Who is one of your favorite voices of all time? There are so many greats. Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and Smokey Robinson, to name a few. After someone polled an online music forum for their favorite voices, these are the artists they nominated. Do you agree?
1. Ella Fitzgerald
One musicophile shared, “My favorite thing about her is when she started getting on in years and didn’t necessarily have the air/lung ability to do her longer holds, she switched to scatting to fill those bars in the song. She was amazing in both the quality of her voice and her technical skill.”
2. Freddie Mercury
“I always have thought he was way better than Michael Jackson,” one melophile declares. “Of course, they are different genres for the most part. But I don’t think there is a single song Freddie couldn’t have sung better.” There is a powerful statement being made there, and I, for one, would love to see Freddie cover some MJ greats.
3. Chris Cornell
One stagehand recalls seeing Cornell (Soundgarden and Audioslave) performing live and made this statement, “I saw him sing Ave Maria while working one of his shows. That’s not an easy song to do justice to, let alone improve upon. It stopped two of us from moving a tray table in our tracks because we couldn’t believe what we heard.”
4. Whitney Houston
Whitney was mentioned many times on the list. Several people spoke about her cover of Dolly’s “I Will Always Love You,” but one person, in particular, noted her Super Bowl XXV National Anthem rendition. “Oh yes, absolutely. I know people have tried to come close. She hits a note at the very end that is so hard, like when she sings “brave” at the very end. It’s just so different and so on point. She appeared effortless! Absolutely best of all time!”
5. Ronnie James Dio
“He’s absolutely in my top 5 rock vocalists ever,” one avid rock fan raves. “There’s a reason he was chosen to step into Black Sabbath after Ozzy, and there’s a reason he was the only person to ever fill those shoes with any meaningful success. He brought so much power to every song he sang.”
6. Luciano Pavarotti
I don’t follow Opera music outside of the JG Wentworth commercials, but I have definitely heard the name Pavarotti on multiple occasions. Another music enthusiast adds, “Pavarotti went to that next level: he not only wanted to be able to hit the note… he didn’t want the audience to know how hard he was working for it. He had polished his craft to the point it appeared effortless.”
7. Marvin Gaye
A music lover remarks, “He doesn’t have the strongest, boisterous, charismatic voice. But he is so smooth and calming, yet tragic and emotional. You feel the pain of his love. My favorite of his is ‘Intercity Blues.'”
8. Florence Welch
Florence Welch has a voice that has been described as ethereal, and many agree that is a great descriptive word for her. One concertgoer said, “Saw her live last year, and words can’t even describe how magical she makes the concert experience. I laughed, cried, danced… She truly knows how to put on a performance and connect with the crowd.”
9. Bruno Mars
Even music listeners who aren’t a fan have to admit that Bruno has got some skills. Another stated, “Yeah, he doesn’t make the kind of music I’m into, but I’m still able to tell he’s great at what he does. The vast majority of artists usually have one or two of the three qualities of great recordings, great live signing, or great overall performance while on stage, and the guy hits all three easily without a debate.”
10. Patsy Cline
Considered one of the most influential voices of the 20th century, Patsy Cline was also one of the first country music singers to crossover into pop. Many music enthusiasts note, “My pick as well. It’s so unfortunate she died at 30. Imagine the depth of catalog we would have been gifted from that woman.”
11. Mike Patton
A Mike Patton fan writes, “Faith No More fan for 35 years. I remember watching Epic all the time on MTV as a kid, and I loved it, but I think I really got into them when my older brother bought “Angel Dust” in 1991. I was 11, and I remember “Malpractice” was like nothing I’d ever heard, but it just intrigued me to no end.”
“It’s her phrasing. Even when she was very young, she had an extremely mature sense of phrasing and a knack for a really good hook.” Another fan admits, “She also seems like a person I would like to have coffee with; she’s absolutely hilarious in interviews and seems like a genuinely down-to-earth, grounded person.”
13. Hayley Williams
Several commenters, “Came looking for this. I posted the same thing years ago in a similar thread and got downvoted. I think it was maybe people not liking her style of music and not being objective, but I feel like as time went by, kind of like with Travis Barker, people had to almost like, concede to themselves that despite maybe not being their fav genre, some people’s talent is just undeniable.”
14. Amy Lee
“I saw Evanescence supporting Muse this year (I’m a bigger fan of Evanescence, honestly), and my God, did she sound amazing.” One Amy Lee fan expressed, “That was the first time I’d seen her live, and I’ve seen so many things over the years trashing her live performances, but she killed it.”
15. Floor Jansen
One Finnish person denoted, “Floor is incredible. I recently rediscovered Nightwish after a decade or so of not listening to them (I remember the Tarja drama from when I was a kid, but that’s about it, that was a big deal in Finland), and I was amazed at her talent both live and recorded. Inspired me to sing again.”
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