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Top 10 Rock & Heavy Metal Singers

Updated on April 21, 2012

Top 10 singer in Rock and Heavy Metal

List of My Personal Top 10 singer in Rock and Heavy Metal from 70s, 80s, 90s. I'll try to state my case in this list by posting videos, info, links to their work - mp3, CD's, DVDs.Some of the info is taken from various sources. At the end I'll ask you to share your personal Top 10 and also leave some comments.

1.Eric Adams - Manowar

Eric Adams was born "Louis Marullo" on 12 July 1954 in Auburn, New York.In 1980, joined Manowar.He is known for holding high note screams for over 40 seconds at Manowar shows. Adams was influenced by Deep Purple's vocalist Ian Gillan. He stated that as a young man he used to go to every of Deep Purple's show.

On June 30, 2007 Eric Adams sang the Bulgarian national anthem "Mila Rodino" during Manowar's concert in Kavarna, Bulgaria. It was recorded for the Magic Circle Festival DVD.

Adams is an accomplished bow hunter and a qualified bow instructor. In 2006 he produced, and featured in the outdoor DVD - Wild Life and Wild Times. The soundtrack was composed by Eric Adams, who plays guitar and keyboard.

Why Adams is Number 1 in my list. I heard Manowar for the first time in 1997 the song was "The Crown and The Ring". I remember that powerful sound but more noticeable was the voice of Eric Adams.I never become great fan before a few years later I saw the video Hell on Earth I, which includes a live coverage from their concert in Brazil.It strucked me immediately not only how powerful the voice of Eric Adams is but how clear it was.Many singers record good studio albums but never seems to sound that good on stage. Eric still has the power of his voice after more than 30 years of performing hundreds of live shows.I had the chance to hear Manowar in 2008 in Bulgaria and Eric taking high notes for more than 30 seconds.He sang for more than 5 hours.Unbelievable.

Eric Adams on YouTube

Manowar - Sign of the Hammer on Amazon MP3

Manowar CDs on Amazon

2.Joe Lynn Turner - Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Deep Purple

Joe Lynn Turner (August 2, 1951), is an American rock singer, known for his works with Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Deep Purple

Born Joseph Arthur Mark Linquito for an Italian family.In his high school years, Joe formed Ezra, performing original material and covered songs by artists as Jimi Hendrix, Free, Queen, and Deep Purple. In 1976, Turner joined Fandango,described as an eclectic mix of R&B, pop, country, jazz and melodic rock. He sang and played guitar on all of the band's four albums. Fandango toured with numerous artists including The Allman Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Beach Boys and Billy Joel.

After Fandango split, the guitarist Ritchie Blackmore auditioned him for the job as singer of Rainbow. Richie Blackmore was so impressed of Turner performance that he offered him the job immediately.

The album "Difficult to Cure" was released in 1981.Several tracks from albums reached the Top 20 on rock radio charts in the early- to mid-80's. "Stone Cold" became Rainbow's first Top 40 hit and the band's videos were played on MTV. Turner recorded three studio albums with Rainbow: Difficult to Cure, Straight Between the Eyes, and Bent Out of Shape, which featured the single "Street of Dreams".

Turner has been working mainly on his prolific solo career since mid-1990 and has worked with the Finnish rock band Brazen Abbot by Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev and with Glenn Hughes under the "Hughes Turner Project" name.

Why Joe Lynn Turner is Number 2. If I could I would put him it would be to 1 1/2 place. Great voice, it seems to have found the right music for himself.His technical skills are on really high level. I always like his performance of Rainbow song, recently I've been listening his album with Yngwie Malmsteen.I think he is the only one who can get really close to Eric Adams in my personal list.He is just incredible vocalist and his voice powerful and soft melodic in the same time.

Joe Lynn Turner on YouTube

Joe Lynn Turner CD's on Amazon

3.David Coverdale - Whitesnake, Deep Purple

David 'Jack' Coverdale (born 22 September 1951) in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Redcar and Cleveland, England is rock singer, most famous for his work with the English hard rock band Deep Purple, and his band Whitesnake., His love for music developed early around the age of 14, the aspiring singer began performing professionally and developing the voice which made him famous.

One the most famous song of the first album (Burn - February 1974) with Deep Purple Coverdale co-written with Ritchie Blackmore - "Mistreated" .The iconing futured "Soldier of Fortune" in the album Stormbringer (November 1974) is the one which almost always comes to mind when you say David Coverdale.

The most most recognizable songs with Whitesnake , "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love" are from the band's 1987 self-titled album.

Number 3 for David Coverdale.One of the greatest in the music. The sadness in his voice when he performs "Soldier of Fortune" live really makes you feel the pain and the sadness expressed in the song. The reason I didn't put him ahead of Joe Lynn Turner is his voice is on the down side recently but nothing lasts forever.

David Coverdale on YouTube

Deep Purple - Burn on Amazon MP3

4.Ronnie James Dio - Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his band Dio

Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 - May 16, 2010) born Ronald James Padavona , was an American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He performed with bands like Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band Dio, which means God in Italian.He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture in metal culture.Dio died of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010. One of the last songs he recorded was titled "Metal Will Never Die".

Most notable songs include with Rainbow - "Man on the Silver Mountain", "Catch the Rainbow" (album Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow - 1975), "Tarot Woman", "Stargazer" (album Rising - 1976), "Kill the King", the cover of Deep Purple: "Mistreated" (album On Stage - 1977), "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" , "Gates of Babylon" (album Long Live Rock 'n' Roll - 1978). Songs with with Black Sabbath "Heaven and Hell" and "The Mob Rules"(album Heaven and Hell - 1980).With band Dio "Stand Up and Shout" and "Holy Diver" from their album Holy Diver (1983)

Number,4 Ronnie is consider by the Godfather of Heavy Metal.Small man with big voice.Never had the chance to see him live but I think even the records and videos are enough to enjoy his true genius.

Ronnie James Dio on YouTube

Ronnie James Dio on Amazon MP3

5.Jeff Scott Soto - Malmsteen's Rising Force, Talisman. WET, Axel Rudi Pell, Takara and many more

Jeff Scott Soto (born November 4, 1965, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rock singer of Puerto Rican descent.When he was 8 years old relocated to the San Fernando Valley, California.Jeff grew on bands like Queen, Journey and Jackson 5.

In 1984 he was audition by guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen for the Malmsteen's Rising Force.In 1985 the album "Marching Out" was released .In 1996 "Inspiration" the third and final album with Soto as lead vocalist.

He has also sung lead vocals on an album for the cartoon series "Biker Mice From Mars".

He was lead vocalist in Axell Rudi Pell's band for the albums: Eternal Prisoner - 1992, The Ballads - 1993, Between the Walls - 1994, Made In Germany (Live) - 1995, Black Moon Pyramid - 1996, Magic - 1997.

With Talisman he released - Talisman - 1990, Genesis - 1993, Humanimal Part II - 1994, Humanimal - 1994, Five out of Five (Live in Japan) - 1994, Life - 1995, Best of... (Compilation, different from above) - 1996, BESTerious (Compilation) - 1996, Truth - 1998, Live at Sweden Rock Festival - 2001, Cats and Dogs - 2003, Five Men Live - 2005, 7 - 2006.

Number. 5 .Jeff Scott Soto recorded more than 50 albums in different formations and bands as lead or back vocalist.He is versatile vocalist as stated on his web site "Is there anything that Jeff Scott Soto cannot perform". My believe is that he can perform anything - Heavy metal, AOR (Album Oriented Rock), Rock Operas, great soundtrack for the Biker Mice From Mars (One of my favorite Soto Albums).I love the 1985 Demos "LA Rocks" many of the songs from which are included in the movie Rich Girl (1991). He recorded some the songs for the soundtrack of the 2001 movie "Rock Star" staring Mark Wahlberg. I particularly love albums recorded with Axel Rudi Pell, which I listen all the time

Jeff Scott Soto on YouTube

Talisman CD's (vocals:Jeff Scott Soto) on Amazon

6.Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden, Samson

Bruce Dickinson born Paul Bruce Dickinson (7 August 1958) is an English singer, songwriter, airline pilot, fencer, broadcaster, author, screenwriter, actor and marketing director, is lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden

Dickinson began his career in music fronting small pub bands at school and University, including Styx (not the American band of the same name) in 1976, Speed, (1977-1978), and Shots in early 1979.Later the same year he joined the band Samson, where he gained some popularity under the stage name, "Bruce Bruce." He left Samson in 1981 to join Iron Maiden replacing Paul Di'Anno as lead vocalist, and debuting on their 1982 album The Number of the Beast. Dickinson quit Iron Maiden in 1993 in order to pursue his solo career.He returned to Iron Maiden in 1999.

Number 6. Great with Samson and Iron Maiden you can definitely feel how his voice stands out.Grabs you by the throat and shakes you.

Bruce Dickinson on YouTube

Bruce Dickinson CD's on Amazon

7.Miljenko Matijevic - Steelheart

Miljenko Matijevic, also known as Michael Matijevic (born Miljenko Matijević (Croatian pronunciation: [mǐʎɛnkɔ matǐːjɛʋitɕ]), 29 November 1964, Zagreb, Croatia) is a rock vocalist best known as the lead singer of the American band Steelheart. He became world renowned for his vocal range in the 1990s - Voice type: Low tenor.

Albums with Steelheart - Steelheart (1990), Tangled in Reins (1992), Wait (1996), Just a Taste (EP) (2006), Good 2B Alive (2008)

He recorded songs for the soundtrack of Rock Star (soundtrack) (2001)

Number 7.What more I can say he is gifted singer. My favorite song are "Can't Stop Me Lovin' You", "I'll Never Let You Go", "Gimme Gimme" and "She's Gone " from 1990 album "Steelheart", "Sticky Side Up" and "Mama Don't You Cry" from 1992 album "Tangled in Reins", "We All Die Young" from 1996 album "Wait"

Steelheart on YouTube

Steelheart CD's Amazon

8.Paul Stanley - Kiss

Paul Stanley born Stanley Harvey Eisen (January 20, 1952), is an American hard rock guitarist, singer, musician, painter and songwriter best known for being the rhythm guitarist and one of two primary lead vocalists of the rock band Kiss. He is the "Starchild" character in Kiss.

Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons for the band Wicked Lester in 1970.They disband in 1972.In early 1973 Peter Criss and Ace Frehley joined Stanley and Simmons and they became KISS.First Album was released in 1974.

Kiss recorded 20 studio albums, 10 live albums, 13 compilation albums, 57 singles and 15 video albums as of 2011.

Number 8. Paul Stanley is true Rock Legend and his character "Starchild" is know by many who not even like KISS and rock music. My Personal favorite are from the albums after they removed the make-up. The albums I like - Unmasked (1980), Creatures of the Night (1982), Lick It Up (1983), Animalize (1984), Asylum (1985), Crazy Nights (1987), Hot in the Shade (1989) and Revenge (1992)

KISS on YouTube

Paul Stanley and Kiss clothing on Amazon

9.Klaus Meine - The Scorpions

Klaus Meine (born May 25, 1948, Hannover, Germany) is a German singer, lead vocalist and occasional rhythm guitarist of the heavy metal band Scorpions. Besides guitarist Rudolf Schenker, he is the only one of the members of the group to appear on every album, despite the fact that he did not join until 1970. He wrote most of lyrics for the Scorpions songs.Meine is well-known for his unique tenor voice.

Scorpions sold more than 100 million copies from their albums worldwide.

Number.9. Been born and raised in Eastern Europe after the fall of Berlin Wall 1989 and political changes in 1990s, Klaus Maine singing "Wind of Change" become one of the symbols of United Europe for me.

The Scorpions on YouTube

10.Steve Grimmett - Grim Reapper, Onslaught, Lionsheart

Steve Grimmett is a heavy metal vocalist of Grim Reaper, Onslaught for a brief period, Lionsheart and in more recent times, The Steve Grimmett Band, and GrimmStine

Grim Reaper

See You in Hell (1984)

Fear No Evil (1985)

Rock You to Hell (1987)

Onslaught

In Search of Sanity (1989)

Lionsheart

Lionsheart (1992)

Pride In Tact (1994)

Under Fire (1998)

Rising Sons - Live in Japan 1993 (2002)

Abyss (2004)

Number. 10. I like Steve Grimmett in Lionheart and in the second and the third album of Grim Reaper. I like his covers of Iron Maiden songs - Aces High, Wasted Years, Power Slave, 2 Minutes to Midnight and Number of the Beast. I think he sound got better with the age.

Steve Grimmett on YouTube

Aces High (Iron Maiden cover) - Steve Grimmett

Lionsheart CD's on Amazon

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      Cool list!

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      tcorbs 5 years ago

      Some great picks and some I don't know of. Really Nice lens.

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      gamecheathub 5 years ago

      FANTASTIC LENS!!!!!!! Joe Lynn Turner = Uber-cool points from me. He goes underrated so much. I loved Rainbow back in the day. Your list is impressive with tons of great information. Thanks for putting this together. I have some videos to play while I'm surfing now!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      Bruce from Maiden for me, run to the hills.....blessed

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      OldStones LM 5 years ago

      Ronnie James Dio is my favorite hands down.

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      SaintFrantic 5 years ago

      @ErHawkns7100: I know there is quite a lot of bands but for me personally these are the best plus minus 2-3 more.

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      ErHawkns7100 5 years ago

      Great list which could be a lot longer than just 10. There are just so many choices, Aldo Nova, Dokken, Triumph, Rush....

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      SaintFrantic 5 years ago

      @JK Sterling: I'm not a great fan of Ozzie.I like two song of his songs "Crazy Train" and "Shot in the Dark"

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      Jim Sterling 5 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      I guess I'd have to say Ozzie but there are so many great ones. Thanks for this lens.

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      SaintFrantic 5 years ago

      @LouiseKirkpatrick: I knew that someone will mention him.Personally I don't like him but can't argue that he is one of the great singer in Heavy Metal

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      Rob Halford of Judas Priest...THE Metal God! ;) (but I like all your choices too!)