Top 10 Greatest Vocal Performances of All Time

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 Contenders: Page 3

41 Happiness is a Warm Gun - John Lennon
42 Grace - Jeff Buckley

It had it's good moment's, overall one of the all time great's. -

43 Behind Blue Eyes - Roger Daltrey
44 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica (James Hetfield)
45 My Sweet Lord - George Harrison

Great uplifting and catchy tune. Typical Beatles traits. And I am atheist too lol.

46 Painkiller - Death (Chuck Schuldiner)
47 Cry Me a River - Joe Cocker
48 For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder
49 Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley

Very influential and very good. -

50 Nutshell - Alice in Chains (Layne Staley)

Layne was simply the most powerful and emotional vocalist the world has ever seen. RIP

51 Life On Mars - David Bowie

Personally I was never a fan of david Bowie, but his vocal perfomance in this song is just so amazing. -

52 Mi Mancherai - Jackie Evancho

Beautifully done by Jackie on her DVD "Dream With Me: In Concert." - BobG

In my opinion, this rivals Jackie's Nessun Dorma for passion, power and incredible talent far beyond the norm.

53 Somebody to Love - Queen
54 Come Together - John Lennon
55 Stand By Me - Ben E. King
56 MacArthur Park - Richard Harris
57 How Great Thou Art - Carrie Underwood

Simply amazing live performance. Flawless. Inspirational.

Never seen anything like it. She's a true talent

58 The Great Gig in the Sky - Clare Torry

What an amazing, emotional vocal by Torry, who only needed 2 and 1/2 takes to sing it! This is no boring part of this song and her voice makes you want to listen to it over and over again. And Torry thought she did a bad job at first, amazingly!

So incredible, it needs to be in the top 10 at least. Clare Torry may be one of the best vocalists of all time. - Kyledren

Just about acceptable, I suppose/

The most memorable of all

V 1 Comment
59 Where Did You Sleep Last Night? - Kurt Cobain

The most chillingly honest vocal performance in history.

It's not even within a million light years of being close.

V 1 Comment
60 Emotions - Mariah Carey
PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Top Ten Best Acting Performances In Comedy Movies of All Time Albums With the Best Vocal Performances Greatest Acting Performances of All Time Top Ten Greatest Freddie Mercury Vocal Performances Top Ten Greatest Supporting Movie Performances of All Time

List Stats

1,000 votes
185 listings
7 years, 207 days old

Top Remixes (6)

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

View All 6


Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.