Top Ten Songs With the Most Impressive Vocals

Alpha101
We've all heard at least one song that sent you chills because the vocals were so impressive. Well, here's my list for songs with the best vocals. As always, enjoy!

The Top Ten

1 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

This song is famous for it's impressive vocals. At the beginning, it's very melancholy and soothing, then, like "Dreamer Deceiver," things are kicked up a knotch. The opera section started, and it took me breath away. Then an amazing and unforgettable guitar solo comes up, and the song ends the same way that it started. It's, simply put, perfect. - Alpha101

Queen is my favorite band outside metal and Freddie's voice is probably the main reason. This song was overplayed but it's not overrated - it deserves the credits it gets. - Metal_Treasure

2 Dreamer Deceiver - Judas Priest

When I first heard this song...holy cow! The song starts off kind of slow and normal. I was nodding my head, thinking "It's pretty good so far, but nothing too special." The Halford kicked things up a little. I was then smiling, thinking "Wow, this song IS pretty good. I might buy the album after the song ends." Then, it happened. When Halford started singing "We are lost above! " I started shaking, and a few tears escaped my eye. It was that good! If you don't believe me, listen to the song! - Alpha101

Rob Halford is Oh My God and this song reveals his incredible range and many insane vocal skills. One of the best singers ever. - Metal_Treasure

3 Rainbow In the Dark - Dio

I also think this is Dio's best vocal performance although he's always flawless (in Stargazer he's great, too).
@Alpha101 - I think that Dio's range of about 4 octaves is pretty impressive though. For comparison, Pavarotti's range is only 2 octaves, 2-1/2 notes but he sounds amazing within this range. Obviously range is not everything but a wider range is always welcome. - Metal_Treasure

This was, in my opinion, Dio's best song. He didn't have the most impressive vocal range, but he was still a fantastic singer. See for yourself! - Alpha101

4 The Show Must Go On - Queen

I've heard that Freddie Mercury was in very bad condition when singing this song, but if he was, you can't tell it. This is Queen's second most impressive song, and my personal favorite. Give it a listen! - Alpha101

Dying of Aids, and still sang his heart out. What a man!

Maybe my personal favorite, too. - Metal_Treasure

Anybody who tried to sing this song, failed.
Only Freddie could sing this song. RIP

5 Dream On - Aerosmith

Aerosmith's best song, and Perry is the reason why. The moment where he starts screaming "Dream on! " still sends shutters down my spine every time. - Alpha101

A precious song - all time favorite. - Metal_Treasure

6 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
7 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

Hansi of Blind Guardian sings this - his vocals are always impressive but this song left me in awe. - Metal_Treasure

8 This Night - Filo & Peri
9 She's Leaving Home - The Beatles

John and Paul perform a memorable duet together, and the song is now considered to be one of the Beatles' best. - Alpha101

10 My Girl - David Ruffin

Is there anybody anywhere who does not love this song? Written by Smokey Robinson, who was smart enough to know he had pure gold, he gave it to the Temptations for the TLC they, and especially lead singer Ruffin could give it. No yelling, no histrionics, no melismatic over-singing, just the most mellifluous sound imaginable.

The Contenders

11 Lie Down In Darkness - Moby

Every melancholy chord in this song is perfection. - PositronWildhawk

12 Waiting for the Night - Armin van Buuren
13 Snowblind - Au5
14 Keeper of the Seven Keys - Helloween

Really impressive sustain - about 20 seconds (at the end) - Metal_Treasure

15 Mirror - Mercyful Fate

This is the only song I've ever heard from the group, probably for the best, but it's also one of my favorite metal songs of all time. The vocals in this particular song blew me away. Listen to the song, and you be the judge. - Alpha101

16 Nessun Dorma - Luciano Pavarotti

Other than possibly Elvis Presley or Levi Stubbs, there is not another name on this list that could stand onstage with Luciano Pavarotti and not be blown out into the audience. He had a chest like a bull elephant, and was easily the most powerful singer in history. Ask anyone with a college degree in music, and they will tell you this guy is the most impressive singer of the past 100 years.

Its funny to think that anyone else could be considered impressive when compared to Pavarotti. Good rock and metal singers can get your blood flowing, but Il Maestro was on another level, kind of like comparing Michael Jordan to players on a Middle-School All-Star team.

17 On Fire - Luke Bond
18 The Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra
19 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

While Ozzy is not known for his singing skills, he does a fantastic job with this song. He makes this song possibly the most horrific sounding in metal history. If you listen to it without getting goosebumps or shudders down you spine, then you must be Lucifer himself! - Alpha101

20 Emotionally Yours - The O'Jays
21 Emperor's New Clothes - Panic! at the Disco
22 Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones

Probably the Stone's second most popular song, it's a masterpiece. While the lyrics are amazing, what really sells the song is Jagger's attitude towards it. It almost feels like he actually when through all of the things that he mentioned throughout the song. - Alpha101

23 Fire In Your Eyes - Chase & Status
24 Fallen - Electus

Seriously, the vocals from Charlotte Haining mixed with the chilling dub is bound to rattle your spine. - PositronWildhawk

25 Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
26 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye

Marvin is spinning in his grave every time somebody says they like Kanye West.

27 Dante’s Inferno - Iced Earth

Try singing like Mat Barlow for 17:30 minutes. He is awesome. - Metal_Treasure

28 My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
29 Oh! Darling - The Beatles
30 Child In Time - Deep Purple

This is a legendary vocal performance, including the screams - Ian Gillan screams for about 2 minutes towards the end. - Metal_Treasure

31 I Had This Thing - Röyksopp
32 The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand
33 A Touch of Evil - Judas Priest

While Halford probably did a better job vocally with "Painkiller," this is his second best song, in my opinion. At first, he sounds nervous and paranoid, but then, during the chorus, he sounds hopeful and happy, which really makes this song great. - Alpha101

34 Waiting - Dash Berlin
35 The Weight - The Band and the Staples Singers

I think you are confused about who performed this song.

Who are you, and no, I'm not at all confused, though apparently you are or have no appropriate words to voice subjective disagreement - Billyv

36 Heart of the Sunrise - Yes

Especially the ending vocals - PinkFloyd99

37 Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
38 Retrograde - James Blake
39 Time to Say Goodbye - Sarah Brightman
40 How the Gods Kill - Danzig

A very dark and doomy song giving chills. Glenn Danzig has a very impressive and rare type of voice - baritenor (baritone voice, tenor range). He sounds like a darker and heavier version of Jim Morrison. - Metal_Treasure

41 Somebody to Love - Queen

Please vote for this song, because this vocal is very impressive.

Great vocal in this song!

Impressive vocal in it!

It has to be in the top 5.

42 Respect - Aretha Franklin

It is sad that today's music fans actually think Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Christina Aguilera, and all the rest of the pop princesses can actually sing. Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul.

43 The End - The Doors
44 A Day In the Life - John Lennon

What is this sample?
Its is some guy covering Lennon, not Lennon himself.

45 Baby I Need Your Loving - The Four Tops

The immortal Levi Stubbs is the only other person on this list who could stand on the same stage with Luciano Pavarotti and Elvis Presley. As much as I love Jim Morrison and John Lennon, their skills were even more so in the writing than in the singing. Even such phenomenal voices as Gaye, Ruffin, and Garfunkel were of a more gentle and mellifluous nature.

46 Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds

Call it what you will harmonic rock, folk rock, melodic rock, the Byrds' combination of 3 people who could sing lead [though Chris Hillman rarely did], along with the greatest "high harmony" singer in rock history [that clown David Crosby], and they created a sound that has often been imitated, but never equaled in the years since.
RIP Gene Clark- No Other.

47 Path of Glory - Demons & Wizards

On every list I see the same situation - the most popular vs really the best. Hansi Kürsch isn't as popular as John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Ozzy, Axl Rose, etc., but he's one of the greatest singers of all time. Even if you have never heard of him, he is still great because being a great singer is an objective and not subjective feature. Only popularity is subjective but most of us know that most popular doesn't mean the best.

Back to Hansi Kürsch - there are not many singers who have 4 in 1: naturally pleasant voice, power, range and amazing vocal skills. I mean, there are many singers with pleasant voices but they lack power, range and vocal technique.

Give a listen to this song and pay attention to his perfect vocals with perfect switches and transitions: how he starts with very soft melancholy voice, then puts more power and intensity to his vocal, and then blows you mind with that exploding "Yeah, yeah, yeah". Again, not many singers can do both soft and harsh vocals ...more - Metal_Treasure

48 Into the Storm - Blind Guardian
49 Thorn - Blind Guardian
50 The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian
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Top Remixes (4)

1. My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards
2. Keeper of the Seven Keys - Helloween
3. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Metal_Treasure
1. Dreamer Deceiver - Judas Priest
2. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
3. Rainbow In the Dark - Dio
Alpha101
1. This Night - Filo & Peri
2. Lie Down In Darkness - Moby
3. On Fire - Luke Bond
PositronWildhawk

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