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Initial post: Feb 19, 2012 6:55:02 AM PST
Who are your top five female solo singers of all time? Limit it to the five and put them in order of importance. I based mine on artists whom I have listened to from the time I first heard them and to this day. They are timeless for me.

1. Amy Grant
2. Janice Joplin
3. Carole King
4. Cindi Lauper
5. Anne Murray

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2012 7:02:57 AM PST
Mr. P says:
[I could easily list 20 but 5!? damn thats just too tight a call....but, off the top of my head, in no particular order....but timeless, influential, and important!]

1. Aretha Franklin
2. Ella Fitzgerald
3. Roberta Flack
4. Dinah Washington
5. Gladys Knight

Oh heck no, gotta be at least 10!...

6. Mahalia Jackson
7. Etta James
8. Billie Holiday
9. Chaka Khan
10. Whitney Houston

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 1:06:53 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 20, 2012 1:07:11 AM PST
Hinch says:
It's hard to break it down to 5. There are others I love, but this list is based on a combination of who I own the most recordings of, who I listen to the most, and who I think has the best voice.

1. Billie Holiday
2. Patsy Cline
3. Barbra Streisand
4. Kate Bush
5. Gloria Estefan

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 2:30:08 AM PST
It is very hard to name just 5. I am a lover of music by people like Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle, Phyllis Hyman, Nancy Wilson, Gladys Knight, Ester Phillips, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Minnie Ripperton and the list goes on.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2012 10:01:34 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 22, 2012 7:19:45 AM PST
Mr. P says:
[I could easily list 20 but 5!? damn thats just too tight a call....but, off the top of my head, in no particular order....but timeless, influential, and important!]

1. Aretha Franklin
2. Ella Fitzgerald
3. Roberta Flack
4. Dinah Washington
5. Gladys Knight

Oh heck no, gotta be at least 10!...

6. Mahalia Jackson
7. Etta James
8. Billie Holiday
9. Chaka Khan
10. Whitney Houston

.....and the list goes on....

11. Minnie Ripperton
12. Clara Ward
13. Bessie Smith
14. Randy Crawford
15. Nina Simone
16. Mavis Staples
17. Sarah Vaughan

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 10:28:40 AM PST
R. Tims says:
1=Olivia Newton John
2=Alison Moyet
3=Belinda Carlisle
4=Kim Wilde
5=Judith Durham

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 10:31:25 AM PST
1. Annie Lennox
2. Whitney Houston
3. Mariah Carey
4. Christina Aguilera
5. Alanis Morissette

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 11:06:56 AM PST
There have been some great singers over the years. I asked this question so that I could see if any names that I am not familiar with popped up. I am always looking for more people to discover so, if someone puts a person in their top 5 there has to be a really good reason and it makes it worth my while to listen to them. Thanks everyone for your input!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2012 11:11:10 AM PST
R. Tims. I have not heard of Judith Durham. I just listened to some samples and she kind of reminds me of a Judi Collins/Carly Simon mix. Thanks for the share!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2012 11:35:06 AM PST
Mr. P says:
Enjoy your musical journey!

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 12:02:32 PM PST
S. Liss says:
What the hell
Grace Slick
Ann Wilson
Crissie Hynde
Stevie Nicks
and Aretha who is peerless

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2012 12:47:31 PM PST
R. Tims says:
Judith Durham first started with the Seekers,and yes Carly is a very good female artist.
Plenty of good country singers out there as well,maybe that might be the next discussion.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 12:56:27 PM PST
Aretha
Etta James
Mavis Staples
Grace Potter
Janis Joplin

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 1:14:32 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 21, 2012 1:14:58 PM PST
P. Kim says:
1 Eva Cassidy
2 Aretha Franklin
3 Whitney Houston
4 Ella Fitzgerald
5 Linda Ronstadt

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 1:16:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 21, 2012 1:42:37 PM PST
I'm sure of my five singers, though not entirely of the order...

1. Mahalia Jackson
2. Dinah Washington
3. Aretha Franklin
4. Ella Fitzgerald
5. Bessie Smith

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 1:27:03 PM PST
Mike B. says:
1. Dusty Springfield
2. Judy Collins
3. Kirsty MacColl
4. Genya Ravan
5. Marianne Faithfull

Special mention: Dory Previn, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Nico

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 1:40:12 PM PST
Thinker says:
the Wilson sisters (Heart)
Cindy Lauper
Madonna
Pat Benatar
Blondie

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 1:43:47 PM PST
Thinker says:
Tina Turner

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 4:07:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 21, 2012 4:21:05 PM PST
Ad Arma says:
Sarah Vaughan..
(Her voice touches you at places where you never felt of you had them anyway..)
Billy Holliday
( Deep blues from endless aching )
Aretha Franklin
( Full power soulsister shaping the future of Soul music)
Abbey Lincoln
( Goes beyond and over, through and under any theme, note by note)
Claron Mcfadden..
( ps.. Listen to Sly meets Callas with the Artvark Saxophone Quartet and you know why..: She has a completely schooled and develloped soprano-voice, did all from Opera to Avant-Garde and now lands in- and slides trough- and between- these saxes as if she is an instrument of her own.. Leading, teasing, uplifting, challanging.. Wow!, this lady is
giving a soul as big as a mountain..)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2012 4:29:54 PM PST
WOW. Thank you Ad Arma! I will definitely listen to Claron!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2012 8:18:49 AM PST
Tunanorth says:
The next new name to be added to this list: Jackie Evancho.
Quite possibly the most beautiful voice ever actually recorded, and you have to go back to the 1870's and Jenny Lind [the Swedish Nightingale] to find a voice like hers.
Imagine an 11-year old Sarah Brightman or Celine Dion, but better.
Still only 11 years old with tiny lungs, and still has to breathe more often than adults, she nonetheless has demonstrated a remarkable ability to bring hardened adult men inexplicably to tears.
Interestingly, she's even better "Live" than on record, and is totally fearless on stage.
Broke Michael Jackson's record as the youngest artist ever to have a Top 5 and Platinum album, she is also the youngest to her their own PBS "Great Performances" TV special.

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 9:03:43 AM PST
Everyone forgot one of the very best female singers Karen Carpenter.
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Posted on Feb 25, 2012 6:18:08 PM PST
BobK says:
Wow. It's tough to list just five. For that matter, it's tough to keep the list to 20. And I really can't argue against most of the names already mentioned. I'll throw out five more here, though:

Cass Elliot, AKA Mama Cass of the Mamas & the Papas
Evie Sands
Elaine McFarlane, of Spanky & Our Gang
Betty Everett
Laura Branigan

And that's leaving out Brenda Lee, Diana Ross, Doris Day, Glenys Lynne (Four Jacks and a Jill), Shirley Ellis, Martha Reeves (Martha & the Vandellas), Mary Hopkin...

Okay, I'll stop now.

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 8:16:48 PM PST
John Harker says:
1. Mylene Farmer
2. Kim Taeyeon (of SNSD)
3. Anita Baker
4. Mariah Carey
5. Ann Wilson

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 12:00:04 AM PST
faith healer says:
1.Etta James 2.Dusty Springfield 3.Janis Joplin 4.Emmylou Harris 5.Doris Day
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