Top Ten Actors with the Worst Singing Voices in a MusicalWhile there are many films with great songs and great performers to sing them, some end up with the actors singing performing abysmally and embarrassing themselves, such as the ones in this list, even if it was just because of one film. I will only add film actors, as I have not seen many stage plays, but if you can think of a show with bad performances, feel free to add them.
The Top Ten
Pierce Brosnan is notorious for his dismal singing in the film Mamma Mia! Granted, while the movie is terrible and most people in it sing really bad, this guy takes the cake for the worst singing I've ever heard from a film actor. He has obviously never sung before, because his pitch, notes, timing, it's all off, and this is coming from someone not musically inclined. In fact, it was so bad that Brosnan won a Razzie for Worst Actor in 2009. Just stick to Remington Steele and 007, Pierce. - Elric-san
My ears died when I heard him sing. He ruined SOS. I hope he’s not in the sequel
Mamma Mia! He did try, bless him. - Britgirl
SUPERB actor but not the greatest singer. However, I thought his singing was better than Hugh Jackman's singing in Les Miserables. I didn't like the movie at all.
Everyone has mixed thoughts on Les Misérables. I personally dislike it, but that's a story for another day. But whatever you think of the film, no one can deny that Russell Crowe was the weakest part, particularly his singing (though his acting was still dull). I don't even know what everybody in the crew was thinking. When he sings, it's like he's trying to get through it as quickly as possible while having no emotional inflections. And somehow, he also has a band. I don't know much about it, but I hope he doesn't sing.
I think the casting of Gerard Butler was deliberate on Andrew Lloyd Webber's part. He was looking for someone who wasn't really well known. Gerard, although not a trained singer, has a raspy, rocky quality to his voice which fitted the part of the Phantom perfectly; a part which is dangerous; has an edge to the character. A classically trained voice wasn't fitting for such a part. Gerard Butler, was in fact, the best choice of actor. - Britgirl
His singing in Phantom of the Opera was cringe inducing. I haven't seen the stage adaptation for it, but I've heard the music, and the Phantom sounds amazing. But I really don't think that the producers of the film noticed just how awful this performance was. I honestly think there was complete miscasting here, because in no way did Butler pull this role off, especially in the singing department. - Elric-san
The film Rock of Ages ruins many rock classics. But Russell Brand just makes me cringe so hard. He can't sing or act in this film. It's so forced and so dumb. I never want to hear him and Alec Baldwin sing "I Can't Fight This Feeling " ever again as long as I'm living. - Elric-san
I love The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's one of my favorite cult classics. I haven't seen much of the FOX miniseries, but what I have seen is okay at best. However, one seen I did not like at all was the Time Warp sequence, mainly due to Reeve Carney. He just seemed a bit lifeless in the song, and it's probably the liveliest number, so that's a huge problem. His singing has no emotion, it's bland and it's really forgettable. Probably not well known, just a personal bias. - Elric-san
Just because of Eight Crazy Nights. The bits in Hotel Transylvania weren't bad, but the ones in Eight Crazy Nights made my ears bleed. They were just as cringey as the film itself. The only reason it's so low is I personally couldn't get through all of Eight Crazy Nights due to fear of losing my sanity, so I'm not going off of as much. Still, Adam Sandler could not sing worth a damn in the movie. - Elric-san
You know, even if Into the Woods isn't a great movie, I enjoyed it, and Agony made me laugh really hard the first time I saw it. But being honest, Chris Pine isn't a great singer. While he has enough energy for it to be entertaining in Agony, it's really noticeable in that other song (was it In The Woods? ) He doesn't have much rhythm or tone, so it's really off kilter, even in Agony, when the other prince obviously sings so much better. It's especially noticeable because everyone else in this movie sings a thousand times better. It's only a song or two that he sings, but it's still painfully obvious. - Elric-san
Into the Woods was good, but Chris Pine has the cheesiest singing voice.
I hated the movie Grease for it's horrible message, cheesy moments, and just sheer stupidity. But John Travolta singing made me want to bash my head into a wall. He's so focused on the "cool guy" attitude that he doesn't realize just how much his singing flips and flops, with the pitch constantly changing depending on the song and no realization of just how stupid his singing sounds. And even though I like Hairspray, he didn't do any better in that, mostly because his bad singing now had to be used as a woman. And he made a Christmas single with Olivia Newton John one year that everyone knew was garbage. Jeez, you'd think a guy would learn. - Elric-san
This is true!
Jesus, were her songs in High School Musical annoying! They were always the preppy "I'm perfect" songs that are just gag inducing. She's really low because her singing isn't bad on a technical level, it's just annoying. - Elric-san
Basically Pierce Brosnan's reason, except her performance in Mamma Mia! is more annoying and less terrible. - Elric-san