Top 10 Songs with "Vocal Fry" Technique

Vocal fry is the lowest register of the human voice and is recognized as a subtle croak at the bottom of a vocal register - it's a popping or rattling sound of a very low frequency. Vocal fry feels like it is “below” your normal singing voice and singers use it to access their lowest notes or for effect. It's used by both males and females in many music genres - from pop to metal. Vocal fry effect can appear in the speaking voices, too. Vocal fry is also a style of speech.

How Vocal Fry got its name? It makes a sound so deep that the voice starts to crackle and pop like frying bacon. Vocal Fry isn't recommended as a default vocal style - you use it on a word or several words in a song and not all the time.

Vocal fry is called a vocal register, vocal effect, vocal technique, and vocal style, depending on who analyzes it. Vocal fry is performed with vocal folds closed and air passes between the closed vocal folds. The singer actually doesn't use the vocal cords to produce this sound and for that reason vocal fry is one of the safest vocal techniques.

Fun fact: vocal fry is also the sound many people unintentionally make when wake up in the morning and realize they have to get up, and produce that slow, lazy and slightly raspy "Ahhh"...

Singers often use Vocal Fry to increase expressiveness, to achieve heightened vocal emotion or intimacy, to emphasize raw emotion. Words sung in vocal fry can sound pretty different - sexy, sad, emotional, or apathetic, depending on the goal of the singer.

"The vocal fry register (also known as pulse register, laryngealization, pulse phonation, creak, croak, popcorning, glottal fry, glottal rattle, glottal scrape, or strohbass) is the lowest vocal register and is produced through a loose glottal closure that permits air to bubble through slowly with a popping or rattling sound of a very low frequency. During this phonation, the arytenoid cartilages in the larynx are drawn together, which causes the vocal folds to compress rather tightly and become relatively slack and compact. This process forms a large and irregularly vibrating mass within the vocal folds that produces the characteristic low popping or rattling sound when air passes through the glottal closure. The register (if well controlled) can extend far below the modal voice register, in some cases up to 8 octaves lower, such as in the case of Tim Storms who holds the world record for lowest frequency note ever produced by a human, a G −7, which is only 0.189 Hz, inaudible to the human ear." - Wikipedia

The Top Ten

1 ... Baby One More Time - Britney Spears ... Baby One More Time - Britney Spears Cover Art

She used vocal fry at the beginning of the song - when she sings "Oh baby baby"

This vocal fry is sizzlin!

2 Hero - Enrique Iglesias Hero - Enrique Iglesias Cover Art

He used it several times but the easiest one to identify is when he sang the word "I" 3 times in the chorus: "I can be your hero baby, I can kiss away the pain, I will stand by you forever" (play the sample to hear the first two of the "I"s).

3 Home - Michael Bublé Home - Michael Bublé Cover Art

It's in the pre-chorus when he sings "And I've been" from the line "And I've been keeping all the letters that I wrote to you".

Yes! Michael Bublé is amazing! ❤

4 Sinful Passion - Dimash Kudaibergen

He uses it several times at the beginning of the song when he sings with his low soft voice

5 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Marilyn Manson Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Marilyn Manson Cover Art

In this Eurythmics cover Marilyn Manson used extensive vocal fry, most often at the beginning of the song (the sample features part of it).

6 Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City - Whitesnake Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City - Whitesnake Cover Art

David Coverdale enters the vocal fry register several times during the 1st verse but he fully uses it when he sings the word "babe" (I capitalized it):
"Ain't no love in the heart of the city

Ain't no love in the heart of town
Ain't no love, sure 'enough is a pity, BABE
Ain't no love 'cause you ain't around
Baby, since you been around"

7 Clown - Emeli Sande Clown - Emeli Sande Cover Art

It's used when she sings "I'll be [your clown]" ("clown" is not in vocal fry)

8 Let's Make It Baby - Bon Jovi Let's Make It Baby - Bon Jovi Cover Art

This is one of the sexiest songs I know where he uses vocal fry several times, esp. on the words (in order of appearance): down slowly, a little bit closer, love me. PS. This song has 2 versions and the sample on here doesn't feature the version I'm talking about.

Interesting list is it difficult to use this technique?

If Britney Spears and Kurt Cobain can do it...it isn't hard to do it.

9 Unanswered - Suicide Silence Unanswered - Suicide Silence Cover Art

This is already fry screaming - nothing sexy about it, he's just using the same technique (closed vocal folds) to produce screams that express raw emotion. The only difference is the amount of air that needs to pass between the closed vocal folds - much more air is needed here.

10 I’m Too Sexy - Right Said Fred I’m Too Sexy - Right Said Fred Cover Art

The prime example for vocal frying

The Contenders

11 Moist Vagina - Nirvana Moist Vagina - Nirvana Cover Art

Not a fan of this song but I wanted to include it because vocal fry here is "pure" and can be heard very clearly - it's used in the opening line "Ahhh, she had a moist vagina", and again at the end of the song. That "Ahhh" is one of the purest examples of vocal fry - it's very close to the sound many people make when they wake up in the morning.

Love the name.

12 Cowboys from Hell - Pantera Cowboys from Hell - Pantera Cover Art

Phil uses when he says "We're takin' over this town." This moment is what inspired me to extend my range to a lower register.

It sounds really cool.

13 Let's Dance - David Bowie Let's Dance - David Bowie Cover Art

Play the sample - it's the first word you hear ("put", from the line "put on your red shoes")

14 Creep - TLC Creep - TLC Cover Art
15 Diggin' on You - TLC Diggin' on You - TLC Cover Art
16 Surfin' Bird - Sodom Surfin' Bird - Sodom Cover Art

The sample features it - it's on the word "bird".

17 Tired of Being Sorry - Enrique Iglesias Tired of Being Sorry - Enrique Iglesias Cover Art

The song begins with it

18 Time of the Season - The Zombies Time of the Season - The Zombies Cover Art
19 Deadhead - The Devin Townsend Band Deadhead - The Devin Townsend Band Cover Art
20 Love is Like a Dream - Dimash Kudaibergen
21 Lose You to Love Me - Selena Gomez Lose You to Love Me - Selena Gomez Cover Art

It feels weird to add her to a list about vocal technique but yes she does use vocal fry in this song.

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