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.

Effortless power throughout his range, sounds excellent in the lower registers not just the falsetto he's famous for

GEOFF TATE NOT being on this list renders it useless, he is #'1, yup number 1!


@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

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.

The Greatest Singer EVER!


Didn’t see Mark Slaughter either. Big mistake. - Cowgirl4ever1675

After Mariah Carey, the next is romanian singer Mihai Traistariu. Sorry guys, but Mihai Traistariu has 4 octave and half! Anyone can erify!

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.

The 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

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

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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.

One of the greatest d'ingresso of all time

I put the King right behind Halford for metal singers

No one can ever beats King’s vocal range

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

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5 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.

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.

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.

Amazing, it's my inspiration

I think brendon urie is a fllen angel with that voice

6 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

7 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.

Got rare and beautiful voice.

There wasn't, isn't and won't be singer like him.

Best singer ever should be #1

Best singer ever! Love and miss ya Freddie x

8 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.

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.

Cemetery Gates!

9 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 .

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!

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.

That vocal range and so well managed...

Simply the best


The best


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" .

Best technique and innovation. A Uber talented genius.

Hey could also scream like no one else!

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

Mozart of the modern times

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.

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.

Mos underrated singer in music today.

Hauntingly Incredible is the best way to describe his voice

His voice is easy to listen to. His range was a very pleasant surprise and he has great control.

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.

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

He’s has a very unique and strong voice and huge range

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

14 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.

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...

Great singer when not too nasally

Absolutely love him!

15 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.

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

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16 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 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


He has the largest measured vocal range among any human

17 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.

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.

Resonant and powerful low notes, his whole vocal range has big projection.

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.

4 octaves, 2 notes (Eb1 to F#5) - Metal_Treasure

18 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.

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.

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19 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

20 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

Look, he does't even have 4 octaves and shouldn't be on this list. - Metal_Treasure

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21 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.

Should be number 1

Should be #1

Most of the comments here say "Should be number 1". Lool - Misfire

Should be number 1

22 Miljenko Matijevic Miljenko Matijevic Miljenko Matijevic is a Croatian-American singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of rock band Steelheart. He has a big following in South Korea and has worked on several South Korean TV series.

His range is higher than 3 octaves and he should be number 1 on the list his voice is clean and beautiful!

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

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

23 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.

Should be #1. His range is incredible, with lyrics.

Hands down the most impressive range on the list, amazed he is not #1, as he truly is

Versatile voice that has barely changed despite being in his 50s. Not to mention his looks! Should be higher, very impressive person

Mike Patton should be higher on the list, along with Chris Cornell.

24 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,

25 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.
26 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.

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

27 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.

Deserving of higher placement

Just best ever

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

28 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist. He's best known for being the lead singer of the Armenian/American rock band System of a Down. After System of a Down's hiatus in 2006 he began to release more.

He has a5 voice

Very pleasant voice

4 octaves, 1 note

The vocal range of Serj Tankian is D2-E6

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29 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.

I could let him sit on my face, and I'm a lesbian.

There is no one like him!

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

30 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

31 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. more.

the best

4 octaves, 1/2 note - Metal_Treasure

32 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.

She is so good

Such an underrated vocalist

Really? - Userguy44

33 Corey Taylor (Slipknot)


Damn this list should be 4 or more, because over 5 is impressive! - danimey

Seriously he should be much higher on the list his range is insane, would love to and in the shower I do sing along but put to shame no matter the song :(~

His vocal range is over 5 octaves and he doesn't belong in this list. - Metal_Treasure

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34 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

35 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.

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

36 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Hemsworth (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the more.

She underrated

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.

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

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

38 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.

Eric in the best!

39 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

40 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.

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

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 Miljenko Matijević - Steelheart

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

43 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.

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.

44 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.

Hard work pays off, she is the proof of that!

45 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.

46 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

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.

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

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