Top 10 All Time Female Vocalists

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Okay, time to tackle singers. Let's start with the ladies. In no special order
except for number 1.

Annie Haslam (from Renaissance)
Barbara Streisand
Linda Rondstadt
Kate Bush
Judith Durham (from The Seekers)
Janis Joplin
Diana Ross
Gladys Knight
Roberta Flack
Joni Mitchell

If you never heard Annie Haslam sing, you missed something truly
wonderful.

Okay, your turn. I know I left out a lot of great talent.
  • Profile picture of the author solardave
    In No Particular Order

    Anne Wilson
    Nancy Wilson
    Janis Joplin
    Bonnie Raitt
    Bonnie Bramlet
    Celine Dion
    Aretha Franklin
    Tina Turner (style points)
    Patsy Kline
    Mary Wells
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by solardave View Post

      In No Particular Order

      Anne Wilson
      Nancy Wilson
      Janis Joplin
      Bonnie Raitt
      Bonnie Bramlet
      Celine Dion
      Aretha Franklin
      Tina Turner (style points)
      Patsy Kline
      Mary Wells
      Forgot about Celine. She's probably got the best voice of all the singers
      around today.
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      • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
        Hi Steve

        From your list, I'd keep Joni (obviously) but add these 9:

        Peggy Lee
        kd lang
        Ella Fitzgerald
        Aretha Franklin
        Karen Carpenter
        Julie London
        Margo Timmins (from Cowboy Junkies)
        Anita O'Day
        Dinah Shore



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        • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
          Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

          Hi Steve

          From your list, I'd keep Joni (obviously) but add these 9:

          Peggy Lee
          kd lang
          Ella Fitzgerald
          Aretha Franklin
          Karen Carpenter
          Julie London
          Margo Timmins (from Cowboy Junkies)
          Anita O'Day
          Dinah Shore



          Frank

          Cripes, how could I forget one of my favorites...Karen Carpenter?

          What a sad and tragic life that was and one of the most wonderful
          voices ever to grace the radio.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Motley
    Patsy Cline
    Amy Lee
    Actually Christina aguilera (sp?) has an awesome voice if you can get by the image
    Whitney Houston (in her day)
    Mariah Carey (in her day)
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by Michael Motley View Post

      Patsy Cline
      Amy Lee
      Actually Christina aguilera (sp?) has an awesome voice if you can get by the image
      Whitney Houston (in her day)
      Mariah Carey (in her day)
      Yes, Whitney had a hell of a voice, even though I personally didn't like her.

      Something about her just grated on my nerves.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Motley
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Yes, Whitney had a hell of a voice, even though I personally didn't like her.

        Something about her just grated on my nerves.
        I'm the same way about Mariah Carey. Awesome voice, too bad it comes out of that annoying although well maintained package.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    Arlene Smith, The Chantels - 'Maybe' (1957) (hands down)
    Mahalia Jackson
    Joan Baez
    Janis Joplin
    Billie Holliday
    Odetta
    Barbara Striesand
    Bjork
    Nina Simone (best version of 'I Loves You Porgy')
    Cranberries - girl singer name unknown
    Judy Collins (with Leonard Cohen)- Suzanne

    edit: forgot Sinead O'Connor
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by Patrician View Post

      Arlene Smith, The Chantels - 'Maybe' (1957) (hands down)
      Mahalia Jackson
      Joan Baez
      Janis Joplin
      Billie Holliday
      Odetta
      Barbara Striesand
      Bjork
      Nina Simone (best version of 'I Loves You Porgy')
      Cranberries - girl singer name unknown
      Joni Mitchell 'Our Lady of the Harbor'
      Arlene Smith had a great voice. I never liked that song, but she had a
      great voice.
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    • Profile picture of the author webpromotions
      Originally Posted by Patrician View Post

      Cranberries - girl singer name unknown
      Dolores O'Riordan
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    Chrissie Hind
    Etta James
    Tracy Nelson
    Joan Armatrading
    (I will edit/add more as they come to me.)
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    • Profile picture of the author Killer Joe
      Sarah Vaughan
      Martina McBride
      Tiny Tim


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  • Profile picture of the author livewellfinancial
    Celine Dion
    Barbara Striesand
    Martina McBride
    Whitney Houston
    Mariah Carey
    Sarah Geronimo
    Regine Velasquez
    Janet Jackson
    Madonna
    Tiny Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    I see Tiny Tim is listed twice.
    I hate to tel you but...........
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Motley
    don't hate on tiny tim.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Is this favorites or best? Someone like Beverly Sills (opera singer) probably has a better voice than most, but I'm not into opera and don't listen to her.

    Anyway...

    I like Donna Summer's voice, but don't like disco. I also like Debra Harry's voice, but not into Blondie at all. Same with Diana Ross. If I could just get these ladies to sing the blues.

    KoKo Tayor - Most wouldn't consider her a great voice, but she's one of my all time faves. She died recently. RIP

    All in all, I prefer strong voices, such as Etta James and Aretha (and KoKo). I prefer "old school" voices...By this I mean singers that could fill a room with sound before microphones and amplifiers were created. Today, you can whisper and be considered a singer with all the modern electronic help.

    Honestly, I'm not really into vocalists, but this is my favorite female vocalist song of all time....I especially like the last minute where Etta does her own version of scat.

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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    I couldn't find Etta doing it,tho I like her version best.

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  • Profile picture of the author Rick McCombs
    I can not believe no one has listed Kate Smith. Must be an age thing.


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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by Rick McCombs View Post

      I can not believe no one has listed Kate Smith. Must be an age thing.


      YouTube - Kate Smith - God Bless America
      Kate's version of God Bless America is a classic and one of my favorite
      songs of all time, especially the way she did it.

      Yes, I'm old too.
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      • Profile picture of the author Rick McCombs
        Steve, I just knew you would be the first to respond to that post.
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  • Profile picture of the author webpromotions
    IMHO, none of these lists are complete w/out mention of Nina Gordon, Deana Carter, and Minnie Riperton.
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  • Profile picture of the author TeddyP
    Nice to see Minnie Ripperton mentioned definitely one of the best.

    Also on my list:

    Whitney Houston
    Amy Winehouse - too bad this already seems like it will end tagically
    Etta James
    Erykah Badu
    Jill Scott
    Grace Slick
    Ann Wilson

    And maybe not one of the best but one of my personal favourites - Lauryn Hill
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  • Profile picture of the author netstarmobile
    Looks like Country Music is not that popular. Still I would like to add:
    Trisha Yearwood
    Cary Underwood
    Shania Twain
    and Faith Hill
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    • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
      Billie Holiday
      Patsy Cline
      Etta James
      Aretha Franklin
      Ella Fitzgerald
      Bessie Smith
      Big Moma Thorton
      Ma Rainey
      Sarah Mclachlan
      Bonnie Raitt
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  • Profile picture of the author Trader54
    Maybe does't belong in the top ten, but for some reason in my books she does ... Donna Summer, just the way she could belt out a song.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert78
    hi,
    You somehow forgot dolly parton and pat benator.
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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    These 2 are fairly new on the scene, but they're like sirens, I'm sure they'll be huge eventually....


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  • Profile picture of the author developerholic
    My picks are Celine, Whitney and Barbara Streisand. They all ogt powerful and soulful voice
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  • Profile picture of the author pjCheviot
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    My choice . . .

    Dusty Springfield

    ten times . . . .
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      1. Joni Mitchell
      2. Melanie (Safka)
      3. Annie Lennox
      4. Stevie Nicks
      5. Janis Joplin
      6. Ann Wilson (Heart)
      7. Melissa Ethridge
      8. Barbra Streisand
      9. Aretha Franklin
      10. Chrissie Hynde

      Melanie: Lay Down-Candles in the Rain- Woodstock
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      • Profile picture of the author Carol666
        1. Sinead O'Connor
        2. Annie Lennox
        3. Stevie Nicks
        4. Kate Bush

        :confused: Can't think of anymore at the moment. It is 4.30am - way past my bedtime...zzzzzzzzzz

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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Originally Posted by Karen Blundell View Post

        1. Joni Mitchell
        2. Melanie (Safka)
        3. Annie Lennox
        4. Stevie Nicks
        5. Janis Joplin
        6. Ann Wilson (Heart)
        7. Melissa Ethridge
        8. Barbra Streisand
        9. Aretha Franklin
        10. Chrissie Hynde

        Melanie: Lay Down-Candles in the Rain- Woodstock
        YouTube - MELANIE- LAY DOWN (Candles In The Rain) WOODSTOCK
        Karen, Melanie Sofka had one unusual voice, didn't she?

        I don't think I've ever heard anybody who sounds like her.

        And her songs?

        Brand New Key makes me smile every time I hear it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Allen
    One that hasn't been mentioned is Jennifer Warnes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Simo
    This is my gold medal winner.... The girl got soul!

    Signed to Manhattan Records (part of Blue Note record label)....Hollie Smith is gold!

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  • Profile picture of the author LifeTouchLogos
    wheres Haley Williams? she is from Paramore. She is simply amazing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Allen
    Hey Steve,

    You're welcome.

    I particularly liked Jennifer Warnes when she sang with Leonard Cohen.

    Another "interesting" voice that came to mind is Marianne Faithful.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chuck Avants
      Carole King.
      Tapestry was the top selling album until either Michael Jackson
      or Elvis surpassed her.

      So Far Away, Smackwater Jack, and several others.
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