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Who is Your Favorite Female Singer of All Time?

Just comment your favorite female singer of all time. Just one.

You can take her records on your desert island.

by Anonymousreply 312December 13, 2023 10:54 AM

Leontyne Price

by Anonymousreply 1November 26, 2023 6:19 PM

Kate Bush.

by Anonymousreply 2November 26, 2023 6:32 PM

There's a lot of cunt bones in here about to be kicked for choosing incorrectly.

by Anonymousreply 3November 26, 2023 6:32 PM

I love Mick & Roger Daltrey. Terry Hall was great. Is this what you mean OP? Did I follow your rules?

by Anonymousreply 4November 26, 2023 6:37 PM

Sheena Easton

by Anonymousreply 5November 26, 2023 6:46 PM

Cynthia Clawson

by Anonymousreply 6November 26, 2023 6:50 PM

Crystal Lewis

by Anonymousreply 7November 26, 2023 6:51 PM

Sheila Walsh

by Anonymousreply 8November 26, 2023 6:51 PM

Whitney Houston

by Anonymousreply 9November 26, 2023 6:53 PM

Olivia Newton-John

by Anonymousreply 10November 26, 2023 6:57 PM

For voice: Ann Wilson and Sinead

For just because : Janis Joplin

For lyrics and rage: Courtney Love

by Anonymousreply 11November 26, 2023 7:04 PM

Linda Ronstadt

by Anonymousreply 12November 26, 2023 7:13 PM

At one point I would have said Neko Case. But then I made the mistake of following her on. Twitter. Shrieking wokester who never saw a person she couldn’t shame and lecture.

A few years ago on Thanksgiving, she was posting or reposting all the most shrill scolding about how Thanksgiving is literally reveling in the annihilation of the Native Americans, we have nothing to be thankful for because of George Floyd, the whole woke catechism. I replied as a paleo-liberal, suggesting that always scolding everyone about everything isn’t the best way to win people over to your argument, and that most Americans see Thanksgiving as a rare American feast day to get together with family and appreciate the good things in your life.

Immediate block. Haven’t listened to her since!

by Anonymousreply 13November 26, 2023 7:13 PM

Rickie Lee Jones

by Anonymousreply 14November 26, 2023 7:15 PM

Cilla Black

by Anonymousreply 15November 26, 2023 7:15 PM

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

by Anonymousreply 16November 26, 2023 7:16 PM

Buffy Sainte-Marie

by Anonymousreply 17November 26, 2023 7:17 PM

Kelly Hogan.

by Anonymousreply 18November 26, 2023 7:18 PM


She has it all: A number of phases, from teenage voice to very mature, aged voice, and a vast discography of the most satisfying music with the best collaborators.

And her voice makes me so happy.

by Anonymousreply 19November 26, 2023 7:19 PM

Courtney Love (I'm actually not joking). There is a wounded soulfulness in a lot of her/Hole's songs that for some reason speaks to me—the rage, too. I find it very powerful.

by Anonymousreply 20November 26, 2023 7:28 PM

Shirley Horn.

by Anonymousreply 21November 26, 2023 7:29 PM

Donna Summer and Karen Carpenter

by Anonymousreply 22November 26, 2023 7:30 PM

R13 R17 she sucks

by Anonymousreply 23November 26, 2023 7:52 PM

My father’s favorite was Kate Smith. Streisand is more my taste.

by Anonymousreply 24November 26, 2023 7:53 PM

R8. Wow. What do you like about Sheila Walsh? Been years…

by Anonymousreply 25November 26, 2023 7:57 PM

Based on what I have saved in Spotify, it’s Madonna, Dolly, or Emmylou Harris.

And if we are talking about desert island music, it would definitely be Emmylou Harris.

by Anonymousreply 26November 26, 2023 8:00 PM

Linda Ronstadt. Not only an amazing voice but unafraid to use it for innumerable genres - pop, rock, country, big band, etc.

by Anonymousreply 27November 26, 2023 8:04 PM

I can’t cut it down below ten.

So it’s in no particular order Nico, PJ Harvey, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf, Joni Mitchell, Bjork, Courtney Love, Joanna Newsom, Karen Dalton and Ella Fitzgerald.

I like unique voices. You would never mistake any of these women for anybody else.

by Anonymousreply 28November 26, 2023 8:06 PM

Just one.

by Anonymousreply 29November 26, 2023 8:07 PM

The Spotify wrapped informed me I listen to Nico the most but I’m wondering if that factors in The Velvet Underground songs she’s on. Plus Joni isn’t on the app the anymore, so it might as well be her too…

by Anonymousreply 30November 26, 2023 8:12 PM

Chaka Khan

by Anonymousreply 31November 26, 2023 8:13 PM

Olivia Newton John

by Anonymousreply 32November 26, 2023 8:17 PM

I said Kelly Hogan because I actually got to witness this lady. I could have said Dinah Washington, Ella, Billie, Loretta, Judy. Hogan also toured with Mavis Staples. Anyways…

by Anonymousreply 33November 26, 2023 8:28 PM

I think only Ella Fitzgerald would stand up to being the ONLY female recording artist who would not get cloying if stuck with only the one, on a desert island. This is because she is a "cool" toned artist. You can read into her what you want and take what you want from her. She's very transparent and democratic.

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by Anonymousreply 35November 26, 2023 8:40 PM

Maria McKee

by Anonymousreply 36November 26, 2023 8:43 PM

Belinda Carlisle

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by Anonymousreply 37November 26, 2023 8:58 PM

R25 she can sing everything

by Anonymousreply 38November 26, 2023 9:00 PM

Marni Nixon

by Anonymousreply 39November 26, 2023 9:01 PM


by Anonymousreply 40November 26, 2023 9:03 PM

R38 Including the National Christian Anthem "Death To All The LGBTS".

by Anonymousreply 41November 26, 2023 9:03 PM

Billie Holiday

by Anonymousreply 42November 26, 2023 9:04 PM

Diana Ross

Gladys Knight

by Anonymousreply 43November 26, 2023 9:05 PM

Definitely Ella Fitzgerald. Her voice and her body of work are remarkable.

by Anonymousreply 44November 26, 2023 9:10 PM

Just one OP, then it has to be Ella Fitzgerald. Like R19, she has a backlog of great music and collaborators(she sang with everyone). I gave up Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Judy, Maria Callas, Aretha and Gladys.

by Anonymousreply 45November 26, 2023 9:12 PM

Ashley Simpson

by Anonymousreply 46November 26, 2023 9:23 PM

Dusty Springfield

by Anonymousreply 47November 26, 2023 9:27 PM

Tammy Wynette

by Anonymousreply 48November 26, 2023 9:34 PM

I know I’ll be roasted for this, but I think Taylor Swift’s discography would sustain me the most on a desert island at this point. Runners up: Madonna, Whitney (not prolific enough), Barbra, Stevie/Fleetwood Mac, Diana/Supremes.

by Anonymousreply 49November 26, 2023 9:39 PM

R28 will you marry me?

by Anonymousreply 50November 26, 2023 10:23 PM

And R49's post signals the end of this thread for anyone with taste.

by Anonymousreply 51November 26, 2023 10:27 PM

Chrissie Hynde

by Anonymousreply 52November 26, 2023 10:31 PM

Every so often someone implies that there are no young people on this site.

Apparently there are quite a lot of under-25s, and they're all on this thread.

by Anonymousreply 53November 26, 2023 10:33 PM

Actually, kd lang. A criminally underrated genius whose relative lack of popularity just comes to show you how shallow the music industry really is. I'm only sorry that I'll probably never hear her sing live (too far).

by Anonymousreply 54November 26, 2023 10:41 PM

Lady Day

by Anonymousreply 55November 26, 2023 11:04 PM

Sarah Jarosz

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by Anonymousreply 56November 26, 2023 11:26 PM

Whitney Houston

by Anonymousreply 57November 26, 2023 11:29 PM

Taylor Swift

by Anonymousreply 58November 26, 2023 11:29 PM

Etta James. If I had to choose someone whose singing voice I'd like to have, it would be her. She also just had charisma on stage.

by Anonymousreply 59November 27, 2023 1:05 AM

Christa Ludwig

by Anonymousreply 60November 27, 2023 1:12 AM

I agree about kd lang. She's one of the greatest vocalists of all time, imho. Her voice is so powerful, I wish she had more commercial success, and now it looks like she's pretty much retired.

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by Anonymousreply 62November 27, 2023 1:14 AM

Connie Stevens

by Anonymousreply 63November 27, 2023 1:21 AM

Miss Stacey Q

by Anonymousreply 64November 27, 2023 1:24 AM

Judy Garland. Thread closed.

by Anonymousreply 65November 27, 2023 1:29 AM

The amazing, legendary Miss Sondra Prill

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by Anonymousreply 66November 27, 2023 1:35 AM

Jacqui McShee

by Anonymousreply 67November 27, 2023 1:39 AM

Patsy Cline

by Anonymousreply 68November 27, 2023 1:42 AM

Edith Piaf

by Anonymousreply 69November 27, 2023 1:53 AM

Britney Spears

by Anonymousreply 70November 27, 2023 1:57 AM

Donna Summer.

(YouTube comments are typically a cesspool, but the ones at the link seem to be from people who really appreciate her talent.)

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by Anonymousreply 71November 27, 2023 2:50 AM

I can't think of any.

Could you name a few?

by Anonymousreply 72November 27, 2023 2:58 AM

Favorite singer I guess makes the difference. Really, who thinks Olivia Newton John could do much kite than carry a tune? Lovely woman, but… huh? Does anyone really think Diana’s Ross was a great singer- really. Pop production who stayed in her lane perhaps.

by Anonymousreply 73November 27, 2023 3:19 AM

R67, Jacqui McShee, Maddy Prior or Annie Haslam: I couldn't choose one over the others.

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by Anonymousreply 74November 27, 2023 3:25 AM

[quote] Does anyone really think Diana’s Ross was a great singer- really. Pop production who stayed in her lane perhaps.

I love listening to her voice. That voice was the lead on 18 #1 songs. She’s done R&B soul, pop, blues, disco/dance and other venues over several decades. Some of her ballads are awesome. I really like this Gospel song performance—voice sounds so pure.

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by Anonymousreply 75November 27, 2023 3:40 AM

Hilary Duff

by Anonymousreply 76November 27, 2023 3:49 AM

Not Paula Abdul and not Jennifer Lopez.

by Anonymousreply 77November 27, 2023 3:58 AM

Petula "Downtown!" Clark :)

by Anonymousreply 78November 27, 2023 4:05 AM

Dionne Warwick

by Anonymousreply 79November 27, 2023 4:20 AM

R73 Diana’s Ross? Ross who? Olivia Newton's kite?

Put down the bottle.

by Anonymousreply 80November 27, 2023 4:27 AM

The Divine One. Sarah Vaughn, but it’s mean to only chose one. It’s niggardly.

by Anonymousreply 81November 27, 2023 4:32 AM


by Anonymousreply 82November 27, 2023 4:34 AM

Miss Peggy Lee

by Anonymousreply 83November 27, 2023 4:40 AM

PJ Harvey. I embarrassed to be associated with the rest of you who didn’t pick PJ Harvey.

by Anonymousreply 84November 27, 2023 4:48 AM

Barbra Streisand.

by Anonymousreply 85November 27, 2023 4:51 AM

[quote]PJ Harvey. I embarrassed to be associated with the rest of you who didn’t pick PJ Harvey.

So, because your favorite isn't our favorite you think we are somehow unworthy? That is a common, yet very disheartening, worldview.

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by Anonymousreply 86November 27, 2023 5:09 AM

[quote]So, because your favorite isn't our favorite you think we are somehow unworthy?

Did I not make that clear? Why are you just rephrasing what I already told you?

by Anonymousreply 87November 27, 2023 5:12 AM

Reba McEntire … but I prefer the album cuts and ballads. Her singles are good but sometimes are too over the top. She really shines when she exercises restraint. She has an interesting catalog, probably the most comprehensive of any of the divas because she’s released an album nearly every year since the 70s so you can hear her voice evolve. Late 80s was probably her best

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by Anonymousreply 88November 27, 2023 5:13 AM

Surprised no mention of Dolly yet

by Anonymousreply 89November 27, 2023 5:17 AM

I agree with you, R54.

I was lucky enough to see her in concert three times.

Good friends of mine who are major Democratic supporters were invited to the Clinton White House for a dinner and were seated next to k.d. lang. They really liked her.

by Anonymousreply 90November 27, 2023 5:17 AM

kd lang is highly underrated

by Anonymousreply 91November 27, 2023 5:20 AM

Karen Carpenter

by Anonymousreply 92November 27, 2023 5:21 AM

Nina Hagen

by Anonymousreply 93November 27, 2023 5:22 AM

Another vote for Whitney Houston.

I’m taking all the live versions of her songs with me too to make up for how relatively few albums she released over her career.

by Anonymousreply 94November 27, 2023 6:31 AM

Hot Sundae

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by Anonymousreply 95November 27, 2023 6:37 AM

I feel bad for the Buffy Sainte-Marie lovers.

by Anonymousreply 96November 27, 2023 7:28 AM

Teena Marie

by Anonymousreply 97November 27, 2023 8:03 AM

Mariah Carey, Madonna and Whitney.

by Anonymousreply 98November 27, 2023 8:08 AM

I'm gonna say Tina Turner, even though she has a very small catalog compared to others, like Madonna, Gaga, etc.

by Anonymousreply 99November 27, 2023 8:10 AM

R78, I agree.

I considered discographies. I considered whom I've seen in concert. I've considered genres.

But then I realized that one song above others by female singers makes me happy and takes me back to teen-age me.

Above "To Sir With Love." Above "Wishin' and Hopin'." Above the songs of Diana, Janis (Ian and Joplin), Cher, even Ronnie Spector:

Petula Clark and "Downtown." The lights are much brighter there. You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares.

I'd like that.

by Anonymousreply 100November 27, 2023 9:44 AM

Kim Carnes.

End thread.

by Anonymousreply 101November 27, 2023 10:07 AM

Miss Dionne

by Anonymousreply 102November 27, 2023 10:43 AM

Am I on Datalounge? Did I take a wrong turn?

No one has mentioned the great Liza Minnelli!!

by Anonymousreply 103November 27, 2023 11:32 AM

Ella Fitzgerald

by Anonymousreply 104November 27, 2023 11:36 AM

For pure , sugary pop with all the melancholy and poignancy to match, for me, it’s a tie:

Marilyn McCoo & Karen Carpenter.

Sorry, OP, my auditory canals are greedy bitches and I can’t ignore them:

Ella, Barbra, Patsy and Gladys are in their own distinct class, above mere mortals.

by Anonymousreply 105November 27, 2023 12:26 PM

Unbelievable that no one has mentioned Barbara Cook.

by Anonymousreply 106November 27, 2023 12:32 PM

Cindy Brady, for Frosty The Snowman alone.

by Anonymousreply 107November 27, 2023 12:32 PM

Björk, Robyn, Susanne Sundfør

by Anonymousreply 108November 27, 2023 12:35 PM

Linda Thompson

by Anonymousreply 109November 27, 2023 12:51 PM

Lindsay Logan!!

by Anonymousreply 110November 27, 2023 1:30 PM

Helen Lawson

by Anonymousreply 111November 27, 2023 1:50 PM

Lara Trump

by Anonymousreply 112November 27, 2023 2:24 PM

Shirley Horn

by Anonymousreply 113November 27, 2023 3:00 PM

Betty Buckley.

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by Anonymousreply 114November 27, 2023 3:14 PM

R84 In full agreement. I saw her in person earlier this month when she came to Brooklyn at a tiny event, just a glorious woman.

by Anonymousreply 115November 27, 2023 3:18 PM

Ella, of course, is the answer.

But so given many names on this thread it's just wrong that no one has mentioned Bonnie Rait nor Sandy Denny.

by Anonymousreply 116November 27, 2023 3:35 PM

Donna Summer, Stevie Nicks, Kate Bush, and 80's/90's Madonna. Those are probably the ones I listened to the most over the course of my life. Honorable mention to Tori Amos, Astrud Gilberto, Elizabeth Fraser, Tracey Thorn, Siouxsie Sioux, Diana Ross, and Grace Jones.

by Anonymousreply 117November 27, 2023 4:02 PM

So many favorites across every era, genre and mood but the only one it would kill me to lose would be Barbara Cook. The pure vocal power and beauty of the voice combined with the direct communication of emotion. Can make you laugh, cry, fall in love, and get over it, with humor, sensitivity, and melancholy.

by Anonymousreply 118November 27, 2023 4:25 PM

Madonna, Dalida, Diana Ross, Agnetha/Frida, Françoise Hardy, Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks, Mylène Farmer, Donna Summer, and too many others to mention.

by Anonymousreply 119November 27, 2023 4:29 PM

R103, Even worse, no Kylie Minogue, the supposed darling of DL!

by Anonymousreply 120November 27, 2023 5:28 PM

Claudine Longet

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by Anonymousreply 121November 27, 2023 5:50 PM

You and your friends are so lucky, Greg R90!

by Anonymousreply 122November 27, 2023 5:51 PM

r113 you have excellent taste

by Anonymousreply 123November 27, 2023 5:52 PM

A toss up between Whitney and Stephanie.

by Anonymousreply 124November 27, 2023 5:53 PM

R113, thank you! Shirley is incredibly underrated. You don't hear her talked about to the same extent as other great jazz vocalists. I think she's one of the few voices that sounded BETTER as she aged. The Here's to Life album is a classic. The sense of air and space on "Come a Little Closer/Wild is the Wind" is just breathtaking.

by Anonymousreply 125November 27, 2023 5:56 PM

It's so very hard to choose, but I think this is my favorite Horn track r125:

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by Anonymousreply 126November 27, 2023 6:00 PM

R126, that's a great one, I think you posted that in another thread not that long ago, right?

by Anonymousreply 127November 27, 2023 6:02 PM

Shirley Manson

Kristin Hersh

by Anonymousreply 128November 27, 2023 6:03 PM

80% of the women posted here can't sing

by Anonymousreply 129November 27, 2023 6:03 PM

Indeed r127

I agree that her voice got better with age. I am not particularly partial to her recordings from the 1960s, although this one isn't bad.

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by Anonymousreply 130November 27, 2023 6:04 PM

Although onlynone of you mentioned an opera singer (the sublime Christa Ludwig!), I will offer my favourites:

Sopranos: Dame Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballé

Mezzo: Vesselina Kasarova, Christa Ludwig (although I don't always agree with her interpretations, especially of Bach, but her Wagners and Puccinis are immaculate, also what a TIMBRE!)

Alto: Natalie Stutzmann.

by Anonymousreply 131November 27, 2023 6:08 PM

Boundaries have been stated at r129.

by Anonymousreply 132November 27, 2023 6:10 PM

I don't think Joni Mitchell and her brilliant catalog have been adequately acknowledged in this discussion.

by Anonymousreply 133November 27, 2023 6:13 PM

I guess I would have to say Beverly Sills, just so I could listen to her live Fille du regiment, perhaps the greatest vocal performance captured on disc.

Caballé would be a runner-up though.

by Anonymousreply 134November 27, 2023 6:14 PM

Well, if we're talking opera, I am partial to Cecilia Bartoli.

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by Anonymousreply 135November 27, 2023 6:17 PM

That’s So Raven girl!

by Anonymousreply 136November 27, 2023 7:20 PM


by Anonymousreply 137November 27, 2023 7:21 PM

The only correct answer is:

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by Anonymousreply 138November 27, 2023 7:29 PM

Lisa Miller Hughes Shea Coleman McColl Grimaldi Dixon, after a huge salad at The Mona Lisa.

by Anonymousreply 139November 27, 2023 7:40 PM

Judy Garland

Karen Carpenter

Corinne Drewery (lead singer for Swing Out Sister)

by Anonymousreply 140November 27, 2023 7:43 PM

"The Divine One" SARAH VAUGHAN. Just below Sarah, CARMEN MCRAE.

Others on my list way below the two above, Phoebe Snow, Nina Simone, Rosemary Clooney, Della Reese, Tina Turner.

by Anonymousreply 141November 27, 2023 7:46 PM

[quote]Ella, of course, is the answer.

Ella was one of the greats and everyone should know her. But I just don't find the depth in her singing that I find in her peers like Sarah. On records, Ella can sound like background music. Though I must say this performance is pretty spectacular coming from her -

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by Anonymousreply 142November 27, 2023 7:51 PM

Phyllis Hyman

by Anonymousreply 143November 27, 2023 7:53 PM

Ella of course, special mention to Shirley Horn, Joni Mitchell.

by Anonymousreply 144November 27, 2023 7:54 PM

Linda Ronstadt.

by Anonymousreply 145November 27, 2023 7:56 PM

Jessica Simpson. She opened for Ricky Martin(!) and came out and warned us she had a bad sore throat, and apologized ahead of the performance. Yep, she was awful. She even brought out then bf Nick Lachey to help with the singing, eventually she let him sing by himself because she started crying and apologizing, but stayed on the stage hoping for sympathy.

by Anonymousreply 146November 27, 2023 7:58 PM

I can't hear about Jessica Simpson without immediately thinking of this:

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by Anonymousreply 147November 27, 2023 8:02 PM

[quote]80% of the women posted here can't sing

R129, did you not read the OP? The thread starter shows throughout: "Favorite" need not include "great" or even "good."

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by Anonymousreply 148November 27, 2023 8:08 PM

About 3 years ago somebody started a thread about Ella Fitzgerald.

Many DLers (D-Ella’s?) linked their favorite Ella recordings.

I’ll admit that, throughout my long life, I never paid that much attention to Ella. I always told myself that one day, I’ll really listen and see what all the fuss is about.

That thread was that one day.

Man, what a blissful encounter. I’d always read here that to some, while Ella’s delivery is always technically superb, her voice to their ear, sounded devoid of emotion.

I’m not here to argue, just to say that my reaction was totally the opposite.

When she was singing the classic torch songs, that’s when she most got to me. I heard an ache and sorrow behind that technical brilliance.

Now, I I stop and listen to her blissful sound whenever I can.

by Anonymousreply 149November 27, 2023 8:09 PM

r149 I haven't listened to this in YEARS. Thanks for reminding me of one of my favorite recordings!

"As Miss Sophie Tucker might say ... "

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by Anonymousreply 150November 27, 2023 8:13 PM

R146, I saw one of those RM concerts with her!

by Anonymousreply 151November 27, 2023 8:25 PM

R121 she really had a KILLER voice.

by Anonymousreply 152November 27, 2023 8:40 PM

R149 I agree...so many "emotional" singers seem manipulative, selfish, too broad brush.... Ella was at times VERY emotional... but it was clear, sweet, guileless, authentic, classy emotion.

Those that think Ella is "just technical" should go back and listen.

by Anonymousreply 153November 27, 2023 9:00 PM

And Stevie Nicks

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by Anonymousreply 155November 27, 2023 9:11 PM

153, the people who say Ella "wasn't emotional" are probably just used to far less subtlety in their singers. She didn't downplay joy, but she soft-pedaled sadness, which makes it all the more affecting when you really listen.

There's a tendency, I think, to prefer depressed/overtly tragic singers, and think their work is more emotional. I used to think that too, till I realized that most people hide their sadness. No matter how dark things get, they try to soldier on.

Ella had plenty of hard times and tragedy in her life. So did Louis Armstrong. They both take some flak for not wearing that on their sleeve.

But they were old-school entertainers. They knew people who came to see them had hard struggles of their own, and wanted to just let go and feel some joy, and maybe a bit of sadness just for release, and get away from the heaviness of life for a while.

by Anonymousreply 156November 27, 2023 9:17 PM

^^ And taking refuge in the music, just the music. Pure. Pure music.

by Anonymousreply 157November 27, 2023 9:24 PM

"Where is the shepherd for this little lost lamb....??"

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by Anonymousreply 158November 27, 2023 9:31 PM

Barbra for me.

by Anonymousreply 159November 27, 2023 9:32 PM

Hi Barbra ^

by Anonymousreply 160November 27, 2023 9:58 PM

Barbra. Linda.

by Anonymousreply 161November 27, 2023 10:00 PM

Kate Bush

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by Anonymousreply 162November 27, 2023 10:05 PM

Nina Simone.

by Anonymousreply 163November 27, 2023 10:12 PM

Carol Sloane

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by Anonymousreply 164November 27, 2023 10:26 PM

I was torn between Tori/Kate/Joni.

I am choosing Tori. Stupendous live bootlegs from 94-2014- So many amazing performances.

Nothing from post 2017 though. Tori's voice is utterly gone- and its so sad, actually.

by Anonymousreply 165November 27, 2023 10:38 PM

R99 is ignorant as fuck.

by Anonymousreply 166November 27, 2023 10:47 PM

Sheena Easton

by Anonymousreply 167November 27, 2023 10:48 PM

Brandi Carlile

by Anonymousreply 168November 27, 2023 10:56 PM

Anne Murray licking lesbian

by Anonymousreply 169November 27, 2023 11:03 PM

KD Lang, Joan Armatrading and Tracy Chapman.

by Anonymousreply 170November 27, 2023 11:19 PM

R120, I forgot Kylie!

by Anonymousreply 171November 27, 2023 11:51 PM

[quote]Carol Sloane

It was in the early 1960's. I had by that time lived in New York's Greenwich Village for a couple of years, and went to hear Carmen McRae when she made an appearance at one of the holy shrines of jazz located in my neighborhood...

(After Carmen's set) Awkwardly, I sidled up to the bar where she stood alone near the service area. With trembling voice and weak knees, I stammered a "Pardon me, Miss McRae", and as quickly as I could, expressed my admiration and loyalty. I took a flame-thrower hit of The Ray, she mumbled "Thanks" through lips pressed tight, and turned her back to me. I managed a reasonably quick recovery, and beat a hasty retreat.

Years later, by which time we had become very close friends, I asked her if she remembered the incident. She denied memory of it, adding quietly she wished she'd been nicer so that we could have begun our friendship sooner.

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by Anonymousreply 172November 28, 2023 12:46 AM

Lara Fabian

by Anonymousreply 173November 28, 2023 12:48 AM

Karen Carpenter. One of the purest vocalists of all time.

by Anonymousreply 174November 28, 2023 1:10 AM

Mariah Carey. Can listen to her for hours without getting exhausted. I like the vocal acrobats and her post breakdown R&B

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by Anonymousreply 176November 28, 2023 1:32 AM

Maria Dolores Pradera. She's wonderful. I think she’s from Argentina .

by Anonymousreply 177November 28, 2023 1:52 AM

Juice Newton

by Anonymousreply 178November 28, 2023 2:14 AM

Tori Amos

by Anonymousreply 179November 28, 2023 2:21 AM

Laura Nyro.

by Anonymousreply 180November 28, 2023 2:30 AM

Shirley Bassey

by Anonymousreply 181November 28, 2023 2:38 AM

Karen carpenter

by Anonymousreply 182November 28, 2023 2:52 AM

Linda Ronstadt has been my favorite singer since this album came out in 1976.

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by Anonymousreply 183November 28, 2023 2:54 AM

Jeanne Mas

by Anonymousreply 184November 28, 2023 3:22 AM

Kate Bush is my forever #1, but this thread is missing Alison Moyet.

by Anonymousreply 185November 28, 2023 3:29 AM

Liz Phair

by Anonymousreply 186November 28, 2023 3:33 AM

I got ya Stevie, er, R3

Stevie Nicks!

by Anonymousreply 187November 28, 2023 3:35 AM

Carnie Wilson

by Anonymousreply 188November 28, 2023 3:35 AM

Come on DL, OP said one. ONE. And only her records. And for those of us who chose Stevie, it’s the Fleetwood Macs too.

by Anonymousreply 189November 28, 2023 3:37 AM

Annie Lennox

by Anonymousreply 190November 28, 2023 4:30 AM

Was just listening to Linda’s Hasten Down the Wind album in the car tonight. Damn can she sing.

by Anonymousreply 191November 28, 2023 5:29 AM

Connie Francis- Before the rape

by Anonymousreply 192November 28, 2023 7:49 AM

Nina Simone

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by Anonymousreply 194November 28, 2023 10:47 AM

No one said Janet 🤭🤭🤭🤭🤭🤭

by Anonymousreply 195November 28, 2023 11:30 AM

I always go with the old adage that you are what your record says you are.

So I , going to look into the future, and I am going to vote for the one who will retire as the all time undefeated champion female singer and songwriter for all time.

Taylor Swift

by Anonymousreply 196November 28, 2023 11:59 AM

[quote] So I , going to look into the future, and I am going to vote for the one who will retire as the all time undefeated champion female singer and songwriter for all time.

She will have to live for a long, long time and start writing songs better than what ChatGPT could spit out to be that champion.

by Anonymousreply 197November 28, 2023 5:26 PM

R196, you're so wrong. I looked into the further, further future, and the Ultimate Superior Female Songstress of All Time is Marissa Goldsturm.

Of course you haven't heard of her. She hasn't been born yet. (April 2046, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, for the record.) But from my peeks into the future, from the 22nd Century onward, she will be regarded as the undisputed best singer and songwriter in history.

by Anonymousreply 198November 28, 2023 5:36 PM

Sarah Cracknell of Saint Etienne.

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by Anonymousreply 199November 28, 2023 5:48 PM

Not Mariah Carey!!! I I can’t listen to her for more than 4 min without getting exhausted. I hate her constant vocal acrobats!

by Anonymousreply 200November 28, 2023 6:53 PM

Adele makes me suicidal

by Anonymousreply 201November 28, 2023 7:09 PM

R201 Tell me...

by Anonymousreply 202November 28, 2023 7:17 PM

R188 is a troll starting racist threads but it is NOT Travis the Big Gay Bear. It’s just a pitiful troll. Probably collects Gap Play lists or some other fun hobby.

Maybe someone will send an email to the Gap and direct them to all his other troll posts where he’s been harassing. Travis the Bear and others.. He can keep his playlists saved on a hard drive but maybe not be surprised if he gets a cease and desist letter from them. 🤔

by Anonymousreply 203November 28, 2023 11:27 PM

The one and only:

Helen Reddy.

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by Anonymousreply 204November 28, 2023 11:53 PM

Tie between Beyonce and Erykah Badu

Amy Winehouse as 3rd

Amel Larriuex and Whitney Houston round out top 5

by Anonymousreply 205November 29, 2023 1:06 AM

Mary Fahl from October Project

by Anonymousreply 206November 29, 2023 1:47 AM

Connie Francis

by Anonymousreply 207November 29, 2023 3:26 AM

Nana Mouskouri

by Anonymousreply 208November 29, 2023 3:42 AM

Just listening to Teena Marie and holy shit that bitch could sing.

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by Anonymousreply 209November 29, 2023 6:58 AM


She will be so overrated. Besides with billions many billions more people on earth her sales numbers will be greatly inflated.

Uninflated real numbers she will be a distant 2nd to DL fav Taylor Swift.

by Anonymousreply 210November 29, 2023 4:24 PM

Louise Rutkowski (This Mortal Coil, The Kindness of Strangers, The Hope Blister). Elizabeth Frasier Kate Bush Annie Lennox Alison Moyet Siouxsie Sioux

by Anonymousreply 211November 29, 2023 5:50 PM

La Toya Jackson

by Anonymousreply 212November 30, 2023 7:30 AM

Whitney Houston

by Anonymousreply 213November 30, 2023 7:32 AM

Nancy LaMott

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by Anonymousreply 214November 30, 2023 12:04 PM

Sheena Easton

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by Anonymousreply 216December 3, 2023 1:36 PM

R216 hope you’re kidding

by Anonymousreply 217December 3, 2023 3:41 PM

Florence Foster Jenkins

by Anonymousreply 218December 3, 2023 4:06 PM

The first name that popped into my head was Ella Fitzgerald, so I'll go with that.

by Anonymousreply 219December 3, 2023 5:47 PM

Amanda Marshall

by Anonymousreply 220December 3, 2023 7:20 PM

Susan Tedeschi is one of my faves. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" is probably my favorite Bob Dylan song. Here she is, singing that song.

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by Anonymousreply 221December 3, 2023 7:36 PM

Someone mentioned Björk, who is underrated, IMO. Anyway, I love this performance at the Royal Opera House, Human Behavior.

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by Anonymousreply 222December 3, 2023 7:39 PM

Over 200 posts and no one has mentioned Mrs. Miller?

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by Anonymousreply 223December 3, 2023 8:17 PM

Linda is on now:

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by Anonymousreply 224December 3, 2023 10:20 PM

R216 makes "Let's Go to the Mall" seem like a masterpiece of melody and lyricism - and that's a fake song that is intentionally terrible.

by Anonymousreply 225December 3, 2023 11:58 PM

The late and very underrated Teena Marie. She should've been a huge star in the 80s.

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by Anonymousreply 227December 4, 2023 12:33 AM

Has anyone mentioned DL fave Laura Branigan yet?

by Anonymousreply 228December 4, 2023 12:43 AM
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by Anonymousreply 229December 4, 2023 12:48 AM

Lea S. =

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by Anonymousreply 230December 4, 2023 12:49 AM

R.I.P. great singer...

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by Anonymousreply 231December 4, 2023 12:49 AM

Nona Gaye's Supernatural

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by Anonymousreply 232December 4, 2023 12:50 AM
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by Anonymousreply 233December 4, 2023 12:52 AM

Should've been a bigger star =

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by Anonymousreply 234December 4, 2023 12:53 AM

Maria did this one better than Celine ( & recorded it before her)

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by Anonymousreply 235December 4, 2023 1:05 AM

Actually I have too many favorites to make a choice for just one of them.

by Anonymousreply 236December 4, 2023 2:11 PM

Yoko Ono

by Anonymousreply 237December 4, 2023 10:20 PM

But is she a singer?

by Anonymousreply 238December 4, 2023 10:29 PM

R238 I think she is. This is from the early 70s & she's considered a pioneer in punk music =

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by Anonymousreply 239December 4, 2023 10:38 PM

Such awful taste R205

by Anonymousreply 240December 5, 2023 4:19 AM

R240. Who the fuck do you think you trolling you low vibrational bitch. I finally discovered the point of life through shrooms and tranquility. I will never use again.

by Anonymousreply 241December 5, 2023 4:26 AM

Natalie Cole

by Anonymousreply 242December 5, 2023 4:47 AM

Rosanne Barr

by Anonymousreply 243December 5, 2023 8:04 AM

R242, 'This Will Be' is one of the few songs that I will refuse to listen to. The first part is OK, but since I know what's coming, I change the station immediately. If I can't change the source, I will plug my ears and go 'lalalala' for 2:52. BTW, the other songs I find COMPLETELY unlistenable are 'Benny and the Jets' by Elton John and 'Eminence Front' by The Who.

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by Anonymousreply 244December 6, 2023 3:25 AM

For those that didn't know all of the female artists from R229 to R235 are gay friendly & were on the Out Magazine CD sampler (that came with a subscription from the early 90s).

Enjoy them all. :)

by Anonymousreply 245December 6, 2023 3:47 AM

Eva Cassidy

by Anonymousreply 246December 6, 2023 3:51 AM

Madonna will always hold a special place in my heart. I was born in '76 so I grew up with her music. The soundtrack of my childhood and teen/young adult years.

by Anonymousreply 247December 6, 2023 4:00 AM

diane schur

by Anonymousreply 248December 6, 2023 4:39 AM

The great Annie Lennox

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by Anonymousreply 249December 6, 2023 4:45 AM

My fave!

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by Anonymousreply 250December 6, 2023 5:08 AM

Sia. Love her sound and lyrics.

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by Anonymousreply 251December 6, 2023 7:21 AM

beth gibbons!

by Anonymousreply 252December 6, 2023 7:46 AM

Laura Branigan

by Anonymousreply 253December 6, 2023 7:49 AM

R238 even Marlee Matlin says that Yoko can’t sing.

by Anonymousreply 254December 6, 2023 10:00 AM
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by Anonymousreply 256December 6, 2023 8:12 PM

Az Ali

by Anonymousreply 257December 6, 2023 10:17 PM

I've a bunch of favorites and it's hard enough to whittle my list down to five, much less one fave.

Dinah Washington

Nancy Wilson (jazz goddess, Fancy Miss Nancy)

Dusty Springfield

Whitney Houston

Barbra Streisand

by Anonymousreply 258December 6, 2023 10:40 PM

Agnetha Faltskog

by Anonymousreply 259December 6, 2023 10:41 PM

I can't say I've heard Janet Jackson sing -- despite seeing her in concert @15 times -- but her voice sounds really beautiful on her recordings: sensual, sweet, warm, yearning, inviting. It is really a triumph of sound engineering but Janet is the essential element. It is why I love so many of her ballads.

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by Anonymousreply 260December 6, 2023 10:41 PM

R258, I'd be curious who rounds out your Top 10.

by Anonymousreply 261December 6, 2023 10:43 PM

R249 Annie sure looks like old shit now.

by Anonymousreply 262December 6, 2023 10:51 PM

Here you go, R261; pretty eclectic lineup. Thanks for asking.

Celia Cruz

Donna Summer

Shirley Bassey

Edith Piaf

Phoebe Snow/Carly Simon/Gladys Knight

by Anonymousreply 263December 6, 2023 11:02 PM

Carly Simon. I was updating my Carly playlist today

by Anonymousreply 264December 6, 2023 11:25 PM

R263, we are kindred -- except I don't know much Celia Cruz or Edith Piaf. I'd replace them with Nina Simone and Linda Ronstadt.

by Anonymousreply 265December 6, 2023 11:50 PM

Phoebe Snow was so underrated, she had such a great voice.

by Anonymousreply 266December 7, 2023 12:19 AM

R265: I'm glad we have these ladies in common. I enjoy Mses. Ronstandt and Simone as well.

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by Anonymousreply 268December 7, 2023 1:03 AM

Sam Smith

by Anonymousreply 269December 7, 2023 1:03 AM

Nina Simone was batshit crazy but god was that bitch a genius talent.

by Anonymousreply 270December 7, 2023 1:05 AM

Genevieve Whittaker

by Anonymousreply 271December 7, 2023 11:43 PM

Ms still u it op dun as the bit a cre op

by Anonymousreply 272December 8, 2023 12:24 AM

R260: ha same on seeing Janet live a lot but unsure I’ve ever really heard her sing. Agree about a lot of her ballads. Do you know this B-side from the janet album?

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by Anonymousreply 273December 9, 2023 2:30 AM

Sarah Vaughan - My Funny Valentine - My favorite ever.

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by Anonymousreply 274December 9, 2023 5:40 AM

Oh, and Sarah Vaughan - Send In the Clowns

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by Anonymousreply 275December 9, 2023 5:44 AM

Pat Benatar

by Anonymousreply 276December 9, 2023 5:51 AM

Tough call but not that tough.


by Anonymousreply 277December 9, 2023 5:52 AM

Yes, r273, I like "One More Chance." Janet has many, many lovely ballads in her catalog. It is a feat for a voice to sound so "pretty" -- somebody in that recording studio was earning their money.

by Anonymousreply 278December 9, 2023 6:09 AM

I heard Carly's big hits growing up but I was never a fan of her voice compared to other female artists but I became a fan when I first heard this song recently (when I did a search of the song & artists who have covered it) =

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by Anonymousreply 279December 9, 2023 6:12 AM

R275, Sarah's performances of "Send In The Clowns" are epic. Although I heard that Sondheim didn't think so.

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by Anonymousreply 280December 9, 2023 6:17 AM

Faith Hill has such a great voice and one of the few country singers that I'm a huge fan of. A lot of her songs are surprisingly very Pop sounding. I've been listening to this song on repeat. Love this song.

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by Anonymousreply 281December 9, 2023 6:27 AM

r280 Sondheim was a genius, but he did have some odd opinions.

by Anonymousreply 282December 9, 2023 11:40 PM

Sarah Vaughan is my all-time favorite female jazz singer. That woman was an incredible talent.

by Anonymousreply 283December 9, 2023 11:40 PM

R282 After trying to get thru that droning attempt at R280, it's not so odd an opinion after all.

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by Anonymousreply 284December 10, 2023 9:01 AM

Doris Day

by Anonymousreply 285December 10, 2023 9:11 AM

r284 is musically illiterate

by Anonymousreply 286December 10, 2023 6:39 PM

R286, Indeed.

by Anonymousreply 287December 10, 2023 6:47 PM

That M/G feud shit is so tired and lame.

by Anonymousreply 288December 10, 2023 6:53 PM

R288 Agreed.

by Anonymousreply 289December 10, 2023 7:07 PM

Stephanie Mills

Whitney Houston

Mariah Carey

Phyllis Hyman

Patti Austin

Angela Bofill

Patti Labelle

Celine Dion

by Anonymousreply 290December 11, 2023 1:19 AM

R288 God knows it’s the only thing keeping G relevant.

by Anonymousreply 291December 11, 2023 1:24 AM

R279: I love Carly Simon's gentle ballad "Mind On My Man."

by Anonymousreply 292December 11, 2023 1:37 AM

R290, Phyllis Hyman ranks near the top of my list.

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by Anonymousreply 294December 11, 2023 3:49 AM

Jane Olivor.

by Anonymousreply 295December 11, 2023 7:29 AM

Pointer Sisters

by Anonymousreply 296December 11, 2023 10:59 AM

Solo would be Olivia. Lead singer in a group would be Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies.

by Anonymousreply 297December 11, 2023 11:51 AM

Helen Traubel. What a beautiful voice, and she was FUN!

by Anonymousreply 298December 11, 2023 1:27 PM

Nicki Minaj

by Anonymousreply 299December 11, 2023 1:29 PM

Dame Cleo Laine

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by Anonymousreply 301December 11, 2023 6:31 PM

Karen Carpenter.

by Anonymousreply 302December 11, 2023 6:37 PM

Ella Fitzgerald. Always.

by Anonymousreply 303December 11, 2023 7:15 PM

Kim Carnes

by Anonymousreply 304December 11, 2023 8:56 PM

I voted for Ella upthread as well, but today was reminded that k.d. lang has a spectacular voice too. Her version of 'Hallelujah' is unmatched.

by Anonymousreply 305December 11, 2023 11:05 PM

R290 and R293 agree on Phyllis Hyman. Such a tragedy what happened to her. I’d love to have seen her sing live.

by Anonymousreply 306December 12, 2023 4:50 AM

Did someone bust her?

by Anonymousreply 307December 12, 2023 9:09 AM

While she might not be a household name in the US, Marisa Monte is a. Brazilian superstar in her home country.

This blurb is from her latest tour, "Releasing one wildly successful album after another, Marisa Monte is recognized as the greatest Brazilian singer of her generation. Her music blends samba, pop, jazz, and soul, all featuring her exquisite voice."

Here's an article showcasing a delightful assortment of her musical prowess on YouTube. My favs on this list: #1. Ainda Bem and #3. Bem Que Se Quis. Trust me, it's a musical journey worth experiencing!

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by Anonymousreply 308December 12, 2023 12:22 PM

R306, my mother said that Phyllis sang with tears in her voice.

She also said that about Gloria Estefan too…why I don’t know. Gloria sounds…drugged when she sings ballads.

by Anonymousreply 309December 12, 2023 1:08 PM

[quote] She also said that about Gloria Estefan too…why I don’t know. Gloria sounds…drugged when she sings ballads.

I hear it. Despite her upbeat, uptempo hits when Gloria goes for a ballad she sounds genuinely forlorn. Very common for Latin singers.

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