Friday Top: 25 Greatest Modern Frontmen

As voted by UG community.

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Friday Top: 25 Greatest Modern Frontmen

This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the people of UG community discussing the matter of greatest modern frontmen ever. Based on your votes and almost 400 comments, we summed this one up to traditional Top 25 rundown.

NOTE: We had special rule: the debut album of the artist/band in question must be released in 2000 or later. So the following musicians are definitely great frontmen, but they have started their professional musician careers in the 1990's:

  • Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour)
  • Devin Townsend (Devin Townsend Project/Strapping Young Lad)
  • Jacob Bannon (Converge)
  • Jens Kidman (Meshuggah)
  • Josh Homme (Queens of The Stone Age/Kyuss)
  • Matt Bellamy (Muse)
  • Serj Tankian (System of a Down)
And before kicking things off, the honorable mentions are:
  • Ben Kowalewicz (Billy Talent)
  • Julian Casablancas (The Strokes)
  • Kevin Parker (Tame Impala)
  • Jake Luhrs (August Burns Red)
  • Joakim Broden (Sabaton)
  • Brent Smith (Shinedown)
  • Sam Carter (Architects)
  • Josh Scogin (ex-Norma Jean/The Chariot/'68)
  • Joel O'Keeffe (Airbourne)
  • Christian Lembach (Whores.)

25. Sebastien Grainger (Death From Above 1979)

Just amazing example of powerful drummer-frontman!..

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24. Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard)

Great guitarist, vocalist - and frontman!..

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23. Frank Carter (Gallows/Pure Love/Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes)

Frank Carter is nothing but absolutely incredible to watch, regardless of which band he is in - and his interaction with the crowd is great as well. Pure energy.

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22. Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die/The Damned Things)

Fucking crazy on stage with ETID, has tons of charisma, is an impressive screamer and an excellent clean singer (especially with The Damned Things), and also writes cool lyrics. The whole package is here!

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21. John Baizley (Baroness)

Amazing vocals, great guitar parts - and of course charisma!..

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20. Jay Buchanan (Rival Sons)

A new generation of great blues rock vocalists is here!..

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19. Mitch Lucker (Suicide Silence)

Even if you don't like deathcore, you can't deny that Mitch Lucker was a really great frontman. Rest in peace.

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18. Rody Walker (Protest the Hero)

His unique approach fits the band's progressive metalcore sound really well.

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17. Matt Schultz (Cage the Elephant)

He can be gently and calm - and really crazy and energetic!..

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16. Einar Solberg (Leprous)

Very commanding personality, great vocals, and all that behind keyboards.

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15. Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys)

Definitely one of the most charismatic indie rock frontmen.

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14. Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)

Vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist - definitely among the greatest modern frontwomen.

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13. Claudio Sanchez (Coheed and Cambria)

Everything about him (from his vocals to his guitar playing) is, at least, very unique.

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12. Justin Hawkins (The Darkness)

The epitome of a rock 'n' roll vocalist.

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11. Jason Butler (letlive.)

Definitely crazy and full of pure energy!.. Also add great clean vocals - and it becomes a really explosive combination!

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10. Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother)

Even if you don't like Andrew and the boys (looking at you, Mr. Patton), you can't deny that he's an amazing frontman.

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9. Stefan Burnett aka MC Ride (Death Grips)

The embodiment of the pure energy and craziness from the experimental hip-hop group Death Grips.

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8. Papa Emeritus (Ghost)

Papa Emeritus is a great frontman that likes to give speeches about orgasms at his concerts. Shame that lawsuit affected the band so much.

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7. Randy Blythe (Lamb of God)

Just great vocalist and performer! Few frontmen can command the crowd as Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe.

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6. Matt Heafy (Trivium)

Even after he was forced to change his vocal style following a health scare, he still rocks as hard as he can.

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5. Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan)

Who can sing at a concert while hanging head down from the ceiling? Greg Puciato. (And though TDEP released their debut in 1999, but technically Greg's first album with the band was "Miss Machine" (2004)).

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4. Troy Sanders (Mastodon/Gone Is Gone)

Everybody is frontman in Mastodon, but for this one we'll go with Troy Sanders.

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3. M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold)

M. Shadows can really make a beast out of himself. And that's most definitely a good thing.

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2. Joe Duplantier (Gojira)

Joe plays guitar, writes songs, screams like a lion and has insane stage presence!

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1. Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge/Slash)

Great frontman, guitarist, songwriter, singer and generally a great dude.

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That's all folks! Know more great modern frontmen to add? Feel free to post them in the comment section below. And we hope you enjoyed the top, stay tuned until next week for another WQ!

89 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Completely missed voting....proud of community with these results. 
    why did randy blythe count but not cory taylor? his first album dropped in 99 too
    Also Myles and Claudio to be technical...
    Shabutie's EP's came out in '99. Second Stage Turbine Blade was released in 2002.
    Could make the argument that LoG's first album was released as 'Burn the Priest'. Although it's the same band, it's a weird technicality. That's just what I assume is the reasoning for it. In principle, I agree with what you said.
    I agree with Randy being on this list. But Corey Taylor could have made it on here for Stone Sour but was booted off because of Slipknot. Same technicality. Different results. Makes more sense for Taylor because it's 2 different bands, Randy just renamed his band LoG.
    Awesome that Matt Schultz got on there! Saw Cage last year and his energy definetely made the night
    i'm not very familiar with wolfmother. can someone fill me in on why there's so much hate for them? 
    I think Mike Patton put shit on them years ago because they emulate 70s rock sound. They were playing some festival when Mike was being interviewed and he said something like what is that shit. Probably the same reason others put shit them.
    Cause they are a very basic 70's style rock band. In other words they are derivative.
    No, it's because the front man is a narcissist that wants all the credit like the idiot from Ghost.
    That implies the guys who left were talented in the song writing department. However they have not released a single song in 5 years.
    I don't think most people know just how good Myles is on guitar- it makes me like him even more as he's humble & doesn't try 2 show off 
    You guys should do a wednesday question about bands founded since 2010, it's been 7 years, the decade is almost ending, surely there must be more than one hidden gem.
    Frank Carter should be a bit higher IMO.  I'd have Will Gardner from Black Peaks on there too... but the majority don't know them... yet.
    i was having a good day until i saw andrew stockdale on this list, now I know the entire list must be garbage, and god do I have to puke why do i still come here
    UG please follow your own rules. I think Myles Kennedy is phenomenal, however mayfield four did release in the 90s just like slipknot, which disqualifies Corey Taylor so Mr Kennedy should also be disqualified.
    Hes been musically active since the 80s, sure. Most of the singers on this list have been musically active since the 80s if not early 90s if you want to get technical. Mayfield Four was a very obscure band and Myles wasnt relevant until 2004 with Alter Bridge. Your basically comparing the Mayfield Four with Slipknot in terms of relevancy and thats reaaaaal dumb.
    Wtf? Not even a mention of Howard Jones? His work with Killswitch Engage was pretty much their best work and a gift to the metal scene.
    Wow I had never checked a Suicide silence live. They're killer. Btw Alex Turner is on the actual list and Julian Casablancas on the honorable mentions? Wtf
    In comparison to the history of frontmen, these guys are average at best. 
    Myles Kennedy and "average at best" should never belong in the same sentence.
    What about Fredy Mercuri, Robert Plant, Mick Jagger and all the legends??? Come on!!
    1mmoralthang · May 20, 2017 07:43 PM
    ¿Y qué hay de Fredy Mercuri, Robert Plant, Mick Jagger y todas las leyendas? ¡Vamos! There you go. Perfect grammar and punctuation in my language. Hope you can do it perfect in foreign laguages too I always try to improve. Thanks for your tolerance.
    I was specting Simon Neil to be here, meaby he isn't that famous yet.... (Frontman of Biffy Clyro and Marmaduke Duke, check them out, you won't be dissapointed).
    Jake from ABR didn't start in music 'til after 05, what gives?
    There were essentially two lists of honorable mentions. The first was the list of people not qualified because of the post-2000 rule. The second list is the people that were eligible but didn't make the final cut. 
    Proud of the results. Just...I think Chris Cornell should have appeared in the "honorable mention" list, at least as a tribute. But, it is just my opinion
    Great to see Jay Buchannan/ Rival Sons get a mention. I've seen them twice now, and they blew me away both times. Incredible band, and Jay is one hell of a singer.
    I'm flabbergasted that Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam wasn't in the top ranks of this list.  They were easily the most exciting live band I've seen since The Hives.  They opened for The Darkness five years ago and made The Darkness look absolutely ancient.
    No Andrew Savage/Austin Brown (Parquet Courts)... nor a mention of Stefan Babcock (singer of PUP) Also no mention of Mac Daddy (Mac DeMarco), or some real great female vocalists, such as Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females), Jehnny Beth (Savages) and Courtney Barnett...
    But good on ya for including Frank Carter, fucking wicked frontman for sure no doubt (also cool to mention Julian Casablancas, and I agree with the honorable mention here, he's not exactly a very interesting frontman, nor is he consistent with his vocal delivery.)
    This may be a list of Top 25 Greatest Modern Frontmen, but it's a biased list based on the musical tastes of a small, outcast group of musicians and music lovers. This list is absolutely not representative of what the whole of humanity thinks.
    And hey, just for shits and giggles, I'd say some of the "greatest modern frontmen" today would be Harry Styles, Justin Bieber, Drake, Rihanna, Beyonce, Sia, Lorde, etc..
    And you know what, if you're going to include Death Grips, how about mentioning some greater, more influential and popular rappers like Childish Gambino, Macklemore, Chance The Rapper, Tyler The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, and on and on and on...
    I wanted to mention JD Wilkes from The Legendary Shack Shakers, but their first record was released in 1998... I still think he's a great, underrated frontman from a great, underrated band.
    Glad Alex Turner is on the list somewhere. I'm a big fan of his, and I feel like he gets a little too much heat
    If we're gonna put king gizzard and stu up on there, I would argue that john dwyer with thee oh sees would be a better choice. Although it's a miracle in itself that king gizzard is even mentioned on this site
    Frontman? Is that what you call someone that is in a band but isn't talented enough to compose music? Frontman? Implies the rest of the band is in the back. You really relate to these singers that much? You think their words are your lives? Pathetic.
    Great job. I dont know 90% of these guys but I reading the list like where the fuck is Myles? Did not disappoint.
    What about Jacoby from papa roach?
    papa roach started in the nineties. Infest was first major label release not first album.
    I mean he's not mentioned on either list
    Because he didn't get voted for in the original poll. His name wasn't even posted, it's a popularity contest, and he got 0 votes.