A chart pinpointing various artists’ vocal ranges has surfaced, showing the “highest and lowest notes each artist hit in the recording studio”.
The list is a few years old, but even after popping up on Reddit’s r/coolguides a couple of days ago, it still stacks up.
And it seems that Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has the greatest vocal range in studio.
Mariah Carey comes in second, followed by Prince, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Christina Aguilera and David Bowie.
Interestingly, a lot of the chatter on Reddit was around Queen’s Freddie Mercury.
“I honestly expected to see Freddie Mercury’s range to be wider,” the thread began, to which others chimed in with reminders on most of Queen’s high notes were achieved by Roger Taylor, the drummer.
“Listening to the Bohemian Rhapsody lyric, ‘Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me….for meee…..for MEEEE!’ that ‘MEEEE’ is all Roger Taylor,” one said.
“I was going to say this,” said another. “Roger Taylor had a four octave range himself and did a lot of the falsetto backup.”
The site that generated the list also has an interactive chart which shows the songs on which the artist reached the high (and low) notes.