Top 10 Animals with the Best Musicality

A list about animals that can sing or at least respond adequately to music (to rhythm and melody), including dancing and headbanging. Most animals cannot respond to rhythm but some can keep a beat. The most prominent group of singers is that of the songbirds but this list isn't limited to them.

There are two types of animals on this list:
- animals with natural musicality
- animals trained to respond to music

The Top Ten

1 Nightingale Nightingale

The nightingale's songs are absolutely beautiful and very pleasant to listen to! Interesting list metal_treasure. - UltraLunalaX

This list is so interesting. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

Best birds in my opinion. - TriggerTrashKid

Their songs have been widely appreciated 🎶🎶🎶 - Metal_Treasure

2 Song Thrush Song Thrush

Although its name explains itself, I have to add that it's an amazing singer because:
1) it can sing two different notes at once!
2) it can also sing rising AND falling notes simultaneously!
3) its song ends with one of the most complex sounds a bird can create. - Metal_Treasure

They can sing two different notes at once and it's ending of a song is very complex for a bird. The name says it all! - UltraLunalaX

3 Humpback Whale Humpback Whale The humpback whale is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 m and weigh about 36,000 kg.

The male produces complex songs with structures that are strikingly similar to our own, consisting of looping sequences of "melodies" and repeating "end phrases" akin to the rhymes in song lyrics. - Metal_Treasure

4 Canary Canary

Yay! I like canaries! - TriggerTrashKid

Most people know that canary is a great singer.
Fun fact: Female canaries prefer males who sing faster and with a wider range of pitches.
(meaning, female canaries would love metal singers 😊) - Metal_Treasure

5 Cockatoo Cockatoo

In messaging, metal_treasure showed me a video about a cockatoo dancing to Queen's another one bites the dust! They are very good at dancing! - UltraLunalaX

They can dance. A cockatoo called Snowball was shown to be an able dancer. Snowball was bopping along to pop songs. The first study on Snowball was published in 2008.
YT videos:
Snowball (TM) - Another One Bites The Dust
Snowball (TM) - Our Dancing Cockatoo - Metal_Treasure

On You’ve Been Framed, one was singing the beat of We Will Rock You.
- TheDuttyGyal

6 Sea Lion Sea Lion Sea lions are sea mammals characterized by external ear flaps, long foreflippers, the ability to walk on all fours, short, thick hair, and a big chest and belly.

They respond to rhythm! A California female sea lion, Ronan, was trained to match her head movements to complex rhythms of music. Headbanging, baby! Her favorite song is Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind and Fire.
YT video: Beat Keeping in a California Sea Lion (Ronan) - Metal_Treasure

7 Northern Cardinal Northern Cardinal

They can switch sides of their syrinx so they sweep through more notes than are on a piano keyboard in just a second. - Metal_Treasure

8 Starling Starling

Mozart kept a starling as a pet and according to his journals, he even taught the bird to sing the opening theme of one of his piano concertos.
Also, Mozart transcribed a tune from one of his starling’s songs! (so the notes of his starling’s song are available). - Metal_Treasure

9 Lyrebird

The lyrebird is the songbird with the most complex syrinx. It sings its own song elements, perfectly sings the songs of other birds, imitates the sounds of mammals and even artificial sounds. Extraordinary. - Crwth

10 Veery Veery

It creates impressive flutelike vocal effects by pitch sweeps and mini-trills. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Bonobo Bonobo

Bonobos can develop a sense of rhythm and were trained to play percussion instruments. But researches admitted that bonobos trashed many drum kits in the process of learning 😊 - Metal_Treasure

12 Human Human Humans are not exactly wild animals, but they are not domesticated either. Humans are proven to be the most intelligent species of animals on Earth. Humans' colours vary from almost pepper black to milky white.

Humans are technically animals, but not all of them have the ability to sing good I think. They're also not exactly wild animals as you can read in the bio. - Userguy44

This should be first. - Userguy44

I didn't add this - Metal_Treasure

13 Cockatiel Cockatiel

They are decent singers (I've watched some videos - very cute, very funny).
YT video: Cockatiel sings "If Your Happy & You Know it" and talks - Metal_Treasure

14 Brown Thrasher Brown Thrasher

A singer known for the large repertoire - over 1,000 song types! - Metal_Treasure

15 Indigo Bunting Indigo Bunting

They are singers. What's interesting about them is that they sing in regional dialects! (their songs have significant regional variations). - Metal_Treasure

16 Warbler Warbler

It really looks like it can sing on the pic. - Userguy44

Yellow Warblers are the best singers from this family - Metal_Treasure

17 Coqui Coqui
18 Goat Goat The domestic goat is a subspecies of goat domesticated from the wild goat of southwest Asia and Eastern Europe.

I like goats, but seriously since when do they sing beautifully? They scream rather loud in my opinion! - UltraLunalaX

I didn't add this. Can the person who added it tell something about goat's musicality? - Metal_Treasure

I do not add this but you've never seen the music videos of the goats screaming, that's funny - MaxBravo

Is it supossed to be funny? This is an obvious troll item. - Userguy44

I can't be sure it's a troll item but the person who added it didn't provide info about goat's musicality - Metal_Treasure

Trolls found the list. - Userguy44

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List Stats

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Top Remixes

1. Nightingale
2. Song Thrush
3. Humpback Whale
1. Nightingale
2. Cockatoo
3. Canary
1. Canary
2. Cockatoo
3. Nightingale


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