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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)

Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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Comments: 7   Visited by: 67 users
05.07.2017 - 05:57
Account deleted
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
05.07.2017 - 10:55
Music lover
Thank you very much for your comment and your suggestion!
"Information is not knowledge.
Knowledge is not wisdom.
Wisdom is not truth.
Truth is not beauty.
Beauty is not love.
Love is not music.
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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)?
I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
21.01.2019 - 13:00
Music lover
Glenn Hughes and Paul Rodgers are already on the list! Thanks for your time and your comment!
"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."
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
I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
21.01.2019 - 13:29
Music lover
No problem! Take care!
"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."
23.07.2023 - 19:20
Thrash Talker
Great list, also Dio did sing for Black Sabbath.
- Headbanging with mostly clogged arteries to that stuff -
Guib's List Of Essential Albums
- Also Thrash Paradise
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