Most Unique Singing VoicesA list of singers who have a trademark sound. These are the people where even if you have never heard the song before, you instantly recognize it as theirs. This is not a list of the best singers, just the ones with the most unique singing voice.
So if you are thinking of placing your votes based on how much you like their songs, how well they sing, their octave range, or whether or not you think they are attractive, you're doing it wrong.
The Top Ten
This guy is the reason that I love rock music so much. His voice is beautifully unique, completely unlike any other I've ever heard in my life, and his song writing was just amazing. RIP, Mr. Mercury. You'll always be in our hearts.
What?! Not #1? Not even top 10! Oh my god... Where are the music, real, listeners? This guy isn't a voice, he is a legend! Unique voice and presence on stage!
Most unique voice is something Freddie Mercury definitely deserves to win. Nobody could sing like Mercury because he is just that different. If anybody could find a singer that could come even close to singing the song 'Show Must Go On' I will pay them 100$. It's simply that impossible to pull off unless you are Freddie Mercury. - metalmaiden
What can I say. I'm listening to queen right nowV 164 Comments
Of course it's Michael. Instantly recognizable, impossible to copy. There was his octaves physical range and his emotional range. He could, can and continues to make us laugh, cry and dance. He always gave it his all. Thank you Michael.
Micheal voice is so unique and identifiable that even non fans recognize his voice. I think his voice was amazing and he had such control when he sang. His back ground beat boxing and just the emotional range he used when singing gave his music something special that stands out in the crowd of singers. He was simply amazing! Speechless... - love4mjj
Michael most definitely had the most unique singing voice. He went from singing the earth song to singing I'll be there, and Dancing Machine, Thriller... Was so unique... He put so much emotion into his music which also makes his voice so unique and special... - love4mjj
Most unique voice ever, Once you hear it you instantly recognize it!V 264 Comments
Singers ought to have distinction in order for listeners to distinguish who is singing what. Super Junior Yesung's voice is husky, strong, and very emotional. He can bring out the soul in every song. His voice is one of a kind and is very addictive to listen to.
His voice is the only one that only he has it in KPOP world, you haven't heard anyone in KPOP who has similar voice with him with all the husky quality. He's a great singer and emotional singer~
Say something about his voice? Baritone, a little bit of husky. He can do the high notes for a long time. Ah, I don't know what to say now, but we can recognize his voice so easily!
Stop wasting your vote on this guy, give it to Michael Jackson - IIBKV 1752 Comments
Kurt easily has one of the most unique voice ever, took influences from previous musicians and made it his own. No singer has accomplished individuality the way he has.
Kurt's voice is amazing its raspy and unique he's personally my favorite singer
This is THE UNIQUE, I was shocked when I first time heard it! SUPER!
I concurV 79 Comments
Yeah, in my opinion Amy Lee has the most distinctive voice of anybody I've ever heard. It's sort of throaty, in a good way, and very very powerful. Her voice just really stands out to me. Every time I hear it I go, " it's Amy! " and I have to stop and listen to the song.
And she sounds just as good live as on her studio recordings - even without artificial touch ups on-stage and all that jazz.
Avril Lavigne beat Amy? Whoahh Amy Lee has one of the most unique strongest female vocals, perfect pitch all the time
Excuse me, Chester Bennington? Yes he is an unique singing but Amy Lee is different. Her voice is very RARE AND UNIQUE! Amy is should be in top 10.
Go Amy! You're is the most unique voice ever. She is the best. Sorry Chester!
BY FAR THE BESTV 87 Comments
John lennon not just touched lives, BUT he also wrote great lyrics. Has a unique voice that even my dog can recognize!
SIMPLY THE BEST. THE BEST BEATLE, WITH THE BEST VOICE. HE CHANGED THE WORLD WITH HIS INCREDIBLE MUSIC. HIS VOICE IS SO RECOGNIZABLE!
John Lennon should be way higher on this list. His voice is so unique and amazing all he has to do is sing for a couple of seconds and you know its Lennon.
My favoriteV 32 Comments
I've listened to my share of music from nearly ALL of the vocalists listed here, and I fervently believe that Björk deserves the top spot. While artists like Freddy Mercury and Michael Jackson are indisputable legends, they have all been successfully emulated by other singers to a certain degree.
I have yet to hear anybody successfully emulate Björk. Her voice takes some time to get used to; initially, I found it almost unpalatable. Now, she is by far my favorite artist.
Listening for the subtleties and immaculate artistry, I was blown away. She takes originality to the next level, and her work is so ahead of its time, you can listen to any song from any of her albums and believe she released it just yesterday.
She doesn't try to sound "good," or even "skilled." She tries to sound like what she means: volcanic fissures, secret places, fountains of blood, pots and pans, itsy-bitsy-spiders. You can literally hear the child in her screaming to ...more
Maybe that's because no one wants to emulate Bjork, but they do want to emulate legends like Michael Jackson - IIBK
Bjork should be in the top ten. She has the most unique female vocal! Most people at the top shouldn't be there because they don't have unique vocal bjork does no-one else sings like bjork
Her voice touches my heart... it's weak and strong... like a pixey... it's gorgeous, there's no other warming sound like it. I love her lyrics... they open feelings that you can never recollect from anyone else's voice... she's amazing.
While being unique is always a good thing, Bjork is simply one of the best voices of any kind ever.V 36 Comments
How is he this low? I've never heard anyone who sounds even remotely like him
His throat used to supply half the gravel demand for southern America. The trumpet he played couldn't sound more unique.
This is one of the better listings on a pretty dopey list. At least he's in the top twenty.
What a wonderful world is probably one of the most beautiful songs ever sang I reckon - OnionListsV 15 Comments
Her voice is actually unique unlike half of this pathetic popularity contest. Seriously people what's with all the generic, fake poparts?
Two ladies in the top ten, and they are Amy Lee and Adele? Nothing against those two but artists like Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Karen Carpenter, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney, and Tina Turner have voices that are far more instantly recognizable.
Janis Joplin my dear you were the first queen of rock that is so clean I saw you many times about you a lot I saw you at the Pops with Jimi Hendrix and also I thought you were wonderful woman your voice so raspy yet so clear your word so meaning so I never got to meet him and I was in the Navy for 20 years and I know you're Jesus goodbye and say hello to him for me
Not a huge fan but still have a lot of respect and if you really think about it she has the most unique voiceV 14 Comments
Her voice is so unique. I could recognize it anywhere, and it is never tiring to listen to. Her songs are unique in themselves, and the way she sings them is so great. Adele is amazing
Adele has a very unique, recognizable, and enjoyable voice. I have yet to hear anyone else who can sound like her.
It's one thing to have a great strong voice and another thing to have a great unique voice. Many recorded singers, have great strong voices but in my opinion, Adele is one of only a handful that have both a unique voice as well as a strong voice. I can think of two other singers that have very unique voices. Sam cooke and Julia Carpenter. I can't understand why they're not on this list.
I love Adele
My favourite song from her is "Skyfall"
Let the Skyfall...
Umm... People, read the title of this list... That's right, most unique voices, not most popular singer.
I apologize to everyone else on this list, but I HAVE to vote for Serj Tankian. He does have an amazingly unique voice, and I know for a fact that anyone who has ever listened to has voice, then heard it again later, in an entirely unfamiliar song, would know instantly that it was him singing. I had only ever heard him sing in System of a Down, but was listening to Pandora a while back, and I heard his voice. I was shocked, because I know every System of a Down song, and this was none of them! I checked the song title and artist name just to be sure, and sure enough, it was Serj!
Unique, inspiring and amazing! Serj's singing is so individual and some of the noises he can make just add to what makes him so unique!
The category is Unique, and he definitely has a unique voice. System of a Down is way overrated as a band, good but not great, but I haven't seen anyone on this list more unique than him.V 64 Comments
This poll is just a joke! Elvis Presley has the best and most recognizable singing voice in the entire world. I have never even heard of most of the so called artists that are featured here. Elvis has sold more records than most of these put together he remains the King of music many years after is untimely death. Long live the King.
Why is Elvis down by the 70s? Elvis is known as the king of rock. No one could compare to his amazing rich voice. When one of his songs come up on the radio, you could tell that it is him singing it. He makes the song meaningful.
I love Elvis! His voice can be so soft and soothing, or anything he wanted it to be! He is truly a legend and will always be remembered. Just as someone already said, he had an amazingly recognizable voice :) I loved all his song when I was little, and still do! He's the King of Rock and Roll! RIP Elvis.
PS: Why isn't Jason Mraz on her? Or John Mayer...? Hm!
Elvis is the best number 1 intertainer of all time,11 this is a joke...sold be N01 40 years after his dead still the king!V 37 Comments
The singer for the greatest rock band of all time. His screechy yet somehow enjoyable voice is immediately recognizable. God I love the Zep...
I see at the top every comment has to do with how beautiful and sweet her voice is. Guess what, plenty of singers have beautiful and sweet voices. Know one could yell and change their tones like Robert Plant. So many people have tried, none have managed. Come on people... Immigrant Song? Black Dog? Can't beat that voice as far as uniqueness goes... You CAN'T.
Whenever I hear a Led Zeppelin cover band, the first three things I think are: 1. The drumming isn't as hard. 2. The solos aren't as awesome. 3. THAT GUY DOESN'T SOUND ANYTHING LIKE ROBERT PLANT. Robert Plant's voice is something from another world. Nobody can duplicate that voice. He can scream like nobody else, listen to Dazed and Confused, and he is very great at soft singing, too, listen to The Rain Song. My favorite singer from my favorite band.
His voice isn't very unique. He is my favorite singer. Because of his voice. Very thin and warm. But I won't say his voice is very unique. I actually like thin voice. - zxmV 44 Comments
A carrying voice that penetrates through the loudest and boldest of music, you recognize instantly when David Bowie is singing.
His baritone catches attention and breaks away from all other sounds, making everything else only ENHANCE it's quality. Listen to Time Will Crawl or Underground to see for yourself.
Even if you don't take into account his amazing ability as a composer and lyricist, this man should still have reached the Top Twenty.
It's hard to believe that anyone other than Bowie would or could ever occupy the #1 position on the chart of most unique and recognizable singing voice of all time with the jolt of Bowie's thunderous crashing baritone announcing his presence. Any band he ever collaborated with sounded instantly better for the gift of his having contributed. For 5 decades this larger than life icon constantly reinvented his music, style, and self managing to remain relevant, recognizable, captivating, popular, and much loved by generations of fans, young and old alike. Remembered as a gifted and talented singer, musician, writer, producer, actor, painter, mime, and fashion forward entertainer, Bowie will undoubtedly be best remembered for his otherworldly one of a kind voice.
There's a lot of people that are voting on this list that have no idea what they are voting for. The list is "most unique singing voice", not "greatest singer ever" or "my personal favorite singer". The singer with the most unique voice is definitely David Bowie. To have a unique voice, you have to have a voice that cannot be compared to another singer; a voice where there is no mistaking that voice. This fits David Bowie. I've never heard anyone sing and sound like David Bowie. Do I think David Bowie is the greatest singer ever? No, but he's definitely in the top 10. Does he have the most unique voice ever? Definitely yes.
Not even on top ten? You must be joking. He had almost 4 octaves of voice range. But not only voice range, He also had so much different voices he must be at least #2 on this list.V 35 Comments
I can't believe he is so down. His voice is best in the world. Ill recognize his voice even if I dead. He is not good he is best.
And he is best singer I ever heard
Chester definitely has a unique voice unlike any other artist. I'd definitely be able to recognize Chester's voice without truly knowing if I'm listening to one of his songs. His soft voice is something you don't hear many artists pull off with such emotion and beauty, and when he gets gritty and dirty his screams totally come off unique as hell. It's as if he's screaming, but singing at the same time, like two different voices at once. This list isn't about how good your voice is, but how unique it is. Chester does both. He definitely deserves to be within the top ten at least.
I recognize his voice anywhere. No one can sing, scream or sound like Chester in anyway possible.
Best...ever...V 108 Comments
This list is a joke.. I haven't even heard of half the people on it so there's no way I'd instantly recognize a song of theirs.. And even most of the ones I have heard of are not particularly unique... Axl Rose for all he isn't the best vocalist on this list, I would say has the most unique sound.
Axl rose has an awesome voice it is literally impossible to mistake his voice for anyone else's his voice is so hardcore and meaningful it actually makes you want to listen to his songs whether you like rock music or not
by the way why is Rihanna number 27 on this list? Why is she even ON this list it is most unique voice not whose voice could mentally corrupt your brain the fastest if it was she would be right underneath Justin bieber.
Axl has one of the most distinctive voices I have ever heard. If it were up to me he would be no. 1 on this list. I've never heard anyone sing like him him in that sexy, screechy, two voices at once style... I love you Axl..
Axl Rose's position should be on the topV 63 Comments
Reading the first comment that states it was unintelligible makes me wonder just what part of Dylan's career this poster had heard. Most comments from all lists are about more recent people. Dylan in his later years was very unintelligible, and I felt sorry for him that he sounded so bad.
But while his voice has always had a raspiness to it, one of the better things about it was that it was intelligible. That was the whole point of Dylan's music - to get the words across. Music was just the medium that Dylan used to do so.
And boy did some of his stuff have meaning. Read the words of "john brown", "with god on our side", etc. Even Dylan says that he can't write like that any more. That sort of writing comes from strong feelings deep within.
While not the prettiest sounding, there is no denying that Bob Dylan has, with-out a doubt, one of the most unique voices ever. - ybothermatt
Raspy, garbled, unintelligible and distinctly Dylan
At the age of 20 he sounded 80. That is talent.V 19 Comments
You can definitely tell when this member of Super Junior is singing. His voice is so unique and pretty
He is so Talented! When you hear his voice you could actually say quickly, hey it's Super Junior's Kim Ryeowook. His voice is so clear, when he sings you can feel his emotions. He always leave his listeners in agape.
Ryeowook and yesung both have amazingly unique voices, however ryeowooks voice stands out much more in any song!
How can you tell when he's signing when no one even knows who he is? - IIBKV 133 Comments
His voice was the most unique, beautiful, soulful voice ever. I have never listened to another singer who has touched my very being the same way he has. I am so thankful I had the chance to know him through his music but so sad it was his demons that brought out that surreal beautiful voice that would reach down and touch your soul. Absolute best voice ever.
Layne Staley/God with a mic - his vocal style is one of the most copied in rock, next to Kurt Cobain. What makes Layne so special though, is that no one could sing as powerful as his chest range. All those wannabes could do is copy his snarls and twang but no one could really sing as powerful as Layne. And he could sing with that intensity and power... live! You only see that type of talent once in a lifetime.
To me, he's the most underrated vocalists of our time, next is Mike Patton. You can tell by his 24th spot in here that his talents are not given due credit. Kids today may not be aware of this, but a lost of vocalists (formed after the Seattle era) are trying to sound like Layne.
Very recognizable vocalist. You couldn't resist turning up the radio even if you tried. Just the urgency combined with the raw emotions in his voice alone made you stop and listen to what he was singing. He gave everything his all in his performances. R.I.P. layne Thomas Staley, from my side of Washington to yours.
Deepest, strongest, most intense Grunge vocalist ever
Love all Seattle type grunge but Lay me Staley has the best voice by far. Later in career he didn't have the strength from heroin abuse. Heroin was his crutch that unfortunately made him great but killed him. He touched all addicts with his music. Today he may be alive if they legalized narcan
The sole purpose of his body is to contain the word's most distinctive, unique and powerful voice.
Yes. Thanks for posting this. Most fall into a genera... A style that is heard over and over. Vitas has a unique quality I have not heard. I would group him with Bjork who also has a very unique voice. Thanks again for sharing this artist.
Just wow. Anyone that has never heard this young man needs to look him up right now. He can reach higher than any female I have ever heard and his falsetto is so high, it's eerie. No one on Earth like him.
Unique voice? Yes he has it.V 31 Comments
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