Albums With the Best Vocal Performances

Which albums have the greatest overall vocal performances? Which albums make you say "WOW" every time you hear the vocalist singing? I'm surprised nobody has thought of this list yet... that is unless I didn't check thoroughly enough?

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1Dream With Me - Jackie Evancho

And just like that, the next great superstar was born.

She was 11 years old with big dreams that are coming true when she recorded this album. Now at age 14 she is just starting a world tour, and is signed to record by Sony Master works. Her future is as bright as the star Jackie wishes on. She has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard.

Astonishing vocals from a young lady with a bright future. - BobG

Soon to be surpassed by her new album "Awakening", to be released 9/23/2014.

2A Night at the Opera - Queen (Freddie Mercury)
3Awakening - Jackie Evancho

Another example of pure song from the most beautiful voice around today.

Amazing. Another step-up for this talented singer.

At this point, Jackie is only competing with her younger self. - BobG

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4Sad Wings of Destiny - Judas Priest (Rob Halford)

This album to me is the pinnacle of what vocalists can do when singing on an album. Rob Halford sounds beautiful on this, hitting every note with precise control. Every song on this album is sung differently as well. It's as if Rob Halford is just there to showcase to everyone just how amazing he is. This is also my favorite Judas Priest album and Rob Halford's vocals/singing contribute a lot to that reason. - metalmaiden

5The Warning - Queensryche (Geoff Tate)
6The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden (Bruce Dickinson)
7Demons & Wizards - Demons & Wizards (Hansi KÜRSCH)

The most passionate vocal performances I've ever heard and also the most beautiful tone. Very powerful and versatile metal voice that can be very soft and very harsh at the same time. Incredibly well crafted melodic screams.
Try: Path Of Glory, My Last Sunrise, Heaven Denies, Fiddler On The Green, Poor Man's Crusade. - Metal_Treasure

8In Rock - Deep Purple (Ian Gillan)
9Grace - Jeff Buckley

Somewhat overrated, his father was the better singer and writer.

10Keeper of the Seven Keys - Helloween (Michael Kiske)

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11Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden (Chris Cornell)
12Songs from the Silver Screen - Jackie Evancho

The music of this album is also performed in Jackie's second PBS Great Performances concert "Music Of The Movies". See YouTube, Vimeo, or PBS for video clips. - Trancas

On this album, Jackie revisits and reinterprets familiar songs from well-known movies. In so doing, she makes each piece her own.

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13Holy Diver - Dio (Ronnie James Dio)
14Horror Show - Iced Earth (Matt Barlow)
15Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin (Robert Plant)
16Quadrophenia - The Who (Roger Daltrey)
17Nightfall In Middle-Earth - Blind Guardian (Hansi KÜRSCH)
18The Doors - The Doors

Morrison's performance on "The End" all by itself warrants this being in the #1 spot.

19For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC (Brian Johnson)
20White Album - The Beatles
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List StatsUpdated 6 Dec 2016

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Top Remixes

1. Demons & Wizards - Demons & Wizards (Hansi KÜRSCH)
2. Keeper of the Seven Keys - Helloween (Michael Kiske)
3. A Night at the Opera - Queen (Freddie Mercury)
1. Sad Wings of Destiny - Judas Priest (Rob Halford)
2. A Night at the Opera - Queen (Freddie Mercury)
3. The Warning - Queensryche (Geoff Tate)



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