Brilliant singer Mike Patton is widely known as the frontman of Faith No More and several other bands. He has a successful music career that spans over nearly four decades, during which he has achieved critical acclaim thanks to his vocal proficiency, diverse singing techniques, style-transcending influences, and more.
Faith No More singer is also an outspoken musician who has often criticized the mainstream music industry and has been an icon for non-mainstream music. Patton was listed among the most influential frontmen in the ’90s alongside late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain.
Being an advocate for non-mainstream music and working on a vast number of musical endeavors aren’t the only skills Mike Patton has up his sleeve. According to a 2014 analysis of rock and metal singers, Patton has the widest vocal range, even wider than Guns N’ Roses lead vocalist Axl Rose. Let’s take a look at the list and Faith No More frontman’s reaction.
Mike Patton Has A Vocal Range Of Over Six Octaves
According to a research done by Vintage Vinyl News in 2014, which ranked various rock and pop singers in order of their respective octave ranges, Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose was ranked No. 1.
After receiving backlash, since they only considered the singers who were featured in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers list, VVN Music released another list with multiple other musicians. The new list ranked Mike Patton in the first place due to his impressive 6-octave vocal and 1/2 note range, as Rose has a 5-octave and 2-1/2 note range.
Although the Faith No More singer undoubtedly possesses the widest vocal range between all known rock and metal singers, Patton once opened up about the VVN Music’s list during a 2019 interview. Apparently, the rocker doesn’t care about these types of lists, and he doesn’t consider himself to be the singer with the widest range, not that it’s important.
During the interview, Patton said:
“I think that range thing is all bullshit. I don’t think that I have the biggest range. And even if I do, who cares! … This is not like the Olympics of vocals. I could make a record without singing a note, and I’ll be happy with it.”
Regardless of his personal opinion, Mike Patton scientifically has the widest range of vocals compared to any other rock, metal, and pop musician. The list also includes many other artists such as former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, the Beatles icon Paul McCartney, and Prince.
You can listen to Mike Patton’s vocal range below.