Top Ten Most Talented Metal Musicians

Heavy Metal isn't always about which band has the best songs and albums, but also about how talented the members are. This will include singers, drummers, guitarists, and bassists, which will be judged by how good they are at their instrument, and how good of a songwriter they are.

The Top Ten

1 Steve Harris Steve Harris Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

Steve Harris is probably the best bassist in heavy metal, and not only is he a great bass player, but wrote a lot of great Iron Maiden songs by himself, which includes Hallowed Be Thy Name.

2 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck as the "Godfather ...read more.

The king is dead long live Death and their original legacy!

He's a better guitar player than Dave Mustaine, a good death metal singer, and a pretty good songwriter. Just listen to Cosmic Sea.

His lyrics can teach real values for someone's life and his music is soul touching. Chuck you live in the hearts of people that love you.

Daddy of Death Metal, one killer vocalist and top 5 best metal guitarists. Rest in peace, brother!

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3 Ritchie Blackmore Ritchie Blackmore Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the ...read more.

A great metal guitarist with nice solos from Highway Star and Stargazer, who helped write some of the best songs by both Deep Purple and Rainbow.

Incredibly talented and innovative. - Metal_Treasure

4 Jon Oliva Jon Oliva John Nicholas Oliva, known as Jon Oliva, is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Co-founder of the metal band Savatage and the rock opera Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He's got a real 4 octave range, able to morph the sound of his voice to any style, from John Lennon and Freddie Mercury, ...read more.

He is so talented that can write and record an entire metal album alone. He can play all metal instruments - lead and rhythm guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and piano. His vocals are mindblowing with a 4-octave vocal range (try Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King). - Metal_Treasure

5 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine ...read more.

Godfather of thrash metal

Mustaine for President

6 James Hetfield James Hetfield 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.

Not only he is a great singer, but he is also a better guitarist than Kirk Hammett, and a better drummer than Lars Ulrich. He even played bass when recording Hit the Lights for the first time, until Ron McGoveny joined the band.

He has got great vocals.His rhythm and lead guitar skills are also good.I like his solos more than Kirk Hammett. - zxm

7 Jeff Waters Jeff Waters Jeff Waters (born February 13, 1966) is a Canadian metal musician and founder of the metal band Annihilator . He's best known as the guitarist for Annihilator, appreciated for his fast riffs and solos . Waters is also the primary songwriter in the band . Very often he has taken on the role of lead singer, ...read more.

He played all main metal instruments on his band official recordings except drums but he can play drums, too. Basically Jeff is an incredible guitarist with both lead and rhythm functions, and main songwriter. But he also did lead and backing vocals, played bass and acoustic guitar (try Annihilator - Alison Hell). - Metal_Treasure

8 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.

Both his vocals and lyrics are close to 10/10. - Metal_Treasure

9 Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records ...read more.

An immensely talented singer, amazing lyricist and impressive composer. Besides, he was also the bassist until 1998. In addition, he can play guitar and piano very well. He said "When I started making music I had a stronger tendency to become a guitarist." Obviously he had many talents from the very beginning but it was a wise decision to focus on vocals and songwriting. - Metal_Treasure

I want to add that the multi-layered backing vocals and overlapping vocal harmonies in his songs are not a studio magic. He records each vocal track individually because harmonizers and "perfect pitch" programs don't work with his voice, due to (1) distortion and (2) the natural double layer effects his vocal cords have. - Metal_Treasure

10 Tobias Sammet Tobias Sammet Tobias Sammet is a German metal musician, best known as the vocalist and primary songwriter of the power metal band Edguy, as well as the founder, main singer and bassist of the metal opera Avantasia.

Excellent singing ability, writes songs for 2 bands in parallel (Edguy, Avantasia), played bass, keyboards, piano, organ. He founded Edguy at 14, Avantasia at 21. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Bill Ward Bill Ward William Thomas "Bill" Ward is an English musician and visual artist, best known as the original drummer for the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath.
12 Cliff Burton Cliff Burton Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums. He died in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's ...read more.
13 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.
14 Dave Lombardo Dave Lombardo David "Dave" Lombardo is a Cuban American drummer, best known as a co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

It's amazing see her drumming! too bad that Slayer and him can't get along and it will be amazing see in the drummer site with Megadeth, along Marty of course, Wake up... Dave!

15 John Petrucci John Petrucci John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater.
16 Daniel Gildenlöw Daniel Gildenlöw Daniel Gildenlöw is a Swedish musician and songwriter. He is best known as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist for the progressive metal band Pain of Salvation.
17 Rob Halford Rob Halford Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.
18 Mike Patton Mike Patton Michael Allan "Mike" Patton is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, producer, and actor, best known as the lead singer of the alternative metal band Faith No More.
19 Mikael Akerfeldt Mikael Akerfeldt Lars 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.

He is really very talented - great vox (both death and clean), guitars, songwriting. Hands down. - Metal_Treasure

20 Kirk Hammett Kirk Hammett Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.

Kirk Hammett is pretty much the opposite of talented, and he is only famous because of the band he was in.

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