Soul

Aretha Franklin

R.E.S.P.E.C.T

The timbre of this song is strong and mighty as the singer’s voice echoes a powerful tone. The song has an upbeat rhythm and Aretha’s voice carries a high pitch on some long notes and adlibs of the song. She sings in a high pitch to carry some notes of the song to stress the message of the song which is demanding respect. 

Hip-Hop

Kanye West

Gold Digger

Gold Digger has many different elements in the song that allow it to have distinct, noticeable sounds. These elements range from different vocalists to multiple instruments such as the piano and the guitar.  These instruments together create a loud and vibrant atmosphere for the song. In addition, the sound of the background instruments and ad-libs behind the main voice of the song gives off sort of a noisy and thick timbre.

Sean Combs and Faith Evans
I'll Be Missing You

The timbre of this song has power and breath support in the female singer’s voice.

The male also has breath support in his rap verses allowing him to sustain the rhythm in the song. Both the female and male have different rhythms within this song.

Gospel

Mary Mary

God in Me

This song demonstrates different tones and beats throughout the entire song. God in Me itself is clear and melodious. The song is upbeat and light in tone which shows the main idea of timbre. You can distinctly hear differences in tone throughout the hit gospel song God in Me by Mary Mary.

Blues

B.B. King

The Thrill Is Gone

The timbre of this song is strong and mighty as the singer’s voice echoes a powerful tone. The song has an upbeat rhythm and Aretha’s voice carries a high pitch on some long notes and adlibs of the song. She sings in a high pitch to carry some notes of the song to stress the message of the song which is demanding respect. The timbre of the song is soulful and hardy.

Timbre is shown in the song through the consistency of multiple instruments as they play soft and clear for the guitar and vocal to become more of a focal point and create a stronger tune, which makes the record play smooth. The song balances each other through the instruments and the telling of a story.

Jazz

Louis Armstrong

What A Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong’s famous jazz song “What a Wonderful World” (1968) carries a very pure and light timbre as it pertains to the ambient instruments lulling in the background, essentially creating a sort of dream effect for the tone of the song. Armstrong’s sonorous voice also creates a considerably brassy timbre which greatly contributes to the jazz sound we hear in the famous 1968 musical piece.