A magnificent Singing voice, whether it be a soprano that soars or a baritone who stands out, is the foundation of great music. An iconic voice contributes to the creation of iconic music when combined with beautiful compositions and skilled orchestration. View the slideshow below to see some of the greatest singers of all time, from pop chanteuses to opera legends and everything in between.
Greatest Singing Voices
Barbra Streisand, a really prolific talent who has received the coveted EGOT — an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony — has been a mainstay of American music since the 1960s. She has produced 50 full-length albums throughout the years, scoring hits with songs like “Woman in Love” and “Why Did I Choose You.”
Etta James is best recognised for her timeless love song “At Last,” and her strong voice was infused with her own personal suffering. James first achieved fame in the early 1960s with songs like “All I Could Do Is Cry” and “I’d Rather Go Blind,” but she later made a resurgence in the late 1980s, releasing a number of albums and reintroducing her most famous songs to a new generation of listeners.
Aretha Franklin, who is rightfully referred to as the “Queen of Soul,” made songs like “Respect” and “I Say a Little Prayer for You” into international classics with her unmistakable voice. She also appears in the most iconic sequence from the 1980 movie “The Blues Brothers,” in which her song “Think” is performed.
There will never be another singer with a voice like Whitney Houston’s, who is arguably the most well-known of her generation. Houston’s impact on R&B was unique and enduring, ranging from beautiful ballads like “I Will Always Love You” and “I Have Nothing” to contagious pop songs like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”
Mariah Carey is known for her whistle notes, which she can sing in a range of five whole octaves, but she also has other talents. Carey is a talented songwriter and a dependable performer who has sold more than 200 albums and achieved 18 No. 1 singles, including “Caution” from 2018.
Elton John, who is known for both his singing and piano playing, has had a significant impact on pop music since the early 1970s, when he released songs like “Your Song,” “Tiny Dancer,” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” John has continued to forge his own path throughout the years, penning and recording songs for both the Broadway production of “Aida” and Disney’s “The Lion King.” John was the focus of his own biopic, “Rocketman,” which was released in 2019.
The soaring baritone of Queen’s leader Freddie Mercury has one of the most distinctive voices in music. Along with recording an album in 1987 with opera diva Montserrat Caballe, Mercury also contributed to Queen’s legendary hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Don’t Stop Me Now,” which demonstrate his astonishing vocal range.
The British singer Adele was destined to be a celebrity from the first notes of her 2008 first album, “19.” Adele has emerged as the best writer of breakup songs in modern music, penning songs like “Someone Like You” and “Rumor Has It” with a strong, soulful timbre and an unusual knack for injecting emotion into the songs she writes for herself.
No musician has had quite the impact on music as Prince, who was born Prince Rogers Nelson in 1958. Prince was a great guitarist as well as a captivating singer. His singing is incomparably artistic, as evidenced by songs like “Purple Rain” and “Nothing Compares 2U.”
Sinatra, an actor, singer, and the father of blue-eyed soul, made songs like “Fly Me To The Moon” and “My Way” iconic pieces of American music with his unmistakable voice. Sinatra’s influence can still be seen in contemporary musicians like Michael Buble despite a turbulent personal life and a lot of controversy.