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[[caption-width-right:337:"GODDAMNIT LADY YOU KNOW I AIN'T LYIN' TO YA I'M ONLY GONNA TELL YOU ONE MORE TIMEEEEEEYAH!"]]

[[LargeHam Hams]] who chew microphones instead of scenery.
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[[folder: Rock ]]

* A lot of rock frontmen have this sort of stage persona.
* Music/DavidLeeRoth is probably the best example.
** So much he gets his [[http://www.realmofdarkness.net/sounds/dlr/dlr-soundboard-2.htm own]] [[http://www.realmofdarkness.net/sounds/dlr/dlr-soundboard-3.htm soundboard.]]
** His successor in VanHalen, Sammy Hagar, has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWyzjfgDkNQ his]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvV3nn_de2k moments]] too.
* I see your David Lee Roth [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vewm5l-i-yw and]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iapJSsILcvE raises]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBty4l4CPfI you]] [[Music/StoneTemplePilots Scott]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuzpeOZI6Fo Weiland]]. That's not including his concerts, where the dancing gets more over-the-top and he does stuff like getting naked onstage, [[TheDandy dandyman suits]], [[http://www.mtv.com/bands/w/weiland_scott/news_feature_062804/ etc.]].
** When [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]] fans bash you for being too hammy, you know you've reached an entirely new level of ham.
* Speaking of which, [[Music/GunsNRoses Axl Rose]]: "YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE? YOU'RE IN THE JUNGLE BABY! YOU'RE GONNA [[IncrediblyLongNote DIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAH]]!"
* Behold the colossal ham that is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Woo2mfK_7mQ Adam Lambert singing ''Killer Queen'']].
* MeatLoaf's performance style suits a different form of meat than his stage name, that's all I'm sayin'.
--> "LIFE IS A LEMON AND I WANT MY MONEY BAAAAAACK!"
* Jim Steinman's monologue "Wasted Youth" in ''Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell'' has enough ham to feed a family of four. For a week. "So...I...''took''...''my''...''guitar''...and I '''SMASHED IT AGAINST THE WALL! I SMASHED IT AGAINST THE FLOOR! I SMASHED IT AGAINST THE BODY OF A VARSITY CHEERLEADER!'''"
** Music/JimSteinman is the King Midas of ham. Just listen to his work with Bonnie Tyler, Air Supply ("Making Love Out of Nothing at All"), and Celine Dion ("It's All Coming Back to Me Now").
*** And Taylor Dayne (with "Original Sin (Theme From ''[[{{Film/TheShadow}} The Shadow]]'')").
* [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]].
--> ''I WANT IT ALL! I WANT IT ALL! AND I WANT IT NOW!''.
** Then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbIcfFD30Ms this video]].
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfmrHTdXgK4 FLASH!]] '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfmrHTdXgK4 A-AAAAAH!]]''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfmrHTdXgK4 SAVIOR. OF. THE UNIVERSE!]]. You know a song is a monument to hamminess when even [[TheQuietOne John Deacon and his bass]] are thick and porky and what not.
* Music/TheWho's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VvhJfRiNZo Keith Moon]]
** The actual singer, Roger Daltrey, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay_Ah1tBwuQ can get quite passionate.]]
* [[Music/{{U2}} Bono]], from 1990 onward. Particularly during the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoo_TV_Tour#Bono.27s_stage_personas Zoo TV Tour]].
--> '''MY NAME IS MISTER MACPHISTO!'''
* Music/AliceCooper. '''LOVE ME! YES WE LOVE HIM! LOVE ME! YES WE LOVE HIM!''.
* Peter Hammill of VanDerGraafGenerator. Due to his serving as a jesuit choirboy for much of his youth his regular singing voice is already huge, deep and bombastic. Adding to the dramatic effect is his tendancy to unexpectedly break into piercing shrieks and growls. Incredibly overblown, but mightily entertaining at the same time.
** ''So you live in the... bottom of the sea... and you kill... all that come NEEEEAAAAAARRRRRR YOOOUUUUUUUUU-HOOOOO-HOOOO-HOOOO-HOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOOOO!!!!!''
** ''And as the waves crash on the bleak! Stones of the tower I start to FREEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAK! AND FIND! I'M! OH! VER! COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeee....''
* Music/{{Morrissey}}, dear lord, [=Morrissey=]. "TO DIIIIIE BY YOUR SIDE IS SUCH A HEAVENLY WAY TO DIIIIIIIIEEEEEE!!" Especially that ''falsetto'' of his.
* ElvisPresley could occasionally evoke this trope in particular the song "If I Can Dream" from the 68 Comeback special which could be considered CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
* MyChemicalRomance in general and lead singer Gerard Way in particular. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X46abt8OO8c video for Helena]] is probably the campiest funeral you'll ever see in your life.
** "Helena" got ''nothin''' on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGQig1SjaTs Famous Last Words]]. Delicious campy-ness all around.
** "Famous Last Words" slides right into horror territory--especially if you've seen the leaked version of the video.
* America has GerardWay and Music/MyChemicalRomance; Norway has KaizersOrchestra and JanoveOttesen. The whole band embraces campy-ness. Helge Risa plays a pump organ with a picture of Martin Luther and a lamp on it. While wearing a gas mask. And they use oil barrels and crowbars as percussion instruments. And they sometimes dance on top of said oil barrels.
* Matthew Bellamy of Music/{{Muse}}. His lyrics are made of falsetto and awe-inspiring quantities of ham. ESPECIALLY in the album Origin Of Symmetry.
** Why split these states when there CAN BE ONLY OOONE?!!!
** EURASIA! SIA! SIA! SIA!
** "Give meeeeeeeeee-yerrrrrr! All of the peace! And joy in your mind! I want the peace! And joy in your miiiind. Give me the peace! And joy in your mind! Oooooooooooooooooh!" - from Bliss. We get it, Matt.
** For Matt's ultimate escapade in hamminess, listen to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1KOVuVxZJw this]], specifically 2:36.
* [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]]: ''Father? Yes, son? I want to kill you. Mother? I want to...'''FUCK YOU!'''''
* [[Music/LedZeppelin Robert Plant]]. Legend has it that at one of their first shows, the amps cut out, and the people in the back of the auditorium ''could still hear him''.
* Music/{{KISS}} -- they even dressed up and put on make-up, to amplify the hamminess.
-->"Some people are hams...I'm the whole pig" - Paul Stanley
-->"FEEL MY HEAT, TAKING YOU HIGHER"\\
"SHOUT IT! SHOUT IT! SHOUT IT OUT LOUUUUD!"\\
"I WANNA ROCK AND ROLL ALL NIIIIGHT"
* The late [[Music/AliceInChains Layne Staley]]:
-->''Why...you...act...crazy?!? Not...an...act...maybe?!? So...close...a...lady! Shif...ty...eyes...shady!''
-->'''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis IF! I! WOULD! COULD! YOU?]]'''''
* [[Music/{{Radiohead}} Thom Yorke]] is usually subdued. But when the song requires passion, he'll get over-the-top impressively.
-->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFkzRNyygfk&ob=av3n RUN, RUN, RUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNN!]]
-->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz7d6IL2cYc&ob=av2n YOU HAVE NOT BEEN PAYING ATTENTION, PAYING ATTENTION, PAYINATTENTION!]]
* Ian Anderson of Music/JethroTull. Especially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqZmtq5LhFo live]].
* [[Music/LinkinPark Chester Bennington]] can get quite hammy, especially in songs like "Crawling", "Blackout" and "The Messenger".
* Music/HenryRollins: '''''CAUSE I'M A LIAR!!!'''''
* Steve Albini of Music/BigBlack, Rapeman and Music/{{Shellac}}. A particularly wild and [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] example. His Shellac sidekick Bob Weston throws large pieces of ham at the audience as well, and drummer Todd Trainer plays the AllDrummersAreAnimals trope as straight one possibly can do.
-->Especially in concert. Hammed UpToEleven in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kys0i4Krlbs this one]], but [[TheUnintelligible no idea]] [[WordSaladLyrics what they are singing]].
-->Only in persona. In interviews and lectures, he is almost [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6DG8QQJG2o the exact opposite]].
* [[Music/{{Rush}} Geddy Lee]], especially in the early days, before he learned to take his register down a notch.
-->'''''BY-TOR! AND THE SNOW DOG!'''''
** Alex Lifeson is an even bigger ham. And Neil just goes UpToEleven in his drumming without total hamminess.
* [[Music/LimpBizkit Fred Durst]]. "I'D EAT YOU ALIIIIIIIVE!!!!"
* JoeCocker - to the point where JohnBelushi did an over the top, and brilliant, parody of him.
* Music/TheBand's Robbie Robertson is one of these throughout the Creator/MartinScorsese-directed concert documentary ''The Last Waltz''.
* When he was fronting OingoBoingo, DannyElfman was as hammy as they came, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTPVm8gv8fM especially during live performances]]. And if [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKAxikZmY-0 Jack Skellington]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1qgmdVgN70 Mr.Bonejangles]] are anything to go by, composing hasn't done anything to stop him.
* While capable of delicate subtlety, Music/DavidBowie has long been this...and once music videos took off, it opened up a whole new world of hamminess. A small sample of the evidence...
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jRODPlfhys "Boys Keep Swinging"]]: Oh, one might argue those ladies singing backup are bigger hams -- [[ActingForTwo wait a minute...]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9mlwcAmEpo "D.J."]]: A StepfordSmiler has quite the meltdown.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G4jnaznUoQ "Dancing in the Street"]]: Watch out for the infamous HamToHamCombat with Mick Jagger in this one...
** The title track of 2013's ''The Next Day'', his first studio album in almost 10 years, proves he hasn't lost the ability to ham it up vocally ("And the ''next'' day, and the ''next'', and '''another''' day!"). The music video, which is NSFW, adds more ham with an appearance by Gary Oldman as a not-so-pious priest who gets freaked out by Bowie and company's antics.
* Roger Waters of Music/PinkFloyd sometimes qualifies for this, especially on "The Gunner's Dream:" ''NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, GOING 'ROUND AND 'ROUND MY BRAIN...HIS DREAM IS DRIVING ME INSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANE...in the corner of some foreign field, a gunner sleeps tonight...''
--> ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6U4XakchT0 WHAT DO YOU GET for pretending the danger's not reeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllll]]''
** Waters' solo albums frequently make his Floyd work look positively restrained. Especially "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrPU2gruYX0 Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin."]]
** He's pretty hammy on much of ''Music/TheWall'', but "The Trial" takes it UpToEleven, with Roger hamming it up in six different voices.
---> '''TEAR! DOWN! THE WALL! TEAR! DOWN! THE WALL!'''
*** You might have noticed that given the examples, Waters only started to ham up as he [[ControlFreak took over the band]] and had more tracks to sing.
* Music/BruceSpringsteen. Notable in that there are people who bash hammy singers - and still like him because they say his point is to be hammy.
* HarveyDanger. Especially Flagpole Sitta: PARANOIA, PARANOIA! EVERYBODY'S COMING TO GET ME!
* Music/KateBush.
* Music/BryanAdams was particularly this during his partnership with Robert "Mutt" Lange. Mostly averted on his lesser-known albums such as "Into The Fire", "Room Service" and "On a Day Like Today".
* [[Music/{{Aerosmith}} Steven Tyler]], who at times does entire sections of the song in a MetalScream.
* Spinal Tap. [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap These Hams]] [[MemeticMutation go to]] [[UpToEleven Eleven]].
* Virtually everything by Vanilla Fudge, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJtzlCa0lW4 with this performance on the Ray Anthony show]] being probably their most over-the-top moment.
* Despite singing about sexual addiction, rape, murder, love gone wrong, and a host of other messed up horror movie-inspired situations, Ludo as a whole is about as Hammy as Hams can get. Hell, Andrew Volpe alone qualifies the entire band.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeZEjU0nZeo All the]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUw-V0GPvQU proof is]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XH3oMNKApI right]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkJ2ru68Cx8 here]].
* For some Music/ImagineDragons songs, Dan Reynolds really knows how to hit the high notes, and only as one volume: LOUD.
-->"WHOAOAOAOAWHOAAA WHOAOAOAOWHOAAA I'M RADIOACTIVE! RADIOACTIVE!"\\
"'''OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHH''' DIG MY SHALLOW GRAVE! It's not meeee you'll save, 'Cause I'm a lost cause. I'M A LOST CAUSE! '''A LOOOOOOOOST CAAAUUUUSE!'''"\\
"A MONNSTER A MMONNTSER AND IT KEEPS GETTING STRONNGEERRR"
* [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger]] certainly enjoys himself. Add the fact his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf35K2Ps_aY "dance moves"]] are often MilkingTheGiantCow...

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[[folder: Metal ]]

* Let's just say this genre loves large hams as a whole.
* '''Music/{{MANOWAR}}''' are the Largest Hams in all of HeavyMetal, and you are all ''[[MemeticMutation wimps]]'' and ''[[MemeticMutation poseurs]]'' for not having mentioned them. '''[[MemeticMutation Leave the hall.]]'''
* Music/RonnieJamesDio.
--> '''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj7UBgVVew8 HOLY DIVER! You've been down too long in the midnight sea! Oh what's becoming of me?]]'''''
* Music/BruceDickinson of Music/IronMaiden.
--> "SCREAM FOR ME, [[CheapHeat ]]!"
** Taken to the obvious extreme - Music/BruceDickinson[='=]s official website? www.screamforme.com
--> "CANNONS TO THE RIGHT OF THEM! CANNONS TO THE LEFT OF THEM!"
** '''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5Snehl2bAk RUN! TO! THE! HILLS! RUN! FOR! YOUR! LIIIIIVES!]]'''''
** '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox0S0A3qt4U "BRIGHTER THAN A THOUSAND SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNS!"]]'''
** His appearance on the single version of Wheatus' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ7oyx3C6Do Wannabe Gangstar]] is definitely this trope. His sole contribution is "YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH-OWWWWWWWWW"
* Music/XJapan. The entire band except for rhythm guitarist Pata. Specifically, lead singer [[Music/ToshimitsuDeyama Toshi]] and drummer/pianist/bandleader [[Music/YoshikiHayashi Yoshiki]], though in this band's case, the ham, especially when engaged in by late former lead guitarist [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] just added to the awesome. It's just not the same without him.
* The lyrics of any given ''Music/DragonForce'' song can quite easily be hammed to oblivion.
* Music/{{Rhapsody}} (of ''Fire!'') is this trope combined with the most in-your-face epic and fast symphonic power metal this side of Dragonforce teaming up with the London Philharmonic.
** Two minutes and ten seconds into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgiBRLkZTvo "Tears of a Dying Angel,"]] prepare for the tons of ham.
*** Any band that gets ChristopherLee to narrate one of their albums is worth several times their weight in ham.
**** And if you are ChristopherLee and somebody else is narrating your album, it's still one of the hammiest albums ever recorded, with plenty of EarWorm ("shed the blood of the Saxon men...") and AwesomeMusic.
* Presenting vocalist [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv4_jgWwyyE Kamijo]] of Music/{{Versailles}}, who has a habit of swooshing about in over the top stage costumes whilst being as ridiculously dramatic as is humanly possible. [[MilkingTheGiantCow Expect the giant cow to get a good milking when he's in full flow]]. It says a ''lot'' about him that he's known for being excessively over-the-top in [[VisualKei a movement whose entire point is being excessively over-the-top]].
* Adding to the list of power metal singers, Tobias Sammet of Music/{{Edguy}} definitely counts. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y3CMlvrkN0 "Lavatory Love Machine"]] is a joke song, but even so ...
* Candlemass lead singer Messiah Marcolin in the music video for "Bewitched."
** In fact, Messiah hams it up in nearly every song he sings.
* [[Music/{{Metallica}} James Hetfield]]: '''''HATE! HATE! I'M YOUR HATE! I'M YOUR HATE WHEN YOU WANT LOVE!'''''
--> "HUNT YOU DOWN WITHOUT MERCY! HUNT YOU DOWN ALL NIGHTMARE LONG!"
--> "THIS I SWEAR! THIS I SWEAR! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis THIS! I! SWEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRR!]]"
** Even after losing good friend and bandmate Cliff Burton, Hetfield still maintains the ham:
-->DRINK UP, SHOOT IN!! LET THE BEAT-INGS BEGIN!! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis DIS-TRIB-U-TOR]] OF PAIN! '''''YOUR LOSS BECOMES MY GAIN!!!'''''
-->'''ALL HAVE SAID THEIR PRAYERS - INVADE THEIR NIGHTMARES!!! JUST SEE INTO MY EYES, ''YOU'LL FIND WHERE MURDER LIES!!!!!!'''''
** Hell even Music/JasonNewsted got in on it: "DIE! DIE! DIE! DIE! DIE! DIE! DIE YOU MOTHERFUCKER DIE!"
* [[Music/{{Pantera}} Phil Anselmo]], back in his prime, was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NKk2za9cR4 very, ''very'' animated and hyperactive]] while performing, even for a metal musician, in addition to his frequent use of MetalScream and his various interactions with the crowd.
* Music/{{Megadeth}}'s DaveMustaine is both this in his music and in real life. He is very fond of doing the hammy supervillain voice in his songs, examples include Dawn Patrol, the spoken section in Breakpoint, Captive Honor and Prince Of Darkness, just to name a few. In other cases he will often completely over-sing things, Wake Up Dead features him stretching his voice to breaking point. Good Mourning...Black Friday is probably the hammiest song he has ever done.
* David Draiman of Music/{{Disturbed}} is known for his ability to move crowds with his hamminess. This can include dramatic speeches about empowerment, [[MilkingTheGiantCow Giant Cow-milking]] and drawn-out screams. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSyjqhUp7VA Observe]].
-->"'''My brothers, my sisters, my blood... SPEAK TO M-E-E-E-E!!'''".
* Rob Halford of Music/JudasPriest. Not just for his bizarre leather outfits, but the fact that he used to ''arrive at Judas Priest concerts driving a motorcycle on stage''. Seriously.
** Still does for encores, in fact. At least up until their apparent last world tour in 2011.
* OzzyOsbourne. He's TheQuietOne offstage, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fb7o2qmUWQ onstage]], he is possibly the biggest ham in music.
* {{Kamelot}}'s Roy Khan has some hammy tendencies thanks to his theatric performing style and odd mannerisms.
* Music/{{Nightwish}} is completely over-the-top, with HeavyMithril lyrics, EpicRocking, and a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg5_mlQOsUQ truly passionate]] opera-trained female vocalist. And it is ''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome totally awesome]]''.
* Music/{{Venom}}'s Cronos, at least when it comes to stage banter. Enough so that a bootleg consisting ''entirely'' of [[http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2005/08/youre_fuckin_pr.html his banter during one somewhat unlikely set opening for]] BlackFlag became something of a cult phenomenon for it's quotability and sheer over the top {{narm}} ("You know what this is? This comes from where Music/{{Venom}} come from, it's called Newcastle Brown Ale! IT KNOCKS YOU ON YOUR FUCKIN' BACK, ''LET ME TELL YOU!!!''").
* [[Music/{{Slayer}} Tom Araya]], most notably in the stages of the earlier albums.
** '''''RAINING BLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!'''''
** '''''WARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!'''''
* Music/KingDiamond: '''''GRANDMA WHAT WAS IT LIIIIIIKE?!? TO BE ON THE HOLIDAY SIIIIIITE?!?'''''
* Trent Reznor of Music/NineInchNails could get pretty hammy.
* Oh, and Music/MarilynManson too. Given he follows the footsteps of two artists listed above (Alice Cooper and David Bowie), and adds some weird imagery to boot...
-->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypkv0HeUvTc HEY YOU, YOU ARE TRYING TO BE MEAN? YOU LIVE WITH APES MAN, IT'S HARD TO BE CLEAN!]]
* Surely {{Rammstein}}, with their firestarting, firework-setting and gimp-humping performances, qualify for this trope?
** Their lead singer alone is one of the hammiest hams to ever ham (on-stage, anyway). He's a big, scary German guy whose signature move is crouching down and pounding on his thighs with his fists, a move that has been dubbed the 'Till-Hammer'.
* [[Music/BlindGuardian Hansi Kürsch]]. The majority of his lyrics might just as well be written in all caps, and it seems that the older he gets, the hammier and livelier his stage persona becomes.
--> '''WHEEEEEEEELLLLLL OOOOOOOF TIIIIIIIIIME!!!'''
--> SAVE US ALL, FIIIIIIND THE WAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY!
* Music/DreamTheater 's James [=LaBrie=], mostly on the Count of Tuscany track. He's singing about an experience John Petrucci had as a kid, and he's screaming it like it's the scariest fucking thing in the world:
--> COME AND HAVE A TASTE!!!
--> A RARE VINTAGE!!!
--> ALL THE FINEST WINES!!!
--> IMPROVE WITH AGE!!!

--> LET ME INTRODUCE!!!
--> MY ''BROTHER''!!!
--> A BEARDED GENTLEMAN!!!
--> ''HISTORIAN''!!!
* Serj Tankian of SystemOfADown. Watch his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=UR4y1AvhzqU live]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5QxHIYH4-k shows]]. He dances, throws out random vocalizations, and just generally [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqnuwfPpu9c messes around]]. Much of the tomfoolery stems from a desire to make the taciturn drummer, John, laugh onstage and get off rhythm.
* Oli Sykes of BringMeTheHorizon, even with the more seriousness of their later work, cannot stop being ham.
** '''''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuQW1vkDA1c I KNOW A PLACE WHERE WE CAN GET AWAY FROM ALL OF THIS!]]'''''
** '''''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjOSydtI38Q HOLD ME CLOSE! DON'T LET GO! WATCH ME BBBUUUURRRNN]]'''''

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[[folder: Hip Hop ]]

* Music/BustaRhymes.
* [[LilJon LIL JOOOOON!]]
* Music/{{Ludacris}}.
* Music/KanyeWest and Music/{{Jay Z}} just went HAM!!!!!!
** DMX has been doing ham!
* ''Music/{{Eminem}}'' comes across as this from time to time.
-->It's so ''insane'' 'cause when it's going good it's going ''great;''
-->I'm ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' with the wind in his back, she's ''Lois Lane!''
-->But when it's ''bad,'' it's ''awful,'' I feel so ''ashamed;''
-->[[CrazyJealousGuy I snap, "who's that dude,"]] I don't even know his ''name...''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ch4dKpBJmU The infamous Trapped In The Closet]] by R. Kelly, ESPECIALLY when it comes up to the climatic discoveries on each part. He's being completely serious about this too!
* Music/VanillaIce, to hilarious levels.
** "EVERYBODY GO ICE ICE BABY! A LITTLE BIT LOUDER A LITTLE BIT LOUDER ICE ICE BABY!"
** "[[Film/CoolAsIce Yo; drop that zero and get with the hero!]]"
** "[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Go ninja go ninja go!]]"
* Music/{{Sir Mix A Lot}}
* Is [[Music/PublicEnemy Flavor Flav]] a large ham? YEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHH BOYEEEEEEE!!!!!
* Nobody holds a candle in hamminess towards Music/WyclefJean. If you hear his performance of "Mista Mista" on Music/TheScore by Music/TheFugees you realize ChewingTheScenery can be an artform in itself! Every line he sings gets more and more ridiculous to the point that he sounds like someone with severe brain damage!

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[[folder: Pop ]]

* Music/MichaelJackson was possibly the biggest ham in the universe.
--> '''''Heeee hee!'''''
--> ''Shamone!''
** This went all the way back to the Jackson 5 days:
--> JUST LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDERS HONEY!!
* When it comes to [[CrazyAwesome extravagant nuttiness]] in pop music, Music/LadyGaga is pretty hard to beat.
** Which explains her choice of having her old friends from New York, ''Semi Precious Weapons'' as the opening act on her tour. Lead singer [[CampGay Justin Trantor]] is one of few people that can give her a run for her money in the CrazyAwesome department.
* EltonJohn has had his moments, especially (and most appropriately as befitting the character in the song) in the promo clip for the 1978 single "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt7xtcD40Dg Ego]]".
** Elton in particular could get ''very'' hammy and animated in concert in the TheEighties, especially during performances of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiRZYqGHn6Q Bennie And The Jets]]" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmF6vmUVSsc Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)]]". It didn't hurt that this was at the height of Elton's [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll cocaine and alcohol abuse]], or that he was often performing to [[CareerResurrection his biggest audiences]] since [[TheSeventies his heyday]].
* A common fan sentiment during Music/{{NSYNC}}'s heyday was that while JustinTimberlake was the LargeHam in their songs, Joey Fatone was the LargeHam during their public appearances.
** More or less confirmed by the band themselves and Joey himself embraced this in his post-NSYNC career as a television presenter. When asked to describe Joey, the rest of the group simply said, "Ham."
* ChristinaAguilera, especially during her ''Back To Basics'' era.
* MariahCarey, anybody? She does every song in an over-the-top way that shouts "Where's my Grammy?"
** CelineDion too, a fierce competitor for the "who does the biggest IncrediblyLongNote" category.[[note]]though the late WhitneyHouston probably beats both[[/note]] "[[Film/{{Titanic}} You're heeeeeeere, there's nooooooothiiiiing I feeeeeeeaaaaar]]..."
* MichaelBolton.

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[[folder: Classical ]]

* ''Niccolo Paganini'', the legendary Italian violinist, was a rock star for his age, and reportedly ''made of ham''. He also went pretty far in making a rather interesting stage persona (deal with the devil, [[{{Goth}} deadly pale]] and so on...). Some of the people that copied his shtick, like Norwegian superstar ''Ole Bull'' also counts.
* ''Franz Liszt'', a brilliant, unbeatable and rather hammy piano man. (''Play us a tune, you`re the piano ham...'').
** The nineteenth century saw the rise of the solo performers, many of whom excellated in hamminess.
* ''Any'' director of a symphony orchestra has to be hammy. The price for directing hamminess goes, on good authority to ''Herbert von Karajan''! Nobody did it better than him.
* Opera singers. ''Luciano Pavarotti'', anyone?

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* ''Jelly Roll Morton'' was one of the greatest hams in early jazz, even bragging that he ''invented'' the whole musical style.
* ''Coleman Hawkins''.
* ''Miles Davis''.
* ''Sarah Vaughan''.
* And, of course: ''Duke Ellington'' (the name says it all).

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7yfISlGLNU I'm on a boat!]] [[TheLonelyIsland I'm on a boat!]] ''Everybody look at me, 'cuz I'm sailin' on a boat!''
** LIKE A BOSS.
** THIS IS THE TALE OF CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW
* ShirleyBassey's singing style is the musical equivalent of ChewingTheScenery.
* And in the same vein, may I present kd lang's performance of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30iMlTToKps Surrender]]" "TOMORROW NEVER DIIIIIIEEEEESS!"
* From ''AudioPlay/StanFrebergPresentsTheUnitedStatesOfAmerica'':
-->'''King Ferdinand''': I don't like the way the crew is acting!\\
'''Columbus''': You're overplaying it a bit yourself there.
* Creator/JackBlack is very much this persona in his films and as part of ''Music/TenaciousD''.
--> ''This is not the greatest ham in the world, this is just a tribute. Couldn't remember the greatest ham in the world, no this is a tribute.''
--> ''You can't kill The Metal. Metal will HAM on.''
--> ''LEE! LEE! LEE! LEE! LEE! LEE! WE'RE TALKIN FUCKING LEEE!''.
--> "I do not neeeeeed \ A Microphone \ My voice is FUCKING POWERFUUUUULLLLL!"
--> "What powers ya ask? \ I dunno, how about the power of '''flight'''? \ That do anything for ya? \ That's levitation, Holmes. \ How 'bout the power to kill a yak, from 200 yards away, ''with '''MIND BULLETS?!''''' \ That's telekinesis, Kyle! \ How 'bout the power... ''to move you?''
--> ''He asked us, *snort* "Be you angels?" And we said "Nay! We are but '''[+MEN!+] [+++ROCK! OOOOON!!!+++]'''''
** Not to mention the song ''Kickapoo'', which is basically HamToHamCombat between Creator/JackBlack, MeatLoaf and the late great RonnieJamesDio.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic has parodied this a few times. "I'M CALLIN' IN SICK TODAAAAAAY"
* CabCalloway was perhaps the largest ham in the 1930's jazz scene.
* JenniferHudson, good lord, Jennifer Hudson!

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7VVXbIVqjo Sir Russell Allen]]Not to mention his air-guitaring and sword fights with inflatable swords on-stage during guitar solos when with Symphony X.
** Or Star One, Russell Allen, Damien Wilson and a few other Ayreon singers Ham it up large over such subjects as ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}'', ''Series/BlakesSeven'' and ''{{Dune}}''. There's something surreal about two singers recreating a Blake[=/=]Avon conversation in song and making it more OOT than the original.
* Miyuki Nakajima, at times when performing songs in her ''Yakai'' concerts.
* The [[SoBadItsGood infamous]] [[http://www.thesneeze.com/mt-archives/000570.php O Holy Crap]].
* Pretty much every member of JAMProject. Masaaki Endoh and Hironobu Kageyama not only have lots of fun onstage, but pretty much compete with Ricardo Cruz to see who is the hammiest.
* Music/TomJones, of course. His entire body of work makes one big example.
--> ''SHE'S A LADY WOAH WOAH WOAH SHE'S A LADY TALKIN ABOUT MY LITTLE LADY AND THE LADY IS MINE!''.
--> ''AND [[Film/JamesBond HE]] STRIKES! LIKE [[Film/{{Thunderball}} THUN! DER!]]'' '''BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!'''
* Divine's ''I'm So Beautiful'' is simply hammy. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwh_yOzJ6AY CAN'T YOU SEE!? LOOK AT ME!!]]
* [[MontyPython Terry Jones]] in the Royal Albert Hall performance of ''[[LifeOfBrian Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)]]'', after the chorus sings "Yes, we are all individuals" strolls in bombastically (to a fanfare), opens his script dramatically and recites his one line, '''"I'm not!"''' then proceeds to laud himself while dramatically exiting the stage. It's hamtastic.
** In fact, the two female singers in that oratorio exaggerate as much as possible, making already nonsensical songs utterly hilarious.
* Carl Smyth's opening line at the beginning of ''One Step Beyond'' by {{Madness}}: "HEY YOU! DON'T WATCH THAT! WATCH THIS! THIS IS THE HEAVY HEAVY MONSTER SOUND! ONE... STEP... BEYOND!" And the rest of the otherwise totally instrumental piece is interspersed with him yelling, "ONE STEP BEYOND!"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAo_fTiZ2hY Hojotoho!]] They don't call it [[Creator/RichardWagner Wagnerian]] for nothing.
* The titular character of the Devin Townsend album ''Ziltoid the Omniscient'' definitely counts as one, delivering almost all his lines in an overly grandiose manner. Such gems include "You have not convinced mighty Ziltoid!! I am so omniscient, if there was to be ''two'' omnisciences, ''I'' would be ''both!'' ''Prepaaare yourseeelves'' for the ''subjugation!!''" and "''Fetid!!'' How ''dare'' they present ''this'' to me?! ''Foul!'' They hide their finest bean! Prepare the attack!!"
** "They must have jumped into Hyperdrive! ''FOOEY''! ...Indeed-''dah''! FOOEY!"
* Pain Of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlow does this quite a lot, but when he plays the character of Mr. Money in the BE live stage show, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP9quQZsC2M&feature=related he takes it into overdrive.]]
* ACapella singing. Depending on the music and the song, a garnish of Ham can make the difference between a SoOkayItsAverage performance and SoCoolItsAwesome show.
* Music/{{Voltaire}}. Listen to ''When You're Evil'' and ''Snakes'' for reference and prepare to be blown away...
** And this is completely without mentioning potentially his hammiest song ''ever'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjJDBP292rM Riding a Black Unicorn]]. The chorus could have been written by ''RhapsodyOfFire'' for how much glorious OTT it has packed into it.
* The band Electric Six has basically made their career on this. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTN6Du3MCgI GIRL! I WANNA TAKE YOU TO A GAY BAR!]]
* In ''Music/JeffWaynesMusicalVersionOfTheWarOfTheWorlds'', Phil Lynott eats pretty much anything which isn't nailed down as Parson Nathaniel ("A SIGN! I have been given a SIGN!") and is easily the biggest ham in the entire production. Which is quite impressive when you consider that one of the other cast members he's up against is Richard Burton. ''Richard Burton, people''.
* "The Overtly Melancholic Lord Strange", singer of The Lamp of Thoth, is one of the largest hams around.
-->'''''WAY DOWN INSIDE! WOMAN! YOU NEED! LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!!!'''''
* David Thomas from PereUbu is what would have happened if BrianBlessed was the frontman of a rock band. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_DXJR5PV58 Just watch him here as he manages to steal the scene from Deborah Harry with his manic antics]].
* The Spanish actor and singer Raphael. Who has been hamming it up for ''fifty'' years.
--> '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDNepPvmeN4 ¡ES - CÁN - DA -LO, ES UN ESCÁNDALO! ES - CÁN - DA -LO, ES UN ESCÁNDALO!]]'''
** Ever since ''at least'' TheSixties and TheSeventies, some Spanish singers managed to ham it up even more (Come ON, they have the famous Serrano hams, why would they be less?). Raphael is one of the biggest examples, but Camilo Sesto was no slouch either. (Guess that becoming famous by playing Jesus in the Spanish version of JesusChristSuperStar was a good start. Too bad his health problems have made him less hammy than he used to be.)
-->''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4_ew6Opl3o VIVIIIIIIR ASI ES MORIIIIIIR DE AMOOOOOOOR! POR AMOR TENGO EL ALMA HERIIIIDAAAAAA! POR AMOR, NO QUIERO MAS VIDA QUE SU VIDA, MELANCOLIIIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!]]
** Isabel Pantoja. Just... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdTq6TeAuhE Isabel Pantoja]].
*** I see your Isabel Pantoja and raise you a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lto14yDe5XA Lola Flores]]!
** Generally speaking, Flamenco singers are among the hammiest hams ever coming from Spain. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af45CMPUono Gypsy Kings?]] Oh yeah. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLbxlViBIk4 Camaron de la Isla]]? You bet!
** Rockers don't do it that bad either. Enrique Burnbury from Heroes del Silencio was (and it looks like he still is) an epic rock ham in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVgZtUZXyfI Entre dos tierras]] - though let's be fair, [[BadassBaritone with a voice like]] ''[[BadassBaritone that]]'', it couldn't be less.
* Bryan. Ferry. Can be understated even with ''that'' vibrato, but when he wants to be, like in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKcbIpXuduE If There Is Something]], where he gets rather... [[MundaneMadeAwesome enthusiastic]] and shouty about '''GROWING POTATOES''', he is very hammy indeed.
* Drummer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC20X0DKsqo Bernard Purdie]]. "Weeeeeeell ''Well''! '''Samba time''' baby!"
* Latin-American singers from TheSixties, TheSeventies and TheEighties really loved to ham it up to absolutely ''epic'' levels, relaying on lots of stage antics and upbeat music. Some of the most radical cases are: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS8DX4mVhxM the Mexican Juan Gabriel]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5ebD6kqke8 the Venezuelan Jose Luis "EL Puma" Rodriguez]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-_cBe4-2aQ the Argentinian Jairo]] and the recently deceased King of Latin-American Singing Porks, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vBqMx9CWIg the also]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vBqMx9CWIg Argentinian]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idZ_JCLY0YA Roberto "Sandro" Sanchez]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgUJB_EL02A alias "El Gitano"]].
* Tango singers are extremely hammy, as it befits a genre with songs about very passionate love affairs and extremely firey declarations about past, love, and [[WorldOfHam Argentina.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DBmUoy6Q2c Roberto]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmeDBtx-pOA Goyeneche]] is a great example, though the legendary [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmeDBtx-pOA Carlos]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpHCyRUtCN4 Gardel]] was no slouch on that either.
* If you thought that the only good edible things coming from Belgium were chocolates, beer and waffles, think again. The absolutely [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMzAmrNS164 magnificent and bombastic ham]] provided by Music/JacquesBrel is so thick that it'll give you lots of chills. ''After his death''.
* Many Italian singers from TheSeventies and TheEighties were larger than life and as hammy as they could. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOiWNftto0s Riccardo]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMddhxXv97k Cocciante]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ2uQhgNYVY Humberto]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQros6pBo Tozzi]] (with epic dancing in the first one) and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n5BXudwhuU&playnext=1&list=PLCE3505C97DECEC2B Franco]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOClwRkvLig Simone]] provide us with thick, delicious, tasty Italian pork that apparently still lasts to this day. (Simone has taken it down some notches, but AFAIK Cocciante and Tozzi are still hammy now).
* Peter Schickele's narration for "Bach Portrait" does this as a parody of what Creator/AaronCopland instructed narrators of his "Lincoln Portrait" ''not'' to do.
* Music/ScottWalker once compared himself to Creator/OrsonWelles, in the Bogdanovichian sense that he's become popular music's most acclaimed former musician, unable to bring his visions to life... so he already counts as a LargeHam. But when you hear that impossibly deep and booming voice set to his very, very symphonic arrangements and compositions, he reaches a truly breathtaking level of Ham.
* Ronnie Radke of EscapeTheFate and FallingInReverse.
* Bizet. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fDkxQBjgFU OH BIZET.]]
* ''Kung'' by {{Phish}}.
* Stjepan Hauser of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyCiEYFZkoc 2CELLOS]]. He's the one on the left [[CaptainObvious if you couldn't tell]].
* Captain Maggots of EmilieAutumn's Bloody Crumpets is incredibly, intentionally hammy. And the fans love her for it. Emilie also gets in on the fun sometimes, like in the "Girls! Girls! Girls!" live performance.
* NobuoUematsu is ''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome awesome]]''.
* Arthur Brown: '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOErZuzZpS8 I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE AND I BRING YOU.... FIRE!!!]]'''
** On Music/TheAlanParsonsProject's debut album ''Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' Brown plays the narrator in the adaptation of [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe Poe's]] "The Tell Tale Heart", and goes wildly over the top.
-->Louder and louder,
-->Till I could tell the sound was not within my ears.
-->You should have seen me,
-->You would have seen my eyes grow white and cold with fear!
-->Heard all the things in Heaven and Earth,
-->I've seen many things in Hell,
-->But his vulture's eye of a cold, pale blue --
-->'''IT'S THE EYE OF THE DEVIL HIMSELF!'''
* A lot of the devil's lines in Chris De Burgh's 'Spanish Train' are pretty damn hammy.
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