Top 10 Singers with a Vocal Range Between 4 and 5 Octaves

This 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

1 Rob Halford 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.

@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

Rob Halford does not apply for this list, his vocal range exceeds 5 octaves and runs into 6 and even higher, although he is still an amazing singer, one of the best there is

The way he sings I though he had 6 octaves or at least 5.but couldn't find his real octave range until now - zxm

Best ever!

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2 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 she is "well known" for her over-the-top more.

Best voice of all times. Voice of Angel Mariah is the best

Skinny legend

I like her song :O come all Ye Faithful

Her live range is F2 to Bb7

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3 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an 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. more.

His voice had meaning. He didn't just sing, he told a story.
He is the only singer who could sing other peoples songs better than the originals

He has 4 octaves, 1 note (G1 to A5). - Metal_Treasure

4 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.

4 octaves, 2 notes (from A1 to C6). - Metal_Treasure

I put the King right behind Halford for metal singers

NOBODY can hit the notes that Kim Bendix Petersen can!

No one can ever beats King’s vocal range

5 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.

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


6 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.

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.

Phil is the man but Mike Patton had the best range of all time.

Cemetery Gates!

Kick mariah carey ofc this list she is an embarrassment. She can't even sing her own song on new years eve. Lip snycin phony.

Phil Anselmo
Chris cornell
Paul rogers

Chris Cornell doesn't have 4 octaves and shouldn't be on this list - Metal_Treasure

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7 Paul McCartney Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

One of the best

4 octaves, 5 notes (A1 to F6). - Metal_Treasure

THE best!

He is GOAT!

8 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.

I didn't add him and he shouldn't be on this list because he's got only 4 octaves and not over 4.
He's been SPAM VOTED. - Metal_Treasure

Okay but Brendon actually does have a pretty large range, even if he does use a 'fake voice' as he himself puts it. He's an incredible vocalist and deserves more recognition for it

Brendon is one of the most underrated singers of this century. He has an AMAZING voice and I love his music

Brendon Urie had 4 octaves and 7 notes D2-C7

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9 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.

Better than any other singer. Absolutely the most talented! His almost 5 octave voice sounds like an angel and he's hot as hell!

Should be #1, because we all agree that he's the greatest singer of all time - galaxyfox

I love him but his range is 4 octaves and not over 4. Basically he shouldn't be on this list. - Metal_Treasure

4 Octave awesome voice should be in the top 10 easy!

The king of vocals

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10 Jon Bon Jovi Jon Bon Jovi John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983. He is famous for his band's hit song “Livin’ On A Prayer“ released in 1986. He more.

Simply the best

That vocal range and so well managed...

The best


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The Contenders

11 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

The best, no comparison, the only artist on the list who could sing Soul/Jazz/Funk/Rock & everything in between, the modern day Mozart

Best technique and innovation. A Uber talented genius.

Hey could also scream like no one else!

Mozart of the modern times

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12 David Draiman David Draiman David Michael Draiman is an American songwriter and the vocalist for the band Disturbed as well as for the band Device.

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

Hauntingly Incredible is the best way to describe his voice

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13 Steven Tyler Steven Tyler Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion.

Out of all octaves...

His vocal delivery, bluesy voice and stage presence are one of a 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

This guy can sing higher and more versatile than either freddie or brendon in his real voice, without falsetto

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

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14 Roger Waters Roger Waters George Roger Waters, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is mostly known for being the secondary lead vocalist and bassist of Pink Floyd.

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

@Powerfultekin - Eddie Vedder: 3 octaves, 4-1/2 notes (C2 to G#5). - Metal_Treasure

15 Myles Kennedy Myles Kennedy Myles Richard Kennedy is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Alter Bridge, and as the lead vocalist in Slash's current band: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

Yes, he's got over 4 octaves - Metal_Treasure

By Far the best singer ever!

Myles is the man!

Go listen to summer girl, words darker than their wings and watch mudbone live for the high notes (and 20+ seconds of holding a note in summer girl) and show me a sign for the low note, great vocalist, and if slash has had him sing as front man for two albums, sing on another album and is in production of another album with him...says slot.

16 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.

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

17 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 has the largest measured vocal range among any human

Honestly, hands down one of if not the greatest singer/song writers to ever live. He can be an ass I know and I think that obviously hurts him in the realm of public opinion, but.. The dude can flat out flippin sing... Top 5 easily, vastly underrated in this public opinion poll...

Not he is so nasal and whiney

@visitor RE "He has the largest measured vocal range among any human".
The largest measured vocal range belongs to Mike Patton (6+ octaves) but Axl range is incredibly wide, too (5+ octaves).
5+ octaves is really rare and impressive but Axl doesn't belong in this list which is about singers with 4 to 5 octaves. - Metal_Treasure

18 Chino Moreno Chino Moreno Chino Moreno is an American musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist and contributing guitarist of Deftones.

Top 3 greatest! Nobody have gone beyond "classical style" singing like Moreno.

Yes, 4 octaves, 2-1/2 notes - Metal_Treasure

19 Ivan Moody Ivan Moody Ivan L. Moody, known by the pseudonym Ghost during his time with Motograter, is the lead vocalist for American heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch from Las Vegas, Nevada.

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

Incredible voice. from smooth melodic to extreme scream. he has it all. should be #1

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20 Chris Cornell 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 more.

Just listen to his voice. It speaks for itself as the best male vocalist of all time.

Best singer on this whole list, followed closely by Mike Patton

His range is 3 octaves, 4 notes. He was a great singer (R.I.P.) but he doesn't belong in this list. - Metal_Treasure

21 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.

4 octaves, 1/2 note - Metal_Treasure


the best,

22 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.

4 octaves, 1/2 note. One of the prog rock pioneers / Genesis. - Metal_Treasure

23 Kyo Kyo Kyo is a Japanese musician, singer, lyricist and poet. He is best known as the vocalist of the metal band Dir en grey. He has been with the band since its inception in 1997 and was formerly in La:Sadie's.

Temor is amazing

He's got a really impressive range of 4 octaves, 5-1/2 notes (F#1 to E6) - Metal_Treasure

24 Ville Valo Ville Valo Ville Hermanni Valo is a Finnish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead vocalist and main songwriter of the Finnish gothic rock band HIM.

His low notes blows me away every time, he is also amazing songwriter. I love HIM.

Haha "i love HIM" because him of he and HIM of the band name hehehe

In my book, he's got 5 octaves, 1/2 notes.
This is truly amazing but technically he exceeds the upper limit of this list. But I think we can keep him on this list, too. - Metal_Treasure

Ville Hermanni Valo mostly known as the frontman of the Finnish metal band 'HIM'. Ville is a natural baritone but can also sing in bass and tenor. His range is 5 octaves (D1-C6).

25 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 more.

NO, his vocal range is under 4 octaves and shouldn't be on this list. - Metal_Treasure

Actually, Michael was more than 4 octave, which is very impressive and RARE for a male singer.

Top ten singed of all time

Should be at number 1

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26 Miljenko Matijevic Miljenko Matijevic

His range is 3 octaves, 4-1/2 notes but this list starts from 4 octaves, 1/2 note. He is very good but doesn't belong in this list. - Metal_Treasure

The best voice alive

By far the best on this list. Should easily be #1

No way he's only 3 octaves! Have you heard him sing?

Yes, I heard him sing. He's great. But I also counted the notes/octaves he can hit and he's got less than 4. - Metal_Treasure

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27 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.
28 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist.

4 octaves, 1 note

The vocal range of Serj Tankian is D2-E6

4.2 ocatves comparing with freddie mercury and steven tyler
and a great vocalist/song writer

29 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, and was the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. more.

4 octaves, 1/2 note - Metal_Treasure

30 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.

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

31 Demi Lovato Demi Lovato Demetria Devonne "Demi" Lovato is an American singer, songwriter and actress. After appearing on the children's television series Barney & Friends as a child, she received her breakthrough role as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. more.

Such an underrated vocalist

Really? - Userguy44

32 James Brown James Brown James Joseph Brown was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul".

4 octaves, 1/2 note - Metal_Treasure

33 Mike Patton Mike Patton Michael Allan "Mike" Patton is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, producer, and actor, best known as the lead singer of the alternative metal band Faith No More.

Has a verified 6+ octave range

Correct. But this list is about ranges from 4 to 5 and he doesn't belong. - Metal_Treasure

34 Ronnie James Dio 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 more.

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

35 Michael Kiske Michael Kiske Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.

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

36 Nina Hagen Nina Hagen Catharina Hagen, better known by her stage name Nina Hagen, is a German singer-songwriter and actress born on March 11, 1955 in former East Berlin. more.

Listen to her song "Naturträne" (with the Nina Hagen Band) for more information. - Martin_Canine

37 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Destiny Hope Cyrus, aka Miley Ray Cyrus, was born November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. She is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Miley Cyrus's voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the character Miley Stewart more.
38 Corey Taylor (Slipknot)

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

One of my favourite singers

39 Eric Adams Eric Adams Eric Adams has been the singer of the American heavy metal band Manowar since its inception in 1980. Previously, he sang for a group called LOOKS, a band which also included future Manowar bassist and childhood friend, Joey DeMaio.
40 Miljenko Matijević - Steelheart

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

41 Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Kate Hudson is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place.

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

42 Dave Matthews Dave Matthews Dave Matthews is a South African born American singer and guitarist most well known as frontman for the rock band Dave Matthews Band.

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.

43 James Hetfield James Hetfield James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

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

44 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 participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. more.

Nope. His vocal range is 3 octaves. - Metal_Treasure

45 Beyonce Beyonce Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from more.
46 Attila Csihar Attila Csihar

Attila Csihar is the vocalist for the Black Metal band Mayhem. His vocal range is G1-D6. Pretty close to 5 octaves.

47 Shanice Shanice Shanice Lorraine Wilson-Knox, better known as Shanice, is a Grammy-nominated American R&B/pop-rock singer, songwriter, and actress.
48 Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger, born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente on June 29, 1978, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and television personality . She first rose to fame as the lead singer of the pop/r&b group The Pussycat Dolls. In fact, Nicole was pretty much the only girl in the group more.
49 M. Shadows M. Shadows Matthew Charles Sanders, better known by his stage name M. Shadows, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American metalcore/alternative metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

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

50 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.

No, he doesn't have 4+ and doesn't belong in this list. But he is still an incredible singer and one of my all time favorites. - Metal_Treasure

Best front man and a greater than life character. A true fighter!

Definitely more than 4 octaves!

Well over four - and extra 2 notes I think.

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