Top Ten Whistle Register Singers

The whistle register, also known as the flute register, is the highest register of the human voice, laying above the falsetto register. Some singers have been able to sing in this register, although this is rare.
The Top Ten
1 Minnie Riperton

The most musical 5-Octave+ singer that I am aware of to date. She had excellent motor control, was able to clearly enunciate lyrics in the 'whistle register' and sustain notes for an extended period in all parts of that register. Her ability to do a 'walk down' and 'up', with seemingly effortless clarity, is just one example of the skill she held. It was indeed, her vocal skill that gave power to her voice – allowing her to switch from upper to lower ranges with a quintessential dexterity that can render one to an 'Adventure in Paradise'. Her lower range attributes were/are equally compelling – displaying emotive abilities as no other than the inimitable, Minnie Ripperton.

Minnie inspired everyone to sing in this register; Mariah even lists her as an influence. Able to imitate bird calls and instruments such as flutes and piccolos, Minnie sports a five octave vocal range and was the first singer to make this note popular. A fun fact is that she is the mother of Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live comedienne/actress.

The real champ of this category; all the rest including Mariah Carey and especially Ariana Grande are just pale imitations.
Kudos to the OP for knowing she is Maya Rudolph's mom.

Minnie could not only sing in the whistle register but enunciate clearly and effortlessly. She was and is, hands down, the best. Chante Moore is the next closest to coming anywhere near Minnie's style.

2 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top ...read more.

She is the Queen Of The Whistle Register. She has inspired me to sing in whistle register and she has inspired so many others. She is the Jimi Hendrix of singing alongside Freddie Mercury of course he has an amazing voice too!

Whistle notes are her thing! Yes, she isn't the only one who has done it, or the first. BUT, she made it wildly popular. She has inspired musicians who are known for their whistle notes such as Ariana Grande.

Its funny how these people are so jealous of her, calling her fatty and yet you can't even come close to her level with your slim body and just to let you know Mariah's foot dust heck even her spit is of a higher quality that you haters and your favorite will never come close to... bye bye

Shanice is no comparison

3 Shanice Shanice Shanice Lorraine Wilson-Knox, better known as Shanice, is a Grammy-nominated American R&B/pop-rock singer, songwriter, and actress.

I'd listen to Shanice's beautiful voice over mariah carey's ugly yelling any day honestly.

Pariah Scary is no comparison and her voice is just like her face and personality, ugly!

Shanice, no doubt about this chick! She makes Mariah fatty seem irrelevant.

Much better than Mariah Fatty honestly, yeah I said it!

4 Chante Moore Chante Moore
5 Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger Nicole Scherzinger, born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente on June 29, 1978, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and television personality. She first rose to fame as the lead singer of the pop/r&b group The Pussycat Dolls.
6 JoJo JoJo
7 Dimash Kudaibergen Dimash Kudaibergen Dinmukhamed Kanatuly Kudaibergenov, commonly known as Dimash Kudaibergen (born May 24th, 1994) is a Kazakh singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Dimash is best known as a contestant of Chinese talent show "Singer 2017" where he was declared a runner-up. He is also known for possessing a wide ...read more.

His sustained D8 (live! ) is out of this world. And off the piano.

8 Morissette Amon

Wide variety of range and hits the whistle register effortlessly with no obvious jump off point.

I love how much emotion she puts into her voice. Her vocal breaks are to die for.

She's not human

9 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She was born on June 26th 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She is best known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and its spin-off show Sam & Cat. ...read more.

People can't get over the fact that she compares with vocalists from the 20th century. They refuse to accept that in many ways, she has already surpassed them. Her tone, vibrato, belt, low notes, high notes, falsetto and whistle register are flawless. Not to mention her creativity, harmonies, agility, runs and riffs. She can impersonate many singers perfectly and sing like they would, such a cool and rare skill to have. She is one of the first vocalists who will see longevity due to her focus with good vocal health and taking care of her voice. Without a doubt, Ariana is the best vocalist of this generation and will for sure go down as one of the greats. She is still building on her voice as we speak with no signs of slowing down.

This girl has been singing whistle notes since she was a TEENAGER, maybe even as a kid. Yes, she didn't always know how to do it correctly at first, but they still were impressive, and she's learned by now. She hits some of the highest whistle notes, both on her songs and live. She should be regarded as one of the best whistle note singers.

Yeah I agree, she IS one of the best singers I have heard of and I love her for her whistles, chest voice and how easily she can sing with no efforts.

Ari should be #1 becauase unlike other whistlers Ariana has hit higher notes than Christina,Minnie and Tori. She is the best singer of all time in my opinion. Many people dislike her but their mad that she can do a whistle register but they can't.

10 Jill Scott Jill Scott Jill Scott is an American singer-songwriter, model, poet and actress. Her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott?
The Contenders
11 Tori Kelly Tori Kelly Victoria Loren "Tori" Kelly is an American singer, songwriter and record producer who slowly gained recognition after starting to post videos on YouTube at the age of 14. When she was 16, Kelly auditioned for the singing competition television series American Idol.

One of the best female singers out there. Such agility and control. And her whistles are incredible!

12 Betty Wright

Whistle note in "No pain no gain" performance is way better than Mariah. I love Mariah but Betty beats her at Whistle register.

13 Rachelle Ferrel
14 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 ...read more.

Um no disrespect to Whitney but her highest known note was a FALSETTO C♯6 in "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)." That's a far cry from accessping the whistle register. While that note can be sung in the whistle register, it's simply not in Whitney's case. I have little doubt that she could have accessed the register if she wanted to, but she's never demonstrated it publicly.

15 Debelah Morgan
16 Adam Lopez
17 Christina Aguilera Christina Aguilera Christina María Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known for songs such as "Beautiful", "Genie In A Bottle", "Fighter", "Hurt", "Dirrty", "Your Body", "Lady Marmalade", "Reflection", "I Turn To You", "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" "What A Girl Wants", and ...read more.
18 Jane Zhang
19 Lisa Fischer
20 Willa Ford Willa Ford Amanda Lee Williford, known by her stage name Willa Ford, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, model, television personality and film actress.
21 Misia (Japanese)
22 Tisha Campbell
23 Jessica Simpson Jessica Simpson Jessica Ann Simpson is an American singer, songwriter, actress, reality television personality and fashion designer who made her debut in 1999. Since that time, Simpson has made many recordings, starred in several television shows, movies and commercials, launched a line of hair and beauty products, ...read more.
24 Deniece Williams
25 Simone Simons (Epica) Simone Simons (Epica) Simone Johanna Maria Simons is a Dutch singer-songwriter. She is the lead vocalist of Dutch symphonic metal band Epica.
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