By Shannon Carlin
Axl Rose was recently named the singer with the greatest vocal range, beating out Mariah Carey, Prince and Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, among others. But Axl Rose has a bone to pick with the honor bestowed upon him by the website ConcertHotels.com, mainly that it’s not deserved.
The Guns N’ Roses frontman reached out to Spin yesterday (May 28) to let fans know that the title was “very flattering and humbling” and to share his list of the world’s greatest singers. It wasn’t easy to come up with a list, as Axl explained. “If I had to say who I thought the best singers were, I’d say first that I don’t know there’s a definitive answer as in my opinion it’s subjective, and second that my focus is primarily rock singers,” he explained.
In the end though, Axl said he enjoyed a wide range of singers that included Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elton John, The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Don Henley, Jeff Lynne, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and “a ton of others (predominantly 70’s rock singers).”
He even joked, “I would rather hear ANY of them anytime rather than me!”
The chart’s original findings were gathered via an interactive chart that cites the lowest and highest notes sung by each singer on record. In Rose’s case, the lowest was on “There Was a Time,” from GNR’s most recent album, 2008’s Chinese Democracy, and the highest was the band’s cover of the Dead Boys’ “Ain’t It Fun” from 1993’s “The Spaghetti Incident?”
As Spin points out, Axl Rose has a recorded range of just over five octaves, while the Guinness World Record for largest vocal range is held by Tim Storms, whose range spans a full ten.
But like “November Rain” so eloquently said, nothing lasts forever and Axl Rose has already been unseated as the greatest singer by Faith No More’s Mike Patton after some additional research showed he actually has a 6-octave range.
Wonder how Axl feels about Mike being named the singer with the greatest vocal range?
Read Axl entire letter to Spin here.