Five Singers with Great Range
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Developing and expanding vocal range is one of the key benefits of voice lessons. Anyone can learn to sing stronger within all parts of their range. That said, there have been some singers through history which have risen above – and gone below – all the rest. Here are just a few of the last 50 years’ most popular voices with great range.
- Axl Rose
The frontman for Guns n’ Roses rocks a nearly six-octave range. He can hit a lower note than famed country singer Johnny Cash and reach a higher peak than former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson!
- Mariah Carey
The diva holds the record for number of consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard U.S. chart. She’s known for having a five-octave range that extends into the whistle register, the highest subsection of the human voice.
- Paul McCartney & John Lennon
Half of The Beatles had nearly identical (and large) vocal ranges. That’s a lot of vocal power in one group! They both bottomed out at a low B and have/had ranges extending up five octaves.
- Freddie Mercury
The late lead singer of Queen was much lauded for his impeccable control and 4+ octave vocal range. Although (a few) other singers have been able to outrange Mercury, few have ever matched the power he put into all registers.
- Christina Aguilera
Although she can’t quite catch up to Mariah Carey at either end of the spectrum, Aguilera boasts more range the virtually every other one of her contemporaries.
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