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The Singer With the Widest Vocal Range Is -- Axl Rose?

Image courtesy of Universal Music Group Distribution (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Universal Music Group Distribution (via ABC News Radio)

Mariah Carey  is widely regarded as the singer with the broadest vocal range -- she even made the  Guinness World Records  book eleven years ago for mastering the highest set of notes in singing -- what's called "the whistle register." But it seems the pop singer has been topped, at least in terms of overall range, by  Axl Rose .

ConcertHotels.com  has compiled a list of the singers with the greatest recorded range, as well as the highest and lowest recorded ranges, and the former  Guns N' Roses  singer is in the top slot, with a range that extends across five and a half octaves, from F1 to B flat 6, That edges out Carey's purported range of just over five octaves by a smidge. If you're wondering which songs qualified Axl Rose -- "There Was a Time" on the low end and "Ain't It Fun" on the high end.

Four of the top five entries are men -- number 3 is  Prince , number 4 is  Steven Tyler , and number 5 is  James Brown .

Other notable entries on the chart include  David Bowie  at number 8,  Thom Yorke  of  Radiohead  at number 10,  Freddie Mercury  at number 11, and  Bono  at number 21.

And if you've ever argued with anyone about which band is better, the  Rolling Stones  or  Led Zeppelin  -- if you use this chart as proof it's a draw, as both  Mick Jagger  and  Robert Plant  have exactly the same range from top to bottom, tying them at number 24.