I’m sure everyone will agree that there is no such thing as a perfect singer. Everyone has their own unique voice, and the beauty of it all is hearing those voices blend together to make some truly amazing songs. However, if we were to take each individual vocalist’s greatest strengths and put them into one person, we’d be talking about someone pretty close to perfect!
With that in mind, here are the top five singers I feel like could sing anything and it would sound amazing:
5: David Draiman (Disturbed)
This one may come as a surprise to some people; after all Disturbed isn’t typically known for its great vocals. However, the reason why Dave Draiman lands this spot is that out of every singer on the planet, he can actually sing incredibly fast with absolutely no strain put into his voice. His range is also quite impressive, being able to go all the way up to a.
Draiman’s biggest strength, however, is his control over dynamics and phrasing. Not only will he be keeping up with some very complicated beats during live performances, but he knows exactly when to cut loose and belt it out versus being gentle and soft. He’s also great at adding effects onto his voice if need be, which are usually implemented into heavier songs where there are backing vocals accompanying him.
My Personal Favorites: Voices of the Wicked , The Light , Prayer
When you hear the word “opera,” you typically think of a man with a very high pitched, powerful voice. However, Simone Simons’ voice is actually rather deep and soft for an opera singer’s. Her low notes are incredibly rich and full, especially within this genre where she usually doesn’t get to show off that range due to it being a higher priority to stay in the alto/tenor ranges at all times.
The reason why her voice sounds so incredible is because it has a lot of color to it from going from lower lows to upper highs within the same octave multiple times. She also does an excellent job at making her vocals sound incredibly smooth and controlled when they need to be, but she can effortlessly belt out high notes and even growl and yell if she needs to.
The only downside to her voice is that the lower she goes, the more airy it sounds due to not enough support, but then again this isn’t exactly where you’d expect a soprano opera singer’s voice to be able to go. Regardless, her presence during live performances is just as commanding as ever before, and it’s impossible for anyone not to notice how talented she truly is after witnessing her.
My Personal Favorites: Martyr of the Free Word , Fatal Design , Living Waves.
Listeners who first got into Evanescence when they released their self titled album might’ve been surprised by Amy Lee’s breakout success with Bring Me To Life . However, anyone who was a fan of hers while she fronted the aforementioned band should’ve been able to tell you that her voice has improved immensely over the years.
Lee’s voice is extremely rich and full, almost sounding operatic at times due to how clear and controlled it always sounds from top to bottom. She also has the ability to belt out lower notes quite easily even though songs like My Immortal require her to go into a very high falsetto during parts of the song. In addition, she actually does a pretty good job at screaming too despite never going for it in songs until recently.
Although I’m not really a big fan of this new direction Evanescence is going in overall, there’s no denying that Amy Lee’s voice is great and fits this style of music very well. If anything, her singing style has heavily influenced a lot of the symphonic metal bands that came out in the states ever since Bring Me To Life blew up back in 2003.
My Personal Favorites: Bring Me To Life , Whisper , Sweet Sacrifice.
When you talk about singers who can belt it out and sing amazingly high notes, Tarja Turunen is definitely one of the first names to come up in every conversation. Hell, if not for her vocals alone she would’ve been known as “the female Metallica” for how much she could shred on the original Nightwish albums when they were still together.
Her vibrato is extremely strong and her voice is incredibly full and rich from top to bottom. In addition, she can hit very high notes seemingly without any effort at all, which are usually implemented into her most well known songs. Hell, even when she whispers it sounds powerful because of how controlled she always makes her vocals sound.
Tarja’s only downside is that since there’s only so much you can do with a contralto/mezzo soprano voice, the lower she goes the more airy it becomes due to lack of support. However, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering Nightwish was mainly an operatic metal band until they began adding in different elements over time. Regardless, Tarja has an incredible range for someone singing in this genre, and it’s no wonder why she was so well known in this business.
My Personal Favorites: The Phantom of the Opera , Nemo , I Walk Alone.
It goes without saying that being in a band as huge as Evanescence would really give you some big shoes to fill if you ever decided to branch out on your own, but luckily for fans of Amy Lee’s work with that group, her sister has made a name for herself in the folk/electronica genre by taking an entirely different approach compared to her sibling.
Holly is able to belt out higher notes all while sounding incredibly smooth and controlled throughout. She also uses dynamics incredibly well during live performances she knows when it’s best to go soft or to let it all out.
However, probably the biggest thing about her voice is how she can make almost any song sound incredibly emotional thanks to how much power and control she has behind her vocals which makes her versions of songs like Unchained Melody (originally by The Righteous Brothers) or My Immortal (by Evanescence) stand out compared to other singers covering them.
My Personal Favorites: I Will Not Bow , Halo , Haunted
The Screaming – Amy Lee
Although Charlotte Wessels only joined Kamelot recently, there’s no denying that this Dutch singer has an incredible set of pipes to the point where she sounds right at home in a symphonic metal band.