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Best Artist Vocal Ranges That Take the Icing on the Cake

By Orgesta Tolaj


18 September 2023

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When you hear the phrase “artist vocal range”, who comes into your mind first? There are definitely many singers that would make the cut to be considered for this topic. However, if it were up to me, I would definitely think of Christina Aguilera, Ariana Grande, and Mariah Carey. Those whistle notes? They must be coming from somewhere! If your favorite singer did not make it to my mentions, have a look at our extensive list of artists with the best vocal ranges to date! Maybe you will find your star here instead.

1. Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande’s vocal range has also been a topic of discussion for many years now. It is definitely not because of what you might think. The main discussion around the pop star is whether she is a mezzo-soprano or a soprano instead.

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Ariana Grande possesses an impressive four-octave soprano vocal range, widely acknowledged by experts. However, many of her songs do not effectively showcase this vocal talent, as noted in analyses by Forbes and The Harvard Crimson.

In contrast to other singers, Grande distinguishes herself with a distinctive musical style characterized by a smooth, lush, and slightly monotone voice. This unique approach often gives her music a sensual or even satirical quality.

2. Hayley Williams

The frontwoman of Paramore possesses an impressive vocal range that includes a seldom-displayed whistle note. Hayley Williams, known for her soprano voice, can effortlessly deliver gentle and velvety tones, as evidenced in tracks like “The Only Exception” and “Ain’t It Fun.” Conversely, she can also deliver more intense and gritty notes, exemplified by her performance in “Decode” from the Twilight soundtrack.

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Williams demonstrates exceptional command and mastery of her voice across all registers, whether it’s the lower or higher ranges. This versatility is a testament to her vocal prowess.

3. Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera is renowned for her remarkable ability to execute numerous runs and riffs in her music. She possesses the vocal classification of a lyric mezzo-soprano. While mezzo-sopranos typically can deliver deeper and darker belts, Aguilera’s voice stands out for its sheer power, capable of resonating throughout large arenas. A prime illustration of this vocal prowess can be found in her hit song “Beautiful.”

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Aguilera’s vocal range spans an impressive C3 to C7, showcasing her incredible versatility. Despite her soft-spoken speaking voice, her vocal agility and the substantial weight of her voice are truly impressive, setting her apart as a formidable vocalist.

4. Michael Jackson

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, was classified as a high tenor in terms of his artist vocal range. His octaves spanned from F2 to F6. Although Jackson’s voice had a light and ethereal quality, its intricacy and richness were unquestionable, notably evident in songs like “They Don’t Care About Us.” He introduced unique elements to his vocal style, including his distinctive grunts and exclamations, which contributed depth and texture to his singing.

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Additionally, his falsetto was characterized by warmth and resonant qualities, further enhancing his vocal artistry and making him an iconic figure in the music industry.

5. Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston earned the nickname “the voice” for a reason. As reported by The Irish Times, Houston possessed an astonishing five-octave vocal range. Her vocal classification at its zenith was often described as that of a spinto soprano, signifying a voice that was simultaneously warm and powerful.

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Her rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” originally a 1974 song by Dolly Parton, has become a timeless classic, and many singers struggle to match her rendition’s brilliance and emotional depth. Houston’s vocal prowess and unique talent made her an iconic figure in the music industry.

Mariah Carey

The renowned “All I Want For Christmas Is You” singer, is celebrated for her mastery of whistle notes. She possesses an extraordinary five-octave vocal range. Mariah can reach the lowest note of F2 in songs like “Sweetheart”. She is also renowned for her soaring G7 note in “Emotions,” which marks her highest recorded vocal achievement. The debate surrounding Carey’s vocal profile remains ongoing.

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While her lower register is as impressive as her whistle notes, many vocal coaches contend that she falls into the soprano category. This is due to her vocal characteristics and capabilities. Carey’s vocal talent continues to captivate and inspire music enthusiasts worldwide.

Who is your favorite from the list? Or, who should have been added instead? We would love to hear your recommendations for the list in the comments below!

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