Top 10 Songs Not Sung by Lead Singers

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

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

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

4 Hijack My Heart - Queen

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

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

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

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

8 Beth - Kiss

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

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

10 Remember a Day - Pink Floyd

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

The Contenders

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

Keef! - DMZABO

13 21 - Annihilator

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

14 Free Flight - Whitesnake

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

15 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

16 Astronomy Domine - Pink Floyd

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

17 14 Years - Guns N Roses

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

18 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

19 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

20 F.O.D. - Green Day

Sung by the drummer Tre Cool

21 Words are Weapons - D12
22 Salvation - Skillet
23 Traces of Sadness - Vanilla Ninja

Sung by bassist Maarja Kivi - Martin_Canine

24 Don't You Realize - Vanilla Ninja

Sung by bassist Maarja Kivi - Martin_Canine

25 Restless - The Sweet

Lead vocals - Steve Priest (bassist). - Metal_Treasure

26 My Generation - The Sweet

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

27 Lady Starlight - The Sweet

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

28 Miss Demeanor - The Sweet

Lead vocals - Steve Priest - Metal_Treasure

29 Into the Night - The Sweet

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

30 Obak Bhalobasha - Warfaze

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

31 Holy Man - Deep Purple

Sung by bassist Glenn Hughes. - zxm

Yes, Glenn Hughes can sing - Metal_Treasure

32 Have a Cigar - Pink Floyd

Sung by Roy Harper. - JCHOW

33 Drive - By the Cars
34 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.

35 Stormrider - Iced Earth

Guitarist Jon Schaffer in lead vox - Metal_Treasure

36 Wille the Pimp - Frank Zappa

Sung by Captain Beefheart. - JCHOW

37 Marigold - Nirvana

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

38 Freedom Fighter - Aerosmith

Sung by Joe Perry - christangrant

39 Eminence Front - The Who

Sung by Pete Townsend - christangrant

40 In Between - Linkin Park

Sung by Mike Shinoda. - CaptainMowzker

41 Invisible - Linkin Park
42 No Roads Left - Linkin Park
43 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

44 Boris the Spider - The Who

Sung by John Entwistle - Userguy44

45 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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Top Remixes

1. (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
2. Outlaw - Whitesnake
3. Long Away - Queen
1. (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
2. Beth - Kiss
3. Long Away - Queen


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