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Post by Liam Fri 27 Jul 2012, 1:53 pm

been some great vocalists over the years. For me, there was only one for me, Freddie Mercury.

In recent years i've stumbled across Myles Kennedy, who's touring with slash. Incredible voice I genuinely think rivals freddie's.

So who for you had the greatest voice of all time?

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Post by ChequeredJersey Fri 27 Jul 2012, 6:10 pm

So many- voice is, like sporting talent, too subjective to pick just one.

For me the different contenders I have heard, depending on what one is lokking for, includes Freddie Mercury, Ray Charles, Alfie Boe, Jeff Buckley, Damien Rice (in a very different way), David Bowie, Whitney Houston, Nina Simone, Robert Plant, Paul Rodgers, Alicia Keys, Marvin Gaye, and Etta James
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Post by James_182 Fri 27 Jul 2012, 11:05 pm

Depends what you look for in a voice and singer I guess, but for me its Johnny Cash.

I listen to mainly Punk, Rock and Metal but love cash.

I heard his son once say that you will find his albums among record collections that make him look out of place, but he has such a wide appeal that he reaches out to fans of all tastes.

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Post by Lance Sat 28 Jul 2012, 2:18 pm

steven tyler for me

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Post by GG Sat 28 Jul 2012, 5:50 pm

Otis Redding

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Post by Adam D Sat 28 Jul 2012, 6:08 pm

A really hard one for me.

What are we judging it on? If its as a performer, then Freddie Mercury is a good shout.

If its on how beautiful a voice is, Karen Carpenter would win this for me.

My own personal favourite is Fish but thats down to the words and feeling in his voice.

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Post by ChequeredJersey Sat 28 Jul 2012, 6:12 pm

If I can just say one, it's Jeff Buckley because every note plucks a string on the harp of my soul, or something cheesy like that
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Post by CFCNick Sat 28 Jul 2012, 8:33 pm

Can't look much further than Freddie. It's very hard to pick just one from my "generation", I like Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and Billie Joe Armstrong. Honourable mention to Matt Bellamy too, his voice is more an instrument than purely singing the lyrics.

I can't pick just one. But maybe Dan Auerbach just shades it and all the rest are joint 2nd.

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Post by The Boss Sat 28 Jul 2012, 11:16 pm

Stevie Nicks for me. Just something about that voice is just unreal!if its just going by their voice that is.

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Post by Guest Thu 02 Aug 2012, 9:06 am

For me Morrissey and Prince take some beating. The range they find is quite mesmerising. I would also chuck Bono's name in there, but for me Prince and Morrissey have always left me just saying wow. I think the talent in singing is match the tone to the music and I think Morrissey and Prince have done is better than most before and after them.

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Post by dummy_half Thu 02 Aug 2012, 11:29 am

Some great nominations already, to which I would add Art Garfunkel and the vocal for Bridge over Troubled Water.

As LK says, there is something about matching tone to music (and lyrical meaning), and that song is one of the finest examples of this you will ever hear.

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Post by The Womble Fri 03 Aug 2012, 9:50 pm

There are some great shouts so far. It is hard to pick one but I'd like to put in
Darius Rucker - hootie and the blow fish
Brad Roberts - crash test dummies
Michael hutchence
Karen carpenter
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Post by Cari Fri 03 Aug 2012, 10:51 pm

Purely on vocals only and nothing else I'll pick:

Otis Redding.
Damien Dempsey.
Aretha Franklin
Sinead O'Connor.
Bono (especially on early U2 stuff).
James Dean Bradfield.
Jonny Rotten (just unique).

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Post by Gibson Sun 12 Aug 2012, 4:19 am

For pure voice alone, Nat King Cole & Karen Carpenter.

Definitive.

Others up there for me:

Roy Orbison
Dusty Springfield
Sam Cooke
Aretha Franklin
Mary J. Blige
Marvin Gaye
Dionne Warwick
Curtis Mayfield
Stevie Wonder
Joni Mitchell
Smokey Robinson
Al Green
Patsy Cline
Bill Withers
Louis Armstrong
Neil Young
Annie Lennox
Chrissie Hynde
Van Morrison
Bowie
Bjork
Bonnie Raitt
Michael Jackson
Elvis
Me Uncle Eamon with a few pints in 'im

So many more. Its one of those eternal questions. But, the Top 2 always remain the same for me.
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Post by Stella Wed 24 Apr 2013, 10:20 am

I like emotional singers like Thom Yorke and Matthew Bellamy, but would say George Michael, amongst others has a better voice.
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Post by ONETWOFOREVER Wed 24 Apr 2013, 10:42 am

Its hard to pick as people have suggested so I will base my answer on voices who effect me in a certain way when I hear them.

Karen Carpenter - Just an amazing voice. The song ''We only just began'' is proof for me. The perfect voice for a love song, great great voice.

Marvin Gaye - He could add real emotion to his songs, true talent. He could be melodic and powerful. Love hearing songs like ''When did you stop loving me, when did I stop loving you''

Stevie Wonder - Could go from soul to operatic in the same song again real talent.

Anita Baker - Jazz, soul, you name it.

Sade - need I say more.

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Post by The Womble Wed 24 Apr 2013, 10:49 am

Stella wrote:I like emotional singers like Thom Yorke and Matthew Bellamy, but would say George Michael, amongst others has a better voice.

Great choices in Thom Yorke and Matt Bellamy, I love listening to Thom Yorke sing. Not a big fan of George Michael but can appreciate he has a good voice.
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Post by Stella Wed 24 Apr 2013, 10:51 am

crazygangwomble wrote:
Stella wrote:I like emotional singers like Thom Yorke and Matthew Bellamy, but would say George Michael, amongst others has a better voice.

Great choices in Thom Yorke and Matt Bellamy, I love listening to Thom Yorke sing. Not a big fan of George Michael but can appreciate he has a good voice.

Thom's emotion really come out doesn't it. Great band.
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Post by The Womble Wed 24 Apr 2013, 10:51 am

ONETWOFOREVER wrote:Its hard to pick as people have suggested so I will base my answer on voices who effect me in a certain way when I hear them.

Karen Carpenter - Just an amazing voice. The song ''We only just began'' is proof for me. The perfect voice for a love song, great great voice.

Marvin Gaye - He could add real emotion to his songs, true talent. He could be melodic and powerful. Love hearing songs like ''When did you stop loving me, when did I stop loving you''

Stevie Wonder - Could go from soul to operatic in the same song again real talent.

Anita Baker - Jazz, soul, you name it.

Sade - need I say more.

Another 2 cracking choices. Karen Carpenters voice gives me goosebumps sometimes. As for Stevie Wonder, the guy had something about him that just made him stand out. A brilliant voice
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Post by Rowley Wed 24 Apr 2013, 10:55 am

Gibson wrote:For pure voice alone, Nat King Cole & Karen Carpenter.

Definitive.

Others up there for me:

Roy Orbison
Dusty Springfield

So many more. Its one of those eternal questions. But, the Top 2 always remain the same for me.

Good choice on those two, Orbison makes it sound so effortless and Dusty is a big favourite of mine, can do pretty much any style, soul, ballads, pop, love Dusty.

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Post by JuliusHMarx Wed 24 Apr 2013, 11:33 am

Not mentioned yet -
David Sylvian
Tom Waits

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Post by Looseheaded Wed 24 Apr 2013, 10:31 pm

Tom Waits for me, could sing anything and it'd sound golden and meaningful.

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Post by Gibson Wed 24 Apr 2013, 10:56 pm

alma wrote:Sam Cooke. The rest trail in his wake to be honest

Man but its so hard to be white sometimes.

Love you Alma. Pour toi.
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Post by Guest Thu 25 Apr 2013, 4:55 pm

Nat King Cole or Ella Fitzgerald

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Post by BlueNote Fri 24 May 2013, 1:33 pm

Billie Holiday or Anita O'Day; in the pop/rock etc world, Aretha Franklin .

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Post by BlueNote Fri 24 May 2013, 1:34 pm

Billie Holiday or Anita O'Day; in the pop/rock etc world, Aretha Franklin .

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Post by ChequeredJersey Fri 24 May 2013, 1:37 pm

Pop/rock? Arethra Franklin?? I know she's not true Blues or jazz but pop?
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Post by Galted Fri 24 May 2013, 1:52 pm

male - Michael Stipe of REM & Johnny Mathis
female - Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins
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Post by Mind the windows Tino. Fri 24 May 2013, 2:25 pm

Ray LaMontagne has an incredible voice. Not the most uplifting songs but his voice is just amazing. It is someone rough and gravelly yet unbelievably soulful and soothing at the same time.

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Post by Sir. badgerhands Fri 24 May 2013, 3:44 pm

H from Steps.

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Post by BlueNote Fri 24 May 2013, 5:34 pm

CJ, I'm counting soul in 'etc'! It's quite hard to define - not classical, not jazz, not folk...

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Post by ChequeredJersey Fri 24 May 2013, 5:42 pm

Mind the windows Tino. wrote:Ray LaMontagne has an incredible voice. Not the most uplifting songs but his voice is just amazing. It is someone rough and gravelly yet unbelievably soulful and soothing at the same time.

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Post by ChequeredJersey Fri 24 May 2013, 5:43 pm

BlueNote wrote:CJ, I'm counting soul in 'etc'! It's quite hard to define - not classical, not jazz, not folk...

Well, I tend to define it as Soul! Or possibly an offshoot of Gospel
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Post by super_realist Fri 24 May 2013, 7:59 pm

Galted wrote:male - Michael Stipe of REM & Johnny Mathis
female - Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins

Excellent shout.

Tricky one as it's all subjective.

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Post by Strongback Sun 26 May 2013, 8:22 am

Musically and technically it's hard to beat Sinatra particularly his timing, phrasing, note bending etc. His playing with time was as good as any of the great jazz instrumentalists.

Best female singer to me is Ella Fitzgerald and it isn't even close. A voice of velvet that could do things and go places never matched in the history of recording.


For rock since the 1980's I like Chris Cornell.

Soul, it's Marvin or Otis, both incredible.


Of the British mega bands like Zep, Floyd, The Beatles etc I like Roger Daltrey's voice the most.


Freddie always deserves a special mention.

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Post by BlueNote Tue 28 May 2013, 5:56 pm

Ella had amazing dexterity, great voice, great phrasing, but maybe just lacked that little bit of soul for me.

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Post by Shot 21 LCFC Wed 29 May 2013, 8:06 am

Right Im mainly a fan of Hip Hop and R&B so although I know I am going to be absolutely slated and ripped for this here goes:

The greatest singer of all time in MY opinion is R Kelly.

In fact one could say he is the "Worlds Greatest"! Whistle

In all seriousness though he is my favourite. Be gentle with me please!!!

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Post by Il Gialloblu Wed 29 May 2013, 9:35 am

Just for you, Shot:

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Post by Guest Wed 29 May 2013, 11:01 am

Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Tom Araya from SLAYER!!!!!

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Post by Colan (niner) Wed 29 May 2013, 6:19 pm

In terms of recent times, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park is up there. I'm bias as a fan but he sings in many different styles and sounds great every time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j4StOKKTOA

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Post by westisbest Wed 29 May 2013, 6:47 pm

Bruce Springsteen.
Smokey Robinson
Bob Marley
Jimmi Cliff.

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Post by Il Gialloblu Wed 29 May 2013, 8:32 pm

Bob Marley wasn't even the best singer in Bob Marley & The Wailers.
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