Songs With the Most Beautiful Lead Vocals

The fourth installment in my "Songs With the Most Beautiful..." series.

The Top Ten

1 Nella Fantasia - Jackie Evancho Nella Fantasia - Jackie Evancho Cover Art

There is no one who comes close to this young lady. No one.

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.

This child has ruined every other singer, male or female, for me. Ever. She is a little goddess.

2 God Only Knows - The Beach Boys God Only Knows - The Beach Boys Cover Art

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.

3 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel Cover Art

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

4 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Jackie Evancho

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!

Sung at Cirque du Soleil's "One Night for ONE DROP" charity gala. Look for the YouTube video.

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.

5 Hey Jude - The Beatles Hey Jude - The Beatles Cover Art
6 Here, There and Everywhere - The Beatles Here, There and Everywhere - The Beatles Cover Art

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

Gives me shivers - TheCuteBeatle

7 White Christmas - Bing Crosby White Christmas - Bing Crosby Cover Art
8 The Show Must Go On - Queen

Freddie always put so much into his songs, there will never be anyone like him, freddie was the best singer to ever live

Hey Jude ahead of The show must go on? Are you kidding?

9th? ! The best singer sang this song and he was amazing in it!

Hey Jude is definitely better.

9 Walk Away - Matt Monro Walk Away - Matt Monro Cover Art

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

10 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Cover Art

This should be first.

Love this

The Contenders

11 Whispering Wind - Moby Whispering Wind - Moby Cover Art

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

12 Hey You - Pink Floyd Hey You - Pink Floyd Cover Art
13 Rainbow Eyes - Rainbow Rainbow Eyes - Rainbow Cover Art

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

14 Life is Beautiful - Luminous Life is Beautiful - Luminous Cover Art
15 If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot Cover Art
16 Poor Man's Moody Blues - Barclay James Harvest Poor Man's Moody Blues - Barclay James Harvest Cover Art

... But they're not!

17 I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner Cover Art
18 Path of Glory - Demons & Wizards

A definition of beautiful modern vocals, especially the beginning of the song. - Metal_Treasure

19 The Winner Takes It All - Abba The Winner Takes It All - Abba Cover Art

Amazing! Agnetha's voice cries through this song with pain! Just remarkable how she can sing such a devasting song with emotion! - ivylee

20 In My Time of Need - Opeth In My Time of Need - Opeth Cover Art

Very beautiful voice and melody. - Metal_Treasure

21 Surf's Up - The Beach Boys Surf's Up - The Beach Boys Cover Art

I'm not thinking so much of the Beach Boys' version as Brian Wilson's piano demo for a T.V. program. - PetSounds

22 Can We Still Be Friends - Todd Rundgren Can We Still Be Friends - Todd Rundgren Cover Art
23 Yesterday - The Beatles Yesterday - The Beatles Cover Art
24 Danny Boy - John McDermott Danny Boy - John McDermott Cover Art
25 Fiddler on the Green - Demons & Wizards

Beautiful, emotive and expressive modern vocals. Vocal perfection leaves me in awe.
A hauntingly beautiful and sad song with relevant vocals. - Metal_Treasure

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