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Top 65 Metal singers of all times

My top 65 singers in metal ranked. I checked your comments and realized that i forgot some of my favorites vocalists so i just expanded the list. As for Chelsea Wolfe, i love her music but i don't consider it metal. Luc Lemay is a great death metal singer so i consider him an honorable mention, same for Øle Borud.
65My Dying Bride
Turn Loose the Swans


AARON STAINHORPE (ADDED LATER)-around 60th place
Another pioneer of goth/death doom
64Battle Of Mice
A Day Of Nights


JULIE CHRISTMAS(ADDED LATER)-around 55th place
This girl has one of the most unsettling vocals in metal
63paradise lost
Draconian Times


NICK HOLMES-(ADDED LATER)around 50th place
Pioneer of goth metal scene, his deep raspy melancholic vocals sounds almost like a doom metal version of James Hetfield with way more singing ability and versatility
62maudlin of the Well
Bath


TOBY DRIVER (ADDED LATER)- around 36th place
again, i can't explain how the fuck i forgot him, bath is one of my favorites albums.
Toby is another vocalist able to transform his voice, first he lulls you to sleep, then he scares the fuck out of you with his deep growls.
61Alcest
Écailles De Lune


NEIGE (ADDED LATER)- around 35th place
somehow i forgot him, he manage to sing such angelic verses followed by terrific black metal scream
60timeless miracle
Into the Enchanted Chamber


MIKAEL HOLST
One of the most different voices in power metal
59Testament
The Gathering


CHUCK BILLY
His growls are some of my favorites, great cleans too
58dark tranquillity
Projector


MIKAEL STANNE
A great melodeath frontman, thro
57W.E.T.
W.E.T


JEFF SCOTT SOTO
while i'm not a fan of most of his works he has a terrific voice
56Ice Nine Kills
The Silver Scream 2: Welcome to Horrorwood


EVERYONE
I was to choose Spencer but basically every member of this band works as a lead singer in their live shows. Perfectly synchronized with their growl/clean formula adding a bit of personal touch.
55Fear Factory
Obsolete


BURTON C. BELL
This pick may be controversial since Bell's live vocals has been pretty much annihilated in the last 10 years, most of his cleans sounds great in studio due to technology (ironically fitting FF's themes)and live he's completely out of tune. Yet he basically set the base for the whole Growl verses- clean chorus formula that became so famous years later. He has been great live during FF's first 3 albums with one of the most influential styles in modern metal. His Growls are some of my favorites ever and his cleans even if altered sounds great in studio.
54loudness
Soldier of Fortune


MIKE VESCERA
Loudness should kept him as their frontman.
53Solitude Aeturnus
Into the Depths of Sorrow


ROBERT LOWE
His melancholic vocal perfectly fits SA's depressive mood. One of the best volcalist in Doom metal.
52Kenn Nardi
Dancing With the Past


KENN NARDI
Such a unique voiceprint that's hard even to describe. His low singing style combined to high pitched screams contributes to create some of the most original albums in prog thrash.
51Nightwish
Oceanborn


TARJA
Not the hugest fan of nightwish yet Tarja's opera singing is terrific and influenced hundreds of singers in the symphonic metal scene.
50Pin-Up Went Down
2 Unlimited


ASPHODEL
If you're into weird shit this name could ring a bell. She sounds like 4 different people in just one aong ranging to an odd child-like voice to opera and many other styles. Great vocal range.
49Ihsahn
After


IHSAHN
Not just a black metal singer, through the years Ihsahn explored various genres and became an awesome singer other than a masterful songwriter.
48Destrage
Are You Kidding Me? No.


PAOLO COLAVOLPE
Clearly influenced by sikth but even better. Again he can change many vocal style in few seconds with different kimds of growl and very good cleans.
47Dir En Grey
Uroboros


TOORU NIIMURA
This guy is basically an alien. Yet he combines his weird scat-like noises to incredible vocal skills, perfectly fitting Dir en grey's dark vibes.
46almah
Fragile Equality


EDU FALASCHI
When Edu joined Angra he had a big pair of shoes to fill, he exceeded the expectations of any fan of the band but maybe his best performance is with Almah in which he could write his own music and performing even better.
45Archspire
Bleed the Future


OLI PETERS
Basically Death metal version of Busta Rhymes. Every single Archspire member is ridiculously fast, Oli is no exception.
44Persuader
When Eden Burns


JENS CARLSSON
higly influenced by Hansi Kürsch, Karlsson managed to become one of the most pissed off singers in power metal combining Blind guardian influences with a thrashier approach and using even some growls and screams. Twisted eyes may be one of the best songs in the sub-genre.
43Rammstein
Liebe Ist Für Alle Da


TILL LINDEMANN
What Till lacks in technical skills and wide vocal range is offset by undeniable charisma and an unmistakable voice that nobody can imitate. He can switch his typical hoarse voice to solemn cleans for awesome choruses.
42Iced Earth
Something Wicked This Way Comes


MATT BARLOW
Pretty unusual vocals for power metal, still one of the most iconic, his deep voiceprint fits well both melancholic power ballads and dark heavier stuff.
41Within Temptation
The Unforgiving


SHARON DEL ADEL
One of the most beautiful female vocals in metal.
40slayer
Reign in Blood


TOM ARAYA
The godfather of pissed off thrash vocals deserves a spot just for the infamous Angel of death scream. In the early years Araya was capable of unbeliavable high pitched screams and fast paced verses. While with the years the high pitched vocals faded away he managed to sound even angrier than some of Slayer's older material such as Disciple. And what about his terrific performance in Jihad?
39Anthrax
Spreading the Disease


JOEY BELLADONNA
Bush is a great singer but when Joey takes the microphone he nails it everytime, when i saw them live it was one of the most fun concerts i've ever been to. He manage to combine Thrash speed to a more melodic approach with his clear voice.
38Deftones
Diamond Eyes


CHINO MORENO
pparently one of the most seductive voices ever. Chino ranges from rap to relaxing almost whispered singing, from raw inhale screams to warm melodic cleans. Unfortunately his drug abuse fucked up his chords so his live performance quality has been discontinued for years. However he's been pretty much consistent in the last years and when he's good, he's really good, studio quality good.
37Annihilator
Schizo Deluxe


DAVE PADDEN
Sure this one may be the most controversial choice in the list but i genuinely think Padden is one of the most underappreciated singers in metal. Some annihilator fans hated his era but in my opinion every album with him is at least good and Schizo Deluxe is their best since Never, neverland. This guy has recognizable cleans with awesome melodic choruses, he's great with growls, has a pretty wide range and most of all he can sing any song from previous Annihilator albums, also a huge live performer. Some may say that he sucks in the one and in perfect angel eyes but it's not entirely his fault, that songs would be horrible even with Dio at the mic.
36Mudvayne
L.D. 50


CHAD GRAY
L.D.50 is the most complex nu metal album ever released, mostly for Ryan's perfect basslines and Matt's terrific drumming, but Chad's performance was just delightful as well. A great mix of tortured screams, rap, intense clean parts, growls and some high notes (severed) all beautifully crafted together. While no other Mudvayne album reached the debut, Chad's vocals remained solid with the 2 following albums.
35Trivium
In the Court of the Dragon


MATT HEAFY
This dude gets better with time. After 2 average albums people feared this band was done. Then Heafy and company delivered 3 awesome works in which every member gives his best. Mr. Heafy mastered perfectly the traditional melodic metalcore singing formula, his growls are rawer than ever and his clean are smooth as hell.
34death
Leprosy


CHUCK SCHULDINER
Basically created death metal as we know it and sung almost in every type of growl ever. That scream in painkiller is absurd.
33Nightingale
Alive Again


DAN SWÄNO
Another masterful songwriter with amazing vocal skills. From EOS way ahead of it's time death metal to the beautiful melodic singing with Nightingale.
32Manowar
Kings of Metal


ERIC ADAMS
Some of the manliest high notes ever.
31System of a Down
System of a Down


SERJ TANKIAN
Tankian said that he never even studied music, he crafted his own technique using his voice as an instrument. Serj has a unique voice that combines eclectic style to armenian folk influences and blends it with aggression and melody. He's also huge with Opera singing and jazz.
30Scorpions
Blackout


KLAUS MEINE
The iconic frontman of one of the best German bands has one of the most iconic and well preserved vocals in the genres, influencing countless singers.
29Danzig
Danzig


While i prefer his work with misfits he managed to grow as a singer with time, his Baritone/tenor range has kind of a Heavy metal Elvis vibe that many singers envy.
28Amorphis
Silent Waters


TOMI JOUTSEN
One of the most solemn voices in progressive death, his deep growls are balanced with the epic cleans that really delivers the nordic legend vibes summoned in the lyrics
27Blind Guardian
Nightfall in Middle-Earth


HANSI KÜRSCH
While i'm not a fan of fantasy themed power metal Hansi perfectly delivers Lord of the rings-like atmosphere through his epic vocals.
One of the most impressive vocal ranges in power metal.
26Whitesnake
Whitesnake's Greatest Hits


DAVID COVERDALE
Forget for a while your hate for glam to appreciate one of the most passionate singers of the 80s.
25Slipknot
Iowa


COREY TAYLOR
I'm impressed that he can still sing after iowa, maybe his secret is the neck. Taylor did some of the most aggressive growls in mainstream metal and still he has powerful clean vocals, he's great at rap and when he gets emotional with ballads too.
24Skid Row (US)
Slave to the Grind


SEBASTIAN BACH
This guy is a douche but holy shit, a douche with an incredible voice. Monkey business may be the best song in glam metal (well kind of glam, heavy oriented).
23Pantera
Cowboys from Hell


PHIL ANSELMO
Before he destroyed his chords with drug and alcohol abuse he had one of the strongest voices in metal. Just listen to the variety of styles he's been through: terrific power ballads like cemetery gates, sludgy stoner stuff with down, the iconic groove metal of early pantera and some of the angriest vocals ever in suicide note pt2. And how the fuck evetyone forgets about shattered? His highest notes ever.
22Type O Negative
Bloody Kisses


PETER STEELE
Well known for his deeper than ocean voice, this giant was the essence of gothic metal, he also had one hell of vocal range reaching very high notes. And don't forget his performance with Carnivore.
21Helloween
Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II


MIKAEL KISKE
Again, not a fan of High pitched vocals power metal but kiske has a voice so awesome that contributed to create the best power metal album ever. Just listen to March of time, one of the best choruses in the genre.
20The Gathering
Nighttime Birds


ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN
Maybe the most ethereal vocalist in the genre, with the gathering she managed to create a wonderful oneiric atmosphere. I also love her work with Devin Townsend, numbered and supercrush are some of his best pieces.
19opeth
Blackwater Park


MIKAEL AKERFELDT
The most elegant singer in death metal, he wisely combines death growls with melancholic cleans creating majestic pieces of music. Also a great death metal singer in bloodbath and his ethereal vocals in Katatonia's day are delightful.
18Scar Symmetry
Pitch Black Progress


CHRISTIAN ALVESTÅM
A magnificent entrance within the Gothemburg scene. The new scar symmetry guys are good with their songs but when it comes to sing Christian's songs there's no comparison. It's incredible to think that those clear majestic vocals and those terrific growls comes from the same person.
17Alice in Chains
Dirt


LAYNE STALEY
All the pain within this man transpired from his vocals.
16Queensryche
Operation: Mindcrime


GEOFF TATE
One of the biggest assholes in metal, yet one of the most talented. He had such a great impact on the prog metal scene and his voice is so crystal clear that made him a pioneer in the scene. unpopular opinion: Spreading the disease is the best Queensryche song ever.
15Acid Bath
Paegan Terrorism Tactics


DAX RIGGS
The unspoken king of sludge, this band influenced many more bands that most people could imagine. His dirty vocals has the power of making you feel uncomfortable while his cleans are hauntingly delightful. Some of the most disturbing music ever. He kept releasing stoner albums rooted in southern rock.
14King Diamond
Abigail


KING DIAMOND
Diamond invented a whole new kind of singing style, almost like a split personality he sounds like two completely different people. Nobody could ever imitate his spooky vocals.
13Fair to Midland
Fables From a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times is True


DARROH SUDDERTH
The magical voice of a sadly short-lived band that deserved a lot more popularity. This boy is so wrote complex lyrics when he was basically a kid and improved his skills over the years. When he sings it's like he's telling post modern fables in the most epic way possible. He delivers also incredible high notes and occasionally incredibly low growl-like vocals.
12Obscure Sphinx
Void Mother


WIELEBNA
One of the most underrated perormers ever. Her screams are able to get inside your skin and contraposed to her uplifting cleans creates a gloomy unique sensation that sends shivers down the spine.
11tool
Ænima


MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN
Overwhelming, technical and versatile, Maynard manage to sing over complex signatures keeping his catchy and haunting tone. He has lots of memorable moments such has the long scream in the Grudge, the itchy vocals in ticks and leeches, the pot intro and several others. One of the best frontmen of the last years.
10Savatage
Edge Of Thorns


ZACHARY STEVENS/JON OLIVA
I was undecided which savatage vocalist is better so i included both of them.
Zach and Jon creates some of the most intense and emotional songs in metal. Zach has a triumphant voice that uplift the listener and Jon has the natural ability to deliver his pain and woe through his intense lyrics and vocal lines. Plus i love Savatage's queen-like vocal solos, the wake of magellan's bridge may be one of the best vocal parts ever.
9Soundgarden
Badmotorfinger


CHRIS CORNELL
The best voice in grunge, in the early soundgarden days Cornell gifted alternative metal with his terrific performance in Badmotorfinger, with his four octave range he has been able to sing accessible stuff with his sweet melancholic voice and heavier stuff using his range from lower Baritone to high tenor.
8Devin Townsend
Terria


DEVIN TOWNSEND
 When it comes to songwriters Dev is probably the best around, but he is a terrific vocalist too, covering countless genres and styles. This guy manage both to lull you to sleep with the masterpiece "death of music" and destroying your ears with "oh my fucking god" which contains one of the fastest sung part in metal. Ranging from SYL's devastating anger to peaceful relaxing music such as "ghost" and casualties of cool, Devin's eccentric genius never fail to surprise.
7Deep Purple
Machine Head


IAN GILLAN
I won't even bother to explain how unbelievable Gillan's range is, besides that he influenced hundreds of vocalists even before heavy metal was so popular, outside of the genre, child in time was one of the best performances in music history. Even if his voice aged quite a bit he still remains one of the most iconic vocalists ever.
6Rainbow
Rising


RONNIE JAMES DIO
Other than one of the nicest guys in heavy metal he has been a legend of music. When you listen any of his works, from sabbath to rainbow and even his solo band you're taken through an epic journey. It's physiologically impossible to not love the dwarf.
5Iron Maiden
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son


BRUCE DICKINSON
THE frontman. No other man can match talent in entertainment, charisma and terrific vocals like he does. To be honest in senjutsu he sounds tired, yet he has been constantly in shape for almost 40 years, including his solo career and work with samson. I would make a deal with the devil to have his energy when i'll be his age. After countless flawless performances over the years, at 57 he composed and perfectly executed the best maiden song ever: empire of the clouds.
4Pain of Salvation
The Perfect Element, Part 1


DANIEL GILDENLÖW
One of my favorites composers and singers, Gildenlow basically change sound in every album and often he changes various genres through one album. BE features masterful vocal performances in Gospel, primal, heavy metal, nu metal, orchestral and many others. After he almost died for a disease he released one of his best works still managing to sound awesome and darker than ever. He is both technical and emotional, listen to PoS live version of Hallelujah, one of the best covers of that song ever.
3Judas Priest
Sad Wings of Destiny


ROB HALFORD
They call him metal god for a reason. Just keep in mind that firepower came out when he was 67. His piercing high pitched screams and vibrato defined a generation. Through the decades Rob adapted his vocals to the various styles he approached remaining recognizable and iconic.
2Soilwork
The Ride Majestic


BJÖRN "SPEED" STRID
A rare case where a vocalist becomes better with each year. Starting as a regular death metal singer Bjorn went through a vocal evolution that made him the best singer in melodeath. In natural born chaos he combined a kind of melodic growl to ethereal clean choruses, in figure number 5 he went more melodic exploring alt metal and after several awesome performances in metalcore-influenced albums the living infinite came out. Speed combined majestic cleans to aggressive growl in a quite unique way and became even better with ride majestic in which you can find some of the best moments in modern metal. Soilwork also explored a more proggy sound and Bjorn did a sublime job even with it. And most of all, he is one of the best live singers i've heard.
1Mr. Bungle
California


MIKE PATTON
You just can't top him, the best singer in modern times. Aside his almost unreachable vocal range, this guy can sing everything. alternative metal, rap, opera, funk, soul, gospel, death metal and whatever the fuck was that stuff in Fantomas, often combining many genres in one song perfectly. And he does it with his unique style and stromg charisma.
Recently he has been mentally ill, i hope he gets better.
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