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Who's the greatest Metal singer of all time? (poll)


By vid1900

2 years ago



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“Who is the greatest Metal singer of all time?”

  • Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Solo) 114 votes
    39%
  • Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden, Solo) 26 votes
    9%
  • King Diamond (Mercyful Fate, Solo) 8 votes
    3%
  • Lemmy Killmister (Motorhead) 24 votes
    8%
  • Klaus Meine (Scorpions) 27 votes
    9%
  • Andy LaPlegua (Coil, Combichrist, Panzer AG) 1 vote
  • Alice Cooper 19 votes
    7%
  • Tom Araya (Slayer) 12 votes
    4%
  • Rob Halford (Judas Priest, Fight) 61 votes
    21%

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#51 2 years ago

Have to say this song always sends a chill when the highs are hit.

One of the best songs to show off his range.

#52 2 years ago

Mark Wahlberg..... STEEL DRAGON.

STAND UP AND SHOUUUUUUUUUUUT!!!

Mic drop...Exit stage left.

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#53 2 years ago

Su-Metal & Halford together doing Painkiller

#54 2 years ago
Quoted from usandthem:

Off list- Ozzy

Back before samplers and electronic gadgets were good enough to use live, Ozzy would have other singers backstage who would sing his songs for him.

You can't be nominated for "best metal singer of all time" if you can't sing live.

It would be like nominating the Monkees for best live band.

#55 2 years ago
Quoted from shovelhed:

Hands down Ronnie James Dio.

Cortland, N.Y.
His first band "Elf" had more talent than his other bands..

#56 2 years ago

HETFIELD

#57 2 years ago

Udo Dirkschneider has a voice that, while not possessing much range, is perfect for metal. I always thought Jeff Scott Soto who sang in Yngwie Malmsteem’s band had a great voice.

#58 2 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

Honorable mention #1:
Glen Danzig - Powerful singer mixing Metal, Blues and even a little Elvis & Jim Morrison.
Danzig - Long Way Back From Hell
» YouTube video

Just think Vid, Danzig started in punk. Is there anyone else in the history of punk with a voice even close to as good as his?

#59 2 years ago

We also forgot James Labrie from Dream Theater. I've seen them a few times, the most impressive musicianship I've ever witnessed and Labrie never hit a bad note. Great live singer, great live band.

#60 2 years ago

Blackie Lawless from WASP.

#61 2 years ago

I'm still Old

#62 2 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

Don't you love hearing Motorhead songs are are not Ace of Spades?
Motörhead - Get Back In Line
» YouTube video

Yes....everyone knows Ace of Spades....so many good songs.....in an episode of The Walking Dead they used Fast and Loose when Merle went to kill the Governor. One of the best episodes.

#63 2 years ago

Boy did Ronnie Dio change

#64 2 years ago
Quoted from BudManPinFan:

Udo Dirkschneider has a voice that, while not possessing much range, is perfect for metal. I always thought Jeff Scott Soto who sang in Yngwie Malmsteem’s band had a great voice.

Going to see UDO in Nj right after the Allentown pinball show . Doors open at 7

#65 2 years ago

From the list Dio all the way. Not on the list Sully Erna.

#66 2 years ago

The answer is Axl Rose...if he qualifies as metal...I’ve always just thought of GnR as a rock band, but if Axl is in the running then it’s him.

#67 2 years ago

One good thing about this thread we get to listen to some good music.

#68 2 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

Back before samplers and electronic gadgets were good enough to use live, Ozzy would have other singers backstage who would sing his songs for him.
You can't be nominated for "best metal singer of all time" if you can't sing live.
» YouTube video

That was back when he was to wasted to sing. I have seen him live a couple times and as recently as a few years ago and sober Ozzy destroyed it. Sounded fantastic sober and put on a heck of a show.

Ozzy lemmy or axl get my votes

#69 2 years ago

amazing to see the dio love. i saw him twice with Sabbath and on the holy diver tour. It was in a smaller venue and i had great seats. He played all his material but we kept calling him back. Finally he did an unreleased song and said im all out now.

#70 2 years ago

Even my wife thinks this is cool AF

#71 2 years ago

#72 2 years ago

Seems most of you have hard rock and heavy metal confused

#73 2 years ago

RJD
Only seen him live once at the aragon ballroom
Black Sabbath Dehumaniser tour

Tony and Ronnie watched me and my cousin sneak up to the front row every time the security guard turned around.
Tony smiled at us and tried several times to throw a pic our way but I never was fortunate enough to be the first to the ground

Great times

Such a powerful voice!

#74 2 years ago

The person i would vote for isn't on your list. I would vote Glenn Danzig \m/,

Edit: Danzig 1 to 4 only!

#75 2 years ago
Quoted from Puffdanny:

Seems most of you have hard rock and heavy metal confused

You have to remember in our day it was heavy metal.

#76 2 years ago

Rob Halford... no contest.

#77 2 years ago

Guess I'm a little Tardy to the party
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Haha. What a loaded question Vid. There is only one correct answer: RJD. And it looks like most of Pinside agrees. All this kumbaya shit here this week; am I in an alternate universe?

#78 2 years ago
Quoted from Gryszzz:

There is only one correct answer:

Karen Carpenter.

#79 2 years ago

Judas Priest playing tonight in Detroit unfortunately I have a annual family event to attend will seek Gryszzz for counseling

#80 2 years ago

Priest>family stuff. That'll be $300.

#81 2 years ago

Opps wrong catagory

#82 2 years ago
Quoted from Gryszzz:

Priest>family stuff. That'll be $300.

Unauthorized expenditures over $5 must be pre-approved by wife

Quoted from Puffdanny:Seems most of you have hard rock and heavy metal confused

Isn't thrash metal getting sprinkled in also

#83 2 years ago

At least thrash metal is metal.although Scorpions was my jam when I was 14 I wouldn't call it metal nor would I consider Rainbow,Alice Cooper or anything from Priest before Painkiller metal.with that list there's only 1 logicall choice and that's Tom Araya although you'd still be wrong because it was Dave Brockie from Gwar.

#84 2 years ago

Off that list, Halford. Agree that Geoff Tate is probably the best trained. And been a King fan forever.

Going to see Priest in Detroit tonight and sporting some King!

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#85 2 years ago

This was the video that let everyone know that Rob Halford was gay:

#86 2 years ago

Till Lindemann, like who else puts lit LED's in their mouth and still manages to sing.

#87 2 years ago

How is priest not in the hof? the hellion was my entrance music at my reception \M/

#88 2 years ago

Like most polls on Pinside, these are not the best 9 metal singers of all time. They are the 9 in this poll. You really need to have multiple rounds and shave away the excess from the cream as you go to get more agreement about a "final 9". Much like what was done in this poll on bnrmetal.com a few years back...
http://www.bnrmetal.com/v5/Tourney/tourney/2012Voc
While I don't agree with the outcome there, it was fun to watch it proceed.

-mof

#89 2 years ago

Having said that...

Here are my requirements for a "Great Singer" that come to mind:

1. Soulful voice
2. Nails the notes
3. Strong agility to move quickly between notes
4. Natural ability to use upper register voice (not in falsetto)
5. Wide range (3+ octaves)
6. Doesn't need a crutch like a high pitched scream or a growl to be enjoyable
7. I love the tone of the voice (very subjective)

If you consider hard rock (70-78) as early metal, then my 1/2/3 is: Robert Plant, Ann Wilson, Ronnie James Dio

Listen to Rainbow Eyes from RJD (1978) -- you aren't going to get treatments like that from metal singers in the 80s... And I find it the most challenging thing to do as a singer. So on this particular list, I voted for RJD, Rob Halford would be second (First 4 albums only).

-mof

#90 2 years ago
Quoted from mof:

Like most polls on Pinside, these are not the best 9 metal singers of all time.

It looks like most of the final singers from that poll ended up in the Pinside poll.

It's odd that Dickinson beat Halford in your poll....Could be Russian meddling in our metal.

#91 2 years ago

Metal-Rob Halford and Geoff Tate
Thrash-Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield, Tom Araya, Chuck Billy, and Joey Belladonna

#92 2 years ago

Ronnie was my choice, but where is my boy Pete?? I feel like he should at least be mentioned.

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#93 2 years ago
Quoted from mof:

Listen to Rainbow Eyes from RJD (1978)

Yeah I guess to each his own. That song had violins and flutes. I swear I heard birdies nestling in the trees.

If that's Heavy Metal than the committee that gave Jethro Tull that best Metal award where on the right track.

I saw Dio a couple times he's fine but awesome not so much to my ear.

#94 2 years ago

As far as one-offs ago, how about McCartney's vocal in Helter Skelter? Leave it to The Beatles to also have done one of the first metal songs along with everything else.

#96 2 years ago
Quoted from Pickle:

From your list Rob Halford or Dio.
Best Metal singer to me is Geoff Tate of Queensryche. Saw them on their Empire tour 91 or 92. They played a 30-40 min Empire set. Took about a 20 min break and then played Operation Mindcrime in its entirety. Incredible show.

still to this day, best show i ever saw.

#98 2 years ago

Nice wristwatch. Is it a retro commercial for Digiwatches?

#99 2 years ago
Quoted from Metengo:

Nice wristwatch. Is it a retro commercial for Digiwatches?

He died a long time ago, probably was state of the art at the time.....

(edit: I just looked it up, he took those nude pics in 1995)

#100 2 years ago

No Rob Zombie? Phil Anselmo? FFS, neither Ozzy nor Hetfield are on this list.

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