Most Unique Singing Voices

A list of singers who have a trademark sound. These are the people where even if you have never heard the song before, you instantly recognize it as theirs. This is not a list of the best singers, just the ones with the most unique singing voice.

So if you are thinking of placing your votes based on how much you like their songs, how well they sing, their octave range, or whether or not you think they are attractive, you're doing it wrong.

The Top TenXW

1Michael Jackson

Of course it's Michael. Instantly recognizable, impossible to copy. There was his octaves physical range and his emotional range. He could, can and continues to make us laugh, cry and dance. He always gave it his all. Thank you Michael.

Micheal voice is so unique and identifiable that even non fans recognize his voice. I think his voice was amazing and he had such control when he sang. His back ground beat boxing and just the emotional range he used when singing gave his music something special that stands out in the crowd of singers. He was simply amazing! Speechless... - love4mjj

Michael most definitely had the most unique singing voice. He went from singing the earth song to singing I'll be there, and Dancing Machine, Thriller... Was so unique... He put so much emotion into his music which also makes his voice so unique and special... - love4mjj

He has that tone that just pops it is the best to listen too!

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2Freddie Mercury

This guy is the reason that I love rock music so much. His voice is beautifully unique, completely unlike any other I've ever heard in my life, and his song writing was just amazing. RIP, Mr. Mercury. You'll always be in our hearts.

What?! Not #1? Not even top 10! Oh my god... Where are the music, real, listeners? This guy isn't a voice, he is a legend! Unique voice and presence on stage!

Most unique voice is something Freddie Mercury definitely deserves to win. Nobody could sing like Mercury because he is just that different. If anybody could find a singer that could come even close to singing the song 'Show Must Go On' I will pay them 100$. It's simply that impossible to pull off unless you are Freddie Mercury. - metalmaiden

Just before the God of music died he felt like a rock god RIP king of queen

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Singers ought to have distinction in order for listeners to distinguish who is singing what. Super Junior Yesung's voice is husky, strong, and very emotional. He can bring out the soul in every song. His voice is one of a kind and is very addictive to listen to.

His voice is the only one that only he has it in KPOP world, you haven't heard anyone in KPOP who has similar voice with him with all the husky quality. He's a great singer and emotional singer~

Say something about his voice? Baritone, a little bit of husky. He can do the high notes for a long time. Ah, I don't know what to say now, but we can recognize his voice so easily!

His voice is so amazing

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4Kurt Cobain

Kurt easily has one of the most unique voice ever, took influences from previous musicians and made it his own. No singer has accomplished individuality the way he has.

This is THE UNIQUE, I was shocked when I first time heard it! SUPER!

Kurt's voice is amazing its raspy and unique he's personally my favorite singer

I just love the sound of his voice. Maybe it's not as refined and perfect as other voices, but it has a great raspy ring to it. I can't even describe it, it's just great.

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5Amy Lee

Yeah, in my opinion Amy Lee has the most distinctive voice of anybody I've ever heard. It's sort of throaty, in a good way, and very very powerful. Her voice just really stands out to me. Every time I hear it I go, " it's Amy! " and I have to stop and listen to the song.
And she sounds just as good live as on her studio recordings - even without artificial touch ups on-stage and all that jazz.

Avril Lavigne beat Amy? Whoahh Amy Lee has one of the most unique strongest female vocals, perfect pitch all the time

Excuse me, Chester Bennington? Yes he is an unique singing but Amy Lee is different. Her voice is very RARE AND UNIQUE! Amy is should be in top 10.

Go Amy! You're is the most unique voice ever. She is the best. Sorry Chester!

Try singing one of her songs and you find yourself giving up halfway through because she hits extremely low notes then goes through the roof with a high one. It's fun to try! Her voice amazes me.

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6John Lennon

John lennon not just touched lives, BUT he also wrote great lyrics. Has a unique voice that even my dog can recognize!


John Lennon should be way higher on this list. His voice is so unique and amazing all he has to do is sing for a couple of seconds and you know its Lennon.

Best song writer ever!

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The sole purpose of his body is to contain the word's most distinctive, unique and powerful voice.

Yes. Thanks for posting this. Most fall into a genera... A style that is heard over and over. Vitas has a unique quality I have not heard. I would group him with Bjork who also has a very unique voice. Thanks again for sharing this artist.

Just wow. Anyone that has never heard this young man needs to look him up right now. He can reach higher than any female I have ever heard and his falsetto is so high, it's eerie. No one on Earth like him.

He has the most unique voice I ever heard. It's both unique, beautiful and mesmerizing. His high notes are breathtaking and I'd never heard anything like it before. He can sing high notes well but he doesn't sound female and has a strange beauty. And his low notes are fantastic too! Also the unique sounds he can make. He should be much much much more famous...

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8Chester Bennington

I can't believe he is so down. His voice is best in the world. Ill recognize his voice even if I dead. He is not good he is best.
And he is best singer I ever heard

Chester definitely has a unique voice unlike any other artist. I'd definitely be able to recognize Chester's voice without truly knowing if I'm listening to one of his songs. His soft voice is something you don't hear many artists pull off with such emotion and beauty, and when he gets gritty and dirty his screams totally come off unique as hell. It's as if he's screaming, but singing at the same time, like two different voices at once. This list isn't about how good your voice is, but how unique it is. Chester does both. He definitely deserves to be within the top ten at least.

I recognize his voice anywhere. No one can sing, scream or sound like Chester in anyway possible.

A guy like Chester has a voice. He is awesome for Linkin Park. He's better than Justin Bieber. Chester Bennington's songs are awesome like "In the end," "Great Devine" So many songs that Chester is good at that Linkin Park is a great band. - kmyeakel

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Her voice is so unique. I could recognize it anywhere, and it is never tiring to listen to. Her songs are unique in themselves, and the way she sings them is so great. Adele is amazing

Adele has a very unique, recognizable, and enjoyable voice. I have yet to hear anyone else who can sound like her.

It's one thing to have a great strong voice and another thing to have a great unique voice. Many recorded singers, have great strong voices but in my opinion, Adele is one of only a handful that have both a unique voice as well as a strong voice. I can think of two other singers that have very unique voices. Sam cooke and Julia Carpenter. I can't understand why they're not on this list.

Love her voice

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You can definitely tell when this member of Super Junior is singing. His voice is so unique and pretty

He is so Talented! When you hear his voice you could actually say quickly, hey it's Super Junior's Kim Ryeowook. His voice is so clear, when he sings you can feel his emotions. He always leave his listeners in agape.

Ryeowook and yesung both have amazingly unique voices, however ryeowooks voice stands out much more in any song!

He has that sweet honey voice, you will never listen to a clear and pure voice like him. Also he have that high note you can recognize too.

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The Newcomers

?Sinéad O'Connor

She has a voice that can sound sweet as a lullaby at the same time raising the roof. Undeniably identifiable! Makes me cry when she hits certain notes!

?Alison Shaw

Point me to a singer who sounds like Alison Shaw of Cranes, because I've yet to find one.

The Contenders

11Josh Groban

No one sings like Josh so I'd say his voice is unique as I'd recognize a song of his anywhere! Just beautiful! - anetnut

He is original with his voice and his songs are so different from other artist's songs. He continually sings great and can reach notes other singers cannot. He also is a talented piano player,

Josh makes me feel relaxed, yet excited. I don't know how to describe his voice except for heavenly! I truly ADORE his song 'So She Dances'. Makes me smile every time!

His voice is one of the best voices I have ever heard! It is just so beautiful.

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12Sarah Brightman

I've always loved Sara's beautiful voice. She has one of the most unique soprano voices I've ever heard. I have all of her albums and love every one. She is my favorite female artist of any I've ever heard. Plus she is down right beautiful. Donald Braswell is my favorite tenor, in fact, to me, he is the greatest male performing artist of today. Like Sara, he has a beautiful unique voice and the most handsome man I've ever seen. I would love to see these two do a duet together. What great sounds that would make plus both such delicious eye candy.

Sarah Brightman has the most angelic voice the believe I have ever heard. She is just so amazing. I could listen to her forever. Her voice is unique and unmatched by any other person alive!

There's no one like you. On of her songs that fits her pretty well. Her voice is so beautiful and unique, there will never be anyone like her ever again. Why? Because her voice is so angelic and it touches everyone when she starts to sing

The most perfect voice of all times!

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Bjork should be in the top ten. She has the most unique female vocal! Most people at the top shouldn't be there because they don't have unique vocal bjork does no-one else sings like bjork

Her voice touches my heart... it's weak and strong... like a pixey... it's gorgeous, there's no other warming sound like it. I love her lyrics... they open feelings that you can never recollect from anyone else's voice... she's amazing.

Why is she this far back on the list? Her voice is much more unique than, say, Nick Jonas?!?! Bjork is the most unique voice of the avant garde, and is one of the greatest modern "composers" of our time. She is underrated. Her voice is mind-altering.

Technically I don't think she is a great singer, but that is what just WORKS with her music! Love her

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14Serj Tankian

Umm... People, read the title of this list... That's right, most unique voices, not most popular singer.

I apologize to everyone else on this list, but I HAVE to vote for Serj Tankian. He does have an amazingly unique voice, and I know for a fact that anyone who has ever listened to has voice, then heard it again later, in an entirely unfamiliar song, would know instantly that it was him singing. I had only ever heard him sing in System of a Down, but was listening to Pandora a while back, and I heard his voice. I was shocked, because I know every System of a Down song, and this was none of them! I checked the song title and artist name just to be sure, and sure enough, it was Serj!

Unique, inspiring and amazing! Serj's singing is so individual and some of the noises he can make just add to what makes him so unique!

You can't get anywhere near his voice

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15Robert Plant

The singer for the greatest rock band of all time. His screechy yet somehow enjoyable voice is immediately recognizable. God I love the Zep...

I see at the top every comment has to do with how beautiful and sweet her voice is. Guess what, plenty of singers have beautiful and sweet voices. Know one could yell and change their tones like Robert Plant. So many people have tried, none have managed. Come on people... Immigrant Song? Black Dog? Can't beat that voice as far as uniqueness goes... You CAN'T.

Whenever I hear a Led Zeppelin cover band, the first three things I think are: 1. The drumming isn't as hard. 2. The solos aren't as awesome. 3. THAT GUY DOESN'T SOUND ANYTHING LIKE ROBERT PLANT. Robert Plant's voice is something from another world. Nobody can duplicate that voice. He can scream like nobody else, listen to Dazed and Confused, and he is very great at soft singing, too, listen to The Rain Song. My favorite singer from my favorite band.

How is Chester higher than Plant? Bennington's voice is so random.. not unique at all.

You can already recognize Plant after the first song in a song. The fact that Bennington is higher than Plant here just shows that it's mostly voted by kids.

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16Elvis Presley

This poll is just a joke! Elvis Presley has the best and most recognizable singing voice in the entire world. I have never even heard of most of the so called artists that are featured here. Elvis has sold more records than most of these put together he remains the King of music many years after is untimely death. Long live the King.

Why is Elvis down by the 70s? Elvis is known as the king of rock. No one could compare to his amazing rich voice. When one of his songs come up on the radio, you could tell that it is him singing it. He makes the song meaningful.

I love Elvis! His voice can be so soft and soothing, or anything he wanted it to be! He is truly a legend and will always be remembered. Just as someone already said, he had an amazingly recognizable voice :) I loved all his song when I was little, and still do! He's the King of Rock and Roll! RIP Elvis.
PS: Why isn't Jason Mraz on her? Or John Mayer...? Hm!

He is 1 just amazing singer

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17M. Shadows

He has such a raspy and harsh singing voice at times, and yet he can also sing so beautifully that you wouldn't guess it. He is honestly the exact example of a voice you can recognize and realize who it is regardless of whether you've heard the song before, and even if you haven't heard a lot of Avenged Sevenfold's music.

If you hear his voice, you know why I voted this guy. His voice is so unique, nobody can copy that. He is the best screamer, but he can sing some peaceful songs beautiful too. Everyone need to vote this guy, because this guy is a winner! A Hero, and a really good MUSICIAN!

M Shadows has a great, unique voice and there's no doubt in that! He should be higher rated! He can sing any type of songs and his voice is so easy to listen to.

How is he number 26! He has such a beautiful and unique voice, and He is a relatively new artist, not an old one like Axl Rose or John Lennon. Seriously? John Lennon? The Beatles have got to be the most OVERRATED BAND IN HISTORY!

There's kind of a reason they are overrated. You are very ignorant if you don't know the inner workings of that group as a whole :/ - BurstingFlares

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18Janis Joplin

Her voice is actually unique unlike half of this pathetic popularity contest. Seriously people what's with all the generic, fake poparts?

I can't believe she is not in the top 10

Her voice was so unique. The wonderful raspiness of her voice. The full on emotion when she sang. All the pain that she went through you can hear when she sings. She had soul!

I love you Janis!

No one female in rock music has ever sound as good as her. The queen of rock

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19Cho KyuHyun

I can always pick out Kyuhyun's voice in all of Super Junior's songs. In my opinion, he is one of their three best singers, and I don't think anyone would disagree with that. His voice is very unique and to be honest, I think he was the reason I first started to like Super Junior's music.

My favorite male Asian voice! So unique that I always recognize him among a crowd of singers. Really hope to see his solo album someday

He's my favorite band member from Super Junior! His voice is very unique apart from the rest of the band members. He's recognizable as well. His voice is very smooth and it can go strong and it just melts you when you hear it. It's very soft as well and he does have talent.

His voice is so unique. You can know the part of his sings in super junior song. The smooth, strong, and calm voices with his smooth high tones. From this one, you can love his from his voices.

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20Louis Armstrong

His throat used to supply half the gravel demand for southern America. The trumpet he played couldn't sound more unique.

How is he this low? I've never heard anyone who sounds even remotely like him

What a wonderful world is one of the best songs of all time, and it's due to this man

HOW is he so low on the list?

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1. Chester Bennington
2. Amy Lee
3. M. Shadows
1. John Lennon
2. Elvis Presley
3. Cher
1. Michael Jackson
2. Robert Plant
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