Singer, songwriter, and musician Chester Bennington rose to prominence as the lead vocalist for the band, Linkin Park. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest rock vocalists of his generation. He possessed a three-octave tenor vocal range that showed tremendous durability for the entirety of his career. He died of suicide in 2017.
The lead vocalist of the hard rock band, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne is an iconic hard rock star. His successful stint with the band was followed by an equally successful solo career with albums like No More Tears. However, the Godfather of Metal has also attracted media glare owing to his alcohol and drug abuse issues and crazy public behaviour.
Regarded as one of the most influential music artists of all time, Robert Anthony Plant was the lead singer and song writer of the extremely successful rock group Led Zeppelin. After the band disbanded, the Grammy award winning artist, with his powerful and wide vocal range, established a successful solo career. He has also collaborated with other artists and bands.
Vince Neil, lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, had a successful solo career too, with albums such as Tattoos & Tequila. He owns several businesses, including a tattoo parlor and a vineyard. He was imprisoned for vehicular manslaughter in the death of Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle.
Brian Johnson is an English singer and songwriter. Johnson is credited with founding the popular rock band Geordie. Famous for his strong North East England accent and distinctive singing voice, he also played a major role in the success of the band AC/DC over the course of his career. Apart from music, Johnson supports the Yorkshire Dementia Charity.
Born Marvin Lee Aday, rock singer Meat Loaf is best known for his Bat Out of Hell trilogy. The Grammy-winning performer has also appeared in movies such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show. After breaking a leg during a concert in Canada, he completed the tour on a wheelchair.
David Lee Roth is an American rock singer, songwriter, musician, and former radio personality. Renowned for his energetic stage persona, Roth was a long-time member of the popular hard rock band Van Halen where he served as the lead singer. In 2007, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Belinda Carlisle is an American singer, author, and musician. She was part of the Go-Go's where she was the lead singer; during the first half of the 1980s, the Go-Go's was one of the most successful and popular all-female bands. In 2011, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a member of The Go-Go's.
Michael Bolton is an American singer-songwriter who has sold over 75 million records so far. Apart from recording several top 10 albums on the Billboard charts, Bolton also has several prestigious awards under his belt, such as Grammy Awards. Also known for his charity work, Bolton set up the Michael Bolton Foundation in order to aid children and women.
10 Steven Tyler
Popularly known as the Demon of Screamin, Steven Tyler is the lead singer of the famous rock band Aerosmith. Known for his high-energy performances, Tyler is named in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Singers. Also a well-known philanthropist, Tyler launched a non-profit organization called Janie's Fund and has helped raise more than $2.4 million for the organization.
Bruce Dickinson is an English singer-songwriter best known for his association with the heavy metal band, Iron Maiden. An important member and lead singer of the band since 1981, Dickinson is famous for his energetic stage presence and wide-ranging operatic vocal style. Also an aircraft enthusiast, Dickinson is credited with creating Cardiff Aviation, a pilot training and aircraft maintenance company.
Singer-songwriter and musician Bret Michaels first gained fame as the frontman of the rock band Poison. He also performs as a solo artist and has released many albums. He is an occasional actor as well and has appeared in numerous films and TV shows.
13 Paul Stanley
Singer, songwriter, and painter, Paul Stanley is best known for being a co-founder of the rock band Kiss. A rhythm guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the band, he also wrote or co-wrote many of their hit songs. He has been ranked 18th on Hit Parader’s list of the Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time.
Nancy Wilson is a celebrated musician, singer, songwriter and composer. A guitar virtuoso from the age of ten, she joined the rock band Heart in early 1970s, releasing numerous albums with them. She released her first solo studio album in 2021.
15 Warren Zevon
Warren Zevon was an American musician, rock singer, and songwriter. As a songwriter, Zevon contributed immensely to the success of songs recorded by other artists, such as Murray McLauchlan. Also known for his acerbic lyrics and dry wit, Warren Zevon made several appearances on shows like the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with David Letterman.
16 Aaron Lewis
Aaron Lewis is an American singer, musician, and songwriter. He is credited with founding the rock band Staind where he also serves as the rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Aaron Lewis works closely with a non-profit organization called It Takes a Community.
Andy Biersack is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. He is credited with founding a rock band named Black Veil Brides where he also serves as the lead vocalist. In 2011, Biersack was mentioned in Revolver magazine's 100 Greatest Living Rock Stars list. In 2012, he was ranked fourth in Kerrang magazine's 50 Greatest Rock Stars in the World Today list.
18 Geddy Lee
Lemmy was an English musician who founded the popular rock band Motörhead. The only continuous member of Motörhead, Lemmy served as the band's lead singer, primary songwriter, and bassist. Renowned for his gravelly voice, which was counted among the most recognizable voices in rock, Lemmy is also remembered for his military-influenced fashion sense and his signature friendly mutton chops.
Jung Joon-young is a former singer-songwriter, actor, and television personality. He became one of the most popular South Korean entertainers before being caught up in the Jung Joon-young KakaoTalk chatrooms scandal, which was part of the Burning Sun scandal. The sex scandal forced him to retire and he was sentenced to six years in prison in 2019.
Shooter Jennings is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In addition to releasing his songs and albums, Jennings also produces tracks and albums for several other bands like Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Fifth on the Floor, and Hellbound Glory. Shooter Jennings is also credited with forming a multi-format recording company and a label named Black Country Rock.
22 Arnel Pineda
24 Lzzy Hale
Lzzy Hale is a singer, musician, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the hard rock band Halestorm. She is also the co-founder of the band. She began writing and performing music as a teenager and began her career collaborating with her brother, Arejay. She has also collaborated with many other artists.
25 Adam Gontier
26 Maria Brink
Maria Brink is a singer and songwriter best known as the lead singer of the rock band In This Moment. She developed an early interest in performing and received encouragement from her mother. She began her musical career as a young woman and played with numerous other bands before forming In This Moment. She is also an aspiring artist.
Perry Farrell is a singer, songwriter, and musician. He is best known as the lead singer of the alternative rock band Jane's Addiction. In 1991, he created the touring festival Lollapalooza, which has since evolved into an annual destination festival. Besides music, he is an environmentalist and has worked with Global Cool in the past.
Jonathan Cain is a singer-songwriter and musician. He is a keyboardist for the rock band Journey. Interested in music from a young age, he attended the Chicago Conservatory of Music. He began his professional music career in the mid-1970s and played with numerous bands before joining Journey. He is also a solo artist and owns a recording studio.
29 Lacey Sturm
Former lead singer of the hard-rock band Flyleaf, Lacey Sturm is known for her trademark screams and her tracks such as I'm So Sick and All Around Me. Her album Life Screams made her the first solo female performer to top the hard-rock album charts. She has also penned a memoir.
Steve Marriott was an English musician who served as the frontman guitarist of popular rock bands like Small Faces and Humble Pie. In Britain, he became a mod-style icon during his career and was one of the most photographed celebrities at that time. Steve Marriott died at the age of 44 and was posthumously honored with an Ivor Novello Award.
31 Tommy Thayer
Tommy Thayer is a songwriter cum musician best known for being the lead guitarist for the hard rock band Kiss. He performs the role of The Spaceman in the band. Born into a musical family, he decided early on to pursue music as a profession. He was part of several other bands before joining Kiss.
32 Marky Ramone
Marky Ramone is a drummer best known for creating his own band Marky Ramone and the Intruders. Born as Marc Steven Bell, he adopted the name Marky Ramone when he joined the band the Ramones as a young man. He has also performed for a number of other punk rock and heavy metal bands.
33 Gregg Rolie
Gregg Rolie is a singer and keyboardist. He gained international popularity as the frontman of the bands Santana and Journey. He was a co-founder of both as well. He currently performs with his Gregg Rolie Band and also collaborates with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Rolie has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
Jacoby Shaddix is a singer-songwriter, rapper, and TV presenter. He is a founding member of the rock band Papa Roach. The band’s major-label debut album Infest was a super hit and was certified triple-platinum. Shaddix has also performed as the frontman of a post-hardcore band called Fight the Sky. A devout Christian, he sings hymns at public events.
Vinnie Vincent is a songwriter cum guitarist. He gained international fame as a member of the band Kiss in the 1980s. He has performed with various other bands as well and founded his own glam metal band, Vinnie Vincent Invasion. He has traveled the world, performing in different countries with multiple artists.
37 Brent Smith
Brent Smith is a singer best known as the founder and frontman of the rock band Shinedown. He was just a small child when he started showing a keen interest in music. As a teenager, he launched his own band and enjoyed moderate success. He later founded Shinedown. The band has sold more than 10 million records.
Danny Worsnop has not only been the lead signer of the rock bands We Are Harlot and Asking Alexandria, but has also embarked on a solo career, focusing on country music. He has penned an unpublished memoir, Am I Insane?, and prefers to keep himself away from the media.
39 Sully Erna
Sully Erna is a singer-songwriter and musician. He is renowned as the vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Godsmack. He is a multi-instrumentalist and can play piano, harmonica, drums, percussion, and keyboard, among others. He also performs as a solo artist. He has made a few film and music video appearances as well.
40 Karla DeVito
Karla DeVito is a singer cum actress. She loved acting from a young age and studied theater at Loyola University Chicago. She began her career as a stage actress and enjoyed much success. She eventually ventured into music as well and collaborated with numerous artists like Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman. She is married to actor and singer Robby Benson.
41 Mark Farner
Mark Farner is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman and lead guitarist for the band Grand Funk Railroad. He has also collaborated with numerous prominent musicians, including Terry Knight, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, and Dave Mason. Later in his career, he reinvented himself as a contemporary Christian musician.
42 Joey Tempest
43 Mike Porcaro
Mike Porcaro was an American bass player best remembered for his association with the popular rock band Toto. Porcaro's career was cut short by motor neuron disease as he was forced to retire from touring, in 2007. He died at the age of 59 from complications that stemmed up from motor neuron disease.
44 Gary Wright
Gary Wright is a singer-songwriter, musician, and composer. He is credited to have helped establish the synthesizer as a leading instrument in rock and pop music. His 1975 hit album The Dream Weaver brought him international fame. He embraced world music and the new age genre in the 1980s. He has also composed music for films.
45 Don Dokken
Don Dokken is a singer and musician known for being the founder and frontman of the band Dokken. His vibrato-laden, melodic vocal style made him a popular figure in the American heavy metal/glam metal scene. He enjoyed a successful stint with the band before parting ways to pursue a solo career. Several years later, he reformed the band.
Jeff Scott Soto is a rock singer of Puerto Rican descent residing in USA. He is known for being the vocalist on Swedish musician Yngwie Malmsteen's first two albums. He has also been associated with the bands Journey and Eyes. He is a solo artist as well and often performs with his own band SOTO.
47 Donnie Iris
Donnie Iris is an American rock musician best known for his association with popular bands like Wild Cherry and The Jaggerz. Donnie Iris is credited with co-founding a band named The Cruisers which continues to release songs and albums. Apart from being a musician, Donnie Iris is also an entrepreneur; he established a mortgage company named SIMCorp in the early-1990s.
48 Vasco Rossi
49 Wayne Kramer
Wayne Kramer is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, producer, and composer. He began his career as a teenager and co-founded the Detroit rock group MC5 (Motor City 5). The group became famous for its powerful live performances. After MC5 broke up, Kramer struggled for a few years before re-establishing himself in the music scene. He also composes music for TV.
50 Ron Asheton
Ron Asheton was a guitarist, bassist, and songwriter. He is best known for co-founding the rock and roll band the Stooges with Iggy Pop and others. He learned to play multiple musical instruments as a young child. As a teenager, he began performing with his brother and friends. He eventually met Iggy and formed the Stooges.