From pop to hard rock, mainstream music has no shortage of high-pitched vocals. You’ll often find deeper vocalists providing backing tracks on many pop hits.
But, there are also plenty of times vocalists with deeper voices have shined. If you love singing and have a deeper voice, you’ll love this list. Whether you need a song to sing at karaoke or to star in a cover band, these songs work best with deeper voices.
Let’s get right to our list of top songs for deep voices.
1. “Light My Fire” By The Doors
Song Year: 1967
As one of the most recognizable baritone voices of all time, you could choose almost any song by Jim Morrison if you have a deep voice. “Light My Fire” is one of the Door’s most popular songs and will sound great if you sing with a deep voice.
The original version featured a vocal range between D3 and A4, making it ideal for baritones and tenors.
2. “Are You Lonesome Tonight” By Elvis Presley
Song Year: 1960
Slow and sultry, Elvis delivers a deep and provocative vocal on “Are You Lonesome.” Presley uses a vocal range between D3 and E4 on the track.
The subdued pace of the song makes “Are You Lonesome” easy to sing, and it’s a favorite at many karaoke nights.
3. “My Way” By Frank Sinatra
Song Year: 1969
Singing “My Way” at karaoke is a surefire way to impress everyone at the bar. Frank Sinatra is known for his deep voice, and “My Way” is one of his most memorable performances.
Spanning G2 and E4 vocal ranges, Sinatra sings with so much heart and energy throughout his performance. It’s also a great song to close out the night if you are a professional band.
4. “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe” By Barry White
Song Year: 1974
If you can get as low as Barry White, you’ll shine as lead singer. “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love” is a deep and sexy soul song with a hint of disco. White spans C3 to A4, which means baritones and tenors have the vocal chops needed to sing this song.
Romantic and sexy, “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe” is also upbeat and danceable.
5. “Never Gonna Give You Up” By Rick Astley
Song Year: 1987
Deep voices that want to have fun should emulate Rick Astley’s bass-heavy song. “Never Gonna Give You Up” was a big hit in the 1980s but regained popularity as it became a meme in the 2000s.
If you want to Rick Roll the party, “Never Gonna Give You Up” is your ultimate option.
6. “Du Hast” By Rammstein
Song Year: 1997
You don’t have to understand German to love Rammstein. “Du Hast” is their most famous song and memorable song.
A mix of hard and industrial metal, Rammstein push their deep vocal performance to the limit on this hard-hitting track. You might scare the neighbors while singing “Du Hast,” but give it all you got and scream your heart out.
7. “Wicked Game” By Chris Isaak
Song Year: 1989
Chris Isaak struck gold in 1989 with his smash hit “Wicked Game.” This sultry love song was everywhere and at the top of any romantic mixtape. If you want to impress your crush, get on stage and hit those low notes.
The song drops to A2, meaning the vocals are full of deep and heavy bass.
8. “Purple Haze” By The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Song Year: 1967
The combination of distorted guitars and psychedelic beats made “Purple Haze” an iconic song of the 1960s. Hendrix's deep vocals add to “Purple Haze” as well.
Hendrix uses effects like reverb and distortion during the song, so you might have a hard time sounding as good as Hendrix unless you show up on stage with the same gear.
9. “Let’s Dance” By David Bowie
Song Year: 1983
David Bowie uses a wide vocal range. He also gave us many memorable deep vocal performances. “Let’s Dance” is one of his best deep vocal songs. The song topped the charts in 1983 and showed the 70s rock star evolving into an 80s icon.
“Let’s Dance” has a short vocal range between F#3 and E4, making it one of the easier tracks to sing on this list.
10. “Creep” By Radiohead
Song Year: 1992
While “Creep” has some higher-pitched notes, the main vocal range of the song is B2 to B4. “Creep” is Radiohead's most iconic 90s song and an instant sing-along classic for any Gen-X or millennials.
11.” Ain’t No Sunshine” By Bill Withers
Song Year: 1971
If you enjoy singing deep and emotional songs, you’ll love singing “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Bill Withers is at the top of his game as he slowly builds through his deep and heartfelt vocals.
Firmly in baritone vocal range, bass and tenors can also handle the E3 to G4 vocal range on “Ain’t No Sunshine.”
12. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” By Dead or Alive
Song Year: 1985
“You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” is an all-time karaoke favorite. Dead or Alive put so much energy into the song it’s hard to stop dancing and grooving during the track.
It doesn’t have to be an 80s night to sing Dead or Alive. You’ll have any party going crazy if you can pull off this deep vocal masterpiece.
13. “White Christmas” By Bing Crosby
Song Year: 1942
There are a few high-pitched notes in “White Christmas,” but most of the song is perfect for deep voices. If you want to shine during Christmas caroling or the school Christmas show, deep vocalists need to add “White Christmas” to their playlist.
14. “White Wedding” By Billy Idol
Song Year: 1982
Billy Idol's deep voice was everywhere in the 1980s. If you plan on emulating his snarl, “White Wedding” works great for bass, baritone, and tenor vocalists.
Don’t forget to bring a no-holds-barred attitude to the stage if you plan to impress anyone while covering any Billy Idol song.
15. “Low Rider” By War
Song Year: 1975
“Low Rider” has a unique and chill vibe that almost anyone can sing along to. Lead singer Leroy Jordan uses a tenor range during the track that most males can emulate easily.
“Low Rider’s” slow and groovy pace makes it a top pick for amateur singers during karaoke as well.
16. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” By Elton John
Song Year: 1994
This might be one of the hardest songs on this list to sing. Elton John’s powerful voice fills the song, and you might find it difficult to hold the notes like the master.
Still, the vocal range of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” is only one octave meaning you don’t need to hit too many high notes during the ballad.
17. “Alive” By Pearl Jam
Song Year: 1991
Grunge fans can choose any Pearl Jam song to sing, but “Alive” gives deep voices the spotlight. Eddie Vedder’s baritone voice fits seamlessly into “Alive.”
Many of Pearl Jam’s songs feature mumbled lyrics making them hard to sing along with. The lyrics of “Alive” are straightforward and relatively easy to understand. This makes the song easier to sing for amateur vocalists and karaoke patrons.
18. “Believe” By Cher
Song Year: 1998
Not all deep vocal songs are by men. Cher revitalized her career in 1998 by performing “Believe.” This dance-pop song was a phenomenon and ushered in the use of auto-tune as a live effect on vocals.
Don’t worry if you don’t have to auto-tune. Go ahead and have fun dancing and singing along to “Believe.”
19. “Born in the USA” By Bruce Springsteen
Song Year: 1986
You might not have Bruce’s signature voice, but if you have a deep voice, you’ll have no problem performing “Born in the USA.” A must for any 4th of July karaoke party, put on your best blue jeans and groove to the Boss.
20. “Sweet Dreams” By The Eurythmics
Song Year: 1983
Annie Lenox gave us one of the most hypnotic and dark female vocals of all time. Her deadpan delivery on “Sweet Dreams” is iconic and emulated by countless other musicians.
Lenox uses a falsetto during the song's buildup, but it’s not too high-pitched. “Sweet Dreams” also has few lyrics making it an easy song to sing along to or to perform at karaoke.
21. “Summertime Sadness” By Lana Del Rey
Song Year: 2012
Lana Del Rey’s voice is captivating. She has a wide vocal range but sticks to two octaves on “Summertime Sadness.”
The original version of the song captures darkness and hope at the same time. The remix by Cedric Gervais transforms “Summertime Sadness” into a pop EDM anthem, making it ideal for any outdoor music festival.
22. “Sharp Dressed Man” By ZZ Top
Song Year: 1983
Don’t worry if you don’t have a giant beard like the dudes in ZZ Top. You only need a deep voice to rock and roll to “Sharp Dressed Man.”
New wave and glam rock dominated the 80s, but ZZ Top gave the 80s a much-needed injection of hard southern rock style.
23. “(They Long to Be) Close to You” By The Carpenters
Song Year: 1970
Women with deeper voices can test their skills while performing “(They Long to Be) Close to You” by the Carpenters.
With a vocal range between E3 and Bb4, any tenor or countertenor should have no problem hitting every note in this beloved ballad from the 1970s.
24. “Fast Car” By Tracy Chapman
Song Year: 1988
If you’re a bass singer, you might have a hard time hitting some of the higher notes in “Fast Car.” Still, most of the song fits firmly into the lower octave ranges making “Fast Car” a great singalong song for women with deeper voices.
Slow, deep, and hypnotic, if you can match Chapman’s performance, you will impress everyone listening to your rendition of “Fast Car.”
25. “Royals” By Lorde
Song Year: 2013
Lorde has a huge vocal range, but she sticks to one deep octave on her biggest hit, “Royals.” The slower BPM and rap-style vocals make “Royals” an easier song to sing as well.
While the hook goes up to F#5, it’s only a few notes. Hopefully, you can handle the short spurt of high-pitched notes during your performance of “Royals.”
26. “Hit Me Baby One More Time” By Britney Spears
Song Year: 1998
While Britney Spears was only 18 when she recorded “Hit Me Baby One More Time,” her voice is surprisingly deep for most of the song.
Spears goes from D4 to A5 in the song, but the high notes are only a short part of the hook. For most of the song, Spears uses a deep and sultry voice to propel this massive pop hit.
27. “Hurt” By Johnny Cash
Song Year: 2002
NIN’s original version runs through high and pitched vocals for “Hurt.” Johnny Cash took the song in a brand new direction in 2002.
Cash transformed the song into a dramatic masterpiece that touched on his addictions. Dubbed the saddest music video of all time,” Hurt transcends the original NIN masterpiece and has a life of its own.
The vocal range is for bass or baritone singers. Any singer needs to prepare to put as much emotion in their performance as Johnny Cash.
28. “Personal Jesus” By Depeche Mode
Song Year: 1989
Dave Gahan is known for his dark, grim and deep voice. As the lead singer of Depeche Mode, his performance on “Personal Jesus” is a masterpiece.
The song is dark, sexy, and thought-provoking. While the song may appear to speak negatively about religion, Depeche Mode claims the song is about being there for someone else.
29. “Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)” By Type O Negative
Song Year: 2002
Dark and sexy, Peter Steele of Type O Negative has one of the most unique voices in metal. The band made a name for themselves as they pioneered a mix of goth and metal music in the 1990s and 2000s.
“Black No.1 (Little Miss Scare-All)” is a must for any deep vocalist performing on Halloween or at goth and industrial metal clubs.
30. “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” By The Crash Test Dummies
Song Year: 1993
If you have a problem remembering lyrics, you should try singing “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” by The Crash Test Dummies.
The chorus is as simple as the title, making this song one of the easiest songs to sing on this list. While the rest of the song has a depressing tone, the hook gives the song an upbeat feel.
31. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” By Queen
Song Year: 1979
A mix of rock and rockabilly, Queen provides an easy-to-sing-along song with “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”
While Freddie Mercury has an extensive vocal range, he spends most of the song between D3 and F#5 vocal range. This lets baritones and tenors shine while they groove and sing along to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.
32. “Friends In Low Places” By Garth Brooks
Song Year: 1990
If your deep voice has a twang, “Friends in Low Places” should be at the top of your playlist. Even if your audience doesn’t like country music, Garth Brooks will get them hooked.
“Friends in Low Places” is an iconic party song and gets played at nearly every karaoke event. While it can help, you don’t have to be drunk to sing along to “Friends In Low Places.”
33. “Simple Man” By Lynyrd Skynyrd
Song Year: 1973
Ideal for mid-bass vocalists and tenors, you’ll need to have strong lungs to outperform Lynyrd Skynyrd on “Simple Man.”
“Simple Man” is a captivating southern rock anthem that pulls all the right emotional strings. If you’re in a band, use this song for your closing song to wow your audience.
34.” Hello” By Adele
Song Year: 2015
Adele is a master of 4 octaves between C#3 and C7. On her smash hit “Hello,” she keeps the vocals deep. While there are some high peaks in the song, contralto and mezzo-soprano singers can handle the notes.
Deep and romantic, “Hello” is a powerful ballad that can impress any crowd during your performance.
35. “Man in the Box” By Alice in Chains
Song Year: 1990
While Nirvana and Pearl Jam had too much of the grunge spotlight in the 90s, Alice in Chains created a dark and gritty grunge metal hybrid. Lead singer Layne Staley had a unique voice that set Alice in Chains apart from their counterparts.
“Man in the Box” is one of their best and features a deep vocal style perfect for metal singers with deep voices.
Best Songs For Deep Voices, Final Thoughts
Which song are you going to try first at your karaoke party? Hopefully, our list of the best songs for deep voices covered your favorite era and genre of music.
Did we miss your favorite song for deep voices? We’d love to hear about it.