False alarm: Mike Patton, not Axl Rose, is the greatest vocalist of all time

Posted by on May 27, 2014

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Last week, a story was posted about how Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses is apparently the greatest vocalist of all time according to a travel website. While we were relieved to have that whole debate settled by a reliable source, the claim might have been a bit premature. VVN Music decided to dig deeper into the list with a different set of criteria. The original list was made up of Rolling Stone‘s 100 Greatest Singers of all time, the top male and female artists at the Billboard Music Awards 2014, and vocal range stats managed by The Range Place. Naturally, many singers were not found on the list because of the specific criteria, so VVN Music looked into vocalists not included on the above lists with a greater range. Lo’ and behold, the new singer to top the list is Mike Patton of Faith No More.

Of all the singers on the list, Mike Patton is the only one with a range of six octaves. We’ve listed the “new” top five vocalists below and you can check out full list on VVN Music:

1. 6 octaves, 1/2 note – Mike Patton (Eb1 to E7)
2. 5 octaves, 5-1/2 notes – Corey Taylor (Eb1 to C7)
3. 5 octaves, 4-1/2 notes – Diamanda Galás (F2 to C#8)
4. 5 octaves, 3 notes – David Lee Roth  (E1 to A6)
5. 5 octaves, 2-1/2 notes – Axl Rose (F1 to Bb6)


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  • pheet007

    Jesus. Rose is bad enough, but Mike Patton, the guy who sings about loving shit? Those kind of statements knock out all vocalists of all genres, and we are left to accept that these two are better than Elvis Presley (the early years), Louis Jordan, Mikeal Akerfeldt, or any number of rock vocalists? And people ask me why I don’t do any more web activities than I do.

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  • aegat2t

    Loving stuff?
    Have you only listened to his cover stuff? Because if you really listened to all of his projects you’d see where you’re wrong.

  • andrew

    The article is so poorly written. First. Mike Patton was listed as the “Rock vocalist with the widest range. He was NOT declared the ‘best vocalist of all time’ that would be purely subjective.

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  • Gum_ball_death

    Yeah, that guy clearly hasn’t listened to Mike Patton projects. Don’t you just get the douche-chills when you read stuff from people who are completely ignorant like him? Elvis Presley? Really? “Loving shit”? WTF?