13 Best Harmony Songs – Perfectly Performed Vocal HARMONIES
by Alon Cooper • April 23, 2016
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Last month we had an introduction into the world of singing harmony, we had a look on how to do it and we also saw some notable songs and artists who use harmony in their songs. Today I will be more
The Mamas And The Papas
specific by showing you my list of top 13 performances that included harmony and backing vocals in them – the 13 best harmony songs.
The criteria I used when picking up the songs was not purely the harmonies and how good they are but also how big the song eventually got, which is something that obviously all the great harmonies that are featured here take a big part in. These are the top 13 but they are listed in no particular order.
When you listen, open up your ears and try to spot the different kinds of harmonies that we talked about in the “ Singing Harmony 101 “. For further explanations, click the link.
- Chordal Harmonies – singing a different note on the same chord – Simon & Garfunkel, The Grateful Dead….
- Echo & Responses – California Dreamin’ style.
- “Ahhhhhh” and “Oooooo” type of harmonies / backing vocals – very recognized with The Beach Boys and The Beatles.
- Different vocal range cover – for example, the lead singer is a man with a Tenor range and there will be a woman with a Soprano range doing higher pitched harmonics. This is usually a form of the Chordal harmonies.
There’s so much you can learn from this list. Listen closely and then go out and try it yourself the next time you’re jammin’ with friends.
Here we go! Enjoy.
Top 13 Notable Songs with Vocal HARMONIES / Best Harmony Songs
The Mamas And The Papas – California Dreamin’ (1965)
The huge 1965 hit that we cannot even imagine without those Echo & Response harmonies that made it so big. By the way – there is an awesome cover by Shaw Blades that turns up the electric guitars instead of the flute… You might like it if you like the original.