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 Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho (born April 9, 2000) is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and seven albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts. Evancho's 2017 album, Two Hearts, ...read more.

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.

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

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.

My emotions were severely impacted on August 10, 2010. A 10 year-old little girl allowed my to hear perfection. Pure, beautiful musical perfection. Here in 2018 I still listen to that vocal perfection every single day. And like that magical night in 2010, I look forward to attending another Jackie Evancho concert.

2 Eva Cassidy Eva Marie Cassidy was an American singer and guitarist known for her interpretations of jazz and blues. In 1992, she released her first album, The Other Side, a set of duets with go-go musician Chuck Brown, followed by the 1996 live solo album titled Live at Blues Alley.
3 Karen Carpenter Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard Carpenter, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters.

She had a voice that touched the heart, so sad that she died so young.
Today's pop singers are mostly autotune queens who don't come anywhere near that magical tone that Karen had.

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

4 Avril Lavigne Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian–French singer-songwriter and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.
5 Dimash Kudaibergen

His angel like voice makes your heart melted. You will cry, smile, feels loved and go beyond time & feels like heaven when you hear him singing. He is just unbelievably amazing.

His voice can make you cry, can make you smile, can take you out of this world! He's incredible!

I never been a fan of any singer before...but his performances touches my heart, my soul deeply...

Love his voice! He touching my soul!

6 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?

Scientist proved that he can sang all variatives song

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?

7 Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.
8 Sarah McLachlan Sarah Ann McLachlan is a Canadian singer and songwriter known for her emotional ballads. As of 2009 she had sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
9 Alanis Morissette Alanis Nadine Morissette is a Canadian-American alternative rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress.
10 Joni Mitchell Roberta Joan Mitchell, professionally known as Joni Mitchell, is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy.

The Newcomers

? Natasha Bedingfield Natasha Anne Bedingfield is an English singer and songwriter. Bedingfield released her debut album, Unwritten, in 2004, which contained primarily up-tempo pop songs and was influenced by R&B music.
? Florence Welch Florence Leontine Mary Welch is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. She is best known as the lead vocalist of the indie rock band Florence + the Machine.

The Contenders

11 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.
12 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).
13 Robbie Williams Robert Peter Williams is an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012. He has also had commercial success as a solo artist.

Because mum’s favourite man

14 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

15 John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

Imagine is probably the most emotional song I've ever heard. He is the best! The song makes me cry, even if only in my head!

The most amazing human, musician, cutting edge activist, lyricist and singer to have ever lived!

16 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 ...read more.
17 Rob Halford Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.
18 Sebastian Bach Sebastian Philip Bierk, known professionally as Sebastian Bach, is a Canadian heavy metal singer who achieved mainstream success as frontman of Skid Row from 1987-96. Since his departure from Skid Row, he has had many television roles, acted in Broadway plays, and leads a solo career.
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20 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

21 Robert Plant Robert Anthony Plant (born 20 August 1948) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.
22 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

23 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!

24 Dolly Parton Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music.
25 Leonard Cohen Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality and personal relationships. Cohen died on November 7, 2016 at the age of 82.
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