Hit Parader’s Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time

by oz on December 4, 2006

I’m not much of a metal guy these days, but I dabbled in high school. I heard about this list on the radio this morning and had to look it up. It’s bound for controversy. Freddy Mercury at #6? Scott Stapp and Fred Durst made the list but Billy Corgan didn’t? ROD STEWART AGAIN!!! This guy is haunting me lately.

I’ll further assume that punk bands are not included, since Joey Ramone didn’t make the cut.

Some of my personal favorites (other than Corgan) that are not on the list:

Pepper Keenan, Corrosion of Conformity

Phil Anselmo, Pantera

Keith Caputo, Life of Agony

Here’s the full list from Hit Parader.

01. Robert Plant
02. Rob Halford
03. Steven Tyler
04. Chris Cornell
05. Bon Scott
06. Freddie Mercury
07. Bruce Dickinson
08. Ozzy Osbourne
09. Paul Rodgers
10. Ronnie James Dio
11. Axl Rose
12. Sammy Hagar
13. Geddy Lee
14. Geoff Tate
15. Mick Jagger
16. Jonathan Davis
17. Roger Daltrey
18. Paul Stanley
19. David Lee Roth
20. Kurt Cobain
21. Maynard James Keenan
22. Klaus Meine
23. Eddie Vedder
24. James Hetfield
25. Trent Reznor
26. Serj Tankian
27. Layne Staley
28. Steve Perry
29. Gene Simmons
30. Joe Elliott
31. Jon Bon Jovi
32. Alice Cooper
33. Vince Neil
34. Steve Marriott
35. Lajon Witherspoon
36. Sebastian Bach
37. Philip Anselmo
38. Zack De La Rocha
39. Brian Johnson
40. Bret Michaels
41. Udo Dirkschneider
42. David Draiman
43. Ian Gillian
44. Marilyn Manson
45. Jeff Keith
46. Chester Bennington
47. Sully Erna
48. Lemmy Kilmister
49. Aaron Lewis
50. Brett Scallions
51. Chino Moreno
52. Rob Zombie
53. Anthony Kiedis
54. David Coverdale
55. Gary Cherone
56. Andrew Wood
57. Scott Weiland
58. Tom Araya
59. Phil Lynnot
60. Rod Stewart
61. Scooter Ward
62. Ray Davies
63. Sonny Sandoval
64. David Bowie
65. Joan Jett
66. Josey Scott
67. Perry Farrell
68. Scott Stapp
69. Amy Lee
70. Don Dokken
71. Fred Durst
72. Mike Shinoda
73. Pepper Keenan
74. Dez Fafara
75. Gavin Rossdale
76. Blackie Lawless
77. Dave Wyndorf
78. Ann Wilson
79. Jimi Hendrix
80. Ville Valo
81. Peter Steele
82. Dave Williams
83. Dee Snider
84. Joe Lynn Turner
85. King Diamond
86. Corey Taylor
87. Jamey Jasta
88. Justin Hawkins
89. Dave Mustaine
90. Ian Astbury
91. Stephen Pearcy
92. Phil Mogg
93. Biff Byford
94. Cristina Scabbia
95. Dani Filth
96. Wes Scantlin
97. Tim “Ripper” Owens
98. Joshua Todd
99. Kevin Dubrow
100. Ray Gillen


{ 1840 comments… read them below or add one }

yeyeyeye September 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Hello to all ladies and gentleman,
I would like to say only this and this I hate all of racist lists like this. I even saw FM with a worse ranking than dumbass linkin park because of racism. I hate it. I can give you at least 20 non-white vocalist to the top of this list. I hate it as a white person. I will always put FM to 1 cuz he is from Africa and gay and doesn’t give a crap about it. I hate everything ends with ism.

pink bubble go ape September 9, 2013 at 2:11 am

Just a Bullshit without Michael “MICHI” Kiske…!! LOL

Ganondox September 21, 2013 at 11:12 am

The two main problems with this list is 1. It’s only clean singers, there are some screamers who are pretty innovative, distinctive, and talented. 2. Quite a few of these guys don’t even make metal. A better title would be “Top 100 Hard Rock and Metal Singers”, then there would be less controversy of the conclusion.

ru October 8, 2013 at 6:53 am

Here is my list (only metal singers, based on my estimate of innovation, skill and diversity not popularity):
1a. James Maynard Keenen
1b. Mike Patton
2. Chino Moreno
3. Zach de la rocha
4. Serj Tankian
5. keith kaputo
6. Daryl Palumbo
7. James Hetfield

james October 11, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Since when is Rod Stewart a metal singer? Might as well put Micheal Jackson on the list too! Hit Paraders = Morons

Rick October 15, 2013 at 1:46 am

Ann Wilson & Ray Davies, heavy metal RIIIIIIIGHT !!!!!

Anita October 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

Well I recently came across this band called Eden’s Curse and I think the (former) singer Michael Eden could be up here too :D
great voice and the new singer Nikola Mijic isn’t too bad as well.
And oke it’s not real metal but man can they make great music .!!
Eden’s Curse definately rocks!! \m/

Heavymetalboy October 18, 2013 at 11:48 am

Where ‘s Eric Adams ???

Ben October 24, 2013 at 12:02 am

What the fuck were they thinking? That had to be a joke. Phil Anselmo isn’t even at the end of the list. I bet he laughed his ass off when he seen that. He should have been number 1. This is why nobody likes the media. They are full of shit.

Metal power October 26, 2013 at 9:15 am

What’s that shit ???? Chris Cornell and Steve Tyler in this list … And at the Top ????? Are they metal singers ???? Ok so where are Justin Bieber, Bono, Elton John, etc……… ? Fuck off or die Hit Parader of bloody fuckin’shit !!

MetalNerd October 30, 2013 at 8:35 pm

How the fuck is James Hetfield number 24? Go Metallica!

Beric November 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Where’s Matt Barlow and Stu Block? :O

Anthony Lafollette November 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm

First of all Corey Taylor needs to be way fuckin higher on this list. Brent Smith of Shinedown needs a spot at LEAST in the top 100. If not top 50.

Aryan S November 8, 2013 at 8:07 pm

where is Till Lindemann of Rammastein?
and where is Phil Anselmo of Panterea?
and Max Cavalera of Sepultura/Soulfly?
this list is bullshit.

Derrick Yu November 12, 2013 at 4:56 pm

This list is bullshit! No Mike Patton? I love Tool but Patton beats Keenan by a hair. Patton sounds ultra-loco than Keenan. Scott Weiland on the list but no Vedder?

Michael Tunney November 27, 2013 at 11:58 am

Some of you are stupid and don’t realize something; great means influence, impact, and a combination of talent and skill, not just talent and skill. Robert Plant is at the top because he’s the freaking king of rock/metal vocalists, and his influence further makes that point. Some really good singers are not so high because they aren’t so influential (M. Shadows is not on the list because although he is an amazing singer with his high range and melody he’s not very influential for example). besides, it’s only a list (there’s no sentimental value) so get over it.

Chris Lujan December 10, 2013 at 1:06 am

How in the hell is david Bowie and Rod Stewart Metal?

Justin December 11, 2013 at 12:35 am

layne staley should be higher and should phil anselmo.

Joe December 14, 2013 at 8:24 am

Everybody’s bitching about Phil Anselmo. Am i the only one able to read #37? Even the poster missed out on him. Should’ve been a bit higher perhaps…

Richard December 18, 2013 at 3:53 am


thenbman December 21, 2013 at 10:33 am

Ian Gillan 43rd you got to be kidding, he’s in top 5 easy, he’s better than Robert Plant and has a greater range. A very silly poll

reggie abrahams December 27, 2013 at 5:10 am

It is the most ridiculous list on earth. One crucial question …. Where is the greatest singer of all time David Byron from Uriah Heep

Tomo December 29, 2013 at 3:31 am

Very poor list, Sebastian Bach is and always will be a top 5 on any list, and to have Mike Patton, John bush, Whit Crane or Tarja Turunen missing is a joke, they are all top 50s minimum.

Jim Rock December 30, 2013 at 10:36 pm

You can’t leave Chad Kroeger (nickelback) off the list. The guy has
Incredible power in his voice and can scream for hours and still
Sound strong. He also has a ton of great songs and puts on a truly great rock show. Same with Sully Erna, he should be way higher early due to talent and ability.

Louis January 1, 2014 at 8:12 am

Crappy list. You even had people in this list that aren’t even Metal. Fred Durst? Fucking really? And why is Tim Owens at the bottom?

babak January 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

it,s not fair that corey taylor is in 86th place.
also james hetfield has similar case
totally this list had a fundamental problems but its better than nothing!!
thank to his author!!

David January 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Excuse me…I thought this was a list for metal singers. What are Cornell, Mercury, Cobain, Bowie and Rossdale doing on the list? Granted those guys are good in their own genres but they’re not metal…

MWAC January 15, 2014 at 8:59 am

Mike Shinoda . Chester Bennington \m/ LINKIN PARK ROCKS

Karate kid January 19, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Okay first of all… Phil Anselmo of Pantera, Down, etc. IS on the list at 37.
In other words, this list is mostly bullshit. At least 20 of these guys don’t sing anything close to metal. Rod Stewart?! Freddie Mercury?! —> (Ranked ahead of Ozzy, Dio, James Hetfield, etc… Wtf). I mean come on. The authors and editors of this list should be fucking fired.

Andrei January 19, 2014 at 11:08 pm

First of all Corey Taylor is the fucking best METAL singer, he has different tones on clean and screaming voice. They missed Dez Fafara from Devil Driver and Jesse Leach-Howard Jones from Killswitch Engage among too many other METAL singers that should be there.

You’ll have to excuse me but I can not see led Zepeling as Metal, not even heavy, no way Steven Tayler or many other Rock singers that shouldn’t be on the list as their music is not even close to be called Heavy Metal.

john January 28, 2014 at 3:28 pm

where the fuck is max cavalera ?

john January 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm

while i mention max cavalera i dont see rob flynn or matt heafy there either not a fuckin metal list at all total bollixology

zach January 30, 2014 at 11:11 pm

I think Corey Taylor is awesome but if you’re going to add Corey, add M. Shadows as well!!

iman February 2, 2014 at 5:47 pm

oh come on… where is Till Lindemann?

adam February 13, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Where Is Ian Curtis

I'AM February 13, 2014 at 6:09 pm

What the fuck..? This is the most stupid list I’ve ever seen, many of them even aren’t metal, and dani filth is ranked 95? The author and the editor must be an asshole.. You disgraced the name of \M/etal

Evgenia February 19, 2014 at 4:44 am

Rob Halford and Judas Priest forever!

Lona March 16, 2014 at 9:27 pm

really, mick jagger sings better than coverdale?

hell, anthony kiedis is above coverdale, you are f-ing kidding me?!

this list has nothing to do with VOCALS (or METAL by the way).

Tor Egil March 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

#1 Jonathan Davis
#2 Peter Steele
#3 Dan McCafferty
#4 Mikael Åkerfeldt
#5 Dee Snider
#6 Robb Flynn
#7 Ronnie James Dio
#8 Burton C Bell
#9 Philip Anselmo
#10 Zakk Wylde

cargrozomor March 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Ansemo is on this list! check 37.

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