Still More on Singers with the Greatest Ranges (And It Isn’t Axl Anymore)

One of the most contentious music stories of the past week involved this chart that purported to rank the singers with the greatest vocal range.  It didn’t take long for a shitstorm to break out–and the debate continues.


Vintage Vinyl News has been trying to keep pace with all the criticisms laid against this ranking.  Axl has been busted down from his top spot and a new chart is emerging.

  • 6 octaves, 1/2 note
  • Mike Patton (Eb1 to E7)
  • 5 octaves, 5-1/2 notes
  • Corey Taylor (Eb1 to C7)
  • 5 octaves, 4-1/2 notes
  • Diamanda Galás (F2 to C#8)
  • 5 octaves, 3 notes
  • David Lee Roth  (E1 to A6)
  • 5 octaves, 2-1/2 notes
  • Axl Rose (F1 to Bb6)

The full (and evolving) chart is available here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Still More on Singers with the Greatest Ranges (And It Isn’t Axl Anymore)

  • May 27, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Mike Patton, I never would have guessed.

  • May 27, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    The evolving chart link isn’t working :/


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