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The Top Ten Metal Vocalists (In No Particular Order)

Bruce Dickinson-The air raid siren, the voice. This man still sounds as powerful as he did 25 years ago, albeit a little bit more seasoned. Dickinson’s howls are some of the most recognizable in all of metal.

Rob Halford-Equally still as impressive as Dickinson, Halford still possess a monster voice. Recognizable, powerful, the metal god.

Nergal-The main man of Behemoth possess a voice that sends shivers up your spine. His death metal scream and guttural vocals are second to none.

Ronnie James Dio-The legendary lead singer of Elf, Rainbow, Dio, Black Sabbath and countless others had one of the most impressive voices in all of music. The man was in top form all the way up until his death. Easily one of the greatest singers of all time.

Peter Steele-The former front man of Type O Negative. Steele had one of the most haunting voices in metal. His deep bellows cause goosebumps on every listen.

Ozzy Osbourne-Ozzy makes this list simply because of how recognizable his voice is. Nobody else sounds like Ozzy. He never has been the most talented vocalist in the world but his voice sounds like no other.

Devin Townsend- The genius behind Strapping Young Lad, The Devin Townsend Band, and The Devin Townsend Project owns one of the greatest voices in music. This man can scream, growl and sing with the best of them. Haunting melodies, pure ballads, and death metal vocals are no problem for Townsend. What is most impressive about him is that his talents don’t end with his voice.

Matt Barlow-Matt Barlow of Iced Earth fame is perhaps the very best pure Heavy Metal vocalist from the United States. The man posses a haunting voice that is equal parts soulful as it is powerful.

Tarja Turunen-The former lead singer of Nightwish, Tarja has an amazing voice. Her operatic vocals made Nightwish an instantly recognizable band, her voice is unmistakable.

Geoff Tate-The Queensryche lead singer has an amazing voice in the same vain as Dickinson. He is powerful, soulful and melodic all at the same time. His voice is also instantly recognizable and has given Queensryche their identity.


The genre known as heavy metal is an interesting one to say the least, it often gets pegged as a genre with talentless musicians, but I challenge anyone to find vocalists who are as talented as these men and women, it should also be noted that most of these men and women are amazing lyricists, guitar players, and entertainers as well.

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