Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Top 30 Hardcore Punk Vocalists Of All Time

The criteria are the following: stage presence, vocal and lyrical quality. Length of quality was also taken into account. Another factor, as the frontman is ultimately the voice of the band promoting any kind of aesthetic or platform the band may have, the band's legacy is also considered. Special thank you to Will Mecca (of Paranoid Anxieties), Nick Lucchesi, Chris Ulsh, Mark Bronzino (of Iron Reagan) and Luke Kislak (of Eel, The Decapitators) for consulting on the formation of this list.

Honorable Mentions:

John Weiffenbach (Void)
Carl Fisher (Blitz)
Jules Masse (Side By Side)
Zack De La Rocha (Inside Out)
Daryl Kahan (Citizens Arrest)
Scott Vogel (Terror, Buried Alive)
Human Warhead (Pisschrist, Kromosom)
Jimmy Rose (Annihilation Time)
Freddy Madball (Madball)
Steve Ignorant (Crass)
Lou Koller (Sick Of It All)
Ryan George (Carry On)
Roger Miret (Agnostic Front)
Tommy Carroll (Straight Ahead)
Chris Ulsh (Impalers, Mammoth Grinder)
Jason O'Toole (Life's Blood)
Sothira Pheng (Crucifix)
Doc Corbin Dart (The Crucifucks)
Dave Insurgent (Reagan Youth)
Chaka Malik (Burn)
Chris Erba (H-100s, Ruiners, Upstab, Avon Ladies)
Mike "Judge" Ferraro (Judge)
Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks)
Jack Control (World Burns To Death, Severed Head of State)
Paul Bearer (Sheer Terror)
Richie Birkenhead (Underdog, Into Another)
Carl "The Mosher" Griffin (Icemen, Dynamo)
Crow (Crow, Grave New World)
Jeff Perlin (Breakdown, Slumlords)
Tony Erba (Gordon Solie Motherfuckers, Face Value, Fuck You Pay Me)
Kawakami (Disclose)
Mauro Codeluppi (Raw Power)
Pushead (Septic Death)
Fugu (Gauze)
Eddie Sutton (Leeway)
Paul E. Wog (Cider, Inmates)
Tomas Jonsson (Anti-Cimex, Wolfpack)
Alex Hughes (Hatred Surge, Put To Death)
Brendan Radigan (The Rival Mob, Soul Swallower, Battle Ruins)
Jack "Choke" Kelly (Negative FX, Slapshot)
Human Furnace (Ringworm)
Rob Miller (Amebix)
Brendan Rafftery (SFA)
Tokurow (Bastard, Judgement)
Jason Tarpey (Iron Age, Far From Breaking)

30. Ben Cook (No Warning)

29. Damian Abraham (Fucked Up)

28. Lynda "Tam" Simpson (Sacrilege)

27. John Joseph (Cro-Mags)

26. Ray Cappo (Youth of Today, Better Than A Thousand)

25. Sean McCabe (Ink & Dagger)

24. Justin "DFJ" DeTore (Mind Eraser, No Tolerance)

23. Raymond "Raybeez" Barbieri (Warzone)

22. Jerry A (Poison Idea)

21. Todd Burdette (His Hero Is Gone, Tragedy, Warcry)

20. Darby Crash (Germs)

19. Shaun Dean (Cold Sweat, Men's Interest, Repercussions)

18. Ishiya (Forward, Death Side)

17. Wes Eisold (American Nightmare)

16. Gary Floyd (The Dicks)

15. Dwid Hellion (Integrity)

14. Kelvin "Cal" Morris (Discharge)

13. Jay Reatard (The Reatards, Lost Sounds)

12. Nick Blinko (Rudimentary Peni)

11. Joe DeNunzio (Infest)

10. Glenn Danzig (Misfits, Samhain)

9. Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi)

8. Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band, S.O.A.)

7. Sakevi (G.I.S.M.)

6. Martin Sorrondeguy (Limp Wrist, Los Crudos)

5. Greg Sage (Wipers)

4. Joey Ramone (The Ramones)

3. John Brannon (Negative Approach)

2. GG Allin

1. H.R. (Bad Brains)


  1. Paul Bearer deserves to be on the actual list. Arguably the best lyricist in hardcore

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