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The Greatest Harmonising Bands (non-60's, Non-folk)

I love singing and I can hold a tune, but I have a sh*tty voice so I compensate by harmonising. This is a list of bands whose harmonies I cannot get enough of. It's also a non-60's, non-folk band list because vocal harmonies are a HUGE part of the era and genre and there are just too many great ones to list. For the sake of simplicity I've stayed away from the 60s and folk-rock.
10Toto
Toto IV


Toto is a heavily underrated band that did a lot of their best work as studio musicians
for other people. However, their chops as musicians extend to the vocal department
and the band has more singers than it sometimes knows what to do with. Practically
every member of the band has had a somewhat successful career as a solo
musician, but their real greatness is achieved when they come together.
9Damn Yankees
Damn Yankees


A pretty underrated supergroup that featured Ted Nugent on lead guitar, Tommy
Shaw (of Styx) on vocals and guitar and Jack Blades (of Nightranger) on vocals and
bass, Damn Yankees may very well be the pinnacle of 80s rock (even though it was
released in 1990) and this extends to the skyscraping vocal ranges and AOR radio-
rock harmonies of Shaw and Blades.
8Extreme
Extreme II: Pornograffitti


These funky Van Halen disciples are saved from otherwise hair-metal mediocrity by
two things: lead guitarist Nuno Bettencourt's outstanding guitar-playing and his
superb ability to harmonise with lead singer Gary Cherone.
7Galactic Cowboys
Space in Your Face


A weird little band that combines Metallica's brand of progressive-minded thrash with
Beach Boys harmonies. Gotta be heard to believed.
6Eagles
Eagles


Another band that has more singers than it knows what to do with. But they find
great ways to sing together.
5King's X
King's X


I really cannot stop singing the praises of King's X. Imagine the what the love-child
of Rush, Hendrix and the Beatles would sound like, and you're getting close to what
King's X sounds like. The Beatles influence plays out in the melodies and harmonies
of the band, even though one of the singers is an über-soulful black guy. It's hard to
explain. Go listen to them.
4Fleetwood Mac
Rumours


Mac have not one but THREE vocalists who could have carried the band if they tried.
However, the most magical moments come when the singers come together, such as
the timeless 'Go Your Own Way' and 'The Chain'.
3Alice in Chains
Dirt


Alice in Chains have one of the most distinctive dual-vocalist styles as well as some
of the most unique melodic sensibilities. Consistently mind-bending.
2Queen
A Night at the Opera


When someone says Queen two things immediately come to mind; Freddie Mercury
and Bohemian Rhapsody. Bohemian Rhapsody alone would've put them on this list,
but Queen is a band that has consistently great harmonies. Roger Taylor, in
particular, and Brian May are no slouches in the vocal department and complement
Mercury stupendously well.
1ABBA
The Album


There was a time when I hated ABBA. To me they were just another crap pop band
that my mom listened to. Then I started playing guitar and realised that ABBA is a
heck of a lot more difficult to play than AC/DC or Bryan Adams (which is what I was
listening to at the time). Then I tried to figure out their harmonies and pretty much
failed. ABBA symbolises how far pop-music has fallen since the 60's and the 70's.
Even if you don't particularly like them, you have to appreciate how good they
actually are.
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