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31 Celebrities Who Have Shockingly Good Singing Voices

31 Celebrities Who Have Shockingly Good Singing Voices

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Did you know Kate Winslet has an amazing singing voice? Us either! (Getty)

Reason number 5,865,3543 why the Internet is awesome? Because one quick Google search of “Kristen Bell singing” led us down a rabbit hole of other celebrities we never knew had incredible voices. Jeremy Renner has a seriously soulful voice? Who knew! Kate Winslet released a (very good) single? Yup! Leighton Meester sings better than anyone ever gave her credit for? It’s true!

Here, we’ve rounded up 30 celebrities who have shockingly good singing voices. Check out all the videos below, then let us know which ones are your favorites—we really want to know!

1. Jennifer Lawrence

She might have made fun of it, but Lawrence’s “Mockingjay” track “The Hanging Tree” has debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 2014. The Lumineers’ Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz wrote the dramatic song based on the lyrics from the book’s author Suzanne Collins.

2. Kristen Bell

She sang in “Frozen,” but Bell has some serious Broadway-caliber singing chops that we hope we’ll get to hear more of soon.

3. Jeremy Renner

Guys, Jeremy Renner’s voice is bananas. Here he is singing “New York State of Mind.” He also sings it here, for Jimmy Fallon, and it’s even better.

4. Zachary Levi

Holy Sinatra! Levi gives classic crooners a serious run for their money with his smooth singing voice.

5. Robert Downey  Jr.

Is that Jakob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen? Nope, it’s Downey! This will blow you away.

6. Kate Winslet

This one really shocked us: In 2001, Winslet released a single called “What If,” which was part of the animated film “Christmas Carol: The Movie.”

7. Emily Blunt

People had their doubts when they heard Blunt had been cast as a major role in the big-screen adaptation of “Into the Woods,” but this performance might change their minds.

8. Scarlett Johansson

You might not know that ScarJo has a singing voice that’s just as sultry as her looks. She even released an album of Tom Waits covers in 2007.

9. Kerry Washington

In this interview with Jordin Sparks, Washington plays down her singing talent, but when Sparks forces her to duet, you hear she’s really, really good.

10. Anna Kendrick

It wasn’t until “Pitch Perfect” that anyone  knew this actress could sing, and she’s set to really off her pipes in the upcoming movie musical “Into the Woods.” Here she is without any accompaniment, and she sounds fantastic.

11. Gwyneth Paltrow

Sure, she sang in the movie “Country Strong,” but Gwynnie also has some excellent pop chops, as evidenced by her cover of Pharrell‘s “Happy” on “Glee.”

12. Zooey Deschanel

We knew she had a band called She & Him, but though most of her music involved twee vocals and ukuleles. Here however, she belts out the moody classic “I Put a Spell on You” and it’s pretty incredible.


13. Seth MacFarlane

He might have created “The Family Guy,” but Seth also is a talented musician and singer, having trained with the vocal coaches of Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra. He’s particularly adept at jazzy standards from the Great American Songbook.

14. Toni Colette

Whoa! Did you know this actress also fronts a band called Toni Collette & the Finish? And she’s really, really good.

15. Stephen Colbert

Another reasons why Colbert is downright awesome: The political satirist and TV host happens to be a huge Steven Sondheim fan, and was cast as Harry in the 2011 New York Philharmonic production of Sondheim’s classic musical “Company” alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone.

16. Katey Sagal

The “Sons of Anarchy” actress—also known to some as Peg Bundy from “Married With Children”—got her start in the ’70s singing backup vocals for the likes of Bob Dylan, Bette Midler, and Tanya Tucker, and has released two of her own albums.

17. Evan Rachel Wood

Whoa! Wood sounds killer during a performance of the 4 Non Blondes’ ’90s hit “What’s Up” at the “Ides of March” after party.

18. Jackie Chan

It’s official, Jackie Chan is awesome (and alive, despite Internet lore.) Not many people know he’s a singer, as well as an action star. Here, he sings his song “Country” on Arsenio Hall.

19. Jennifer Love Hewitt

After becoming a teen sensation in the ’90s, Hewitt dabbled in singing and songwriting. While her original music never caught on, there’s no denying she can sing well.

20. Joseph Gordon Levitt

This indie actor has teamed up with Zooey Deschanel on a few cute songs, but this duet with Lady Gaga shows he’s got some range.

21. Amanda Seyfried

The soprano voice she used while playing Cosette in “Les Miserables” didn’t get amazing reviews—the part is really suited to a trained opera singer—but her cover o Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs’ moody 1966 hit “Li’l Red Riding Hood” is quiet perfection.

22. Leighton Meester

The “Gossip Girl” alum has a gorgeous Jewel-esque voice, but you’d never know it from her cheesy appearance on Cobra Starship’s 2009 song “Good Girl Go Bad.” In 2012, she embarked on a mini tour with folk band Check in the Dark, with whom she had been working with since 2010. Listen to her amazing performances of “Heart Strings” and “Entitled” above.

23. Chris Pine

Pine is set to appear in the musical movie “Into the Woods” for a reason: He has a surprisingly good voice. Here, he sings for Jimmy Kimmel.

24. Taye Diggs

Did you know Digg’s started out on Broadway? Yup, he played Benny in the hit musical “Rent,” and reprised his role in the 2005 movie.

25. Milla Jovovich

Who knew this model and actress is also an accomplished singer?

26. Kate Hudson

There’s no denying Hudson is a better dancer than she is singer, but she certainly held her own alongside Lea Michele during her “Glee” stint.

27. Emmy Rossum

The “Shameless” starlet is a classically trained opera singer, and starred in the big-screen version of “Phantom as the OPera” as Christine. Here, she sings an aria for Conan O’Brien and it’s amazing.

28. Jada Pinkett Smith

This actress also has a band called Wicked Wisdom. Here she is belting out a rock song, and is a remarkably good singer.

29. Taylor Momsen

The former “Gossip Girl” star has a band called the Pretty Reckless, but it never got a lot of credit, thanks to Taylor’s heavy makeup-slash-ripped clothes schtick. However, when that’s taken away, there’s no denying she’s got a really solid rock voice.

30. Michael Cera

The quirky actor released folksy solo album August 8, and it’s remarkably charming.

31. Damian Lewis

Fine, the “Homeland” star isn’t a jaw-dropping singer, but he could totally pass for an original member of the Clash or the Ramones. Maybe.