Heavy Metal Musicians

A genre of rock music, heavy metal music grew mainly in the United States and the United Kingdom in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The heavy metal music is characterised by vigorous beats, loudness, and massive sound. Its performance usually encompasses aggression and machismo. Here is a list of some of the greatest heavy metal musicians of all time.
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 1 Nikki Sixx

Nikki Sixx.
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Jose, California, U.S

Nikki Sixx, the co-founder, songwriter, and bassist of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, has also worked with side bands such as Sixx:A.M. Sixx owns a clothing line, has been part of radio shows such as Sixx Sense, and has written a bestselling memoir. He is also a talented photographer.

 2 Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Best known as the drummer and founding member of the bands Mötley Crüe and Methods of Mayhem, Tommy Lee Bass has been riddled with major controversies and has even spent time in jail for spousal abuse. Brash and bold, he has also been named to VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists list.
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 3 Vince Neil

Vince Neil.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States

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.

 4 James Hetfield

James Hetfield.
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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Downey, California, United States

James Hetfield is an American songwriter and musician. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular heavy metal bands of all time, Metallica. James Hetfield is often regarded as one of the greatest guitarists and vocalists ever. Since the 1980s, Hetfield has played a key role in the success of ESP Guitars, as one of its major endorsers.

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 5 Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl.
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Famous As: Musician & Singer
Birthdate: January 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Warren, Ohio, United States

Regarded as one of the most popular and influential rock musicians of the 1990s and 2000s, Dave Grohl is best known for his association with the famous rock band Nirvana, for which he was the drummer. Also a singer-songwriter, Dave Grohl was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

 6 Mick Mars

Mick Mars.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
Mick Mars gained fame as the guitarist for the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe and came to be known for his aggressive style of playing the instrument. He has also written songs for bands such as Crashdïet. He has suffered from ankylosing spondylitis since his teenage years. 
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 7 Serj Tankian

Serj Tankian.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

Serj Tankian is an Armenian-American record producer, singer, and songwriter. Tankian is credited with co-founding the popular band System of a Down. Renowned for his wide vocal range and unusual delivery, Serj Tankian is widely considered one of the best heavy metal vocalists of all time. Also a political activist, Tankian co-founded Axis of Justice, a non-profit organization.

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 8 Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bayonne

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Zakk Wylde is best known for his stint as the lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne. He is also the founder, lead singer, and lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Black Label Society. He started playing guitar as a child and was already performing in bands in his teens. He also sells custom guitars and amplifiers.

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 9 Chad Kroeger

Chad Kroeger.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanna, Alberta, Canada
Chad Kroeger gained fame as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Nickelback, delivering hit singles such as How You Remind Me and topping the Canadian charts. He later co-founded the band The Suits XL and also collaborated with major artists such as Santana and Avril Lavigne.

 10 Rob Halford

Rob Halford
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 25, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, England
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 11 Euronymous

Euronymous.
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: March 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Egersund
Died: August 10, 1993
Øystein Aarseth, better known as Euronymous, was a pioneer in the Norwegian black-metal circuit. He co-founded the band Mayhem and was its guitarist. He also launched the metal record label Deathlike Silence Productions and the black-metal record shop Helvete. A self-proclaimed Satanist, he was murdered by his bandmate Varg Vikernes.

 12 Andy Biersack

Andy Biersack.
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Famous As: Singer/Pianist
Birthdate: December 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

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.

 13 Suzuka Nakamoto

Suzuka Nakamoto
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan

 14 Vinnie Paul

Vinnie Paul
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Famous As: Drummer, Musician, Composer
Birthdate: March 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abilene

 15 Shawnee Smith

Shawnee Smith.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States

Actress and singer, Shawnee Smith, is best known for her role of Amanda Young in the Saw horror franchise. She began acting as a child and joined the Screen Actors Guild when she was just nine. Making her feature film debut as a young teenager, she went on to establish herself as a popular character actress in the ensuing years. 

 16 Lzzy Hale

Lzzy Hale
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA

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.    

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 17 Lemmy

Lemmy
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Died: December 28, 2015

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.

 18 Jani Lane

Jani Lane
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, USA
Died: August 10, 2011
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 19 Paul Gray

Paul Gray
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Famous As: bassist, musician, singer
Birthdate: April 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: May 24, 2010

 20 Jake Cannavale

Jake Cannavale.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 1, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Jake Cannavale, son of actor Bobby Cannavale and screenwriter Jenny Lumet, and grandson of director Sidney Lumet, is best known for his portrayal of Diego Melendez in the Broadway comedy Fish in the Dark. He has also been seen in the series The Mandalorian and Nurse Jackie.
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 21 B-Real

B-Real
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Gate, United States

 22 Tommy Shaw

Tommy Shaw
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, USA

 23 Tom Araya

Tom Araya
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Viña del Mar

 24 Brian Posehn

Brian Posehn
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA
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 25 Jeff Hanneman

Jeff Hanneman
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Famous As: Guitarist, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oakland
Died: May 2, 2013

 26 Steve Jones

Steve Jones
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: September 3, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shepherd's Bush, London, England

 27 Kerry King

Kerry King
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Famous As: Guitarist, Composer, Musician
Birthdate: June 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 28 Eric Singer

Eric Singer
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: May 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

 29 Marky Ramone

Marky Ramone
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

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. 

 30 Tobias Forge

Tobias Forge
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Linköping, Sweden

 31 Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: June 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden

 32 Tommy Thayer

Tommy Thayer
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, USA

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

 33 John Corabi

John Corabi
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 34 Jason Everman

Jason Everman
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ouzinkie, Alaska, United States

 35 Shawn Crahan

Shawn Crahan
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States

 36 Rob Patterson

Rob Patterson
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Famous As: Disc jockey, Guitarist
Birthdate: November 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Natick

 37 Massimiliano Antonio Cavalera

Massimiliano Antonio Cavalera
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Birthdate: August 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Belo Horizonte

 38 Dave Lombardo

Dave Lombardo
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Famous As: Drummer, Musician
Birthdate: February 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Havana

 39 Matt Cameron

Matt Cameron
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA

 40 Scott Ian

Scott Ian
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

 41 Vinnie Vincent

Vinnie Vincent
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: August 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

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. 

 42 Mick Thomson

Mick Thomson
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Famous As: Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: November 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Des Moines

 43 Benjamin Burnley

Benjamin Burnley
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

 44 DJ Ashba

DJ Ashba
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Monticello, Indiana, United States

 45 Ron McGovney

Ron McGovney
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Famous As: Bassist, Musician, Guitarist, Teacher
Birthdate: November 2, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 46 Stone Gossard

Stone Gossard
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

 47 Neil Buchanan

Neil Buchanan
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: October 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aintree, Liverpool, England, UK

 48 Paul Di'Anno

Paul Di'Anno
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chingford, London, England

 49 Mike McCready

Mike McCready
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, USA

 50 Karla DeVito

Karla DeVito
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mokena, Illinois, USA

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.  

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