When it comes to determining who the best singers are, we’re all bound to disagree at least a little bit. You may acknowledge that, say, Bruce Springsteen is a talented musician, but you just don’t get why your dad wants to listen to him all the time. Or you might like the sound of Beyoncé’s voice, but she’s simply not your favorite. (Though be careful with that one, because the Beygency might come after you.)
But for a more objective look at what makes a singer great, try using this handy interactive tool, created by ConcertHotels.com, to compare the ranges of the world’s most famous vocalists. They chose artists from Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, and then, to include more contemporary voices, also threw in some of the nominees for top male and female artists from this year’s Billboard Music Awards.
Once they settled on a list, the ConcertHotels team turned to The Range Place to gather data on each singer’s vocal abilities. Check out the results below , which you can sort by range, highest note or lowest note.
Who knew that when it came to pure vocal range, Axl Rose and Mariah Carey would blow everybody else out of the water?