Top 10 Singers with a Vocal Range Between 4 and 5 OctavesThis includes vocal ranges within the interval from 4 octaves, 1/2 note to 4 octaves, 7-1/2 notes.
This list was inspired by the TopTens user zxm and his lists "Best Singers with a 4 Octave Vocal Range" and "Best Singers with a Five Octave Vocal Range".
This list covers singers with vocal ranges that are between 4 and 5 octaves - more than 4 octaves but less than 5. I needed to make this list because many great singers fall into this category.
Even though range isn't everything, a wide range is always welcome, especially when the singer also has some great vocal skills.
The Top Ten
Have seen and heard Rob Halford and Judas Priest in three different decades, 1980's, 2000's, and 2010's. Greatest long term range of all time. First time 1983. Last time 2019. Sounds just as good now, range wise, as he did then. #1 ranking is justified.
It's close between Rob Halford at his peak and Geoff Tate of Queensryche at his, who's not even been shortlisted here. For sheer POWER I'd go with Geoff Tate, his control is phenomenal. Rob Halford is awesome too and possibly more consistent live.
Effortless power throughout his range, sounds excellent in the lower registers not just the falsetto he's famous for
@zxm - the only singer with proven and recorded 6 octave range is Mike Patton (he actually has 6+). The guys with 5 and 5+ octaves I am sure about are: Axl Rose, Corey Taylor, David Lee Roth and Ville Valo. Maybe there are more but I haven't heard of them.
And yes, I understand you - high pitched singers and tenors usually make an impression of a bigger range because they hit higher notes. If you ask people who has a wider range, Rob Halford or Axl Rose, most of the people would answer Rob Halford. But the range of Axl Rose is wider. People just don't pay attention to the lowest notes a singer can hit. Range is something you can measure and is objective. - Metal_Treasure
I mean rock fans can come here and argue but in her prime she eould destroy anyone with whistle alone and remember she has 5 ovtave but can reach the 7th one
After Mariah Carey, the next is romanian singer Mihai Traistariu. Sorry guys, but Mihai Traistariu has 4 octave and half! Anyone can erify!
Best voice of all times. Voice of Angel Mariah is the best
The King, no more words needed.
The King...do I need to say anything else?
In terms of range elvis may not take it (even then his range was almost 4 and a half octaves, from E1-G5) but in terms of technique and style elvis clearly was is and probably forever will be the king
No need to say anything... just listen
Best voice. Highest range
One of the greatest d'ingresso of all time
I put the King right behind Halford for metal singers
4 octaves, 2 notes (from A1 to C6). - Metal_Treasure
Brendon Urie has a vocal range of 4 octaves and 7 notes as of 2016. He's obviously grown since then. He has a higher vocal range than both Cristina Aguilera and Elvis Presley. He is one of most underrated singers of all time. Not only does he have an amazing voice but he also is self-taught and knows how to control his voice. He has been in a band since 2005, straight out of high school, originally as the guitarist. Brendon has natural talent and doesn't need some mouth deformation to have a wider range.
I absolutely looove brendon, he's so talented, my favorite album are v&v and twtltrtd, even though his style has dramatically changed, the music is as amazing as ever
Three octaves in This Is Gospel alone...and it expands from there. His range is incredible (sometimes I'll think that his voice is actually a guitar because of how high the note is), and he manages to make his high notes sound really good. He deserves so much more credit than he receives.
Brendon Urie is probably the best vocalist of our time. I've seen him live in concert many times and have kept up with the band for years. He is in my opinion also one of the most underrated artist in the United States. I hope people will soon see the true talent he is.
She's got 4 octaves, 1/2 note. - Metal_Treasure
UNIQUE VOICE QUALITY and the best SOUND.
Got rare and beautiful voice.
There wasn't, isn't and won't be singer like him.
Best singer ever should be #1
He sucks at singing
He hits an A5 (! ) In the high screaming part @ the end of Cemetery Gates and also an F#1 a few times on Floods. That makes him a baritone with 4 octave range and a few notes
In his own he created a style of vocals that opened up a generation of metal singers that have taken his style for their own Phil Anselmo should go down as one of the best.
Best singer in the Beatles and one of the best singers in rock period. Despite him being a tenor he had a usable 5 octaves (from A1 to A6). Also probably the only person on this list (besides elvis and some others) who can truest use his full range in a musical setting.
My favorite Beatle! - Misfire
The absolute best!
He is GOAT!
That vocal range and so well managed...
Simply the best
The best, no comparison, the only artist on the list who could sing Soul/Jazz/Funk/Rock & everything in between, the modern day Mozart
Hey could also scream like no one else!
Best technique and innovation. A Uber talented genius.
Mozart of the modern times
His voice is easy to listen to. His range was a very pleasant surprise and he has great control.
David has incredibly powerful vocals and is, in my opinion, one of the best metal singers of all time. His voice grants anyone who is listening a feeling of being indestructible. Additionally, his vocal cover of The Sound of Silence is undeniably one of his most moving performances.
Sweet ass guy
I could listen to this man sing and talk for hours. His voice has such a range from evil to angelic. Extreamly talented man, as are the other members of the band. Love Disturbed.
Out of all octaves...
This guy can sing higher and more versatile than either freddie or brendon in his real voice, without falsetto
His vocal delivery, bluesy voice and stage presence are one of a kind...one of the few singers of classic rock whose vocal cords have held up through the years...pulling off otherwordly falsettos and hitting both high and low notes that most singers could only dream of...he's definitely in the top 5 of the greatest voices in Rock Music...Right there with plant, mercury, dickinson and haltford - Aerozeppelin1011
His vocal delivery and stage presence are one of a kind one of the few hard rock singers whose vocal cords have held up through the years...pulling off incredible falsettos that most singers could only dream of..he's definitely in the top 5 of the greatest voices in Rock Right there with plant, mercury, dickinson and haltford
Any list about "greatest vocalists", "best vocal ranges" etc should include him and recognize his amazing range. I am sure he beats many of others known as some of the best. Such a shame!
Myles is only here because he isn't so famous like the others. He can even sing to the 6 octaves! He is an absolute god! Unfortunately only underestimated...
No wonder he's on this list but he should in Top 5. I mean, his vocal range is impressive!
Definitely the the man with the golden voice. For my money at this point in time, I believe he is currently the best male vocalist in Rock.
I saw G'n'R last year and SMKC this year and Myles is at the top of his game.
I love Axl's voice, however it hasn't been well looked after.
Myles nails any G'n'R song he performs.
Does inhale-pterodactyl-screaming count as vocal range?
Great voice, love him!
One of the most distinctive voices in rock.
Roger Waters: Remarkable 4 octaves, 6-1/2 notes (almost 5 octaves, from B1 to Bb6). - Metal_Treasure
He's got an impressive vocal range, but his vocals aren't that good to be honest. - Misfire
Why is he not at the top, he has the widest range
This list isn't about the widest range. In fact, he doesn't even belong in this list because his range is over 5 octaves. - Metal_Treasure
The best rock singer I've ever heard, bar none.
Chris is so underrated. This man is a legend.
Best singer on this whole list, followed closely by Mike Patton
Just listen to his voice. It speaks for itself as the best male vocalist of all time.
Peter Steele possessed an absolutely incredible vocal range. Peter infused very real and genuine passion into his lyrics, and into every note he played on his bass guitar that reflected his personal experiences with loss and heartbreak. It breaks my heart that Peter is no longer with us. A voice as powerful as Peter's will never be forgotten and will always inspire.
If you're one of those who only know Plant, Tyler, Bon Jovi, Waters, and the other popular singers on this list, you owe it to yourself to not miss out in Peter Steele's amazing vocal range. I'd suggest taking in Type O Negative albums in this order: October Rust, World Coming Down, Bloody Kisses. If you only have time for one song, check out either the cover of the song "Cinnamon Girl".
He was the primary songwriter in the group, and it's obvious from the sound and structure that he was highly influenced by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Black Sabbath. My assumption is that he has the deepest voice on this list.
Resonant and powerful low notes, his whole vocal range has big projection.
4 octaves, 2 notes (Eb1 to F#5) - Metal_Treasure
Should be number 1
Should be #1
Most of the comments here say "Should be number 1". Lool - Misfire
3 Octaves my ass! He should be number 1! Most definitely should be ahead of Axl!
His range is higher than 3 octaves and he should be number 1 on the list his voice is clean and beautiful!
The best voice alive
By far the best on this list. Should easily be #1
Top 3 greatest! Nobody have gone beyond "classical style" singing like Moreno.
Yes, 4 octaves, 2-1/2 notes - Metal_Treasure
His range is smooth and melodic all the way into terrifying screams and a deep roar. Honestly one of the best if our time!
He has amazing range. Beautifully smooth melodic to perfectly in range controlled death scream. Amazing!
Should be # 1
Look, he does't even have 4 octaves and shouldn't be on this list. - Metal_Treasure
The list said 4-5 octaves, this man can reach sustained 6
Clearly no1, please do your homework
No words for such a genius
Should be #1. His range is incredible, with lyrics.
4 octaves, 1/2 note - Metal_Treasure
Serj's voice is taste of heaven
He has a5 voice
Very pleasant voice
4 octaves, 1 note
Technically, he has 4 octaves and he is on another list (Best Singers with a 4 Octave Vocal Range). This list starts from 4 octaves, 1/2 note. - Metal_Treasure
Just best ever
Deserving of higher placement
Listen the It's All Tears and Sleepwalking Past Hope, amazing vokals. The hard passings to up and downs. Also very good job on Wicked Game.
Haha "i love HIM" because him of he and HIM of the band name hehehe
His low notes blows me away every time, he is also amazing songwriter. I love HIM.
I could let him sit on my face, and I'm a lesbian.
This man is an absolute BEAST. Fantastic live.
Actual range aside, the fact he's doing them as screams etc. sets this dude apart in my humble opinion. As well his 'standard voice' is my favourite but then he does stuff like Tibetan throat singing and the likes there's really nothing he can't do.
Temor is amazing
He's got a really impressive range of 4 octaves, 5-1/2 notes (F#1 to E6) - Metal_Treasure
He's the best, hands down!
4 octaves, 1/2 note. One of the prog rock pioneers / Genesis. - Metal_Treasure
He was a hero, but not just for one day
4 octaves, 1/2 note - Metal_Treasure
Such an underrated vocalist
She is so good
Really? - Userguy44
I love her voice
His vocal range is over 5 octaves and he doesn't belong in this list. - Metal_Treasure
Damn this list should be 4 or more, because over 5 is impressive! - danimey
Nope. His vocal range is 3 octaves. - Metal_Treasure
The definitive God of Metal with a vocal range just a note shy of 4 octaves.
Sorry but his range is less than 4 octaves. I love him, he's amazing but his range isn't over 4 (I didn't add him to this list). - Metal_Treasure
By mainstream highly underrated singer. He is still capable of reaching high notes even after so many years (2019)
What he did with Helloween is awesome. He just created a new music style only by his voice. And by that time, he was only 18 and was half good as he could be today.
Power Metal vocalist Michael Kiske (Helloween, Unisonic, Avantasia, many more) has 4 octaves and a range of C#2-A5 and knows damn well how to use it. Very talented! - Haaaa
Very underrated singer. Her lows go down to a D2 live, and she can belt up to a G#5 in mixed voice. Her highest falsetto E6, and whist is F7 live.
4 octaves, 1/2 note - Metal_Treasure
Eric in the best!
Nina Hagen is a truly a great musician and is sadly underrated.
Listen to her song "Naturträne" (with the Nina Hagen Band) for more information. - Martin_Canine
Angelic voice! Actually the best voice ever!
She has the voice of an angel.
When her voice opens us the gates 9f heaven open up
Amazing clear vocals. He’s able to sustain those incredible high noted without a quiver. Unlike some on this list, he still has that powerful clean voice.
It does not get better than this. not enough people know about Mike Matijevic and Steelheart,oh,how much they miss...He is incredible...please come to the UK
@visitor - I know who Miljenko Matijević is. He's very good but his range is 3 octaves, 4-1/2 notes, and he shouldn't be on this list. This list starts from 4 octaves, 1/2 note. - Metal_Treasure
Hard work pays off, she is the proof of that!
He doesn't have 4+ but his range is wider than most people think - 3 octaves, 3 notes. For comparison, Bruce Dickinson has 3 octaves, 4 notes (only one note more). - Metal_Treasure
I don't think he has 4+ octaves - zxm
He has less than 3! - SoldierOfFortune
How many octaves does he have?
If you have ever been to any of his live shows or listened to his live albums you know he has an underrated vocal range.. I am not sure his actual range but it seems he has hit some high notes, especially in the song "Stay" live.
Attila Csihar is the vocalist for the Black Metal band Mayhem. His vocal range is G1-D6. Pretty close to 5 octaves.
The god of metal of the 2000’s!
Not really - 3 octaves, 4 notes (C#2 to G#5).
Don't vote for singers that don't belong in this list. - Metal_Treasure
Easily over 4 octaves, don't know why he isn't higher on this list
You don't know why he isn't higher on this list because you don't know his range: 3 octaves, 4 notes. - Metal_Treasure
Well over four - and extra 2 notes I think.
Definitely more than 4 octaves!
Amazing vocal power and emotion, I’d love to come back as Bruce and do the Long Beach live concert