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Top Female Singers of the 20th Century

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Here is a list of the top female singing artist. Now these are based on my own opinion so other thoughts might vary.

Rated 1536 points - posted 7 years ago by tinahanna7 in category Music.
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China Forbes Report Abuse
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Female vocalist for Pink Martini. One of the sexiest voices I've ever heard. Like butter! youtube some Pink Martini if you've never heard of them.
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Hope Sandoval Report Abuse
Of Mazzy Star fame more recently guest vocalist on the recent Massive Attack CD - her voice takes me away to a faraway place...
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Lorraine Ellison Report Abuse
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Skye Edwards Report Abuse
British singer-songwriter formerly of Morcheeba
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back with Morcheeba now....
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Mary Black Report Abuse
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beautiful voice
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Wendy Waldman Report Abuse
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Beth Orton Report Abuse
Amazing voice.
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Colby Callait Report Abuse
She writes her own songs and writes and co-writes songs for many other top artists. Colby won two Grammys in 2010 (co-wrote and recorded "Lucky" with Jason Mraz {Best Pop Collaboration} and was a featured artist and co-writer on Taylor Swift's "Fearless" album which won a Grammy for Album of the Year). on top of getting two Grammy nominations (one for Pop Album of the Year {"Breakthrough"} and one for Best Pop Collaboration for "Breathe" with Taylor Swift, which she also co-wrote. On top of her incredible writing skills, Colby can literally sing circles around most (if not all) modern day vocalists, and she doesn't need to resort to "tricks" such as auto tune or other voice enhancements which many top artists are now utilizing.
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This is not 20th Century..
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You also make a very good point, but, do multiple wrongs make a right ? Requirements are not being adhered to but if we don't address the problem what other resource do we have to eliminate the problem ?
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You make a very good point, however after reviewing this list, it appears that the requirements needed to get on it are not being adhered to, and therefore Colbie deserves to be on the list more than many of the singers who are.
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Your comment is true (if she did indeed sing 'professionally' at the age of 11) but at 11 years old in 1996 and going into the 21 st century in her mid teens she can't possibly be rated as a Top Female Singer of The 20th Century and should not be on this list. Technically a 20th century singer is not good enough and what ever success a performer has after the 20th century is irrelivant here.
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Very true, her first album debuted in 2007, but she began singing professionally in 1996 at the tender age of 11, which means she technically qualifies as a "Female Singer of the 20th Century"!
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Colbie Caillat debuted in 2007! I'm so tired of seeing ineligable singers on this list!!!! especially when they're higher on the list then eligable artists.
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Exene Cervenka Report Abuse
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Corinne Drewery Report Abuse
Corinne Drewery (born 21 September 1959, in Nottingham, England) is the lead singer of the pop music band, Swing Out Sister. Great voice.
-10 points - added 7 years ago by marco - 1 comment
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Magnificent woman blessed with great talent and a wonderful voice.
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Brandi Carlile Report Abuse
She's incredible!
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She is by far one of the greatest singers I know. Seeing her live just shows how much of a true artist she is!!! She is going to be someone to remember in a few years and someone you will never forget!
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Mary Margaret O'Hara Report Abuse
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Sarah Blasko Report Abuse
Australian Singer Songwriter....beautifully haunting voice....exceptional lyrics
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Janiva Magness Report Abuse
This blues lady has an awesome voice and has really put in the roadtime, worked all over the world, and gets in the middle of her fans...she may not have been rated in the 20th century...but look out she's on her way. She writes music too I love her rendition of Nina Simone's "I'm Feeling Good"...her albums just get better n better
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Wow you were right!!
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Ayumi Hamasaki Report Abuse
The Empress Of Japanese Popular Music The Madonna Of Asia The Ultimate Japanese Diva (Music) Richest Female Entettainer Of Japan (Over 500 billion yen is her reported networth
-13 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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An amazing singer......even if i can't understand a word she says XD
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oh, by the way, even the spice girls have sold 25 million more record units than Ayumi according to wikipedia!
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500 billion yen converts roughly to 5.3 billion dollars - Tadashi Yanai is #1 in net worth in Japan as of 2009 with 6.1 billion dollars, Hiroshi Yamauchchi is #3 with 4.5 billion dollars. Ayumi Hamasaki isn't even listed on the top ten list so where did the 5.3 billion go? Do you just make this stuff up as you go, but then again, you have listed so many artists on this site it must be tough to check your facts about them all first.
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Lily Allen Report Abuse
She is amazing
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This English singer is from the current 21st century - not eligible for this 20th century list.
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More a circus act than a singer!!!!!
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Lisa (Left Eye) Lopez Report Abuse
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Do you mean Lisa (Left Eye) LOPES ? gees! better known as a rapper.
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Cristina Scabbia Report Abuse
just listen to Swamped, Falling, and You Create/What I See
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Elisa Toffoli Report Abuse
Elisa (born Elisa Toffoli on 19 December 1977) is an Italian singer. She sings in several musical genres that go from rock, to the blues, soul and ambient. She recently had a duet with Tina Turner with the song “Teach Me Again” for the film All the Invisible Children which went straight to #1 in Italy.
-17 points - added 6 years ago by marcyyoakum - 1 comment
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you may remember her song on dancing with the stars" ELISA DANCING" she has been singing since childhood professionally.she writes her songs
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Chan Marshall Report Abuse
Great singer. Great songwriter.
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amazing. in love with her early sound.
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Camille Report Abuse
Amazing to think that one day France would give birth to talent ! =)
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I am sure France has given birth to beter talent.
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Kumi Koda (or Koda Kumi) Report Abuse
Interesting music videos that keep you glued to youtube...i love her voice!!
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Yahaloma Report Abuse
Up and coming artist. Her mom is Evelyn Thomas. She has what it takes, and I hope you will at least give her the chance. She is so talented.
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Jean Shy Report Abuse
This Lady has a tremendous, powerful voice. Whether she's performing Soul, Blues, Jazz or Gospel she feels it, and delivers it all in her own very unique style. She is what's considered a multi-talent, and yet unfortunately she has never received the Media attention that she so very much deserves, even though she has been performing for more than 4 decades. One can definitely say that she is one of the best Singers of the 20th Century, but I'll go beyond that, and say from my heart that she's one of the best Singers "ever."
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She can sang the BLUES!!!
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Fantastic Voice
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What a great Singer!! If you havn't heard her sing you must check her out! The critiques say she has GOLD in the Throat!
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she`s got it all covered...she can Rock like fire sing like an Angel and take you back to church
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If you hear this woman sing Amazing grace you will know she is a true artist
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she is the awsomest of female vocals
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Jean Shy deserves to be heard all over the world.
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Jean Shy is amazing. Her voice is phenomenol
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Wow !!!! what a voice
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can`t wait for her European Tour in Feb 2011
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and do check out her "Tough Enough" Album...she is
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listen to her close
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Jean deserves as much Credit as Aretha
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This Lady has a set of pipes that you have to hear. I love it!
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This woman can out sing the best of them
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Have you HEARD TIS WOMAN SING????
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one of th Best that I have heard.she deserves to be mentioned as much as Aretha and certainly deserves more credit than she is getting
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Keyshia Cole Report Abuse
This R&B songlady has been making hits since 2005 and has never stoped
-27 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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I think it would be smarter to call this a list of the top female singers in no particular order, because it is obviously not difinitive and everyone has there own taste. Even if you could define what makes an exceptional voice and input that into a computer program for it to decide, what would it mean to us as humans? When we listen to music we decide if we like it based on much more than technical skill. Let's face it who has time to develope skills today. Especially listening skills! Should we leave the decision to experts? We all think we are the expert. And in a certain sense you are the expert in your life. No one can replace your decisions in life. So stop all the bickering and lets just make a list of great singers in no particular order because all of you are right. I had to laugh at the list though I'm not saying why.
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she should be in the top 50 she is a amazing singer and should be recongized for it
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21st century singer - not eligible for this 20th century list.
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