Singers With Most Emotional Impact On Listeners

This list identifies singers who have a strong impact on the emotions of listeners. Who has you in tears, through the quality of their voice, time after time?

The Top Ten

1 Jackie Evancho Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and five albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts .

There is no contest here; Jackie wins. I have never seen another singer, of any age in any genre from any era, who consistently has so many people in her audiences who are crying. Jackie has a profound emotional impact on her listeners, & has been able to do it since she was 9. It should be impossible for one so young to convey emotions she's never even had, but there she is. She'll touch your heart.

Here is what her listeners experience when they hear Jackie sing: tears of joy, shivers, goosebumps, dropped jaws, euphoria, rapture, temporary pain relief and extreme gratitude for having had the opportunity to be in her presence. I could go on... But you get the picture. - BobG

I find it astonishing how this young lady's voice has affected my soul and literally changed my perspectives on life for the better

I pride myself on how extensive of a taste in music I have, so it embarrasses me to say it's taken until 2017 to come across such an amazing talent. I'm not very easy brought to tears, but the first time I heard this young lady sing it was like she knew exactly who she was singing to, and what words, in what key, were going to break me down. I can say, without a doubt, Jackie is easily the most emotionally impact singer I have ever have the please of coming across. May her happiness and career both last her a lifetime. - niicholai

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2 Robbie Williams Robbie Williams

Because mum’s favourite man

3 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

Jackie Evancho? Hahaa. Sure.

4 Kate Bush Kate Bush

Even though I can't honestly call myself a fan, I have to agree with you about Kate Bush - and you rated her so high! I have never heard a bad word said about her, even those who don't 'get her'. I have to admit that there is something in her performances and singing that captures peoples' minds. Like, dislike her, it has to be said that whatever it takes to have such an inpact on people, then our Kate has it in abundance! - Britgirl

5 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and is "well known" for her over-the-top sexy ...read more.
6 Eva Cassidy Eva Cassidy
7 Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey is a California based singer, songwriter, and model who currently resides in Malibu, California. She was born under the name Elizabeth Woolridge Grant to entrepreneur Robert England Jr. and Patricia Ann Hill in rural Lake Placid, New York on June 21, 1985. She has two siblings, Chuck and ...read more.

Her voice is so soothing, it makes you feel like you are in a totally different era.

8 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

There is no other singer in this world that has such an emotional impact on me.. Michael is the only one who can make me cry and laugh, even though I have never seen him in real life and actually don't know him at all.. It is very strange but this man is just so amazing, so magical...By listening to him I just feel like he was my friend.. No one else can make me feel that way! I love you Michael!

9 Adele Adele Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She is best known with her international hit singles ...read more.

Why on 16? Deserves the top!

10 Paul Simon Paul Simon Paul Frederic Simon is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel.

The Newcomers

? Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.

His voice is so emotional, especially in the newer songs like "one more light". It always touches me on a very deep level. I think that the emotions in his voice come through best in the live version.

The Contenders

11 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

Amazing

12 Paul Weller Paul Weller
13 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 ...read more.
14 Justin Hayward [Moody Blues] Justin Hayward [Moody Blues] Justin David Hayward is an English musician, best known as songwriter, lead singer, and guitarist in the rock band the Moody Blues.
15 Kelly Clarkson Kelly Clarkson
16 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 ...read more.

Why not, tell me why not?

Number one.

He is on the first place in all of the "best singer", best rock singer", "most unique singer", "best frontman"...etc. lists. So everybody can see that a lot of people admire him. So he had and has a great emotional impact of listeners. Why isn't he at the top?

17 Lucie Silvas
18 Billy Joel Billy Joel
19 Karen Carpenter Karen Carpenter Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard Carpenter, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters.

Such a mellow, humble voice. She sang to the heart.

20 James Taylor James Taylor James Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time, and he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
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His song "Take Me Away" left me really speechless. I understand how hard his life was in the past. - SelfDestruct

22 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

Well you have to admit

23 Annie Lennox Annie Lennox
24 Adam Gontier Adam Gontier Adam Wade Gontier is a Canadian musician and songwriter. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for Saint Asonia, but is best known as the former lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.
25 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. He died of ...read more.
26 Judy Garland Judy Garland Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. The American Film Institute named her 8th greatest female star of classic American cinema. She's also the mother of actress and singer Liza Minnelli.
27 Layne Staley Layne Staley Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.

No singing with songs other than Wake up by Mad season has made me cry that I remember of(realizing that Layne Staley died from what he's singing about with this song makes this more sad for me). - Feirceraven

28 Axl Rose Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

He's a very emotional singer I find. - Feirceraven

29 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.

He may not be super emotional as a singer, but his singing gives most of his songs more personality I find. - Feirceraven

30 Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.
31 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. ...read more.
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