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100 Greatest Metal Vocal Performances

Criteria: This Metal vocal performance song list is based on talent showcased (Control, Power, Range, Versatility,) phrasing, uniqueness, and how much of the vocalists total ability was showcased in each song.

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2017-05-05

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  1. Stargazer - Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow)
  2. Roads To Madness - Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)
  3. Keeper of the Seven Keys - Michael Kiske (Helloween)
  4. Dreamer Deceiver - Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
  5. Highlander - Daniel Heiman (Lost Horizon)
  6. Where Eagles Dare - Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
  7. A Question of Heaven - Matt Barlow (Iced Earth)
  8. Lunar Sanctum - Roy Khan (Kamelot)
  9. Victim of Changes - Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
10. Cemetery Gates - Phil Anselmo (Pantera)
11. Take Hold of the Flame - Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)
12. Gates of Valhalla - Eric Adams (Manowar)
13. We Got the Right - Michael Kiske (Helloween)
14. Beyond the Pale - Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation)
15. Slaves and Bulldozers - Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)
16. The Divine Wings of Tragedy - Russell Allen (Symphony X)
17. The Tower - Tobias Sammet / Michael Kiske / Andre Matos (Avantasia)
18. Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
19. Nights of Arabia - Roy Khan (Kamelot)
20. Jesus Christ Pose - Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)
21. Blood Red Skies - Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
22. Silent Crying - Roy Khan (Conception)
23. The Spirit Will Remain - Tobias Sammet (Edguy)
24. Reconciliation - Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation)
25. Fiddler on the Green - Hansi Kürsch (Demons & Wizards)
26. Key to the Universe - Michael Kiske (Timo Tolkki)
27. Passion and the Opera - Tarja Turunen (Nightwish)
28. Birth Ritual - Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)
29. Queen of the Reich - Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)
30. Love, Hate, Love - Layne Staley (Alice in Chains)
31. Dracula - Matt Barlow (Iced Earth)
32. Don't Talk to Strangers - Ronnie James Dio (Dio)
33. Disturbing the Priest - Ian Gillan (Black Sabbath)
34. Fairytales Won't Die - Mark Boals (Maestro Alex Gregory)
35. Suite Sister Mary - Geoff Tate / Pamela Moore (Queensrÿche)
36. As Long as It's Not About Love - Ronnie James Dio (Dio)
37. Through the Looking Glass - Russell Allen (Symphony X)
38. Crying - Jørn Lande (Beyond Twilight)
39. Take the Time - James LaBrie (Dream Theater)
40. Age of False Innocence - Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian)
41. Painkiller - Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
42. No Quarter - Maynard James Keenan (Tool)
43. Nessun Dorma - Eric Adams (Manowar)
44. Golden Dawn - Tobias Sammet (Edguy)
45. I Can't Have You Blues - Layne Staley (Alice in Chains)
46. Stand, Sentinel - John West
47. Paradox - Mark Boals / Daniel Gildenlöw (Genius Rock Opera)
48. Cathedral Spires - Tim Owens (Judas Priest)
49. Lost in the Depths of Me - Daniel Heiman (Lost Horizon)
50. Aces High - Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
51. A Touch of Evil - Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
52. Come What May - Matt Barlow (Iced Earth)
53. In the Flesh - Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation)
54. Farewell - Tobias Sammet / Sharon den Adel / Michael Kiske (Avantasia)
55. The Accolade - Russell Allen (Symphony X)
56. Lamento Eroico - Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire)
57. Stand Away - Andre Matos (Angra)
58. Ghost Love Score - Tarja Turunen (Nightwish)
59. Scarred - James LaBrie (Dream Theater)
60. Cross-Eyed Mary - Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
61. Quicksand Jesus - Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)
62. March of Time - Michael Kiske (Helloween)
63. Red Sharks - Midnight (Crimson Glory)
64. Battle Hymn - Eric Adams (Manowar)
65. At the Graves - King Diamond
66. Freewheel Burning - Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
67. Missing You - Jørn Lande (Ark)
68. Demise of Faust - Ski (Deady Blessing)
69. Death from Above - Neil Turbin (Anthrax)
70. Shattered - Phil Anselmo (Pantera)
71. The Pot - Maynard James Keenan (Tool)
72. Pain - Ronnie James Dio (Dio)
73. Visions - Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius)
74. Time to Say Goodbye - Lana Lane / Mark Boals
75. Carry On - Andre Matos (Angra)
76. Flight of Icarus - Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
77. Before the Storm - Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)
78. Deconstruction - Devin Townsend
79. Ghost Light - Matt Barlow (Pyramaze)
80. Elements - Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius)
81. A Tale That Wasn't Right - Andi Deris (Helloween)
82. The Oath - King Diamond (Mercyful Fate)
83. And Then There Was Silence - Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian)
84. In a Darkened Room - Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)
85. Day Twenty: Confrontation - Various (Ayreon)
86. Secret of Steel - Eric Adams (Manowar)
87. The Big Machine - Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation)
88. Veil of Disguise - Warrel Dane (Sanctuary)
89. Soldiers Under Command - Michael Sweet (Stryper)
90. City of the Dead - Carlos Zema (Outworld)
91. Still Loving You - Klaus Meine (The Scorpions)
92. Declaration Day - Tim Owens (Iced Earth)
93. Leonardo - Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen)
94. 10,000 Days - Maynard James Keenan (Tool)
95. Candlelight Fantasia - Russell Allen (Symphony X)
96. Mirror Mirror - Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass)
97. Absolution - Michael Kiske / Renato Tribuzy (Tribuzy)
98. Once and Future King - Todd Hall (Burning Starr)
99. Stand in Line - Graham Bonnet (Impellitteri)
100. Death Whispered a Lullaby - Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth)

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