Top 20 Weirdest Voices In Rock And Metal [News]

This week’s traditional Wednesday Question saw the UG community discussing the matter of the most peculiar voice in rock and metal music.

Plenty of votes and suggestions there were, all of which were neatly summed up into a Top 20 rundown below.

20. Jonathan Davis

There’s something odd about every member of Korn , yet the guys made their weirdness work like a charm when combined. So, kicking off the list, we have Mr. Jonathan Davis .


19. Brian Molko (Placebo)

Placebo frontman Brian Molko is up next. The man even said it himself: “My voice is unmistakable. No matter which song you are listen to, you will always know: this is Placebo.”


18. Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys)

That dramatic, shaky vibe of Mr. Jello ‘s voice was more than enough for him to make the list. Biafra is also known for using his voice to compose; he had no formal musical training, leaving him to compose the tunes by singing them to his bandmates.


17. Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction)

Up next is the “awesomely weird” Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction .


16. Claudio Sanchez (Coheed and Cambria)

Did you notice that three UG users have nominated Claudio at the same time (8:42 AM on September 30 to be precise)? That’s amazing!


15. Bob Dylan

Weird voice is one of his staple marks. The man needs no introduction, the one and only Bob Dylan at No. 15.


14. Mike Patton

Faith No More ‘s Mike Patton has a 6-octave vocal range, which once earned him the title of the greatest singer of all time (based exclusively on vocal range), and he sure uses that versatility for all sorts of weirdness.


13. Thom Yorke

Quite distinctive, and quite peculiar, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is this week’s lucky 13. He once said: “It annoys me how pretty my voice is … how polite it can sound when perhaps what I’m singing is deeply acidic.”


12. King Diamond

Going as high as one can go, King Diamond is up next. Falsetto is his thing, take it or leave it.


11. Lemmy Kilmister

Longtime UG dude Izzy-Sweet nicely pointed out: “The weirdest thing about Lemmy ‘s voice is how greatly it differed from Hawkwind ‘s ‘S ilver Machine ‘ to Motorhead ‘s first single, what the fuck happened?!”


10. Bon Scott and Brian Johnson

Cracking the Top 10, both AC/DC vocalists, late Bon Scott and the “new guy” Brian Johnson have made the list. Both are peculiar, although you folks did point out that Brian’s high-pitched thing stands out a tad more.


9. Brent Hinds (Mastodon)

The voices of Mastodon dudes are a frequent discussion topic, this is what you boys said about Mr. Brent Hinds :

av0n : “Brent Hinds is cool and stuff, but you can’t shake off the fact he’s sounding a bit…yeah. Like a mix between Ozzy and Zakk with a touch of a tortured cat at times. But I’m cool with that.”

In addition to calling everyone a bunch of cunts, Mr. Aberinkulas added: “He’s like an evil pirate ghost from outer space. And it’s sweet as fuck”


8. Tom Waits

One could say that it’s impossible to get weirder than Tom Waits in terms of singing. And there’s a good chance that one would be right.


7. Billy Corgan

Expect an article about Billy claiming to be the No. 1 weirdest vocalist of the ’90s anytime now…


6. Axl Rose

Hailed as one of the greatest, and one of the weirdest, Axl Rose is bringing us a step closer to the Top 5. You folks also thought that Dan McCafferty of Nazareth deserves a mention as an obvious influence on Rose, so here’s a quality tune .


5. Serj Tankian

Not only did Serj make the list, but SOAD guitarist Daron Malakian also made the honorable mentions section for his occasional odd vocal lines.


4. Les Claypool

Mr. Weirdo himself at No. 4. This is what he said: “I was never the singer – I’m the narrator of Primus . That was always my thing. … It’s not like I’m Pavarotti or anything. But singing through my schnozola and dealing with the vocal chords I’ve been given genetically, I’ve learned to harness them pretty well.”


3. Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy ‘s voice can definitely be a tough pill to swallow. It’s odd that it was his nasal voice that announced the arrival of heavy metal to the world, but he obviously did something right.


2. Dave Mustaine

The silver medal this week goes to Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine . This is what the UG community had to say:

Eissari : “Kind of annoying but still so damn good.”

Khetag Lagkuti : “ When I first heard ‘ Tornado of Souls ,’ I honestly thought that It was a cover version with silly vocals.”

Barricade_28 : “It took me 20 years to go from hating Mustaine’s voice to liking it. That’s quite the acquired taste!”

kashmar88 : “I cringe and enjoy simultaneously. That takes talent. And he’s way more fun to imitate than Metallica haha.”


1. Geddy Lee

At the throne this week, you folks voted for Mr. Geddy Lee of Rush . Compared to “a hamster on helium” by some critics, Geddy’s voice can certainly take some time to get under your skin. This is what you folks said:

Whitesnake777
: “That voice takes some getting used to. Then it’s amazing.”

Iceman10129 : “Geddy’s voice is like that perfect voice casting for an animated film. You could never use another voice for Buzz or Woody . Same goes for Rush. The feeling his voice gives off just completes their sound. Love it!”

ZPinkZeppelinS : “His range is really prevalent at the end of ‘ Cygnus X-1 ‘ with the, ‘spinning, whirling, still descending, like a spiral sea unending.’ It’s like a three-year-old girl screaming in key while being chased by a murderous alien. And it’s absolutely marvelous…”

Maiden95 : “He’s honestly a superb vocalist. Or at least was for a very long time. So much range and character.”

little_boy : “I thought Rush had a female singer until I discovered that the vocalist was not only the bassist but also a guy. Still pretty good voice.”

ANewLevel : “I absolutely hated Rush because of the vocals when I was young, but I’ve since grown to love Rush and accept that Rush wouldn’t be Rush without him. Definitely an acquired taste.”


Lots of honorable mentions too, here goes: David Bowie , Cedric Bixler-Zavala of the Mars Volta , Blink-182 ‘s Tom DeLonge , Lou Reed , Matt Bellamy of Muse , Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation , Captain Beefheart , System of a Down guitarist and occasional vocalist Daron Malakian , Myles Kennedy , James LaBrie of Dream Theater , Benjamin Kowalewicz of Billy Talent , Rammstein ‘s Till Lindemann , Morrissey , Jack White , Neil Young , and Ian Curtis of Joy Division .

Source: Ultimate Guitar

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