At Nuance, every day it’s our business to think about the power and possibility of voice. With World Voice Day, a global celebration of the human voice, around the corner on April 16, we asked ourselves whether anyone ever tried to pinpoint the greatest voice of all time. Without a good answer, we thought it would be interesting to ask the people.
So, with a goal of ferreting out the best, we set forth to build a tournament field with some of the world’s greatest, most popular, most recognized voices of our time, admittedly from a U.S.-centric vantage.
Chances are you’ll look at our list, and scratch your head. How can they have Jack, but not Clint? Mickey without Donald? And just where the heck is Marlon, SpongeBob, Oprah, Humphrey or Pee Wee?
Believe me, we argued the same. The debates ran deep – opinions were charged, many a sound clip was played. But eventually the pizza ran out and our day jobs beckoned. So, we drew a line.
Thirty-two people made the cut, hundreds more found the floor, and our work was done. It’s now up to you to help identify the Greatest Voice of All Time.
“But, the greatest voice? Just what does that mean?”
Well, it’s up to you really. We’re not going to be prescriptive. The voice, in this case a voice, can be many things to many people. Powerful. Melodic. Emotional. Beautiful. Unique. Soulful. Memorable. Inspiring. With so many elements, it’s impossible to define criteria. What matters most is what matters to you.
Between now and April 16, we’ll systematically pare this list through the power of opinion and elimination. At the end, we’ll have one. Will it be the greatest? Maybe, maybe not, but it will certainly be a favorite and no doubt a lightning rod for discussion.
Regardless of the outcomes, we hope you have as much fun on this journey as us, revisiting some powerful memories and letting it serve as a poignant reminder of the true power of voice, however we choose to celebrate it. Let the games begin.