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This is a page created by C.Syde65 which attempts to cover basic descriptions on the vocal ranges and classifications of male musicians and singers, both past and present.

I, C.Syde, have been reading information about the classifications given to some male musicians and singers on various pages on various sites, such as List of tenors in non-classical music and List of baritones in non-classical music from the Wikipedia, and I felt that some of the information I'd read did not accurately classify the vocal ranges of certain male musicians and singers.

This notably includes John Lennon which I have always considered to be a low range tenor, though he was previously listed on Wikipedia as a baritone. On the other hand, George Harrison is listed on Wikipedia as a tenor, but I've always considered him to be a high range baritone. The information on the Wikipedia can't be right because George's overall vocal range is lower than John's, so it doesn't make much sense that George should be listed as a tenor, if John was listed as a baritone.

I challenged the information on the Wikipedia that stated John Lennon to be a baritone, and it turned out the source was unreliable, and to my surprise and pleasure, the information was removed.

George may have adopted a tenor range vocal in the late 60's onwards, but on several songs from the earlier 60's, notably including "Do You Want to Know a Secret?", "Chains", "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" (w/ John Lennon), "Devil in Her Heart", "Don't Bother Me", and "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You", George can be found singing quite comfortably within the baritone range.

But anyway, here is a list of some of the male singers and musicians, past and present, along with the vocal classifications that I give them. Note that this page is still under construction and will be expanded and revised overtime.

Singers / Musicians with a Counter Tenor Vocal Range

Singers / Musicians that I consider to have a counter tenor vocal range. Note that some of the people I classify to be a low-range counter tenor may sometimes sing within the higher-range of a tenor.

Name: Vocal Range Classification: Counter Tenor Vocal Range Classification: Notes:
Joseph Arthur Counter Tenor TBA TBA
Justin Bieber Counter Tenor TBA TBA
Chris Brown Counter Tenor TBA TBA
Chris Carrabba Counter Tenor TBA TBA
Shaffer Chimere Smith Counter Tenor TBA TBA
Micky Dolenz Counter Tenor Low Range Counter Tenor TBA
Kevin DuBrow Counter Tenor TBA TBA
Roger Hodgson Counter Tenor TBA TBA
Michael Jackson Counter Tenor TBA TBA
Joel O'Keeffe Counter Tenor TBA TBA
Michael Roberts Counter Tenor TBA TBA
Jack Russell Counter Tenor TBA TBA
Dee Snider Counter Tenor TBA TBA
Justin Timberlake Counter Tenor TBA TBA

Singers / Musicians with a Tenor Vocal Range

Singers / Musicians that I consider to have a tenor vocal range. Note that some of the people I classify to be a high-range tenor may sometimes sing within the lower-range of a counter tenor, while some of the people I classify to be a low-range tenor may sometimes sing within the higher-range of a baritone.

Name: Vocal Range Classification: Tenor Vocal Range Classification: Notes:
Chester Bennington Tenor TBA TBA
Chuck Berry Tenor Low-Range Tenor TBA
Jack Black Tenor TBA TBA
Jon Bon JoviTenor Low-Range Tenor TBA
Harry Chapin Tenor TBA TBA
Bob Dylan Tenor TBA TBA
Liam Gallagher Tenor TBA TBA
Gordon Gano Tenor TBA TBA
Billy Joel Tenor TBA TBA
Elton John Tenor TBA TBA
David Jones Tenor High-Range Tenor TBA
John LennonTenor Low-Range Tenor
It is debatable whether John is a baritone or a tenor. Wikipedia previously classified him as a baritone. Personally I classify him as a low tenor because even though he does sometimes sing within the higher range of the baritone scale, he often uses notes that I would consider too high for an ideal baritone. If John's usual singing voice was just a tiny bit deeper, I would classify him as a baritone and dismiss the higher notes.
Kenny Loggins Tenor TBA TBA
Freddie Mercury Tenor TBA TBA
Paul McCartney Tenor Mid-Range Tenor TBA
Robert Plant Tenor TBA TBA
Billy Preston Tenor TBA TBA
George O'Dowd Tenor TBA TBA
Richard Wayne Penniman Tenor TBA TBA
Paul Rodgers Tenor TBA TBA
Neil Tennant Tenor TBA TBA

Singers / Musicians with a Baritone Vocal Range

Singers / Musicians that I consider to have a baritone vocal range. Note that some of the people I classify to be a high-range baritone may sometimes sing within the lower-range of a tenor, while some of the people I classify to be a low-range baritone may sometimes sing within the higher-range of a bass.

Name: Vocal Range Classification: Baritone Vocal Range Classification: Notes:
Louis ArmstrongBaritone High-Range Baritone TBA
David BowieBaritone High-Range Baritone TBA
Rick Davies Baritone High-Range Baritone TBA
Rob Halford Baritone TBA TBA
George HarrisonBaritone High-Range Baritone
It is debatable whether George is a baritone or a tenor. Wikipedia classifies him as a tenor. Personally I classify him as a high baritone because even though he does sometimes use notes that I would consider ideal for a tenor, I find his overall singing voice, along with his speaking voice to only just be deep enough to classify as a baritone. His overall singing voice is deeper than John's, and John only just passes off as a tenor in my book, so George wouldn't pass off as a tenor as far as I'm concerned. George frequently doesn't hit the higher notes in songs the way John does.
Buddy Holly Baritone High-Range Baritone TBA
Billy Idol Baritone TBA TBA
Ricky Martin Baritone TBA TBA
Michael Nesmith Baritone High-Range Baritone TBA
Elvis Presley Baritone TBA TBA
Bruce Springsteen Baritone TBA TBA
Richard Starkey Baritone Mid-Range Baritone TBA
George Thorogood Baritone TBA TBA
Peter Tork Baritone Mid-Range Baritone TBA

Singers / Musicians with a Bass Vocal Range

Singers / Musicians that I consider to have a bass vocal range. Note that some of the people I classify to be a high-range bass may sometimes sing within the lower-range of a baritone.

Name: Vocal Range Classification: Bass Vocal Range Classification: Notes:
Andrew EldritchBass High-Range Bass TBA



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