Top 10 Vocalist Showdowns

This is for vocalists only. Singers who also play an instrument are excluded.

The Top Ten

1 Freddie Mercury vs Robert Plant

Scrap my original rule about instrumentalists not being included. Stupid rule, don't know what I was thinking. Almost discriminative. - IronSabbathPriest

Without a doubt - Freddie. He is the better singer in general. Besides, Plant lost his voice quickly, whereas Freddie sang 'The Show Must Go On' when he was barely able to walk but the voice was still there. Oh my god, he was dying but what a voice even on his last song!

Brian May had concerns as to whether Freddie was physically capable of singing it. Recalling Mercury's performance, May states: "I said, 'Fred, I don't know if this is going to be possible to sing.'
And he went, 'I'll f-cking do it, darling' - vodka down - and went in and killed it, completely lacerated that vocal." - Metal_Treasure

Both are gods of singing. RIP Freddie. - IronSabbathPriest

2 James Labrie vs Michael Kiske

I don't know why, but I think of Dream Theater and Helloween as similar bands. I don't mind though because they're both great! People say LaBrie's voice has gone downhill. I think it's stronger than ever. - IronSabbathPriest

LaBrie in his prime was THE master of the voice. One of the best in metal history in my opinion.

This is easy - Michael Kiske, taking into account LaBrie's prime. - Metal_Treasure

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3 Mick Jaggar vs Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney is the better singer but I like The Stones more because they are less pop and more rock. - Metal_Treasure

Lol Jaggar. Next time, write Jaguar. - JimmyzzzX

Both come from awesome bands. - IronSabbathPriest

Excuse me, sir but Paul plays many instruments and he rarely if ever is only a vocalist. You violate your own parameters for this list. - Billyv

4 Bruce Dickinson vs Rob Halford

Everyone loves Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. And it's the singers who make the bands what they are! - IronSabbathPriest

If this were the 1980's, I would've called a tie. But I think Bruce is a better vocalist in the present. But Rob is still pretty epic live. - IronSabbathPriest

Comparing them in the present is a bit misleading because Bruce is younger. Nobody knows how Bruce will sound in 7 years. - Metal_Treasure

Love them both but Rob Halford's vocal skills are a little bit better. I have in mind their prime. - Metal_Treasure

5 Bon Scott vs Brian Johnson

They sound almost the same. Brian Johnson was chosen by Bon Scott himself.

Bon Scott saw Brian Johnson singing for another band in a pub, and was so impressed by his vocals that he told AC/DC to get Johnson if anything should ever happen to him.

After Bon's death, Angus Young called Johnson and offered him the position of lead vocalist. Johnson thought someone was pranking him and told Angus where he could put it and hung up. Eventually, of course, it worked out. - Metal_Treasure

Who should I choose I will go with Brian Johnson

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6 Ozzy Osbourne vs Ronnie James Dio

Both have been in Black Sabbath. RIP Dio. - IronSabbathPriest

The answer is more than obvious - Dio. - Metal_Treasure

7 David Lee Roth vs Sammy Hagar

David Lee Roth, no questions about it - LizardKing99

Who is the real Van Halen? - IronSabbathPriest


8 Axl Rose vs Joey Bellodonna

Don't know why I'm putting Guns N' Roses and Anthrax together. They're both really great vocalists and bands. - IronSabbathPriest

Really, Axl is Hard rock, Joey is Thrash metal.
Meanwhile, Axl sucks!

9 Michael Kiske vs Geoff Tate

Vocal experts still debate who is the best metal singer - Michael Kiske or Geoff Tate. Their vocal skills are (most probably) equal.
When 2 singers are dead even it's fair to take into account the 'endurance' factor and with this factor - Kiske wins. Tate lost much of his voice relatively fast in his younger years.
So finally - Michael Kiske. - Metal_Treasure

10 Michael Kiske vs Bruce Dickinson

The Contenders

11 Freddie Mercury vs Adam Lambert

Two of the Queen singers. Adam Lambert is extremely talented.
Brian May commented, "It's a worthy challenge for us, and I'm sure Adam would meet with Freddie's approval."

Queen have been touring with Adam Lambert since 2012.
May and Taylor said that although the tours with Lambert is a limited thing, they are open to him becoming an official member, and cutting new material with him. - Metal_Treasure

12 Freddie Mercury vs Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell would be a real competitor.

Top 5 best rock singers (best singer = best vocals skills/technique):
1. Freddie
2. Adam Lambert (no wonder Queen took him to front this band in 2012)
3. Chris Cornell
4. Steve Perry
5. Axl Rose - Metal_Treasure

13 Rob Halford vs Hansi Kürsch

Their voices and singing styles are very different but the level of their vocal skills is very close.
I love Hansi more but Rob wins by a tiny tiny bit.

Top 5 best metal singers (best singer = best vocals skills/technique):
1. Michael Kiske
2. Geoff Tate
3. Rob Halford
4. Hansi Kürsch
5. Roy Khan - Metal_Treasure

14 Matt Barlow vs Phil Anselmo

These are some of my favorite singers and this choice is really hard.
But Matt Barlow is a bit better. - Metal_Treasure

The two vocalists from two of my favourite 90s bands. Iced Earth and Pantera. - IronSabbathPriest

15 Corey Taylor vs M Shadows

M. Shadows-Vocal Range and Emotion

I think Shadows wins, sorry ISP, but I like A7X. - McKing1003

16 Hansi Kürsch vs Matt Barlow
17 Chris Cornell vs Axl Rose

Not easy but Chris Cornell is a better singer. - Metal_Treasure

18 Kurt Cobain vs. Chris Cornell

Easily - Chris wins. Kurt is overrated. - Metal_Treasure

19 Levi Stubbs vs. James Brown

Levi STUBBS was VERY unique and is soulful voice has NOT been matched... Doubt if bit EVER will be.

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20 Jim Morrison vs Axl Rose

I have nothing against Jim but Axl definitely wins.
Axl Rose is the better singer, a whole another level of vocal skills. Axl sings more difficult songs.
- Metal_Treasure

Not really much of a showdown, Axl Rose is just a pale imitation of Jim Morrison.

Does this even require thought? Come on baby light my fire. - PetSounds

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1. Michael Kiske vs Geoff Tate
2. Freddie Mercury vs Adam Lambert
3. Freddie Mercury vs Chris Cornell
1. Freddie Mercury vs Robert Plant
2. Bruce Dickinson vs Rob Halford
3. Mick Jaggar vs Paul McCartney
1. Freddie Mercury vs Robert Plant
2. Mick Jaggar vs Paul McCartney
3. Bon Scott vs Brian Johnson



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