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Annie Lennox and Natalie Merchant are my favorites. Granted I haven't listened to any who's come along since the 2000, so I could be missing out a new generation of great female vocalists. But of the ones I'm familiar with familiar with, I just dig Annie Lennox's distinctive voice and style.

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Soul/Motown - Aretha

Rock - Stevie

R&B - Alicia

Pop/Contemporary - Rihanna or Ariana Grande

Country - Lucinda off the top of my head. Pretty confident that is my answer.

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2 hours ago, ztejas said:

Soul/Motown - Aretha

Rock - Stevie

R&B - Alicia

Pop/Contemporary - Rihanna or Ariana Grande

Country - Lucinda off the top of my head. Pretty confident that is my answer.

A couple of counterpoints, which are worth exactly what you paid for them:

1. Alicia Keys cannot sing at all, she is terrible, everything is autotuned

2. Lucinda?  Awesome, incredible songwriter, but wow, that voice.  Not great.  I'd go Kelly Willis, Emmylou,  Dolly,  or Patsy.

 

Not trying to start an argument, just a little different flavor.

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20 minutes ago, jimmyjazz said:

A couple of counterpoints, which are worth exactly what you paid for them:

1. Alicia Keys cannot sing at all, she is terrible, everything is autotuned

2. Lucinda?  Awesome, incredible songwriter, but wow, that voice.  Not great.  I'd go Kelly Willis, Emmylou,  Dolly,  or Patsy.

 

Not trying to start an argument, just a little different flavor.

I mean I listed my favorites, not who I think the best technical singers are. Obviously Whitney and Beyonce and Mariah are untouchable, but they don't do it for me the way the gals I listed do.

Maybe I misled you with the Aretha listing - she would be an example of best in her genre as well as my favorite.

Totally agree on Lucinda. I just dig her voice. 

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2 minutes ago, Jack Straw said:

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Man oh man I love her voice. Sweet Jane almost makes me cry.  It's better than Lou's in my opinion.

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Not offering any new thoughts.  Stevie Nicks comes to mind first, followed by Aretha Franklin and Ann Wilson. 

I like Heart just okay, but always though Ann was an outstanding vocalist, and she kicks all kinds of ass on Never.

And props to @qwertyu1234 for the nod to Neko Case.  Beautiful voice and amazing lyrics.

 

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I can’t pick just one. My short list: Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Sheryl Crow, Linda Ronstadt, Allison Kraus, and Linda Ronstadt.

Grace Potter, the girl from Lake Street Dive, and Brandi Carlyle get honorable mention.

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31 minutes ago, tbone_ said:

Linda Ronstadt.

She and I have been looking for something to do together for awhile.

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To add some Irish to the mix, love both Dolores O'Riordan and Sinead O'Connor. 

Tracy Chapman can fucking sing.

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1 hour ago, ztejas said:

Tracy Chapman can fucking sing.

You are correct. 

16 hours ago, PRONG HORN said:

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Ugh. Can’t stand even 30 seconds of her. 

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Emmylou and Lucinda are essential to me. Madeleine Peyroux is so awesome, especially when I'm enjoying a nice Redbreast 12 on the patio on a moonlit night.

I'm also a fan of Melody Gardot. She's got a bit of a Julie London vibe going on...not the strongest voice or biggest range, but she knows how to get the most of it. The fragility makes it even sexier IMHO.

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Maybe not the greatest, but I dig her voice.

 

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6 hours ago, Superhero said:

You are correct. 

 

Ha!  You think Tracy Chapman can sing?  She's one of the forerunners of mumble rap.  

 

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9 hours ago, tbone_ said:

I can’t pick just one. My short list: Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Sheryl Crow, Linda Ronstadt, Allison Kraus, and Linda Ronstadt.

Grace Potter, the girl from Lake Street Dive, and Brandi Carlyle get honorable mention.

Rachel Price, indeed.

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Way too many to list but I think Annie Lennox and Susan Tedeschi are my top two. I can't argue with anyone listed except Tracy Chapman.

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3 minutes ago, Shoxthemonkey said:

I can't argue with anyone listed except Tracy Chapman.

But that dude can sing. 

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Maura Davis


Indie/alt rock vocalist from mid 2000s. Incredible voice. Haunting, powerful, and melodic.

Denali: The Instinct, is such a killer album.

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17 hours ago, PRONG HORN said:

 

Ha!  You think Tracy Chapman can sing?  She's one of the forerunners of mumble rap.  

 

No I don't "think" she can sing, she can sing. 

 

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25 minutes ago, ztejas said:

No I don't "think" she can sing, she can sing. 

 

She can, but her voice isn't what I'd call generationally amazing.  Those talents come along once every couple generations.

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29 minutes ago, Onboard 2.0 said:

She can, but her voice isn't what I'd call generationally amazing.  

Well that's moving the goalposts significantly.

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26 minutes ago, PRONG HORN said:

Fast Car is mumble rap.  

Do they have any audiologists where you live?

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3 hours ago, jimmyjazz said:

Do they have any audiologists where you live?

I mean I saw someone say that Prince wasn't a world-class guitarist on another thread. Sometimes you just have to let it go.

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Julieta Venegas. Plays accordion too.

 

Edited by RDCanecutter
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On 8/1/2020 at 10:07 AM, tbone_ said:

I can’t pick just one. My short list: Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Sheryl Crow, Linda Ronstadt, Allison Kraus, and Linda Ronstadt.

Grace Potter, the girl from Lake Street Dive, and Brandi Carlyle get honorable mention.

Rachael Price.  She'd be my pick.  She's a smoke show, too.

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