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2021-02-10 12:15:19 PM  
Elsewhere, I would provide the accurate answer of either Phil Mogg or Bruce Dickinson, but as this is Fark, the correct answer must be Ian Anderson.
 
2021-02-10 12:21:07 PM  
OBVIOUS tag is hiding like a rainbow in the dark.  Or a light in the black.  Dio is the first in line of heavy metal singers.  He reigns supreme on the silver mountain.  If you don't agree and you listen to fools then the mob rules.
 
2021-02-10 12:22:52 PM  
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It was him all along!
 
2021-02-10 1:05:31 PM  

Dr.Fey: Elsewhere, I would provide the accurate answer of either Phil Mogg or Bruce Dickinson, but as this is Fark, the correct answer must be Ian Anderson.


Wait a minute... THE Bruce Dickinson?
 
2021-02-10 1:45:56 PM  
My god, does BLABBERMOUTH suck. We get it. You are dropping a lot of FAMOUS NAMES in your article
 
2021-02-10 1:46:03 PM  
And?
 
2021-02-10 1:46:08 PM  
Meatload was heavier?
 
2021-02-10 1:48:11 PM  
I don't think there is a single "best" but there are definitely singers who belong in the conversation.

Dio
Halford
Dickinson
Tate

Trying to come up with a 5th..  I'm going with someone a bit out of the box.

Mike Patton.
 
2021-02-10 1:50:54 PM  

Snapper Carr: I don't think there is a single "best" but there are definitely singers who belong in the conversation.

Dio
Halford
Dickinson
Tate

Trying to come up with a 5th..  I'm going with someone a bit out of the box.

Mike Patton.


On second thought, none of those others (except maybe Mike Patton) could sing doo wop so maybe Dio does get the nod

Ronnie Dio and the Red caps - An Angel is Missing (1961) .wmv
Youtube ew8MUT00aK0
 
2021-02-10 1:52:20 PM  

Snapper Carr: I don't think there is a single "best" but there are definitely singers who belong in the conversation.

Dio
Halford
Dickinson
Tate

Trying to come up with a 5th..  I'm going with someone a bit out of the box.

Mike Patton.


They all had/have pipes but none of them broke the lyrical ground Dio did in Rainbow.
 
2021-02-10 1:54:19 PM  

BenSaw2: Dr.Fey: Elsewhere, I would provide the accurate answer of either Phil Mogg or Bruce Dickinson, but as this is Fark, the correct answer must be Ian Anderson.

Wait a minute... THE Bruce Dickinson?


Another reason why Boeing is clueless as f*ck:

A while back, Bruce Dickinson attended an event at Boeing's factory in Everett, WA.  And as some of us know, Brice Dickinson is a huge aviation geek....not only does he have his pilot's license, but he flies Ed Force One (747) when they go on tour.

So what did some idiot in marketing do?  Well, they had a bunch of cowbells made and then gave them out to everyone in attendance.

*Face Palm*

That's the other Bruce Dickinson, you morons.

/Glad I no longer work there.
 
2021-02-10 1:55:08 PM  
Brian Johnson back in the 80s.
 
2021-02-10 1:56:40 PM  
Black Sabbath - The Mob Rules (Heavy Metal)
Youtube 3__NN16uoXk
 
2021-02-10 1:57:06 PM  

The_Sponge: BenSaw2: Dr.Fey: Elsewhere, I would provide the accurate answer of either Phil Mogg or Bruce Dickinson, but as this is Fark, the correct answer must be Ian Anderson.

Wait a minute... THE Bruce Dickinson?

Another reason why Boeing is clueless as f*ck:

A while back, Bruce Dickinson attended an event at Boeing's factory in Everett, WA.  And as some of us know, Brice Dickinson is a huge aviation geek....not only does he have his pilot's license, but he flies Ed Force One (747) when they go on tour.

So what did some idiot in marketing do?  Well, they had a bunch of cowbells made and then gave them out to everyone in attendance.

*Face Palm*

That's the other Bruce Dickinson, you morons.

/Glad I no longer work there.


That was brilliant|!
 
2021-02-10 1:57:33 PM  
I don't know where he ends up on the list, and I don't care, but James Dewar belongs in the conversation.


The Fool and Me (2007 Remaster)
Youtube tRLbKiKJims
 
2021-02-10 1:59:15 PM  
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2021-02-10 2:01:45 PM  
When I think heavy metal names, I think Vivian
 
2021-02-10 2:03:54 PM  

LewDux: Meatload was heavier?


I would really have liked to see Meatloaf go full metal.

Alas, riding his hog around mansions - which is pretty frickin' metal - is as far as he got.
 
2021-02-10 2:09:09 PM  
I never hated him or anything, but to me Dio always felt like a musical theater singer starring in a Broadway jukebox musical about metal
 
2021-02-10 2:15:08 PM  
Would I call Dio the best?
No. Because 'the best' doesn't do him justice.
He's the Benchmark. He is the archetype of what a heavy metal singer should be.
And more than that, from everything I ever hear about him, he was the nicest person you could ever want to meet.
 
2021-02-10 2:18:12 PM  
Every metalhead knows who sings the best, with the golden pipes of thunder!!!!

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These guys know, and I can tell, they kind of like that heavy metal rock and roll music.
 
2021-02-10 2:23:44 PM  
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2021-02-10 2:24:50 PM  

Snapper Carr: I don't think there is a single "best" but there are definitely singers who belong in the conversation.

Dio
Halford
Dickinson
Tate

Trying to come up with a 5th..  I'm going with someone a bit out of the box.

Mike Patton.


A good list of older male singers.
 
2021-02-10 2:27:50 PM  

Snapper Carr: I don't think there is a single "best" but there are definitely singers who belong in the conversation.

Dio
Halford
Dickinson
Tate

Trying to come up with a 5th..  I'm going with someone a bit out of the box.

Mike Patton.


Serj Tankian?
 
2021-02-10 2:28:20 PM  

Combustion: Every metalhead knows who sings the best, with the golden pipes of thunder!!!!

[media2.fdncms.com image 600x450]

These guys know, and I can tell, they kind of like that heavy metal rock and roll music.


yep, gotta go with rob halford and lemmy.
 
2021-02-10 2:28:32 PM  
Turisas - The March of the Varangian Guard
Youtube RUvCFW6SfIQ
 
2021-02-10 2:30:14 PM  

Snapper Carr: I don't think there is a single "best" but there are definitely singers who belong in the conversation.

Dio
Halford
Dickinson
Tate

Trying to come up with a 5th..  I'm going with someone a bit out of the box.

Mike Patton.


mike patton is the sound of angels and devils all coming out of one dude.
 
2021-02-10 2:31:48 PM  

johnny queso: Combustion: Every metalhead knows who sings the best, with the golden pipes of thunder!!!!

[media2.fdncms.com image 600x450]

These guys know, and I can tell, they kind of like that heavy metal rock and roll music.

yep, gotta go with rob halford and lemmy.


Exactly. When everyone calls you "The Metal God" because you sing so awesome, that's a sign of excellence.
 
2021-02-10 2:37:38 PM  
You're all wrong:

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2021-02-10 2:39:26 PM  
Geoff Tate
THE Bruce Dickinson
There are a lot of really good "metal" singers out there.

Dio was good, really  good.  BEST? IDK??
 
2021-02-10 2:39:41 PM  

1979: [Fark user image image 425x283]


Billy Corgan?
 
2021-02-10 2:40:26 PM  
It's 1a and 1b between Dio and Halford.
 
2021-02-10 2:40:29 PM  

LewDux: Meatload was heavier?


Well, technically..
 
2021-02-10 2:41:54 PM  
Any Dio thread I will take the opportunity to tell my Dio CSB.

One of my favorite sayings about celebrity is "Never meet your heroes."  Let's face it: musicians are weird people by and large, and celebrity musicians are a special breed of weird.  I don't want to ruin it by meeting them and having them cop an attitude that would forever shiat all over my opinion of them.

The exception: Ronnie James Fusking Dio.

I went to see him at the House of Blues in the early aughts.  My buddy had some pull in the entertainment world, and managed to score backstage passes.  I have my golden rule, but it was Dio, a childhood hero, so I was a bit torn about the prospect.  I decided to go.

Needless to say, Dio was not at the peak of his career, and it was probably safe to say it was at the "Puppet Show and Dio" point.  I mean, the place was pretty full, but it was the HoB.  A couple hundred people at most.  But I tell you: that man put on a show like he was playing to 70,000 fans.  Strutting the stage, full of power, charisma, and general love for everyone who came out to see him.  When he'd speak, urging the audience on, every soul in the place felt he was talking straight to them.  It was clear he was having a great time despite the somewhat glum circumstances - or if he wasn't, you couldn't tell.  A consummate professional who acted like he wanted to be nowhere else on earth except right where he was: there, rocking YOUR farking brains out.

Anyway, after the show, we went backstage and prepared to meet him.  I was ready for anything: that he'd leave early (there was a hip hop show starting up as the late night entertainment so the audience turned over completely), that he'd be a prick, that he'd ignore us.  I was prepared for anything, except what happened: this tiny little man (he was like 5'3") walks up, warmly shakes our hands, thanks us for coming out, looks us in the eye the whole time, and talked with us with genuine interest until WE were ready to go.

The man was a consummate professional, a gentleman, and one hell of a performer.  I doubt there has ever been a more decent guy in the history of rock, and the world truly lost something the day he died.

/end CSB
 
2021-02-10 2:43:49 PM  
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Youtube vW7pE5QUxl0
 
2021-02-10 2:44:40 PM  

gilgigamesh: Any Dio thread I will take the opportunity to tell my Dio CSB.

One of my favorite sayings about celebrity is "Never meet your heroes."  Let's face it: musicians are weird people by and large, and celebrity musicians are a special breed of weird.  I don't want to ruin it by meeting them and having them cop an attitude that would forever shiat all over my opinion of them.

The exception: Ronnie James Fusking Dio.

I went to see him at the House of Blues in the early aughts.  My buddy had some pull in the entertainment world, and managed to score backstage passes.  I have my golden rule, but it was Dio, a childhood hero, so I was a bit torn about the prospect.  I decided to go.

Needless to say, Dio was not at the peak of his career, and it was probably safe to say it was at the "Puppet Show and Dio" point.  I mean, the place was pretty full, but it was the HoB.  A couple hundred people at most.  But I tell you: that man put on a show like he was playing to 70,000 fans.  Strutting the stage, full of power, charisma, and general love for everyone who came out to see him.  When he'd speak, urging the audience on, every soul in the place felt he was talking straight to them.  It was clear he was having a great time despite the somewhat glum circumstances - or if he wasn't, you couldn't tell.  A consummate professional who acted like he wanted to be nowhere else on earth except right where he was: there, rocking YOUR farking brains out.

Anyway, after the show, we went backstage and prepared to meet him.  I was ready for anything: that he'd leave early (there was a hip hop show starting up as the late night entertainment so the audience turned over completely), that he'd be a prick, that he'd ignore us.  I was prepared for anything, except what happened: this tiny little man (he was like 5'3") walks up, warmly shakes our hands, thanks us for coming out, looks us in the eye the whole time, and talked with us with genuine interest until WE were ready to go.

The man was a consummate professional, a gentleman, and one hell of a performer.  I doubt there has ever been a more decent guy in the history of rock, and the world truly lost something the day he died.

/end CSB


wait, he's dead?
i thought that was a hoax.
 
2021-02-10 2:47:06 PM  
And gotta add my personal fav's:
From the oldest metal generation: Lemmy, Dickinson, Dio, Halford, Tate, Ozzy.  Probably Halford was my favorite of the era.

More modern: Peter Steele, George Fisher, Nergal, Angela Gassow, Anders Fridén, Warrel Dane, Peter Tägtgren, Jamie LeBrie, Chuck Schuldiner, Dave Mustaine, Agnete Kjølsrud, Danny Filth, Quorthon.

My favorite depends what I'm in the mood for when the question comes up.
 
2021-02-10 2:52:37 PM  
The early noodling isn't terrible, but you can skip to 1:54 or so to get to RJD.

Rainbow - Man On The Silver Mountain (From "Live In Munich 1977)
Youtube vpgu9wKJVbc
 
2021-02-10 2:53:43 PM  

Combustion: Every metalhead knows who sings the best, with the golden pipes of thunder!!!!

[media2.fdncms.com image 600x450]

These guys know, and I can tell, they kind of like that heavy metal rock and roll music.


Don Dokken?
 
2021-02-10 2:55:28 PM  
Always liked Joe Lynn Turner's tone and timbre. "Best" is really a matter of taste - how do you claim that best is only about vocal gymnastics and not about influence? If influence matters, John Kay belongs somewhere in the discussion.
 
2021-02-10 2:59:08 PM  
a few other good ones -
King Diamond
That inhuman gurgler from Demilich
Phil Swanson
 
2021-02-10 3:01:52 PM  

WhippingBoi: You're all wrong:

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Approves.
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2021-02-10 3:11:45 PM  
Geoff Tate can't even sing Queen of the Reich anymore, so meh.

Dio was great, but I dunno about the GOAT. No love for Klaus Meine?
 
2021-02-10 3:11:54 PM  

Snapper Carr: Snapper Carr: I don't think there is a single "best" but there are definitely singers who belong in the conversation.

Dio
Halford
Dickinson
Tate

Trying to come up with a 5th..  I'm going with someone a bit out of the box.

Mike Patton.

On second thought, none of those others (except maybe Mike Patton) could sing doo wop so maybe Dio does get the nod

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/ew8MUT00​aK0

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2021-02-10 3:13:48 PM  

Snapper Carr: I don't think there is a single "best" but there are definitely singers who belong in the conversation.

Dio
Halford
Dickinson
Tate

Trying to come up with a 5th..  I'm going with someone a bit out of the box.

Mike Patton.


With a group like this the best you are ever going to get is a list of 5 to 10 #1 choices.
 
2021-02-10 3:16:40 PM  
David St. Hubbins !!!
 
2021-02-10 3:17:12 PM  
I'm a bit of a vocalist and, as such, a bit of a vocal snob.
Bruce
Patton
Dio
All very, very awesome, but if you want to give the nod to greatest, Cornell has to be in there as maybe does Vedder.

And no--grunting into a microphone doesn't count as 'vocals'.
 
2021-02-10 3:27:37 PM  
Exhibit #666:

Dio - We Rock (Official Music Video)
Youtube KT5AvKlPWA0
 
2021-02-10 3:30:28 PM  

The_Sponge: Brian Johnson back in the 80s.


No shiat. That guy sold me eight vacuums before I knew what was happening. Hell of a voice...

Brian Johnson 1980 "Hoover Vacuum" commercial
Youtube JF1HEjaxC3w
 
2021-02-10 3:32:18 PM  
The guy who reviewed the Dio records for the Rolling Stone Album Guide in the early '90s compared his vocals to those of an elderly lady in a Salvation Army Band.

That guy was a f*cking idiot.
 
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