Ever wondered how some singers are able to hit high notes and do it consistently?
It is a joy to watch and listen to such music
The other day, I was watching one of the singing competition reality TV shows with my wife when this contestant came on stage and blew my mind
She had a high octave range and was holding it consistently that it was just a joy to hear her sing.
After the show ended, I kept asking myself if there were other famous singers out there – singers with 5 octave range or even highest octave range.
So in this article I decided to compile all of them and bring you my top 15 singers with 5 octave range that can really hit that high note.
1. Mariah Carey
Now when it comes to hitting them high notes and doing it easily, I do not think there is anyone out there better than Mariah Carey
With her unique 5 octave vocal range and her ability to get to 7 and switch things around, it should come as no surprise that she tops this list.
She has been known to hit the highest, most ear piercing note of all time and make anyone in the vicinity’s hair stand on end.
This is also her unique signature called a whistle register and should simply not be tried at home.
She clearly deserves to be number one on this list and has the voice and talent to back it up.
2. Christina Aguilera
The first time I heard Christina sing, I was simply awed at the way she could easily hit the high notes without any issues.
She had this unique, clear and smooth voice that helped her sing without difficulty anytime she wanted.
Known for her powerful belting, her vocal range spans 4 octaves
But what is even more impressive is her vocal dexterity that allows her to switch between octaves easily.
3. Hayley from Paramore
Both Hayley and her voice are known for their versatility.
With her 4-octave range and a voice that possesses a beautiful mix of edginess and girly smoothness, it is hard not to love this singer.
Her voice is well connected throughout all registers, with lower notes that are dark and well controlled, however, her strongest vocal asset can be heard as she ascends to her characteristic roaring, ear-splitting high notes.
Hayley’s sharp tone as well as her excellent breath control – allowing her to head bang and both hold high notes for long – makes her one of today’s top live performers
4. Celine Dion
Whew – this is one singer that when she opens her mouth to sing you feel like you are listening to an angel sing.
I remember watching and listening to the Titanic soundtrack and It was the most pleasing song I have ever heard.
Her 5 octave vocal range and even the ability to reach E6 paired with the skill of projecting her voice in all registers, thus allowing it to pierce through the heaviest of instrumentations, has earned her a multitude of awards and sold out shows worldwide.
Everyone knows or have heard about Queen B and her vocal ability just makes her much more of a great singer
She has a high octave vocal range which is clearly one of the strongest I have heard in the music industry.
Also her exceptional breadth and core support means that she can hold notes and also dance for a very long time without any issues.
This is why her stage and live performances are simply awesome.
6. Whitney Houston
Whitney was a great singer with exceptional vocal range that blessed us with incredible vocals and songs before her death.
I can’t forget the feelings I experienced when I heard her sing her classics for the first time.
Her vocal ability to hit high notes and hold that range for a long period of time was exceptional and unrivaled in the industry.
She had 11 number one hits during her time and even till date, her songs continue to bless and inspire future generations.
And if you are a true whitney fan, just like I am you will also agree with me that her acting in the Bodyguard movie with Kevin Costner was a hit.
7. Ariana Grande
Another 4-octave singer is Ariana Grande.
And what makes this female star especially remarkable is that she has no formal training. Although as a French Horn player, she already had a good grounding in breath control, the foundation for singing.
She also uses her whistle register to hit very high notes, a technique that can damage the voice and vocals if not done properly.
Freddie was an exceptional singer with a high octave vocal range and could hit those high notes without any issues.
The ever so famous gay singer of Queen.
Freddy Mercury was considered a god among singers, and he had an amazing near 5 octave range, ranging from a bass’ F2 to a soprano’s F6 (which apparently kept increasing with the years passing), but what was most impressive was his ability to jump from one end to the other effortlessly, without having a strain on his voice.
He had amazing technique when singing, his tempo was never off and he was able to glide effortlessly from one registrar to another without any complicating issues.
9. AXL Rose
Ever heard about the Guns N Roses band?
Yeah AXL was their lead singer and he had a great voice to back up that position
Here is the interesting thing about AXL and his singing abilities.
He had the record for widest vocal range as a singer, beating Mariah Carey, a woman who would introduce her band by singing at the same pitch as their instruments.
He can sing from an F1 to a B flat 6, which is more than 5 octaves, and just a few semitones under 6 octaves.
Honestly, what impresses me the most is that this guy smokes which reduces your maximal range.
10. Michael Jackson
Everyone knows or has heard about the king of pop right?
Before his death, Michael was a great singer and dancer and could definitely hit the high notes numerous times without any issues.
One thing I found really interesting was his ability to sing and dance at the same time while maintaining the same vocal range.
It was awesome to listen and watch Michael perform
One of his greatest hits “Smooth Criminal” is a song that I can keep playing all day and will never get tired of listening to
Also his dance steps were pretty amazing
If you like classical music and the awe and reverence it brings then you should no doubt have heard about Pavarotti
He is hailed as the world’s greatest tenor, and his impressive vocal range proves just that.
In his prime, the larger-than-life tenor could hit an F5 – that’s an octave and a half above middle C.
One thing I like about him is his awesome breath control and core strength when singing.
He had the unique ability to use his vocals to hold an audience captive for a very long time while also delivering incredible vocal performance every single time.
In My opinion, every single person should listen to Pavarotti sing and be blessed by his deep, rich vocals.
12. Elvis Presley
I dont think there is anyone who does not know or appreciate the vocals of Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor.
Known as “The King” He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including “Heartbreak Hotel” “Hound Dog” “Jailhouse Rock” “Love me Tender” Elvis debuted in the movie “Love me Tender” and focused less on his music and continued that way.
He had an octave vocal range of at least 5 and he could hit the high notes without any issues.
Listening to his greatest hits every time just makes me want to put on dancing shoes and sing along with him
He was a great singer with one of the best vocal ranges I have ever heard.
13. Bon Jovi
Now one thing I can confirm is that rock singers and musicians have some of the highest vocal ranges known.
And Bon Jovi simply confirms this
He had an awesome vocal range that was so well managed and he could easily hit all the high notes.
To actually hear his awesome voice, listen to his hit song “Living on a prayer” and see how he switches between keys easily
While not changing his name to something that cannot be easily pronounced, Prince was a vocal legend and singer that blessed us with awesome songs before he passed.
He had the best technique and talend when it comes to hitting high notes and could scream like his life depended on it.
He was a great singer that could hold a crowd spell bound for hours while entertaining them with his magical vocals and dance steps
15. Brendon Urie
Brendon Urie has a vocal range of 4 octaves and 7 notes as of 2016.
He’s obviously grown since then. He has a higher vocal range than both Cristina Aguilera and Elvis Presley.
He is one of most underrated singers of all time.
Not only does he have an amazing voice but he also is self-taught and knows how to control his voice.
He has been in a band since 2005, straight out of high school, originally as the guitarist. Brendon has natural talent and doesn’t need some mouth deformation to have a wider range.
So it’s no surprise seeing him appear also in the country singers section.
Johnny’s music had that soothing effect on everyone that listened to his songs.
In my opinion, Johnny music will continue to be played and live with future generations.
2. Josh Turner
Now this is one country singer that has a deep baritone voice that you can simply listen to all day.
Josh is an American country, gospel singer and actor that was born November 20, 1977.
He plays the guitar and is a very good vocalist
In 2003, he signed a record deal with MCA Nashville Records and debuted his first album that same year.
His single “Long Black Train” was a huge success and his breakthrough single release.
Presently not much has been heard of Josh asides from when he had a ghastly accident while coming back from a concert that unfortunately killed his sound engineer.
3. Trace Adkins
Also known as Tracy Derell this is one awesome country music singer that I can listen to all day.
Making his debut in 1996 with the album dreaming out loud which was released under Capitol records, Adkins has been steadily dropping hits after hits
He has since gone on to release ten more studio albums and two greatest hit compilations.
Looking at his life history and the fact that he came out of all of them unscathed, you can be sure that this is one guy that was destined to do great things.
4. Randy Travis
Randy Bruce Traywick (born May 4, 1959), known professionally as Randy Travis, is an American country music and gospel music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor.
According to USA Today, Randy was actually struggling from congestive heart failure, and suddenly, the legendary country singer’s heart stopped beating.
He was treated at a Texas hospital, and ultimately suffered a massive stroke as a result of his heart complications
But one thing you need to remember Randy for was his deep rich baritone voice and the countless country music he gave us.
5. Merle Haggard
If you are looking for a “bad boy” turned country singer then you have him right here in Merle Haggard.
Incarcerated a lot while in his youth, Merle was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist and fiddler.
He was born in Oildale, California during the great depression and a lot of his music material stems from the experience he had during that period.
Some of his biggest hits including “The Fugitive” and “Branded Man” are songs that you can never get tired of listening to.
6. Waylon Jennings
Waylon Arnold Jennings was an American singer, songwriter, and musician.
He is best known as one of the founding pioneers of the Outlaw Movement.
Jennings first played guitar at age eight and first performed at age twelve on KVOW radio, after which he formed his first band, The Texas Longhorns.
As a singer he could easily play the guitar, piano, bass and was a brilliant vocalist.
Before his death he was signed to RCA Victor, A&M Records, MCA and Epic records.
This was one country singer that gave us beautiful music with that deep baritone voice.
7. Conway Twitty
Born Harold Lloyd Jenkins and better known as his stage name Conway Twitty, he was an American country music singer who also dabbled and had some success in Rock, R&B and Pop genres.
The most notable time of his singing career was from 1971 to 1976 when he had a string of Country Music Association awards for duets with Loretta Lynn.
Some of his greatest songs including “Hello Darling” and “I’d Love to Lay You Down” are songs that will continue to inspire and enrich country music lovers all over the world.
8. Alan Jackson
Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American singer and songwriter.
He is known for blending traditional honky-tonk and mainstream country pop sounds (for a style widely regarded as “neotraditional country”), as well as penning many of his own songs.
One thing I really like about this guy is the impressive array of albums he has dropped.
Jackson has recorded 16 studio albums, 3 greatest hits albums, 2 Christmas albums and 2 gospel albums.
Looking for a country singer that is not scared to put in the work, then look no further than Alan Jackson.
9. Chris Stapleton
Born Christopher Alvin Stapleton, he is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist and record producer with a deep baritone voice that just makes you melt.
He was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and grew up in Staffordsville, Kentucky, until moving to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2001 to pursue a career in music writing songs.
Chris Stapleton took the stage during the Season 12 finale of The Voice on Tuesday night (May 23), performing a scorching rendition of his current single, “Either Way.” … Larson squared off against Aliyah Moulden and Lauren Duski from Team Blake in the finale of The Voice.
10. Chris Young
Now I know that the previous entries on this list have all been older people, well right now we have someone younger that just delights us with that deep melodic baritone voice.
Born June 12, 1985 Chris is an American country music singer and songwriter.
He blew into the music scene in 2006 when he was declared the winner of Season 4 of the Nashville Star singing competition that was aired on USA Network.
After winning the competition he was signed to RCA Records where he went on to release his self titled debut album that same year.
His hit songs such as “Getting You Home” and “Who I Am With You” are awesome songs that you can listen to all day.
11. Don Williams
Now if you really need me to introduce who Don Williams is, then you are not such a great country music fan – eh
Lol – Born Donald Ray Williams was an American country singer, songwriter, and 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
He began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 number one country hits.
His hit songs and albums which have spanned several generations are all instant classics that you can sing along to and vibe with any day
I particularly remember listening to Don Williams while taking a ride with my dad and those were some of my best memories of him.
12. Toby Keith
Toby Keith Covel is an American country singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer.
Keith released his first four studio albums—1993’s Toby Keith, 1994’s Boomtown, 1996’s Blue Moon and 1997’s Dream Walkin’, plus a Greatest Hits package for various divisions of Mercury Records before leaving Mercury in 1998
With a net worth of more than $300 million, Toby Keith is being rumoured to be the richest country music singer of all time.
I don’t know how true that is but as long as he keeps blessing us with that good country music vibes then I am all good.
13. Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery is an American singer and reality TV contestant who has a net worth of $4 million.
Born in Garner, North Carolina, Scotty McCreery began playing guitar when he was in elementary school and sang in various vocal ensembles throughout his high school years.
He won the tenth season of American Idol on May 25, 2011.
His debut studio album, Clear as Day, was released in October 2011 and was certified platinum in the United States
14 Jamey Johnson
Born July 14, 1975 Jamey is an American Singer and songwriter with an awesome deep baritone voice.
Signed to BNA Records in 2005, he made his debut with the smash hit “The Dollar” which was also the title of his album.
Jamey is a brilliant guitarist and vocalist who has continued to drop hit after hit.
While he has not dropped any new songs in over 10 years, this can be explained by the health issues that have plagued him for a while.
Anyways we hope he gets better and drop some more songs for us the fans
15. Jim Reeves
Another great country singer with a rich baritone voice, Jim delighted his fans with hits after hits.
James Travis Reeves was an American country and popular music singer-songwriter.
With records charting from the 1950s to the 1980s, he became well known as a practitioner of the Nashville sound. Known as “Gentleman Jim”, his songs continued to chart for years after his death.
Also called Gentleman Jim, his music continues to be listened to by fans all over the world across different generations.
In this article we will be looking at my top 25 singers with deep voices and if possible some of their songs.
1. Leonard Cohen
This was truly a great musician with a deep rich baritone voice that was very beautiful to listen to.
He was just not a musician, he was also a talented poet who knew how to write words and piece rhymes together.
Born and raised in Canada, he rose to fame with some classic songs like “Suzanne”, “I’m your man” and “Hallelujah” which were later covered by so many other artists.
This was one musician that sought to come across as authentic rather than achieving musical precision… and he was always compared to Bob Dylan for that.
He lived a full life and died at the age of 82 on November 7, 2016.
2. Johnny Cash
If you are a country music lover like me, then you must have heard of the great Johnny Cash.
I honestly believe that country music would not be the same if it had not been touched by Johnny Cash whose awesome deep voice and his passionate lyrics was a thing of beauty to listen to.
Songs like “I walk the line”, “Folsom prison blues”, and “Ring of Fire” are among some of his greatest songs that you really need to listen to to appreciate the genius of Johnny Cash
Shortly before his death, he delved into the world of Pop music where he also dominated and attracted a new group of hardcore fans.
3. Nick Cave: The ‘Prince of Darkness’
Now with a name like that, you should know what to expect from such a talented musician.
One thing I noticed about Nick Cave was that his music took on a darker and more “creepy” timbre than his idols Cohen and Johnny Cash.
Born and raised in Australian, Nick started his career in Gothic rock taking on the moniker “The Price of Darkness”
But as he became older, his sound kinda mellowed a bit as he embarked on a lot of collaborations with other singers such as fellow Aussie Kylie Minogue.
Nick is one singer that has a deeply satisfying baritone voice that you can easily listen to for days.
4. Tom Waits
If you know anything about Tom Waits, you will know that he was often referred to as the American Rebel.
This had to do with his “I don’t care” attitude and the fact that he tended to do whatever he wanted without anyone’s permission.
Infact one critic actually referred to his voice as “it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months and then taken outside and run over by a car”
What a description, eh
In his usual style, Waits took it as a compliment and continued to blend folk and blues music in his illustrious music career that has spanned over 40 years.
5. Barry White
Also known as the Soul Daddy, this was one musician that had a rich Baritone voice.
I remember as a kid listening to Barry White songs with my Dad and it was something to behold.
While there are some people that consider Barry White’s classics to be a joke, but you can’t dispute the fact that the world’s population will probably be lower if not for his dulcet tones which have also doubled as classic romance songs.
Songs like “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything,” “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe,” and “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up” are among his unforgettable hits.
6. Lee Hazelwood
Although his first love in music was country, Lee Hazlewood went on to write, produce and even record a number of songs for Nancy Sinatra and other pop artists.
To this day, recordings of his warm baritone voice remain rather atypical in the context of popular music.
Hazlewood died in 2007.
7. Brad Roberts
When Brad founded his popular band, the Crash Test Dummies, he founded a sound that contributed to taking folks back into the mainstream when people had all but forgotten about it.
Funny enough the name for his band was as a result of a car accident he had when he finally understood what it meant to be a crash test dummy.
While Brad has gone quiet and released very few songs the past years, I know he is working on new material and will be diving back into the music scene very soon.
8. Ville Valo
When the Finnish born singer and his band HIM first appeared on the music scene, everyone thought he was going to be a one hit wonder and just fade away.
But Finland’s exports in the music world tend to be eccentric and loud very much like the band HIM (His Infernal Majesty).
Lead singer Ville Valo, who is at least as recognizable for his tattoos as he is for his voice,
laments old flames and lost love, using music as a means “to make sense of the world.”
9. Isaac Hayes
Hayes wrote many of the greatest hits of the 1970s, including his soundtrack for the blockbuster “Shaft” in 1971.
He is considered to be a vanguard of spoken word, rap and hip-hop around the world.
Younger audiences mainly know him for his voice-over work as the character of “Chef” on the animated US-series “South Park.”
Hayes died, aged 65, in 2008.
10. Till Lindeman
Born and raised in Germany, Till Lindeman and his band “Rammstein” are one of the greatest names in german music.
One thing I like about this guy and his band was that his concerts were usually sold out with a feast for the senses where costumes, pyrotechnics and dramaturgy were incredibly well rehearsed and coordinated.
While not everyone might like their kind of music, you can’t help but be moved by the deep rich baritone voice of Till Lindeman.
11. Hoyt Axton
Hoyt was another singer who has a deep voice and was very pleasing to listen to
Born an American, Hoyt was a folk singer, songwriter, guitarist and a film and television actor who became prominent in the early 60s.
He established himself among the west coast crew as a folk singer with an earthly style and a powerful voice.
12. Jamieson Junior Brown
Brown was born on June 12 1952 is an American Country singer and guitarist with a deep satisfying voice that just fills the room
As a singer, he has released a total of 12 albums in his career and been on the Billboard singles chart twice.
One thing about James that i really like is the way his lyrics and words flowed out with his deep voice.
Simply magic and very pleasing to listen
13. Ian Curtis
Ian Curtis was an English singer and songwriter and the lead singer of the post punk boy band Joy Division.
Ian had this deep voice that was rather unique in that despite singing with significant bass most of the time, he rarely sounds powerful, but rather thin and depressive
He died on the 18th of May, 1980 after recording 2 albums with the group
14. Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk
He was known professionally as Peter Steele, was an American musician, singer, and songwriter.
He was best known as the lead singer, bassist and composer of the gothic metal band Type O Negative.
He had a gothic metal often with a dark sense of humor.
Not a music theorist at all, but Wikipedia has him as bass-baritone.
Bloody Kisses is probably their best known album. I’d start with songs like Christian Woman and Black Number One.
15. Paul Robeson
Paul Leroy Robeson was an American bass baritone concert artist and stage and film actor who became famous both for his cultural accomplishments and for his political activism.
Educated at Rutgers College and Columbia University, he was a star athlete in his youth.
Paul Robeson’s performance of Ol’ Man River is one of the best recordings I have ever listened to.
The way his voice was booming and how it filled the room was just magical to listen to.
Apart from the stress of finding the right professionals, the restoration of these machines also takes lots of finance.
All this effort and money to restore an old piano is enough for you to buy a whole new one.
Thus, painting the instrument is a much easier, quicker solution.
Does Painting A Piano Change The Sound?
Think about it like this: unless you are touching areas that directly create sound, why would paint make any alterations to how the instrument plays?
So, if you stay away from the soundboard, there won’t be much difference in sound quality.
Even if there is any, it won’t be enough for you to notice.
However, there are a few things you should take care of.
Make sure you don’t paint the piano while it’s closed.
Many people make this mistake because they’re trying a shortcut to get everything done in one go.
As smart as that sounds, it is not such a good idea.
Avoid painting pianos in one piece because you’ll paint them shut.
When you try to open the lid later, you’ll have a tough time tuning it.
Instead, paint the instrument step by step, piece by piece.
Some Other FAQs About Painting A Piano
What Type Of Paint Can You Use On Piano?
Painting a piano isn’t a tricky or complicated job.
However, sometimes, you need to be a little particular about the kind of paint you use.
Experts and manufacturers recommend using high gloss paint.
It gives a nice finish to the wood and maintains the classiness of the piano.
If you plan to do it yourself and don’t have a lot of experience, gloss paint can be tricky to control.
Thus, try acrylic latex paint with a satin finish.
Afterward, you can use a glossy protective coating over the paint and seal the deal!
Can You Paint Your Piano Yourself?
You can paint your piano at home if you don’t want to hire a professional for it.
Some people don’t want to spend the extra money, not to forget the discomfort associated with a stranger’s entry inside the house.
So, if you’re going to paint your piano yourself, here’s how you can do it:
Gather the supplies first. Here’s what you’ll need: a painter’s tape, sander or sandpaper, primer, cloth, craft paper, brushes, a protective coating, and paint (obviously!)
Start taping the craft paper to cover all the crucial spaces that shouldn’t be exposed to dust or paint. These areas include the piano keys, the top’s inner side, the foot pedals, and the music desk’s metal hardware.
Start sanding the piano to give the paint a better place to adhere and create a smooth finish.
Dust of all the mess after the sanding process.
Prime the piano and let it dry.
Sand once again and then prime again.
Tip: Every time you paint the piano, wait for the paint to dry, and then sand lightly.
Then apply another two or three coats on top.
Doing this gives a much brighter, truer solid color.
Apply two or three protective coats. Don’t sand between these coats.
About the piano to completely dry before you start or use it. Then, the craft paper and tape, and that’s it! Your new, fresh piano is all ready!
Can You Paint An Electric Piano?
Painting digital pianos is also a thing, believe it or not.
Indeed, it requires a little more care and precision.
But once you get it done, your electric piano will get a complete makeover for a surprisingly low cost.
The process involves removing all the buttons, dials, and knobs.
Then, start loosening and removing all the screws.
Pull the outer casing apart and unhook all the wires.
Next, pull all the hardware out and apply the primer.
Once it’s dry, apply the paint and then the lacquer.
Reassemble the keyboard parts back in their places and enjoy your freshly painted, transformed digital piano!
However, know that you will violate the manufacturer’s warranty terms if you paint the keyboard.
It means that once you’ve painted the instrument, you can no longer avail the facility of a warranty.
So, keep that in mind.
How Much Would It Cost To Paint A Piano?
On average, refinishing an old piano can cost you a minimum of $2,400 to $7,500.
This cost depends on the piano type, its condition, location, and several other factors.
All in all, painting a piano does not affect its sound at all.
Instead, it gives your old piano a brand new look and might give it a few more years of life and use!
It does take quite some effort and time to do it yourself.
However, if you don’t want to get a new one or spend hundreds of dollars to get it professionally refinished, a DIY paint job is the best way to do it at home, all by yourself.
The process is mentioned above, and you can get whatever color your heart desires!