Top 10 artists who heavily use auto tune grade 6 electricity test


She’s gone from rock ballads to an earworm-y dance track. Cher’s 1998 comeback song ‘Believe’ was one of the earliest commercial uses of auto-tune. Injecting the effect into pop consciousness, the tune paved the way for other pop artists to experiment with their craft. “Believe”’s success became so notable that this type of vocal processing was dubbed the Cher Effect. Her producer Mark Taylor was looking for an unusual sound that wouldn’t fall into the conventions of a typical dance record. And this was far from typical. After “Believe” became the US’ biggest selling single in 1999, Cher would use Auto-Tune on later albums, like 2001’s “Living Proof” and 2013’s “Closer to the Truth.”

Although he’s admitted he has lousy singing abilities, says he really uses auto-tune for its efficiency so he doesn’t have to wait on a singer. That said, don’t most of his songs have a featured artist? Anyway… is still mostly known for his distinct futuristic, robotic sound on the dance-pop tracks he created with the Black Eyed Peas. That’s not to say that his solo stuff doesn’t use the technique. Take for instance,’s 2012 track ‘Reach for the Stars’, which became the the first song played on Mars. Guess the sky isn’t actually the limit when it comes to the perfect home for special effects!

Bon Iver, otherwise known as Justin Vernon, is known for using vocal synthesizers to convey deep emotion. And he’s been using it for a while. The track “Woods” from his 2009 “Blood Bank” EP used Auto-Tune to help the singer reach higher notes – as well as grab the attention of future collaborating partner Kanye West. Then there’s his strange and experimental 2016 album 22, A Million,” which sounds like it’s layered with Auto-Tune, but technically isn’t. While songs like “715 (Creeks)” and “666 (Upsidedowncross)” are quite reminiscent of some of his earlier work, Vernon actually had the audio effects, samples and more created with a Teenage Engineering OP-1 Synthesizer and specially designed Prismizer software.

There’s no shortage of rapper Travis Scott-inspired vocal tutorials on the Internet. His fans love the Auto-Tune effect and his willingness to experiment with it. Thanks to his experienced engineering team, Scott’s Auto-Tune sound is described as more polished than other rappers. Scott rose to fame with his vocally synthesized 2015 single ‘Antidote’. That said, it’s not the first time he uses Auto-Tune. The rapper first started out as a producer, so he was quite familiar with the technology. Once he started his rapping career, Scott used the effect on early mixtapes like “Owl Pharaoh” and “Days Before Rodeo”. And he’s continued to use it on newer commercial tracks like “90210” and “Butterfly Effect”.

It’s no surprise to find Kesha on this list, with some considering her the pop queen of Auto-Tune. Kesha lay the foundation for her unique vocal sound when she appeared on American rapper’s Flo Rida 2009 single “Right Round.” And after that, it’s hard to get Auto-Tuned Kesha out of your head. Her songs are catchy-as-hell and easy to party to, but her seeming obsession with pitch correction has received mixed reviews, with her electro-pop dance albums ‘Animal’ and “Warrior” relying heavily on Auto-Tuned vocals and melodies. It’s come to the point where many listeners have questioned her vocal abilities. “Take It Off” was described by one music critic as Kesha’s voice getting lost in a sea of Auto-Tune.

Future seems to live up to his name. His gritty Auto-Tuned vocals attach a futuristic rap element to many of his songs, while the rapper himself says vocal effects add an appealing aesthetic. Emerging out of the rich hip-hop landscape of Atlanta in the 2010s, Future has been experimenting with different Auto-Tune sounds for years. The rapper uses the technology to add more emotion to his singing and rapping style. His more commercial tracks, like “Mask Off” and “Use Me,” are good illustrations of his willingness to sound different from Auto-Tuned mainstream rappers.

No, Stephen Hawking didn’t make a song nor have you warped into an alternate universe. But if you want the right background music to emulate that feeling, then you should tread into what’s this French duo’s forte. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter put down their Auto-Tune roots with their 1997 single “Around The World.” Their fusion of French House and Disco music, iconic robot helmets and experiments in distorting sound have since made them a pop sensation. They also continued to use the technique on tracks like “One More Time” and “Instant Crush,” proving that the technology has become an important success tool in this duo’s toolbox.

Rapper Lil’ Wayne wasn’t shy to jump on the Auto-Tune bandwagon, and why not? It led to one of his biggest singles and his only number one record as the main artist to date: the 2008 hit ‘Lollipop’. Ever since its parent album “Tha Carter III”, Wayne hasn’t parted from the Auto-Tune sound. It could be heard on later popular albums, like 2009’s “Rebirth” and 2011’s “Tha Carter IV.” While some think Dwayne Carter Jr.’s croaky and distorted use of the tech is what earned him the nickname Weezy, not everyone is a fan of his voice. Although he sounds hoarse in upbeat songs, Wayne uses Auto-Tune to add emotion for meaningful and mellower songs like “How To Love”.

It wasn’t until his 2008 album ‘808s & Heartbreak’ that rapper and producer Kanye West started heavily experimenting with Auto-Tune. Before that, the melody of his 2004 single “Jesus Walks” had been audio processed with gospel sounds, and his 2007 single “Stronger” used synthesized background vocals from a Daft Punk tune to illustrate a futuristic world. For his 4th studio album however, he was inspired by Cher – as well as Bon Iver’s aforementioned track “Woods” – to color his own voice with the technology to help him with his singing abilities. He was going through a time of pain that required him to hit higher notes, which was possible with an audio processor. This led to hit songs like “Love Lockdown” and “Heartless”.

Dubbed the king of Auto-Tune, R&B singer and rapper T-Pain inspired many pop artists to meddle with vocal synthesizers. He reintroduced Auto-Tune as a vocal effect in pop music with his 2005 debut “Rappa Ternt Sanga,” with songs like “I’m Sprung” and “Studio Luv” using the technology as an instrument. But it wasn’t until dance tracks “Buy U A Drank” and “Bartender” when it became clear that Auto-Tune was this artist’s signature effect. His mastery of the craft has allowed him to work with and poke fun at rappers like Kanye West and Future. Best of all, though, is that T-Pain doesn’t just use autotune as a crutch, because clearly, the man can really sing.