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


{ 1946 comments… read them below or add one }

Austin January 3, 2015 at 12:17 am

Where is Dave Grohl, and why is Dave Mustaine in the 90s????

Miro January 14, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Michael Kiske – and his Helloween Keepers

Rikesh Patel February 6, 2015 at 3:01 pm


Rikesh Patel February 6, 2015 at 3:02 pm

King Diamond is not even mentioned!

Patrick February 10, 2015 at 9:55 pm

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

Phil Anselmo, Pantera”

He is 37. on the list.

Michael DiFrancesco February 22, 2015 at 4:47 am

101. Doug Pinnick of King’s X not on the list?! That’s a cryin’ shame!

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Betsy February 24, 2015 at 11:27 pm

Once again, I am reminded of why I never pay much attention to these kinds of lists. Because no matter who writes them, inevitably they will rank Aerosmith higher than Alice in Chains. And that’s just not okay.

SHUBHAM VERMA March 1, 2015 at 9:16 am

where the hell is “EMPEROR MAGUS CALIGULA” of Dark Funeral

Blerina March 2, 2015 at 7:46 am

COREY TAYLOR 86?!!!!!!!! Seriously????

Jimmy Crackcorn March 20, 2015 at 10:03 am

Where’s Jim Morrison?? He would piss on the better half of that list.

duff March 22, 2015 at 1:01 am

This list is a joke. Many names listed aren’t even metal artist. I don’t slap on Aerosmith, Bowie or Bon Jovi. Not saying many of these artist don’t belong on a list of great vocalist, just not this one.Won’t even get into the Scott Stapp or Rod Stewart thing. As for the person who made the list, my only hope is that they were on more drugs than many of the musicians on this list.

eric March 22, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Corey Taylor should be at least top 5 #1 on my list

Tony March 24, 2015 at 3:58 pm

Half of the people on the list aren’t even considered metal vocalists, they might have influenced the genre but they are far from being within the genre. Also, the lack of Russell Allen is saddening, he is debatably the best in the genre.

WHS March 31, 2015 at 11:06 am

Rod Stewart is metal? Haha good one.

Richard April 10, 2015 at 9:38 am

Where is Glenn Hughes?

tiberius April 15, 2015 at 4:15 am

Are you serious??? corey taylor is amazing in his execution of lyrics. This list is especially retarded when you see Serj tankian and corey taylor away from top 5 considering slipknot and soad are the 2 most successful metal bands of the past 2 decades.

tiberius April 15, 2015 at 4:17 am

Also kurt cobain and Eddie Vedder? Seriously? Thats not metal… seriously…

Blonk April 15, 2015 at 7:46 am

The fact that James Labrie isn’t on here while Scott Stapp is saddens me.

jon April 17, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Fred Durst?? What the living hell?? He’s not even metal!! You got to find someone who knows metal music … Like Jonathan from Loeb is a horrible singer. Dio should be at the top… This is really a horrible list..

Igor April 19, 2015 at 3:41 am

Where is Mustaine?! Kroeger?! Bellamy?! And really, Corey Taylor – 86.?! Damn it

cpgrill May 5, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Ozzy Osbourne should be at first place because he helped to invent the genre of heavy metal you motherfuckers and he has helped me to cope with issued through his music and he has helped me curb my thoughts of suicide.

Davide May 10, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Where is Mike Patton?

Charles May 12, 2015 at 11:56 am

Where is Graham Bonnet. He is probably to 10 if you are going by voice alone.

Mike Spear May 17, 2015 at 10:32 pm

Interesting list,but many of these are NOT metal.
My metal faves…
2)Bruce Dickinson
3)Geoff Tate
4)Michael Kiske..from Helloween
5)Rob Halford
6)James Hetfield
7)Don Dokken

Rock On
Mike Spear
SeaTac WA

Maria Freitas May 23, 2015 at 2:36 am

This list is a joke… Why is not Michael Bolton on it?! :p

Luis Pablo Jose May 25, 2015 at 4:46 am

Ok, this list is bullshit.
how is Fred Durst and Chino Moreno there but Till Lindemann isn’t?

Caitlin May 27, 2015 at 10:12 pm

WHERE IS M SHADOWS??????????????

ryan June 4, 2015 at 11:27 am

Where is James Hetfield of Metallica? Or if the writer considers Rod Stewart.. Why not include Brandon Boyd of Incubus? It’s a crazy list..

Dinara June 7, 2015 at 7:25 am

Kurt Cobain above Klaus Meine? Really??? Oh my God, it’s very stupid list.

J W June 9, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Fred Durst over Corey Taylor? lol.

Also has anyone ever heard of a little band called Ministry? You’ll find them right in between Rod Stewart and David Bowie in the metal section.

Cho Phat June 9, 2015 at 11:56 pm

In my opinion Klaus Meine should be at least in top 10. He has such a unique voice! Beautiful, strong and so emotional!

Stephen June 24, 2015 at 2:20 am

I love Paul Stanley and Kiss, but there is no way him and Gene are better then Ian Gillian.

Ukraine June 24, 2015 at 11:49 am

PHILL ANSELMO ???????????????

Metaldude228 June 27, 2015 at 6:51 am

This is the worst list ever

not you June 27, 2015 at 11:17 am

okay lets face it no one knows what’s up with this list but any way just wanted to point out Phil Anselmo is #37 and Pepper Keenan is #73

Armanox June 28, 2015 at 10:25 pm

Really, no Shagrath? Mustaine @ 89?
And how the hell is Fred even there?

FLOUNDER July 6, 2015 at 6:57 pm

This list is bullshit just because Mike Patton ain’t on it, and that’s not to mention the fuckin names that aren’t even metal. Bogus ass list.

William September 2, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Where are Randy Blythe, Till Lindemann and Ronnie James Dio
Are you serious… Chris Cornell better than Dickinson and Mercury?!?!

Anonymus Ignis September 4, 2015 at 9:44 pm

Ok,so you put Dani Filth,the ”Ripper” and other few screamers but you don’t put Randy Blythe,are you serious man?!Randy is one of the greatest if not the greatest voices of metal…ever!
You also forgot Adam Darski,Chad Gray,Angela Gossow,Joakim Broden,Till Lindemann and so many more…
And some of the artists just shouldn’t be on the list,they just shouldn’t.
They may have contributed to metal over the years,but they are just not metal vocalists.I mean Robert Plant on the first place,Chris Cornell on the fourth and so many more that just shouldn’t be on the list.
If this was made to be a ”best vocalists of all time” list,with few shuffles,it could work,but like this no,just no.

Tim September 7, 2015 at 1:09 am

I think this list sucks and need updated by a professional vocalist. I do love Ozzy and Bon Scott , but we need to get back to reality. Tim Owens the guy that replaced the number 2 vocalist is at the bottom and David Coverdale, Don Dokken and I can name a few more that is getting the shaft. My personal favorite, Geoff Tate, especially when he was in his prime could hit some serious notes.

Jeff September 15, 2015 at 8:39 pm

It is a weak list and should be rethought ,I love led Zeppelin but I don’t consider them metal,Eric Wagner was metal,Paul Dianno was metal don’t get me started .i like Dion too should he be on this list,let’s not cross categories,Halford is the king though

Pat September 18, 2015 at 5:23 am

Klaus Meine@ 22, that’s a mistake right? I mean he’s below Sammy Hagar, oh so wrong!!!

peiman September 21, 2015 at 11:16 pm

OMFG where is Eric Adams?!!!
this is the worst list ever!

justin coleman September 22, 2015 at 5:56 am

Okay, scott weiland should of been a lot fucking higher. And really no layne staley????

But at least you had robert plant on there I guess

justin coleman September 22, 2015 at 5:58 am

Never mind layne staley is on ther hahhaahahh

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