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Top 30 Hard Rock and Metal Frontmen of All Time

Name the 30 greatest hard rock and metal frontmen of all time according to the American hard rock and heavy metal online magazine Loudwire. You are given a song they had lead vocals on.
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Song
Answer
1
Killer Queen
Freddie Mercury
2
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Bruce Dickinson
3
Stairway to Heaven
Robert Plant
4
Painkiller
Rob Halford
5
Stargazer
Ronnie James Dio
6
The Passenger
Iggy Pop
7
Mr. Crowley
Ozzy Osbourne
8
Welcome to the Jungle
Axl Rose
9
Fade to Black
James Hetfield
10
Thunderstruck
Brian Johnson
11
Foxey Lady
Jimi Hendrix
12
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Bon Scott
13
Come as You Are
Kurt Cobain
14
Poison
Alice Cooper
15
Cemetery Gates
Phil Anselmo
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Song
Answer
16
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
David Lee Roth
17
Dream On
Steven Tyler
18
Ace of Spades
Lemmy Kilmister
19
Anarchy in the U.K.
Johnny Rotten
20
The Hand that Feeds
Trent Reznor
21
Rock the Casbah
Joe Strummer
22
Love, Reign o'er Me
Roger Daltrey
23
Child in Time
Ian Gillan
24
Schism
Maynard James Keenan
25
Straight Edge
Ian MacKaye
26
Du Hast
Till Lindemann
27
Everlong
Dave Grohl
28
Killing in the Name
Zack de la Rocha
29
Psychosocial
Corey Taylor
30
Detroit Rock City
Paul Stanley
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Level 76
Aug 10, 2021
Seems Loudwire has missed some stunning acts. A surprisingly good list, still.
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Level 86
Jan 13, 2022
No Eric Bloom, no Geddy Lee. Yeah right.
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Level 58
Jan 13, 2022
I knew 27 out of the 30 names in the list and I'm not really good in remembering names. I don't know these two, but that does not mean they have to be worse.

In fact, I think this is rather a list of the most famous frontmen than one of the best, although most of the list would stay the same, if it was.

To add a few names that would - in my opinion - also belong to the list:

Mikael Akerfeld

Devin Townsend

Dee Snider

Daniel Gildenlöw

...

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Level 66
Jan 13, 2022
When they say frontmen, I don't know if they are accounting for musical prowess or for putting up a good live performance, cause that might swing things around a bit.

Either way, two guys that I miss a lot on this list are Tom Araya and Chris Cornell

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Level 86
Jan 13, 2022
The most famous, maybe, but several of them are not even metal or hard rock (Iggy Pop, Kurt Cobain, Johnny Rotten, Joe Strummer...). Punk and hard rock are not the same at all, for goodness' sake.

Blue Öyster Cult and Rush are true hard rock bands, and Eric Bloom and Geddy Lee are exceptionnal frontmen.

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Level 65
Jan 13, 2022
Jagger?
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Level 62
Jan 13, 2022
Roger Daltrey at 22 is criminal
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Level 74
Jan 13, 2022
That's cool that Till Lindemann is on here. Rammstein was my favorite band for a bit when I was younger, and his singing is a big part of what makes their sound so epic.
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Level 56
Jan 20, 2022
Brian Johnson not Johnsen!!
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Level 55
Jan 22, 2022
Thank you for pointing it out. Fixed now.
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Level 83
Aug 23, 2022
Any list that has Brian Johnson higher than Bon Scott is comically worthless. Nice quiz though.
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Level 65
Aug 23, 2022
The Clash "hard rock and metal"?
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Level 72
Mar 10, 2023
This is the kind of list that can cause debates! I managed to score 17/30, thanks for the quiz!
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Level 61
Nov 7, 2023
Lots of guys missing from this list.

Eddie Vedder has to be here. Same with Chris Cornell and Dave Mustaine (I don't even like Megadeth!). Layne Staley too.

Ian Curtis definitely as well. Not sure if Joy Division count as hard rock/metal though. (The Clash, Queen and The Experience are here however)

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Level 90
Nov 7, 2023
I was genuinely surprised that Cornell and Staley didn't make this list, and Kurt Cobain did. (Not a knock on Cobain. But I always thought his truly singular talent was his songwriting. His vocals were fine but nothing special. He did have a certain navelgazing, negative charisma, though.) For my money, Mike Patton should be on here somewhere, too.
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Level 67
Nov 7, 2023
I think Chris Cornell is the best hard rock vocalist of them all, and I don't even like his bands all that much.
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Level 90
Nov 7, 2023
Boy, am I sick of Queen. I'd take Robert Plant over a dozen Freddie Mercurys any day of the week.