12 Amazing Isolated Vocal Tracks

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite singer’s voice sounds like in its purest form, the musical sub-genre of isolated vocal tracks can offer a clue. Here are 12 videos of popular songs stripped of everything but the vocals—some of them strange, others eerily beautiful.

1. “HELLO” // ADELE

Adele - Hello (isolated SNL live vocal feed) by dailyvariations

Adele’s vocals for her new hit single “Hello” are even more powerful without the background music.

2. “SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT” // NIRVANA

Nirvana kicked off a new era in rock music in the 1990s, but can “Smells Like Teen Spirit” be as powerful without the driving guitars? The song feels more eerie than hard-hitting with only Kurt Cobain’s haunting vocals.

3. “BEAT IT” // MICHAEL JACKSON

One of Michael Jackson’s most iconic songs seems less urgent without the music behind his amazing vocals. Something is lost without Eddie Van Halen’s killer guitar solo, too.

4. “FELL IN LOVE WITH A GIRL” // THE WHITE STRIPES

Even without the heavy guitars and feverish drum beats, “Fell in Love with a Girl” is still a catchy tune.

5. “BEAUTIFUL” // CHRISTINA AGUILERA

Christina Aguilera’s isolated microphone feed vocals of her live performance of “Beautiful” prove that her voice is just as impressive without the music.

6. “BLACK HOLE SUN” // SOUNDGARDEN

Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” is a haunting song. Even without the benefit of music, Chris Cornell’s vocals are just as stirring.

7. “WONDERWALL” // OASIS

Noel Gallagher’s lyrics and his brother Liam’s vocals for Oasis’ “Wonderwall” seem even more sad without the backing music.

8. “LOSE YOURSELF” // EMINEM

“Lose Yourself” won Eminem an Academy Award in 2003 for “Best Original Song” for 8 Mile. He probably still would’ve won the Oscar even without the music behind his intense rhymes.

9. “NO ONE” // ALICIA KEYS

Alicia Keys’ performance of her hit song “No One” with her microphone feed isolated proves that she’s a genuine talent.

10. “GOD ONLY KNOWS” // THE BEACH BOYS

The acapella and isolated vocals of The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” work just as well as the studio version with musical accompaniment.

11. “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” // QUEEN

Freddie Mercury’s vocals and harmonies for “Bohemian Rhapsody” are awe-inspiring. The video also highlights Brian May’s amazing guitar work.

12. “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS” // QUEEN

This stripped-down version of “We Are the Champions” proves, yet again, what made Freddie Mercury one of rock’s most iconic vocalists.

 

 

November 03, 2016 by Ryan Gruss
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Bob Schilling

Bob Schilling said:

Great stuff! Being able to hear these in isolation will make it much easier to adapt to my own style.

Buddy Martin

Buddy Martin said:

This was really exceptional, haunting is right hearing some of these amazing songs being sung by icons, some that aren’t with us any more but through these videos, their voices are so strong and amazing. Freddie Mercury hurt it was so wonderful. The Beach Boys were also great with the super strong voices all so perfect. It was also a bit creepy to hear Kurt’s voice, the same one we’ve heard forever but somehow different. Different than I’d heard before.
Thank you for really an intensive look, well hearing I suppose of all these artists. Glad you did it…

Rob Ehrbar

Rob Ehrbar said:

Definitely an amazing piece of historical Pop Culture. Kudos.

Den..

Den.. said:

Great ideas can come from these tracks.
Let’s hope we all can do them justice. ..piece….

Yuri Diculous

Yuri Diculous said:

These are great but the song choices couldn’t be worse… Soundgarden? BLECH! Wonderwall? They have so many better songs! Beat It? come ON at least throw us a bone and finally deliver Thriller so the world can finally remix it. The only good ones are Queen and I have those already. I was hoping for something as good as those drummer acapellas that had Bonham, Copeland and a bunch of other kick ass drummers original isolated parts. I’ve got Bonham’s whole drum kit in my sampler now! THUNDER OF THE GODS

Jasper

Jasper said:

You need some soul…!!!
https://youtu.be/iy9lbbUnX6Y

Ian

Ian said:

Roky Erikson’s (of 13th Floor Elevators) isolated vocal track for “You’re Gonna Miss Me” is one of the wildest things ever: https://youtu.be/zJEMCuRi-N4

Kev

Kev said:

Beach Boys wouldn’t it be nice.. vocals p
Only.
Now that is a track

Dave

Dave said:

i made an edit with the beat it vocals and some more (praise you, rapt, no one knows, sattellite, 99 problems). free downloads.

https://soundcloud.com/daveechoedits/sets/dave-echo-edits

Eugene HK

Eugene HK said:

Ian Gillan’s raw but masterful performance on Deep Purple’s epic song Child In Time should be up there at the top of this list. Enjoy https://youtu.be/wSx1cVvxodM

Frederic

Frederic said:

It’s such a shame the quality is so so poor. It just spoiled the pleasure. I don’t ask for 320 kb/s, but the minimum should be 128 kb/s.

Niko

Niko said:

great! great work! and some great lessons to learn … at least for me, beeing a german doing rock songs in rocks native language.
And i stress Eugenes words – I’d love to hear Gillans solo vocals of child in time … made me thing about trying in melodyne … but it definitely is a lot of work to just get a little to the clearness we herar in these tracks.
Thank You!

Paddy

Paddy said:

Needs ‘Because’ – The Beatles. The isolated vocal version is incredible

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