Rolling Stone has put together a special feature where they name the “200 Best Singers of All-Time,” and among their ranking are some big-name metal artists! They have also included some awesome artists from rock and punk as well.
Among those ranked as “best singers of all-time,” Rolling Stone shouted out the following:
Glenn Danzig (of Misfits and Danzig) in 199th, Iggy Pop (of The Stooges) in 176th, Ronnie James Dio (of Black Sabbath and Dio) in 165th, Axl Rose (of Guns N’ Roses) in 134th, Rob Halford (of Judas Priest) in 129th, Ozzy Osbourne (of Black Sabbath) in 112th, the late Chris Cornell (of Soundgarden) in 80th, Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin) in 63rd, and the late Freddie Mercury (of Queen) in 14th.
Every one of these artists is an incredible example of what it means to be a talented performer.
What do you make of these rankings? Are there any other metal artists you think deserve to be considered among the “greatest singers ever”?
If you want to check out the full feature for yourself, you can do so by heading over to Rolling Stone.
Last year, Rob Halford talked about the discomfort he feels when hearing his own singing voice, sharing the following:
“Is it weird? I don’t know, I just can’t stand the sound of my own voice. I listen to it, obviously, in playback when I’m with Andy ‘do it again’ Sneap. I have no choice. I wait for him to say, ‘Got it. Next!’
“It’s a peculiar foible, but I learned to live with it. It’s what I do, it’s my life, my life is a metal singer. All that matters to me is what comes out of my mouth when I’m onstage, first and foremost.
“The biggest struggle for all musicians is when you validate who you are and what you’re about and what you’re achieving with your fans. That’s when it all makes sense. That’s probably the only time I can cope with listening to myself, because I’ve got it coming in at 11 in my ears anyway.”