Singers with the Most Powerful Singing Voice

The Top Ten
1 David Phelps David Norris Phelps is an American Christian music vocalist, songwriter and vocal arranger, who is best known for singing tenor in the Gaither Vocal Band.

Please listen to this "VOICE" from God! If you've not heard of this wonderful tenor & human being there is truly no way of comparing him to anyone above him on this list. He could choose to sing any genre of music he wanted to but he chooses to sing Christian Gospel music. Others have beautiful voices & they have their specific genres they sing but I love that he says with Christian music all genres are open to you! He has been singing his heart out & working on his craft mostly unseen & unheard of in a secular society. So sad because when he sings so many are transported straight to Heaven. David Phelps is truly one of a kind. If anyone doubts this they have only to watch him sing The Dream!

Many voices throughout the ages have captured us with their interpretation of lyrics and song and it moves us. However, this unique and especially gifted vocally chorded gentleman, invites us in to a deep presence where a soul can actually experience God and be entirely Transformed. The somewhat recently released Freedom album contains even more of these power packed ballads. I would add too, in times that seem to be fraught with deception when simple truth will do. While hypocrisy seems to be rampant remember that love triumphs over hate - ALWAYS - should we let God in and shine the light. I suggest listening to David's version of the Star Spangled Banner and be convicted about what true love can really do!

Isn't David a composer as well? I remember when he was interviewed by Bill Gaither and I just wonder how many of his songs were just sitting on percolate for call those years until he had the platform to roll them out. I see no downward trend in his voice. It just seems to get better all the time. The Dream and his other compositions and arrangements of formerly released songs all seem to be home runs to me. Boy has he been a blessing to us. Thank God for You Tube. We will eventually get all his DVD's in time.

David Phelps is my favorite tenor singer that is a true blessing that praises the Lord with all his heart. Singing with his daughters in close harmony has even added to the perfection.

2 Dimash Kudaibergen Dinmukhamed Kanatuly Kudaibergenov, commonly known as Dimash Kudaibergen (born May 24th, 1994) is a Kazakh singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Dimash is best known as a contestant of Chinese talent show "Singer 2017" where he was declared a runner-up. He is also known for possessing a wide ...read more.

What an incredible voice the man has. He's still a very young man, only in his 20s, and he is unconquested when it comes to singing. Such a powerful and emotional voice, it's extremely hard to believe it's natural and not something more, he's practically inhuman with the way he is able to sing any technique, and not in a bad way. Amazing singer with an amazing voice.

He has the most powerful voice in this galaxy.

His voice is absolutely incredible. Amazing and powerful voice! He's the best singer of all time, in the entire world! It's unbelievable how he has such an amazing voice!

He is the best and he deserves to be on this list!

3 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave ...read more.

Freddie Mercury, where too begin..Lead Singer of the amazing band Queen and he has such a strong, unique voice. From the beautiful lines and uniqueness of Bohemian Rhapsody to the strength, power and emotion of The Show Must Go On this man can do it all. Whenever he sung The Show Must Go On he was literally dying of AIDS and could sing better than modern-day singers with or without autotune. Somebody To Love is also a great example, his voice starts out gentle and then it just changes. Killer Queen captures the elegance, and there is so much more I could go on about. His voice could go from high pitched, low, in the middle, strong, elegant..you name it. Plus he was good at the piano.

Amazing. The most powerful, beautiful voice ever. Every song came with meaning. Listen to... "Somebody to Love" or the best example, "Bohemian Rhapsody". "We are the Champions"... You name any Queen song, and there's meaning and power behind it. Freddie was the greatest singer to walk this planet. He's my hero! Freddie Mercury had a killing disease and still performed to the day he was deceased from HIV/AIDS. Unlike some singers who call in sick from a minor cold of small fever. He never had his voice distorted to sound better. He was just naturally talented with his God-given voice.
Rest In Peace dear Freddie Mercury.

Wonderful and amazing performer, musician, singer. He created or helped create some of the most amazing and long lasting music ever made. Truly a legend.

Freddie Mercury like it or not! This is about the most powerful vocalists not your favorite. You have to put that aside and judge based on Quality, diversity, range and the impact their vocals have worldwithe. Queen are the 6th or 7th biggest selling artist of all time with a projection of 200 million albums sold worlwithe and a the best they can count definitely 150 million. Remember this was all before the digital age and they are still selling. Currently there are multiple commercials of his vocals with Queen in the USA alone. They are and were even bigger worldwithe. Google Currently using Under Pressure, Lays potato Chips is using Crazy little thing called love and I want it all on a Ford or Gm commercial and I have heard I want it all and of course we will Rock you. It's a known fact that Artists are on more commercials in other countries including actors etc... So you can imagine What Queen has going on. They have a hit musical that toured and is still running in London called ...more

4 Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 ...read more.

Whitney Houston. Arguably the BEST and most POWERFUL female singer of our life time. Even prior to her 2012 death she could out sing most vocalists!
No one sang with more heart and soul than Miss Whitney Houston. she is singing with the angels above

Are you kidding me? Whitney's ranked this low? Some mistake. If singing with power were a physical war, Whitney could take down ARMIES with both hands tied behind her back at her best. And within those armies would be all these other singers on here.

Whitney Houston should be number one. She has the most powerful voice of all time, and in her prime, she could blow anyone else out of the water! When she sang the Star Spangled Banner in 1991, that was the best National Anthem ever! AMAZING... Legendary!

She has a very great voice, and very beautiful voice she is talented women and most of all she is my idol... Listen to her song "I will always love you" it is just like a feeling of someone that you love. And always love each other...

5 Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister.

Queen of soul. She sang for president and he cried. Was moving. No rivals. Need separate categories here. These don't mix well on 1 list. Bad comparisons.

Why is Aretha Franklin not top of the most powerful singing voice list?
Just listen to 'think' or 'say a little prayer for you'.

Rihanna higher is a joke

She at least is in the top 3!

6 Amy Lee Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.

I am a great fan of Evanescence, and I believe her voice is more powerful than some of the people on the list! I mean, if you just listen to "Bring Me To Life" and "My Immortal," those songs just give me chills when I listen. Also, there is one other song from her that is very unique. "Haunted". Believe me. If you want a powerful voice, than Amy Lee is probably one of your greatest options.

Amy has one of the most dynamic vocal ranges, can sustain notes just as long and loud as Whitney Houston. She may not be a pop princess, but she writes/composes her own music, not just lyrics. Her work with Evanesence is wonderful and her small solo projects are beautiful as well showcasing she isn't a one trick pony.

Clearly she is an angel.

One of the better female voices I enjoy hearing. She has great range and a powerful voice. And easy on the eyes too!

She's one of the few singers I know that sound just as good without a microphone as she does in the studio.

7 Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana, and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or ...read more.

My opinion:
Michael was the most diverse singer until now. He could sing any genre in any scale. He had a tremendous vocal range with a very clear and highly resonating sound. He also had a rare ability to belt with extreme power. Were he was singing high notes with so much power others would just cease to sing and start to shout.
This post only covers a part of his performing skills... Which in my opinion really makes him the best performer of all time.

Amazing singer. He should be at number 1. If you don't believe me, just listen to one of his songs. Billie Jean, Thriller, Stranger in Moscow. He died too young, unfortunately. God bless his soul.R.I.P. Michael. We love you. You shouldn't have gone so soon. We miss you.

Michael Jackson's vocal line is huge. He can go to the highest, he can go to the lowest. He has been singing since he was a little boy. As well, he can dance incredibly well while singing, that takes lots of voice power. He can change his voice.

Michael is the best singer of all time. He's the God of Music. He's natural talent is obvious in all of he's songs. I think he's best is You Are Not Alone (in my opinion that's the best song of all time) in which he hits "super high" notes.

8 Adam Lambert Adam Mitchel Lambert is an American singer, songwriter and stage actor. Since 2009, he has sold over 2.5 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.

Adam Lambert is the Best male singer today. No doubt. Adam is awesome. Regardless of the high notes that Adam achieves, it is important to realize the quality of his voice in the high notes.
He has a lot of technique and natural talent. Adam uses a lot of mixed voice, he has a strong, explosive and penetrating voice. Besides, Adam has an excellent dynamics and control. Oh, and without forgetting that Belting is a technical marvel of Adam!
Adam Lambert also is a showman on stage!

He does powerful high long notes, melisma, soft low notes, amazing technique, and has the ability to convey emotions. Add in that he is a true showman on stage. He is the total package.

Obviously some people don't understand the meaning of powerful because Adam Lambert does not have a powerful voice. Sure he screams but that's not singing powerfully. Take away the microphone and his voice is not powerful at all.

Listen to ADAM fronting the Queen at the recent AMA.
Listen to his rendition of Crying (studio version) by Aerosmith.
Then listen to his Brigadoon.
So y'all know not only how powerful but how versatile and technically skilled ADAM is as a singer!

9 Rhydian Roberts Rhydian James Roberts, known as Rhydian, is a classically trained Welsh baritone singer, musical theatre actor and television presenter.

I'll just leave this here:

Ettore Bastianini--THAT'S what a powerful extremely dramatic baritone sounds like. This guy is technically a baritone with a thin voice and uses a mic. When you can make windows shake without a mic is when you got a pair of testicles in your voice. Unfortunately, Bastianini's voice has not been reproduced since his death in the 1960's. As of 2016, nobody exists when that size of a voice. Maybe in the coming decades someone will be born with that very unusual and rare voice? We'll see!

Okay to be honest, I think Zayn Malik should get the title. That boy can sing low and hit amazing high notes. Even though he is longer in his band at the moment, be can still sing. Now his voice grew along with his career. Before he could hit high notes GOOD. Now he can hit them like so AMAZINGLY. This is just my opinion. If you don't agree, that's fine. Just don't give me any crap about it. #ZaynMalikForNumber1

Rob Halford of Judas priest has a much stronger voice than anyone on this list. He can reach 6 octaves. Why is he not on this list. He blows everyone on here out of the water. Before anyone tries to dispute this fact look up Judas priest dreamer deceiver. Your welcome

Rhydian is a super person, with the most wonderful voice imaginable - he gives you goose bumps! Full of emotion, and can literally sing anything. He would make singing the telephone directory seem like a masterpiece.

10 Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles ...read more.

I love Adele! She has such an amazing voice!

She has raw talent and that is all she basically needs to win my vote.

Listened to Rolling in the deep and Set fire to the rain over and over and can't get bored of it.

Listen to Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You, etc. She's amazing and she has such a powerful voice. Adele's voice is amazing and strong! She's definitely my favorite!

34? What!? Adele has surpassed any and all expectation. She's soulful, sultry, and has a powerful grace that is untouchable.

Her range is so amazing if you disagree listen to Hello now!

The Contenders
11 Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise and was briefly the lead vocalist of Stone Temple Pilots ...read more.

Chester has the most powerful singing voice I think I have ever heard, both physically and emotionally. I've never heard a singer have the ability to scream as much as he has and yet still make me all emotional (Breaking the Habit). He is incredibly skilled and has a super powerful voice that can impact so many people!

Linkin park is so amazing in any song from in the end to all for nothing. He had the strongest voice ever, listen to lost in the echo, what I've done, numb, pushing me away and you can see how strong his voice is.

His voice is so unique. No one can even come close to duplicating it and his screams are awesome. Linkin Park may be extremely overrated, but with a voice like that, I can understand why.

So powerful yet full of feeling. Beautiful scream impossible to describe. Deserves top ten maybe top five spot. Millions can relate to what he's preaching in his songs.

12 Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden beats back every pop musician on this list. I am as surprised as Hell that there are no more power metal vocalists on this list, like Hansi Kursch of Blind Guardian, who should be NUMBER 1. This list is so damn bias it is not funny, because people don't even know who half of the musicians on this list are. People who listen to pop probably don't even know who Blind Guardian are, let alone Iron Maiden.

Oh my God, were talking about powerful voice, not who is your favourite. Bruce Dickson was the singer of IRON MAIDEN, he needs a powerful voice, because of the genre of his songs. He is famous because of his powerful scream, some people need to listen to one of his songs. Think about that.
Here some of his songs you can enjoy:
Hollowed be thy name
Fear of the dark
Dance of the death
Trooper

Thanks

Powerful voices? And Bruce is not at least in top 3? If you are talking about powerful voices... You should listen to Hallowed be thy name, or any other Iron Maiden song.

Bruce Dickinson has an incredible vocal range and explosively powerful. Besides the intensity that he radiates on stage. He is unique.

13 Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time.

Poor Luciano, he is the victim of the fact that the 9-15 year old membership of Top Tens has never heard of him. It's their loss, but suffice to say Pavarotti's vocal power exceeds that of any other human.

This poll is a farce! Pavarotti's voice is far more powerful than any other singer on this poll... in fact, more powerful than any other singer in the world, dead or alive.

Most powerful? Pavarotti would blast Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson clean off the stage. To be fair, he outweighed both of them together.

He mentored Andrea Bocelli whom I consider the greatest singer of all, Pavarotti along with the three tenors surely have to be at the top?

14 Carrie Underwood Carrie Marie Underwood is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, in 2005. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in 2005.

Carrie Underwood has a voice that is unparalleled in it's power both with the strength of her vocals but also the power of the emotions she injects into her music. Go see her performance of How Great Thou Art with Vince Gill and that is all the proof you will need. I have heard Carrie Underwood perform in person and I was absolutely blown away by the power in her voice while keeping it totally controlled without relying on any vocal tricks to stay on key. This woman can truly bring the house down. Amazing.

Love Church Bells! One of the most powerful songs!

Indeed, she has an incredible voice which is very had to resist

15 Alicia Keys Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

Should def be on list. Talented.

16 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.

Dio has one of the most controlled and powerful voices Metal. Since Metal is one of the more technical (and misunderstood) genres of music I believe Dio should be way higher on this list.

Of all the singers on this list Dio is either the best, or the second best (Freddy Mercury is also one hell of a vocalist).

But to be honest, I can't even take this list seriously. I mean, Gaga on number 19? Really? As an artist she deserves respect but as a vocalist she sure doesn't belong on a list of most POWERFUL singing voices.

He started to learn trumpet at the age of 5, and was taught a diaphragmatic breathing technique. His favourite singers in his childhood were the operatic tenors Enrico Caruso and especially Mario Lanza. In Elf, he found out how to blend Lanza's verismo singing style with raspy rock vocals.

Ronnie James Dio, the most powerful voice in metal, at 13?
Listen to Heaven and Hell and tell me why isn't he on the top of the list. Other guys that deserve to be higher are Freddie Mercury, Myles Kennedy and Steve Perry(Aw, come on! You may not like him but he does have a great voice. )

Some guys that deserve to be on this list are Roger Daltrey and Paul Rodgers(Really Great voices. Belong in the top 10. But never given the credit they deserve. )

I have never heard a more powerful voice than Ronnie James Dio! I can never get enough of any of his music mostly because of his voice! For those who don't like him there is definitely something wrong with your ears!

17 Josh Groban Joshua Winslow "Josh" Groban is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. His first four solo albums have been certified multi-platinum, and he was charted in 2007 as the number-one best selling artist in the United States, with over 22.3 million records.

Lennon and McCartney changed music forever. Very few people dispute that. But, this poll is about "powerful singing voices", not song writing or the ability to harmonize. Josh Groban however has an amazingly powerful voice. Everything he sings is pitch perfect and he always seems to have plenty of fuel to spare when he is belting out a song. He gets my vote.

I'm a bass singer. People tell me my voice is as powerful as Josh Groban's, but when I had a solo at school 3 weeks ago, I had to sing all of his song "believe" O.M.G! IT'S IMPOSSIBLE! he does it so damn powerful. my voice doesn't even have a quintillionth as much power as his.

His angelic voice DEFINES powerful. It defines amazing. It defines the best male voice ever. This man defines an angel sent down from heaven.

How could you listen to "Anthem" from Chess and not think he has the most powerful voice? Absolutely awesome! My goosebumps get goosebumps!

18 Johnny Gill Johnny Gill started out as a solo artist in the 1980s, releasing two albums that didn't garner much attention. It was not until later, when Gill became a member of the r&b/pop group New Edition, that people started to take notice of his music and his talent. He went on to release his most successful ...read more.

This dude is the truth, you can't talk about powerful singers without mentioning Johnny Gill.

19 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top ...read more.

It's Mariah Carey, most number one singles... Ever. Not to mention longest #1 song on US charts... Ever. An incredible vocal range expanding 5 octaves... Yes 5 octaves and an impossible whistle register. Cristina has maybe a 4 octave vocal range... Just saying. Continuously comes out with incredibly popular songs.

I'm not a fan of her, but I'm trying to be objective. So, I would say that she has a very powerful singing voice and she is a great performer. Young people could learn a lot from her.

She has the voice of soaring beauty. While singing the low notes, she can shift to the high notes simultaneously.

Mariah Carey is not only has a powerful voice but also know how to control her and she has lots of singing skills.

20 Steve Perry Stephen Ray "Steve" Perry is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is known as the lead singer of the rock band Journey during their most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987 and again from 1995 to 1998.

The voice. He nailed those hard songs like Separate Ways, Faithfully, Don't Stop Believing when he sing it live and he did it better than when he did it in the studio. Epic

Steve Perry is amazing. He has one of the best, if not the best voice ever. His voice is one I never get tired of and can recognize anywhere. Steve is the best at what he does. From the moment I first heard his voice I was hooked. There will never be another Steve Perry!

Steve Perry has the most incredidble voice I have ever heard. Every time I hear him sing no matter if it's from his solo career or Journey the heart and soul he puts into his music is unmistakenable. Arnel may bare some sound resenblance to Mr. Perry but Arnel can NEVER hold a candle to Steve ever. I am forever yours Steve Perry faithfully...

Steve has the best vocal range a 8 octave which sounds like the angels from the heavens are singing. Others have tried to sound like him but failed, God gave him his natural singing voice. Thanks Steve for sharing your singing with us.

21 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She was born on June 26th 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She is best known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and its spin-off show Sam & Cat. ...read more.

Lower than Britney Spears who barely sings live?! Ariana Grande sings while dancing live, has SO much talent, and can sing songs like the ones Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey have done! Ariana Grande's cover of Emotions by Mariah Carey has more views than the original!

Are you all kidding me. She should be the highest. #1 because her voice has so much more range and power than all of these... and not only that... IT ACTUALLY SOUNDS GORGEOUS. ANGELIC.
No other artist has ever made me care for music. I'm not a musician or singer, but when someone has the most incredible voice in the world, I will know
I found out the day I listened to Ariana. She is amazing. Y'all stoopid for choosing Adele over her...
Y'all stupid for choosing ANYONE over her.

Really, this far down? The girl spans 4 octaves, has so much power to her voice, hits semi-tones and whistle notes & is a massive chart topper in modern music.

Best in the game. Period.

22 Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Kate Hudson is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place.

She is amazing!
Listen to 'I'm not living without you'
I will pray for all materials made of glass in your house.
I'm Just a young boy overwhelmed by notes.
This list is messed up.
Adele?
FORGET HER!

She had the most powerful voice among the other singers. Truly a powerhouse and can sing Anything!

145? Come on! With the movie Sing. She does voice over singing. Blew us away! Who made this list? I saw JLo on here. That's a joke right? Talk about auto tune. Britney spears? Lol and bruno Mars too, he's way too far down. Order is messed up bad.

To see rihanna higher than her is disappointing, rihanna can't even sing!

23 Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger, born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente on June 29, 1978, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and television personality. She first rose to fame as the lead singer of the pop/r&b group The Pussycat Dolls.

Beautiful vocalist, great technique and controlling of her vocals. Outstanding results, lovely voice.

Such a good singer, she has a strong vocal.

What the hell? Why are rihanna, j-lo, Britney spears and Cheryl cole higher than her? They can hardly even sing lol! And greats like Johnny Gill not even on the list?

24 James LaBrie Kevin James LaBrie is a Canadian vocalist and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater.

James has a wide vocal range. He should be top 5 of all time.

25 M. Shadows Matthew Charles Sanders, better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American metalcore/alternative metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

M. Shadows should either be number one or not even be on the list it's the ultimate dissrespect to have him here with all these pop diva's and fake singers that autotune their voice. His voice is real his voice is one of a kind and no one can compete with M. Shadows or anyone in Avenged Sevenfold Period!

His voice may not be the most beautiful, or the one with the widest range, but damn, you gotta give it to him, his voice is powerful, I believe that if he screamed right into my ear, the eardrum would explode.

Y the hell is this person so far below the list. He has a great voice and his words thrash you like metal. No need of any instruments back to his voice. Just his voice is enough for me to listen to him.

He has a great voice... He can half singing and half screaming... And his screaming vocal is very clan an his breakdown is very good. And when he sing a soft song, that time I wish I could be M. Shadows...

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