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List your top 10 Rock/Metal vocalists of all time

Discussion in 'ProgPower USA' started by ICEDEARTHFAN, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. Up&Away

    Up&Away A member nonetheless

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    Ackk. My favorite power metal band and I leave out Carl. Gone is Tony Moore. Insert Carl Albert at #8.
     
  2. sccaldwell

    sccaldwell Guitarist Wannabe

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    About damn time someone listed these two (particularly Delp). Here's my list, in a *very* rough order:

    Brad Delp, RIP (Boston)
    Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Redemption)
    Daniel Gildenlow (Pain of Salvation)
    Roy Khan (Conception, Kamelot)
    Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder)
    Ted Leonard (Enchant)
    Geoff Tate (Queensryche)
    Freddie Mercury, RIP (Queen)
    Midnight, RIP (Crimson Glory)
    Lou Gramm (Foreigner...mostly for his *incredible* live performance)

    SOOOO many other great ones being left off by that "only 10" limitation...

    Craig
     
  3. Claus / Intromental

    Claus / Intromental 20 years of uniting the powers of metal

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    I'm only going to list the metal/hard rock singers - not going to go into all the great rock and pop singers (I mean, Freddie Mercury alone would kick everybody else off of the list) ... so, focusing on the hard rock and metal genres and not necessarily going for the best technique, but more the ones who appeal to me on a personal level:

    1. Jeff Scott Soto
    (He's the whole package - fantastic showman, great rock'n'roll singer, very emotional, and he could sing the phone book and I'd listen)

    2. Michael Kiske
    (As only a 17 yr old punk he came out and shocked the metal world. And now, almost 25 years later, his voice is still pure gold)

    3. Buddy Lackey
    (Perhaps not a technically perfect singer, but he writes some of the best metal lyrics and he makes sure the point to them comes across with one heck of an emotional delivery)

    4. Ronnie James Dio
    (duh!)

    5. Robin McAuley
    (Robin's work on the mid period MSG albums are phenomenal!)

    6. Daniel Gildenlow
    (such a versatile vocalist - now, if he could just quit writing stupid lyrics I'd be happy)

    7. Ray Alder
    (double duh!)

    8. Mats Leven
    (Mats Leven - not Levin as some wrote, haha - delivered one of the most incredible vocal performances EVER on the Abstrakt Algebra disc. Might be my #1 metal vocal performance)

    9. Nils Patrick Johansson
    (I love this guy - he is a fantastic singer - and one of the nicest guys I've ever worked with)

    10. Tony Martin
    (Headless Cross all the way baby - his performance on that disc made him a legend in my mind)


    Honorable mentions:

    Thomas Wikstrom
    (his performance on "Chapter VI" is crazy good)

    Ronnie Atkins
    (he has two voices, and both of them are killer!)

    Apollo
    (always loved his powerhouse voice)

    Jorn Lande
    (my wife is going to kill me for not putting him in top 10, but it was a close call ...)

    I wonder who else I forgot ...
     
  4. General Zod

    General Zod Ruler of Australia

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    I'm going with Milt's theory, that someone could get injured, and listing 15. And technically, a listing of a Top 15 includes a listing of the Top 10, thereby meeting the OP's request:

    1. Geoff Tate
    2. Eric Adams
    3. Matt Barlow
    4. Chris Cornell
    5. Russell Allen
    6. Erik Rosvald
    7. Roy Khan
    8. Ray Gillen
    9. Ronnie James Dio
    10. Lance King
    11. Urban Breed
    12. A.A. Nemtheanga
    13. Sebastian Bach
    14. Warrel Dane
    15. Jeff Keith
     
  5. Metaldrumz

    Metaldrumz Member

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    Yea he's up there for me as well. He would definitely make my top 15 along with Michael Sweet.
     
  6. nomisofsiman

    nomisofsiman Member

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    Umm...since when is Queen not hard rock?
     
  7. Claus / Intromental

    Claus / Intromental 20 years of uniting the powers of metal

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    That's a matter of personal definition.
    To me Queen is ROCK, pomp-rock if you will, but not hard rock.
     
  8. yardleybates

    yardleybates Chick Wrangler

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    In no particular order, for me, it's all about the singer's ability to elicit emotions from me.

    Floor Jansen
    Matt Barlow
    Roy Khan
    Jon Oliva
    Urban Breed
    Tarja Turanen
    Lance King
    Dan Swano
    Geoff Tate (obviously in his prime, not currently)
    Tom (and Carina) Englund
     
  9. euleria

    euleria the last in line

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    Hot Space came out in 1982, I believe.
     
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    1. Ray Alder...above all! Ray is Godly!
    2. Ray Gillen...best blues voice ever!
    3. John Arch...Awaken The Guardian! Nuff said
    4. Alan Tecchio...the 1st two Hades discs and Non Fiction were classics!
    5. Robert Plant circa 1970-75
    6. Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth
    7. Jon Oliva
    8. Zakk Stevens
    9. James LaBrie
    10. Axl Rose
    11. Sebastian Bach
    12. Chris Salinas
    13. Midnight
    14. Robert Mason (Cry of Love)
    15. Eric Martin
    16. James Rivera
    17. Jorn
    18. Lizzy Borden
    19. Warrel Dane
    20. John "Crabby" Corabi

    and my favorite vocalist, lyricist of all time(not sure if he falls in the hard rock/metal categories) Chris Robinson
     
  11. Jasonic

    Jasonic Doom On!

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    Love these picks.
    You know I love OMEN, but I dunno about Kimball being a top 10 metal vocalist.
     
  12. DTJeff

    DTJeff I Am My Nation

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    01.Russell Allen
    02.Jorn Lande
    03.Zak Stevens
    04.Tom S. Englund
    05.Ray Alder
    06.Jon Oliva
    07.Johnny Lindqvist
    08.Mike Dimeo
    09.Tommy Karevik
    10.Urban Breed

    Honorable Mentions:
    Tony Martin
    Ronnie James Dio
    Steve Walsh (1974-1979 he was untouchable, but his voice has aged TERRIBLY)
    Tobias Sammet (if I were counting "frontman" skills, he'd easily be top 10, along with Bruce Dickinson)
    Oliver Hartmann
    Glenn Hughes
    Dug Pinnick
     
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    cslebn The Duck of Doom

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    Jorn Lande
    Ray Alder
    Heather Findlay
    Mikael Akerfeldt
    Daniel Gildenlow
    Bruce Dickinson
    Joey Eppard
    Devon Graves
    Andy Kuntz
    Fabio Lione
    Floor Jansen

    Hon Men:
    Erika Swinnich
     
  14. Justin G

    Justin G Member

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    This is tough.

    10. Doro Pesch
    9. Mikael Akerfeldt
    8. Tony Martin
    7. Zak Stevens
    6. Ronnie James Dio (RIP)
    5. Dave Meniketti
    4. Bob Catley
    3. Danny Vaughn
    2. Jorn Lande (will probably end up at #1 through sheer volume of material)
    1. DC Cooper (who has been AWOL way too long)

    Honorable mention: David Readman (too similar to DC Cooper to make the list), Urban Breed, Hansi Kursch, Michael Stanne, Edu Falaschi, Andre Matos.
     
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    How could I forget the ultimate Queen of Metal? Doro's vocals are amazing and she has great stage presence. She is also a very nice individual and goes out of her way for her fans.

    I ran into her at a movie theater one time and some kids recognized her (this was after the Dio/Yngwie/Doro tour in 2000) and she talked to them and signed something for them. I also saw some weirdo approach her after one concert and ask her to marry him - he had the ring and all. She was very nice to the guy and declined in a rather graceful manner.
     
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    Jasonic Doom On!

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    MESSIAH MARCOLIN
    ERIC WAGNER
    ERIC ADAMS
    BRUCE DICKINSON
    ROB HALFORD
    ANDI DERIS
    KAI HANSEN
    MATTHEW BARLOW
    KING DIAMOND
    LEMMY (And yes, I am 100% serious. Deal with it)
     
  17. Metalmilitia2000

    Metalmilitia2000 UM's Resident Asshole

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    Something he doesn't do very well... ahahahahaha :lol:
     
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    nomisofsiman Member

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    I swear you add the craziest videos as your signatures. That bees thing is awesome. :lol:
     
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    To name just 10 is nearly an impossible task....but my personal 10 favorite in no particular order except #1 is:

    10. Ann Wilson
    9. Tobias Sammett
    8. Michael Sweet
    7. Tony Harnell
    6. Geddy Lee
    5. Paul Stanley
    4. Rob Halford
    3. Geoff Tate
    2. Robin Zander

    1. BRUCE DICKINSON!!!!!!
     
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    Metalmilitia2000 UM's Resident Asshole

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    I do try, although I'm starting to run out of them at this point. Hopefully I see some more awesome ones soon.
     

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