The MullerOver.com editorial team again decided to open ourselves to the ire of frustrated fans worldwide by publishing the Top 10 Greatest Live Singing Performances of All Time. Understanding that it’s very difficult for us to gather all the best performances, this list is currently unranked and only features nine performances, with your comments to finalize the list.
If you have a favorite not included, please take a moment to comment.
Pride (In the Name of Love)
1984 Dortmond, Germany
The hauntingly powerful U2 tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is early U2, before the rose colored glasses and fame started to change the group.
Black Eyed Peas
I’ve Got a Feeling
Sept. 8, 2009, Oprah Winfrey Show
Black Eyed Peas always steal the show, but in this case, the audience participation makes this performance awe inspiring.
Man in the Mirror
1998 Grammy Awards
We pored through dozens of Jackson performances, and this one from the Grammys in 1998 was considered quintessential Michael. .
Eminem and Elton John
2001 Grammy Awards
The song that has been called “a cultural milestone”, and paired perhaps the two most unlikely performers on one stage. This performance was met with protests, but was one of the most important in rap.
Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band
Born to Run
1984-1985 Born in the U.S.A. Tour
Watching this video makes us yell out, “Bruuuuuce!”. Consistently ranked as one of the greatest songs in history, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band’s performance of Born to Run set the standard for rock performances. Although this is a compilation of several performances, we decided that it best shows the energy and consistency of a Springsteen show. YouTube blocked the embedding code for this video, so we switched to MyPlay.com
17 Jean Valjeans
Do You Hear the People Sing?
1995 Les Misérables – Finale “10th Anniversary Concert”
London’s Royal Albert Hall was the site for what our editors unanimously agree was the greatest gathering of international singing talent, perhaps ever. Fans of the Japanese TV Show Iron Chef might recognize the Chairman, Takeshi Kaga.
Candle in the Wind – Goodbye England’s Rose
1997 Princess Diana’s Funeral, Westminster Abbey
After the death of the Princess, Sir Elton John rewrote the lyrics to his hit originally about Marilyn Monroe, Candle in the Wind. This version has only been performed once, and Elton John has said he’ll never perform it again unless requested by both Princes William and Harry.
I Want to Hold Your Hand
1964 Ed Sullivan Show
When you think of memorable performances, the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show surely come to mind. On February 9, 1964, the Beatles started what’s now known as the British Invasion. In their first performance on the show, they performed All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, and finally this performance.
Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti
1994 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
Seriously – people can sing like that? Even for those who aren’t exactly fans of opera as myself, a list of greatest performances would be replete without the Three Tenors. The Tenors brought opera to the masses, although opera purists derided this performance in a stadium as detracting from the “whole work” that Wagner envisioned. Domingo replied, “… I don’t want the purists to go to the Three Tenors.”
Star Spangled Banner
1991 Super Bowl
Few dispute that this is the best rendition of the American National Anthem of all time. This performance was released as a single and reached #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 – the world’s only national anthem to do that. Unfortunately, this performance was followed by the most heartbreaking game of all time (in the opinion of our editors).