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 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.

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

He could do anything with his voice.

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2 Ian Gillan 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. - Metal_Treasure

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

The best!

I though he had more than 4 octaves.the way he sings.but wasn't quite sure about it - zxm

3 Geoff Tate 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.

Exactly 4 octaves (from A1 to A5). Also great vocal technique. - Metal_Treasure

4 Jon Oliva 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.

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

5 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell 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. He died on May 17, 2017.

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

Great singer (R.I.P.) but his vocal range wasn't 4 octaves, it was 3 octaves, 4 notes (i.e. 3 octaves and a half). - Metal_Treasure

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6 King Diamond 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). - Metal_Treasure

7 Maynard James Keenan 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.

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

8 Phil Anselmo 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 - Metal_Treasure

9 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist.
10 Peter Steele 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) - Metal_Treasure

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11 Brendon Urie 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


12 Roy Orbison 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

13 Ariana Grande 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". She later become a singer more.
14 Hayley Williams 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.

Oh yeah

15 Jeff Buckley 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). - Metal_Treasure

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

16 Christina Aguilera 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. - Metal_Treasure

17 Roger Taylor Roger Taylor Roger Meddows Taylor is an English musician , multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter born on April 26th,1960 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. He was the drummer of the band Queen and wrote few of many hits such as including 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 - zxm

18 Kai Hansen Kai Hansen

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

19 Bruce Dickinson 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

20 Adam Levine 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.

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

21 Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel Peter Brian Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis.

Yes, 4 octaves, 1/2 note - Metal_Treasure

22 Daniel Heiman Daniel Heiman

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

23 Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time .

Yep, 4 octaves, 1/2 note - Metal_Treasure

24 Harry Nilsson

Beautiful voice!

25 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 more.

In my books her range is less than 4 octaves. Yes, I see that she is listed on wiki but I disagree. If somebody can give me examples of her highest and her lowest notes, I would change my mind. She is a great singer though, one of the pop singers I appreciate. - Metal_Treasure

Addition to my previous comment - her range is 2 octaves, 4 notes (C#3 to G#5). - Metal_Treasure

26 James Brown James Brown

He's got 4 octaves, 1/2 note. - Metal_Treasure

27 Glenn Hughes Glenn Hughes Glenn Hughes is an English rock bassist and vocalist, best known as a member of Deep Purple and the rock pioneers Trapeze, and his solo career. Hughes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple. He is acclaimed for his wide vocal range.

4 octaves, from D2 to D6. And he was only a backing vocalist in Deep Purple. - Metal_Treasure

28 Tom Araya Tom Araya Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

4 octaves (from C#2 to C#6) - Metal_Treasure

29 Thom Yorke Thom Yorke Thomas Edward "Thom" Yorke is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead.
30 Tobias Sammet Tobias Sammet Tobias Sammet is a German metal musician, best known as the vocalist and primary songwriter of the power metal band Edguy, as well as the founder, main singer and bassist of the metal opera Avantasia.
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