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 (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.

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

Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. - ashish09

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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 500,000,000 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

The person on earth

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3 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.

I feel like a lot of people are voting for their favourite singing voices instead of the most unique ones. Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury are amazing singers, but in terms of vocal uniqueness, they can't hold a candle to Louis. - nathano

Louis Armstrong the jazz-man - jazzbea

He said that our world was wonderful. We tell him his voice was. - Sarane

We have all the time in the world

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4 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

No way Amy should be much higher in this list her voice is so haunting but beautiful at the same time and to be compared to the likes of Avril Lavigne no - mickyc

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!

Voice like no other.. Really unique, I'd recognize it even if she whispers ;) - Norah

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5 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 participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. ...read more.

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.

He deserves number' one - Q-ube

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6 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

She is deserves to win this one

It has to be

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

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7 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.

He has the smoothest voice I have ever heard in my life. Just listen to his voice and you will instantly be calmed. Amazing.

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8 Han Geng

HanGeng is really one of the unique voices. & amazing voice.

HanGeng is very definitely have the most unique singing voice. He went from singing the earth song to sing and Dancing Machine, He put so much emotion into his music which also makes his voice so unique and special.

HanGeng is good definitely have the good unique singing voice. And Dancing Machine, Thriller... Was so unique... He put so much emotion into his music which also makes his voice so unique and special.

The king. He is so talented.

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9 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.

Can you please put your ego away from moment and appreciate that the fact you haven't heard of half these people means you cannot possibly judge or compare your ideas without prior research. It honestly does not take much to have a more positive and outgoing view on all things music, I respect your opinion in Axl Rose as he is iconic but as I say there are justified reasons for the top musicians being where they are on this list. - TheNealDog

He definitely deserves a higher place on this list. He's voice is so powerful and whiny and it gives me chills.

Yes this list is trash Axl should be way higher!
Come on! He is the best. And yes I have only heard of about 3 that are higher? This guy had a 5 octave range so yes he should be number one!

Personification of Wild Uncontrollable Energy.

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10 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

As much as I like both singers, it is a bit appalling to say the list to see Adele below Avril Lavigne. There is a huge difference between most unique and your favourite singers. Many girls can sing like Avril Lavigne, but who in the world can sing like Adele? - 3DG20

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.

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The Newcomers

? Lajon Witherspoon

I think he has a weird texture to his singing voice. - AdamDestructorJr.

The Contenders

11 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.

One of the most unique female vocalists to ever live. I've never heard anyone who could imitate the voice of Janis Joplin. She was able to sing as clear as a bell at just a whisper. Yet, blet it out like thunder. She left us way too soon. Epic. - jazzbea

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.

Wow, I am only 11 and I barely knew who this is. But recently I found out and I think she's amazing. Wish she lived longer. She died at 27. But even if she's alive in 2018, she'd be older than my grandpa.

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12 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist. He's best known for being the lead singer of the Armenian/American rock band System of a Down. After System of a Down's hiatus in 2006 he began to release ...read more.

Umm... People, read the title of this list... That's right, most unique voices, not most popular singer.

Nobody will ever come close to him. His voice is very powerful and aggressive but can also be very calm too. Of course many singers are like that but Serj's voice is really unique, - DarkBoi-X

He easily has the most unique voice. - Wolfski

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!

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13 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an 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.

His beautiful voice is known and recognised everywhere, his singing is totally unique and so is he. The man.

A unique voice is something elvis certainly had, and a totally unique entertainer.

One note and you know it's the great elvis, totally unique voice.

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14 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. 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 ...read more.

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

Nirvana's songs are instantly recognizable thanks to his raspy voice. Other thing that helps you recognize their songs is getting an instant orgasm, rip Kurt Copenhagen

Awesome, even its name provoques me orgasms! - Q-ube

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15 Layne Staley Layne Staley Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.

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.

Should at least be in top 100

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16 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.

Honestly, he sounds a bit like Paul McCartney. - Kalividous

He deserves the first place when it comes to unique voicalist
the song you belong with me, no one could perform any better

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

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17 Jonathan Davis (KoRn) Jonathan Davis (KoRn) Jonathan Howsmon Davis, also known as JD and JDevil, is an American musician best known as the leading vocalist and frontman of the nu metal band Korn.

For years I have loved Anthony Kiedis more than any other singer in the world. Next, it was Zack de la Rocha. It then went to Maynard James Keenan. It has finally been between Serj Tankian and Jonathan Davis. Anthony and Serj definitely have unique voices, whereas Zack's and Maynard's, although still very talented, aren't as unique to fit the bill. Serj's voice has this beauty to it. Jonathan's has the same beauty element, however it also has much more. His voice, I feel, can match almost anyone elses in history. His voice on the lesser known tracks had this melodic essence to it that set it apart and made it glorious. Then there are the tracks where he screams and growls. There have been other screamers, there have been other growlers, but none, EVER, have had the complexity and texture to Jonathan's. Twist? No one matches it. Freak On A Leash's breakdown? Few can match it. And so far no one has incorporated his screaming style into their own music. The continuous, "mainstream" ...more

Hard to believe, he was a major geek in school, well look at him now, I love his voice. - MzzNee

What! There ain't nobody who has a more trademark voice. No other singer can I differentiate from all others. You can't describe it other than a voice that can go from a death growl to a rap to a sing to this strange but awesome half rap. He is number 1 followed by Serj Tankian then Matt Shadows then Maynard James Keenan then Corey from Slipknot then Chester from Linkin Park

This man performs a variety of techniques seemingly effortlessly, and at times doesn't even sound human (there was a reason he was chosen to be the singing voice of Lestat- the only good thing about that film). He has one of the largest range of octaves I've ever heard in a male. He has totally revolutionized scat, death screams, and clean vocal techniques. His technique is only eclipsed by the range of emotional responses he evokes in his listeners.

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18 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. ...read more.

His voice is soft and sweet and unlike any other singer's singing voice, rip David

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.

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19 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

He has one of the most outrageous voices ever. Definitely deserves a higher place on this list

I'm sorry, but even if you only recognize maybe one song or two featuring Ozzy, it is instantly recognizable as him. Paranoid, War Pigs, Crazy Train, No More Tears, et cetera, there's no discerning any other singer than him. That's why I always considered Black Sabbath not really complete without him, he was a major part of their sound. Truly unique, even if he isn't perfect overall. - TheRock222

GOING OFF THE RAILS ON THE CRAZY TRAIN

This list is not about what voice is the best but the most unique. Ozzy wins easy!

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20 Bruce Dickinson 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.

This is the best singer of the best band!

come on people, Patrick Stump is ahead of Dickinson? Honestly just listen to Iron Maiden's Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind, Powerslave, Somewhere in Time, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son and A Matter of Life and death. Any song from these albums, you will be amazed

Best singer in the world, once again people have preconcepts about iron maiden, of all of this singers, Bruce is the only one NO ONE can imitate, the other ones I've seem people singing just like them

Seen them 4 times in Atlanta on last tour... Please he blows 95% of all singers AWAY I'm 49 and have good an eye for talent and Bruce is in top 2 only to Rob Halford... Good company

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21 Shirley Bassey Shirley Bassey Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey is a Welsh singer whose career began in the mid-1950s, best known both for her powerful voice and for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker.

Amongst a sea full of POP Sopranos who dance their way through a number, Shirley Bassey stands out as a combo Alto/Mezzo Pitched Vocalist with powerful belting capabilities who can simply walk up to a microphone, and SING! Those in the audience are mesmerized as Bassey's body, arm, and hand movements are at one with her tremendous vocal ability and it brings each performance to another level. She IS a very unique performer!

This is really one of the unique voices! Along with Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, you can't forget this voice.

43, Are you f**kin' kidding me! She at least deserves top 20, the deep voice and thick vibrato this woman has is like no other! The only other distant comparison to Shirley is Amy Winehouse, and I stress DISTANT comparison! If you hear Shirley once, her voice will forever be engrained in your mind, it is literally unforgettable.

22 Ann Wilson Ann Wilson Ann Dustin Wilson is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the hard rock band Heart.

She is the greatest female power singer of all time! And even in her 60s she is still fantastic! Her range is unreal, her passion is over the top and way out there!

There no voice that sounds like hers.

The best female singer. Beyonce who?

What a voice it sounds like a Barracuca! Love it

23 Robert Plant Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant (born 20 August 1948) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Led Zeppelin is definitely a band I have always recognized thanks to Robert's voice

The singer for the greatest rock band of all time. His screechy yet somehow enjoyable voice is immediately recognizable. God I love the Zep...

Legendary Robert Plant. Led Zeppelin was the first live concert I ever attended. - jazzbea

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.

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24 Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.

Absolutely the most unique and recognizable voice in rock n roll. Unmistakable. I hate it and I love it at the same time. Their music is so undeniable that I have to love the band. I have every album in fact - they're all worth the investment. But if I have to be honest, I'd say that I think that the band could have gone further with a different singer.

His voice is simply amazing. So unique. A nice high voice. - TopTenTed

Omg this creature has a magical voice.

America was winning the cold war arms race until canada got geddy lee. His voice after inhaling a live chicken and breathing helium was announced as the ultimate doomsday weapon. A weapon of this magnitude could have knocked japan off the face of the earth and into a land of magical flying pink ponies. BEWARE of Geddy Lee's beautiful voice!

Like it or not, definitely the most unique voice. He is one of the few singers whose voice is unmistakable, along with Cobain and a couple of others. I honestly can say I find his voice a bit annoying but I respect his/and Rush's refusal to commercialize. No Pepsi products, no Apple promotion, just high quality musicians and lyrical genius

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25 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone, known professionally as Madonna, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears. She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically ...read more.

Madonna has an EXTREMELY versatile voice
" Like a Virgin " Girlie Pitch low-tone
" Shoo Bee Doo " Motown voice vibes
" La Isla Bonita " Spanish lullaby
" Express Yourself " Feminist-empowerment power-tone
" Sooner or Later " Broadway-Jazz
" Hanky Panky " Circus Showgirl
" What Can You Lose " Broadway ballad
" Justify My Love " Erotic-moan
" Where Life Begins " Spoken-word
" Secret " Soulful tone Voice
" Forbidden Love " sexually warm voice
" Another Sitcase in Another Suitcase " Clear Pitch-perfect, with Breathy voice
" Swim " Spiritual tone
" Don't Tell Me " Cow-girl Country

Are these comments really "Real" because you have no Clue what you people are talking about! She most definitely belongs on the list and WAY BETTER THAN number twentyfknfour

This is ranking the most unique voices not just the ones you like. Madonna is one of a kind. She has a unique tone and has sculpted het voice to be distinctive via clear diction and emotive interpretations of lyrics. Nobody sounds the same as Madonna. there's lots of technically good singers like mariah whitney and leona but their voices don't stand out at all.

No matter how sad or depressed I am. Madonna always gets me through it. I adore her and her voice is very distinct you can always tell it's her

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26 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

This charlatan is spammed on every list. - RobertWisdom

Proof that Eminem is vastly overrated. He's not even a singer. - RobertWisdom

best boi

He is amazingly amazing and he does know how to sing I will forever be able to tell his voice apart from anyone elses! THE ARTIST OF FOREVER IN MY EYES (:

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27 Ronnie James Dio 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.

He has the voice of an angel, rip Dio

Pavarotti of Heavy Metal! - Xenothor

How is he not even on the first page? This man brought a new era of voice quality in music and you shun him for his genre choice? This is a list of the most UNIQUE voices. Listen to Holy Diver, Rainbow in the Dark, Don't Talk to Strangers, and Rock n Roll Children, and tell me that voice is not only the best to ever conquer metal, but one the most unique to ever hit the face of the earth. RIP RJD

He should be at least top 5, one of the most unique voices to ever grace this earth. Honestly what the hell is wrong with these people on this list, most people compared to him sound like crap, plain and simple

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28 Jackie Evancho Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho (born April 9, 2000) is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and seven albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts. Evancho's 2017 album, Two Hearts, ...read more.

Unique? HaH! Try mind boggling, from another planet incredible, Heaven is missing one of its angels, drop dead, blow your socks off beautiful... Yeah, those come close to adequately describing the vocals of Miss Jacqueline Marie Evancho.

Routinely brings tears to the eyes of all listeners.. Her waveform patterns are unlike any other singer.. Her voice is unique.. It has been said that her voice is the only thing that dulls the pain of some chronic sufferers..

One of the few singers who can really sing "The Star Spangled Banner" properly, on-key, with all the words, and without lip-synching. I'd say that's unique.

Love listening to her voice, it is truly unique. No mistaking who is singing when she is on stage.

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29 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 metalcore/alternative 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.

The fact that he is a relatively new artist is actually a point against him, not for him. Other artists, many rated much lower than him, have more of a track record and their voices are more instantly recognizable. If you took one hundred people and played them a Matt Shawdows record and played them a Rolling Stones record, I guarantee at least 80 percent would recognize Mick Jagger's voice before Shadows'. Yet Jagger isn't even in the top hundred. The maker of this list really made an effort with the instructions at the top of this page to make this list legitimate. But in what seems to be typical Top Tens fashion, you guys ignore the category and just vote for your favorite singer whether they fit the category or not.

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30 Yma Sumak

I agree AMAZING voice. But she wasn't from Peru. Look at the name. Because of the total unique quality of her voice her handlers decided to change her name and give her an equally exotic story. Her real name was Amy Kamus, and she was from New Jersey. But that also adds to the story.

More unique than anyone else I've seen in this list so far. Peruvian, with a voice that spans five octaves, imitates animal sounds, goes from operatic to Andean. Most of these singers are commercial Top 40 types. You don't need to be unique to make it commercially, come on people.

The best voice spread on 5 octaves I've ever heard.

31 Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.

Even if you have only heard one of two of her songs it's really easy to recognize her songs. Her voice is really unique, rip Amy

Should be right up at the top with Joplin. The list is supposed to be "Unique" voices. That means it's impossible for another human to duplicate. The majority on this list, although popular and put out some great music, are easy to replicate. How many Michaels have we all heard? AND, His name should not be allowed anywhere after all the lives he ruined. - jazzbea

Yeah, not the best voice but definitely unique!

Any Winehouse because it's one of my favourite singers

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32 Jon Bon Jovi Jon Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.

For me it's always been really easy to recognize Bon Jovi's songs.

He is unique. Never seen any similar voice. Would like to be able sing like him

I always recognize JON Bon Jovi's voice... He has the most unique, no question. He definitely gives you the creeps.

Jon Bon Jovi has the most unique and best voice in the business. No one else sounds like him. All the new stuff sounds the same! - vadnj0

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33 Billy Corgan Billy Corgan William Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, television writer, poet, and professional wrestling promoter best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins.

I like bald man. Look its billie eilish

Sorry, there is no doubt this guy deserves votes for this contest. One of the MOST unique voices whether you like the way he sounds or not.

His voice is just amazing no one else sings like him at all! HIS VOICE IS SO AMAZING BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE

His voice is extremely unique, it's just so powerfully eerie... In a good way, lol.

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34 Aretha Franklin 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.

Are you people on drugs? This woman is the ' Queen of Soul.

Stop watching music videos and go put on some vinyl and listen to real music.

35 Tiny Tim Tiny Tim Herbert Buckingham Khaury, known professionally as Tiny Tim, was an American singer, most of the time ukulele player, and musical archivist.

What a strange and unusual voice!... I somewhat like it though.

So low, Tiny Tim has one of the most unique voices of all time!

His voice is strange but I like it;-)

Tip toe through the tulips!

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36 Kim Jaejoong Kim Jaejoong Kim Jae-joong, also known mononymously as Jaejoong, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, director and designer. He is best known as a member of the Korean pop group JYJ, and was one of the original members of boy band TVXQ.

His voice is wonderful, amazing and easily distinguished.
His voice covers a wide range, even doing a cover of "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston with his band mates, no doubt a challenging song to sing.
Furthermore, he was initially tone deaf and had to work really really hard for his voice to become what it is today.

You can distinguish jaejoong's voice easily, because his voice is so unique.
You can feel different emotions when you listen to his music. He is definitely a great artist.

He has the most angelic, unique husky voice I've ever heard. Not only that, Kim Jaejoong was able to deliver the emotions very well effortlessly, unlike other singers. It's a very RARE voice and once you've heard it, you'll be smitten day and night.

His voice is really wonderful and unique. You can soon distinguish his voice from all the other voice. His voice let a person feel comfortable and relaxed. His range is very wide, and can sing all kinds of different types of songs, like rock, pop, ballad, R&B, etc.

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37 Florence Welch Florence Welch Florence Leontine Mary Welch is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. She is best known as the lead vocalist of the indie rock band Florence + the Machine.

Her voice is completely her own. No one sounds like her. She sounds so different and unique that a lot of people don't actually like her voice because of how not contemporary it is. To me, and many others though her voice is beautiful.

Yes I love Florence so much. Her voice and lyrics are really unique she should get bumped up oh and Lorde too

Florence Welch rocks. Her voice is so warm, more deep, and has an amazing energy.

The most amazing singer of her generation. Better than Adele. Her voice is so hauntingly fantastic.

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38 Rob Halford Rob Halford Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.

Sings like a man and screams like a devil. He is the Painkiller and he should be higher - TheDarkOne_221b

Hey, ever listened to Painkiller, Dreamer Deceiver, Victim of Changes, Resurrection... Etc. Etc.? People who voted for Michael Jackson, Sarah Brightman, Britney Spears and the rest of those pop singers up there, who has never possessed any great vocal quality at all and got popular through lyrics and dance routines (excepting MJ perhaps), you really don't know what the term "Unique Voice" means. COME ON, Rob Halford had a 6 octave vocal range and still has over 4 and a half octave at the age of 60+! He can sing, he can scream, he can growl, he can hit the extreme highest note[painkiller, Resurrection etc. ] could hit extremely dark low notes[Dreamer Deceiver, Dying to meet you etc. ], could hit all kinds of note in one song with strong vibrato [e.G. victim of Changes, Dreamer Deceiver] and people actually gives the number one position to someone else?! Rob Halford had, has and will always have the most unique voice in music history. Anybody thinking otherwise... Please please just ...more

The fact that Rob is this low and Lemmy is 99th just shows how wrong this list is. These two voices innovated the style of metal and just by listening to them you can hear their uniqueness. How is Adele's voice more unique than this? It isn't. That's how.

Since you can't change the twisted minds of the pop music sheep, I'll take this opportunity to salute one of my top three vocalists...ever. I first heard this guy in 1976 " Sinner" and have been a fan ever since.

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39 David Archuleta David Archuleta David James Archuleta is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.

He should of won America Idol, I haven't watch American Idol since.

Not enough people know his voice for him to be this high. I haven't seen Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Bob Seger, John Fogerty, or Rod Stewart yet, all of whom, along with many others, have a much more recognizable voice than Archuleta? Is that his name? I don't even recognize his name, much less his voice.

No one sounds like David, his voice is unique and amazing. Listen to his Live Performances, be careful you just may turn into a fangirl/guy unwillingly and there's no turning back.

The strongest voice is not always the most unique one. So, I definitely think that all the singers that are above David in that list have stronger voices than him, but his voice is without a doupt the most unique.

40 Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records ...read more.
41 Kyuhyun Kyuhyun Cho Kyu-hyun (born February 3, 1988) is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior, its sub-groups, Super Junior-M and Super Junior-K.R.Y., and a former member of the South Korean ballad group S.M. The Ballad. He is one of the first four Korean artists ...read more.

He is so cute and his voice is strong and male. You can feel the emotion when he is singing.

This is the third time I've seen him on the list. Or maybe it was just some other people with stupid Asian names.

I'm really sure that he is the best

Kyuhyun have an amazing voice

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42 Bryan Adams Bryan Adams Bryan Guy Adams is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, photographer, philanthropist and activist.

I've listened to hundreds of singers, but only one ever sounded like Bryan Adams, and that was Bryan Adams. His voice also works perfectly with every song he sings, making it not only unique, but also one of the best.

His voice is so beautifully raspy and edgy. He suits rock genres the best.

43 Lemmy Kilmister Lemmy Kilmister Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.

Really? Lemmy needs to be higher on this list! Sure, he may not be the most beautiful or melodic singer in the world but his greasy voice was perfect for motörhead! And the list is about uniqueness right? I've never heard anyone even close to sounding like Lemmy!

44 Whitney Houston 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.

She is the best, anyone admits it!

Lets just call her the voice. Lot of people can imitate her but very few have the range or the control to be able to
Transition through a note the way Whitney can. Also what the hell is she doing down here at 60.?

Surely we will never hear any voice even near hers again..

Hello? She is THE VOICE! No one has or will ever have her tone in combination with her range and talent for singing! She knew when to hit a high note, a belt or a whistle. No one else does like her. SHE IS THE VOICE

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45 Bon Scott Bon Scott Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, ...read more.

No one can sing like him. - Metalmann13

This is a list for most unique, not best singers

Should be higher on this list at least in the top 10 - KillerQueen1774

If you don't recognize an AC/DC song after the guitar riff you identify it at least after the rough voice of Bon Scott.

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46 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. He died of ...read more.

I would be able to recognize Johnny Cash's voice anywhere, no matter what song!

Just... listen to a single song of his and you'll know what I mean.

There was only one Man in Black, that gravel voice had no equal.

No one compares to johnny's deep voice

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47 Cher Cher Cher is an American singer and actress. Her song Believe was the first song to use autotune. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety ...read more.

She needs to be in the top 10! Cher has literally one of the most unique voices of all time. No one can imitate it but her. - TuneGod92

Cher is an ABSOLUTE LIVING LEGEND with arguably the most unique voice of all time.

Cher has the MOST UNIQUE FEMALE VOICE OF ALL TIME. In fact, it's more unique than just about all the other singers on this list.

One of the most unique and recognizable voices in music history. Legend.

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48 Dido Dido Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong, known as Dido, is a British singer and songwriter.

She's got the most unique voice! By the way she writes all her lyrics, she plays piano, guitar, recorder, violin, drums, etc. She also programs and records her songs. That's what makes a musician. - drdina

Love her! One criticism, though. It's great that she writes her own songs and plays instruments, and usually I would give her great props for that myself. However, that has nothing to do with whether her voice is unique or not. Stick to the category.

Just listen Stan

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50 James Hetfield James Hetfield James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

There's nothing I like more than James' "yeahs" and "oughs" one of the greatest singers ever.

His voice was probably inspired by Rob Zombie.

NO ONE CAN BEAT THIS MIGHTY TABLE!

You don't even need music and you can know it's the mighty table himself, all you have to do is hear a "YEAH". For me the way that makes him unique is his style for example "deep down inside I feel the scream-AH"

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