Best Singers with a 4 Octave Vocal Range

Octave is a series of eight notes occupying the interval between (and including) two notes, one having twice or half the frequency of vibration of the other.

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The Top Ten
1 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave more.

He boasts a bass F-2 to a Soprano's F-6. He tops the Rolling Stone list for greatest vocal performance in Bohemian Rhapsody. His works on Queen II (specifically the songs HE wrote) were written to sound beyond average human capability. Okay, sing through Bohemian Rhapsody and especially sing through The March of the Black Queen and perfect the melody or just the bass section, trust me, if you perfected it, you will need REAL talent to master one of the choir-like vocal sections let alone the FULL composition! All I can say is, his vocal range is above all others', plus his resiliency in his AIDS infected years and undeniably near-flawless stage presence, adequacy, and charisma make him the best rock star with a 4-octave vocal range.

It isn't a question. Everybody knows all around the world, that Freddie is the number one.

No one can be compared to him. He Is Unique! A real Star on the Firmament.

Is this a real question? Everybody knows, that it is Freddie.

2 Geoff Tate Geoff Tate is a German-born American singer and musician who rose to fame in the 1980s with the progressive metal band Queensrÿche.

Geoff's live performances are even better than recordings. He puts so much emotion in every sound.

More range and power than most military forces on this planet. Geoff set the bar incredibly high with live performances that put other lead singers studio versions to shame.

His voice aged like a really good wine. 60 years old and he's still holding onto that flame...

Geoff Tate is powerful and his voice is like a crystal under water. The Real Boss of Metal Voice and Master of Feeling.

3 Ian Gillan Ian Gillan is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple, and the original singer on the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ).

Exactly 4 octaves - from D2 to D6. He is the legendary screamer from Deep Purple.

Andrew Lloyd Webber called Ian Gillan Rocks greatest tenor!

@zxm - his total range is bigger than 4 but I always quote only the vocal/melodic range.

One of the best rock singers of 70's...

4 Jon Oliva John Nicholas Oliva, known as Jon Oliva, is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Co-founder of the metal band Savatage and the rock opera Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He's got a real 4 octave range, able to morph the sound of his voice to any style, from John Lennon and Freddie Mercury, more.

UN--BEATABLE. Jon's vocals are the most theatrical I have ever heard. Every word he utters can be felt in the deepest part of your soul. And not just that he can also scream like an absolute madman, his highest screams are nearly on par with Rob Halford whom we know is not human but a metal god

Exactly 4 octaves - from A1 to A5. He is the amazing singer for Savatage and co-founder of Trans-Siberian Orchestra (aka TSO).

5 Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan, often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool. He also is the singer of A Perfect Circle and Puscifer bands that vary in style.

Singer for Tool. Exactly 4 octaves - from G1 to G5.

6 Phil Anselmo Philip Hansen "Phil" Anselmo is an American musician who is best known as the former lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Pantera. He currently is the vocalist of heavy metal bands Down and Superjoint Ritual.

Yes, 4 octaves, 1/2 note

7 King Diamond Kim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums more.

Oh yes, he even has 4+ octaves - 4 octaves, 2 notes (from A1 to C6).

8 Chris Cornell Christopher John "Chris" Cornell was an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave. His vocal range was C2 to A5, while more.

To correct above poster he Is 4 octaves because he smashes a C6 in Incessant mace. So C2-C6

Chris Cornell's voice is the best rock voice of all time. Period

Arguably, the greatest voice in rock so far...

By far the best singer

9 Brendon Urie Brendon Boyd Urie, more commonly known as Brendon Urie, was born April 12, 1987, in St. George, Utah. He is an American singer, songwriter, musician and multi-instrumentalist. He is best own as the lead singer of the American pop-rock band Panic! At The Disco. He is the only original remaining member. more.

Absolute AMAZING vocals, voice of an angel

His voice is out of this world! The most beautiful voice I have heard in my life!

He is literally vocal chord jesus

The control and range of his voice is impossible to be put into words dhshjdfuelw!

10 Peter Steele Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk, better known by his stage name Peter Steele, was the lead singer, bassist and composer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative.

4 octaves, 2 notes (Eb1 to F#5)

The Contenders
11 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist. He's best known for being the lead singer of the Armenian/American rock band System of a Down. After System of a Down's hiatus in 2006 he began to release more.
12 Christina Aguilera Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known for songs such as "Beautiful", "Genie In A Bottle", "Fighter", "Hurt", "Dirrty", "Your Body", "Lady Marmalade", "Reflection", "I Turn To You", "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" "What A Girl Wants" and more.

Very good - 4 octaves, 1/2 note.

13 Yannis Papadopoulos

Cristal clear and yet powerful voice!

Incredible singer!

14 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She was born on June 26th 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She is best known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and its spin-off show Sam & Cat. more.

Literally the best

15 Roy Orbison Roy Kelton Orbison, professionally known as Roy Orbison, nicknamed Big O, was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and musician, mostly known for his complex voice and for hits such as, "Oh, Pretty Woman".

His voice is the cry of an angel falling backward through an open window. The voice of God

16 Jeff Buckley Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997) raised as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. more.

He is one of the greatest singers but he doesn't have 4 octaves (his range is close to 4 though - 3 octaves, 6 notes).

I always used to think how this man had 4 octaves vocal range

17 Roger Taylor Roger Meddows Taylor is an English musician , multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter born on July 26th,1949 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. He was the drummer of the band Queen and wrote few of many hits such as "Under Pressure", "A Kind Of Magic" and "Radio Ga Ga". Despite being well known in Queen more.

Not a major singer but still could do what others can't

Why isn’t He in the top three

18 Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

I love him to death but his range is almost 4 octaves. Almost 4 and not 4. I don't blame the author of this list because he took these names from wiki but the wiki list isn't very accurate.

Metal treasure no,he has more than 4.


19 Hayley Williams Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer, songwriter and musician. She is best known as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the American rock band Paramore. In 2020 she started a solo career.

Oh yeah

20 Kai Hansen Kai Michael Hansen is a heavy metal guitarist and vocalist. Hansen is the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also the co-founder and former member of German metal band Helloween.

Exactly 4 octaves - from C#2 to C#6. Lead singer for Helloween and Gamma Ray.

21 Adam Levine Adam Noah Levine is an American singer and songwriter. He is the lead vocalist for the Los Angeles pop rock band Maroon 5. more.

No, only 3 octaves, 2 notes. He shouldn't be on this list.

22 Thom Yorke Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead.
23 Myles Kennedy Myles Richard Kennedy is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Alter Bridge, and as the lead vocalist in Slash's current band: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

Myles Kennedy is an American musician, singer, and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Alter Bridge, and as the lead vocalist in guitarist Slash's backing band, known as Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

He has 6 semitones range... obviously he is the best

He is the best after freddy

24 Daniel Heiman Daniel Heiman (born June 11, 1974) is a Swedish power metal singer. He is most famous for his time in Lost Horizon. After leaving Lost Horizon, he recorded an album with the band Crystal Eyes, and later founded the band Heed.

Exactly 4 octaves - from Eb2 to Eb6. Try the song Highlander by Lost Horizon.

25 Beyonce Knowles Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from more.
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