Top 10 Singers with the Most Powerful Singing Voice

The notes soar effortlessly, full of raw energy and emotion. Your heart races a little faster, maybe you even get goosebumps. That undeniable feeling when you know you're witnessing something special, something that leaves you in awe.

We're diving into the world of vocal powerhouses - the singers who command the stage with their sheer force and dynamic range.

Have you been mesmerized by a soaring opera singer? Maybe it's the gritty passion of a rock legend or a soul singer's effortless belts that leave you speechless. This is your chance to celebrate those unforgettable voices.
The Top Ten
1 David Phelps David Norris Phelps is an American Christian music vocalist, songwriter and vocal arranger, who is best known for singing tenor in the Gaither Vocal Band.

Please listen to this voice from God! If you've not heard of this wonderful tenor and human being, there is truly no way of comparing him to anyone above him on this list. He could choose to sing any genre of music he wanted to, but he chooses to sing Christian Gospel music. Others have beautiful voices and they have their specific genres they sing, but I love that he says with Christian music all genres are open to you!

He has been singing his heart out and working on his craft, mostly unseen and unheard of in a secular society. So sad, because when he sings, so many are transported straight to Heaven. David Phelps is truly one of a kind. If anyone doubts this, they have only to watch him sing The Dream!

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

He has the most powerful voice in this galaxy.

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

There is no comparison to his unique vocals. Every male singer on this list sings within their categorized range, and I have heard most of them. They are not able to transmit the feelings expressed in the lyrics through their singing. Dimash K. does not just sing. He feels the song and makes you feel it too. It's like he embraces you and takes you on a journey with him through the lyrics.

Dimash Kudaibergen's vocal range is 5 to 6 octaves. He has absolute control over his voice. If you talk about extraordinary voices, this is your man. For that and much, much more, I vote for him.

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

Amazing. The most powerful, beautiful voice ever. Every song came with meaning. Listen to "Somebody to Love" or the best example, "Bohemian Rhapsody." "We Are the Champions"... You name any Queen song, and there's meaning and power behind it.

Freddie was the greatest singer to walk this planet. He's my hero! Freddie Mercury had a killing disease and still performed until the day he was deceased from HIV/AIDS. Unlike some singers who call in sick from a minor cold or small fever, he never had his voice distorted to sound better. He was just naturally talented with his God-given voice.

Rest in peace, dear Freddie Mercury.

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

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

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

She has a very great voice, a beautiful one at that. She is a talented woman, and most of all, she is my idol. Listen to her song "I Will Always Love You." It's like experiencing the feeling of loving someone and being loved in return.

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

It's Mariah Carey, the artist with the most number-one singles ever. Not to mention the longest #1 song on US charts, ever. She has an incredible vocal range that spans five octaves, including an impossible whistle register. Christina has maybe a four-octave vocal range, just saying. She continuously releases incredibly popular songs.

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

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

6 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson (Michael Joseph Jackson; August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter. He passed away from cardiac arrest caused by a propofol and benzodiazepine overdose on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael... read more

My opinion: Michael was the most diverse singer to date. He could sing any genre in any scale. He had a tremendous vocal range with a very clear and highly resonating sound. He also had a rare ability to belt with extreme power.

When he was singing high notes with so much power, others would just cease to sing and start to shout. This post only covers a part of his performing skills, which, in my opinion, really make him the best performer of all time.

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

7 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... read more

Queen of Soul. She sang for a president, and he cried. It was moving. No rivals.

There need to be separate categories here. These voices don't mix well on one list. These are bad comparisons.

Why isn't Aretha Franklin at the top of the list for most powerful singing voices? Just listen to Think or Say a Little Prayer for You.

She has the most powerful voice I've ever heard. Also, her songs are really beautiful.

8 Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, (born 7 August 1958) 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.Outside his career in music, Dickinson has pursued a number... read more

Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden beats every pop musician on this list. I am as surprised as hell that there are no more power metal vocalists on this list, like Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian, who should be number 1.

This list is so damn biased it's not funny, because people don't even know who half of the musicians on this list are. People who listen to pop probably don't even know who Blind Guardian is, let alone Iron Maiden.

Oh my God, we're talking about powerful voices, not who is your favorite. Bruce Dickinson was the singer of Iron Maiden. He needs a powerful voice because of the genre of his songs. He is famous for his powerful scream. Some people need to listen to one of his songs. Think about that.

Here are some of his songs you can enjoy:

- Hallowed Be Thy Name
- Fear of the Dark
- Dance of Death
- Trooper


9 Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988) 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... read more

I love Adele! She has such an amazing voice! She has raw talent, and that is all she basically needs to win my vote. I've listened to Rolling in the Deep and Set Fire to the Rain over and over and can't get bored of them.

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

Adele is much too underrated. Sure, she doesn't have the most impressive range, but she definitely uses what she has. From B2 - E5 - Bb5 is all she needs. Honestly, Adele is amazing and has such power behind her voice.

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

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

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

Clearly, she is an angel.

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

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

Rhydian has the most amazing and mesmerizing voice. He sings with such emotion, it just draws you in.

A good singer, but should be nowhere near the top. Pavarotti would drown his voice out on stage.

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

Adam Lambert is the best male singer today. No doubt. Adam is awesome. Regardless of the high notes that Adam achieves, it is important to realize the quality of his voice in the high notes. He has a lot of technique and natural talent.

Adam uses a lot of mixed voice. He has a strong, explosive, and penetrating voice. Besides, Adam has excellent dynamics and control. Oh, and without forgetting that belting is a technical marvel of Adam! Adam Lambert also is a showman on stage!

I was raised on Sinatra, fell in love with the Beatles, adored Richie Havens, protested with Dylan, got stoned with Freddie Mercury, and then felt abandoned. But when I heard Adam Lambert on Idol, he gave me back the gift of music! His magnificent voice is full of purity, joy, and love. Each note is simply perfection, and no one else on this list even comes close.

13 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her four-octave vocal range has received critical acclaim, and her personal life has been the subject of widespread media attention. She has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including two Grammy... read more

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

Are you all kidding me? She should be the highest. #1 because her voice has so much more range and power than all of these... and not only that... it actually sounds gorgeous. Angelic.

No other artist has ever made me care for music. I'm not a musician or singer, but when someone has the most incredible voice in the world, I will know. I found out the day I listened to Ariana. She is amazing. Y'all are stupid for choosing Adele over her... Y'all are stupid for choosing anyone over her.

14 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. Before he was known for Linkin Park, Bennington was the lead singer of post-grunge act Grey Daze who was heavily inspired by Stone... read more

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

Linkin Park is amazing in any song, from In the End to All for Nothing. He had the strongest voice ever. Listen to Lost in the Echo, What I've Done, Numb, and Pushing Me Away, and you'll see how strong his voice is.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Of all the singers on this list, Dio is either the best or the second-best (Freddie Mercury is also an incredible vocalist). But to be honest, I can't even take this list seriously. I mean, Gaga at number 19? Really? As an artist, she deserves respect, but as a vocalist, she certainly doesn't belong on a list of the most powerful singing voices.

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

Carrie Underwood has a voice that is unparalleled in its power, both in the strength of her vocals and in the power of the emotions she injects into her music. Go see her performance of How Great Thou Art with Vince Gill. That is all the proof you will need.

I have heard Carrie Underwood perform in person, and I was absolutely blown away by the power in her voice while keeping it totally controlled without relying on any vocal tricks to stay on key. This woman can truly bring the house down. Amazing.

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

Should definitely be on the list. Talented.

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

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

I'm a bass singer. People tell me my voice is as powerful as Josh Groban's, but when I had a solo at school three weeks ago, I had to sing all of his song "Believe." Oh my God, it's impossible! He does it so powerfully. My voice doesn't even have a quintillionth as much power as his.

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

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

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

Steve Perry has the most incredible voice I have ever heard. Every time I hear him sing, whether it's from his solo career or Journey, the heart and soul he puts into his music is unmistakable. Arnel may bear some sound resemblance to Mr. Perry, but Arnel can never hold a candle to Steve, ever. I am forever yours, Steve Perry, faithfully...

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

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

She is amazing! Listen to I'm Not Living Without You. I will pray for all materials made of glass in your house. I'm just a young boy overwhelmed by notes.
This list is messed up. Adele? FORGET HER!

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

145? Come on! With the movie Sing, she does voice-over singing. Blew us away! Who made this list? I saw JLo on here. That's a joke, right? Talk about auto-tune. Britney Spears? Lol, and Bruno Mars too. He's way too far down. The order is messed up badly.

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

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

Such a good singer. She has a strong vocal.

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

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

25 Graham Bonnet Graham Bonnet is an English rock singer and songwriter. He has recorded and performed as a solo artist and as a member of several hard rock and heavy metal bands including Rainbow, the Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz, and Impellitteri.

Graham Bonnet is a very, very good singer with an amazingly powerful voice. Have a listen to Rainbow, Alcatrazz, or Michael Schenker Group, and you'll see. I can't believe he wasn't even on this list! He should be in the top 5.

One of the loudest voices ever (Rainbow - All Night Long).

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