I sing harmony constantly. I have a harmony part for the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song, for Pete’s sake. This list is installment one of some of my favorite examples of vocal harmonies. (I could write dozens of lists . . . and probably will.)
The Andrews Sisters: These women were “in the pocket” no matter how fast the song was flying.
- “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B”
- “In the Mood”
- “Show Me the Way to Go Home”
Vince Gill: All of Vince’s songs have great harmonies; probably because he is such a great harmonizer himself. He has sung backup vocals for many artists over the years.
- “Pocket Full of Gold”
- “I Still Believe in You”
- “Tell Me One More Time about Jesus” – The bend in his wife Amy’s harmonies makes this song really special.
Dixie Chicks: These women do it live – the mark of great musicians.
- “Cowboy Take Me Away”
Alison Krauss: Her tone is like an arrow, never wavering, always hitting the mark.
- “Didn’t Leave Nobody but the Baby” (Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris)
- “Down to the River to Pray”
- “Whiskey Lullaby” (with Brad Paisley)
The Edwin Hawkins Singers: There is something so raw and powerful about this recording. No matter your faith, it will move and inspire you.
- “Oh Happy Day”
- “I Hear the Voice of Jesus”