Musical Groups With the Best HarmoniesPetSounds Nothing sends chills up and down one's spine like tight harmonies.
The Top Ten
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.
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The most beautiful harmonies ever recorded. Sadly, they're fairly unheard of among the younger generation. They are at their best on In My Room. - PetSounds
No one had better Harmonies and many groups who came after learned from the Beach Boys.
I agree totally with you on The Beach Boys, PetSounds. They are always in perfect harmony. My personal favourite example of this is Fun Fun Fun. But also adore In My Room... - Britgirl
Undoubtedly the most sophisticated and exquisite harmonies ever recorded. Often so much going on that it is impossible to hear everything. So many lesser known recordings that need to be heard a capella, eg. Please let me wonder, Break Away, Add some music to your day and the amazing Till I Die.
Can't believe anyone that has listened has not voted them number 1!
The members should have been John Phillips, Denny Doherty, Michelle Phillips, and another thin female member. If any member had to be dropped from the band, it would be Cass Elliot because she was too fat and too round.
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
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!
Every member of PTX is not only insanely talented musically, they are five of the nicest sweetest people you will ever meet. They make time for their fans and let them in to their lives as people not just as celebrities.
Their harmonies and arrangements are flawless. Some other musicians rehearse until they get it right; Pentatonix rehearse until they can’t get it wrong.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
Queen has the best. That statement is obvious
Queen is for sure in top 3, possibly one
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 - KevinsidisV 1 Comment
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 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
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
Rather obscure, I'll admit, but their harmonies are fantastic. - PetSounds
Probably the best vocal ensemble in the history of popular music.
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. 🦕🦖
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.
A fairly obscure, but quite good, Canadian band. They sound a good deal like the Eagles. - PetSounds
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.
Poco deserve recognition.
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.
Just an epic sound they produce when they sing together - Dade
Just listen to No Excuses, Rooster, or I Stay Away to know why they are one of the best. - Coolman_Kaleb
The guys are amazing! They sing, dance and hamonizes like no one else!
Specifically: 'The Trooper', 'Run to the Hills'
Their whole debut album is lined with harmonies, but the classic 'More Than a Feeling' uses them the best.
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