Top 10 Singers with the Best Vibrato (Excluding Opera Singers)
Vibrato is an effect consisting of a pulsating change of pitch. It is perceived as a regular oscillation in the pitch. Vibrato can be characterized by two factors: - extent of vibrato (amount of pitch variation - wide or narrow) - rate of vibrato (speed of pitch variation - fast or slow)
In this list I focus on the quality of vibrato, quality of the "attack", and not on whether I prefer one type of vibrato over another.
Opera singing usually includes vibrato whereas pop, metal and jazz - usually don't but there are exceptions. Some rock singers add vibrato to their sound although rock isn't a genre with a lot of vibrato either.
The Top Ten
1Whitney HoustonWhitney 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.
Prime example - "I Will Always Love You". R.I.P. Whitney, WE Will Always Love You. - Metal_Treasure
2Dimash KudaibergenDinmukhamed Kanatuly Kudaibergen (Commonly known as Dimash Kudaibergen born May 24th, 1994) is a Kazakh singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Dimash is best known as a contestant of a talent show "Singer 2017" in China where he was declared a runner-up. He is also known for possessing a wide ...read more.
He is classically trained and his vibrato is of highest quality. The speed of his vibrato is moderate - not too fast, not too slow, but it's always beautiful and powerful because of his impeccable vocal technique. Title of the youtube video you can check out: Dimash Performs S.O.S. on The World's Best (HD) - Metal_Treasure
3Michael KiskeMichael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.
Check out Keeper of the Seven Keys by Helloween - after 12:30 there's a lot of impressive vibrato in a section that is about 40 seconds long - Metal_Treasure
4Freddie MercuryFreddie 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.
Professor Christian Herbst, a voice teacher and biophysicist, analysed Freddie voice and found out that Freddie's vibrato differed slightly from that of classically trained singers. "Usually, you can sing a straight tone, but opera singers try to modulate the fundamental frequencies," he says. "So they make the tone, if you like, a bit more vibrant. Typically, an opera singer's vibrato has this frequency of about 5.5-6 Hz. Freddie Mercury's is higher, and it's also more irregular, and that kind of creates a very typical vocal fingerprint." - Metal_Treasure
He's my most favorite singer! - Misfire
I much prefer Freddie's vibrato because it's subtle i.e. it's not overpowering. After all, he was primarily a ROCK SINGER!
5Roy OrbisonRoy 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".
6Ronnie James DioRonnie 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.
Very beautiful vibrato - Metal_Treasure
7Layne StaleyLayne 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.
8Geoff TateGeoff Tate is a German-born American singer and musician who rose to fame in the 1980s with the progressive metal band Queensrÿche.
9Bruce DickinsonPaul 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's got a very wide vibrato and because of that perhaps it's not easy to notice it but he sometimes uses vibrato, for example in the chorus to Run to the Hills (caps) "Run to the hills, run for your LIFE" - Metal_Treasure
10Fabio LioneFabio Tordiglione is an Italian singer and lyricist who has sung with many music bands including Rhapsody of Fire, Labyrinth, Ayreon, Angra, Vision Divine, Hollow Haze, Kaledon, Ancient Bards, and Athena.
He is Italian and because opera is in their blood, I guess that's the reason Italians love vibrato - Metal_Treasure
11Ian GillanIan 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).
He's got a very wide vibrato; it tends to be slow and not fast - Metal_Treasure
Love this guys voice. - Userguy44
12AdeleAdele 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.
13James LaBrieKevin James LaBrie is a Canadian vocalist and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater.