Top Ten Nu-Metal Singers


The Top Ten

1 Chester Bennington - Linkin Park Chester Bennington - Linkin Park Chester 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 participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. more.

Chester is definitively deserving of number 1 spot without doubt, but the rest of the top 5 (in no order) should easily be Corey Taylor, M. Shadows, Matthew Tuck and perhaps either Amy Lee (who is an amazing singer by the way even though I don't listen to Evanescence all that often, Serj Tankian or Benjamin Burnley who I think is extremely underrated. Anyone who is unwilling to accept that or notice these peoples talents as well as my great and much respect to the others who are very close behind from the top 5 and who are some of my top 5-10 favorite bands clearly doesn't understand diversity and the meaning of Nu-Metal.

1: Chester Bennington
2: Corey Taylor
3: Chad Gray

What is Amy Lee doing up there? I cringed so hard reading the comments of people claiming she's the best nu metal vocalist.
I don't even like the idea of calling her a NU METAL vocalist because she can't even scream or sing aggressively which is a must.
Sorry but the majority of the nu metal vocalists on this list is superior to her.
Chester in every aspect.

I don't even know what is M. Shadows doing on this list. He's a great singer, there's no doubt about it. But he never sang Nu-Metal (with Avenged Sevenfold). And to all of you, who say Linkin Park isn't Metal anymore, well, listen to The Hunting Party and you will see that they come back to Metal when they want and they kick asses.

He can sing scream like hell (Faint), He can sing calm soothing songs (The Messenger), He can sing like a rapper (Papercut), He can make deep ass lyrics (Leave Out All The Rest), He can sing weird but really cool songs (Blackout), He's gone across at least 6 different forms of Rock and he's only in his 30's, enough said.

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2 Corey Taylor - Slipknot Corey Taylor - Slipknot Corey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.

Great singer, growler, screamer, rapper

Slipknot has some nu metal songs but I'd rather call them a proper metal band instead of nu metal. Their riff style differs from general metal riffs but their songs are arguably one of the heaviest modern metal songs.

I'm surprised how he didn't destroy his vocal chords yet. He can also rap faster than mike

I believe he is the most talanted or god gifted frontman in rock/metal bands of all time...
Screaming 10/10
Singing 10/10
Rapping 10/10
Growling 10 10
If I ever wanted to be a singer like someone I would defiantly want to be like corey taylor...

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3 Jonathan Davis - Korn Jonathan Davis - Korn Jonathan Howsmon Davis, also known as JD and JDevil, is an American musician best known as the leading vocalist and frontman of the nu metal band Korn.

He is a great singer. I don't know why he is number 3 on the list. I also think he is hot as well.

Jon's voice is amazing. He can sing metal and has a awesome deep growl, but if he wants he can sing emotionally. Not to mention the lyrics come from the heart and have a deep meaning to all the songs he writes. His scat is unbelievable and is the best I ever heard. In addition to his amazing ability to play instruments of all types, guitar, bass, drums, bagpipes, violin, harp, piano, etc. Conclusion... Jonathan Houseman Davis = Greatest Metal/Rock singer of all time.

Without a doubt, Jonathan Davis should be number one. Without a doubt.

jonathan 'HIV' davis was ranked #16 in top 100 metal vocalist of all time. he's the best vocalist of nu metal genres. no ones in here was ranked higher than him. I love chester bennington of linkin park and corey taylor of slipknot/stone sour but I feel they are not good like jonathan davis

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4 Amy Lee - Evanescence

Seriously? Chester and Corey? Chester and Jonathan is also cool, Corey is sick, matt shadows is not nu metal. How Chester number 1? Amy Lee is the best. She is incredible and so beautiful, sing like a angel with Chester. But Amy is something else... Voices is very powerful and bewitching. Sorry guys, Chester don't compare to Amy. Well, Corey Taylor? He is good but not SO GOOD. Probably Corey is very remain ordinary with Amy. She is able to write wonderful lyrics and charming voices. İf she is a not nu metal singer, listen to "Fallen". She is the Best. GO AMY! GO EVANESCENCE!

She is a great. Compared to to other nu metal singers, his place is separate and unique, If whoever heard the voice of the girl, he falls in love. Because she is a miraculously ANGEL! Her lyrics and voice is so beautiful, darkness, hauntingly and charming. Amazing beauty and amazing voice. Chester Bennington's amazing singing-screaming, Corey Taylor's heavenly rap-scream singing and Amy Lee...

She is the best singer, she is the best nu metal singer, there is no doubt about it!

Amy Lee is #1? How is Chester Bennington number 1? Amy is the best. Chester is very great but Amy is very awesome.

I love you Amy, you're is #1,

Amy and Evanescence forever!

Yes, Nu metal is rap, DJ, guitar riffs, no guitar solos but Amy is horribly underrated. She's voice is very powerful. Listen, maybe she's not so talented (such as screaming and rapping), but Evanescence is great Nu metal band. Her can singing emotional (My Immortal, Lost in Paradise), her can singing aggressive (Going Under, Sweet Sacrifice) and her can singing angelic (Good Enough).
She's lyrics is great. Listen to My Immortal's lyrics, beautiful. Everyone please vote him. Because she's voice is deep, so much great.

She is really so beautiful and voice is incredible. Seriously? Chester Bennington and Corey Taylor? Chester is also cool, Corey is sick and M. Shadows is not nu metal. But Amy is the best. She is bewitching and singin like an angel with Chester. But chester don't compare to Amy. Well Corey? He is good, but not SO GOOD. He is crazy and swearing, but Amy is something else...
Best female singer. GO AMY!

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5 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist.

System of a Down actually pioneered the best of nu metal and the guys voice is great - Metalhead83927

Its pretty bad when the best singer listed isn't even nu metal... the list should be Serj, Corey, and Jon D... you no actually nu metal singers... M. Shadows isn't in a nu metal band. Amy lee's band is emo. Three Days Grace is more hard rock. Bullet for my valentine are metalcore... David Draiman is hard rock/metal and Chester is in a emo sellout band now

Oh, dear... His ability to vary his voice! It's so different, neither clear nor particularly clean. Growling, screaming, singing och humming.

And what's the singer from Linkin Park doing up there!?

Have you ever even heard this guy sing? He is a way more talented singer than chester bennington or corey taylor. He's even great solo. What more can you ask for?

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6 David Draiman - Disturbed David Draiman - Disturbed David Michael Draiman is an American songwriter and the vocalist for the band Disturbed as well as for the band Device.

I have been listening to Nu Metal, Metal-core, and Heavy Metal since I was about 7 years old and out of all the bands and vocalists I listened to, I liked David Draiman from Disturbed+Device the best. I don't fully understand why Amy Lee and Linkin Park are here; because while they did do some Nu Metal songs, they can't be classified as Nu Metal singers or bands when most of their songs are classified under Hard Rock and Alternative Rock. If we were talking about Heavy Metal vocalists and bands, then I would choose Austin Carlile from Of Mice And Men 100%. I believe that Austin Carlile is possibly the best Heavy Metal vocalist in the 21st century.

Obviously the best Metal, let alone Nu metal singer still performing. Some can compete, however, he is a genius when it comes to lyrics. When Device made "Haze" with Matt Shadows, Matt, as much as I like him, was blown away by David. Amy Lee and Chester Bennington? We are talking Nu Metal, not just alternative rock. No disrespect to them, but evanescence shouldn't even be on here, and Linkin Park has much more than a singer, so he doesn't really carry the band like David, Shadows, or even Ivan Moody.

Linkin park is nu metal, however disturbed is the best. Not as political as serj but pretty close. David Draiman is awesome in both his bands and the duets sound great too. I really like how he can go from such an aggressive sound in The Sickness to a more melodic on in Believe. Every CD with him is gold

Matt Shadows is not Nu-Metal but if he was nu metal he'd be worthy of the list

7 Matt Sanders (M. Shadows) - Avenged Sevenfold

M. Shadows is an awesome vocalist, but Avenged Sevenfold isn't nu-metal. Don't get me wrong, I love them, but Shadows shouldn't be on a nu-metal list. - UndisputedLunatic

What? Avenged Sevenfold NEVER played nu metal! They play metalcore and hard rock with some elements of alternative metal.

Matt should be in the top 3. No doubt Chester Bennington is an amazing singer. But Linkin Park is not metal anymore. Slipknot is metal, A7X is metal, Korn is metal. All of Matt's vocals on the past three albums have been awesome. He is the pure voice of Metal

One of the most versatile singers with great transitions from soft to coarse to screaming, unlike Corey Taylor who has no transition.

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8 Benjamin Burnley - Breaking Benjamin Benjamin Burnley - Breaking Benjamin Benjamin Jackson Burnley IV is an American musician, composer, and producer, best known as the founder and frontman of the American rock band Breaking Benjamin.

Awesome singer but he's Post- Grunge not Nu Metal.

Oh come on, he is a1.93m tall guy with a perfect voice. He deserves to be in top. Ben burnley s the best nu-metal singer dude so, in my opinion he is the best

A fiercing death growl of Ben should scare the crap out of Chester bennington that really sounds like a chicken scream.Ben burnley's voice could melt your heart until your knees weaken, or a death growl that chills the spines and breaks the irony...he is the best singer and no one can beat his growl...

Brilliant singer! Love his voice, it's really unforgettable!

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9 Jeffrey Nothing - Mushroomhead
10 Chino Moreno - Deftones Chino Moreno - Deftones Chino Moreno is an American musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and contributing guitarist of Deftones.

This is guy is one of the best, criminally underrated

I can´t believe why Chino is so underrated. He's awesome! There's no one like him definitely!

Chino Moreno has a great voice that can fit into all kinds of songs that they have composed. In the course of their long standing career, the has proven that he can scream, rap, sing melodically, sing softly for more mellow or acoustic songs, and has even contributed to a large number of other songs in collaboration with other artists of varying genres. Besides, he is one of the few vocalists who are still in the same band that is considered relevant in the industry and in the younger generation today.

18? You serious?! Chino and Serj are the two best singers in nu metal! What are Chester and Amy doing up there? Their bands aren't nu metal nor are they good. It's all up to Moreno and Tankian to take the top 2.

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The Contenders

11 Aaron Lewis - Staind Aaron Lewis - Staind Aaron Lewis is an American musician, who is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and founding member of the rock group Staind, with whom he has released seven studio albums.

Also not Nu Metal.

Good singer

12 Chad Gray - Mudvayne

He has A. Very distinct voice and every sound that comes out of his mouth is perfect. I am a big fan of several of the singers on this list but Amy Lee doesn't deserves to be on any list of professional merit. She may be super talented but she is definitely super childish. I've not listened to her since the release of Sober.

Read Mudvayne lyrics, you will see Chad Grey is the most talented and consistent artist this century. Along side David Draiman that is.

Not that much popular but he deserves a higher position

How is this guy not at number one?

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13 Adam Grontier - Three Days Grace

Adam is a boss hands down, he is amazing him and ben burnley should be no1 and no2 with ben in front and him in close second

Not a nu metal singer.

Not NU Metal.

14 Fred Durst - Limp Bizkit Fred Durst - Limp Bizkit William Frederick "Fred" Durst is an American musician and film director. Durst is best known as the vocalist of the nu metal band Limp Bizkit, formed in 1994, with whom he has released six studio albums.


sexy dude

Fred Durst is a joke...

,22? Fred Durst kick ass.. He is the best nu metal singer and rapper. That should be #1?

Come on Everyone, vote more For Fred. I do not understand, why does everyone hated Fred? He is amazing.

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15 Robb Flynn - Machine Head Robb Flynn - Machine Head Robert Conrad "Robb" Flynn is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the heavy metal band Machine Head. Flynn formed the band along with Adam Duce, Logan Mader and Tony Costanza after leaving Bay Area thrash band Vio-Lence.

I Use to Listen to Early Machine Head in Early 2018 and Maybe 2017, Use to BE Dope in Early 2018 and Late 2017 - vidkid13

Machine Head Has two albums considered Nu Metal - christangrant

16 Stephen Richards - Taproot
17 Lynn Strait - Snot

Too bad, gone too soon.

18 Max Cavalera - Sepultura, Soulfly Max Cavalera - Sepultura, Soulfly Massimiliano Antonio "Max" Cavalera is a Brazillian singer, guitarist, and songwriter who currently plays in heavy metal bands Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Killer Be Killed.
19 Chris Taylor Brown - Trapt
20 Matthew Tuck - Bullet For My Valentine Matthew Tuck - Bullet For My Valentine Matthew "Matt" Tuck is a Welsh musician. He is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist in the Welsh emo/metalcore band Bullet for My Valentine.

The one reason why Bullet For My Valentine is so popular. The Coolest Singer Ever. Its One of the all reasons (there are many reasons) that Bullet For My Valentine is at the top of the metalcore bands.

Bullet For My Valentine is not nu metal, this is stupid list!

Tuck is not nu metal, screw you!


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21 Mike Shinoda - Linkin Park Mike Shinoda - Linkin Park Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer.

He is the best nu metal singer, rapper with Chester Bennington, Linkin Park Rocks!

Mike is The best. Why Chester is number 1 without Mike?

More of a rapper than a singer.

Mike Shinoda is 37? Come on he is should be number 1 with Chester! Vote people? , please!
Mike is the best rapper!

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22 Jared Gomes - (hed) PE
23 Kid Rock Kid Rock Robert James Ritchie Sr., known professionally as Kid Rock, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician, record producer, activist, minister and actor.


24 Wayne Static - Static-X Wayne Static - Static-X Wayne Richard Wells, known professionally as Wayne Static, was an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and music sequencer for metal band Static-X.
25 Lajon WItherspoon - Sevendust

Way better than Corey Taylor

Yeah - N4XUS

26 Mark Chavez - Adema
27 Zack de la Rocha Zack de la Rocha Zacharias Manuel "Zack" de la Rocha (born January 12, 1970) is an American musician, poet, rapper, and activist best known as the vocalist and lyricist of rap metal band Rage Against the Machine from 1991–2000, and after the band's reunion in 2007 until their last show in 2011. He left Rage Against more.
28 Daron Malakian - System of a Down Daron Malakian - System of a Down Daron Vartan Malakian is an Armenian–American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.
29 Mark McGrath - Sugar Ray
30 Brandon Boyd - Incubus
31 Brandon Saller - Atreyu
32 Sonny Sandoval - P.O.D.
33 Jacoby Shaddix - Papa Roach Jacoby Shaddix - Papa Roach Jacoby Dakota Shaddix is an American musician, singer-songwriter, sporadic actor and former television presenter.

Jacoby is extremely underrated

Complete garbage

34 Ian Watkins - Lost Prophets Ian Watkins - Lost Prophets Ian Watkins is a Welsh singer and convicted sex offender, best known as the former vocalist for the rock band Lostprophets.
35 Daisuke Tsuda - Maximum the Hormone

Daisukes growls and screams and how he varys them are amazing, just listen to their songs Whats up people, zetsubou billy, chu chu lovely, and Your little hands

36 Danny Murillo - Hollywood Undead

Also not Nu Metal.

37 Mike Patton - Faith No More Mike Patton - Faith No More 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.

David Draiman covered Midlife Crisis to pay homage. Mike wrote "The Real Thing" in a week which is a masterpiece. Angel Dust was heavier than most anything at the time; Mikes screams and melody awe inspiring. King For A Day and Album Of The Year also tremendous demonstration of Patton's talent. Let's not forget the masterpiece debut of his other band, 1991's Mr Bungle: Mr Bungle. Screams, growls, moans, grunts, melodic, anything. He even provided the screams of the "Darkseekers", zombies in the hit post apocalyptic film "I Am Legend".

He's not a Nu metal singer. He even refuses to be labeled as one.

Not a nu metal singer.

38 Aaron Erlichman - Hollywood Undead/NINE LIVES
39 Ronnie Radke - Falling in Reverse Ronnie Radke - Falling in Reverse Ronald Joseph Radke is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, musician, and record producer born in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Emo and Nu Metal are completely different.

40 Kevin Palmer - Trust Company
41 Joey Biro - Superheist
42 Klayton - Celldweller
43 Dave Williams - Drowning Pool

Dave was a great singer but left this world really soon.

Great vocalist gone too soon RIP

Way too underrated.

44 Bradley Dez Fafara James - Coal Chamber
45 Sully Erna Sully Erna Salvatore Paul "Sully" Erna Jr. is the American vocalist and guitarist for the American heavy metal band Godsmack. He is also a harmonica player, percussionist and pianist, performing these on albums and at live shows.

Lead singer of Godsmack this guy disserves more recognition he is no doubt the best nu-metal singer of all time

Alternative Rock not Nu Metal.

46 Tom Araya Tom Araya Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Never was Nu Metal.

One reason why he's on here. Diabolis in Musica.

47 Shaun Morgan - Seether

How is Shaun Morgan Nu Metal? He's at best alt. rock.

48 Tom Maxwell - Nothingface
49 Elias Soriano
50 Ivan Moody - Five Finger Death Punch Ivan Moody - Five Finger Death Punch Ivan L. Moody, known by the pseudonym Ghost during his time with Motograter, is the lead vocalist for American heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Alternative Metal not NU METAL.

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1. Chester Bennington - Linkin Park
2. Amy Lee - Evanescence
3. Mike Shinoda - Linkin Park
1. Serj Tankian
2. Matthew Tuck - Bullet For My Valentine
3. Amy Lee - Evanescence
1. Fred Durst - Limp Bizkit
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