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Favorite female singing voice of all-time?

doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,904 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited February 20, 2024 10:17AM in Sports Talk

This topic was raised on another thread, curious as to everyone's favorite female voice of all-time?

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  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,904 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Madonna had one heck of a voice in the 80s.

    https://youtu.be/52iW3lcpK5M?si=1dSHsrjmd467kAMu

  • countdouglascountdouglas Posts: 2,275 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Stevie Nicks

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,504 ✭✭✭✭✭

    hard to beat prime mariah carey. that said, i also like florence and the machine.

    George Brett, Roger Clemens and Tommy Brady.

  • countdouglascountdouglas Posts: 2,275 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I saw Celine Dion in concert at her Las Vegas residency. It was her second show back after her husband died. I don't think I was really to interested in going, but got talked into it. I don't know what my expectations were going in, but it was an amazing concert. Her performance was spectacular.

  • stevekstevek Posts: 27,697 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nancy Sinatra

  • perkdogperkdog Posts: 29,461 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @stevek said:
    Nancy Sinatra

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  • jay0791jay0791 Posts: 3,511 ✭✭✭✭
    edited February 17, 2024 6:14AM

    Since the question is voice. Not most albums sold or popular I'll give you the female singer for Australia's most popular group. You young dudes will still not know them or her. I'm talking about someone in their time was very well known but chose to sing mostly gospel. Someone who could just sing in a room without a mic or electronic manipulation and blow you away. This excluded about 100% of today's singers.
    Judith Durham of the Seekers. Ill never find another you.

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    Honorable mention: Marylin McCoo of the 5th dimension. She was Whitney Houston before Whitney Houston.

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    Marylin in a lesser know song.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8WBvoJEznE

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  • perkdogperkdog Posts: 29,461 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Not a chance I could name one that is above all. There have been so many good voices out there it's impossible to say who was the best imo

  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,904 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 17, 2024 10:25AM

    The sisters from Heart, Ann and Nancy Wilson both had tremendous voices.

    https://youtu.be/zWzy5q_M5Ho?si=tipgO0DKzx2SDZ4A

  • LandrysFedoraLandrysFedora Posts: 1,782 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 17, 2024 7:30AM

    I have to go with Sade Adu. Her voice is so relaxing and peaceful to me.

  • coolstanleycoolstanley Posts: 2,451 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Karen Carpenter had the best voice.

    Also loved Dionne Warwick.

    Terry Bradshaw was AMAZING!!

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  • BullsitterBullsitter Posts: 5,333 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Dolores O'Riordan had a unique voice...RIP

  • MCMLVToppsMCMLVTopps Posts: 4,602 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Whitney Houston

    Her version of "I Will Always Love You" is insanely good.
    Credit to Dolly Parton for writing such a beautiful song!!

  • georgebailey2georgebailey2 Posts: 1,045 ✭✭✭
    edited February 17, 2024 3:44PM

    Amy Lee of Evanescence https://youtu.be/5anLPw0Efmo?si=_lTavB3iLjhc_Nj-
    Karen Carpenter
    Lea Salonga (Broadway/Disney)
    https://youtu.be/VjfmP7h3gBw?si=8IjLVkVh3R2s9IgS
    Stand out just above, for me, some of those mentioned above.

    Honorable mention to Nicole Scherzinger as possibly both the most versatile and most attractive.
    https://youtu.be/tE6SRBnDHx8?si=Jr7wsmaOeswAi1ZJ

  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 22,904 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Tina Turner had a great voice.

  • SanctionIISanctionII Posts: 11,710 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Whitney Houston
    Marilyn McCoo
    Karen Carpenter
    Celine Dion

    They all have fantastic signing voices.

  • BullsitterBullsitter Posts: 5,333 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Queen of Soul. Areatha Franklin.

  • Basebal21Basebal21 Posts: 2,202 ✭✭✭✭

    Not my favorite artists, but in terms of pure voice with strength and what they can do with it Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera

  • DarinDarin Posts: 6,297 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 17, 2024 6:48PM

    Norah Jones

    Also Annie Lennox, Susana Hoffs

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  • SDSportsFanSDSportsFan Posts: 5,088 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 17, 2024 7:10PM

    In no particular order:

    Olivia Newton-John
    Annie Lennox
    Pat Benatar
    The Wilson Sisters (Heart)
    Reba McIntire
    Karen Carpenter
    Martina McBride

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  • grote15grote15 Posts: 29,519 ✭✭✭✭✭

    At her peak, Billie Holiday.



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  • 2dueces2dueces Posts: 6,244 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Pat Benetar was a classically trained opera singer.
    Chrissy Hines and Taylor Dane have beautiful, unique voices.
    Sade is just plain soothing

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  • Downtown1974Downtown1974 Posts: 6,713 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think if I had to pick just one….Whitney Houston.
    In her prime she had the range and unbelievable power.

    Honorable mentions:
    Barbara Streisand
    Mariah Carey
    Celine Dion
    Adele

  • coinkatcoinkat Posts: 22,764 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Depends on whether it is Jazz, blues, soul, Rock, C&W or the Broadway show tunes/film musicals stuff... not even going to Broadway or film musicals.

    There are some many greats to choose from- for C&W doesn't seem Patsy Cline has been mentioned yet-

    For jazz, blues & rock- I am not going make a list as it will come at the expense of those omitted.

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  • stevekstevek Posts: 27,697 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @coinkat said:
    Depends on whether it is Jazz, blues, soul, Rock, C&W or the Broadway show tunes/film musicals stuff... not even going to Broadway or film musicals.

    There are some many greats to choose from- for C&W doesn't seem Patsy Cline has been mentioned yet-

    For jazz, blues & rock- I am not going make a list as it will come at the expense of those omitted.

    How about Marni Nixon who dubbed the singing in a number of those Academy Award winning film musicals.

  • HidhoeHidhoe Posts: 310 ✭✭✭
    edited February 18, 2024 6:27AM

    Karen Carpenter
    Kristie McVie
    Natalie Merchant (10,000 maniacs)

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  • burghmanburghman Posts: 804 ✭✭✭✭

    Wilson sisters for me. Love the female singers TSO pulls in, especially on Beethoven’s Last Night, but couldn’t tell you their names to save my life :D

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  • BullsitterBullsitter Posts: 5,333 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 18, 2024 2:05PM

    Joan Baez played with Dylan on the Rolling Thunder Review in Mobile, early '70s
    She sang solo, THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN.....
    You could have heard a pin drop, she got a very long standing ovation.

  • galaxy27galaxy27 Posts: 7,128 ✭✭✭✭✭

    the correct answer is Karen Carpenter and everyone else is vying for the silver medal

    https://youtu.be/vupwAFMXLkA?si=k0_JlGrHgm8Iyf8f

  • DarinDarin Posts: 6,297 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @galaxy27 said:
    the correct answer is Karen Carpenter and everyone else is vying for the silver medal

    https://youtu.be/vupwAFMXLkA?si=k0_JlGrHgm8Iyf8f

    I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer. Carpenters voice is fine for something bland like top of the world. Have her sing walking on broken glass and see if she can match the subtle nuances of Lennox.
    When Norah Jones sings ‘I don’t know why’ there’s something simmering beneath the surface that carpenters all American voice just couldn’t capture. Could Carpenter match Carly Simon’s accusatory tone in ‘you’re so vain’?
    Carpenter may have had a great voice but just too sweet for me.
    I need more attitude, like Stevie nicks rocking gold dust woman.
    TAkE YOUR SIlVER SPOON AND DIG YOUR GRAVE! Sing that sweet Karen.
    And again not saying you’re wrong with carpenter but since you’re pointing out she’s the only correct answer I’m just trying to explain not with me she isn’t. Too plain.

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  • galaxy27galaxy27 Posts: 7,128 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Darin

    i said that playfully homie. of course it's subjective. i'd toss Whitney Houston and Celine Dion into the conversation as well, but ultimately KC gets my vote.

    and btw Top of the World blanded its way to the top of the music charts in '73

  • Steven59Steven59 Posts: 8,290 ✭✭✭✭✭

    "Linda Perry" from "4 Non Blondes". Very unique and haunting voice.............
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSWKw15rCoI

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  • stevekstevek Posts: 27,697 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A few I don't think were mentioned:

    Peggy Lee
    Petula Clark
    Cass Elliot

  • galaxy27galaxy27 Posts: 7,128 ✭✭✭✭✭

    googled greatest female singers of all time and c&p'd the link to the first list i came across

    curious how many we missed from this list of 30

    https://www.smoothradio.com/news/music/best-female-singers-of-all-time/

  • DarinDarin Posts: 6,297 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @galaxy27 said:
    @Darin

    i said that playfully homie. of course it's subjective. i'd toss Whitney Houston and Celine Dion into the conversation as well, but ultimately KC gets my vote.

    and btw Top of the World blanded its way to the top of the music charts in '73

    Blanded its way 😂
    I actually had a 45 of the carpenters ‘Please Mr. Postman’ when I was a kid.
    Not as bland as top of the world 😉
    I would toss in Belinda Carlisle as another of my favorites. Sarah McLachlen (sp) has a great voice.

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  • perkdogperkdog Posts: 29,461 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @grote15 said:
    At her peak, Billie Holiday.

    She is such a tragic and sad story

  • coinkatcoinkat Posts: 22,764 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 19, 2024 2:03PM

    But it is a story that had an impact.

    Billie Holiday was more of a stylist than a vocalist. She was able to phrase and frame many songs/arrangements in a way that so many wish they could. And that really is her legacy and that is great legacy to own which so many aspire to reach. Her first record was with Benny Goodman in 1933 and it only got better. Her Brunswick recordings with Teddy Wilson, among others, were just outstanding as were the Commodore/Decca/Columbia/Verve sessions that would follow. But there is more to the story than recording sessions-She appeared on stage on on the road with Artie Shaw in the 1938 time frame. The real story is that this was not received as well as it should have been.

    There were several efforts to integrate music//jazz and what should matter- The Jelly Roll Morton - NORK sessions for Gennett Records are legendary as are the Bubber Miley recorded sessions with Leo Reisman that include "Puttin' on the Ritz" which expressed a trumpet solo that is amazing that set a standard that influenced a generation of trumpet players including Cootie Williams and even Miles Davis. In fact, I would suggest and argue that Bubber Miley set the trend for what really mattered in terms capturing a feeling that others wish they could.

    And this rant derailed the subject at hand so lets get back to that. Billie Holiday overshadows so many greats mainly because of her style more than her voice. I see Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan as having far greater range as a vocalist that Billie Holiday. I would just not want to compare them because it simply is not fair or reasonable to do so. I met Sarah Vaughan about 43-45 years ago. It was one of the greatest moments of my life- I think she may have been more surprised that I was to see her in that I knew who she was and had an appreciation for her career. I talked with her about the old days when she was a vocalist with the Earl Hines Band in the early 1940s. She was one of the most wonderful entertainers I ever met.

    Never met Ella, but her body of work is beyond what can be reduced to a post in the space we have here.

    I previously wrote that I would not make a list because it would be at the expense of others. So Peggy Lee was mentioned by SteveK - All I can write is simply that Peggy Lee made a monumental splash in the 1942-43 time frame when her recording of "Why Don't You Do Right" was released. She needed to be seen to be appreciated... not to mention heard for a sound that defined and re-defined sultry. And the problem in stopping here is that there are others like Anita O'Day, June Christie that deserve more than a footnote or even worse which would be forgotten.

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  • paulb71paulb71 Posts: 282 ✭✭✭✭

    so they close down best rock group of all time, but leave best female signing voice of all time open ?

    makes sense to me .....

  • coinkatcoinkat Posts: 22,764 ✭✭✭✭✭

    There really is a basis for a common thread discussing Rock Bands and female vocalists under sports. And it has to do with what the personal connection is to the star(s). Whether it be sports, music or whatever... so much is lost as time progresses and we have seen it here and in a way that is simply not helpful in capturing what is important. Take a moment and think who easily could have been mentioned that were not... women ranging from Blanche Calloway to Grace Slick...Eva Taylor to Dianna Ross... Bessie Smith to Jennifer Hudson. I suspect several here may wonder who Blanche Calloway, Eva Taylor and hopefully less-likely Bessie Smith were. And that is mainly because they have zero connection to them. There likely is some connection to Grace Slick, Dianna Ross and Jennifer Hudson.

    This really should be more about providing a link to the past so it is either not forgotten or even worse... deemed to be irrelevant. And that is a real serious question to think about.

    And it does carry over as to how we should think about Sports. There are just too many stars that should remain bright that have been lost over time. One such example that I like to cite is the 1961 AL HR race between Maris and Mantle. All the attention was on them whereby the numbers put up by Rocky Colavito, Harmon Killebrew and Jim Gentile have been lost. But in any other year those numbers between HRs; BA and RBIs would be MVP numbers. We need to have a much broader appreciation for what has transpired instead of being drawn to GOAT discussions which does more to extinguish the flame instead of expanding it. And in the process of expanding the discussion... perhaps... just perhaps... we might have greater appreciation for accomplishments whether completed in a recording studio or in front of 50,000 sports fans.

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