Top 10 Surprising Answers to the Question "Who Has a Bigger Vocal Range?"

Vocal range is something objective and you can measure it - you need the lowest and the highest note a singer ever hit taken from the songs where s/he hit them. Then you count the octaves and notes.

But the perception of the vocal range can be subjective and can be terribly wrong. Most of the comments on the music lists are based on subjective perceptions, misconceptions or urban myths and legends.

Misconceptions:
1) Many people think that the range is the highest note a singer can hit - no, it's the distance between the highest AND the lowest note.
2) Some other guys think that a big range means high voice - again, it's wrong. Lowest notes are taken into account to determine the range.

One more thing: range is only one of the aspects to evaluate singers and not always singers with the bigger ranges are also the better singers. There are other things to compare, such as power, control, switches, runs, and so on.
The Top Ten
1 Dimash Kudaibergen or Mariah Carey? - Dimash Kudaibergen

Dimash - 6 octaves and 3 notes, up to D8 (as heard so far).

Both have a gigantic range, but Dimash's range (A1 - D8, 6 octaves and 5 semitones so far) is more than an octave bigger than Mariah's

2 Mariah Carey or Axl Rose? - Axl Rose

Mariah Carey and Axl Rose both have high vocal ranges.

Cool! I learned another new thing today! Great list!

3 Luciano Pavarotti or James Hetfield? - James Hetfield

Luciano Pavarotti: 2 octaves, 2-1/2 notes (from C#3 to F5)
James Hetfield: 3 octaves, 3 notes (from C2 to F5).
You see that the highest note both hit is the same - F5. But this note sounds much better when Pavarotti sings it. On the other hand, James Hetfield can sing a whole octave lower than Pavarotti.

This one demonstrates that vocal range is just one small part of singing ability.
I like James Hetfield's singing, but Pavarotti is the consensus greatest male singer of all time.

Luciano Pavarotti is the best and greatest male singer of all time, bar none.

4 Whitney Houston or Dave Mustaine? - Dave Mustaine

Now this is a truly shocking one. One of best singers ever compared to a singer who admitted himself that he was not particularly good.

Not surprising. Most rock singers have bigger vocal range.

I didn't know Whitney Houston only had a 2-octave voice.

5 Jon Bon Jovi or Freddie Mercury? - Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi sings good, but, Freddie Mercury has a more powerful voice.

6 Michael Jackson or Elvis Presley? - Elvis Presley

This one shocked me the most. I didn't realize how limited MJ's voice is beyond the high register.

7 Billy Joe Armstrong or Chad Kroeger? - Chad Kroeger

Billie Joe Armstrong has an amazing voice, and a distinctive roar that is perfect for what he plays. He might not have the best vocal range but his distinctive voice sets him apart as an amazing vocalist.

Green Day actually is so much worse, than Nickelback. It didn't surprise me at all, Chad is a godly vocalist compared to Armstrong, which has an annoying forgettable voice. Shame.

8 Tom Araya or Chester Bennington? - Tom Araya

This doesn't surprise me because Araya sings pretty deep (and clean) in the Black Sabbath cover Hand of Doom while he also screams in a high voice in many Slayer songs.

9 Luciano Pavarotti or Freddie Mercury? - Freddie Mercury

Pavarotti is great, but, Mercury is my favourite.

10 Robert Plant or Ian Gillan? - Ian Gillan

Didn't suprise me at all from the way Gillan sings you can anderstand he is way more better range than Plant.

The Contenders
11 Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift? - Justin Bieber

Significant difference - a whole octave:
Justin Bieber: 3 octaves, 1/2 note
Taylor Swift: 2 octaves, 1-1/2 notes

12 David Gilmour or Roger Waters? - Roger Waters

I'll be honest, I'm not very surprised. Roger Waters frequently jumps from his lower register to his higher register. The only problem is that his voice has always been untrained, meaning that it doesn't always sound pleasant.

13 Justin Bieber or Johnny Cash? - Justin Bieber

Ummm...what? Johnny Cash had WAY more than 2 octaves 5 notes. A1-G5 is just under 4 octaves.

Justin Bieber has a 3 octaves vocal range?

No! This must be a joke!

14 Michael Kiske or Kai Hansen? - Kai Hansen
15 Matt Bellamy or Phil Anselmo? - Phil Anselmo

Not too surprising. Anselmo showcases a great range in his singing.

16 Rob Halford or David Lee Roth? - David Lee Roth
17 Mariah Carey or Corey Taylor? - Corey Taylor
18 King Diamond or Paul McCartney? - Paul McCartney
19 Chester Bennington or Chad Kroeger? - Chad Kroeger

I personally think Chester is/was(rip), pretty overrated, and Chad? Well he's a country version of Kurt Cobain, who tries to be metal, and sometimes succeeds.

20 Corey Taylor or Meghan Trainor? - Corey Taylor

This one doesn't surprise me.

This isn't surprising at all.

21 James Hetfield or Dave Mustaine? - James Hetfield
22 Jack Black or Frank Sinatra? - Jack Black

Jack Black- a very funny comedian with some singing ability.
Frank Sinatra- possibly the greatest ever non-operatic singer.

23 Axl Rose or Corey Taylor? - Corey Taylor

What! I am surprised!

Thanks for the info

24 Bruce Dickinson or Hansi Kürsch? - Hansi Kürsch
25 Hansi Kürsch or Michael Kiske? - Hansi Kürsch
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