Axl Rose Named as Singer With Widest Singing Range

Everyone knows that singers like Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera have tremendous vocal range, but who would have thought that Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose could beat them all.

Concerthotels.com, "one of the most popular travel services for value conscious leisure travelers", has compiled a list of the singers with the greatest range. They took the top 100 singers as identified by Rolling Stone and added in a few modern artists, including the nominees for the Billboard Music Awards, and used data from the site The Range Place, which compiles lists of the highest and lowest notes sung by artists on their studio recordings, to come up with their rankings.

What they found was that Axl Rose actually edged out Mariah Carey as the artist with the most range, going from F1 on There Was a Time to Bb6 on Ain't That Fun, a range of five octaves plus 2-1/2 notes. Carey was second, ranging from F2 on Sweetheart to G7 on Emotions (five octaves plus 1 note) while third place Prince went from E2 (Daddy Pop) to B6 (God), or four octaves plus four notes.

At the bottom of the list is country star Luke Bryan with a range of A2 to A4 (two octaves), Taylor Swift with E3 to F#5 (two octaves plus 1-1/2 notes) and, surprisingly, Karen Carpenter (D3 to F5, two octaves plus 2 notes).

Mariah Carey is the queen of high notes, hitting a G7 while Axl Rose has the lowest at an F1.

The complete chart is below, courtesy of Concerthotels.com.

The top ten:
  1. Axl Rose - 5 octaves, 2-1/2 notes
  2. Mariah Carey - 5 octaves, 1 note
  3. Prince - 4 octaves, 4 notes
  4. Steven Tyler - 4 octaves, 1 note
  5. James Brown - 4 octaves, 1/2 note
  6. Marvin Gaye - 4 octaves, 1/2 note
  7. Christina Aguilera - 4 octaves, 1/2 note
  8. David Bowie - 4 octaves, 1/2 note
  9. Paul McCartney - 4 octaves
  10. Thom Yorke - 4 octaves


The Vocal Ranges of the Greatest Singers. From Mariah Carey's ear-piercing whistle to Barry White's deep bassy growl, compare the vocal ranges of today's top artists with the greatest of all time. (via ConcertHotels.com).


32 comments

Anonymous said...

What? Where's Ian Gillan!

Anonymous said...

Sebastian Bach? #skidrow

killjoy said...

Mike Patton is not even on this list. 6 octave range. .. A2 - F7. And done beautifully in the same breath. I call shenanigans on this list.

devilO371 said...

Miles Kennedy?

Anonymous said...

Who the hells MILES Kennedy

Anonymous said...

Geoff Tate

Kathie Walters said...

I'm not surprised. Axl has always strived to maximize his vocal gift with serious diligence. He takes his music very seriously . Unfortunately, Axl has not always been recognized for the amazing talent he is not only vocally but also his writing and composing genius.

Anonymous said...

Bruce Dickinson or Rob Halford? Based on that same source they have ranges equivalent to David Bowie.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Mariah Carey's lowest note is E2. Her highest is G#7
That means her vocal range is 5 octaves, 2 notes and a semitone
Therefore she has the same range as Axl

Anonymous said...

Although the G#7 wasn't in studio, it was live

This chart is based on studio notes

Anonymous said...

Mike Patton has 6 octaves and a note
Eb1-F#7
Eb1 in "Orc"
F#7 in "When good dogs do bad things"

Anonymous said...

And also, Mariah's lowest credible note is a brief G#2 sung in a chromatic scale during an interview. It's not a very good note though. And she has no E2 or F2

Anonymous said...

And also, Mariah's lowest credible note is a brief G#2 sung in a chromatic scale during an interview. It's not a very good note though. And she has no E2 or F2

dancinfool said...

Yma Sumac! B2 to C♯7

Anonymous said...

E2 in the song Bliss. It's harmonised with an E note in a higher octave. Look at her Diva Devotee profile or YouTube "Mariah Carey E2"

Anonymous said...

where is ROB HALFORD from Judas Priest? Highest vocal range i have ever heard…leaving him out is so fkn stupid

Anonymous said...

where is ROB HALFORD from Judas Priest? Highest vocal range i have ever heard…leaving him out is so fkn stupid

Anonymous said...

Well said Kathie Walters. I agree, Axl Rose is extremely talented.

Anonymous said...

HAS ANYONE HEARD ANNIE HASLAM SING - I BELIEVE HER RANGE IS WIDER TAHN MARIAH'S - SHE IS FORMERLY LEAD SINGER OF RENAISSANCE.

Anonymous said...

Try South African singer Chris Chameleon!!!

Punkieblu said...

Have you guys forgotten Chris Cornell from Soundgarden?

Anonymous said...

ARIANA GRANDE??????

Anonymous said...

John Denver could certainly hit the high notes…not sure about his range.

Choderus said...

Where the hell is King Diamond???? He may not sing anything in-between, but he can hit the highs & lows like nobody's business!

TommyWimmer said...

To answer Anon's question, Miles Kennedy is the lead singer for Alter Bridge and Slash's backing band.

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Anonymous said...

Axl used to be talented. He's old, fat, and ugly, with even more of the same temper. Watch the music news this new year as the original Guns n Roses reunite for multi shows in Vegas. My guess is Axl will have a meltdown before the first song of the first show is complete.

Anonymous said...

Where the hell is the greatest Metal Vocalist of all time Ronnie James Dio in this list? And who are the actual experts as apparently you are all tone deaf! Axl was never the greatest Vocalist to begin with, and with age he has lost it unlike Dio who got better with age. This is laughable and blasphemous! \m/

bang bang la desh said...

I would bet good money that Andy Bell will be well up in the list. If you listen to just 2 songs you should be able to get a reasonable idea of what he can do.
You can assess the lower part of the register with "You surround me". He goes low.
The upper part of the range can be assessed on many songs, but "A Little Respect" comes to mind. There is a good a cappella version on Youtube.

Hope to hear from you.

Cheers

Anonymous said...

If no mention of Rob Halford , it is not really a good list. Mike Patton has been noted by others maybe he has range but he is not a great singer IMO. Yes, Carey can hit some high notes , to be expected.

Also really Clare Tory should be somewhere.

Mention to Caruso and Fitzgerald for breaking glass, and Angus Young can do it with a Guitar , play Problem Child loud :)

Jim Reaper said...

To bad this list doesn't take into account how well some of the front runners sing. Rob Halford has an incredible vocal range and is flawless at both ends of the scale. Screeching you way into a higher octave does not necessarily a good singer make.

Anonymous said...

I guess they've never heard of Rob Halford or Tim "The Ripper" Owens. Both of which can sing higher and for longer periods of time than Axl Rose could ever dream of doing. Their voices are more powerful with Rob Halford having the most range out of the 3. They need to listen to more Metal instead of the commercial releases. In my opinion, Christina Aguilera has always been overrated when it comes to her voice. I put Beyonce in that same category as well. Mariah at least has the range. Christina doesn't.

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