Vocalists You Should Hear

Having been reminded of Paul Young back in 2010, we thought we’d talk about some of the best vocalists.  We’re mindful many of our Meganauts are in their early 20s (some in their teens), so if all you know are Justin Timberlake and Kelly Clarkson, you need to expand your musical horizons a little bit.

Note that some of these vocalists never released solo recordings.  To be eligible for our compilation, an artist must be born at least 40 years ago.  This is only an abridged list.  We’ll publish a more comprehensive survey later on our Music Camp page (call it the extended mix).  In the meantime, check out NPR’s 50 Great Voices.  NPR’s yearlong project takes a slightly different approach.  Its list of 135 nominees includes opera singers, rappers, and artists who would be the first to admit they’re not very good vocalists (Leonard Cohen, for example).  Unlike the rock-dominated lists from Rolling Stone magazine and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, ours is more balanced.  We will try to add more artists from Latin America and continental Europe in the future.

Press [►] and find out which three songs we’ve selected for each artist (there will be surprises).

 

 

Vocalists You Should Hear

Having been reminded of Paul Young back in 2010, we thought we’d talk about some of the best vocalists.  We’re mindful many of our Meganauts are in their early 20s (some in their teens), so if all you know are Justin Timberlake and Kelly Clarkson, you need to expand your musical horizons a little bit.

Note that some of these vocalists never released solo recordings.  To be eligible for our compilation, an artist must be born at least 40 years ago.  This is only an abridged list.  We’ll publish a more comprehensive survey later on our Music Camp page (call it the extended mix).  In the meantime, check out NPR’s 50 Great Voices.  NPR’s yearlong project takes a slightly different approach.  Its list of 135 nominees includes opera singers, rappers, and artists who would be the first to admit they’re not very good vocalists (Leonard Cohen, for example).  Unlike the rock-dominated lists from Rolling Stone magazine and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, ours is more balanced.  We will try to add more artists from Latin America and continental Europe in the future.

Press [►] and find out which three songs we’ve selected for each artist (there will be surprises).

 

 

By Name

 

Female Vocalists

Yolanda Adams [], Patti Austin [], Joan Baez []
Karen Carpenter [], Eva Cassidy [], Petula Clark [], Patsy Cline [], Celia Cruz []
Aretha Franklin [], Alejandra Guzman [], Billie Holiday [], Whitney Houston []
Mahalia Jackson [], Etta James [], Alison Krauss [], Patti LaBelle [], k.d. lang []
Alison Moyet [], Odetta [], Edith Piaf [], Diana Ross []
Nina Simone [], Dusty Springfield [], Candi Staton [], Donna Summer []
Irma Thomas [], Tracey Thorn [], Tina Turner [], Martha Wash [], Wynonna []

 

Male Vocalists

Ricardo Arjona []
Tony Bennett [], James Brown [], Michael Buble [], Jeff Buckley [], Solomon Burke []
Glen Campbell [], Ray Charles [], Kurt Cobain [], Sam Cooke []
Terence Trent D’Arby [], Bobby Darin [], John Denver [], Dion [], Don and Phil Everly []
John Fogerty [], Art Garfunkel [], David Gates [], Marvin Gaye [], Vince Gill [], Lou Gramm [], Al Green []
Donny Hathaway [], Ronald Isley [], Michael Jackson [], Mick Jagger [], Elton John [], Tom Jones []
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan [], B.B. King [], Ben E. King [], Little Richard []
Curtis Mayfield [], Freddie Mercury [], Don McLean [], Willie Nelson [], Aaron Neville []
Roy Orbison [], Teddy Pendergrass [], Robert Plant [], Elvis Presley [], Prince []
Otis Redding [], Reyli [], David Ruffin []
Seal [], Paul Simon [], Frank Sinatra [], George Strait [], Levi Stubbs [], Sylvester []
Russell Thompkins Jr. [], Randy Travis []
Frankie Valli [], Luther Vandross [], Stevie Wonder [], Paul Young []

By Age

 

Female Vocalists

Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972) [], Billie Holiday (1915-1959) [], Edith Piaf (1915-1963) []
Celia Cruz (1925-2003) []
Odetta (1930-2008) [], Petula Clark (1932-) [], Patsy Cline (1932-1963) [], Nina Simone (1933-2003) []
Etta James (1938-2012) [], Dusty Springfield (1939-1999) [], Tina Turner (1939-) []
Candi Staton (1940-) [], Joan Baez (1941-) [], Irma Thomas (1941-) []
Aretha Franklin (1942-) [], Patti LaBelle (1944-) [], Diana Ross (1944-) [], Donna Summer (1948-2012) []
Patti Austin (1950-) [], Karen Carpenter (1950-1983) [], Martha Wash (1953-) []
Yolanda Adams (1961-) [], k.d. lang (1961-) [], Alison Moyet (1961-) []
Tracey Thorn (1962-) [], Eva Cassidy (1963-1996) [], Whitney Houston (1963-2012) []
Wynonna (1964-) [], Alejandra Guzman (1968-) []
Alison Krauss (1971-) []

 

Male Vocalists

Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) [], B.B. King (1925-2015) [], Tony Bennett (1926-) []
Ray Charles (1930-2004) [], Sam Cooke (1931-1964) [], Little Richard (1932-) []
James Brown (1933-2006) [], Willie Nelson (1933-) [], Frankie Valli (1934-) []
Elvis Presley (1935-1977) [], Glen Campbell (1936-2017) [], Bobby Darin (1936-1973) [], Roy Orbison (1936-1988) [], Levi Stubbs (1936-2008) [], Don (1937-) and Phil Everly (1939-2014) []
Ben E. King (1938-2015) [], Dion (1939-) [], Marvin Gaye (1939-1984) []
Solomon Burke (1940-2010) [], David Gates (1940-) [], Tom Jones (1940-) [], Art Garfunkel (1941-) [], Ronald Isley (1941-) [], Aaron Neville (1941-) []
Otis Redding (1941-1967) [], David Ruffin (1941-1991) [], Paul Simon (1941-) [], Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999) []
John Denver (1943-1997) [], Mick Jagger (1943-) [], John Fogerty (1945-) []
Donny Hathaway (1945-1979) [], Don McLean (1945-) [], Al Green (1946-) []
Freddie Mercury (1946-1991) [], Elton John (1947-) [], Sylvester (1947-1988) [], Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948-1997) []
Robert Plant (1948-) []
Lou Gramm (1950-) [], Teddy Pendergrass (1950-2010) [], Stevie Wonder (1950-) [], Russell Thompkins Jr. (1951-) []
Luther Vandross (1951-2005) [], George Strait (1952-) [], Paul Young (1956-) []
Vince Gill (1957-) [], Michael Jackson (1958-2009) [], Prince (1958-2016) []
Randy Travis (1959-) []
Terence Trent D’Arby (1962-) [], Seal (1963-) [], Ricardo Arjona (1964-) []
Jeff Buckley (1966-1997) [], Kurt Cobain (1967-1994) []
Reyli (1972-) [], Michael Buble (1975-) []

By Country

 

Female Vocalists

--- Canada

k.d. lang []

--- Cuba

Celia Cruz []

--- France

Edith Piaf []

--- Mexico

Alejandra Guzman []

--- United Kingdom

Petula Clark [], Alison Moyet [], Dusty Springfield [], Tracey Thorn []

--- United States

Yolanda Adams [], Patti Austin [], Joan Baez [], Karen Carpenter [], Eva Cassidy [], Patsy Cline []
Aretha Franklin [], Billie Holiday [], Whitney Houston [], Mahalia Jackson [], Etta James []
Alison Krauss [], Patti LaBelle [], Odetta [], Diana Ross [], Nina Simone [], Candi Staton [], Donna Summer []
Irma Thomas [], Tina Turner [], Martha Wash [], Wynonna []

 

Male Vocalists

--- Canada

Michael Buble []

--- Guatemala

Ricardo Arjona []

--- Mexico

Reyli []

--- Pakistan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan []

--- United Kingdom

Mick Jagger [], Elton John [], Tom Jones [], Freddie Mercury [], Robert Plant [], Seal [], Paul Young []

--- United States

Tony Bennett [], James Brown [], Jeff Buckley [], Solomon Burke []
Glen Campbell [], Ray Charles [], Kurt Cobain [], Sam Cooke []
Terence Trent D’Arby [], Bobby Darin [], John Denver [], Dion []
Don and Phil Everly [], John Fogerty []
Art Garfunkel [], David Gates [], Marvin Gaye [], Vince Gill [], Lou Gramm [], Al Green [], Donny Hathaway []
Ronald Isley [], Michael Jackson [], B.B. King [], Ben E. King [], Little Richard []
Curtis Mayfield [], Don McLean [], Willie Nelson [], Aaron Neville []
Roy Orbison [], Teddy Pendergrass [], Elvis Presley [], Prince [], Otis Redding [], David Ruffin []
Paul Simon [], Frank Sinatra [], George Strait [], Levi Stubbs [], Sylvester []
Russell Thompkins Jr. [], Randy Travis []
Frankie Valli [], Luther Vandross [], Stevie Wonder []

 

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