100 Greatest Metal Vocalists

Criteria: Metal vocalists are rated according to two tiers of criteria which are of equal weight.
Tier 1: Influence and Impact.
Tier 2: Control, Projection, Resonance, Range, Uniqueness, Phrasing, and Versatility.

Greatest Metal Vocalists
  1. Rob Halford - Judas Priest
  2. Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden, solo
  3. Ronnie James Dio - Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio
  4. Geoff Tate - Queensrÿche
  5. Michael Kiske - Helloween, Avantasia
  6. Chris Cornell - Soundgarden
  7. Eric Adams - Manowar
  8. Russell Allen - Symphony X
  9. Ozzy Osbourne - Black Sabbath, solo
10. Mike Patton - Faith No More, Mr. Bungle
11. Layne Staley - Alice in Chains
12. Hansi Kürsch - Blind Guardian, Demons & Wizards
13. Roy Khan - Kamelot, Conception
14. Sebastian Bach - Skid Row, solo
15. Matt Barlow - Iced Earth, Pyramaze
16. Tarja Turunen - Nightwish, solo
17. Devin Townsend - Strapping Young Lad, solo
18. King Diamond - Mercyful Fate, solo
19. Maynard James Keenan - Tool
20. Daniel Gildenlöw - Pain of Salvation
21. Phil Anselmo - Pantera, Down
22. Mark Boals - Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring of Fire, solo
23. Quorthon - Bathory, solo
24. Messiah Marcolin - Candlemass, Memento Mori
25. Klaus Meine - Scorpions
26. Jørn Lande - ARK, Masterplan, solo
27. John Arch - Fates Warning, solo
28. Ripper Owens - Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Beyond Fear
29. James LaBrie - Dream Theater
30. Mikael Åkerfeldt - Opeth
31. Chuck Schuldiner - Death, Control Denied
32. Andre Matos - Angra, Shaaman
33. Tobias Sammet - Edguy, Avantasia
34. Joey Belladonna - Anthrax
35. Midnight - Crimson Glory
36. Glenn Danzig
37. Tony Kakko - Sonata Arctica
38. Jon Oliva - Savatage
39. Joe Lynn Turner - Yngwie Malmsteen, Rainbow
40. Daniel Heiman - Lost Horison, Heed
41. Floor Jansen - After Forever, Nightwish, ReVamp
42. Peter Tägtgren - Hypocrisy, PAIN
43. Kevin DuBrow - Quiet Riot
44. Udo Dirkschneider - Accept, solo
45. James Hetfield - Metallica
46. David Wayne - Metal Church
47. Robert Lowe - Solitude Aeturnus, Candlemass
48. Anneke van Giersbergen - The Gathering, Agua de Annique, Devin Townsend Project
49. Timo Kotipelto - Stratovarius
50. Marco Hietala - Tarot, Nightwish
51. Russ Anderson - Forbidden
52. Fabio Lione - Rhapsody
53. Ray Alder - Fates Warning
54. Kai Hansen - Helloween, Gamma Ray
55. Dan Swanö - Witherscape, Edge of Sanity, Nightingale
56. Warrel Dane - Sanctuary, Nevermore
57. Rody Walker - Protest the Hero
58. Harry Conklin - Satan's Host, Jag Panzer
59. Oliver Hartman - At Vance, Empty Tremor
60. DC Cooper - Silent Force, Royal Hunt, solo
61. Jeff Scott Soto - Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Rudi Pell
62. Rob Rock - Axel Rudi Pell, Impellitteri, solo
63. Tony Martin - Black Sabbath
64. Ralf Scheepers - Primal Fear
65. Krystoffer Rygg - Ulver, Arcturus
66. David DeFeis - Virgin Steel
67. Serj Tankian - System of a Down
68. Simone Simmons - Epica
69. Peter Steele - Type O Negative
70. Lemmy - Motörhead
71. Bobby Ellsworth - Overkill
72. Doro Pesch - Warlock, solo
73. Johan Längqvist - Candlemass
74. John Bush - Armored Saint, Anthrax
75. Jonas Renkse - Katatonia, October Tide
76. ICS Vortex - Arcturus, Borknagar, Dimmu Borgir
77. Nils K. Rue - Pagan's Mind
78. Damian Wilson - Threshold, Headspace
79. Sharon den Adel - Within Temptation
80. Ihsahn - Emperor, Peccatum, solo
81. Devon Graves - Psychotic Waltz
82. Mats Levén - Therion, Krux, Yngwie Malmsteen
83. Mike Howe - Metal Church
84. Greg Puciato - The Dillinger Escape Plan, Killer Be Killed
85. Angela Gossow - Arch Enemy
86. Mathias Blad - Falconer
87. Alan Averill - Primordial
88. Dave Mustaine - Megadeth
89. Einar Solberg - Leprous
90. Jari Mäenpää - Wintersun, Ensiferum
91. Paul Di'Anno - Iron Maiden
92. M. Shadows - Avenged Sevenfold
93. Tomi Joutsen - Amorphis
94. Howard Jones - Killswitch Engage
95. Atilla Dorn - Powerwolf
96. Andi Deris - Helloween
97. Stu Block - Into Eternity, Iced Earth
98. ZP Theart - DragonForce
99. Vince Neil - Mötley Crüe
100. Lance King - Pyramaze, Balance of Power, Avian
Rob Halford
Bruce Dickinson
Ronnie James Dio
Geoff Tate
Michael Kiske

Last Updated: 2017-06-30
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