THE MALE FALSETTO

The male head voice serves as an alternative to the chest voice and grants ‘female’ characteristics to male vocals. Interprets like Berry Gibb (Saturday Night Fever; 1977), Phillip Bailey (Fantasy; 1977) or Prince (Kiss; 1986) formed their signature sound by using this vocal register.

Today, the male falsetto has established itself as a standard sound for male vocalists in many genres, mainly in R&B and mainstream pop.

SOUNDSAMPLES

Doo Wop

1955The Four FreshmenDay By Day
1958The PlattersOnly You
1959The Four KnightsLa La
1960Jimmy JonesHandyman
1960Jimmy JonesGood Timin
1961Del ShannonRunaway

Mainstream

1964Beach BoysI Get Around
1964Frankie ValliCan't Take My Eyes Off Of You
1976The ManhattansKiss And Say Goodbye
1976Leo SayerYou Make Me Feel Like Dancin
1976Elton JohnGoodbye Yellow Brick Road
1976Bee GeesYou Should Be Dancing
1977Donna SummerI Feel Love

Disco

1978Bee GeesStayin' Alive
1978Bee GeesStayin' Alive (A Capella Version)
1978Earth, Wind&FireFantasy
1979Bee GeesNight Fever
1979Robert JohnSad Eyes

Funk

1979Michael JacksonDon't Stop Til You Get Enough
1983PrinceKiss

Dance-Pop

1983Jimmy SomervilleI Feel Love

R&B and Hip Hop

2003Justin Timberlake Cry Me A River
2014Sam SmithStay With Me
2014Pharell Williams (Daft Punk)Get Lucky

Falsetto Vocals in the Billboard Top 40 (1960 – 2014)

INTERVIEWS

"It's so sexy"

– Marco Basci