Hardest Songs to Sing


The Top Ten

1 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

The best song ever and the hardest song ever! -

Freddie mercury is that good? WOAH! Take that, Kanye! - LightningStrike

Especially that section in the middle of the song. Very tough indeed.
Also, where is The Show Must Go On? Nobody can sing that song with as much emotion and passion as Freddie Mercury did. - Metarock

Mission impossible.

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2 Painkiller - Judas Priest

Rob Halford is #1

Should be #1 way harder than Bohemian rhapsody rob Hal ford is #1

It's literally impossible! - Userguy44

Whenever I try to sing this song, my voice cracks about twice per second, and that long extension at the end of the word "Painkiller" near the end of the song is nearly impossible to pull off. - Metarock

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3 Chop Suey! - System of a Down

No human can speak, oifnbwofnbownfbw Make Up! in 1 second except for this dude.

Wake up ashdhvdgs make up ashdhgdhdj then my tongue break - Jancukman777


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4 I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston

It makes you switch notes quite quickly and harshly but creates a good texture.

Going from belt to head voice... and also range range RANGE

Definitely one of the hardest song to sing.

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5 Parallels - As I Lay Dying UListen to Sample
6 The Air that I Breathe - All that Remains UListen to Sample
7 Rap God - Eminem

The rap version of Bohemian Rhapsody - LightningStrike

I can rap this whole song until the whole part after "hey fab... imma kill you"

Ok this song is literally Impossibke to sing should be in top 10

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8 Given Up - Linkin Park

Except the scream that is really long, the song is very easy to sing. But there are many songs with screams longer than this scream that aren't on this list. I know about songs with screams that are 25, 28 and even 33 seconds long. - Metal_Treasure

This is indeed one of the most challenging Linkin Park songs. But Chester himself said that Crawling was actually the hardest Linkin Park song to sing (at least for him)

Try doing the 17 second scream in the middle - spiderskull98

This song is easy and even if you disagree with me it doesn't belong over I will always love you. - PewPewAssassin

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9 B.Y.O.B. - System Of A Down

Serj, what a legend

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10 This Darkened Heart - All That Remains UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

Difficult because it requires high degree of versatility - there are frequent and sudden switches/transitions, and it needs both smooth angelic soft voice and powerful demonic harsh voice. The emotion is also difficult to replicate. Screams are so melodic.
The song structure is progressive - it has several parts that are not repeated (it doesn't even have a chorus). Great job Hansi Kürsch! - Metal_Treasure

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12 Child in Time - Deep Purple

Good luck doing the scream parts. - Userguy44

In my opinion you need a lot of power to sing this one

It's over 10 minutes long with tempo changes and Ian Gillan screams for about 2 minutes at the end (after 8:00). These are golden screams. - Metal_Treasure

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13 I-E-A-I-A-I-O - System of a Down UListen to Sample
14 Abigail - King Diamond

This dude has the craziest falsetto I've ever heard and a vocal range of 4+ octaves. - Metal_Treasure

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15 This Calling - All that Remains UListen to Sample
16 Keeper of the Seven Keys - Helloween

The song is about 14 minutes long with difficult vocal lines but the most impressive thing is the series of perfect sustains after 12:30, one of them is about 18 seconds long. Pure eargasm. Great job Michael Kiske! - Metal_Treasure

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17 Vision of Love - Mariah Carey

The song gradually gets higher as the song goes by, and there usually isn't much room for breath. Range is a huge part of this song, and the whistle tones add another element to the song in which only some can hit perfectly. This is a very hard song, but not impossible.

Try nailing this one if you disagree!

Mariah's songs are always hard even for famous singers

Hardest song to keep up with. You'll die!

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18 One Step Closer - Linkin Park UListen to Sample
19 Crawling - Linkin Park

You need vocal range as well as an ability to scream and to whisper. its really a masterpiece. if you want to see how hard it is to sing 1:1 just see Oli Sykes trying to do it.

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20 Thunderstruck - AC/DC

Back in black is one of the hardest songs to sing of all time. This comes close

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22 Emotions - Mariah Carey

There's a reason why you never hear anyone try to cover it or karaoke it. It's impossible for most people to sing and be able to hit all the notes.

How is this not any higher?

Can you hit whistle notes like her? no? then this song deserves to be on top five, no further comments..

This should be much higher on the list. - Coastergirl003

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23 Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande

So easy

This is song is so easy for me and I'm 14

I just love the song.

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24 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian

14 minutes of epic singing (I prefer the 2012 version). Hansi Kürsch left his throat on these complex and overlapping vocal harmonies - you hear a choir but there's no choir, he's the only singer. The song is very complex with symphonic arrangements and many tempo changes but it's mostly fast and energetic. - Metal_Treasure

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25 Twist - Korn

The only work that I can understand is twist.

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27 The March of the Black Queen - Queen

Bohemian Rhapsody x2! Very difficult

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28 Bodies - Drowning Pool

Is this a joke...

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29 Face The Day - From Ashes To New
30 Highlander - Lost Horizon

Daniel Heiman has some mad vocal skills and if you are really interested in difficult singing material, I would recommend to try this song (it's over 12 min long, progressive power metal). - Metal_Treasure

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31 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Yasss Queen!

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32 Laying the Demon to Rest - Theocracy

The intro scream is about 23 seconds long (Matt Smith). The song isn't easy in general and is almost 10 minutes long. - Metal_Treasure

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34 Wrong Side - Strapping Young Lad

To sing this song you need both growls and epic operatic voice. Oh, and Devin Townsend has a 5 octave vocal range. His vocal skills are insane. - Metal_Treasure

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35 Nessun Dorma - Luciano Pavarotti UListen to Sample
36 Y'all Want a Single - Korn UListen to Sample
37 Under Pressure - Queen

Just listen this verse starts with "chipping around kick my brains..." line. - zxm

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38 Octavarium - Dream Theater

Actually it's not 'that' hard to sing,

if you can endure for 24 minutes...

yes 24 minutes for one song... That's why I love'em

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39 The Great Gig in the Sky - Pink Floyd

I have heard this song performed by a lot of different people, and while the notes are fairly manageable in terms of vocal range (i.e. it doesn't span a big range), the emotion required to properly sing this is, bar none, the most difficult vocal performance to sing.

There have ever been two proper performances of this song ever. One was the recording that Pink Floyd used from Clare Torry, and the other is a cover on YouTube from a Brazilian woman by the name of Lilian Ximenes.

I can sing this. It's not so hard if you really listen to it ans have the correct vocal technique. - galaxyfox

This song is very difficult to consistently nail. Clare Torry is amazing and very consistent on this song, and with the type of song that this is, it's very hard to keep a consistent voice throughout. - Metarock

Anyone who says anything but this song has yet to hear this song.

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40 Life on Mars? - David Bowie UListen to Sample
41 Viva la Vida - Coldplay UListen to Sample
42 Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

I sung this in chorus class in high school. It was tough.

Many have tried, no one sings the chorus right. You've got to pace yourself, it seems simpler than it actually is. - truckturner

Try the Bon Jovi voice also lol.

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43 The Show Must Go On - Queen

Good luck with this one. - Userguy44

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44 Don't Rain on My Parade - Barbra Streisand UListen to Sample
45 The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku - cosMo@Bousou P UListen to Sample
46 Dark Chest of Wonders - Nightwish UListen to Sample
47 Without You - Mariah Carey UListen to Sample
48 E for Extinction - Thousand Foot Krutch

To be honest, this isn't particularly difficult. I can do it, and my singing leaves a lot to be desired

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49 Egypt - Mercyful Fate UListen to Sample
50 Kiss from a Rose - Seal UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes (6)

1. I-E-A-I-A-I-O - System of a Down
2. Rap God - Eminem
3. Painkiller - Judas Priest
1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
2. Painkiller - Judas Priest
3. Child in Time - Deep Purple
1. This Darkened Heart - All That Remains
2. Parallels - As I Lay Dying
3. This Calling - All that Remains

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