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"The Greatest Vocalists In Rock & Metal Music"


This is a guide list to some of the greatest voices in the history of rock & metal music, ranked in alphabetical order, by singer's name. I know that there are many more great singers/vocalists out there and that some really good singers were left out of this list.

The criteria by which the following singers were selected are:
1. Anything regarding the voice and the vocal performance (voice quality, technique, range, originality, creativity, etc.)
2. Influence - effect (if a singer has been an influence on other singers or a musical genre)
3. My personal taste

The form of the list is "Band - Trademark Album For The Singer"
"Name of the singer" (Bands he/she has joined)

Created by: Tzo87 | 07.06.2013



1. My Dying Bride - Turn Loose The Swans
Aaron Stainthorpe
2. Primordial - To The Nameless Dead
Alan Averill "Nemtheanga" (Plagued, Void Of Silence ,Blood Revolt, Marduk, Dread Sovereign, Twilight Of The Gods)
3. Watchtower - Control And Resistance
Alan Tecchio (Hades, Non-Fiction, Seven Witches)
4. Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
Alice Cooper
5. Evanescence - Fallen
Amy Lee
6. Angra - Holy Land
Andre Matos (Viper,Shaman, Solo)
7. Arch Enemy - Anthems Of Rebellion
Angela Gossow
8. Heart - The Essential Heart
Ann Wilson (Lovemongers)
9. The Gathering - How To Measure A Planet?
Anneke Van Giersbergen (Agua De Annique)
10. Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chao
Attila Csihar (Aborym, Burial Chamber Trio, Gravetemple, Korog, Pentemple, Tormentor etc.)
11. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
Axl Rose (Hollywood Rose, L.A. Guns, Rapidfire)
12. Saxon - Denim And Leather
Biff Byford
13. W.A.S.P. - The Crimson Idol
Blackie Lawless
14. AC/DC - If You Want Blood You've Got It
Bon Scott
15. Boston - Boston
Brad Delp (Barry Goudreau (solo record), Orion the Hunter, RTZ, Beatlejuice)
16. AC/DC - Back In Black
Brian Johnson (Geordie)
17. Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
Bruce Dickinson (Samson,Solo)
18. Psychotic Waltz - A Social Grace
Buddy Luckey - a.k.a Devon Graves - (Solo, Deadsoul Tribe)
19. Fear Factory - Demanufacture
Burton C. Bell (G-Z-R, Ascension Of The Watchers)
20. Vicious Rumors - Word Of Mouth
Carl Albert (Ruffians, Villain)
21. Cannibal Corpse - The Bleeding
Chris Barnes (Six Feet Under, Torture Killer)
22. Soundgarden - Superunknown
Chris Cornell (Temple Of The Dog, Audioslave, Solo)
23. Death - Individual Thought Patterns
Chuck Schuldiner (Control Denied)
24. Slipknot - Slipknot
Corey Taylor (Stone Sour)
25. Royal Hunt - Paradox
D.C. Cooper (Silent Force, Amaran's Plight, Solo)
26. Cradle Of Filth - Dusk... And Her Embrace
Dani Filth
27. Pain Of Salvation - Remedy Lane
Daniel Gildenlow
28. Meniketti - Meniketti
Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
29. Monster Magnet - Powertrip
Dave Wyndorf
30. Uriah Heep - Look At Yourself
David Byron (Solo)
31. Whitesnake - Whitesnake [1987]
David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Solo)
32. Virgin Steele - The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell Part II
David Defeis
33. Disturbed - The Sickness
David Drainman
34. Van Halen - Van Halen
David Lee Roth (Solo)
35. Fear Of God - Within The Veil
Dawn Crosby (Détente)
36. Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry
Dee Snider (Widowmaker, Solo)
37. Aphrodite's Child - 666
Demis Roussos (Solo, Vangelis, The Idols)
38. Marillion - Script For A Jester's Tear
Derek William Dick - a.k.a. "Fish" - (Tony Banks, Ayreon)
39. Devin Townsend - Ocean Machine: Biomech
Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad, Solo, etc.)
40. Pearl Jam - Ten
Eddie Vedder (Glen Hansard, Bad Radio, Temple of the Dog, Hovercraft, 7 Worlds Collide, C Average)
41. Manowar - Into Glory Ride
Eric Adams
42. Saviour Machine - Saviour Machine I
Eric Clayton
43. Trouble - Psalm 9
Eric Wagner
44. Rhapsody Of Fire - Dawn Of Victory
Fabio Lione (Vision Divine, Labyrinth, Kamelot, Ayreon, Angra)
45. Nightwish - Showtime, Storytime
Floor Jansen (After Forever)
46. Queen - A Night At The Opera
Freddie Mercury (Solo)
47. Rush - 2112
Geddy Lee
48. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
Geoff Tate (Solo)
49. Danzig - Danzig II - Lucifuge
Glenn Danzig (Misfits, Samhain)
50. Trapeze - You Are The Music, We're Just The Band
Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath, Solo, etc.)
51. Impellitteri - Stand In Line
Graham Bonett (Rainbow, M.S.G., Alcatrazz, Anthem, Solo etc.)
52. Blind Guardian - Nightfall In Middle-Earth
Hansi Kursch (Demons And Wizards)
53. Jag Panzer - Ample Destruction
Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin (Satan's Host, Titan Force)
54. Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Ian Anderson (Solo)
55. Deep Purple - In Rock
Ian Gillan (Gillan, etc.)
56. Metallica - Live Shit: Binge & Purge
James Hetfield
57. Dream Theater - Images And Words
James LaBrie (Mullmuzzler, Solo, etc.)
58. Helstar - A Distant Thunder
James Rivera (Destiny's End, Seven Witches, Vicious Rumors, etc.)
59. Janis Joplin - Pearl
Janis Joplin (Big Brother and the Holding Company, Kozmic Blues Band,Grateful Dead)
60. Talisman - Humanimal
Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey,Soul Sirkus, W.E.T. , Humanimal, Solo)
61. Carcass - Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious
Jeff Walker
62. Survivor - Vital Signs
Jimi Jamison (Cobra, Target, Jim Peterik, Bobby Kimbal)
63. Rainbow - Difficult To Cure
Joe Lynn Turner (Solo, Fandango, Deep Purple, Sunstorm, Avantasia, etc.)
64. Fates Warning - Awaken The Guardian
John Arch (Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos)
65. Armored Saint - Symbol Of Salvation
John Bush (Anthrax)
66. Agent Steel - Skeptics Apocalypse
John Cyriis (S.E.T.I.)
67. Kyuss - Kyuss
John Garcia (Slo-Burn, Unida, Hermano)
68. Obituary - Cause Of Death
John Tardy
69. Axel Rudi Pell - Oceans Of Time
Johnny Gioeli (Hardline, Crush 40, Brunette)
70. Savatage - Gutter Ballet
Jon Oliva (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jon Oliva's Pain, etc.)
71. Ark - Burn The Sun
Jorn Lande (Allen - Lande, Ark, The Snakes, Masterplan, etc.)
72. Gamma Ray - Land Of The Free
Kai Hansen (Helloween)
73. Bolt Thrower - ...For Victory
Karl Willets
74. King Diamond - Abigail
King Diamond (Mercyful Fate)
75. Kip Winger - Down Incognito
Kip Winger (Alice Cooper, Winger, Alan Parsons, Jordan Rudess)
76. Scorpions - Lovedrive
Klaus Meine
77. Warrior Soul - Salutations From The Ghetto Nation
Kory Clark (Space Age Playboys, etc.)
78. Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
Kriss "Garm" Rygg (Ulver,Head Control System)
79. Nirvana - Nevermind
Kurt Cobain (Fecal Matter)
80. Entombed - Left Hand Path
Lars Göran Petrov
81. Alice In Chains - Dirt
Layne Staley & Jerry Cantrell (Mad Season, Class of '99, Alice N' Chains, Sleze)
82. Cathedral - The Ethereal Mirror
Lee Dorian (Napalm Death)
83. Motörhead - Ace Of Spades
Ian Kilmister - a.k.a. Lemmy - (Hawkwind, Solo)
84. Theatre Of Tragedy - Velvet Darkness They Fear
Liv Kristine Espenaes-Krull (Atrocity, Leaves Eyes, Solo)
85. Foreigner - 4
Lou Gramm (Black Sheep, Shadow King, Solo, etc.)
86. Marilyn Manson - Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)
Marilyn Manson
87. Skyclad - Prince Of The Poverty Line
Martin Walkyier (Sabbat)
88. Yngwie Malmsteen - Trilogy
Mark Boals (Ring of Fire, Royal Hunt, Seven the Hardway, etc.)
89. Mark Free - Long Way From Love
Mark Free (King Kobra, Signal, Unruly Child)
90. Abstrakt Algebra - Abstrakt Algebra
Mats Leven (Yngwie Malmsteen, Krux,Therion, etc.)
91. Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes
Matt Barlow (Pyramaze, The First State Force Band, Cauldron, Ashes Of Ares)
92. Sepultura - Roots
Max Cavalera (Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy)
93. Tool - Lateralus
Maynard James Keenan (A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, etc.)
94. Candlemass - Nightfall
Messiah Marcolin (Mercy,Memento Mori)
95. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II
Michael Kiske (Solo, etc.)
96. Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory
Midnight (Solo)
97. Opeth - Ghost Reveries
Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt (Bloodbath)
98. Faith No More - King For A Day... Fool For A Lifetime
Mike Patton (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, Tomahawk, Peeping Tom, Solo, etc.)
99. Steelheart - Steelheart
Miljenko Matijevic (Steel Dragon, Manzarek - Krieger)
100. Alter Bridge - Blackbird
Myles Kennedy (Slash, The Mayfield Four, etc.)
101. Paradise Lost - Draconian Times
Nick Holmes
102. Otep - Sevas Tra
Otep Shamaya
103. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Ozzy Osbourne (Solo)
104. Free - Fire And Water
Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, The Firm, The Law, Queen + Paul Rodgers)
105. Pretty Maids - Sin Decade
Paul "Ronnie Atkins" Christensen
106. Corrosion Of Conformity - Deliverance
Pepper Keenan (Down)
107. Genesis - Selling England By The Pound
Peter Gabriel (Solo)
108. Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses
Peter Steele (Carnivore)
109. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
Phil Anselmo (Down, Superjoint Ritual, etc.)
110. Thin Lizzy - Johnny The Fox
Phil Lynott (Solo, etc.)
111. Gamma Ray - Heading For Tomorrow
Ralf Scheepers (Tyran Pace, Primal Fear)
112. Lamb Of God - Sacrament
Randy Blythe (Halo Of Locusts)
113. Fates Warning - Perfect Symmetry
Ray Alder (Engine)
114. Badlands - Badlands
Ray Gillen (Black Sabbath, Phenomena, Blue Murder, Sun Red Sun)
115. The Almighty - Crank
Ricky Warwick (New Model Army, Circus Diablo, Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders)
116. Judas Priest - Unleashed In The East
Rob Halford (Fight, Solo)
117. Impellitteri - Screaming Symphony
Rob Rock (M.A.R.S., Axel Rudi Pell, Avantasia, Warrior, Angelica, Joshua, Driver, Solo)
118. Machine Head - Burn My Eyes
Robb Flynn (Forbidden, Vio-Lence)
119. Solitude Aeturnus - Beyond The Crimson Horizon
Robert Lowe (Candlemass)
120. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
Robert Plant (Solo, etc.)
121. Labyrinth - Return To Heaven Denied
Roberto Tiranti (Ken Hensley Live Fire, Mangala Vallis, A.P.D, Vanexa)
122. The Who - Who's Next
Roger Daltrey (The RD Crusaders, No Plan B Band, Pete Townshend, The Detours, Solo, etc.)
123. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Roger Waters & David Gilmour
124. Dio - Holy Diver
Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath)
125. Kamelot - Epica
Roy Khan (Conception)
126. Symphony X - The Divine Wings Of Tragedy
Russell Allen (Allen - Lande)
127. Holy Moses - Finished With The Dogs
Sabina Herz Classen (Temple Of The Absurd)
128. Sammy Hagar - Standing Hampton
Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Chickenfoot, Montrose)
129. Stone Temple Pilots - Purple
Scott Weiland (Velvet Revolver, Camp Freddy, The Wondergirls, Art Of Anarchy)
130. The Obsessed - Lunar Womb
Scott "Wino" Weinrich (Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan, The Hidden Hand, etc.)
131. Skid Row - Skid Row
Sebastian Bach (Solo)
132. System Of A Down - Toxicity
Serj Tankian (Serart, Solo)
133. Within Temptation - The Heart Of Everything
Sharon Den Adel
134. Spiritual Beggars - Ad Astra
Spice (Kayser, Spice & The RJ Band, etc.)
135. Heir Apparent - One Small Voice
Steve Benito
136. Grim Reaper - Rock You To Hell
Steve Grimmett (Lionsheart, Onslaught, Chateaux, etc.)
137. Gotthard - Gotthard
Steve Lee (Ayreon, Solo)
138. FM - Tough It Out
Steve Overland (Wildlife, The Ladder, Shadowman, Overland)
139. Journey - Escape
Steve Perry (Ice, Alien Project, The Sullies, etc.)
140. Kansas - Leftoverture
Steve Walsh (Streets)
141. Aerosmith - Toys In The Attic
Steven Tyler
142. Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
Steven Wilson (No-Man, Blackfield, Solo, etc.)
143. Nightwish - Once
Tarja Turunen (Solo)
144. Fifth Angel - Fifth Angel
Ted Pilot
145. Bathory - Hammerheart
Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg (Solo)
146. Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
Thomas Gabriel "Warrior" Fischer (Hellhammer,Apollyon Sun)
147. Judas Priest - Meltdown
Tim "Ripper" Owens (Winters Bane,Iced Earth, Beyond Fear, Yngwie Malmsteen)
148. Slayer - Reign In Blood
Tom Araya
149. Lethal - Programmed
Tom Mallicoat
150. TNT - Intuition
Tony Harnell (Westworld, Starbreaker)
151. Black Sabbath - Headless Cross
Tony Martin (Solo, etc.)
152. Riot V - Thundersteel
Tony Moore (Faith And Fire)
153. Accept - Staying A Life
Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O.)
154. Anathema - Alternative 4
Vincent Cavanagh
155. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
W. Axl Rose (Hollywood Rose, L.A. Guns, Rapidfire)
156. Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black
Warrel Dane (Sanctuary)
157. Beast In Black - Berserker
Yannis Papadopoulos (Wardrum, Until Rain, Crosswind)
158. Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
Zack de la Rocha (Hardstance, Inside Out, One Day As A Lion)



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Comments: 7   Visited by: 67 users
05.07.2017 - 05:57
VIG
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Really good list. Also i suggest under Type O Negative and Peter Steele you put (Carnivore), a pre-Type O band, and an awesome one at that
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05.07.2017 - 10:55
Tzo87
Music lover
Thank you very much for your comment and your suggestion!
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21.01.2019 - 10:54
JoHn Doe

A great list, lots of wonderful vocalists

Under Pink Floyd, you might add Richard Wright as well.

I did not see (not complaining) - Glenn Hughes and Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company)
have I missed Mike Baker (Shadow Gallery)?
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21.01.2019 - 13:00
Tzo87
Music lover
Glenn Hughes and Paul Rodgers are already on the list! Thanks for your time and your comment!
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"Information is not knowledge.
Knowledge is not wisdom.
Wisdom is not truth.
Truth is not beauty.
Beauty is not love.
Love is not music.
Music is THE BEST."
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21.01.2019 - 13:15
JoHn Doe

Written by Tzo87 on 21.01.2019 at 13:00

Glenn Hughes and Paul Rodgers are already on the list! Thanks for your time and your comment!


sorry, my bad
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I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
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21.01.2019 - 13:29
Tzo87
Music lover
No problem! Take care!
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"Information is not knowledge.
Knowledge is not wisdom.
Wisdom is not truth.
Truth is not beauty.
Beauty is not love.
Love is not music.
Music is THE BEST."
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23.07.2023 - 19:20
Guib
Thrash Talker
Great list, also Dio did sing for Black Sabbath.
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- Headbanging with mostly clogged arteries to that stuff -
Guib's List Of Essential Albums
- Also Thrash Paradise
Thrash Here
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