Top 10 Most Unique Singing VoicesWhen it comes to music, there's something truly magical about a singer with a distinct and unmistakable voice. It's that special quality that sets them apart from the rest, making their songs instantly recognizable and unforgettable. These are the singers who have a trademark sound that is entirely their own.
Now, when we say unique singing voice, we don't mean just the best singers or the ones with the widest vocal range. We're talking about the ones who have a certain quality to their voice that sets them apart from the crowd. The ones who, even if you've never heard the song before, you instantly recognize it as theirs.
So, let's make one thing clear: this is not a list of the best singers. Instead, this is a list of the people with the most unique singing voices. It's not about how much you like their songs, how well they sing, their octave range, or whether or not you think they're attractive. It's all about that one-of-a-kind sound that they bring to the table.
Hmm, show me someone who can sing Another One Bites The Dust so perfectly. No? What about We Will Rock You? No? Then give me a dying rockstar and ask them to sing The Show Must Go On as touchingly and amazingly as Freddie did. No again? End of the case. Whether his voice is theatrical, powerful, or hauntingly beautiful, there will never be anyone who can replicate it. If you disagree, you're lost. Mercury: 1946 - Infinity. Long live the Queen.
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.
Freddie Mercury is the greatest singer ever! He had an incredible vocal range of 4 octaves. His voice could go as high as D6 as seen in the song Save Me and can go as low as F2 in Somebody to Love. However, it's not his vocal range that made his voice unique; there are singers with greater vocal ranges than Freddie. No, it was the distinctive hard rock tone he had in his voice.
His voice is magic! His harmonies are smooth like butter. He expresses emotion perfectly - pitch perfect. Otherworldly in every way. Peter Pan embodied. He studied the Greats and made it his own, taking it further like Disney, the future sound. Check out Human Nature live @Wembley88 and Smooth Criminal!
The voice having not only an impossible range but also some style from the falsetto "hee hee," the modification of "come on" to "shamone," and the screams that get you off your seat... ughh, no point in asking even, he is the best. However, I couldn't deny the fact that it brought me to a very long laughing state when I saw a Mongol name at the top. I don't even know that guy. Michael Jackson, no need for comparison. He has the purest, most consoling yet so high and strong voice. He has the undeniable signature. Whenever you hear his voice, even if he is in disguise, you'll recognize him.
I feel like a lot of people are voting for their favorite 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.
Louis Armstrong has the most unique voice of all time, hands down. Others may have great voices too, but no one's as unique and as special as his. He truly is a legend.
He has such a beautiful voice, and you can't compare it to anything. Along with him playing the trumpet, he's one of my favorite musicians of all time.
Acidic, nasal, rough, and outstanding voice. Not words that can typically go together, but it's a great description of John Lennon. "Yer Blues" off the White Album is a perfect example, including "Twist and Shout" off of Please Please Me. After recording "Twist and Shout," John Lennon couldn't speak and also said afterward that every time he swallowed, it "felt like sandpaper." Truly a unique voice.
This isn't a list of best singers. This is a list of most unique voices. Therefore, most of the comments here are useless. This voice is so iconic. Who else could you consider singing Strawberry Fields Forever? This man has a one-of-a-kind voice. And though he doesn't have as large a vocal range as Paul, his voice is definitely the most unique out there. (Except for maybe Freddie Mercury, another unique singer.)
Amazing and unique voice that is able to best show off his amazing, brutally honest, poignant, creative, cutting-edge, unflinchingly self-reflective, and otherworldly lyrics and wonderful melodies. John Lennon was and will always be incomparable. Miss him every single day!
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.
This list is crap. I don't even know over 90% of the singers on here, and only 5% of the ones I do know have good voices. But their voices aren't unique. Amy Lee really needs to be higher on the list. And Chester is in the 20s?! This should be number 1 on my list of the top 10 worst top 10 lists. Listen to a song like 'Waiting for the End' or 'Breaking the Habit'; they really showcase his voice. Like others have said, this list isn't about how good the voice is (although his is amazing); it's about how unique it is. So artists like John Lennon shouldn't be all the way up there, and neither should any lip-syncing pop artist.
Start with a naturally beautiful and crazily athletic voice, pair it with a crazily intelligent and creative noggin, then set it free to roam the enchanted forests of Scandinavia, plastic-packed dollar store wonderlands of New York or London, and grimy crevices of East German alleys...and then have a party, fall in love, wake up bright-eyed and clear, feel sad and ecstatic, be grounded and floating all at the same time. Her voice is a giant kaleidoscope exploding in a little girl's infinite dreams. Not the greatest vocalist...but certainly among the most unique and powerfully groundbreaking.
I feel like a lot of voters here are misunderstanding what we're ranking. Many of the highest-ranked singers on this list might have very good or powerful singing voices, but they're not unique.
Quite simply, there is no other musician out there who sounds quite like Björk. Love her or not, I can't see anyone arguing that her voice is totally different.
Unique for sure. He's always been primarily an extraordinarily talented songwriter rather than a singer.
No way he's more unique, if that's the only criterion here, than David Bowie, ranked higher than Dylan yes, but should be top 5 if not 1.
I knew this list needed help when I didn't see Liz Fraser of Cocteau Twins, but seriously... where's Steve Perry? Beyond talented, I'd recognize his voice laughing backwards. Ah. We all have our observations... and Roy Orbison?
People don't understand this guy's range. People say Mick Jagger's talking, not singing, voice is better than Dylan's beautiful voice. Listen to Like a Rolling Stone, Lay Lady Lay, and Just like a Woman in a row. This guy is third to Lennon and McCartney when it comes to singing.
I despise Bob Dylan, but I will admit that, while he doesn't have the most recognizable voice, he does have the most unique. No other acclaimed singer sounds like they just smoked 100,000 cigarettes right before singing and talks their lyrics rather than sings them.
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 about the most unique voice, not whose voice could mentally corrupt your brain the fastest. If it were about that, she would be right underneath Justin Bieber.
I had to vote for Freddy, but Axl Rose should be at least in the top 10, if not top 5. Guns 'N Roses is my favorite band (mostly because of Slash), and Axl's voice stands out so much from other singers. It's not a traditionally beautiful voice, but it's energetic, unique, confusingly sexy, and addicting to listen to. Coincidentally, I'm just listening to "Pretty Tied Up" for the 10th time in a row already because I can't stop listening to him when I start.
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.
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 belt it out like thunder. She left us way too soon. Epic.
Her voice is actually unique, unlike half of this pathetic popularity contest. Seriously, people, what's with all the generic, fake pop artists?
Keep in mind that "unique" doesn't necessarily mean "good." I'm seeing a lot of people forming opinions about whether these individuals can sing or not. This list focuses on instantly recognizing someone's voice because it is distinctly different from everyone else's. You don't have to pause and think, "Hmm... who is this? It sounds familiar."
That's where Amy Lee shines. Her gorgeous voice is truly hers and cannot be mistaken. It is a fact that her voice is unique. Whether or not you like her voice is a matter of personal opinion.
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 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 onstage and all that jazz.
Han Geng definitely has the most unique singing voice. He went from singing Earth Song to Dancing Machine. He puts so much emotion into his music, which also makes his voice unique and special.
Han Geng may not have perfect singing skills, but his expression towards songs is precise and touching, always attracting me into the songs' emotions.
Hangeng is one of the most perfect dancers in the world. His voice is very gentle and unique. His styles of song are changeable and improving by leaps and bounds! Fight!
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.
As much as I like both singers, it is a bit appalling to see Adele below Avril Lavigne on the list. There is a huge difference between the most unique and your favorite singers. Many girls can sing like Avril Lavigne, but who in the world can sing like Adele?
She is known for her unique and soulful voice, especially when her voice cracks or breaks; it sounds so beautiful. I love her vibrato too. But what about Sia, Rihanna, Mariah, Alicia Keys, and Fantasia? Their voices are unique too and hard to copy.
Kurt Cobain was a genius. His music, lyrics, passion, and style are the definition of unique. There will never be another artist like him with so much raw talent and enough humor and charisma to draw you in. Once you were in, you realized it was great and his music could not be denied. His ailments, mixed with his self-reality of disliking fame and being constantly afraid of compromising his musical values and becoming a sellout, add a selfish, junkie, gold digger, combative narcissist to prey on you and your weaknesses like a lion preys on the weak in nature and call her wifey; his own dark drug dependence... He was too good for this world. I believe God took him before he was swallowed whole by the evil of Courtney and others who took advantage. He would have gone insane trying to live with her in life. God bless Frances Bean. He loved his daughter.
Kurt Cobain's voice is great and without a doubt unique. Too bad his fans are idiots who have to put down other (better) singers to believe that themselves.
Layne Staley is, by far, the most unique, emotional, and amazing voice I have ever heard. Every word this guy sings, the listener can feel the emotion he had and the pain he went through. With his struggles, he was so broken and yet had such a strong voice! He could sing really low and then sing really high as well, making him one of the best vocalists in terms of range. Every time he picked up a microphone, you knew it was him singing. He was very underrated and overlooked, and deserves to be at least in the top 3 on this list!
As of now, Layne Staley is number 30 on this list. But really, he has one of the most unique voices ever. I'm surprised people haven't voted him up to the top ten of unique voices. No one can ever sound like him; it's his anatomy, he's unique. Most music on the radio today, the voices all sound the same because the singers are taught to sing a certain way, a certain style, instead of being themselves.
Robert Plant is the definition of unique. He sings in such a different style compared to everyone else. He sings up at the very top of his vocal range and with insane sustain ability, as shown in The Immigrant Song. He even sounds unique when doing a more generic style, like in the beginning of Stairway (in which post-solo he sings in his normal style), partially because he uses unique techniques like natural modulation from getting closer and further from the microphone. This makes it so that he always sounds different no matter what he is singing.
If you actually listen to his works, ranging from Led Zeppelin to his collaboration with Alison Krauss, you can see (or hear, really) that he has a screechy, emotional, and loud voice essential to hard rock. He also has this gentle, soothing, and well-toned voice, much of a "conventional" singing voice. His vocal range is amazing, and he is definitely not given enough credit for his versatile vocal ability.
The most recognizable voice in the world, absolutely unique. An amazing singer became the top of the world without videos, digital enhancement, and not a computer in sight. Made it on his own merit. A wonderfully kind man who helped so many people but was used and abused by people around him, in particular his greedy compulsive gambler manager, Parker, an illegal Dutch immigrant. Dosed Elvis up with literally thousands of prescription drugs to keep him awake and to put him to sleep. Exploited him so he could make money for the casinos. Elvis died in the prime of his life from a heart attack. God bless him, the biggest star ever and a beautiful human being.
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 his untimely death. Long live the King.
I apologize to everyone else on this list, but I have to vote for Serj Tankian. He has an amazingly unique voice, and I know for a fact that anyone who has ever listened to his voice, then heard it again later in an entirely unfamiliar song, would instantly recognize that it was him singing. I had only ever heard him sing in System of a Down, but I 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!
Uniqueness does not stem from popularity. Although Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain, and John Lennon have undoubtedly amazing voices, their voices are not unique. Various musicians possess the timbral qualities of these singers. This is not to say they are matched in talent, just in the inherent qualities of their voices. I have yet to hear anyone's natural singing voice sound anything like Serj's.
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!
Ranked 43? Are you kidding me? She at least deserves a spot in the top 20. The deep voice and thick vibrato this woman has are like no other. The only distant comparison to Shirley is Amy Winehouse, and I stress, DISTANT comparison. If you hear Shirley once, her voice will forever be ingrained in your mind. It's literally unforgettable.
This is really one of the unique voices! Along with Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, you can't forget this voice.
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 her voice to be distinctive via clear diction and emotive interpretations of lyrics. Nobody sounds the same as Madonna. There are lots of technically good singers like Mariah, Whitney, and Leona, but their voices don't stand out at all.
I'm very nonplussed at why so many think this angel-voiced lady can't sing. She hits the low notes perfectly. That's what makes her voice beautiful and unusual.
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.
For years, I have loved Anthony Kiedis more than any other singer in the world. Next, it was Zack de la Rocha. Then, it went to Maynard James Keenan. It has finally come down to 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 voice has the same beauty element; however, it also possesses much more. I feel his voice can match almost anyone else's in history. His voice on the lesser-known tracks had this melodic essence 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 of Jonathan's. Twist? No one matches it. The breakdown in "Freak On A Leash"? Few can match it. And so far, no one has incorporated his screaming style into their own music. The continuous "mainstream" scream can be found all the way from Metallica/Slayer to Slipknot/Disturbed. KoRn is set apart. Jonathan is set apart. His voice amazes me more and more each day.
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.
Surely, this singer was great as both the lead singer of Black Sabbath and a solo singer. It is really easy to recognize his middle-toned voice, and it is hard not to. As far as uniqueness goes, though... wow.
People must not read what this list is about. Unique voice. Ozzy may not have the best technical voice, but sure as hell has one of the most unique voices and should be in the top 5 for sure.
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.
No matter how many comparisons the man's voice has had to unpleasant things over the years, you cannot deny the unique sonic quality and technical prowess he possesses. Personally, I never found Geddy's voice annoying. Here he is, almost 40 (!) years later, and he still sounds good. Even someone like Sting (who's also been around almost 40 years) has ruined his voice. Geddy is #1.
The moment you heard this unique voice, you knew it was Heart! Robert Plant is next, and I agree, but he should be higher. I'm going to be so mad if Steve Perry or Dennis DeYoung aren't on this list...
Seriously, she's below Bjork? Who made this list?
There's no voice that sounds like hers.
There are a lot of people who are voting on this list without any idea of what they are voting for. The list is for "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 possess a unique voice, one must have a voice that cannot be compared to another singer's; a voice that is unmistakable. This description perfectly suits David Bowie. I have never heard anyone sing and sound like David Bowie. Do I think David Bowie is the greatest singer ever? No, but he is certainly in the top 10. Does he have the most unique voice ever? Absolutely, yes.
It's hard to believe that anyone other than Bowie would or could ever occupy the #1 position on the chart of the 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 contribution. For five 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.
This list seems more based on skill because his voice is very unique, kind of like a cross between the weird, near comic voice of Weird Al and the almost whiny voice of Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory.
Sorry, there is no doubt that this guy deserves votes for this contest. He has one of the most unique voices, whether you like the way he sounds or not.
So unique and not to everyone's taste, but carries an impact whether loud or quiet. Amazing.