Musical Groups With the Best HarmoniesPetSounds Nothing sends chills up and down one's spine like tight harmonies.
The Top Ten
Not sure? Google them singing "Helplessly Hoping". No doubt about it.
Home Free has the greatest harmony ever of any group. They are pitch perfect and the harmony is tight. They need to be recognized for their super great talent. They use no instruments, they just happen to have the world's #1 beat boxer, Adam Rupp.
Their harmonies are insanely beautiful and gives me goose bumps every time I hear them, which happens on a daily basis.
I was in awe and love the first moment I heard them. In person they are the nicest group of men. A live show is mind blowing.V 39 Comments
Amazing harmonies, by far the b
I'm quite surprised they're even on the list. Usually they get completely overlooked, seeing them on #2 is pretty cool. Outside of acapella groups (which I don't really dig and as far as I'm concerned don't really count as they have to play in another league in terms of harmonies since otherwise they would be irrelevant) they definitely have the best harmonies of all time. Just look at Surf's Up. Starts out slow with only one voice, climaxing twice in a falsetto "columnated ruins domino", and in the end turning into a gigantic wall of harmonies, starting with three voices and a fourth soon kicking in making for the perfect harmonic experience.
Just listen to "Good Vibrations". A song that you can't sing alone. You may need 5 or 4 companions to sing this masterpiece.
No voice is less exposed than the other, and Brian Wilson deserves more recognition than he getsV 8 Comments
John Phillips was a wicked warlock. Denny Doherty was a wicked warlock. Michelle Phillips was a wicked witch. Cass Elliot was too fat and too round when she was with the Mamas and the Papas and she was a wicked witch.
I HATE The Mamas and the Papas so much. Their harmonizing drives me crazy. I'm very happy that those mean jerks are all dead.
Excellent list, PetSounds. The contrapuntal sound of this band with the four voices--alto, soprano, tenor, baritone--just sends me right over the edge. The group said that when they sang really closely together, there would be an overtone like a 5th voice, which they called Harvey. John Phillips was a master at arranging their four voices to maximum effect. I could go on and on and on, but I'll stop now.
P.S. Fleet Foxes are awesome - Blue_Devereaux
I’m very happy that mean old John Phillips is dead for good. I’m very happy that mean old Denny Doherty is dead for good. I’m very happy that mean old Michelle Phillips is dead for good. I’m especially very happy that big fat Cass Elliot is dead for good as she never existed
Thy should at least be number 2, behind The Beach Boys. The a-cappella groups on here are a little unfair, as their whole sound relies on harmonies to make the music in the first place. And home free is definitely not the greatest harmonizing group of all time.
Although they were heavily influenced by the Beach Boys, their harmonies are quite different. A more raw, unpolished sound overall in the early stages, but it got smoother as they progressed. Listen to Nowhere Man. - PetSounds
The Sound of Silence is their best. Don't worry, it's not just white noise. On the contrary, it's one of the greatest songs ever recorded. - PetSounds
Listen to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"; specifically the Woodstock version. The second section of the song ("What have you got to lose" section) is absolutely mesmerizing. - higgsboson2142
The Woodstock version takes your breath away.Being live makes it even more unbelievable.
The best band in history. Vocals have always been amazing. Glen rest in peace.
One listen to Seven Bridges Road is all you need to hear to understand that they were on the top of the heap for vocal harmonies.
They have so many talented singers coming from such different musical backgrounds. Their harmonies are nearly perfect and to have them anywhere other than the first spot on this list is unbelievable to me. They will go down in history as one of the greatest bands in history, and for a reason. Not one of their songs has bad harmonies, and every band member can sing impeccably. For those of you who don agree you can shove it because the Eagles are the greatest band of all time!
Definitely one of the best harmony bands, esp. that first original line-up. They lost some of the magic though after Randy Meisner left.
No one tops Queen! their harmonies were the best. Their songs the best. Freddie Mercury was a musician above just about anyone else. He was the best front man, songwriter and musician we have seen in music for a long time. After 26 years since his death, he is still regarded as the best.
Yes I agree they're so harmonious that Freddie mercury has a four octave vocal range that he's the pinnacle of the band and music history.He is a very flamboyant man that he is very powerful and worthy in music - Kevinsidis
Queen has the best. That statement is obviousV 2 Comments
They have changed the world of a capella forever. They sound better than most pop stars and they're only using their voices! They have talent that surpasses most singers. A very unique band that will change the future of music.
Their harmonies are amazing and their voices are angelic! They are awesome!
The best harmonies and arrangements!
Such an incredible band, and inspiration to others.V 10 Comments
The lead singer was heavily influenced by Queen and The Beach Boys but he does something different because he’s the only good singer in this band:
1) he creates and sings everything - lead and backing vox with harmonies. That’s really lots of work and singing but the result is absolutely beautiful;
2) then, if he wants to create a choir effect, he applies his signature practice of overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping harmonies.
So his voice is the only one you hear but it’s a godly voice. Enjoy.
Songs with moderate overdubbing:
Carry the Blessed Home, Distant Memories, Turn the Page, Otherland
Songs with more complex harmonies and massive overdubbing, creating a huge choir effect:
The Throne, At The Edge Of Time - Metal_Treasure
Extraordinary vocal harmony with ABBA. Listen to Does Your Mother Know, Agnetha, Anni-Frid and Bjorn knock it out of the park - perfect harmony.
Probably the best vocal ensemble in the history of popular music.
Granted its Jerry minus Layne but the new song "Voices" is the proof in the pudding.
These guys should be much higher on this list (buck naked ladies?... come on). Jerry continues to write amazing harmonic duets to this day.
Just listen to No Excuses, Rooster, or I Stay Away to know why they are one of the best. - Coolman_Kaleb
This band performs Gregorian chant-inspired versions of modern pop, rock and metal songs.
Amazing vocal harmonies.
Nothing else matters (Metallica), Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd), Sweet Child Of Mine (Guns N Roses), The Unforgiven I (Metallica), Kashmir (Led Zepp). - Metal_Treasure
The lead singer of this band also sings for Blind Guardian described above and he applies the same techniques here, too, but here the choir effect is not that big. However, vocals and harmonies are still extremely impressive. Again, no other singers - it's only his voice on all song sections. Music genre is a bit different.
My Last Sunrise - especially the intro and outro, the outro is exemplary;
Heaven Denies - especially the outro at 4:20 (it's gregorian chanting and it's one of the most beautiful vocal performances in the world);
Rage of passage - short intro song. - Metal_Treasure
A fairly obscure, but quite good, Canadian band. They sound a good deal like the Eagles. - PetSounds
Their whole debut album is lined with harmonies, but the classic 'More Than a Feeling' uses them the best.
To Stills and Young, add Richie Furay who later founded Poco, plus Jim Messina of Loggins & Messina, and this group had 4 amazing and harmonious voices.
CSNY sprang forth from this awesome group, but with Neil Young and Stephen Stills as founding members, they had "that sound" first.
Men that sound like angels.
Rather obscure, I'll admit, but their harmonies are fantastic. - PetSounds
Just an epic sound they produce when they sing together - Dade
Lol why is this not number 1?! All you gotta do is listen to Bringin' On the Heartbreak, and you'll be in love. Joe and the guys have gorgeous voices.
This is where Brian Wilson drew his inspiration for molding the Beach Boys' fabulous harmonies.
Love their songs and their harmonizing.
I use Hyp, Nod, and Mutt as Peter, Paul and Mary 🦕🦖
Great 👍 folk group ever. Way way better than The Mamas and the Papas. No wonder everybody loves Peter Paul and Mary so much. 🦕🦖
I use Flora Fauna and Merryweather as Peter Paul and Mary 🦕🦖💖💚💙
4 members who could easily handle lead singer roles, although Chris Hillman did not do so until much later in his career.
David Crosby perfected the concept of "High Harmony" in pop-rock music, though in person he was a total jerk.
Ironically they actually aren’t really good at harmonizing.
Always underappreciated,but should be top10easy.
To see and hear one of their shows live is truly a blessing.
Their physcidelic harmonies were in a league of their own, providing an eerie, yet powerful tone to any song.
Poco deserve recognition.
They're not a boy band, they're a true vocal harmony group.
Who's The Beatles? , never even heard of them
The Backstreet Boys can give you straight up chills with their signature polyphonic harmony, they blend like no other, seriously, don't call them a boy band, it's just insulting
The guys are amazing! They sing, dance and hamonizes like no one else!
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