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

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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 Mariah Carey or Axl Rose? - Axl Rose V 1 Comment
2 Luciano Pavarotti or James Hetfield? - James Hetfield

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.

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3 Jon Bon Jovi or Freddie Mercury? - Jon Bon Jovi V 1 Comment
4 Whitney Houston or Dave Mustaine? - Dave Mustaine V 1 Comment
5 Michael Kiske or Kai Hansen? - Kai Hansen V 1 Comment
6 Robert Plant or Ian Gillan? - Ian Gillan V 1 Comment
7 Michael Jackson or Elvis Presley? - Elvis Presley V 1 Comment
8 Axl Rose or Corey Taylor? - Corey Taylor

I though axl had the biggest vocal range after mike - zxm

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9 Billy Joe Armstrong or Chad Kroeger? - Chad Kroeger V 1 Comment
10 Tom Araya or Chester Bennington? - Tom Araya V 1 Comment

The Contenders

11 David Gilmour or Roger Waters? - Roger Waters
12 Corey Taylor or Meghan Trainor? - Corey Taylor
13 Rob Halford or David Lee Roth? - David Lee Roth
14 King Diamond or Paul McCartney? - Paul McCartney
15 Mariah Carey or Corey Taylor? - Corey Taylor V 1 Comment
16 Matt Bellamy or Phil Anselmo? - Phil Anselmo V 1 Comment
17 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.

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18 Bruce Dickinson or Hansi Kürsch? - Hansi Kürsch
19 Hansi Kürsch or Michael Kiske? - Hansi Kürsch
20 Justin Bieber or Johnny Cash? - Justin Bieber V 1 Comment
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1. Mariah Carey or Axl Rose? - Axl Rose
2. Robert Plant or Ian Gillan? - Ian Gillan
3. David Gilmour or Roger Waters? - Roger Waters
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1. Luciano Pavarotti or James Hetfield? - James Hetfield
2. Mariah Carey or Axl Rose? - Axl Rose
3. Whitney Houston or Dave Mustaine? - Dave Mustaine
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