - Metal_Treasure

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39 Wille the Pimp - Frank Zappa

Sung by Captain Beefheart. - JCHOW

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40 Marigold - Nirvana

Sung by Dave Grohl and the only Nirvana song not sung by Kurt. - JCHOW

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41 Freedom Fighter - Aerosmith

Sung by Joe Perry - christangrant

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42 Eminence Front - The Who

Sung by Pete Townsend - christangrant

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43 In Between - Linkin Park

Sung by Mike Shinoda.

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44 Invisible - Linkin Park UListen to Sample
45 No Roads Left - Linkin Park UListen to Sample
46 Little Miss Strange - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

This is one of two songs written and sung by Noel Redding (the bassist) instead of Jimi himself. The other is She's So Fine. - Gg2000

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47 Boris the Spider - The Who

Creepy crawly Creepy creepy crawly crawly! Classic The Who song! - DMZABO

Sung by John Entwistle - Userguy44

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48 Box of Rain - Grateful Dead

Most of their songs were sung by Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, or (from 1965-1972) Pigpen. However, the lead vocals are sung by bassist Phil Lesh, who wrote the music. This is unusual for him because over the next couple years, he practically shredded his voice by not singing properly. - Gg2000

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49 Ramblin' Man - The Allman Brothers Band

Gregg Allman did most of the lead vocals for the Allman Brothers Band, but this song was sung by guitarist Dickey Betts. - Gg2000

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50 It's Alright - Black Sabbath

Written and sung by the band's drummer, Bill Ward. Apparently, Bill was afraid of singing the song as he didn't want to upset Ozzy, but the other members encouraged him to do it. (For the record, Ozzy says that he enjoyed it.) - Gg2000

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