Worst Metal Singers


The Top Ten

1 Andy Biersack Andy Biersack

Andy Biersack? More like Andy Ballsack!


Most of the singers on this list aren't metal singers - their bands aren't on Encyclopaedia Metallum, i.e. they aren't metal (but I agree they are bad):
Andy Biersack, Seth Putnam, Oli Sykes, Fred Durst, Marilyn Manson, Mitch Lucker, Eric Azure, Danny Worsnop, Jacoby Shaddix, Denis Stoff, Eddie Hermida.
Corey Taylor - not metal but not bad.
Daron Malakian - not metal and not a lead singer, so why discuss him.
(For details, check out the list: Top 10 Bands that Aren't Metal According to Encyclopaedia Metallum).
Dio, Phil Anselmo and Tom Araya are metal but they are very good and shouldn't be on this list.
Alexi Laiho and George Fisher are good growlers. - Metal_Treasure

2 Oli Sykes Oli Sykes Oliver Scott "Oli" Sykes is a British musician, best known as the lead vocalist of the band Bring Me the Horizon. He also founded the apparel company Drop Dead Clothing.

Playback Bitch...

3 Seth Putnam Seth Putnam

I know he is dead, but he still deserves number 1. - 445956


4 Fred Durst Fred Durst 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.

One of the guys who gave metal singers a bad name. Moreover, his singing style isn't metal - he's a rapper. Same for the rap metal / nu metal he sings - gave metal a bad name. For me this band isn't even metal - they play rap songs with some metal arrangements from time to time. Their songs sound like metal covers of rap songs but they are still rap. A more correct name of this subgenre would be metal rap (and not rap metal because it's not metal). Conclusion: Fred Durst isn't a metal singer. - Metal_Treasure

The most white rapper of all time

5 Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson Brian Hugh Warner, better known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American musician, songwriter, actor, painter, multimedia artist, author, and former music journalist.

He puts on a good show, but the guy just can't sing in my opinion. - ryanrimmel

I never considered him metal and he never claimed that but regarding his singing ability - I'm not impressed. - Metal_Treasure

Sound like he's singing whilst having a snail block his passage, that ugly crackling shtetl voice

6 Eric Azure
7 Danny Worsnop Danny Worsnop Danny Robert Worsnop is an English musician, singer and songwriter, prominently known as the lead vocalist of rock bands Asking Alexandria and We Are Harlot.
8 Jacoby Shaddix Jacoby Shaddix Jacoby Dakota Shaddix is an American musician, singer-songwriter, sporadic actor and former television presenter.

Garbage singer with possibly the most whiny voice I've ever heard. - SteelCity99

9 Mitch Lucker Mitch Lucker Mitchell Adam "Mitch" Lucker was an American musician and lead singer for the deathcore band Suicide Silence.

Only respected and liked because he died years ago. He's getting the Jimmy Sullivan treatment. - TheMETALgiant

10 Hunter Hunt-Hendrix

The Newcomers

? Bobby Ellsworth Bobby Ellsworth Robert Ellsworth, mainly known as Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth, is the lead vocalist of New Jersey thrash metal band Overkill.
? Otep Shamaya Otep Shamaya

The Contenders

11 Denis Stoff
12 Eddie Hermida Eddie Hermida
13 Dani Filth Dani Filth
14 Chris Fronzak
15 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own ...read more.

He WAS good back in the day. Compare his vocals on Rust in Peace to Super Collider or Dystopia. He's not the same singer he once was, but he can still shred better than anyone in the game - ryanrimmel

16 Don Campan
17 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.

Ronnie James Dio is a great singer. Please do not vote for him on this list as he really doesn't even deserve to be on this list whatsoever to begin with, he's one of the greatest singers ever in my opinion. - Element119

Definitely doesn't deserve to be at 9th place right now whatsoever. Please disregard his placement here and listen to him yourself and see what an amazingly talented singer he really is. - Element119

The guy who probably added him is known for his hatred to metal, he thinks Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Robert Plant are better singers than him. - somekindofaguy

Robert Plant is arguable (I don't think Robert is better than Dio) But Jim Morrison can't be compared to Dio and Dylan's can be called bad. - SoldierOfFortune

At least he's not as bad as Don Henley 😎 - SoldierOfFortune

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18 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

His voice fits his songs better than others. On the Live Evil album dio's voice is just to much for Ozzy songs. And also his voice is unique, even though he may not be properly trained like others and his octave range is only around 2.5-3 - SoldierOfFortune

His voice is pretty weak to be called metal. I don't like his voice. But I like some of his songs. I mean the singing style. - zxm

He was in Little Nicky. enough said...

His singing abilities and tone don't impresse me - just bad singing with tight throat so there's no air flow through his vocal folds, and as a result - no power and resonance. No command of vocal technique.
The most overrated metal singer and musician - he isn't the best metal singer ever and he didn't invent metal.
And no, I am not obsessed with death growls and I'm not comparing him with growlers. I compare him with singers with clean vocals - Dio, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Hansi Kursch, Michael Kiske, Ian Gillan, and many more. - Metal_Treasure

19 Chris Barnes Chris Barnes Chris Barnes is an American musician mainly noted for his deep-throat vocals, explicitly violent lyrics. Barnes was a founding member of Cannibal Corpse before his dismissal and would later form Six Feet Under, which he fronts to this day.
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21 Corey Taylor Corey Taylor 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.

I dislike Nu-metal but he's clearly talented - JackTheOnion

He's good though - wrests

22 James LaBrie James LaBrie 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.

His voice is really annoying...

James Labrie sucks. He has always been the weakest link in the band. :(

23 Christopher Bowes Christopher Bowes

Lol, he looks like a hobbit in that pic. - Aragorn98

24 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington 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 has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.

I think he is not the singer people make him out to be, I would never say he’d Bad but there’s just better stuff out there

25 Alexi Laiho Alexi Laiho

The fact that he can sing and shred at the same time is enough reason for me to like him! - ryanrimmel

26 George Fisher George Fisher George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher is an American extreme metal vocalist for the American death metal band Cannibal Corpse and the lesser-known melodic death metal band Paths of Possession.

How tf is corpsegrinder a "bad" singer? Do you guys ever check out any other death metal bands? He has much better growling and screaming than other death metal vocalists do. The only problem with him is that his lyrics aren't really clear enough to understand but who gives a fxxx? He's still a good singer

27 Troy Sanders Troy Sanders Troy Jayson Sanders is an American musician, singer, and songwriter best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he plays bass and shares lead vocal duties with guitarist Brent Hinds and drummer Brann Dailor.

His harsh vocals are great and powerful - ryanrimmel

28 Brann Dailor Brann Dailor Brann Timothy Dailor is an American drummer/singer best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he is the drummer, backing vocalist, lead vocalist and primary lyricist.

I disagree with this. He has a great voice, and doing that while drumming is pretty impressive and not a lot of people can do what he does - ryanrimmel

29 Phil Anselmo Phil Anselmo Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Pantera. He currently is the vocalist of heavy metal bands Down and Superjoint Ritual.

Phil is a racist

This guy is plain pathetic

30 Daron Malakian Daron Malakian Daron Vartan Malakian is an Armenian–American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.
31 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.
32 Glen Benton Glen Benton Glen Benton is an American death metal musician. He is best known as the vocalist and bassist for the death metal band Deicide and was also a part of the band Vital Remains, where he has performed in recording sessions as well as live with them on a few occasions. ...read more.
33 Sean Killian
34 Maniac Maniac
35 Rody Walker
36 Andi Deris Andi Deris Andreas "Andi" Deris is a German singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of power metal band Helloween, and co-founder and former lead singer of German melodic metal band Pink Cream 69. He has an active solo career, as well as his own recording studio in Tenerife.

This guy doesn�'t hit a single note

37 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) 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 ...read more.


38 Ivan Moody Ivan Moody 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.
39 Bruce Dickinson Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.
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