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  • Problemchild
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    Who’s the best? And Why?

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    JayDF
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    I voted Stresiand.  IMO she has the best emotional quality when singing lyrics.  She of course shows off her powerful voice, they all have them here.  Sometimes it gets annoying, mostly for me in her recording 90’s and beyond.  Her 60’s work is so impeccable, clear and beautiful perfection.  Pretty much the same can be said for Aretha Franklin, who is my 2nd place from the choices.  If I were to create a list of say my favorite 25 female vocalists or so…Streisand and Franklin would be the only ones here to make the list.

    Warwick has some great phrasing and a unique voice to match it, 2 very important things to me.  I’d rank her 3rd here.

    Whitney Houston’s voice was so beauitful, for the most part (not all mind you) of what I’ve heard the songs and production behind her were not up to the gifts she had.

    Even though I appreciate her very early work, I can not stand mid 90’s and beyond Mariah Carey…the hip hop influence is nauseating.

    Celine Dion is without doubt my least favorite.  Her singing is totally showboating and without any real emotion to my ear. 

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    babypook
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    Really difficult to choose. Barbara has an amazing voice and the others have voices uniquely their own.

    I went with Aretha!

    R E S P E C T

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    Greg A.
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    Bette Midler

    No one conveys a story with as much emotion and beauty like she can. Listen to her 70s albums. Breathtaking. Quick tempo cover songs ranging from Motown to old school 40s and her signature power ballads. (And I ain’t talking about her usual trifecta; Rose, WBMW, Distance). She’s an underrated gem, my favorite vocalist of all time.

    Out of these…her older sister; Babs. By a wide margin.

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    KT
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    Streisand’s voice was stellar at its peak.  Listen to her incredible live rendering of “The Way We Were” from the 70s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-KPGh3wysw  I’ve never really considered her a great voice of pop-rock music though, more the theatrical school/style.

    Franklin is considered by some the most important vocalist in American music.  She has the songs to back it up too.

    Whitney Houston was the voice.  At her peak, no one could touch her.  And she continued to do live performances, even when her voice wasn’t there.

    Mariah never really did much for me.  Plus the live performances have been so rare for over a decade.  A good case where having the most number one singles doesn’t equal greatest vocalist.

    I’d certainly add Tina Turner to the conversation.  Her voice is stunning…no one could convey passion and pain as Turner could with her voice.  It was inspiring, and she had probably the greatest comeback in music history.  Her rendering of “Let’s Stay Together” here is amazing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFgeOc25y8M.  She has the record of most concert tickets ever sold by a solo performer.

    Also Stevie Nicks, who’s in the conversation for greatest female singer-songwriter.  None of those women above come close, or were as dedicated as songwriters as Nicks, who’s written all of her material.  Her song “Sara,” for instance, is transcendent in a way that very very few artists reach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IVCtdQke-w.  Her voice at her peak was incredible.

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    JayDF
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    Yay!  Stevie Nicks is one of my absolute favs, she and Dolly Parton pretty much tie for my top spots.  Both solidly unique and both write the majority of their songs.  Besides these ladies other major favs have already been mentioned: Tina Turner, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand.  I’d like to add Judy Garland, Johnette Napalitano (from Concrete Blonde), Cher, Patsy Cline & Linda Ronstadt as my all time top 10.

    Also Stevie Nicks, who’s in the conversation for greatest female singer-songwriter.  None of those women above come close, or were as dedicated as songwriters as Nicks, who’s written all of her material.  Her song “Sara,” for instance, is transcendent in a way that very very few artists reach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IVCtdQke-w.  Her voice at her peak was incredible.

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    “I’d certainly add Tina Turner to the conversation”

    Hurray for the mention of Tina! I saw her on tour many years ago. And the Divine Ms Bette!

    Gach. So hard to choose. Of course, there are other genres of vocalists, but I wont go there.

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    I voted Stresiand.  IMO she has the best emotional quality when singing lyrics.  She of course shows off her powerful voice, they all have them here.  Sometimes it gets annoying, mostly for me in her recording 90’s and beyond.  Her 60’s work is so impeccable, clear and beautiful perfection.  Pretty much the same can be said for Aretha Franklin, who is my 2nd place from the choices.  If I were to create a list of say my favorite 25 female vocalists or so…Streisand and Franklin would be the only ones here to make the list.

    Warwick has some great phrasing and a unique voice to match it, 2 very important things to me.  I’d rank her 3rd here.

    Whitney Houston’s voice was so beauitful, for the most part (not all mind you) of what I’ve heard the songs and production behind her were not up to the gifts she had.

    Even though I appreciate her very early work, I can not stand mid 90’s and beyond Mariah Carey…the hip hop influence is nauseating.

    Celine Dion is without doubt my least favorite.  Her singing is totally showboating and without any real emotion to my ear. 

    I agree with almost every word of this.

    Babs is easily my #1. Dionne may just pip Aretha for my #2 but its much of a muchness. They are very different but both amazing singers.

    Far below those 3 would come Celine and Whitney. The former has an astonishing voice and technique but pretty terrible material whilst the later in her prime was spectacular but never learned any subtlety at all. ‘I Will Always Love You’ is a thing of horror. She really should have taken so inspiration from her cousin.

    Mariah has to be last for me. Amazing voice. Terrible singer. She never met a note she didnt feel the need to turn into 7 and hitting high notes is no more great singing than wearing a false nose is great acting.
    She single handedly ruined singing for a whole generation.

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    Baby Clyde
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    I have to agree with Dolly mention above.

    My 3 favourite singers of all are….

    #1 – Ella
    #2 – Babs
    #3 – Dolly.

    Saw Babs in concert last year. Her voice was still stunning even if the show itself had its flaws.

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    I’ll step in and be the sole supporter of Mariah Carey.    I am not sure I would rank her 1st because Barbara has such a richness and emotion to her voice, but she would certainly by by #2.   Early Mariah is a powerhouse vocalist.  Granted, her voice is nowhere near as good as it used to be, but she has several songs in her early catalog that are masterful vocal performances:  “Vanishing,” “Vision of Love,” “Emotions,” “I’ll Be There,” “All I’ve Ever Wanted,” and “Petals” (which shows she can be subtle and restrained).   Her version of “O Holy Night” is my favorite.  But I get that she is not for everyone and her public persona and insistence on the hip hop influence has turned off many of her adult contemporary fans.  But I will be an avid supporter of her voice anytime and the best vocalists are discussed.

    Whitney Houston had a great voice as well, but just as someone accused Mariah of vocal theatrics, I always felt Whitney could learn subtelty as well.   Honestly, I know this is blasphemy to say, but I never really got the gushing over Whitney being the best female singer….

    Celine has some GREAT vocal performances (The Power of Love, It’s All Coming Back to Me Now), but her material gradually got worse, though I am still a fan.  I would rank her above Whitney, actually. 

    Aretha has that powerful soulful voice, but I just am not a fan of the tone.  It really isn’t all that pleasant to listen to, IMO.

    Warwick is good singer.  Good.   I’ll leave it at. 

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    It’s interesting many of you slam Whitney, Celine and Mariah for vocal theatrics because that was their generation.  At their peaks, Michael and Janet Jackson, Madonna, Prince, etc. all had big, flashy productions. These ladies had their VOICES. Because, at least in Whitney’s case, her work on Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher’s Wife and even on My Love Is Your Love shows more restraint… and she does it well!

    The Barbaras and Dionnes are from the generation when singing was more personal and intimate, hence their appraoch; extensions of the old jazz singers like Ella, Sarah Vaughn, etc.

    I believe that’s why Aretha is so adored because she took all that love and pain that Streisand and Warwick sang about but took it to church!

    I agree with the Tina Turner mentions. She was ahead of her time!

    Don’t know much about Midler outside of some her films and “Wind Beneath My Wings”; I’m clueless to Stevie Nicks. I’ve heard of her and know some of her history but I haven’t actually listened to any of her material besides the stuff on American Horror Story or material that was sampled by other artist.

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    I’ll step in and be the sole supporter of Mariah Carey.    I am not sure I would rank her 1st because Barbara has such a richness and emotion to her voice, but she would certainly by by #2.   Early Mariah is a powerhouse vocalist.  Granted, her voice is nowhere near as good as it used to be, but she has several songs in her early catalog that are masterful vocal performances:  “Vanishing,” “Vision of Love,” “Emotions,” “I’ll Be There,” “All I’ve Ever Wanted,” and “Petals” (which shows she can be subtle and restrained).   Her version of “O Holy Night” is my favorite.  But I get that she is not for everyone and her public persona and insistence on the hip hop influence has turned off many of her adult contemporary fans.  But I will be an avid supporter of her voice anytime and the best vocalists are discussed.
     

    I don’t you’ll find anyone that can critisise her voice. It’s what she chose to do with it that was so awful. I’ve always likened her to a singing robot. It’s like she’s been programed to do all the trills and high notes in order to get the maximum response but has absolutely no understanding of when or why she is doing them. There is zero emational connection to anything that is coming out of her mouth.

    A big long high note may be an impressive trick but it means absolutely nothing unless it used within the context of the message she’s trying to convey. Unfortunately Mariah’s message always seems to be ‘Look at me holding a big, long, high note’.

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    Whitney, Bette, Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Celine if we are only talking about women. Male it would be Freddie Murcury, Adam Levine, Michael Jackson, Tyler Glenn from Neon Trees, and Ed Sheeran 

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    Whitney Houston!

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    Michael Jackson is an interesting case.  His reputation as a singer/entertainer is way inflated in the public perception.  When people (be they other artists or media personalities) say he was the greatest entertainer/the greatest ever and Thriller was the greatest album, I just nod my head and say uh ok.  All I know is Donna Summer’s death was just passed over and received minimal coverage for her huge significance as an artist (and extraordinary voice).  

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