Singers With the Best Vocal Range

I know Most of you wont agree but these are my opinion completely.

The Top Ten

1 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.

Freddie Mercury is unbeatable in vocal range. He was the absolute best singer. He died in 1991, and in this 27 years nobody can come close to him in singing.

It isn't true, that he is "highly overrated". He was and is the best singer of all time.

Yes Freddie Mercury should be at the top of any list that has to do with good singing and range. Even if someone does have a higher range then him, no one can compare their actual singing voice to his.. Incredible. No one will ever reach him

The guy wrote Bohemian Raps

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2 Jackie Evancho 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, more.

"Think of Me" at both age 9 and 14 show the tremendous and powerful range that Jackie has in her voice.

Not just the range but her consistent quality of tone from one end to the other. - BobG

Her new album "Awakening" will remove any question about her tremendous vocal range. - Trancas

Love listening to her sing.

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3 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.

Really a mix devil-angel voice

I've found his 7 octave vocal range from his works, so far. Still I'm discovering his full vocal range

One of the best rock singers in the history of rock music. He is a true legend. So very missed.

Angelic voice, Devil's scream ♥

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4 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.

If Patton isn't right near the top, these lists lose all credibility in my opinion. Nearly all of these lists could come under the heading "most popular artist". popularity isn't a measure of skill or talent but when the populous is doing the voting, expect them to be ignorant of what isn't spoon fed to them.

This list is singers with the highest vocal range... Mike Patton has the highest vocal range but is 56th... Is this some kind of cruel joke played by complete idiots?

This guy has a range of 6 octaves. 6! Why is he not high on the list

He has 6 octaves. That's insane. - Userguy44

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5 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney 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 more.

She is a great singer but her range isn't big - only 2 octaves, 4 notes. For comparison, Ian Gillan of Deep Purple has 4 octaves. - Metal_Treasure

She can reach any note so sad that she died - Colegtheman

6 Amy Lee Amy Lee Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.

Her voice is amazing. - Userguy44

7 John Denver John Denver Henry John Deutschendorf Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s.

Always has and always will be, my favorite musician of all time. - Beatlesboy9

Too beautiful for words!

Love his songs

8 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 .

WHAT IS THIS? Paul should definitely be number 1! how is Jackie Evancho top? Roy Orbison and Elton John should also be much higher up on the list.

Paul is a better WRITER than anybody!

9 Corey Taylor Corey Taylor Corey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.

Corey currently has the second highest vocal range out of any modern vocalists, at a whopping 5 1/2 octaves, and he's at 73rd? And as a fan, he is an amazing vocalist. He can sing, growl, scream and even rap and most of the time, it comes out great. He definitely deserves to be in the top 10. - CrimsonShark

5 octaves, 5-1/2 notes! - Metal_Treasure

10 Bono Bono Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. His original nickname was Bono Vox which means "big voice".

Bono has so much passion in his voice. Better than everyone else on this list

The Contenders

11 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.

I am in SUPER RAGE MODE right now! Are you guys serious? Axl Rose? He can hit some of the lowest notes ever and the highest notes for a guy. As much as I love Queen and Freddie Mercury, he had a voice that was always the same. For the people who voted for Paul McCartney, I don't know what to say but this is not the right list for you.

Fun fact: Axl Rose has a higher vocal range than Freddie Mercury

Axl Rose has 5 octaves, 2-1/2 notes! - Metal_Treasure

He literly has the BEST vocal range according to states it's the widest

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12 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.

Elvis is no one in my book almost operatic voice in most songs like its now or never and surrender a better range than Robbie Williams how can they compare the two. Elvis is better by far.

13 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.

Her high notes sound like bird calls. INCREDIBLE.

"Simply the best. Freddie only had four octaves. Mariah has five or six maybe."

She's a'ught. I wish there was more emphasis on the singing and less on the “sex appeal.”
Also, Glitter is not a documentary...

14 Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

Nope, his range is pretty limited - 2 octaves, 6-1/2 notes. Even Chad Kroeger's range is better - 3 octaves, 2-1/2 notes. - Metal_Treasure

Just listen to Brutal Love of Tre�' (preferably the Live Version)

15 David Lee Roth David Lee Roth David Lee Roth is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality.

DLR Isn't quite as good as Freddie Mercury, but he DEFINITELY deserves a place here. - DovahQueen

16 Roy Orbison Roy Orbison Roy 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".

Orbison was truly great, but nobody could sing 8 octaves.

17 James Michael

James Michael: Critically acclaimed Producer, Songwriter and Artist of Sixx:AM - Andrejka

Producer, Songwriter, Mixer and Lead Singer of Sixx:AM

18 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.

Oh, yes - 5 octaves, 1/2 notes! - Metal_Treasure

WOW! His vocal range is huge! - blackphoenix

19 Rihanna Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian-American pop singer. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning more.

Amazing vocal range! Her high notes are amzing! Almost as her low ones.

20 Devin Townsend Devin Townsend Devin Garret Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.

This man deserves way higher than this

21 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.

He is literally one note away from having a five octave vocal range, what is he doing below Rihanna?

His vocal range,, ITS AMAZING! He can go super low then super high! It's amazing!

He could hit a note higher than most of he females that beat him. He has a voice of a angel.

How is he not higher?

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22 Gerard Way Gerard Way Gerard Arthur Way is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comic book writer who was the lead vocalist and co-founder of the American alternative rock band My Chemical Romance from its formation in September 2001 until its split in March 2013. His debut solo album Hesitant Alien was released more.

You have got to be kidding me. - IronSabbathPriest

23 Robbie Williams 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.

He's a tenor and he has a good vocal range

The best male singer!

In his 20s his voice was the best

He can do literally everything!

He sings unbelievably high notes (amazingly) in I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen, Tripping or Love Calling Earth as well as those low ones in My Way or Sin Sin Sin.

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24 Mick Jagger Mick Jagger Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger is an English singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as the lead vocalist and a co-founder of the Rolling Stones.
25 Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time.

He's got unmatched power and perfect technique but in fact, his range isn't big - only 2 octaves, 2-1/2 notes. Freddie has 4 octaves. - Metal_Treasure

Very good vocal range, control and technique

Way, way better than Freddie Mercury!

"Very Good"? Very funny!
The best of all time, by a mile- whoever place Billy Joe Armstrong and Bono above Pavarotti should be banned from TTT.

26 Celine Dion Celine Dion Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. She is best known for her song "My Heart Will Go On", which is the main theme of the 1997 film Titanic, which was the first film to gross $1 billion at the box office.
27 Pat Benatar Pat Benatar Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, known professionally by her stage name Pat Benatar, is an American singer, songwriter, and four time Grammy Award winner.

Her range is nearly 5 octaves, and she could probably stretch further if she had to. She has the breathing technique to support that voice properly, without resorting to screaming out notes.

Vocal range is 4 octaves and 5 notes.

love her

Her version of Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights out-Kated Kate.

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28 James Taylor James Taylor James Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time, and he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

The "thumbs down" voters must not know that mellifluous and evocative are very good things!

Fantastic, mellifluous, evocative voice, but not really that much range to it.

29 Elton John Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.

I Just love the songs written by Elton John & I always like his live performances always gives his heart and emotions in each song. Such a LEGEND.

30 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.

The voice of a whole generation!

31 Sarah Brightman Sarah Brightman Sarah Brightman is an English classical crossover soprano, actress, musician, songwriter, conductor, and dancer.
32 Zayn Malik Zayn Malik Zain Javadd Malik, born on 12 January 1993, who records mononymously as ZAYN, is a British singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Bradford, ZAYN aspired to pursue a career in music from a young age leading him to audition as a solo artist for the British reality television music competition The X more.
33 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.

Undoubtedly the greatest of all time

Greatest ever...

A legend

34 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.

Why the hell is he so low you can't talk about great range without Steven tyler - donovanthorn

Statistics say he's number 4. Idiots

35 Tiziano Ferro

Extraordinary, very versatile and true feelings. Needs to be recognized on a world stage!

36 Loreena McKennitt Loreena McKennitt Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt is a Canadian musician, composer, harpist, accordionist and pianist who writes, records and performs world music with Celtic and Middle Eastern themes.

Simply great!

37 Barbra Streisand Barbra Streisand Barbara Joan Streisand, known professionally as Barbra Streisand, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker.
38 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.

You gotta be kidding me don't you hear his vocal range why chris on 41 just listen to beyond the wheel and vote for chris cornell

Put him higher! - Userguy44

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40 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.

His vocals can go from high to low easily. - IronSabbathPriest

Need I explain?

41 Levi Stubbs Levi Stubbs Levi Stubbs was an American baritone singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the R&B group the Four Tops, a band known for a variety of Motown hit records and other songs created in the 1960s and 1970s.

A total powerhouse as the longtime lead singer of the Four Tops, he and Elvis are the only names on this list who could remotely go toe-to-toe with Pavarotti for power.

42 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.

Powerful voice...she inspires me

43 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.

He should be top of this list easily

44 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.

Over 4 octaves. Needs to be much higher because his vocal technique is great, too. - Metal_Treasure

Painkiller. enough said.

45 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.

Yep, 4 octaves. - Metal_Treasure

46 Jim Morrison Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

I absolutely love Jim's voice. He really knows how to propel a song. - PetSounds

47 David Ruffin David Ruffin David Eli Ruffin was an American soul singer and musician most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of The Temptations during the group's "Classic Five" period as it was later known.

Lead singer of the Temptations, and can be heard best on one of the best-known songs ever, "My Girl".

48 Bruno Mars Bruno Mars Peter Gene Hernandez, professionally known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. more.
49 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.
50 Ian Gillan 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).

I'm not sure if 7 but I don't know anyone who can hit those notes in Child in Time in so amazing way

Ian has 7 octaves! I found! Everyone knows that.

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1. Amy Lee
2. Whitney Houston
3. Freddie Mercury
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