Top 10 Greatest Vocal Performances of All Time

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These are vocal performances that show off the singer's true talent, range, and ability including vocals that go beyond the the limit and truly unforgettable.

The Top Ten

1 Bohemian Rhapsody - Freddy Mercury

In any best vocalist/singer/vocal performance list, the first two spots HAVE to go to Freddie and Rod (who's too good for you all, I see) then there are a number of other vocal performances that are absolutely amazing (just not as amazing as the two I've already mentioned).

Dude, the things Freddie does with his voice in this song ar amazing! - Velilana

This is simple. It's not the song it's his voice that needs credit. He was just a unique talent.

Unforgettable song and vocals

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2 Nessun Dorma - Jackie Evancho

Jackie was actually 11 when she performed this at BGT. Forget her age as on this poll she is being compared to the greats. I'm sure if Luciano Pavarotti had witnessed Jackie's singing that night be would have smiled broadly. Make no mistake, this was a world class performance by the best singer I've ever heard.

Nessun Dorma is an opera aria written for male sopranos. Not supposed to attempt it before the age of 30.
Jackie Evancho sang it when she was 10 years old, and amazed everyone with the power and beauty of her voice.
I submit that as one of the greatest vocal performances of all time. Watch it on YouTube and be amazed!

Better yet, see her PBS Great Performances "Dream With Me - In Concert" on DVD or Blu-ray (five stars on amazon.com). - Trancas

Jackie now performs this with an elevated end note that sends the song (and the listeners) into another dimension. - RGold

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3 Child in Time - Ian Gillan

Not as wonderful as Freddie Mercury's in "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "The Show Must Go On", but definitely top 3! I mean, it's wondrous!

Phenomenal performance! Twice I've seen him do it live. - BobG

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4 The Show Must Go On - Freddie Mercury

This song has such a strong and personal message that Brian May wrote for Freddie. It was one of the last songs he ever sang and he couldn't even stand on his own when they recorded it. It is his best vocal performance and a powerful song that will give you goose bumps. Easily my favorite by Queen, they saved the best for last with this one!

How could this be the voice of a dying man? He really gave it all he had. Amazing.

BoRap is amazing, but I go more for this one as an example of Freddie himself. BoRap is incredible both for his performance as well as the incredible high harmonies by Roger Taylor. This is all about Freddie, arguably at the peak of his power, despite having AIDS. The fact that he could sing this at all despite having AIDS is miraculous enough to put this at no. 1, in my opinion.

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5 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden (Bruce Dickinson)

An extremely demanding song - Requires the singer to shout lyrics with syllables that last micro-seconds (As Steve Harris loves to do in many of his songs) and requires the emotion of a man about to be killed to be felt. The pacing of the song often changes, and there are long periods of speaking combined with pitch changes that can easily strain a voice and leave the singer virtually breathless ("Running low-OWW-Yeaaahh! "). Bruce Dickinson deserves the recognition for this one. Go find the live version from Beast Over Hammersmith '82 on youtube. It's an amazing vocal performance from when the band was young and hungry for success!

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6 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Art Garfunkel

This performance by Art Garfunkel is timeless and beautiful. It deserves to be at the top of this list.

I love this one. I think this one belongs up a little higher.

7 Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston

Whitney is one of the best vocalist that ever lived

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8 Painkiller - Judas Priest (Rob Halford)
9 A Day In the Life - John Lennon
10 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards (Hansi Kürsch)

Chills guaranteed right here. If you are not familiar with this song, don't miss the chance - I'm sure it would be a great addition to your collection of great vocal performances. This is the most passionate vocal performance I've ever heard. Hansi's voice is breathtaking - a unique combination of the most angelic and most demonic voice you've ever heard. This is an incredibly powerful but also emotive, expressive and divine tone. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Beat It - Michael Jackson Beat It - Michael Jackson
12 Rainbow In The Dark - Dio (Ronnie James Dio) V 1 Comment
13 Lovers - Jackie Evancho Lovers - Jackie Evancho

The theme from "House of Flying Daggers". Simply amazing.

Jackie still performs this at the age of 15, at every concert. You have to see it to believe it. Phenomenal! - BobG

What a powerful performance by a little girl!

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14 (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
15 Say Hello 2 Heaven - Chris Cornell

Chris's Vocals on this song are insane O_o the range/power/intensity of his voice, especially at the end are something to be placed on a rock pedestal

Not just technically flawless, but emotionally powerful and heartfelt as well, with a great escalation in intensity until he finally wails in his higher register. Brilliant performance.

Best vocal performance of all time - incredible power - untouched by anything before or since. Was definitely at his peak between 90 & 94.

It truley sound's like it's from heaven. -

16 Since I've Been Loving You - Robert Plant
17 Yesterday - Paul McCartney
18 Caravan - Van Morrison Caravan - Van Morrison

This is true artistry - beyond any of the others!

19 Dream On - Steven Tyler
20 Into the Mystic - Van Morrison Into the Mystic - Van Morrison
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Top Remixes (4)

1. My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards (Hansi Kürsch)
2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Freddy Mercury
3. Rainbow In The Dark - Dio (Ronnie James Dio)
Metal_Treasure
1. The Show Must Go On - Freddie Mercury
2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Freddy Mercury
3. A Day In the Life - John Lennon
BeatlesFan1964
1. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Art Garfunkel
2. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
3. Caravan - Van Morrison
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