Deep-voiced singers know the struggle of not being able to find song material that is easy for them to sing. Most mainstream songs consist of high notes that are difficult for low-voiced singers to reach.
That’s why we have put together this list of songs that people with deep and resonating voices will enjoy singing.
- 1. Hurt – Johnny Cash
- 2. Ol’ Man River – Paul Robeson
- 3. Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis Presley
- 4. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
- 5. Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley
- 6. The Unforgiven 2 – Metallica
- 7. Purple Haze – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
- 8. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
- 9. Jeremy – Pearl Jam
- 10. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
1. Hurt – Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash covered this song originally written by Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails. His calm bass-baritone voice brought emotion to the lyrics as well as much critical and popular acclaim to the rendition.
The song features Johnny’s vocal range of F2–G3, making it easy to sing along to. The song doesn’t strain the vocal cords, making it a good choice for casual singing or as a warm-up song.
2. Ol’ Man River – Paul Robeson
This show tune was originally written by Oscar Hammerstein II. The song has various versions with faster tempos and distinct vocals. Paul Robeson’s version is one of the most notable, as his rich bass voice provided a captivating performance of the song.
The song’s vocal range is between G3–E5, which is easy to sing along with.
3. Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis Presley
This cover by Elvis Presley was originally written by Roy Turk and Lou Handman. The melancholy song features slight echoes to Elvis’ voice, and the soft, vulnerable lyrics add to the luminous feel. The instruments in the song are subtle, which makes the singer’s voice distinctly stand out during a performance.
With a vocal range of D4–E5, the song is great for those who are beginning to sing deep voice songs or who want to try less straining vocal ranges.
4. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
This worldwide number-one hit was written by Stock Aitken Waterman and features the distinct rich voice of Rick Astley combined with classical dance and pop music.
The international success of the song, especially due to the internet meme known as “rickrolling,” has made the beat extremely recognizable. The vocal range of G3–G4 focuses on one octave, making the song easy to sing along throughout.
5. Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley
This rock and roll song was written by Otis Blackwell and recorded by Elvis Presley in his signature baritone voice with a hillbilly singing style. The instrumental beats in the song are groovy and make the song fun to synchronize with a low voice.
Having a vocal range of B3–D5, the song makes for an exciting tune to sing along with.
6. The Unforgiven 2 – Metallica
The heavy metal band Metallica wrote and performed this power ballad with James Hetfield’s distinct and powerful voice. The song is part of a trilogy, along with “The Unforgiven” and “The Unforgiven III,” and features a story that continues throughout the songs. The deep lyrics are contrasted with soft and melodic verses and a heavier chorus.
The diversity of the song makes it stand out for people with deep voices, especially when it comes to singing styles.
The song has a vocal range of E3–G4, which is often seen in many contemporary and classic music styles. This makes it a good choice to practice your deep voice.
7. Purple Haze – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Known as one of the greatest guitar songs, this song was written and performed by Jimi Hendrix and contains his expressive and distinctive voice. The song itself features a mix of Jimi’s iconic guitar playing to create a memorable psychedelic rock melody. The emotional intensity of Jimi’s voice makes the song fun to sing along to.
Purple Haze features a vocal range of D4–Ab4, which is great for baritone voices as the notes are easy to hit.
8. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
“Ain’t No Sunshine” is a song written by Bill Withers and regarded as his breakthrough hit single. The song has an R&B, soul, and blues musical style, which is contrasted with the smooth baritone vocals of Bill. The instruments in the song blend well with the vocals, which helps to make the vocals stand out.
The bass-baritone vocal range of E4–G5 makes the song comfortable to sing.
9. Jeremy – Pearl Jam
Jeremy was written by Eddie Vedder and is sung in his intense and raw deep voice. The song did not initially gain popularity until its music video was released. The soulful voice is contrasted with chilling and dark lyrics. The compelling song features a harmonic guitar and strong drums with which vocals have to be matched.
The song has a vocal range of E4–A5, and the grunge style makes it interesting to sing along to.
10. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” is a song written by the lead vocalist of Queen, Freddie Mercury. Freddie’s magical voice brings an exciting feel to the song. The rockabilly style of the song works well with the distinct guitar playing and catchy lyrics, which are sung in a baritone vocal range.
Featuring a vocal range of D4–F#5, the fun tune is great to sing along with for singers with deep voices.
People with deep baritone voices can sing songs in many forms. They can transpose songs from high-voiced singers, sing gospels, operas, soul and even jazz. The distinct range of the voice means singers can add a unique spin to some of their favorite songs.
We hope you enjoyed our list containing songs of different genres and styles!