Hi there, this is the Raucous Rocker. Today, I am going to do my first list(s), two top five lists of my favorite vocalists in metal. There are a lot of great vocalists and I have had trouble choosing just five for each, but they are all vocalists that I feel deserve their recognition. Most of these vocalists are from larger bands because they seem to be, for some reason, a whole lot better than ones from smaller bands (generally speaking). Also, these vocalists are not necessarily who I think are the best in the entire industry, they are just my personal favorites. So without further ado, let’s begin.
This is divided into two parts with five vocalists each, clean singers and growlers. I was planning to add female vocalists as well but found that it was too long, so I may make another list encompassing the women in metal later.
These are the vocalists who just sing using their normal voices. It’s harder to sound good singing clean than it is to growl successfully, but the ones that pull it off are some of the most enjoyable singers I have ever heard. These are my top five clean singers:
5. Rob Halford (Judas Priest): Of course, Halford had to be on my list, as he is one of the most influential vocalists in metal history and has one of the biggest vocal ranges to boot. The only question people may be asking is, "Why is he so low on the list?" Well, I like him but I don’t love him. His falsetto can get kind of annoying and he’s not really pleasurable to listen to like most of these other vocalists.
4. Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Dio): Again, here is one of the most famous metal vocalists ever. He had a good voice, good range and lots of feeling; his voice just sounded like it was made for the music his band was playing along with him. It’s really sad that he’s no longer with us—for those of you who are unaware, he passed away in May of 2010—as he was a great source of musical talent and will be missed.
3. Dave Draiman (Disturbed): Yeah, any hardcore metalheads out there will probably kill me for putting the singer from Disturbed over Halford and Dio, but I really do like him better. Unlike the other two, he doesn’t have a really good range, but his voice is just generally very good-sounding and doesn’t ever sound strained or forced. He also does those weird vocal "effects" at the beginning of a lot of their songs which is kind of cool, although sometimes it does sound kind of odd.