Songs With the Most Beautiful Lead VocalsPetSounds The fourth installment in my "Songs With the Most Beautiful..." series.
The Top Ten
There is no one who comes close to this young lady. No one.
Her version is not terrible but it isn't brilliant either. I've heard a much better version of this song sung by a guy with an absolutely glorious voice.
A voice so pure, beautiful and uplifting that many people of all ages shed tears on listening to her.
Watch her sing this for Sharon Osbourne on "The Talk" and you can't help feeling uplifted.
I really like this song a lot every single time I hear it on the radio.
Carl Wilson didn't even crack Rolling Stone's Top 100 Vocalists list. Bloody shame. Even Paul McCartney (see below) has to strain a bit when he sings God Only Knows. Carl doesn't even sound like he's trying. - PetSounds
Paul Mccartney's favorite Song! - Beatlesboy9
Loved the movie "Love and Mercy", what a great story.
Someone tell me why is some random cover above this classic?
This is an incredibly moving song. One of the best songs ever, yeah!
Best Vocal Performance Ever
Paul Simon did NOT write this song for Jackie - that's ridiculous! He wrote the song with Art Garfunkel for EVERYONE to enjoy. She sings this song as a cover, NOT an original song for her. Furthermore, there are better versions of this song than Jackie's.
A fantastic version of Paul Simon's timeless classic.
Sung at a charity event by Jackie Evancho. The most beautiful rendition of this song ever done.
Absolutely fantastic version by Jackie. She's the best. Thanks to Paul for writing this song for Jackie!
Gives me shivers - TheCuteBeatle
The lead vocal, and indeed the whole song, was inspired by God Only Knows (see above). Paul rarely uses falsetto, but he does it masterfully. - PetSounds
Hey Jude is definitely better.
9th? ! The best singer sang this song and he was amazing in it!
Hey Jude ahead of The show must go on? Are you kidding?
Freddie always put so much into his songs, there will never be anyone like him, freddie was the best singer to ever live
My heart misses a beat when I first hear Matt's warm voice on this song and leaves me quite breathless and in tears... It's just... Beautiful. - Britgirl
I listened to this song for the first time today. The lead vocal is unlike anything I've ever heard. Thank-you, PositronWildhawk. - PetSounds
Any time, pal. I must agree. It's wonderous work. - PositronWildhawk
Ronnie James Dio, aka Mr. Golden Voice for a reason.
Very powerful yet velvety voice. Great vocal technique.
Dio's voice and the song in general sound like a music message from the center of the Universe. - Metal_Treasure
... But they're not!
A definition of beautiful modern vocals, especially the beginning of the song. - Metal_Treasure
Amazing! Agnetha's voice cries through this song with pain! Just remarkable how she can sing such a devasting song with emotion! - ivylee
Very beautiful voice and melody. - Metal_Treasure
I'm not thinking so much of the Beach Boys' version as Brian Wilson's piano demo for a T.V. program. - PetSounds
Beautiful, emotive and expressive modern vocals. Vocal perfection leaves me in awe.
A hauntingly beautiful and sad song with relevant vocals. - Metal_Treasure
The most beautiful vocals from Freddie. - Metal_Treasure
A little voice in the back of my mind said, "this belongs on the list! " I love its nature - the quirkiest love song ever written. - PetSounds
...Malmsteen, that is. Vocals by Joe Lynn Turner, who has also done great work with Deep Purple and Rainbow. - BobG
Because there is little music education in schools, the new generation does not know what good music is. Judy should be int he top 10 along with Baez.
The variety of songs and tenure, prove their right to be rated among the best.
In fair judging, popularity by the industry, is no qualification for
pure vocal excellence. Period!
An intensely personal number written and beautifully performed by the late, great Gene Clark.
Not even The Beatles could pull off harmonic rock as well as The Byrds.
Deep romantic masterpiece with wonderful lyrics and impeccable vocals. Nothing less than wonderful!
FINALLY! someone knows Donovan! - LightningStrike
"In the quiet hours and minutes of uncertainty
I want to be
Deep in the warm folds of your loving mind…." - PetSounds
This Ennio Morricone song from the movie "Cinema Paradiso" gets the Jackie treatment on her album "Songs from the Silver Screen." Also check it out on Jackie's PBS Great Performances DVD "Music of the Movies." Splendid work. - BobG
Let it be known to everyone within five miles of his recording studio that Jack Black does not need a microphone - xandermartin98
I have an obsession with the vocals - PositronWildhawk
It is absolutely tragic that the 11-year olds who make up most of the voters here at Top Tens have no idea who he was, and have never heard a single song he performed.
Good song, but it's not the Moody Blues! It's by Justin Hayward and John Lodge AKA 'Blue Jays', who were two-fifths of the band. The song would no doubt have been even better if it had featured on a full-band follow-up album to Seventh Sojourn, or if they had at least invited their inspirational keyboard wizard, Mike Pinder, to participate. However the band unfortunately decided to have a rest and go their separate ways for 5 years. This was one of the songs made during that 'sabbatical' - almost a Justin Hayward solo effort. Why they didn't subsequently bust a gut to get Pinder back is a mystery to me - never the same without him.
The Moody Blues' long-term exclusion from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a true travesty. This one is really only Justin Hayward and John Lodge, but the resulting spare arrangement highlights Justin's voice beautifully.