My Favorite Singers

There are so many singers that I cannot possibly list them all. I could make a top 30 and not get them all. This is my personal favorite top 10 plus some extra.

For the most part, I like singers with soul and meaning to their singing…not vocal gymnastics.

1…Aretha Franklin – Aretha could make any song better by singing it.

Related image

2…Van Morrison, Them and Solo  – Probably my favorite male singer.

Related image

3…John Lennon, Beatles – John hated his voice and always wanted an effect on it…It didn’t need it…one of his best performances was “A Day In The Life”

Related image

4…Bob Dylan – Bob changed popular singing.  I would rather hear Bob sing than many of the great traditional singers.

Image result for bob dylan 65

5…Elvis Presley – Hey he’s Elvis…

Related image

6…Otis Redding – Just a fantastic singer and performer and just taking off before he was killed in a plane crash.

Related image

7…Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones – Mick makes the most out of his voice.

Related image

8…John Fogerty…CCR – If I could have the voice of anyone…it would be Fogerty. The power that John has is incredible…his voice is its own instrument.

Related image

9…Janis Joplin – She put everything she had in each song. Her last producer Paul A. Rothchild was teaching Janis how to hold back and sing more traditional to save her voice for old age…which never came.

Related image

10…Johnny Cash – Last but far from least.  Only one man can sound like Cash…and that is Cash

Related image

Honorable Mention…any of these could have easily been on the list.

Steve Marriott, Paul McCartney, Levon Helm, Bessie Smith, Little Richard, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Elton John, Neil Young, Roy Orbison, Smokey Robinson, Sam Cooke, Joe Cocker, Billie Holiday, Freddie Mercury, Kate Bush, Ella Fitzgerald, Paul Rodgers, David Bowie.

 

 

 

 

Author: badfinger20

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

24 thoughts on “My Favorite Singers”

  1. Great choices. Janis I don’t care for but I can understand why others like her so much- just not my cup of tea. I’d have Brother Ray Charles high on my list. It is hard to argue against Aretha at #1. No Geddy Lee?!! just kidding there on that.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Oh my goodness. Ray Charles should have at least been mentioned at the bottom. My mom would really get me for that…Elvis and Ray Charles were her favorite singers. He could easily have been in there. I haven’t done many lists…but I have never had to leave so many out…I should have made this 20.

      I had Van at #1 but you can’t go wrong with Aretha.
      I think I will hear feedback on Bob being in there…but I love his voice…the many voices.

      LOL

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Van would be my #1 but no one can argue with Aretha. Bob would be on my list too- a great singer and I love his voice too. Some of course don’t.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. My exposure to Joni has been limited. I’ve read more about her than listened. Her voice is off the charts though.
        I’ve thought about getting Court and Spark because that is the one I’ve heard the most about.

        Liked by 2 people

  2. Good list. Very tough to narrow it to 10 or 20 with all the great choices and voices through the years. In general, I think somewhat like you suggest I prefer singers with ordinary voices who sing with emotion and perhaps a unique style over the classically-trained vocal gymnasts … one exception to that rule though I see made your list too in Kate Bush.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I won’t argue with any of these. All are great. I’m a huge Joplin fan so I’m glad she made your list. Chrissie Hynde would be on my list. Chaka Kahn and Anita Baker would be on my list too. Mavis Staple and Diane Schuur are two more wonderful female singers.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Staples and Hynde both crossed my mind…I toyed with doing a female and male list…I’m doing songwriters tomorrow and the same problem…who to leave out.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Max, I like your list. Just now getting to it. Glad you put Aretha at #1. Yes, you should give Joni a chance. Hans mentioned 2 good LPs of hers. Also , Miles of Aisles is a live 2 record set she did at Pine Knob in Michigan that’s really good. I have several of her CDs including a box set, “The Studio Years: 1968 – 1979” She painted many of the jacket covers! Hans, did you say you were going to go through her catalog?? Looking forward to it if you are.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. I know she does odd tunings on the guitar for about everything. Funny I’ve read all about her but haven’t had a chance to listen much…its cool though…I’ll be discovering her for the first time.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s