You Go Girls!
My review and guide to some of the best female vocalists of all time. Maybe you should go make a playlist of a bunch of these artists, because they are fantastic.
1. Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis in 1942. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Known as the Queen of Soul, some of her famous songs are Think, Chain of Fools, Feels like a Natural Woman, Freeway of Love, Respect, Who’s Zoomin Who and Ain’t Nothin Like the Real Thing.
2. Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt was born in 1949 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Some of my favorite songs are You, Blender Blues, I can’t Make You Love Me, Something to Talk About and Longing in their Hearts.
3. Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald was born in 1917 in Newport News, VA. She has a vocal range spanning three octaves, its just amazing. Some songs I like are Blue Moon, Misty, It Don’t mean a Thing, Summertime, All of me, Stormy Weather, Sentimental Mood and My Funny Valentine. (1) My Funny Valentine – Bing video
4. Celine Dion
Celine Dion. Her husband mortgaged their house in order to record her first record. Later she put her musical career on hold to start a family and be with her husband who was diagnosed with cancer. You Better Be Looking at Me, Where Does My Heart Beat Now, Because You Loved Me, The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face and It’s All Coming Back to Me Now. (1) Titanic Theme Song • My Heart Will Go On • Celine Dion – Bing video
5. Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston was born in 1963, isn’t it funny that her Godmother was Aretha Franklin? That should tell you something. I Will Always Love You, I’m Every Woman, Greatest Love of All and a very nice National Anthem for that football Game. (1) Whitney Houston – Star Spangled Banner – Bing video
6. Barbara Streisand
Barbara Streisand, this talented lady was born in 1942 in New York, she has tons of awards to her name, and a lot of firsts. The Way We Were, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Anymore, One Hand One Heart, Women in Love are some wonderful songs she has done, but there are many more.
7. Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks was born in 1948 in Arizona, she has over 40 top 50 hits to her credit and has sold about 120 million albums. Some all-time classics are Edge of Seventeen, Stop Draggin my Heart Around and Stand Back. Let’s not forget, I will Run to You, If Anyone Falls, Leather and Lace, Rhiannon, Dreams, Landslide and Go Your Own Way.
8. Chrissie Hynde
Chrissie Hynde, although this spot may belong to someone else and there are many other choices, like Beyonce, Fergie, Adele and Billie Holiday. Let’s not forget Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Joni Mitchell and Lady Gaga….I could go on! I had a hard time trying to make up my mind on this one. However, Chrissie of the Pretenders was born in 1951 in Ohio and has had a great career. We have always appreciated her rockin style. Brass in Pocket, Back on the Chain Gang, I’ll Stand by You and Middle of the Road are a few good examples. Chrissie Hynde – Wikipedia
9. Patsy Cline
Patsy Cline, born Virginia Patterson Hensley September 8th, 1932, died at the age of 30 in a plane crash, what a shame. Walking After Midnight, Crazy, Sweet Dreams, I fall to Pieces and She’s Got You are some of my favorites.
10. Moriah Carey
Moriah Carey was born in 1970 in Long Island, NY. I Don’t Want to Cry, Hero and My All are just a couple of samples. Her vocal range is outstanding. Check out this rendition of our National Anthem. (1) Mariah Carey -The Star Spangled Banner (Live at Pepsi Super Bowl, 2002) Remastered FHD – Bing video
These are some of the best female vocalists of all time in my opinion. There are a lot more deserving of a spot here. I welcome feedback, contact me if you want to be part of the conservation.