Top 10 Most Underrated Modern Rock Singers

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The Top Ten

1 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.

He’s overrated, not underrated. - 3DG20

2 Steven Wilson - Porcupine Tree Steven Wilson - Porcupine Tree Steven John Wilson is an English musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, most closely associated with the progressive rock genre. He is best known for his band Porcupine Tree.

Just got into this band. Have to say, this guy is the real deal. The perfect voice for Prog Rock. Soft but haunting. - cjWriter1997

He kinda looks like Boyinaband but without red hair.-DarkBoi-X

He is great - I mean really rocks - Ananya

He should be in the Top 10.

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3 Myles Kennedy - Alter Bridge Myles Kennedy - Alter Bridge Myles Richard Kennedy is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Alter Bridge, and as the lead vocalist in Slash's current band: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

He’s overrated. - 3DG20

Alter Bridge are the best. A really great rock band. Miles has a very wide vocal range and is easily recognizable to anyone who knows who he is. - cjWriter1997

4 Devin Townsend - Strapping Young Lad Devin Townsend - Strapping Young Lad Devin Garret Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.

5 octave vocal range and impressive versatility - from growls to really epic operatic vocals. Check out this song: Wrong Side by Strapping Young Lad.
There are some crazy transitions from growls to operatic voice. - Metal_Treasure

5 Tim McIlrath - Rise Against Tim McIlrath - Rise Against Timothy James "Tim" McIlrath is an American punk rock musician. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist, songwriter and co-founder of the American punk rock band Rise Against.
6 Daniel Gildenlöw - Pain of Salvation Daniel Gildenlöw - Pain of Salvation 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.
7 Hansi Kürsch - Blind Guardian Hansi Kürsch - Blind Guardian 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.

He’s not underrated at all. - 3DG20

8 Tobias Sammet - Avantasia Tobias Sammet - Avantasia 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.

If somebody is interested in his vocal skills, I made a list with details and song samples - Top 10 Tobias Sammet Vocal Performances - Metal_Treasure

9 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.

the man

He’s not really underrated. - 3DG20

10 Maynard James Keenan - Tool Maynard James Keenan - Tool Maynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool.

Tool isn't underrated. - 3DG20

The Contenders

11 Russell Allen - Symphony X Russell Allen - Symphony X Russell Allen is a singer and lyricist best known as the vocalist of American progressive metal band Symphony X.
12 Rivers Cuomo - Weezer Rivers Cuomo - Weezer Rivers Cuomo is an American musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist and songwriter of the alternative rock band Weezer, with whom he has recorded eleven studio albums.

Weezer and underrated don't go together. - 3DG20

13 Adam Gontier - Three Days Grace, Saint Asonia Adam Gontier - Three Days Grace, Saint Asonia Adam Wade Gontier is a Canadian musician and songwriter. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for Saint Asonia, but is best known as the former lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.

He’s not underrated. - 3DG20

I think Adam is good but however, he's only underrated with Saint Asonia. With Three Days Grace however he's quite overrated. I still think he has a kick- ass voice though.

His Voice is unbelievable...I think that is one of the best musicians ever!

14 Michael Barnes - Red
15 Jacoby Shaddix Jacoby Shaddix Jacoby Dakota Shaddix is an American musician, singer-songwriter, sporadic actor and former television presenter.

He’s overrated, not underrated. - 3DG20

Jacoby is definitely underrated. Papa Roach isn't my all time favorite band, but I still like them. Jacoby has a really good voice, but no one ever mentions it, he's far too underrated and deserves more recognition.

16 Matt Smith - Theocracy

Such a powerful voice - Spiderman209942

Truly one of the best vocalists I have ever heard! He still has many more years! And He writes and composes too!

Yeah, I agree this is the wrong picture. Unless Doctor Who was in Theocracy. Haha. - IronSabbathPriest

Proof: I Am, Sinner, Martyr, Laying The Demon To Rest (intro scream > 20 seconds). - Metal_Treasure

17 Jonas Renkse - Katatonia Jonas Renkse - Katatonia Jonas Petter Renkse is a founding member, songwriter, lead vocalist and ex-drummer of the band Katatonia, founding member, songwriter, bassist, backing vocalist, ex-guitarist of the band Bloodbath.

Check out this song and be conviced: July by Katatonia. He also provided some of the best vox for Ayreon. - Metal_Treasure

18 Till Lindemann - Rammstein Till Lindemann - Rammstein Till Lindemann is a German singer, songwriter, musician, actor, poet, and pyrotechnician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and frontman of the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein.

Rammstein isn't underrated. - 3DG20

Although his voice is very low and he also sings in German, the roughness and sturdiness makes Rammstein they way they are. Awesome guy (and band) with the craziest live preformances too. - cjWriter1997

19 Sonny Sondaval - P.O.D. Sonny Sondaval - P.O.D.
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.

No, he’s overrated and annoying as hell. - 3DG20

21 Tarja Turunen - Nightwish Tarja Turunen - Nightwish Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen-Cabuli (born August 17, 1977), generally known as Tarja Turunen or simply Tarja, is a Finnish singer-songwriter. She is a soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves. ...read more.

Admittedly, Nightwish get as much attention as other female fronted bands like Evanescence, Heart and Paramore, but I don't really consider them underrated. - 3DG20

Extremely well know and appreciated in the symphonic metal/rock sub-genre, but not as recognized outside of them.

A mix of opera and rock vocals. They're blended splendidly. - cjWriter1997

22 Cristina Scabbia - Lacuna Coil Cristina Scabbia - Lacuna Coil Cristina Adriana Chiara Scabbia is an Italian singer and lyricist, best known as one of the two vocalists in the Italian Gothic metal band Lacuna Coil.
23 Trent Reznor - Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails is nowhere near underrated. - 3DG20

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 Mikael Akerfeldt - Opeth Mikael Akerfeldt - Opeth 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.

Opeth is far from underrated. - 3DG20

26 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.

Five Finger Death Punch isn't underrated, but they are overhated for some reason. - 3DG20

27 Brent Smith - Shinedown Brent Smith - Shinedown Brent Stephen Smith is an American singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of the band Shinedown.

Shinedown is not underrated. - 3DG20

28 Thom Yorke - Radiohead Thom Yorke - Radiohead Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead.

They’re not really underrated. They’re slightly, but not too overrated. - 3DG20

29 Tom Meighan - Kasabian Tom Meighan - Kasabian Thomas Peter Meighan is an English musician, best known as the lead vocalist for the rock band Kasabian.
30 Tobias Forge

Probably most underrated band of all time

Ghost overall is a very underrated band. Papa should definitely be here, he is quite a good singer.

31 Doug Robb - Hoobastank
32 John Cooper - Skillet

Skillet is neither underrated or overrated in my opinion. - 3DG20

33 James LaBrie - Dream Theater James LaBrie - Dream Theater Kevin James LaBrie is a Canadian vocalist and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater.

Dream Theater isn't underrated. - 3DG20

34 Simone Simons - Epica Simone Simons - Epica Simone Johanna Maria Simons is a Dutch singer-songwriter. She is the lead vocalist of Dutch symphonic metal band Epica.
35 Peter Tagtgren - Pain Peter Tagtgren - Pain Alf Peter Tägtgren is a Swedish musician, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is the founder, main songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist of the death metal band Hypocrisy as well as the industrial metal band PAIN in which he is the only member.
36 Joakim Brodén - Sabaton
37 Chino Moreno Chino Moreno Chino Moreno is an American musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and contributing guitarist of Deftones.

He’s already on the list and he’s not underrated. - 3DG20

38 Jay Buchanan - Rival Sons
39 Brett Scallions
40 Sully Erna - Godsmack Sully Erna - Godsmack 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.
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Top Remixes

1. Tobias Sammet - Avantasia
2. Hansi Kürsch - Blind Guardian
3. Devin Townsend - Strapping Young Lad
Metal_Treasure
1. Chino Moreno - Deftones
2. Benjamin Burnley - Breaking Benjamin
3. Maynard James Keenan - Tool
NuMetalManiak
1. Steven Wilson - Porcupine Tree
2. Daniel Gildenlöw - Pain of Salvation
3. Chino Moreno - Deftones
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