This list is about the achievements of metal frontmen and frontwomen since the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2000.
There has never been a more dynamic era for heavy metal. Great new bands are emerging all the time, and many are enjoying their long creative peak. Just ask Ozzy Osbourne, who won two Grammy Awards in 2023.
But when it comes to seeing a band live, even if their record is good, it takes a great frontman or frontwoman for the show to be truly transcendent. Whether it’s brilliance or breaking the glass ceiling of Arch Enemy or Jinjer, it’s truly impossible to deny the power of each front person included on this list.
Here’s a list of the greatest men and women leading metal from the 2000s onwards, and you can even carry it around with this Spotify playlist. Check out our complete gallery of the frontmen and frontwomen who have taken the 21st century by storm.
Top 50 Metal Frontmen and Frontwomen of the 21st Century
Loudwire’s pick for the greatest metal frontman and frontwoman since 2000.