11 Pop Singers Who Can Hit Whistle Tones Like Mariah Carey
When you think of someone who can sing notes as high as the sky, who comes to mind?
Mariah Carey , of course. Perhaps you think of Minnie Riperton , Betty Wright , or Whitney Houston . But there are more modern divas who can pull off whistle tones -- those notes that seem almost inhuman, like they're coming from a, you know, whistle.
Getting to the top of your voice requires a whole different register, and very few people can do it. Check out the ladies who totally own their whistle tones:
- Hayley Williams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D5QE5-4RSU
Here's the Paramore frontwoman practicing her notes with vocal coach Brett Manning.
- Grimes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPC7IBgXoRQ
Here's Grimes' whistle register from her 2012 track 'Circumambient.'
- Ariana Grande https://youtu.be/6WCKYHf0Zq0?t=140
Here's Ari practicing her whistle tones and explaining them a bit. Watch her cover of Mariah Carey's 'Emotions' to see her in action.
- Ella Henderson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2jfAbmEzYI
You've got to have a whistle tone when you're covering Minnie Riperton, one of the OG divas with a range like that.
- Tori Kelly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpm80lXRp5U
Just out of nowhere, Tori hit this note in the middle of a Superfruit video.
- Pentatonix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQNRGtsben8
Kirstie and Mitch casually sing 'Single Ladies' in the highest register while hanging out.
- Fifth Harmony https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiNR4dH1LhM
Ally, Normani and Dinah are great whistlers.
- Kelly Clarkson https://youtu.be/qMhsnB3SIx0?t=20
A throwback 'American Idol' moment, but a good one.
- Mariah Carey, duh! https://instagram.com/p/w2ZPFyLeK8/
I wish I could upload Mimi's entire discography, but alas, here she is on Instagram pretending she didn't know there was a camera there.