Best Falsetto Singers

Last week, Janelle claimed that Justin Timberlake has the best male falsetto. I simply couldn’t let a statement like that go unchallenged, so here is my list of the 10 best falsetto singers.

10. James Mercer (The Shins/Broken Bells)

Mercer has a smooth and effortless falsetto that perfectly meshes with his lower natural singing voice.

9.  Curtis Mayfield (Impressions)

Mayfield, one of the Motown greats, is one of the best-known falsetto singers, so he’s pretty much a lock for a list like this.

8.  Chris Isaak

Though I prefer his non-falsetto singing, I’ve witnessed women melt when Isaak hits those soft high notes, so he must be pretty good at it.

7.  Jim James (My Morning Jacket)

James has at least three different pitches that he’ll sing in for an entire song. His falsetto gives the southern rockers a funkier sound.

6.  Beck

Though a natural baritone, Beck Hanson can belt out falsetto like few others. Though about 90% of this song is falsetto, pay special attention to the chorus.

5.  Thom Yorke (Radiohead)

Whenever a modern rock singer uses falsetto, there’s a good chance they are trying to be like Thom Yorke, especially if their name is Chris Martin (Coldplay) or Matthew Bellamy (Muse).

4.  Prince

Even if you won’t admit it, you like to crank up “Kiss” and sing along in your best falsetto. And even if you won’t admit it, unlike Prince, you sound terrible when doing it. Note: There is no video because Prince is anti-Internet.

3.  Eddie Hendricks (The Temptations)

Eddie Hendricks is the first singer to make falsetto cool and he’s inspired countless soul and R&B singers.

2.  Michael Jackson

He was the King of Pop for a reason. Great falsetto singing was one of his many talents.

1.  Jeff Buckley

Buckley had a seemingly infinite vocal range, able to plunge to the lowest depths and deliver goose bump-inducing falsetto. With Buckley, it was always smooth and natural. It’s unlikely that we will ever hear a vocalist with the range of Buckley again.

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Comments (15)

  1. Janelle_Leigh

    Oh whatever.

    March 28, 2012
    1. thoughts_jeremy

      Hey, I included Michael Jackson. Since Justin Timberlake has spent his career trying to be Jackson, it’s almost like we agree.

      March 28, 2012
      1. Janelle_Leigh

        Ok fine. But, you didn’t have to include quite possibly the worst picture of JT ever taken.

        March 28, 2012
        1. thoughts_jeremy

          I purposely chose one from back when he wore a blonde afro. It’s not my fault he wanted to look like that.

          March 28, 2012
          1. Janelle_Leigh

            When his hair looked like ramen?

            March 28, 2012
            1. thoughts_jeremy

              Hahaha! It does look like ramen noodles! I never noticed that before.

              March 28, 2012
  2. interncom

    Justin Timberlake is the cutest one.

    March 28, 2012
  3. stevehayes13

    http://youtu.be/GNCVvJfHrbg

    March 28, 2012
  4. Rebecca2000

    Okay this one will set you off…James Blunt

    March 28, 2012
    1. thoughts_jeremy

      Haha. You did that on purpose. Honestly, though, I don’t hate him like a lot of people do, but I find him annoying.

      March 28, 2012
      1. Rebecca2000

        Jeremy, everything I do is on purpose.

        March 28, 2012
  5. dreamshadow59

    Actually…I like EVERYONE on your list…

    March 29, 2012
  6. BootLady

    ACK!! Some of these are just painful to listen to! Bleh!

    March 29, 2012
  7. matt_enos24

    I am shocked at the lack of Frankie Valli on this list

    January 30, 2013
  8. thoughts_jeremy

    Thanks for sharing, Tommy.

    March 28, 2012