Most Unique Singing Voices

A 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

1 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Tanzanian-born British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Before he became a singer ...read more.

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

The most unique singing voice has to go to Tiny Tim!

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2 Michael Jackson 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 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

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

How Freddie mercury is at first position only Michael Jackson deserves it

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3 Amy Lee 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.

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!

What a beautiful voice this woman has and always will. Plus shes beautiful on her own and even her voice without Autotune is just amazing on its own. Amy is one of the best voices I have heard along with kesha in her new song praying I bet these to would do a magnificent duo who else agrees? 😊

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4 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

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!

legend

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5 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

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.

No one will ever compare to John Lennon...EVER!

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6 Adele 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.

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...

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7 Bjork Bjork Björk Guðmundsdóttir, known mononymously as Björk, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. She is most famous for her eclectic music styles and experimentation on electronic pop music.

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.

I love she and she is so small most song sings she slow
but declare inderpendence have björk fast vocals
she have the mots childrisch vocals in music
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8 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist.

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!

SUGAR

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9 Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.

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

Simply the best.

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10 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.

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.

Bowie has a unique voice, instantly recognisable to anyone who has listened to him. It's also very passionate.

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The Newcomers

? Peter Lennodo

I think he sounds more like John Lennon

Sounds a bit like Paul McCartney

? P!nk P!nk Alecia Beth Moore known professionally as P!NK, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress.

Obviously. - Twixx

The Contenders

11 Chester Bennington 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 has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.

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

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12 Axl Rose Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

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 top

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13 Robert Plant Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

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.

The best

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14 Dimash Kudaibergen

Dimash Kudaibergen. His voice is definitely the most unique voice in the world, one in a billion - and I am not exaggerating. Unbelievable range of 5 octaves and heavenly beautiful timbre. His voice is full of emotions and due to his perfect skills there is no limit to what he can do when he sings. - AliceAlmaz

Dimash has a magnificent, cosmic and grandiose voice.

He is awesome

Unique voice. Of couse, only Dimash

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15 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .

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

He didn't have a great voice, but he turned his "not-so-great" voice intro a style/icon - InZamous

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16 Ryeowook Ryeowook Kim R yeowook (29), better known by the mononym Ryeowook . He is a South Korean Singer, Actor and Musical Actor . ...read more.

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? - IIBK

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17 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

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!

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18 Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer and singer who was one of the most influential figures in jazz.

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 - OnionLists

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19 M. Shadows 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 heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

He has such a raspy and harsh singing voice at times, and yet he can also sing so beautifully that you wouldn't guess it. He is honestly the exact example of a voice you can recognize and realize who it is regardless of whether you've heard the song before, and even if you haven't heard a lot of Avenged Sevenfold's music.

If you hear his voice, you know why I voted this guy. His voice is so unique, nobody can copy that. He is the best screamer, but he can sing some peaceful songs beautiful too. Everyone need to vote this guy, because this guy is a winner! A Hero, and a really good MUSICIAN!

M Shadows has a great, unique voice and there's no doubt in that! He should be higher rated! He can sing any type of songs and his voice is so easy to listen to.

His voice, Guitarists Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates, Johnny’s bass and who can forget the legendary Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan?! Great, great band and M. Shadows is truly an amazing vocalist.
foREVer

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20 Thom Yorke Thom Yorke Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead.

I think that some of the people here misunderstand the title of this list. Sure, Radiohead are a well known band (whom are great), but Thom Yorke actually has a unique voice, like Bjork or Morrissey: a voice that if you here it anywhere you would recognise it. Madonna though (who is on this list) while a good singer to me doesn't have that of a unique voice. I feel that her voice is similar to artists such as Kylie Minogue. Thom Yorke, though has a unique voice. End of Story - Jiorl

Amazing experience, no matter how depressing most of the lyrics are. Thom really transposes into a world of feelings through metaphors and soft, suggestive voice, and this is what real artists are supposed to deliver.

His voice is touching and that makes me cry when I listen to Radiohead. He is singing and sharing his emotions in his own unique special manner.
Listen to "How To Disappear Completely" "House of Cards" "Pyramid Song"

The most innovative and genius musician ever. No one song was the same as another.

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