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Old 11-17-2007, 07:29 AM   #1
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Best Female Vocalists

Let's hear it for the women this time.

Aretha Franklin (amazing power, really jumps at you)

Annie Lennox (probably my favourite white female singer ever, though admiteddly I only know her in Eurhythmcs)

Linda Ronstadt (recently discovered her, great cover of Blue Bayou)

Karen Carpenter (what's wrong with warm and sweet?)
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Fiona Apple.

Now who's surprised I said that?
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Alicia Keys

Billie Holiday

Joni Mitchell

Ella Fitzgerald

Shakira

Sarah McLachlan

and, though they may be obnoxious, nonetheless very talented:

Whitney Houston

Mariah Carey

Christina Aguilera
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Yes, wanted to add Whitney Houston. She may not have a career now but I think she's better than many of the so called divas that are around now.
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Yes, wanted to add Whitney Houston. She may not have a career now but I think she's better than many of the so called divas that are around now.

wow, i expected some major flack for at least the last part of that post (i'm sure it's on the way )

she is very talented though, (as a singer) ...it is quite sad what's happened to her
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Thom Yorke.
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Björk
Dusty Springfield
Shirley Manson
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I second Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. Also: Emmylou Harris

I also love Stevie Nicks and Lucinda Williams, but I don't know that I'd label either of them "best"
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Tori Amos
Kate Bush
Björk
Madonna
Annie Lennox
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Ella Fitzgerald

Emmylou Harris

kd lang (I looooooove her voice; it's so warm)

Nina Simone (she doesn't have the kind of voice I usually like, but I've really come to like her)

Alison Krauss (love the pure quality of her voice)

Whitney Houston (yep, gotta echo this one. Woman's got pipes!)

Dusty Springfield
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Etta James
Annie Lennox
Nina Simone
Aretha Franklin
Diana Krall
Martha Reeves
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Annie Lenox
Alicia Keys
Chrissy Hynde
Christina Aguilara
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I'll echo the Annie Lennox, Joni Mitchell, and Sarah McLachlan mentions. Also, Feist has a really unique voice. She apparently damaged it early on from excessive howling in clubs, leaving it with scratchy moments. I'll be seeing her in a few weeks.

Anne Wilson was the first female singer that really got to me. This song was played repeatedly in the house when I was a kid:
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For me in no particular order,

Madonna
Sarah McLachlan
Patti Smith
Reba McEntire
Christina Aguilera
Corrine Bailey Rae
Natalie Maines
Regina Spektor
Emmylou Harris
Stevie Nicks
Melissa Etheridge
Tori Amos
Amy Lee
Jewel
Dolly Parton
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Judy Garland: Funny that Ella and Billie get some props but no one's mentioned her. Not as hip as the jazz vocalists, but this woman put more into her performances than anyone I've ever heard. Woman was fucking possessed. I'd suggest listening to her early 60's Carnegie Hall show--go read the reviews on Amazon, check out the clips, and see what I'm talking about.

Striesand: see above, minus the crazy. Much more diverse career than you would think. Would you believe she covered Bob Marley and David Bowie?

Joni: A true original.

Sinead O'Connor: The power and the glory.

Chrissie Hynde: Not technically a great singer but this woman is so rock and roll and a very distinct voice.

Patti Smith: See above, she arrived like a lightning bolt in a sea of calm.

Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney: Very grating upon first listen but really sells this band.

Fiona Apple: A voice of old wisdom far beyond her years.

PJ Harvey: Do I need to tell you?

Christina Aguilera: Chick's got some pipes, and much more soul than her contemporaries.
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