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A recent study of past and present pop music sought to rank the greatest singers of all time on the basis of their vocal range.

We think it’s safe to say the results are… surprising.

For example, if you can predict ahead of time which two crooners tied for the top spot, well then you, sir or madam, have quite the ear for music.

You should probably replace all three judges on American Idol and produce Caleb Johnson‘s first number one record.

In other words, you can’t predict this list. No one can.

We’ve all got our ideas of what constitutes good and bad music and this list throws concepts like creative ingenuity, songwriting ability and stage presence right out the window and judges artists solely by the highest and lowest notes they can hit.

So there is a world in which Miley Cyrus and Bob Dylan are ranked side-by-side and you can’t even argue against it because, hey…it’s science.

Check out the gallery above for some of the more jaw-dropping entries on the list.

Bear in mind, this isn’t a comprehensive study of every singer that ever recorded, just a sampling of the top pop singers of the past 50 years, and the way they stack up against one another is sometimes unbelievable.

Surprising revelations include: Katy Perry is a better singer than Taylor Swift? John Lennon and Elvis Presley have the exact same vocal range? Eminem is considered a singer?!

So while John Kaufman won the big prize last night, this list answers the question of who is really The Voice.

The answer(s) are certainly unexpected. As is this pretty decent cover of Dylan’s “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” by Miley. Maybe they’re not so different after all!

Miley Cyrus Ft Johnzo West Youre Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You