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Editors' Tom Smith named as British singer with highest vocal range
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Editors' Tom Smith named as British singer with highest vocal range

Editors' frontman Tom Smith has been named as the British singer with the highest vocal range, according to a new report in the Daily Mirror. 

The singer, who is currently working on the follow-up to his band's 2013 album The Weight Of Your Love, was named above the likes of Robert Plant, Kate Bush and Freddie Mercury as the British singer with the highest vocal range. 

The paper calculated each singer's score based on sheet music data and then took vocal melodies from UK bands and artists and plotted the highest and lowest notes each singer has recorded.

Smith came out on top with a range of 4.75 octaves, just ahead of Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson who was second with 4.25 and Robert Plant who scored 3.92. David Bowie scored 3.58, Kate Bush 3.17 and John Lennon just 2.83. 

The poll's top 20 is below...

20. John Lennon (The Beatles) - Vocal range of 2.83 octaves
19. Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) - Vocal range of 2.83 octaves
18. Cheryl Cole - Vocal range of 2.83 octaves
17. Laura Marling - Vocal range of 2.83 octaves
16. Roger Daltrey (The Who) - Vocal range of 2.83 octaves
15. Freddie Mercury (Queen) - Vocal range of 2.92 octaves
14. Ed Sheeran - Vocal range of 3.00 octaves
13. Guy Garvey (Elbow) - Vocal range of 3.00 octaves
12. Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones) - Vocal range of 3.00 octaves
11. Elton John - Vocal range of 3.00 octaves
10. Bono (U2) - Vocal range of 3.08 octaves
9. Chris Martin (Coldplay) - Vocal range of 3.17 octaves
8. Kate Bush - Vocal range of 3.17 octaves
7. Matt Bellamy (Muse) - Vocal range of 3.25 octaves
6. Jon Fratelli (The Fratellis) - Vocal range of 3.25 octaves
5. Paul Weller - Vocal range of 3.33 octaves
4. David Bowie - Vocal range of 3.58 octaves
3. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) - Vocal range of 3.92 octaves
2. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) - Vocal range of 4.25 octaves
1. Tom Smith (Editors) - Vocal range of 4.75 octaves

 

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