20 best and worst singers of all-time

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Postby Mike Boom » Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:30 am

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Postby cosmos » Sat Aug 18, 2007 12:24 pm

Colin Blunstone is a pretty brilliant singer.

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Postby pophead2k » Sat Aug 18, 2007 3:27 pm

Definitely agree on Blunstone, Cosmos.

I just realized today that I think Lindsay Buckingham is an incredibly underrated singer.

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Postby Tim(e) » Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:08 pm


EC - when I hear him doing things like God Give Me Strength, it makes me realise just what an amazing voice he really does have
David Bowie - he just makes it all seem so effortless
Solomon Burke
Van Morrison
Peter Gabriel
Roy Orbison
Adrian Belew - people think he is just a guitarist, but teh boy can really sing!
Grace Slick - pre Starship
Neil Finn
Mark Seymour
Johnny Cash
Hank Williams
Patsy Cline
Annie Lennox
Neko Case
Brian Setzer
Jeff Buckley

Technically not great, but I like:
Nina Hagen
Tom Waites
Peter Garrett
Neil Young
Robert Wyatt
Kevin Coyne
Bon Scott
Bob Dylan
Tim Buckley

Worst - not necessarily bad, but I can't stand:
Axl Rose
Freddie Mercury
Celine Dion
Mariah Carey

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Postby mood swung » Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:48 am

hello, Tim(e)!!

how did this vocal atrocity fail to get a mention? Christina Aguilera. Must she do every trick in her repetoire on every single song. It's like she has a checklist.
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Postby BlueChair » Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:52 am

IMHO, Christina Aguilera is the perfect example of an incredible singer who tries to be too fancy and normally works with shoddy material. Have you heard her version of "Mother" on that recent John Lennon tribute for Darfur? Surprisingly good.
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Postby mood swung » Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:57 am

Agreed. She has an incredible voice, but no understanding of the word subtlety.

(it is a word, ain't it?)
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Postby StrictTime » Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:38 pm

Very much agreed. I've been opining this to my friends for months at least, and well, I guess they're just too cool to admit she's got a killer voice.

And agreed that Celine Dion makes my ears bleed.

I think Joni Mitchell's (back in the day anyway, I don't know about now, haven't heard it) got a great voice. I don't know if it's good per se, but I do love to listen to it.
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Postby colrow26 » Fri Oct 19, 2007 4:27 pm

ok my choice of 20 best would go something like this

Paul weller
John Lennon
Marvin Gaye
Rod Stewart (70-75)
Liam Gallagher
Betty Lavette
Stevie Wonder
Sam Cooke
Steve Marriott
Kate Bush
Curtis Mayfield
Donald Fagen
Smokey Robinson
Aaron Neville
Elliott Smith
Richard Butler
Fiona Apple


Freddie Mercury
Meat Loaf
Tina Turner
Axl rose
Mark E Smith
Ian Brown (live....dreadful..on disc it somehow works???)
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Postby sabreman » Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:46 pm

Some others.

Chicago singers = really great!

Jerry 'Iceman' Butler (Chicago)
Curtis Mayfield (Chicago)
James Brown
Al Green
Billy Ekstine
Bobby Lester (AMAZING Moonglows Lead!) (Chicago)
Jacky Wilson
David Ruffen
Clyde Mcphatter (original Drifters)
Donny Hathaway (Chicago)
Gene Chandler (Chicago)
Cleve Duncan (Penguins Lead!)

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Re: 20 best and worst singers of all-time

Postby Jack of All Parades » Sat May 19, 2012 3:06 pm

Will have a go- as Otis said at the top of the thread this can often be fun- no particular order:


Levon Helm- just pure 'unconscious' singing
Jeff Buckley- perhaps the most gifted stylist with a choir's range of his generation
Gram Parsons- get past the idiosyncrasies and he always makes me ache
John Lennon- map the perfect singer[temperament, emotion, and feeling] and it is him
Paul Simon- the voice I have always wanted
Jim James- the only contemporary male singer who consistently holds my ear
Morrissey- his ability to handle a phrase only rivals Sinatra for my ears
Neil Young- what he can do with his limited tools still amazes me
Elvis Costello- yes, underrated and, when he can suppress the power ballad impulse, most effective
Van Morrison- I do not think there is anything he cannot sing and not make it worth your while
Solomon Burke- my favorite R& B voice
Howlin Wolf- my second favorite R&B voice
Marvin Gaye- my third favorite R&B voice
Joni Mitchell- at least until she became an embittered old timer- my favorite jazz singer
Laura Nyro- about time she was put in the Hall- her voice is life itself
Anita O'Day- amazing what a little heroin will do
Kelly Willis- her voice is ear honey===smooth and sweet and tasty
Bebel Gilberto- my second favorite female jazz vocalist
Aretha Franklin- she can sing the phone book and I will listen
Chrissie Hynde- my alltime favorite female rock voice- perhaps rock voice in general

three honorable mentions:
Rod Stewart[pre 1976] Hollywood and riches have spoiled him but he never failed me early on
Greg Allman- I just react to his voice whenever I hear him perform- I believe him when he sings
Dwight Yoakam- his voice just makes me smile and want to dance

as to the worst, yes this is a good start-

Axl Rose
Bernard Butler
Davey Graham
Heather Small
Clifford T Ward
Phil Collins
J Lo
Rod Stewart since 1972
Simon Le Bon ('Where do you start? Honking, straining gutbucket, who yodelled some of the worst nonsense ever to reach the top 10, and somehow made it even worse.'!!!)
Meat Loaf
Chris Martin
Keith Richards
James Blunt
Kelly Jones (Stereophonics)
David Clayton Thomas (Blood, Sweat and Tears)
Fred Durst
Tony Hadley
... and the worst of all:
Mariah Carey
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Re: 20 best and worst singers of all-time

Postby Jeremy Dylan » Wed May 23, 2012 8:13 am

Hard to quantify the worst, but I suspect they mainly live in Western Australia.

However, the best (and not necessarily in order):

20. Sarah Buxton
19. Roy Orbison
18. Rodney Crowell
17. Johnny Cash
16. Sam Moore
15. Buddy Miller
14. Robert Plant
13. Jim Lauderdale
12. Levon Helm
11. Sam Cooke
10. Nick Lowe
9. John Lennon
8. Elvis Costello
7. Al Green
6. Ella FItzgerald
5. Neil Young
4. Frank Sinatra
3. George Jones
2. Joni Mitchell
1. Otis Redding

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