Top 10 Singers with a Vocal Range Between 4 and 5 OctavesThis includes vocal ranges within the interval from 4 octaves, 1/2 note to 4 octaves, 7-1/2 notes.
This list was inspired by the TopTens user zxm and his lists "Best Singers with a 4 Octave Vocal Range" and "Best Singers with a Five Octave Vocal Range".
This list covers singers with vocal ranges that are between 4 and 5 octaves - more than 4 octaves but less than 5. I needed to make this list because many great singers fall into this category.
Even though range isn't everything, a wide range is always welcome, especially when the singer also has some great vocal skills.
@zxm - the only singer with proven and recorded 6 octave range is Mike Patton (he actually has 6+). The guys with 5 and 5+ octaves I am sure about are: Axl Rose, Corey Taylor, David Lee Roth and Ville Valo. Maybe there are more but I haven't heard of them.
And yes, I understand you - high pitched singers and tenors usually make an impression of a bigger range because they hit higher notes. If you ask people who has a wider range, Rob Halford or Axl Rose, most of the people would answer Rob Halford. But the range of Axl Rose is wider. People just don't pay attention to the lowest notes a singer can hit. Range is something you can measure and is objective.
My favorite since I was 16. I'm 56 now and I always have Halford at the ready. Priest's evolution and the way they changed their sound throughout their career always had me wondering what the next album would be like, but it's Halford's voice that really hooked me, like a talon from a metal eagle that...nevermind
It's close between Rob Halford at his peak and Geoff Tate of Queensryche at his, who's not even been shortlisted here. For sheer POWER I'd go with Geoff Tate, his control is phenomenal. Rob Halford is awesome too and possibly more consistent live.
Have seen and heard Rob Halford and Judas Priest in three different decades, 1980's, 2000's, and 2010's. Greatest long term range of all time. First time 1983. Last time 2019. Sounds just as good now, range wise, as he did then. #1 ranking is justified.
He has LEAST a 5 range...just go and listen to very early SUN records days, then the lows on many 70's recordings like, "For The Heart" and many, many others...ELVIS is just incredible!
His voice had meaning. He didn't just sing, he told a story.
He is the only singer who could sing other peoples songs better than the originals
There is no other artist more versatile across the music spectrum than Elvis Presley.
In terms of range elvis may not take it (even then his range was almost 4 and a half octaves, from E1-G5) but in terms of technique and style elvis clearly was is and probably forever will be the king
No female in recording has a greater octave range and more vocal muscle than Mariah Carey. There have been lots of great female voices over the decades, but nobody can match Mariah. It's just the way it is.
I'll give you Mariah because she has earned her place, just not this high on the list. There's so many crap singers ie: Miley Cyrus, Demi Lavoto, and frankly some men that don't belong, and some that don't belong as low on the list. No mention of Ann Heart, Cher just to name a few. in my humble opinion, this list is jacked up and missing some excellent and talented singers. Disappointed 😔
Didn't see Mark Slaughter either. Big mistake.
Can sing but beautiful
Best voice. Highest range
I didn't know vocal range mattered in rock music. However I vote for the one and only Freddie Mercury. The most creative song writer and absolutely unparrelled showman to ever exist.
Better than any other singer. Absolutely the most talented! His almost 5 octave voice sounds like an angel and he's hot as hell!
Freddie has a beautiful singing voice, very lush, very powerful and with wondeful tones. His voice is four solid octaves F2 to F6 plus 8 semi tones. I'm surprised he isn't in the top ten
The Best for ever, unique voice, amazing talant - unforgetable singer, composer and artist. Freddie is original! Freddie is genius! Freddie is the God of Rock! Freddie is love!
She's got 4 octaves, 1/2 note.
Brendon Urie has a vocal range of 4 octaves and 7 notes as of 2016. He's obviously grown since then. He has a higher vocal range than both Cristina Aguilera and Elvis Presley. He is one of most underrated singers of all time. Not only does he have an amazing voice but he also is self-taught and knows how to control his voice. He has been in a band since 2005, straight out of high school, originally as the guitarist. Brendon has natural talent and doesn't need some mouth deformation to have a wider range.
He is such a magnetic personality and his voice is so good. Live he is just as dynamic as he is on his albums, and he flexes those high notes so well.
Three octaves in This Is Gospel alone...and it expands from there. His range is incredible (sometimes I'll think that his voice is actually a guitar because of how high the note is), and he manages to make his high notes sound really good. He deserves so much more credit than he receives.
Brendon Urie is probably the best vocalist of our time. I've seen him live in concert many times and have kept up with the band for years. He is in my opinion also one of the most underrated artist in the United States. I hope people will soon see the true talent he is.
In his own he created a style of vocals that opened up a generation of metal singers that have taken his style for their own Phil Anselmo should go down as one of the best.
Kick mariah carey ofc this list she is an embarrassment. She can't even sing her own song on new years eve. Lip snycin phony.
Phil is the man but Mike Patton had the best range of all time.
He hits an A5 (! ) In the high screaming part @ the end of Cemetery Gates and also an F#1 a few times on Floods. That makes him a baritone with 4 octave range and a few notes
Best singer in the Beatles and one of the best singers in rock period. Despite him being a tenor he had a usable 5 octaves (from A1 to A6). Also probably the only person on this list (besides elvis and some others) who can truest use his full range in a musical setting.
The absolute best!
He is the best amazing range and he could sing anything at his prime
One of the best
That vocal range and so well managed...
A singer with 4 octaves, 2-1/2 notes (E2 to G#6).
Simply the best
Prince is the most talented and most complete musician and performing artist the world has ever seen! His voice was yet another one of his instruments he used to great effect!
Great voice, could do many different styles. One of the most eccentric and unique on any list.
Best technique and innovation. A Uber talented genius.
Nothing compares to him. Low range magnificant. High notes are ridiculous.
David has incredibly powerful vocals and is, in my opinion, one of the best metal singers of all time. His voice grants anyone who is listening a feeling of being indestructible. Additionally, his vocal cover of The Sound of Silence is undeniably one of his most moving performances.
I could listen to this man sing and talk for hours. His voice has such a range from evil to angelic. Extreamly talented man, as are the other members of the band. Love Disturbed.
His singing in Songs if Silence was the most beautiful and moving performance sine Geoff Tate's in Silent Lucidity.
His voice is easy to listen to. His range was a very pleasant surprise and he has great control.
His vocal delivery, bluesy voice and stage presence are one of a kind...one of the few singers of classic rock whose vocal cords have held up through the years...pulling off otherwordly falsettos and hitting both high and low notes that most singers could only dream of...he's definitely in the top 5 of the greatest voices in Rock Music...Right there with plant, mercury, dickinson and haltford
His vocal delivery and stage presence are one of a kind one of the few hard rock singers whose vocal cords have held up through the years...pulling off incredible falsettos that most singers could only dream of..he's definitely in the top 5 of the greatest voices in Rock Right there with plant, mercury, dickinson and haltford
This guy can sing higher and more versatile than either freddie or brendon in his real voice, without falsetto
Out of all octaves...
Roger Waters: Remarkable 4 octaves, 6-1/2 notes (almost 5 octaves, from B1 to Bb6).
Does inhale-pterodactyl-screaming count as vocal range?
One of the most distinctive voices in rock.
Great voice, love him!
In the last year, Myles has become my favorite vocalist. And he's also a great guitarist too. I love his recently released solo album, "The Ides of March". He takes good care of his voice. We'll be hearing about him for many many years.
Definitely the the man with the golden voice. For my money at this point in time, I believe he is currently the best male vocalist in Rock.
I saw G'n'R last year and SMKC this year and Myles is at the top of his game.
I love Axl's voice, however it hasn't been well looked after.
Myles nails any G'n'R song he performs.
Any list about "greatest vocalists", "best vocal ranges" etc should include him and recognize his amazing range. I am sure he beats many of others known as some of the best. Such a shame!
Go listen to summer girl, words darker than their wings and watch mudbone live for the high notes (and 20+ seconds of holding a note in summer girl) and show me a sign for the low note, great vocalist, and if slash has had him sing as front man for two albums, sing on another album and is in production of another album with him...says slot.
Honestly, hands down one of if not the greatest singer/song writers to ever live. He can be an ass I know and I think that obviously hurts him in the realm of public opinion, but.. The dude can flat out flippin sing... Top 5 easily, vastly underrated in this public opinion poll...
A musical genius, Bill Bailey was/is one of the all-time greats. So much passion and intensity. A perfectionist with one of the greatest voices in rock history. A true lead man.
@visitor RE "He has the largest measured vocal range among any human".
The largest measured vocal range belongs to Mike Patton (6+ octaves) but Axl range is incredibly wide, too (5+ octaves).
5+ octaves is really rare and impressive but Axl doesn't belong in this list which is about singers with 4 to 5 octaves.
He's got an impressive vocal range, but his vocals aren't that good to be honest.
Melodic or Aggressive. Simply beautiful and passionate. Unique style. My favorite male rock singer of all time, hands down. "Slaves and Bulldozers" or "Say Hello to Heaven" really show off his skills. This throat thing he did at the end of "Show Me How to Live" by Audioslave is is an almost impossible feat.
Great vocalist, loved him in Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog. Didn't listen to much of his work after that, but, man, I've seen some video's lately that make me want to go back in time.
Just listen to his voice. It speaks for itself as the best male vocalist of all time.
The greatest Vocalist and songwriter of his generation and the grunge era, period.
4 1/2 octave-range according to vocal coach Seth Riggs - from Basso Low C (comfortable from Eb) up to G above High C. Riggs worked with Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Madonna, and Barbra Streisand: he knows his stuff. Says elsewhere (Bad25) that MJ could have sung bass, baritone and tenor, but preferred to stay up in a high tenor range because he liked how it made him sound ageless.
Actually, Michael was more than 4 octave, which is very impressive and RARE for a male singer.
Should be at number 1
Should be number 1
If you're one of those who only know Plant, Tyler, Bon Jovi, Waters, and the other popular singers on this list, you owe it to yourself to not miss out in Peter Steele's amazing vocal range. I'd suggest taking in Type O Negative albums in this order: October Rust, World Coming Down, Bloody Kisses. If you only have time for one song, check out either the cover of the song "Cinnamon Girl".
He was the primary songwriter in the group, and it's obvious from the sound and structure that he was highly influenced by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Black Sabbath. My assumption is that he has the deepest voice on this list.
Peter Steele possessed an absolutely incredible vocal range. Peter infused very real and genuine passion into his lyrics, and into every note he played on his bass guitar that reflected his personal experiences with loss and heartbreak. It breaks my heart that Peter is no longer with us. A voice as powerful as Peter's will never be forgotten and will always inspire.
Resonant and powerful low notes, his whole vocal range has big projection.
Very pleasant voice
His voice is amazing
He has a5 voice
His range is smooth and melodic all the way into terrifying screams and a deep roar. Honestly one of the best if our time!
He has amazing range. Beautifully smooth melodic to perfectly in range controlled death scream. Amazing!
Versatile voice that has barely changed despite being in his 50s. Not to mention his looks! Should be higher, very impressive person
Mike Patton should be higher on the list, along with Chris Cornell.
A true master of versatility. Completely Underappreciated. A true musical genius
Should be #1. His range is incredible, with lyrics.
His range is 3 octaves, 4-1/2 notes but this list starts from 4 octaves, 1/2 note. He is very good but doesn't belong in this list.
His range is higher than 3 octaves and he should be number 1 on the list his voice is clean and beautiful!
3 Octaves my ass! He should be number 1! Most definitely should be ahead of Axl!
Why he's here? He should be number one. He's best in the world. Miljenko Steelheart
Can sing softly and melodically or scream his lungs out like a beast. Here is one who can do both. Chester Bennington had that quality too. As did Chris Cornell. Come to think of it, any I consider my favorite are those who can hit either extreme.
His vocal range is over 5 octaves and he doesn't belong in this list.
Damn this list should be 4 or more, because over 5 is impressive!