Mike Patton Is the Greatest Singer of All Time Based on Vocal Range, Not Axl Rose, Experts Insist

Faith No More vocalist has a stunning range of over six octaves, new list inside.

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As a recently published list crowning Axl Rose as the greatest singer of all time stirred up the web, a more thorough analysis has surfaced, stressing that GN'R frontman is in fact not No. 1.

As Vintage Vinyl News points out, the initial list took into consideration only singers who made Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers list.

Broadening up horizons a bit based on the Range Place info, the Top 100 was expanded and updated, placing Mike Patton of Faith No More on No. 1 spot with a stunning vocal range of over six octaves.

So without further ado, check out the updated list below.

The Greatest Singer Ever List:

1) Mike Patton (Eb1 to E7) - 6 octaves, 1/2 note

2) Diamanda Galás (F2 to C#8) - 5 octaves, 4-1/2 notes

3) David Lee Roth (E1 to A6) - 5 octaves, 3 notes

4) Axl Rose (F1 to Bb6) - 5 octaves, 2-1/2 notes

5) Nina Hagen (G#1 to Bb6) - 5 octaves, 1 note

6) Ville Valo (C1 to C#6) - 5 octaves, 1/2 notes

7) Roger Waters (B1 to Bb6), Mariah Carey (G#2 to G7) - 4 octaves, 6-1/2 notes

8) Devin Townsend (C2 to Bb6) - 4 octaves, 5-1/2 notes

9) Paul McCartney (A1 to F6), Phil Anselmo (C#1 to Bb5) - 4 octaves, 5 notes

10) Prince (E2 to B6) - 4 octaves, 4 notes

11) Jon Bon Jovi (E2 to G#6), Chino Moreno (F#2 to B6) - 4 octaves, 2-1/2 notes

12) King Diamond (A1 to C6), Minnie Ripperton (Eb3 to F#7) - 4 octaves, 2 notes

13) Elvis Presley (G1 to A5), Warrel Dane (G#1 to Bb5), Jim Gillette (C2 to D6), Burton Cummings (C2 to D6), Steven Tyler (D2 to E6), Serj Tankian (D2 to E6) - 4 octaves, 1 note

14) David Bowie (G1 to G#5), Peter Gabriel (G1 to G#5), Rob Halford (C2 to C#6), Marvin Gaye (D2 to Eb6), James Brown (Eb2 to E6), Christina Aguilera (C3 to C#7) - 4 octaves, 1/2 note

15) Geoff Tate (A1 to A5), Captain Beefheart (A1 to A5), Maynard James Keenan (G1 to G5), Tom Araya (C#2 to C#6), Ian Gillan (D2 to D6), Glenn Hughes (D2 to D6), Freddie Mercury (F2 to F6) - 4 octaves

16) Daniel Gildenlow (B1 to A5), John Lennon (C2 to B5), Eric Adams (C2 to B5), Elton John (E2 to D6), Jeff Buckley (F2 to E6), Luis Miguel (G2 to F6) (note: still being analyzed) - 3 octaves, 6 notes

17) Nick Cave (B1 to G#5), Bobby McFerrin (B1 to G#5), Russell Allen (G#1 to F5), Bruce Springsteen (Eb2 to B5), Robert Plant (E2 to C#6) - 3 octaves, 5-1/2 notes

18) Roger Daltrey (B1 to G5), Lou Gramm (B1 to G5), Chris Isaak (B1 to G5), Barry White (F#1 to Eb5), Siouxsie Sioux (A2 to F6), Tina Turner (B2 to G6), Stevie Wonder (E2 to C6) - 3 octaves, 5 notes

19) Tom Waits (Bb1 to F5), Burton C. Bell (B1 to F#5), Karen O (B2 to F#6), Bono (C2 to G#5), Eddie Vedder (C2 to G#5), David Gilmour (C#2 to A5), Morten Harket (C2 to G#5), James LaBrie (D2 to Bb5), Ronnie James Dio (Eb2 to B5), Tim "Ripper" Owens (Eb2 to B5). Miljenko Matijevic (Eb2 to B5), Philip Bailey (G2 to Eb6) - 3 octaves, 4-1/2 notes

20) Damon Albarn (B1 to F5), Beyonce (A2 to E6), Kate Bush (B2 to F6), M. Shadows (C#2 to G#5), Chris Cornell (D2 to A5), Brian Johnson (D2 to A5), Richard Page (D2 to A5), Layne Staley (Eb2 to Bb5), Bruce Dickinson (E2 to B5), Geddy Lee (E2 to B5), Mark Boals (F2 to C6), Michael Jackson (F#2 to C#6), Sarah Vaughan (G2 to D6), Cedric Bixler-Zavala (G2 to D6), Cyndi Lauper (Eb3 to Bb6) - 3 octaves, 4 notes

21) Jim Morrison (E2 to Bb5), Stu Block (E2 to Bb5), Myles Kennedy (F#2 to C6) - 3 octaves, 3-1/2 notes

22) Brandon Boyd (B1 to E5), Iggy Pop (B1 to E5), Justin Hawkins (B2 to E6), Miley Cyrus (B2 to E6), Mick Jagger (E2 to A5), Nina Simone (E2 to A5), Tommy Giles Rogers (E2 to A5), Tim Buckley (F2 to B5) - 3 octaves, 3 notes

23) Norah Jones (A2 to C#6), Bob Dylan (C#2 to F5), Kurt Cobain (C#2 to F5), Buddy Holly (D2 to F#5), Chris Martin (Eb2 to G5), Paul Rodgers (E2 to G#5), Robin Thicke (F2 to Bb5), Justin Timberlake (F#2 to B5), Jared Leto (G#2 to C6), Kelly Clarkson (Eb3 to G6) - 3 octaves, 2-1/2 notes

24) Alanis Morissette (B2 to D6), Grace Slick (B2 to D6), Peter Steele (Eb1 to F#5), Ivan Rebroff (F1 to A5), Michael Bolton (A2 to C6), Jackie Wilson (A2 to C6), Todd Smith (C2 to E5), Lou Reed (D2 to F5), Eminem (D2 to F5), Thom Yorke (E2 to G5), Mika (F2 to A5), Aretha Franklin (G2 to B5), Annie Lennox (G2 to B5), Floor Jansen (D3 to F6), Cher (D3 to F6) - 3 octaves, 2 notes

25) Rihanna (B2 to C#6), Simon LeBon (E2 to F#5), Barry Gibb (F2 to G#5), Sebastian Bach (F#2 to A5), Lisa Gerrard (F#2 to A5), Steve Perry (F#2 to A5), Matt Tuck (F#2 to A5), Joey Belladonna (G2 to Bb5), Ella Fitzgerald (G#2 to B5) - 3 octaves, 1-1/2 notes

26) Dave Gahan (B1 to C5), Till Lindemann (G1 to A4), Bob Marley (A2 to B5), Steve Winwood (A2 to B5), Neil Young (E2 to F5), Brian Wilson (F2 to G5), David Byron (G2 to A5), Ray Charles (G#2 to Bb5), Ann Wilson (C3 to D6) - 3 octaves, 1 note

27) Lady Gaga (Bb2 to B5) - 3 octaves, 1/2 note

28) Janis Joplin (B2 to B5), Roy Orbison (E2 to E5), Howard Jones (Killswitch Engage) (E2 to E5), Lorde (G#2 to G#5) - 3 octaves

29) Sinead O'Connor (A2 to G#5), Bruno Mars (Bb2 to A5), Sting (G2 to F#5), John Fogerty (G2 to F#5), Rod Stewart (G#3 to C6) - 2 octaves, 6-1/2 notes

30) Julee Cruise (A2 to G5), John Lydon (A2 to G5) (analysis in progress), Joe Cocker (B2 to A5), Brent Smith (E2 to D5), Robin Gibb (G2 to F5), Adele (C3 to B5), Dolly Parton (E3 to D6), Bjork (E3 to D6) - 2 octaves, 6 notes

31) Johnny Cash (B1 to G#4), Little Richard (F2 to Eb5) - 2 octaves, 5-1/2 notes

32) Alicia Keys (Bb2 to F#5), David Coverdale (C2 to A5), David Ruffin (E2 to C5), Van Morrison (E2 to C5), Chuck Berry (E2 to C5), Art Garfunkel (G2 to E5) - 2 octaves, 5 notes

33) Damian Wilson (B2 to F#5), Joni Mitchell (C#3 to A5), Dusty Springfield (D3 to Bb5), Katy Perry (D3 to Bb5) - 2 octaves, 4-1/2 notes

34) Otis Redding (B2 to F5), Stevie Nicks (B2 to F5), Smokey Robinson (C3 to G5), Whitney Houston (C#3 to G#5) - 2 octaves, 4 notes

35) Jerry Lee Lewis (G#2 to C5) - 2 octaves, 2-1/2 notes

36) Sam Cooke (A2 to C5), Matt Bellamy (G2 to B5), Karen Carpenter (D3 to F5) - 2 octaves, 2 notes

37) Taylor Swift (E3 to F#5) - 2 octaves, 1-1/2 notes

38) Skin (Deborah Dyer) (B3 to B5) - 2 octaves

39) Avi Kaplan (A2 to D4) (analysis in progress) - 1 octave, 3 notes

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    Having the biggest range does not by any means make you the greatest singer.
    Actually none of these articles claim anything except comparing ranges. It's just UG that's been interpreting it as "greatest singer".
    I really enjoy Pink Floyd, my favorite band, but to say Roger Waters is #7 is just wierd...
    Only reason Waters is so high on the list is due to his screams, like at the start of Another Brick in the Wall pt 2
    I'm glad someone else realises this. There's a lot to be said for soul, tone, etc
    link no1
    "greatest singer of all time BASED on vocal range" I got what I expected from the article when I saw the title. Which is actually astonishing that I wasn't mislead as per usual from UG article names.
    Then why not label it "Popular Singers with the Widest Vocal Range"? The title they used is so nonsensical and hyperbolic.
    Especially since there are tons of lesser known singers with larger ranges than half the list. That's not knocking anyone on the lists talents of course, or Mike Patton's for that matter, it's just silly to compile the "greatest ranges" and only include certain artists. Was impressed Devin Townsend was included though, he normally gets looked over by the media!
    There is a lot of interest in Devin at the range place where this info is from. He's one of my favourite singers.
    Absolutely. It's not about the range, it's what you do within it and how you do it.
    Very much well said. I can sing rather high, can do some of Charles Furney's stuff from Secret and Whisper (Look up their song Xoxoxo, its some insane shit) but my tone goes riiiiight out the window. Sounds horrible but im hitting the notes, doesnt make me a great singer. Also I believe that screams shouldnt count because, especially with inhales, its easy as piss to go higher than my actual singing range.
    Surprised that Cornell, Dickinson, and Myles Kennedy are so low... Can this be totally accurate?
    Actually, yes. I've never heard Dickinson go into whistle register, for example, and that accounts for pretty much all notes above C6 or so. He still has a gigantic range, though. Besides, this seems to take into consideration *any* note you more or less yelp, scream or screech, which more orthodox or traditional singing criteria would not consider part of your usable range anyway. And you have to take into consideration that tenors that go impressively high in many cases lack super-low notes, for several reasons. I've never heard anything very low from Myles, but I could be mistaken. Remember, it's extremes that count for this sort of list: you could have an enormous usable range and rank relatively low, if you tend to sing in a more conventional (or, er, "good-taste-bound") way, and have a rather meager range but rank relatively high if you keep screeching as high as you can and frying as you as your voice can go. (Not that all singers high in that listo do that all the time, of course.) Roy Orbison certainly had a wider conventional range than, say, Nick Cave, for example.
    Which is probably why Ville Valo is so high on the list. His lows get pretty damn low (Kiss Of Dawn) and he can really nail the higher stuff too. All that said, great to see Mike Patton on top!
    Ville Valo is a tremendous singer, though. Amazing voice and control.
    Myles' lowest notes with Alter Bridge are probably in a song called Show Me A Sign, just off the top of my head. But he doesn't use his lower register very often.
    I'm pretty sure that's Tremonti on the bridge in that song.
    Sadly the live performance of this song (they've only ever performed it once) reveals nothing - neither sing that part onstage. It's just them playing the guitar parts underneath.
    Can't be accurate - I'm pretty sure Myles' range goes beyond four octaves.
    There was a video on YouTube (Now deleted, sadly) showcasing Devin Townsends range and it was nearly 6 Octaves if I'm remembering it correctly. Different to what is said here, although I'd put it down to the last 2 octaves not being sung notes but screams.
    Lots of his screamed notes are counted as sung (because they are sung). The missing octave is the non sung F7 from "still my bleeding heart" and weird fry note D1/c#1s from "noisy pinkbubbles". I made a lower notes video for him showcasing his lower notes.
    Not really. His C6 from a live performance sounded pretty thin like he was pushing it. And he doesn't really sing low notes that much so its unlikely that he can do below F#2
    Yeah, there's no way Myles is that low. His range is incredible.
    Theres a lot of weird things on this list. I didn't know Brian Johnson and Bruce Dickinson had the same vocal range
    He can hit some high-ish notes, but his voice doesn't seem to go very low at all. It sounds lower than it actually is, though, because his voice is so thin.
    not really, because this list bases itself on 'total' range, not effective range. Tons of these singers have crazy high notes like A6 or whatever, but I guarantee you they sound like complete shit because its extreme falsetto or whistle register and not something in their natural range. If this were based on full voice (or effective range), guys like Kennedy and Cornell would be much, much higher
    I agree with all of that but the end. Myles Kennedy's voice is so wispy that it's hard to tell when he actually transitions from his full voice to falsetto, but I'd be willing to bet (judging by the sound of it) that most of his higher end would be in falsetto. Cornell is good at putting distortion on his voice to cover up the fact that he's gone falsetto, too. He's still an incredibly talented and powerful singer, though. There's nothing wrong with singing in falsetto.
    I get what you guys are saying. I'm nothing more than a shower singer at best so I'm still catching up, but this all makes sense. I just remember hearing once that guys like Halford and Dickinson had close to a 5 octave range.
    I kinda disagree there Drg23; some of those "extreme falsetto" or whistle register notes DO sound amazing and are perfectly valid. Check out Steven Tyler's E6 in Crazy, for example: it's an incredible note. Same goes for Prince's sixth octave notes (his C6 on "Most Beautiful Girl in the World" is insane, for example). So they are not necessarily shitty notes. In fact, David Lee Roth's weird, non-modal fifth octave notes in the early VH days were more interesting and impressive than his later "full voice" fifth octave notes on his solo albums, IMO. That being said, yeah, many of the notes in this list are negligible or just casual, half-second long yelps, croaky spoken fry passages and whatnot.
    Just because something is "full voice", that doesn't mean it sounds good. Quality has nothing to do with register, and trying to push your full voice instead of just going for an easier falsetto is more likely to make you sound like you're shitting yourself.
    Yes, becuas ethey didn't sing in whistle register which is the squeaky noises Marian Carey makes that add an extra 1-2 octaves to your voice. Plus not much research went into Myles Kennedy because not enough people are fans of him at "the range place".
    It's not accurate. James LaBrie has been shown to hit an A5 but they only register him at G5. I know it's only a step, but it makes a difference. By the way I would also like to point out that the article calls them notes, but they're actually steps. Mike Patton doesn't have a range of 6 octaves and 1/2 note, he has a range of 6 octaves and 1/2 step.
    while listening to cemetery gates, I always thought that Phil had a monster range, especially when comparing it to his Down stuff. Dickinson and Halford are amazing but they sing high most of the time, never getting super low.
    This. I don't think there is anything Mike can't do with his voice.
    Yes, Mike really deserves recognition - weird and amazingly talented vocalist who can do almost everything with his voice (from extreme screaming and growling to beautiful jazz and opera-like vocals). Here's a short video with a limited number of examples (his screams at 113 for me is the most extreme screaming I've ever heard):
    Also, it's strange that Greg Puciato from The Dillinger Escape Plan isn't in the list:
    Maybe the only man capable of so much dynamics with only screaming. Extreme talent.
    The man has a great range but... his lows aren't that impressive or powerful. A lot of the "lows" in this video are what we like to call Fake Lows. He's not actually hitting a note as the video claims. But when it's paired with other voices it sounds like its a really low note. I hear baritones in ensembles do this all the time because they think they can make it as a true bass. Wrong. If you want to hear stupid awesome lows, listen to some of Rachmaninov's choral arrangements. Ridiculous stuff.
    I agree on that. He still has great range, but many people can get low like that and growl, but it's not really that impressive. I'm sure he still has great range, but the extreme lows in the video aren't that great. This is what real bass sounds like: youtube.com/watch?v=LFbjtmubBFQ This guy, Tim Storms, holds the record for largest vocal range ever, with 10 octaves and the lowest note by a human. Another thing, besides the fact that range alone shouldn't determine the greatest singer in popular music, is that people can sing falsetto and growl from their chest, but don't have a full range, meaning they can't do it all in between. They have gaps. I think that should replace overall range as the B.S. decider of best vocalist. Maybe that's just me, though.
    What are you talking about? His projection is monstrous and his lower range is ridiculously strong given how high he can go. If you really think a lot of people can go like that in fry, you're right, but its much more difficult to do with resonance. Resonance is more important than the "fullness" of the notes. In fact, try to hit the same notes he does and compare how loud yours is to his.
    As someone who studies singing professionally, this list is a load of rubbish. First, does anyone realise how high E7 actually is? The idea of Jim Morrison and Stu Block having the same vocal range is absolutely laughable, not only that, I've never heard Ville Valo hit a C#6. Plus, seeing that Axls high range is constricted and screechy, I doubt that he can get to a Bb6, higher than pretty much all coloratura Sopranos. Greatest singers ever, and not one of them has sang an Opera piece, and the majority have never had a vocal lesson? What a joke, and an insult to real singers.
    Patton sings up to E7 in "Abraxas" with Moonchild right at the end of the song. Ville Valo sings up to C#6 in "rendezvous with anus" in wierd falsetto sex noises (not kidding) I haven't listened to Stu block so I'll assume you're some elitist who dismisses vocalists without listening to them. And Axl uses the whistle register to get up to Bb6 in "Ain't it fun". Whether he sings it or not is your decision to decide. And you saying they never have vocal lessons is quite ignorant. A joke? An insult? You're pathetic
    "as someone who studies singing professionally" translation "as someone who doesn't have the range of half of these people" Shut up and get off your high horse. If you were a real singer you wouldn't complain about things like this.
    apparently you havent heard a lot of what Mike Patton has done. and yes, he actually did sing an opera piece for a soundtrack he did. surprised you stated such a strong wrong opinion being that you claim you study singin professionally...
    sooo not the greatest singer of all time, you mean Mike Patton has the greatest vocal range....biggggg difference UG
    Yes. Vocal range is an indication of talent, not how good a vocalist is. What determines whether a vocalist is good should be how tasteful their music is
    Jack Black is A1-B7.So he is No1 in that useless list) Plus writers can't count a shit lol. So say A1-A5 they listed as 4 octaves. WTF!? A1 - G#5 is 4 octaves. It's like C1 - B1 is Ine full octave - first octave. If it's C1-C2 its Octave and 1/2 note. So A1-A5 is 4 octaves and 1/2 note.
    I don't think you understand how octaves work. C1 to B2 is a major seventh interval, not an octave. If you want me to get technical here, the octave above any note is half its frequency, and the octave below is double its frequency. When they say that A1-A5 is four octaves, that means the highest note (A5) is one sixteenth (half x half x half x half) the frequency of the lowest note (A1). tl;dr theres a reason they call them PERFECT octaves
    c1 to b2 is one octave plus a major 7th. The series begin at c, so b2 would be the b above c2.
    C1 to B1 is octave. i dont said that interval between em is octave i said 7 notes from C1 to B1 is octave. Octave contains 7 notes (C D E F G A B). And also why teh **** u think C1 is first octave with 1 num near it and C2 is second octave with num 2 near it? Coz they ****ing in different octaves. Interval BETWEEN C1 and C2 is octave but when u can sing 7 notes (C1 D1 E1 F1 G1 A1 B1) u can sing 1 octave.
    In the way North Americans transcribe music, an Octave is 13 semitones or 8 whole tones. Don't be lazy. Even if the eighth note is the same as the first, it doesn't make it an any less important part of the original scale.
    These people didn't include non sung notes. Jack Blacks highest sung note is G5
    36) Matt Bellamy (G2 to B5)- 2 octaves, 2 notes The **** is this?
    An accurate scientific study based on years of scholarly research, of course. Why else would it be posted here?
    *A hastily constructed study based on a few days of research, obviously FTFY - It was made as a response to another list released 5 days ago which, as this article mentions, only took consideration to singers who entered Rolling Stone magazine's "Top 100 greatest singers".
    Emperor's Child
    Bellamy's full range on Muse Wiki is listed as F#2 (Execution Commentary) to C6 (Agitated - live). That's 3 octaves, 3-1/2 notes
    G2 to B5 is 3 octaves, 3 notes. Someone did a stupid. Actually, the whole list is counted wrong because an octave is C3-B3 not C3-C4
    Octaves are I through VIII, VIII doubles up as a I on your new octave.
    Rody Walker? Spencer Sotelo? Adam Lambert!?
    So they've never heard of Kyo from Dir En Grey? Pretty much nails every rock and heavy metal style. He can growl, scream, sing opera etc. AND has in my opinion pretty wide vocal range, but still the greatest singer isn't the one with the widest vocal range
    What about falsetto, and such? Kyo of Dir en Grey has an incredible range, even if he doesn't sing English.
    Dude, my thoughts exactly. Kyo's performance is just insane. Don't know his actual range though but he should definitely make it to the list.
    he can't do much of it live at all and has gotten worse due to his operations...and that's counting their blitz5 days touring days as well. in the studio he is a beast for sure.
    When working out a singer's range you don't take falsetto into account
    Well, you can't have a 6 octave vocal range without falsetto. I guess the list includes all screams and stuff like that - anything you hear on the albums/live. My vocal range without falsetto is a bit over 2 octaves.
    Roger Waters on 7?
    He never was a great singer, but in his prime he did have a great range, just compare the calm register on "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" with those almost unearthly screams on "Careful With That Axe, Eugene", especially the Live At Pompeii version.
    Rob Halford had 6 octaves in his prime, ASTOUNDED that he is still capable of doing more than 4 octaves.
    Tom Araya 15 ????? M. Shadows 20???? Does what Tom is doing even considered singing??
    Shouting atonally isn't considered singing. And even if it were, they wouldn't be anywhere near the top 100.
    Matt Bellamy - 2 octav ? so what is that ?!!
    that video is wrong though, the D6 is just a D5 with overtones, but Matt does have a solid A2-B5, as well as screamed C6 and touched on a G2. They just **** up most of the octaves on that list, because the notes are correct.
    Okay so this is falsetto, it's not with the stomach voice
    Falsetto or not, his range should be counted as it is. The other names of the list had their falsetto/whistle included as well.
    This list is a joke, the greatest range makes you the greatest singer?
    Yeah, it's totally silly, but that's part of the point, isn't it? Getting people worked out and angry so that they will comment, and being controversial enough to get more views? Very cheap, but undeniable effective.
    They should just rename it "Rangiest Singer of all Time" or something to the tune of that.
    I think we can all agree what Mike Patton can do with is voice is certainly versatile and he should be called the most versatile vocalist ever.
    Mike Patton, what can you say about Mike.. I don't trust anyone who doesn't like Mike Patton
    This isn't the same information as on the Range Place. I have no idea where they got all of this, a lot of it is obviously total bullcrap.
    Ville Valo a better singer than Christina Aguilera? No. Nope. Nah. Eminem is as good as Aretha Franklin? What?
    I know this is subjective but Valo is SOOO MUCH better than most people on the list. and Eminem is pretty impressive when he sings high and low.
    Been a longtime fan of Mike Patton, his many styles of singing; from rap and screaming/shouting to punk to rock to 'crooning'. I wouldn't equate range necessarily with greatness because there's got to be other factors. Look at the range of vocal styles on King For A Day - screaming on Ugly In The Morning to the smooth, suave vocals on the almost country Take This Bottle. Love Slash. Not a fan of Axl and doubt he'd appear on my list of 'great singers'
    I dont believe Cedric Bixler Zavala has only 3 1/2 octaves. Compare wax simulacra to some of the antemasque stuff
    I don't think screams should count, it's much easier to scream at higher pitch than sing with a natural voice. Singers like Chris Cornell, Rob Halford, Dio, or even Geoff Tate hit the highs without cheating.
    What's the difference between a scream and what these mentioned singers do? Good screaming takes tons of control and technical skill, it's not the pitch that defines this.
    My question is, where is Mr. Chester, "is he so rangeless" ???
    If you're talking about Chester Bennington, he can sing pretty damn high, but I'm pretty sure my 6 year old nephew has a deeper voice that he does.
    The fact that David Lee Roth is number 3 makes the list a JOKE. Sorry, great front man back in the day but there's more to making a great singer than simply what their range of voice is.
    That's NOT what this list is about, it's about RANGE. Why can't people understand this?
    "Why can't people understand this?" Maybe because of the annoying "Greatest Singer of All Time" label right there in big letters? They should've gone with "Widest range of all time" or something to that effect, but that wouldn't be polemical enough to get people to comment.
    While I see your point, it is also directly followed by "Based on Vocal Range" Journalism at it's best, folks!
    That would be untrue though. The article said it only referred to singers who made a top Rolling Stone list, therefore making the use of "of all time" completely irrelevant. And using "greatest singer" is misleading when they're just referring to vocal range. It should read "Popular Singer with Greatest Vocal Range" not "Greatest Singer...Based on Vocal Range." Phrasing makes a difference. It's dishonest and misleading, assuming it wasn't intentional. But in the case that it was intentional, then they're just ridiculous.
    Uh yeah, "great front man back in the day" then goes on to say there's more to a great singer than just his voice. Have you SEEN footage of him from back in the day? It was his stage presence and personality that put him over the top. If we're going on stuff OTHER than vocal Range, Diamond Dave would be right up there in the top 5 easily if you look at his stuff pre 1984.
    No M Shadows? He's got a fairly impressive range.
    Haters are giving you down votes but m shadows is legit and he is on the list at #20
    He's getting downvotes because he's asking "Where is M. Shadows?" when he is clearly on the list, as you have just stated yourself.
    Screaming is not singing. I can hit some crazy high notes too, which doesn't mean that I can actually sing with. Matt Bellamy is at 36th position, but has one of the best falsetto currently available.
    Yeah. I'm no expert, but I'm almost certain that Bellamy should be far higher on this list. And I do understand that the list is about range, not just "good singing". I think they miscalculated Bellamy's range.
    Bellamy's vocal range is +3 octaves, this article simply shared misinformation. We on TRP are taking a piss at all the incorrect info on this article as well.
    Where is Paul Stanley? Hate Kiss however you like, but that man could sing back in 70s-80s.
    You know who's comparable to Mike Patton in my opinion? Claudio Sanchez from Coheed and Cambria. And also, WHERE IS SAMMY HAGAR?!!
    serj tankian has nothing on darroh sudderth of fair to midland...which i can prove with this video
    Quite obvious that Serj had issues with his in-ear monitor(if he even had one). But Darroh has a "full" sung range of about A2-F5, and Eb2-Bb6 including non-modal stuff and live screams. Probably goes higher every now and then, haven't gone through all their shows.