Musical Groups With the Best Harmonies

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Nothing sends chills up and down one's spine like tight harmonies.

The Top Ten

1 Home Free Home Free Home Free is an American a cappella group of five vocalists, Austin Brown, Rob Lundquist, Adam Rupp, Tim Foust, and Adam Chance.

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.

Nothing but perfection

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2 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.

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.

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

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

No voice is less exposed than the other, and Brian Wilson deserves more recognition than he gets

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3 The Mamas and the Papas The Mamas and the Papas The Mamas & the Papas were an American folk rock vocal group that recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968, reuniting briefly in 1971. The group was a defining force in the music scene of the Counterculture of the 1960s.

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

4 Simon and Garfunkel Simon and Garfunkel Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel.

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

5 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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.

6 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

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

7 Eagles Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

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!

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.

Definitely one of the best harmony bands, esp. that first original line-up. They lost some of the magic though after Randy Meisner left.

8 Pentatonix Pentatonix Pentatonix is an American a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, consisting of vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee.

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.

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9 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large ...read more.

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.
Pure genius.
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

10 ABBA ABBA ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

Probably the best vocal ensemble in the history of popular music.

The Contenders

11 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

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 is for sure in top 3, possibly one

Queen has the best. That statement is obvious

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

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12 Alice In Chains Alice In Chains Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley.

Just listen to No Excuses, Rooster, or I Stay Away to know why they are one of the best. - Coolman_Kaleb

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.

13 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.
14 Gregorian Gregorian Gregorian is a German-British vocal group that was formed in 1999. It is lead by producer Frank Peterson, who is known for his work with Enigma. The group's choir has had countless singers, both male and female, during its career, the best known being Sarah Brightman. ...read more.

This band performs Gregorian chant-inspired versions of modern pop, rock and metal songs.
Amazing vocal harmonies.
Songs:
Nothing else matters (Metallica), Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd), Sweet Child Of Mine (Guns N Roses), The Unforgiven I (Metallica), Kashmir (Led Zepp). - Metal_Treasure

15 Demons & Wizards Demons & Wizards Demons and Wizards is a power metal band conceived as a side-project by vocalist for Blind Guardian, Hansi Kürsch, and the guitarist for Iced Earth, Jon Schaffer.

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.
Songs:
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

16 Blue Rodeo

A fairly obscure, but quite good, Canadian band. They sound a good deal like the Eagles. - PetSounds

17 The Association

Great harmony

18 Boyz II Men Boyz II Men Boyz II Men is an American R&B vocal group, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies.
19 The O'Jays
20 Boston Boston Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s.

Their whole debut album is lined with harmonies, but the classic 'More Than a Feeling' uses them the best.

21 The 5th Dimension
22 Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield was an American-Canadian rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1966. Their original lineup included Stephen Stills, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, Richie Furay, and Neil Young.

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.

23 America
24 Fleet Foxes

Rather obscure, I'll admit, but their harmonies are fantastic. - PetSounds

25 The Four Freshmen

This is where Brian Wilson drew his inspiration for molding the Beach Boys' fabulous harmonies.

26 Def Leppard Def Leppard Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

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.

27 Peter, Paul, & Mary

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 🦕🦖💖💚💙

28 The Isley Brothers
29 Barenaked Ladies Barenaked Ladies Barenaked Ladies is a Canadian rock band. The band is currently composed of Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, and Tyler Stewart.
30 The Byrds The Byrds The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn remaining the sole consistent member, until the group disbanded in 1973. Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial ...read more.

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.

31 The Spinners
32 Fifth Harmony Fifth Harmony Fifth Harmony is an American girl group based in Miami, composed of Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui, and previously, Camila Cabello until her departure from the group on December 18, 2016. The group signed a joint record deal with Simon Cowell's label Syco Records and L.A.

Ironically they actually aren’t really good at harmonizing.

33 The Jackson 5 The Jackson 5 The Jackson 5, or Jackson Five, also known as The Jacksons in later years, is an American popular music group. Formed in 1963 under the name the Jackson Brothers, the founding members were Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon.
34 The Hollies The Hollies

Always underappreciated,but should be top10easy.

35 Guitara Guitara Guitara Band , an Kuwaiti band, is composed of four members: Fahad, Renad, Khaled and Rahaf . ...read more.
36 Van Halen Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

Just an epic sound they produce when they sing together - Dade

37 Poco

Poco deserve recognition.

38 Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys The Backstreet Boys are an American vocal group, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993. The group consists of AJ McLean, Howie D., Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell.

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!

39 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and ...read more.
40 Straight No Chaser
41 The Andrews Sisters
42 The Rascals
43 Spanky and Our Gang
44 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters ...read more.
45 Little Big Town
46 The B-52's The B-52's The B-52s are an American new wave band, formed in Athens, Georgia, in 1976. The original line-up consisted of Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Ricky Wilson, and Keith Strickland.
47 The Go-Go's The Go-Go's The Go-Go's are an American all-female rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1978. The Go-Go's rose to fame during the early 1980s as an all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments, rising to the top of the Billboard album charts.
48 The Lovin' Spoonful The Lovin' Spoonful The Lovin' Spoonful is a U.S. rock band, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and well known for a number of hit songs in the 1960s including "Summer in the City", "Do You Believe In Magic", "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?", and "Daydream".
49 The Righteous Brothers
50 AC/DC AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read more.
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