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


{ 1891 comments… read them below or add one }

NoonNoo June 9, 2014 at 5:09 pm

What? No tarja turunen and anneke?
Well done for including cristina scabbia on the list.

Jaxxxx June 14, 2014 at 8:40 am

Cornell should be #1

Feanor June 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

I think you’ve forgetten Eric Adams.

Galactus June 21, 2014 at 10:39 am

Without Jens Kidman at #1, this list is invalid.

Lord June 21, 2014 at 11:11 am

Geoff Tate is number 14? He should have been the #1.

Hari June 26, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Phil Anselmo is there in the list. Freddie Mercury should definitely be first and Dio above Ozzy and Bon Scott. This is a real bad list.

Adam July 5, 2014 at 10:49 am

Interesting list. Ann Wilson is 78 and Fred durst is 71?

manel July 11, 2014 at 8:32 am

Good list but, LOTS of european singers no figure!
Kiske, tobias sammet, scheepers, kotipelto, paul di’anno, joey tempest, Hansen… and many many more.

undeadsasuke34 July 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm

WHERES ADAM GONTIER???????????????? from TDG

maher July 20, 2014 at 3:54 am

in 100 singers i don’t see Joey Tempest or paul mc cartney, this is a joke i hope

Cat July 20, 2014 at 11:06 pm

Phil Anselmo should have made this list and been within the top 5..period!!!

Eugenia July 22, 2014 at 4:42 am

Lemmy Kilmister after Manson?

Sin City j’ai tué pour elle Télécharger July 29, 2014 at 12:16 am

Hi there i am kavin, its my first occasion to commenting anywhere,
when i read this paragraph i thought i could also create comment due to this
brilliant piece of writing.

Richard Bureros July 29, 2014 at 10:42 am

Corey taylor #1.

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Czarny247 July 30, 2014 at 11:26 am

Shitty list. Where the f%%ck is MIKE PATTON?!

Chainsaw August 3, 2014 at 2:57 pm

David Draiman is best He should be #1

mike August 5, 2014 at 11:30 am

This list sucks, first of all is rod Stewart metal? Fred Durst is terrible, how does Corey Taylor come in so l9w. The guy sings heavy shit and you can understand what he said, and then he sings Stone Sour stuff and shoes his versatility. ANY LIST that does not have Duo in the top 3 is just wrong. I think the writer said it best, he used to dabble in it in high school. This list proves that, how come Mike Patton isn’t listed? come on now

jesus August 6, 2014 at 6:17 pm

#1 Ronnie James Dio

Lauren August 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm

What the fuck do you think you guys are doing? Do you even know what metal is?

william August 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Cedric Bixler Zavala from at the drive-in

brrrt August 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm

I would call these rock and heavy metal vocalists. That being said, when it comes to the female vocalists in this list there are several things wrong with it

1) Ann Wilson, the original female rock singer, should be much higher than Amy Lee
2) Tarja Turunen (Nightwish), Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation), Simone Simons (Epica) and in particular Floor Jansen (Nightwish/After Forever) are much better singers than Amy Lee

Reniek September 1, 2014 at 9:42 am

Freddie Mercury wasn’t metal singer, he was pop-rock singer. Thus for example Ian Gillan is 10x better METAL singer than Freddie. Robert Plant isn’t METAL singer at all, he was at most hard rock singer. I would consider those bands: Deep Purple, Rainbow, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Nirvana, Alcatrazz, etc etc, not Queen, Led Zeppelin etc. So… Dio should be top 3 as well as Ozzy. Gillan definately top 10, his screaming started the whole thing.

1776 September 5, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Where’s Jeff Scott Soto?! Plus, about 1/3 of these mugs are NOT “heavy metal” singers.

Psykyk September 10, 2014 at 7:19 pm

What a shit? Ian Guillan number 43 and curt cobain is better? Really?

MetHead September 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

How can Chester Bennington (#46) be a better vocalist than Corey Taylor (#86)? Come on..

Abril September 14, 2014 at 4:39 am

Where is Layne Staley???

Abril September 14, 2014 at 4:41 am

Where is Layne Staley??? The list is all messed up, chino moreno should also be higher on the list. There are alot of overrated vocalists in the top spots

Ron IRS September 17, 2014 at 10:22 am

Who the hell came up with this shitty list. Personal preferences set aside on can not compare singers from differents lusical styles with one another.
This being a metal-list … lots of them shouldn’t even be on it.
And then, how can you compare death-metal singers with, heavy-metal singers & classic hardrock or metal singers & black-metal singers & … & male and female singers … on what basis does one make up such a list? Let people vote? That will only serve the so called popular singers that are popular because of the band they sing in and it would make up a very non-objective list.
As with all lists … it’s totally useless !
Get a life !
But while we’re at it … Dio on first place !!! :-) !!!

Gary September 17, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Gary Moore should have been on this list.

Ronaldo September 24, 2014 at 10:51 am

Maynard James Keenan is not number 1?

Maynard James Keenan is ONE OF THE ONLY male vocalists, probably in history, that can sing at every single range: soft, screams, highs, lows, etc.

Maynard’s voice is transcendent. the beauty and versatility that he delivers is legendary and unmatched.

this list is stupid.

meisam October 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm

where’s joey tempest and johnny gioeli? Ronnie james dio should have been the first

venu October 19, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Wtf man c0rey taylor should be no.1

malanean October 26, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Am I missing something? I see Ann Wilson and Joan Jett on here, but Where the hell is Pat Benatar? Seriously? If you’re going to include female rock singers, leaving Pat off is just criminal.

malanean October 26, 2014 at 6:10 pm

How can you include Ann Wilson and Joan Jett and leave off Pat Benatar? That woman’s range alone earned her a spot in the Pantheon! Rubbish list!

Randy Lahey November 1, 2014 at 12:01 am

A good chunk of the vocalists on this list aren’t even metal…

Nestor November 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm

No Mike Patton?

Jacob Twardosky November 12, 2014 at 6:59 pm

You guys forgot about M. Shadows and Matt Tuck, and the lead singer of Mudvayne :(

Koko D November 21, 2014 at 1:14 pm

I also agree, where’s Adam Gontier in this list??

Beefy November 23, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Whitfield Crane? Kevin Martin of Candlebox? Eric Clapton of Cream? Max Cavalera? Chuck Billy of Testament? Joey Belladonna? Kurt Cobain shouldn’t even be here. Nor should Gavin Rossdale. This list is very much lacking.

fernanda November 29, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Michael Kiske
Goran Edman
Mike Patton
Gaty Moore
Doggie White
Jeff Scott Soto
Robin McAuley
Graham Bonnet

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