Published on June 16th, 2010 | by Yellow Magpie2
Greatest Female Singers: Yellow Magpie’s Top Ten
Down through the years, female singers have entertained and enthralled us.
A good performer can bring an audience on a journey through powerful emotions. One minute they can make the heart soar the next make it break. That is the gift of a good performer, and strangely it is not always the best singers who can do that. The secret is how they interpret a song.
Let’s start with that great black singer Ella Fitzgerald. Not only did Ella have a wonderful voice but she used it like a finely tuned instrument that was there to do her bidding. She was a master at interpreting a song. Here she sings the old favourite ‘Georgia On My Mind’.
A born entertainer, Aretha Franklin is the undisputed queen of soul. This is her holding a huge crowd in the palm of her hands, which she sings ‘Respect’.
One of the worlds most renowned opera singers was Maria Callas. Known for her temperamental nature, Callas was a singer with the ability to evoke powerful emotions both in herself and in her audience. Maria Callas sung with immense passion. She died in1977 but her legacy lives on.
This is Maria singing ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’.
Another terrific performer is Cher, a woman who has stood the test of time. She is now singing better than ever making her just as popular today as she ever was. This is her singing ‘Strong Enough’ and she certainly is.
Barbara Streisand is a genius at interpreting a song. Her flawless handling of ‘The Way We Were’ turns this song into a classic. Her acting ability perhaps gives her an edge when it comes to reaching across to an audience.
Shirley Bassey is the ultimate show-woman. Sexy, sassy and exciting, Shirley is the tops when it comes to belting out a song while at the same time never losing control of either the melody or the lyrics, you can always hear every word with Shirley.
Listen to her as she sings ‘This is My Life’.
Sarah Brightman has a voice that can soar to great heights. She said she always thinks of a feather when she sings and tries to emmulate that in the quality of her voice. In ‘A Question Of Honour’ she mixes operatic with contemporary, showing off her versatility.
Whitney Heuston has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently with many believing her voice is gone for good. But when she was at the top of her game, her singing was stunning. ‘I Will Always Love You’ was a huge hit for her worldwide.
Mariah Carey is famous for her vocal gymnastics. She can apparently make her voice do anything. In ‘Without You’ she shows the full range of her voice.
Beyonce Knowles is a great entertainer combining singing with complicated dance routines. In the mega popular ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’ she shows just what she can do. Beyonce is the culmination of a great talent combined with the ability to entertain giving her wide appeal.