My Favorite Retro Male Vocalist Styles

There are all sorts of male singer vocal styles. The raspy Springsteen. The nasally Bolton. The drunken Dylan. But there are two I favor more than any other.

The first is the near-falsetto of the late 80s/early 90s. While it doesn’t break into Frankie Valley levels, this near-falsetto can hit notes so high and sound so alluringly clear that you might wonder if the vocalist you’re listening to is truly male. Some examples of the near-falsetto include

The second is what I call the college letterman of the mid-80s. This one just has a yuppie-ish sound that makes me think of well-coifed gentlemen wearing cardigans at the country club. In truth, so of the practitioners of this style did indeed look like that, though there were some variables. The college letterman crooners include

Now I understand that the accuracy and validity of these styles can (and probably will be questioned), but they are styles that I have recognized in the music of this time. They are also styles I have like.


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

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