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Which female singer has the best singing voice?

This survey is not about songwriting talent, dancing, performance, beauty or personality but about the voice.


posted 20-Nov-2002 4:54am  
Aretha Franklyn
posted 20-Nov-2002 5:21am  
Wow! That's really tough. The first person who comes to mind is Diane Schuur.
posted 20-Nov-2002 6:16am  
Jennifer Warnes or Sinead O'Connor
posted 20-Nov-2002 7:17am  
Delores O'Riordan. Lead singer of the Cranberries
posted 20-Nov-2002 7:58am  
Lisa Gerrard
posted 20-Nov-2002 8:37am  
Wow hard!
I guess you already know that my favorite singer is Neko Case,so I will vote for her.I'm not sure about "best",is the one I like the most.It's very personal,loud,powerful and with a very good range.This qualifies as best for me.I also like Edith Piaf,again,for personality (the voice I'm not cheating.I mean you hear her and know is Edith.)and power.I hate singers that couldn't sing well without a microphone.I appreciate a good breathing technique.smiley:::smile

Then there are tons of others...

Like Emmylou Harris,Mary Coughlan,PJ Harvey,Ella Fitzgerald,Aretha awful lot.Sure if you search for bad "singers" you'll get twice more. smiley:::wink
(reply to Iseult) posted 20-Nov-2002 8:40am  
She sings in Dead Can Dance,right?
She is very good,you're right.smiley:::smile
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posted 20-Nov-2002 8:46am  
i guess i think the best female singer i ever heard is/was jennifer holliday. she is absolutely amazing. i really enjoy a couple of female singers who aren't heard that much, jonatha brooke, and tracy chapman. popular wise i really enjoy sheryl crows voice.
i'm not a big whitney houston, barbra streisand, christina agulara, etc... fan. not my kind of music.
posted 20-Nov-2002 8:53am  
And Dolores Keane!! What a voice!!

Oh,too many of them!!

posted 20-Nov-2002 8:54am  

She doesn't scream. I hate screamers;
Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston and etc. Can't stand them!
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posted 20-Nov-2002 9:00am  
Probably some classically trained one that I've never even heard of.
posted 20-Nov-2002 9:06am  
K.D. Lang
(reply to Irene007) posted 20-Nov-2002 9:14am  
I hate screamers too! I like real powerful voices!
Screamers can't sing,but I appreciate a bit of volume.For me the thing is "can you be heard without a mike?" if you can,then you're a good singer.
But you don't have to yell,just sing.
posted 20-Nov-2002 10:31am  
Christina Aguliera has a great voice. She is a bit of a ho, but she has a great voice.
I also rate the lead singer in K's Choice, though I cant remember her name. And there are loads of other great female singers, probably most of them I've never heard of.
posted 20-Nov-2002 11:51am  
I have no idea. I could tell you about males, that being Garth Brooks, but there has never been a female voice that sounded distinctly great to me, and half of them sound the same, to me.
(reply to dora) posted 20-Nov-2002 11:54am  
Yeah, I love her. I want her voice. And I want her singing technique. Do you listen to Dean Can Dance?

Another question for you: if you could play any role in any opera, which one would it be?
posted 20-Nov-2002 12:11pm  
Barbara Hendricks
(reply to Iseult) posted 20-Nov-2002 12:31pm  
Sometimes.I wouldn't say they're my favorites,I find them boring sometimes,but I like them.She is a great singer.She is a soprano,isn't she? smiley:::smile
I can't sing opera,and I don't know many alto roles...I know them but I never really heard them...maybe something by Rossini,like Rosina or Isabella I want to learn more about Opera though.smiley:::smilebecause I know these roles are for alto,but I never heard them sung.I should download something from Kazaa...
and then there's Carmen,which is a mezzo,and very interesting.I go for dark roles,soprano too (like the Queen of the Night)but the good girl isn't my thing.So I guess I would like to sing some role with a bit of character.
posted 20-Nov-2002 5:49pm  
Whitney Houston
(reply to dora) posted 20-Nov-2002 6:02pm  
I thought that Lisa was a soprano, too, but I heard some really low tones she did in few songs, and I'd doubt it. I guess she has really big range.

I'd like to do some evil role in some opera. Preferably something by Handel.
(reply to Iseult) posted 20-Nov-2002 6:16pm  
Yeah...but as I told you,it's not the range that makes you a soprano,is the part where you feel better singing.She can hit low notes,but she usually sings high...doesn't she? I can sing high soprano notes,but I'm not a soprano.I guess her tessitura is pretty high,and makes her a soprano I guess.
posted 20-Nov-2002 6:56pm  
(reply to dora) posted 20-Nov-2002 9:40pm  
Interesting thing about her is that, as far as I know, she sings only one song in English.

I can't really tell what she is. She does all that music alien to me, which is why I like it so much.
posted 20-Nov-2002 10:39pm  
Gal Costa (Brazilian) and Barbra Streisand [TIED for first place]
posted 21-Nov-2002 1:48am  
It's a tie between Annie Lennox and Charlotte Church. Their styles are different, but I like them both fairly equally. I'm also fond of k.d.lang, but not to the extent that I am of Annie Lennox and Charlotte Church.
(reply to dora) posted 21-Nov-2002 8:08am  
I forgot to mention Miriah Carey and Edie Gorme...

I like a strong voice too just so long as they don't scream or have songs written just for them to show off the fact that they can hit that "high" note. Ugh!
(reply to Irene007) posted 21-Nov-2002 10:45am  
That's a very Dutch name (a 'schuur' is a barn!). Who is she?
(reply to Irene007) posted 21-Nov-2002 10:45am  
Kim Deal
posted 21-Nov-2002 6:14pm  
Fiona Apple
(reply to Dino) posted 21-Nov-2002 6:15pm  
Yay! I love Delores!!
(reply to Wicksy) posted 21-Nov-2002 6:15pm  
Good choice.
(reply to spidertea) posted 22-Nov-2002 4:49am  

Never heard of Fiona Apple!

Is she a "Granny" called Mrs "Smiths"?
posted 22-Nov-2002 9:49pm  
thats too hard spur of the moment

yma sumac
linda perry
chrissie hynde
phoebe snow

i know there are more and better, but...
posted 23-Nov-2002 1:08am  
I'm thinking of two right now, two that I like a lot but I cant say who's has the best voice. I like Joni Mitchel and Tori Amos a lot.
And I think that Charlotte Church has an awesome voice too.
(reply to Maarten) posted 23-Nov-2002 9:37am  
Which one? If you mean Edie Gorme; she's someone from my parent's generation but I remember her from a variety show I watched as a kid; "The Carol Burnett Show". (If you don't know her, see this site:
Edie would often appear with her husband Steve Lawrence and sing a few songs. I never could understand how such a handsome man (he looked like he could be related the the Kennedys) would marry such an ordinary, loud mouth singer...
I didn't like her back then and I still don't.
In fact, I had quite forgotten about her until recently when I bought a "Crooners" CD collection. (3 CDs with various artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Mel Tormey, Dean Martin and etc) I was listening to each song and checking the back of the album to see if I could guess the artist, then I heard THAT voice! I thought to myself; "Well, they can't all be good and to my liking..." and I checked out the name - Edie - I thought; "It figures!" I still can't stand her singing!
(reply to Wicksy) posted 23-Nov-2002 1:54pm  
laughing out loud
(reply to Irene007) posted 23-Nov-2002 10:42pm  
How can you not like CÚline?!?!?
Une p'tite fille de chez nous!!!
posted 24-Nov-2002 7:06am  
Victoria Boland, shes an up and coming Canadian singer and has a great voice...yu can find her on
(reply to darkshadowsseeker) posted 24-Nov-2002 7:16am  
Oh yes Charlotte Church has a great voice too.
posted 24-Nov-2002 2:30pm  
Celine? Whitney? Certainly not that frigging smoke alarm Mariah.
(reply to Irene007) posted 24-Nov-2002 2:32pm  
Sade is good lounge music. I must download some of here stuff. I used to listen to her in high school.
posted 24-Nov-2002 4:37pm  
kd lang
posted 24-Nov-2002 11:05pm  
This isn't a very good survey. There are numerous styles of music that require a different quality of singing. How can you compare a blues singer with an opera singer?
Also, consider the date the singer was singing and the language...
posted 25-Nov-2002 12:18am  
whitney houston
(reply to Irene007) posted 25-Nov-2002 3:06pm  
No, Kim Deal from The Pixies and The Breeders.
(reply to Matt) posted 26-Nov-2002 8:04am  
I live in Charlemagne, Mat. Her home town. They removed the sign that welcomes you to the town and replaced it with a big wrought iron globe with the continents planted with greens and flowers; her signature is highlighted in white over musical notes on a scale - really tacky! It's starting to look like Memphis TN here!smiley:::wink
I just don't like her kind of music nor her type of voice although I do recognize great marketing talent!
(reply to kaleb777) posted 26-Nov-2002 8:06am  
I like her very much - I find her voice to be quite therapeutic...
(reply to Maarten) posted 26-Nov-2002 8:09am  
I'm not following you Maarten;
You wrote: "That's a very Dutch name (a 'schuur' is a barn!). Who is she?"

Maybe you were writing to someone else?
posted 26-Nov-2002 4:34pm  
(reply to Irene007) posted 26-Nov-2002 11:46pm  
I dont really like her music either smiley:::wink
Maman Dion slammed a door in my face!
I had all these bags and she walked out in front of me she was holding it but when I went to walk out she let it go! She didnt even hold the door for me!
posted 27-Nov-2002 3:41am  
Nico. She's got this great kinda smokey deep voice. You may have heard her on the Royal Tenenbaums soundtrack (one of the few soundtracks worth the money).
(reply to uncle_marcus) posted 27-Nov-2002 5:06am  
nice name, why are you called that?
(reply to Matt) posted 27-Nov-2002 7:53am  
I wouldn't even recognize her if she punched me in the stomach!
(reply to ROCKMAN) posted 27-Nov-2002 12:16pm  
She does indeed. smiley:::smile
(reply to Irene007) posted 27-Nov-2002 1:02pm  
Oops, sorry. That comment (about a schuur being a barn) was meant for kirst, not you!
(reply to kirst) posted 27-Nov-2002 1:03pm  
That's a very Dutch name (a 'schuur' is a barn!). Who is she?
(reply to Maarten) posted 27-Nov-2002 8:55pm  
I thought so.... smiley:::smile

Hey! Christmas is coming up - what sort of "status symbol" should I get for my husband? As you know, he already got me a Mont Blanc so that's out of the question and I can't afford a BMW! Got any ideas?? smiley:::wink
(reply to Maarten) posted 28-Nov-2002 7:48am  
She is a blind jazz singer...I believe she's American but I'm not sure. She has an incredible voice...I love her song "Louisiana Sunday Afternoon".

Unrelated, but how are things on the baby front?
posted 28-Nov-2002 9:34pm  
Karen Carpenter had one of the most beautiful tone qualities of any singer. It's a shame she was underappreciated because of the tacky arrangements of many of the songs she sang. Patsy Cline was awesome. K.D. Lang comes closest to her greatness, of living singers.

Celine Dion has a revolting tone quality, very nasal and shrill. She sounds like she sings -- no, make that yells -- through her nose.
(reply to Irene007) posted 29-Nov-2002 4:09pm  
Got 4 songs so far. Brings back good memories.
(reply to kaleb777) posted 29-Nov-2002 11:47pm  
I particularly like this one:

Love Is Stronger Than Pride

I can really relate to the words in that song...(more than anyone could possibly know! I have but one wish for you Kaleb; I hope that you find love and when you do - you'll have no doubt that you have.)
(reply to Irene007) posted 30-Nov-2002 4:00am  
(reply to kirst) posted 30-Nov-2002 4:04am  
Probably her (grand)parents moved to the States some years ago. The TRAITORS ! ! ! smiley:::wink

Things on the baby front are good. We bought a house in IJmuiden, 200 meters from a forest, dunes and the beach. We are now redecorating the place, including the baby room.
On December 10 we have the next check-up, but all seems to be okay. Mireille is less nauseas (spelling?)than before.
(reply to Maarten) posted 30-Nov-2002 4:28am  
Funny you should mention that! I got a call today from a local store where I purchased a Tony Perroti bag (man's purse - I hate to call it that!) for my husband's birthday last September. I wanted to get the travel bag so they ordered it for me - I'm picking it up on Monday. It's not a Ferrari but it's Italian! Leather goods from Italy are always good quality.
Good suggestion!
(reply to Irene007) posted 30-Nov-2002 10:05am  
Thanks. I'll download that somg too.
(reply to Maarten) posted 30-Nov-2002 9:30pm  
Congratulations on your new home. Wow, the forest, dunes AND the beach. Sounds incredible. Glad to hear that Mireille is feeling better.
posted 1-Dec-2002 12:06am  
Faith Hill
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posted 1-Dec-2002 1:43am  
I'm going to go with Etta James. But this is a really hard question... I could probably think of a million.
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(reply to Dino) posted 1-Dec-2002 1:43am  
She was my second choice!
posted 1-Dec-2002 12:50pm  
Christina Aguilera has absolutely the best female voice. She has an amazing voice that is strong and beautiful.
(reply to they) posted 2-Dec-2002 4:34am  
I havn't heard any Etta James - I'll have to investigate.
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(reply to Dino) posted 2-Dec-2002 9:28am  
Okay.. and when you do, check out the song 'At Last'. I don't even own any of her music..and it's definitely not the style I usually listen to.. but she just has this enormous voice... she moves me.
posted 5-Dec-2002 3:20am  
Diamanda Galas
posted 16-Dec-2002 1:40pm  
posted 18-Dec-2002 11:01am  
Dead or alive? Alive...Christina Aguilera, although I don't like her songs. She has an outstanding voice, though. Dead...Billie Holiday.
posted 30-Dec-2002 5:56am  
Oh darn! I was hoping to take the easy way out & just tick a name.

Well,let me see now.**taps her chin**

CHER!!!!!Quintuple Gold Star
(reply to Wicksy) posted 30-Dec-2002 5:58am  
Darn it! I totally forgot all about Aretha. smiley:::frown **hangs her head in shame**
(reply to Cleo) posted 30-Dec-2002 6:50pm  
so you should!!!!1 smiley:::raspberry
(reply to Wicksy) posted 31-Dec-2002 3:24am  

How have you been lately,Wicksy??

Happy New Years Eve!smiley:::smile
(reply to Cleo) posted 31-Dec-2002 9:59am  
Not too bad thanks!

Am out in my old town Kingston tonight for a party to celebrate NY!

What are you doing?
(reply to Wicksy) posted 31-Dec-2002 4:51pm  
Yay! don't forget to come back here & tell us how toasted you got.smiley:::smile

As for me I'm cooking,drinking & bringing thr 2003 New Year with happy thoughts of everyone here at SC.

**as she take another swig of her ZIMA**
posted 2-Jan-2003 11:14pm  
dusty springfield
(reply to harekrishnadasa) posted 2-Jan-2003 11:17pm  
surely saraswati...? I cant hear radha just now
(reply to fleas) posted 4-Jan-2003 12:18am  
Hare Krishna! smiley:::smile
posted 3-Feb-2003 3:40pm  
Pat Benatar
posted 24-Feb-2003 2:14pm  
Professional: Barbara Streisand

Non-prof: A girl who sang at my nephew's wedding...she truly had the voice of an angel!!

posted 7-Apr-2003 4:49pm  
Mercedes Sosa from Chile has a beautiful voice. So does Ely Guerra from Mexico, Cesaria Evora from Cavo Verde, Angelique Kidjo from Benin, Dolores O'Riordan from Ireland (The Cranberries), Emm Groyner from Canada, and Mariah Carey and Norah Jones from the USA.
posted 13-Apr-2003 1:37pm  
posted 18-May-2003 6:33pm  
Marie Osmond
posted 25-May-2003 11:46am  
I know of about five women with beautiful voices, so here they are in order of most beautiful voice:

1. Marie Osmond (country/pop)
2. Lulu ("To Sir With Love")
3. Cyndi Thomson (modern country)
4. Olivia Newton-John (pop/country)
5. Debby Boone (pop, "You Light Up My Life")
posted 3-Jun-2003 4:24pm  
Hands down- country singer Martina McBride.
posted 31-Oct-2007 6:51pm  
Donna summer
posted 26-Mar-2009 6:45pm  
Sarah Brightman - Lara Fabian
posted 18-Oct-2009 7:07pm  
If you aren't already aware, think you'll be surprised by the incredible beauty of Cyndi Laupers voice. Maria McKee is also just stunning !!
posted 6-Mar-2010 7:54am  
Now all of you who have voted go to You Tube and listen to Hayley Westenra...then you will change your votes
posted 31-Jan-2011 8:34pm  
I own a few CDs by some of the singers mentioned but no one, NO ONE, compares to Eva Cassidy.
(reply to Biggles) posted 31-Jan-2011 8:35pm  
Eva Cassidy
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(reply to nachomama) posted 31-Jan-2011 8:38pm  
Wow - a reply eight and a half years after I posted my comment - I was still a teenager when I wrote that! smiley:::smile But I still don't know who Eva Cassidy is...
posted 6-Mar-2011 4:50pm  
By far the best today in my opinion is Linda Eder
posted 10-Feb-2012 9:42am  
Grace Slick. So powerful.
posted 19-Mar-2012 12:28am  
Olivia Newton John. She never screamed. She never did "vocal gymnastics" (although she was capable). Some of her songs were achingly beautiful.. Some of these listed singers are hacks compared to her. Try "Have you never been mellow" like an angel...

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