Your Top 5 Female Singers - Ever!

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  1. Xcuze

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    When recently updating my music collection I noticed just how strongly female artists feature. I know that gay men are hugely influenced by lady warblers. So...

    WHO ARE YOUR TOP 5 FEMALE SINGERS OF ALL TIME? (in order or not)

    Feel free to say why they appeal to you. Here's mine...

    1. KATE BUSH (original)
    2. NINA SIMONE (velvet soul. honest)
    3. DUSTY SPRINGFIELD (white soul for reals)
    4. MADONNA (ultimate pop queen. live forever)
    5. AMY CRACKHOUSE (new guilty pleasure. soon dead, probably, sadly) :frown1:

    THIS IS OPEN TO ALL; GAY, STR8, BI, WHATEVER...!
     
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    oh lawdy don't get me started on female vocalists

    1. aretha franklin (power, improvisation, range, control, riffs, soul, emotion)
    2. fantasia (tone, gospel squals, inprovication, scats/runs, range, emotion)
    3. billie holiday (delicate, communicatory, beautiiful subtlety)
    4. mary j. blige (range, ability to mimick instruments, emotion, improv)
    5. janis joplin (power, range, ability to sing chords, emotion, rocknroll)
     
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    I've got a list of 5 - str8 dudes open to this as well? :biggrin1:

    1. Enya
    2. Belinda Carlisle (such a huge crush on this woman... STILL!!!)
    3. Sade
    4. Joni Mitchell
    5. both Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart)
     
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    We saw her here on the UT campus' concert hall a couple years back, at my wife's request. Not really my cup of tea, musically speaking, but her sheer talent is amazing to witness.

    :yup:

    In no particular order, I'll include both Etta James and Nina Simone. I'll keep the top spot for Sarah McLachlan.
     
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    Top Five Female Singers

    1. Gladys Knight. I have heard her perform live and she REALLY can sing a song and make it her on. Very laidback. Her vocal phrasing on the melodies is amazing. Earthy...and soulful.

    2. Diana Ross and the Supremes. Those girls really were great. If it were not for them. There'd be no Destiny's Child. No TLC. Or any girl group.

    3. Olivia Newton-John. She could sing the alphabet and you would know it was her.

    4. Chaka Khan. Funky. Sassy. Soul. Exhilaring.

    5. The Ladies from CHIC. Disco wouldn't be disco without those girls singing Good Times. Le Freak.
     
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    It has to be:

    1. Aretha Franklin
    2. Billie Holliday

    and then in no particular order

    Kate Bush

    Gladys Knight

    Martha Reeves
     
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    Favorite
    1. Stevie Nicks
    2. Siouxsie Sioux
    3. Bjork

    Best
    1. Whitney Houston
    2. Mariah Carey
    3. Celine Dion
     
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    aretha
    sade
    sober whitney houston
    etta james
    janis joplin
     
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    Leontyne Price. And I hate opera; even so, she's so amazing that I'll listen. The sheer (but impeccably controlled) power and purity of her voice will make you weep in awe. If you can't bring yourself to buy a disc, try previewing one at a music store listening kiosk. You have never heard a voice like this.

    And despite the fact that I hate her politics, Barbra Streisand. Back in the day, she could put a chill down your spine when she hit the highs.

    It's a shame that all we're really discussing is voices that have been recorded, since recording with any kind of decent fidelity has only been around for a very short time. Who knows what talent we've missed over the centuries?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leontyne_Price
     
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    I'll throw Grace Slick (Seattle Wrecking Ball) and Pat Benatar in the mix.

    Just a bunch on this list and it doesn't list some of the one's others have mentioned. I don't have just five, unfortunately this informal poll isn't like basketball where we pick the best starting 5 to ever play the game.

    Best Female Singer of All Time - Top Ten List
     
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    Being a hard rocker, there aren't too many female vocalists who I feel really do well in the genre. I'm not relaly prepared to list a top 5, but I will say that I LOVE Ann Wilson from Heart.

    I'm prolly about 95% gay/5% straight when it comes to vocalists; I just prefer men. But Ann Wilson is fucking awesome. And Heart is easily my favorite "girl band" ever, a label I truly detest.

    EDIT: Transformer's list reminded me of Sarah Brightman. She's definitely one of my favorites. And I will say that I relly do love Amy Lee's voice...I just loathe her/Evanescence's music. Christina Aguilera is awesome...I think this list will slowly expand.

    Aretha and soul/gospel never really did it for me, but I love Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz singers.

    Oh yeah, and Dolores O´Riordan from the Cranberries

    And Natalie Merchant
     
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    1) Kate Bush.
    2) Toyah
    3) Gwen Staffani
    4) Barbra Striesand
    5) Nana Mouskouri
     
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    surprised Madonnas not mentioned more here...
     
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    I'll name 5 that I like (in no particular order because favourites change depending on my mood).
    PJ Harvey
    Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star)
    Beth Gibbons (Portishead)
    Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins)
    Julee Cruise
     
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    1 Whitney Houston
    2 Gladys Knight
    3 Patty labelle
    4. Rhinna- just because I think her album was actually good
    5. Mariah Carey- old school Mariah Carey

     
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    Vanessa Daou.
    Joni Mitchell
    Mary j Blige
    Lisa Shaw
    Aretha Franklyn
     
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    Mahalia Jackson
    Nina Simone
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Alison Krauss
    Joni Mitchell

    A few I hated to leave out -

    Barbra Streisand
    Eva Cassidy
    Mavis Staples
    Gladys Knight

    One you probably never heard of -

    Ellen McIlwaine (whom also plays some of the sickest slide guitar ever)

    Shit. I forgot the youtube phenom Esmee. She probably deserves some kind of prize for most unique ascent.
     
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    Oh my! Excellent choice, Yorkie! :smile:

    I would add Margo Timmins, Chrissie Hynde, Lisa Fischer, Tori Amos, Teena Marie
     
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    she's more of an entertainer than a vocalist. her voice is really thin and weak and she's a "singer" in the smallest sense of the word

    HONORABLE MENTIONS

    sade (subtlety, class)
    kelly clarkson (range, tone)
    beyonce (lord everything, tone, control, lung-power she can sing 14, 15 second runs)
    pat benetar
    patti labelle (no one sings a high C better than she)
     
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