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Dom Heffner
12-08-2007, 10:58 AM
I'm not sure we've ever discussed this topic, and since music seems to bring out a wide range of opinions from all of us and stir some good debate, I thought I'd throw this one out: singers whose voices you absolutely love. This doesn't mean you like their music or all their songs. Just an artist who- when you hear their voice -makes you think, "Wow that person can really sing," or maybe even a voice that isn't technically awesome but still does something for you anyway.

These in no way encompass an entire list, but just some of the people that first popped into my head as being good vocalists but who take a good ribbing most of the time (It would be too easy to list Christina Aguilera here, wouldn't it?) from the music snobs lol:

Daryl Hall- Not only does he never sing a chorus exactly the same, every way he sings them is spot on. It's like getting to hear all the outtakes that were awesome but ended up getting cut. To show you how good of a vocalist he is, he rescues midway through what is possibly the worst popular song ever in "Method of Modern Love."

John Waite- He makes the terrific Alison Kraus sound like a cheesy talent show performer on their remade version of "Missing You." Rarely do people sound twenty good twenty years down the road but Waite sounds exactly the same. I heard "Change" the other day at a restaurant and had goose bumps. The stuff with the Baby's is awesome, and he was the only member of Bad English not to embarass himself.

Phil Collins- I wouldn't buy too many of his records, he's a terrible actor, some of his music is laughable, but I tell you, that voice over those drums is super cool sometimes. "In the Air Tonight" is a perfect example of this. And some of the stuff with Genesis is squarely his own simply because of the vocals.

Steve Perry- If you don't think he has an amazing voice, try singing "Open Arms" at karaoke sometime. It won't be pretty.

Robert Plant- I seem to be favoring those with high voices, but he singlehandedly won me over as a Zeppelin fan with the vocals.

Ozzy Osbourne- Throughout his best and worst, it's his voice that makes me even dig the tacky stuff.

SeeinRed
12-08-2007, 11:11 AM
There is one vocalist who I've see live that absolutely gave me chills. He is one that people either love or hate, and a lot of people will probably not know who he is. Anthony Green takes the cake for me. Current front man of Circa Survive and former front man of Saosin. A lot of people find his high pitched voice annoying, but I love it.

Joseph
12-08-2007, 11:25 AM
Tori Amos - I love her, love her oddball style, her singing, her playing. She's out there sometimes with her vocals, and she's covered a bunch of songs you'd never expect a female to cover like Reign in Blood by Slayer, but she's just phenomenal in my mind.

Adam Duritz - I just think he brings something most of the 90's era bands didn't have, a soul and a presence the evokes a lot of emotion.

Springsteen - I know he doesn't have a voice that says 'good singer' but to hear him just warms my heart.

Those are off the top of my head right now, there are more I'll chime in with later.

nate
12-08-2007, 11:36 AM
Stevie Wonder: No surprise as I pimp Stevie all the time but he's just an amazing singer from his low "speaking voice" range to the upper range to his "cookie monster" range. I love "You Got It Bad Girl", "As" and "Bird of Beauty"...almost too many to mention.

Nat King Cole: I've been having to transcribe a lot of his tunes lately and Nat's performance is just so cool. Unfortunately, he said he had to smoke about 2 packs before recording to get that sound but so smooth, so cool and just so "right". "Straighten Up and Fly Right", "Avalon" and "Orange Colored Sky" are faves.

Frank Sinatra: Like NKC, I've been transcribing a lot of Frank. I prefer the pre-70's Frank (please forget "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" and "That's Life") myself. "The Summer Wind" and "The Coffee Song" are some of my favorites.

Donny Hathaway: As corny as it may seem, one of my favorite Donny Hathaway performances is of "This Christmas" (which he wrote). His performance is just so soulful and he really sells it.

Bobby McFerrin: Just for his live at Carnegie Hall CD. All him, just voice the entire night. His version of "Blackbird" is amazing.

Jill Scott: She's simply great. Really gets different moods and scenes out of her voice. I forget the name of her new tune but I really like its melancholy mood. I've seen her live a couple times and she's just as good there as she is on the records.

The Bulgarian Women's Choir: Its simply amazing to hear an ensemble that can sing with such intonation. I know it seems like an odd choice but the music is marvelous.

There are a lot of others, Lady Day, Ella Fitzgerald (love that "How High the Moon" she did), Mel Torme, Al Green, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Bill Withers, Bob Marley, Brian McKnight, Chaka Khan, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Missy Elliott, Norah Jones, Prince, Ray Charles, Shawn Colvin, Sylvester Stewart.

And I liked Bon Scott better than Brian Johnson in AC/DC!

RedFanAlways1966
12-08-2007, 12:13 PM
A few from the heavier side...

Geoff Tate (Queensryche)
>> Amazing during his prime. One of the best vocalists in hard rock history.... no ifs, ands or buts about it.

James LaBrie (Dream Theater)
>> As if the musical talents of the other members aren't enough for this prog-rock band. LaBrie can hit 'em.

Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
>> See Geoff Tate's description above.

Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio)
>> Little man, big voice.

Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)
>> Incredible pipes.

cincinnati chili
12-08-2007, 12:18 PM
As for acts in the last few years, I think the guy from Gnarls Barkley is head and shoulders above any of the male vocalists I've heard. Amy Winehouse is also quite good.

Historically, in pop/rock/country/metal/soul I've liked Eric Burdon, Freddy Mercury, Alicia Keys, Chris Cornell, Don Walser (country/bluegrass), Ike Wills and Ray White (and numerous of the people who sang for Zappa), Corey Glover (Living Colour), Colin Hay (Men at Work), Art Garfunkel, Sting's early work with the Police, aand Seal.

Of the people listed above, I agree about McFerrin. It's too bad that "Don't Worry Be Happy" is what most people know about him. Of course, Sinatra is the standard by which male vocalists should be measured (especially his work in the early years). Ray Charles and Bon Scott were both true originals.

I don't care for Adam Duritz of counting crows (sounds like he's taking a crap half the time).

Occasionally, I'll dislike a vocalist so much that I can't listen to the band even when I like some of the music behind the vocalist. I'm thinking in particular of Bright Eyes, Smashing Pumpkins, and Modest Mouse. Rock vocalists don't have to sound "pretty," but it helps if they're not annoying.

westofyou
12-08-2007, 12:29 PM
George Jones
David Bowie
Marvin Gaye
Gary Louris

Blimpie
12-08-2007, 12:56 PM
In no particular order:

Roger Daltrey
Johnny Cash
Willie Nelson
Neil Young
James Taylor
Robert Johnson
Dave Grohl

OldRightHander
12-08-2007, 01:29 PM
One voice I could listen to all day, no matter what is being sung, is Allison Krauss.

redsfanmia
12-08-2007, 02:30 PM
Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Chris Cornell along with Rod Stewart are my favorites.

BoydsOfSummer
12-08-2007, 03:16 PM
A few from the heavier side...

Geoff Tate (Queensryche)
>> Amazing during his prime. One of the best vocalists in hard rock history.... no ifs, ands or buts about it.

James LaBrie (Dream Theater)
>> As if the musical talents of the other members aren't enough for this prog-rock band. LaBrie can hit 'em.

Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
>> See Geoff Tate's description above.

Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio)
>> Little man, big voice.

Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)
>> Incredible pipes.

All favorites of mine. I would complete the list with Bruce Dickinson.

Allegro
12-08-2007, 04:13 PM
Norah Jones.

Allison Krauss.

MWM
12-08-2007, 04:45 PM
Martina McBride. 'Nuf said.

I'm suprised no one has mentioned Whitney Houston. She could be the best female pop singer of all time. Sure, she's become a wreck, but she had no peer when it came to sheer vocal ability.

Keeley Smith
Doris Day (no one did that style better)
Obviusly, Frank sinatra
Michael Buble is damn good
Diana Krall
Ela Fitzgerald
Randy Travis back in the day
Janis Siegel from the Manhattan Transfer
Trisha Yearwood once upon a time
Karen Carpenter (old-fashioned yes, but she could really sing)

RedsBaron
12-08-2007, 05:47 PM
Martina McBride. 'Nuf said.



:thumbup:
Martina is at the head of my list as well. A few others:
Merle Haggard
Frank Sinatra
Ray Charles
Paul McCartney (to be in his 60s he is amazing)

Crash Davis
12-08-2007, 06:52 PM
Stevie Wonder: No surprise as I pimp Stevie all the time but he's just an amazing singer from his low "speaking voice" range to the upper range to his "cookie monster" range. I love "You Got It Bad Girl", "As" and "Bird of Beauty"...almost too many to mention.

Nat King Cole: I've been having to transcribe a lot of his tunes lately and Nat's performance is just so cool. Unfortunately, he said he had to smoke about 2 packs before recording to get that sound but so smooth, so cool and just so "right". "Straighten Up and Fly Right", "Avalon" and "Orange Colored Sky" are faves.

Frank Sinatra: Like NKC, I've been transcribing a lot of Frank. I prefer the pre-70's Frank (please forget "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" and "That's Life") myself. "The Summer Wind" and "The Coffee Song" are some of my favorites.

Donny Hathaway: As corny as it may seem, one of my favorite Donny Hathaway performances is of "This Christmas" (which he wrote). His performance is just so soulful and he really sells it.

Bobby McFerrin: Just for his live at Carnegie Hall CD. All him, just voice the entire night. His version of "Blackbird" is amazing.

Jill Scott: She's simply great. Really gets different moods and scenes out of her voice. I forget the name of her new tune but I really like its melancholy mood. I've seen her live a couple times and she's just as good there as she is on the records.

The Bulgarian Women's Choir: Its simply amazing to hear an ensemble that can sing with such intonation. I know it seems like an odd choice but the music is marvelous.

There are a lot of others, Lady Day, Ella Fitzgerald (love that "How High the Moon" she did), Mel Torme, Al Green, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Bill Withers, Bob Marley, Brian McKnight, Chaka Khan, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Missy Elliott, Norah Jones, Prince, Ray Charles, Shawn Colvin, Sylvester Stewart.

And I liked Bon Scott better than Brian Johnson in AC/DC!

Great list. I love Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, Nat King Cole. Heck, I like just about everybody you mentioned.

I'll second Chili's Amy Winehouse mention. She may be an absolute disgusting trainwreck, but that chick can sing.

I think Eva Cassidy was a tremendous vocalist. And Norah Jones is fantastic. Stevie Nicks. Roberta Flack. Old Aretha Franklin. Emmylou Harris. Sinead O'Connor. Madelaine Peyroux. DeeDee Warwick. Dusty Springfield.

Oh, I forgot Bonnie Raitt. What could be better than spending a late afternoon (and the rest of the night) listening to Bonnie on a roadhouse jukebox?

Male vocalists: I'm a big John Fogarty fan. I could listen to CCR all weekend. Van Morrison is incredible. Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding...definitely Otis. Michael McDonald's Motown stuff is awesome. Dwight Yoakam is great.

Colin Hay is another good one. George Strait, Chris Isaak, Louis Armstrong. You know who gets forgotten in these conversations: Johnny Rivers. Cool voice.

Anybody familiar with Robert Bradley from "Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise"? That guy is great.

NorrisHopper30
12-08-2007, 09:47 PM
Matthew Bellamy

TheBigLebowski
12-08-2007, 10:37 PM
Jeff Tweedy from Wilco. So unique..

GAC
12-09-2007, 04:12 AM
I'm sure there are some on my list who would never win American Idol, but I still enjoy listening to them.....

Paul McCartney
Roger Daltrey
Jim Morrison
Ian Gillan
Robert Plant
Steven Tyler
Art Garfunkel
Brian Wilson
David Gilmour
Ray Davies

RANDY IN INDY
12-09-2007, 08:23 AM
James Taylor
Jackson Browne
Glen Frey
Ann Wilson
Bonnie Raitt
Andy Williams
Nat King Cole
Willie Nelson
Karen Carpenter
Don McLean
Glen Campbell

edabbs44
12-09-2007, 08:29 AM
Amy Lee has an amazing voice.

redhawkfish
12-09-2007, 11:07 AM
I have always liked the voice of Paul Rodgers of Free, Bad Company, The Firm, and now of Queen.

pedro
12-09-2007, 01:51 PM
Gary Louris
Jerry Garcia
David Bowie
Paul McCartney
Ira Kaplan
Ray Davies
Stephen Malkmus

Degenerate39
12-09-2007, 02:02 PM
Rick Astley

camisadelgolf
12-09-2007, 02:29 PM
Let me preface by saying this is a list of my favorite vocalists--not a list of who I consider to be the best vocalists.

Greg Dulli
Conor Oberst
Frank Black
Doug Martsch
Neil Young
Bob Pollard
Erika Wennerstrom
Ian Curtis
Isaac Brock
Kevin Barnes
Sting
Rivers Cuomo

Caveat Emperor
12-09-2007, 03:51 PM
In addition to what's already been mentioned (I second the nomination for Amy Winehouse -- girl has a set of pipes on her):

I've been a huge fan of Marc Roberge from O.A.R. for a while, and I also really dig Matt Nathanson too.

Oh, and that Dave Matthews character too ;) -- moreso his earlier stuff before the smoking took too much of a toll on his voice.

Sean_CaseyRules
12-09-2007, 05:36 PM
Bon Scott
Freddy Mercury
The Lead Singer for The Offspring, I don't remember his name off the top of my head.
Robert Plant
And.......DIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

guttle11
12-09-2007, 06:43 PM
Jeff Tweedy from Wilco. So unique..

Along that same line, Jay Farrar from Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt tops my list.

To be a fly on the wall of their early sessions back in the day...

Strikes Out Looking
12-09-2007, 09:50 PM
Paul Carrack and the late Paul Young are two of my favorite vocalists.

*BaseClogger*
12-09-2007, 11:51 PM
Anthony Kiedis- not a great singer, but awesome voice...

Ravenlord
12-10-2007, 02:26 AM
Jon Oliva (Savatage)
Matt Barlow (Iced Earth)
Tobias Sammett (Edguy)
Warrell Dane (Nevermore)
Brian Fair (Shadows Fall)
Johnny Cash
Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
Art Garfunkel
Ronnie James Dio
Jack Black
Nikka Costa
Amy Lee
Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil)
Waylon Jennings
Freddy Mercury
Willie Nelson
Simen Hestnæs (Arcturus and Dimmu Borgir)
Danny Filth (Cradle of Filth)
Eric Adams (ManOwaR)
Duff McKagan
Jewel (before she became pop)

Cedric
12-10-2007, 02:57 AM
Rob Crow- Pinback. Not a great singer but a great voice and unique.
Eddie Vedder- raw and gets better with age. The angst left and now it's beautiful
Niko Case- Just a bad ass singer.
Michael Jackson- Lets be real. He's got the best pop singing voice of all time.

Jpup
12-10-2007, 05:17 AM
Here are some of my favorite singers:

Scott Stapp
Phil Collins
Kenny Chesney
Martina McBride
Jason Aldean
Rob Thomas
Kevin Max (DC Talk)
Steven Curtis Chapman
Chris Daughtry

camisadelgolf
12-10-2007, 05:27 AM
Occasionally, I'll dislike a vocalist so much that I can't listen to the band even when I like some of the music behind the vocalist. I'm thinking in particular of Bright Eyes, Smashing Pumpkins, and Modest Mouse. Rock vocalists don't have to sound "pretty," but it helps if they're not annoying.

I just got around to reading your post. I put Conor Oberst and Isaac Brock on my list, and I almost put Billy Corgan on my list.

WebScorpion
12-10-2007, 12:13 PM
Wow, some great lists here. Interesting to see what voices click with which people. My list goes something like this:

Stevie Wonder ("You Haven't Done Nothin'" is the funkiest song ever sung)
Diana Krall
Frank Sinatra
Brian Howe (Bad Company)
Louis Armstrong
Luciano Pavarotti
Bobby McFerrin
Kenny Rogers
Whitney Houston
Rob Thomas
Otis Redding
Elvis Costello
Dionne Warwick
Kenny Chesney
Andrea Bocelli
Van Morrison
Alicia Keys
James Taylor
Sam Cooke
Bing Crosby
Morrissey (If I'm in a depressed mood)
Annie Lennox
Michael Buble
Marvin Gaye
Bob Seger
Shania Twain
Dean Martin

Well, that's just me. I'm sure other singers do it for you. Nice thread! :thumbup:

westofyou
12-10-2007, 12:39 PM
Others that I like

Donald Fagin
Lowell George
Emmy Lou Harris
Rory Erikson
Alex Chilton
Jerry Garcia
Bobby Massey
Carl Wilson
Al Green
Joe Jackson
Joan Osbourn
Lucinda Williams

minus5
12-10-2007, 01:46 PM
Wow, some great lists here. Interesting to see what voices click with which people. My list goes something like this:

Stevie Wonder ("You Haven't Done Nothin'" is the funkiest song ever sung)
Diana Krall
Frank Sinatra
Brian Howe (Bad Company)
Louis Armstrong
Luciano Pavarotti
Bobby McFerrin
Kenny Rogers
Whitney Houston
Rob Thomas
Otis Redding
Elvis Costello
Dionne Warwick
Kenny Chesney
Andrea Bocelli
Van Morrison
Alicia Keys
James Taylor
Sam Cooke
Bing Crosby
Morrissey (If I'm in a depressed mood)
Annie Lennox
Michael Buble
Marvin Gaye
Bob Seger
Shania Twain
Dean Martin

Well, that's just me. I'm sure other singers do it for you. Nice thread! :thumbup:

Aside from a few, that list has a lot of my favs as well. Frank & Dean & Bing are at the top of my list.:thumbup:

HotCorner
12-10-2007, 02:19 PM
Amy Lee has an amazing voice.

:thumbup:

Johnny Footstool
12-10-2007, 04:52 PM
Say what you will about Journey, but Steve Perry was an undeniably fantastic singer.

Rod Stewart from the '70s. Especially when he was with the Faces.

Chris Robinson from the Black Crowes -- his performance on "Sometimes Salvation" is amazing, and his vocals transform "Twice as Hard" and "Jealous Again" from decent blues songs into Southern Rock classics.

Jeff Buckley. His voice sounds like soul-tearing sadness on "The Last Goodbye". I defy you to find a better performance of "Hallelujah".

Jonette Napolitano from Concrete Blonde. Throaty, husky vocals with a fantastic rock yell. "Joey" and "Someday" are stunning.

Eva Cassidy. She absolutely owned "Time After Time" (apologies to Cyndi Lauper, who is a great singer in her own right).

westofyou
12-10-2007, 04:58 PM
Say what you will about Journey, but Steve Perry was an undeniably fantastic singer.

I think Perry's voice best reflected off Greg Rollies, when they sang together it sounded stronger then when Rollie left.

pedro
12-10-2007, 05:52 PM
I think Perry's voice best reflected off Greg Rollies, when they sang together it sounded stronger then when Rollie left.

Wheel in the Sky

NYMoose
12-11-2007, 01:25 PM
Sarah Brightman

IowaRed
12-11-2007, 01:35 PM
Jeff Buckley

pedro
12-11-2007, 01:36 PM
Mick Jagger

westofyou
12-11-2007, 01:41 PM
Bob Pollard

IowaRed
12-11-2007, 01:47 PM
GOULET!

CySeymour
12-11-2007, 02:01 PM
Ronnie Dunn
Bob Seeger
Martina McBride
Reba
Ann Wilson


Just to name a few

cincinnati chili
12-12-2007, 08:29 PM
I just got around to reading your post. I put Conor Oberst and Isaac Brock on my list, and I almost put Billy Corgan on my list.

To each his own. Too whiny for me.

Ravenlord
12-13-2007, 05:04 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT99KeWKDCo

Jon Oliva

GAC
12-16-2007, 06:51 AM
I have to admit that Ozzy Osbourne has a very "unique" voice.

And I can't believe no one has mentioned Dio. ;)