Top 10 Famous Singers with Unique Voices in Music

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Wow, have you ever heard of this person’s unique voice? Today we are going to list down the top ten famous singers with the most unique voices in music. These people have got voices which cannot easily be imitated by other singers and impersonators.

10. Peter Cetera

The original lead singer of the rock band Chicago. Cetera's trademark singing style would develop as a result of having to sing for a period of time with a wired-shut jaw after getting into a brawl at a Los Angeles Dodgers game in 1969. Peter left the band during the mid-80’s and was replaced by Jason Scheff. Jason is a good singer but the range of Peter is high for inches and has more bright tone in the highs. And Jason when he place a muscle in the highs, the note looses a bright tone. The solution was singing half key down.

Cetera's voice has typically been classified as tenor.

9. Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom’s vocals are either uniquely beautiful or affected and annoying, depending on your musical taste. Her voice has become less overtly childlike in recent years — apparently due to vocal cord nodules that rendered her unable to sing at all during late 2009 — but it remains one of the most distinctive and unusual in music today.

8. David Bowie (1947 – 2016)

There are singers with a more naturally better voice than David Bowie's dramatic, powdery, British-accented baritone, but nobody else in rock is as gifted at acting in song. Before he became a pop star, he studied theater, which served him well: Every great Bowie song has a specific persona behind it. As his longtime collaborator Carlos Alomar said, "This dude can wail."

7. Joe Cocker (1944 – 2014)

A mix up of English working-class gruffness with African-American soul from the Deep South. Spice it with blues and skiffle music, and pickle it in alcohol and tobacco smoke. That voice must be served raw, very raw. Unlike a fine wine, it doesn’t soften with age.

Cocker was always a rock singer, without frills or apologies. For pure rock ’n’ roll vocal nastiness, for a sound that cuts through even the cheapest car radio and demands your immediate, uneasy attention, you can’t beat Joe Cocker.

6. Ray Charles (1930 – 2004)

Ray Charles had the most unique voice in popular music. He would do these improvisational things, a little laugh or a "Huh-hey!" It was as if something struck him as he was singing and he just had to react to it. He was getting a kick out of what he was doing. And his joy was infectious.

Ray synthesized the blues into a language everybody could relate to. You can't listen to Ray Charles and not say, "This is a man who felt deeply, who has lived this music." He shows you his humanity. The spontaneity is evident. Another guy might say, "That was a mistake, we can't leave that in." No, Ray left it in. The mistake became the hook.

“When you listen to Ray Charles, there's never any doubt whose voice that is.” - Clint Eastwood

5. Freddie Mercury (1946 – 1991)

Regardless of what they might think personally about Queen, most rock critics and music fans alike recognize the immense vocal talent that was the great Freddie Mercury.

Researchers couldn’t confirm the long-held belief that Mercury’s range spanned four full octaves, they did discover some interesting tidbits about the expanse of his voice. For one, despite being known largely as a tenor, he was more likely a baritone. Freddie Mercury had a voice unlike anyone else in rock ‘n’ roll, and that led to one of the most unique singers and stage performers of all time.

4. Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan’s gothic vocals always sounded like a whiny Mick Jagger. Yet his vocals are considered synonymous with 1990’s rock music.

3. Björk

Björk’s voice exists somewhere on the continuum from the folkish to the operatic; less by calculation than by default, it lands in the middle ground of pop. Her voice has a raw, abrupt, outdoor character, even at its airiest and most unearthly. While you can hear intimations of that sound in her earliest recordings, she laboured for many years to refine the vocal presence that so often elicits adjectives such as “organic”, “natural”, “authentic”. She aimed for a “voice as flexible as the spine” and connected it to a self-invented dance vocabulary and a mobile theater of gesture and image.

There’s really quite nothing like it and is most certainly a required taste for some.

2. Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009)

The key elements of his style is how he uses his voice as an instrument. His signature grunts — "ugh," "ah" and all that — are rhythmic things that guitar players or drummers usually do. He's one of the most rhythmic singers ever — Prince emulated James Brown a lot more, but Michael Jackson approximated it more naturally.

No one can deny the vocal imprint MJ left on popular music. His pronounced vocals created a visceral experience wether it was a pop ballad or dance jams.

1. Bob Dylan

“A voice like sand and glue” in David Bowie’s memorable phrase. Contrary to what many of his critics would assert, Dylan actually sings in tune but his harsh, barbed-wire timbre & attacking delivery has been inspiration for every tone deaf poet with a guitar. But with songs like these, who cares whether he can really sing or not?

Bob Dylan has never had to rely on the purity of his croon to get his vocal point across.


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Both Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears and Roland Gift of Fine Young Cannibals have unique vocals as well:

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Sweet post! I'd suggest checking out Burning Spear. His voice is out of this world and he does amazing bird calls during live shows. Take care~

OK, thanks for the tip.

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