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 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

NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE compares to this young lady. Doesn't require autotune to sound GREAT like others today

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2 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).

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

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

Freddie was one special singer!

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3 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.

Freddie is a true hero, he was dying when he this... - christangrant

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4 Painkiller - Judas Priest (Rob Halford)
5 Rainbow In The Dark - Dio (Ronnie James Dio)

Simple phenomenal

6 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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7 A Day In the Life - John Lennon
8 Child in Time - Ian Gillan

No word's can describe it. -

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

Didn't realise a voice was capable of this shblime

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9 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Art Garfunkel

Unbelievably beautiful performance by Art Garfunkel. His finest recording moments without doubt. Is there anything better?

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

There are stronger singers out there (Freddie) but there is no other performance that breaks your heart like this one.

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

10 Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston

She should be number 1

Whitney is one of the best vocalist that ever lived

The Newcomers

? Abigail - King Diamond
? My Immortal - Evanescence (Amy Lee)

The Contenders

11 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian (Hansi Kürsch)
12 Twist and Shout - John Lennon
13 Beat It - Michael Jackson
14 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

15 (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin

It's what brought me to this list - Billyv

16 Oh! Darling - Paul McCartney

Sing what you mean, mean what you sing, that's all you need

17 Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney

Just listen to it, it should be in the top ten no question about it - fruitslicer2000

18 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.

Chris should be way higher up this list.

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19 Caravan - Van Morrison

This is true artistry - beyond any of the others!

20 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!

Has to be seen/heard.
Surprisingly good.

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1. Painkiller - Judas Priest (Rob Halford)
2. The Show Must Go On - Freddie Mercury
3. Rainbow In The Dark - Dio (Ronnie James Dio)
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1. My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards (Hansi Kürsch)
2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Freddy Mercury
3. Rainbow In The Dark - Dio (Ronnie James Dio)
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1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Freddy Mercury
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden (Bruce Dickinson)
3. Beat It - Michael Jackson
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