Axl Rose ranked as the ‘greatest’ vocalist ever

It’s a rare occasion when anyone not named Axl Rose has anything nice to say about Axl Rose, but according to a mostly unscientific chart posted by travel website Concert Hotels, Axl is the greatest vocalist of all time.

Comparing about fifty different singers from across music history in terms of their vocal range in the studio, along with the highest and lowest notes they reached, Mr. Rose is the only performer to be in the top four on all three rankings, and he tops two of the three. Everyone from Lorde to Tom Waits to Rihanna are listed on the interactive graphic, though it does seem a bit skewed in favor of Axl Rose.

According to the chart, Axl’s range goes from F1 to B6, and while the folks behind the pictograph give no actual source for their information it sounds accurate enough. As you think through the Guns N Roses catalog, he certainly presented an exceptionally wide range, though some of the rankings don’t seem to add up.

It is a bit odd that the chart claims his low notes were below those of the King of Lows, Barry White, and it would be quite nice if the lovely colors came with some evidence to back such claims. On the high side of the scale Rose can apparently out-pitch the likes of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, and those three claims are suspect at best.

The only chart of the three that Axl doesn’t top is for highest note, where he is bested by Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Prince, yet somehow outranks a handful of other performers known for the top end of their vocal range.

While the charts are very pretty and have a nice piano keyboard to help people understand the music notes in question, the lacking of any actual evidence to back these claims makes it little more than fun to look at. Though Axl worshipers will no doubt be blasting it all over social media for years to come.

Have a chuckle at the full list HERE

UPDATE: Apparently, there were actual sources on this, though not easy to find nor anything even remotely objective. The site cited an oft-debated 2008 list from Rolling Stone and cross-referenced it with an internet message board. If you want to see the sources, click the easily-missable “i” in the top corner of their website.


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