What are the Best Harmony Songs? So, where do I begin? Harmonies in music are simultaneously sounded musical notes that produce a pleasing effect.
It does not matter whether it is the vocal harmonies, the chordal harmonies, the echo and responses, the backing vocals- all these are what give that track from your all-time favorite band the spine-tingling sensation you enjoy sipping espresso and eating gelato or whatever you enjoy your music over!
When it comes to best harmony songs, we are spoiled for choice and it was very hard to pick out the best seeing that many were exceedingly astounding tracks with breathtaking consonance. However, I did try my best to put together equally groundbreaking tracks that owe their magnificence largely to their harmony.
The songs listed below are, in no particular order, some of the best harmony songs we’ve found, and I hope you enjoy them!
Best Harmony Songs
Sweet Melodies – Little Mix
One of the greatest girl groups of all time and the biggest girl group of the 2010s finding strength in each other bring their vocal and chordal harmonies like you never could imagine from this track which was a part of their groundbreaking album “Between Us”.
Open your ears to it and let the harmonies wash over you!
Hurricane – Kanye West
You are probably confused, right? But just hold on a moment and let the magic overwhelm you for when the legendary Kanye brought together pop sensation The Weeknd and trap enthusiast Lil Baby for this track off of his tenth studio album “Donda”, he had more than just a vision.
The Weeknd like always did not disappoint and painting the chorus like he is on a thriller, he will whisk you away to another musical space.
Pay keen attention to the vocal harmonies and the backing choir-like background vocals and if you will have survived to reach the climax terrific chorus outro, then nothing can kill you!
Work from Home – Fifth Harmony
This song sounds brand new every time you listen to it. Performed with their quintessential retro feel to it, the 2016 harmonious single featuring guest vocals from rapper Ty Dolla $ign peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 following its release and became the group’s highest-charting single in the United States, while also reaching the top 10 in twenty-two other countries.
You wanna know why? There is a great deal of harmony on display from one of the greatest American girl groups to ever grace the music scene.
Something Just Like This – (Cover by Color Music Choir)
This is the greatest hit from the legendary The Chainsmokers and Coldplay performed by Color Music Children’s Choir from Ukraine to electrifying and goosebumps-springing effects.
This is a masterpiece, a well-executed plan of vocal harmonies leaving a pleasurably chill and thrilling feel on the “Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo” type of harmonies in the chorus.
Ho Hey – The Lumineers
American folk-rock band and one of the most popular folk-rock/ American artists of all time brought folk music into the mainstream with their chart-topping and their first single to debut on Billboard Hot 100 “Ho Hey”, boasting their spectacular vocal work as a group and injecting a much needed authentic air of catchiness and vibe, it is no wonder the song and the band became such a success selling over five million copies as of 2017.
Some Nights – Fun
American pop-rock band made this endearing track “Some Nights” the second single off of their “Some Nights” album which went ahead to peak number 3 on Hot 100 chart and became fun’s second Top 10 single as well as the band’s second song to reach platinum status in the United States.
The richness in its harmony is a major concern even for scientists!
Demons – Imagine Dragons
Remember them? They were the most decorated American pop rock band hailing from Los Angeles, Nevada and this track was from their tremendously successful award-winning debut studio album “Night Visions” with other tracks such as “Radioactive”.
The reverberation decorations on this track speak to a listener directly. Look me straight in the eyes and tell me am lying, No?
South of the Border – Ed Sheeran
Everything about this track is flawless, and it’s a testament to the fact that it’s not always bands who nail their harmonies; every now and then, a group of artists comes together (as in this case) and introduces us to a whole new captivating way of thinking about voices coming together in a track – Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello vocal interlude will undoubtedly send shivers down your spine!
Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin
What is harmony in music without integrating the pioneers of harmonic music themselves; the Swedish powerhouse Swedish House Mafia are the faces of mainstream progressive house music, setting the tone for the EDM explosion of the early 2010s more than any other act in modern dance music.
This track remains their biggest hit to date and it is simply to understand why… it’s magical! It’s record-breaking!
Just like it’s hard to unravel patriarchy in a single dinner ad as I mentioned earlier these are just samples of music that I felt has some of the best harmonies and opinions may differ.
One thing is certain though, there are an awful lot of best harmony songs and incredible vocal talents in the aforementioned tracks above that are pitch-perfect.
All you have to do is open your ‘eras’ and let the different kinds of harmony take over.
To give you a taste of some of the best harmony songs, I did transverse over the vast internet and came up with something to quench your best harmony songs thirst. Ready? Let’s go!
California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & the Papas
Well perhaps you may not be in Los Angeles, San Francisco, or any California Municipality for that matter but you will still dream with this transcending vocal ensemble. Think am lying? Try it out and come back with the results!
Come Softly To Me – The Fleetwoods
Words sometimes fail me and this is one of those rare occasions. Just go softly to that track and let the calm and surpassingly effortless charm born of the Fleetwoods wash over you and overwhelm you like the true Gospel!
Rubber Biscuit – The Chips
Allow me to take you back in time with a sonic sound decorated with the complex harmonies and consummate collective clarion spectrum that The Chips invented around a microphone, live in the studio.
Something woundingly eternal rests here, that I’m certain like death!
TAKE A MESSAGE TO MARY – Everly Brothers
“Take a message to Mary, but don’t tell her where I am…” I’m so empathetic towards Mary.
For how will she heal from such longing and not knowing where her frontier lover is and whether he is ever going to come back? My God, such mystery!
Which Bands had the best harmonies?
Breathe in… I had so many names on my list each as deserving as the other but I can only mention a few that made the cut for this one. If your all favorite band group doesn’t get a mention, please understand it’s nothing personal… unless it is!
- The Beatles
They are an English rock band that was founded in Liverpool in 1960 by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
The Beatles are often recognized as the most influential band of all time, and they played a significant role in the creation of 1960s rock & roll.
Their beautifully vocal harmony embellished sound innovatively incorporated elements of classical music and traditional pop.
They also hold the record for best-selling music act of all time and the most number-one hits on the UK Album Chart (15), the most number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart (20), and the most singles sold in the UK (21.9 million).
2. The Beach Boys
They are an American Pop rock band founded in 1961 in Hawthorne, California. Brian, Dennis, Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their buddy Al Jardine were the original members of the band.
The Beach Boys had the best vocal harmonies of all time, and they were known for their superb vocal harmonies, adolescent-oriented themes, and musical creativity. They rose to become one of the most influential cats of the rock era.
3. The Mamas & the Papas
They were an American folk-rock group formed in Los Angeles, California which recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968.
The extraordinary group composed of Americans John Phillips, Cass Elliot and Michelle Phillips and Canadian Denny Doherty were a defining force in the music scene of the counterculture of the 1960s.
John Phillips was the brain and master behind arranging their four vocals to maximum effect.
4. Simon & Garfunkel
They were an American folk-rock duet comprised of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer-songwriter Art Garfunkel.
Simon & Garfunkel were one of the best-selling music groups of the 1960s, with hits such as “The Sound of Silence” (1965), “Mrs. Robinson” (1968), “The Boxer” (1969), and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970) reaching number one on singles charts throughout the world.
Their vocal harmonies in their songs went well beyond the actual lyrics, and they were virtuosos of the best vocal ensemble in popular music history.
5. Boyz II Men
It wouldn’t be a harmony party if the group best known for their emotional ballads and acapella harmonies didn’t make the cut.
Boyz II Men are an R&B music collective based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania made up of three lads; Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman.
They have a predilection for writing music that is painted with the harshness of vocal cords, and the result is heavenly harmonies played by a creative, deeply gifted bunch of men!
Conclusion: Best Harmony Songs
These harmonies should give you an idea of what great harmony is like, and where you can find them. Happy listening!
- Sweet Melodies – Little Mix
- Hurricane – Kanye West
- Work from Home – Fifth Harmony
- Something Just Like This – (Cover by Color Music Choir)
- Ho Hey – The Lumineers
- Some Nights – Fun
- Demons – Imagine Dragons
- South of the Border – Ed Sheeran
- Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin
- Come Softly To Me – The Fleetwoods
- California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & the Papas
- Rubber Biscuit – The Chips
- TAKE A MESSAGE TO MARY – Everly Brothers