My Favorite Vocalists

Singers whose voices that I absolutely love.
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1.
Phil Collins
Music Department, Tarzan
Phil Collins was born in Chiswick, London, England, to Winifred (Strange), a theatrical agent, Greville Philip Austin Collins, an insurance agent. He spent most of his early entertainment life as a young actor and model. He played the "Artful Dodger" in the West End production of "Oliver!" alongside the future movie screen "Artful Dodger," Jack Wild...
“ Another Day in Paradise ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
2.
Elton John
Music Department, The Lion King
Sir Elton John is one of pop music's great survivors. Born 25 March, 1947, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he started to play the piano at the early age of four. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. His first band was called Bluesology. He later auditioned (unsuccessfully) as lead singer for the progressive rock bands King Crimson and Gentle Giant...
“ This Train Don't Stop There Anymore ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
3.
“ Why? ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
4.
Stevie Wonder
Soundtrack, Die Hard
Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan, United States, to Calvin Judkins and Lula Mae Hardaway. Due to being born six weeks premature, Stevie Wonder was born with a condition called retinopathy of prematurity, which made him blind. Stevie Wonder, even with this disability, made his landmark to be a pioneer and innovator in the music industry...
“ Part-time lover ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
5.
Mariah Carey
Soundtrack, Love Actually
Mariah Carey was born in Long Island, New York. She is the daughter of Patricia (Hickey), a singer and vocal coach, who is of Irish descent, and Alfred Roy Carey, an engineer, who was of Afro-Cuban ancestry. Mariah attended Greenlawn's Harborfields High School. In June of 1990, Mariah made her debut with "Mariah Carey" which entered at #73...
“ Can't Let Go ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
6.
Whitney Houston
Actress, The Bodyguard
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of soul legend Aretha Franklin. She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark...
“ It's Not Right, But it's Okay (Remix)
RIP ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
7.
George Michael
Soundtrack, Deadpool
George Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in Finchley, north London, in the United Kingdom, to Lesley Angold (Harrison), a dancer, and Kyriacos Panayiotou, a restaurateur. His father was a Greek Cypriot, and his mother was of English background. He first discovered fame as a musician when he and school friend...
“ Father Figure ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
8.
Christina Aguilera
Soundtrack, Get Smart
Christina Maria Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York, to Shelly Loraine (Fidler) and Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera. Her father is Ecuadorian and her mother, who is American-born, has English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. Her parents divorced when she was young and she lived with her mother...
“ Reflection ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
9.
Luther Vandross
Music Department, The Goonies
He was the heartbeat of R&B during the 1980s and 1990s, yet led a productive singing and songwriting life prior to this preeminence. The soul balladeer's strong commitment to the art of music continued on its Grammy-winning course, even after an acute stroke in 2003 left him severely incapacitated and unable to continue public appearances...
“ Never too much
RIP ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
10.
“ Wait For You ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
11.
Sting
Sting was born Gordon Matthew Sumner on 2 October, 1951 in Wallsend, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England, the eldest of four children of Audrey (Cowell), a hairdresser, and Ernest Matthew Sumner, an engineer and milkman. He received his name from a striped sweater he wore which looked like a bee...
“ Shape of My Heart ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
12.
“ I Don't Wanna Lose You ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
13.
Selena
Thanks, Selena
Selena was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, a city 50 miles southeast of Houston, to Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Marcella Quintanilla. Abraham opened a Mexican restaurant, Papagayo, in Lake Jackson. Selena was 9-years-old when her father discovered her talent for singing. He formed a band consisting of Selena on vocals...
“ Where Did The Feeling Go?
RIP ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
14.
Boy George
Soundtrack, Fargo
“ Time ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
15.
Céline Dion
Soundtrack, Titanic
Hailing from the small town of Charlemagne, Québec, Céline Dion has become one of the all-time greatest singers. Céline was born in 1968, the youngest of 14 children. Early in childhood, she sang with her siblings in a small club owned by her parents. From these early experiences, Céline gained the know-how to performing live...
“ Where Does My Heart Beat Now? ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
16.
“ How Can I Ease The Pain ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
17.
Johnny Gill
Born in Washington, D.C., Johnny Gill was discovered by singer Stacy Lattisaw after singing in his family's group Wings of Faith from the age of five. His solo career began in 1983 with the Top 30 R&B single "Super Love." In 1988, he joined New Edition, replacing Bobby Brown. In 1989 he sang on two R&B hits: "Where Do We Go from Here," a #1 by Stacy Lattisaw...
“ Can You Stand the Rain ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
18.
“ Fire and Rain

"Wow, former President James Taylor"-Homer Simpson, 1993 ;) ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
19.
“ So Far Away ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
20.
Amy Lee
Soundtrack, Underworld
Amy Lynn Hartzler (known professionally as Amy Lee) was born on December 13, 1981 to John Lee, a disc jockey and TV personality, and Sara Cargill. They moved from California to Florida to Illinois, and then finally to Arkansas. Amy met young guitarist Ben Moody at a summer camp in 1994 while playing on the piano...
“ My Immortal ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
21.
Anita Baker
Anita was born January 26, 1958 in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She began singing in church choir when she was 12 and at 16 sang in a local group along with high school friends. In 1975 she successfully auditioned for the group Chapter 8, having been approached by bass player David Washington...
“ Sweet Love ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
22.
Al Jarreau
Music Department, Moonlighting
“ The Christmas Song ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
23.
Christopher Cross
Singer/songwriter Christopher Cross was born Christopher Charles Geppert on May 3, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas. A self-described Army brat, Christopher's father was a U.S. Army pediatrician who was stationed at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. in the mid-1950's. Cross began his career in the music industry as a member of the San Antonio-based cover band Flash...
“ Sailing ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
24.
Jennifer Hudson
Actress, Dreamgirls
Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Bright and booming talent Hudson is a perfect example of how NOT winning the title of American Idol can actually be a boon to your career and not necessarily the end of a childhood dream...
“ And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
25.
Kelly Clarkson
Soundtrack, Love Actually
Kelly Brianne Clarkson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Jeanne Ann (Rose), a teacher of English, and Stephen Michael Clarkson, an engineer. She was the first winner of the series American Idol, in 2002. Kelly is also a strong believer in God. She has been married to Brandon Blackstock since October 20, 2013. They have two children.
“ Low ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
26.
Michael Bolton
Self, Snow Dogs
Michael Bolton, the multiple Grammy Award-winning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist, who has sold more than 65 million albums and singles worldwide, continues to tour the world every year, all while writing, recording and taping for a wide array of projects spanning music, film, television and branded entertainment...
“ Go The Distance ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
27.
Donna Summer
Soundtrack, American Hustle
Donna Summer rocketed to international super-stardom in the mid-1970s when her groundbreaking merger of R&B, soul, pop, funk, rock, disco and avant-garde electronica catapulted underground dance music out of the clubs of Europe to the pinnacles of sales and radio charts around the world. Maintaining an unbroken string of hits throughout the 70s and 80s...
“ Dim All The Lights
RIP ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
28.
Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi was born at Boulevard Hospital, in Astoria, Queens. She spent her first four years in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Her family then moved to Ozone Park, Queens.
“ True Colors ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
29.
Janet Jackson
Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse) and Joe Jackson, a musician. She is the youngest of ten children. After her birth, her brothers formed a band later called The Jackson 5. She lived at home with her sisters, while her brothers and father lived an extravagant life in Los Angeles...
“ Anytime, Anyplace ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
30.
Michael Jackson
Thanks, This Is It
Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson, had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse). Together...
“ Stranger in Moscow
RIP ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
31.
Bette Midler
Multi Grammy Award-winning singer/comedienne/author Bette Midler has also proven herself to be a very capable actress in a string of both dramatic and comedic roles. Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 1, 1945. She is the daughter of Ruth (Schindel), a seamstress, and Fred Midler, a painter...
“ The Rose ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
32.
“ Stupid ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
33.
“ I Can't Make You Love Me ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
34.
Shania Twain
Soundtrack, Notting Hill
Shania Twain was born as Eilleen Regina Edwards in 1965, the middle of three daughters to Clarence and Sharon Edwards (sister Jill is two years older and Carrie-Ann three years younger). When she was age 6, her mother remarried Jerry Twain, a full-blooded Ojibwa native from Timmins, Ontario, who adopted her as his own...
“ Forever and For Always <3 ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
35.
“ Building a Mystery ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
36.
Paul Davis
Soundtrack, Hope Floats
“ Cool Night
RIP ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
37.
Peter Gabriel
Soundtrack, WALL·E
Peter Gabriel was educated at Charterhouse School, Surrey, England. He was the lead singer of leading progressive rock band Genesis from its inception until he left in 1975 for a successful solo career as a singer-songwriter, soundtrack composer and innovator in visual presentation of music...
“ In Your Eyes ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
38.
Phil Oakey
Soundtrack, Ocean's Thirteen
Born and bred in Sheffield, Phil co-founded the group "The Human League" in 1977. The groups first single "Being Boiled" was released in 1978 (but would have to wait 4 years before hitting the UK singles chart). October 1979 saw the release of their first album, "Reproduction", complete with a somewhat distasteful album cover...
“ Human ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
39.
Cher
Actress, Mask
The beat goes on ... and on ... and as strong as ever for this superstar entertainer who has well surpassed the four-decade mark while improbably transforming herself from an artificial, glossy "flashionplate" singer into a serious, Oscar-worthy, dramatic actress ... and back again! With more ups and downs than the 2008 Dow Jones Industrial Average...
“ Believe ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
40.
Evelyn King
Soundtrack, Grand Theft Auto V
R&B and disco singer Evelyn King was born on July 1, 1960 in the Bronx, New York and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her father was a member of the groups the Orioles and the Harptones and her mother managed a band called Red Quality. Evelyn was discovered by music producer Theodore Life while working part time as a cleaning woman for the recording studio Sigma Sound Studios...
“ Love Come Down ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
41.
Steve Perry
Soundtrack, Moneyball
“ Foolish Heart ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
42.
“ Allentown ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
43.
“ Stay with me tonight ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
44.
“ You Make Loving Fun ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
45.
Aaliyah
Soundtrack, Boyhood
Talented. Beautiful. Modest. These three words described R&B singer-turned-actress Aaliyah perfectly. Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Diane (Hankerson) and Michael Haughton. Her uncle was music manager Barry Hankerson and her brother is director Rashad Haughton. Aaliyah was raised in Detroit...
“ I Don't Wanna Be Alone
RIP ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
46.
Mary J. Blige
Soundtrack, The Help
“ More Than I Can Say ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
47.
Jill Scott
Born in 1972 in North Philadelphia, Jill Scott grew up in the ghetto with her mother, Joyce, and grandmother. A deeply loved and gifted child, she learned to talk at only eight months and was reading by age four. Always the center of attention, her principal in elementary school described her as a little butterfly...
“ Golden ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
48.
Karen Carpenter
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Karen Carpenter moved with her family to Downey, California, in 1963. Karen's older brother, Richard Carpenter, decided to put together an instrumental trio with him on the piano, Karen on the drums and their friend Wes Jacobs on the bass and tuba. In a battle of the bands at the Hollywood Bowl in 1966...
“ Merry Christmas, Darling
RIP ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
49.
“ It Must Have Been The Mistletoe ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
50.
Lionel Richie
Soundtrack, Rio
“ All Night Long ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
51.
Dolly Parton
Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, one of 12 children of Robert Lee Parton, a tobacco farmer, and Avie Lee Parton (née Owens). Dolly grew up on a run-down farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12, she was appearing on Knoxville TV and, at 13, she was already recording on a small label and appearing at the Grand Ole Opry...
“ A Christmas to Remember ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
52.
Kenny Rogers
Soundtrack, The Big Lebowski
Born in Texas, the fourth of eight children, singer Kenny Rogers grew up in a poor area of Houston where his father worked in a shipyard and his mother in a hospital. He became the first member of his family to graduate from high school. He took an interest in singing while quite young and as a teenager joined a doo-wop recording group who called themselves "The Scholars"...
“ Lady ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
53.
“ Brokenhearted ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
54.
Bruce Springsteen
Soundtrack, Jerry Maguire
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born September 23, 1949 in New Jersey, USA. His father, Douglas Frederick Springsteen, worked as a bus driver, and was of Irish and Dutch ancestry. His mother, Adele Ann (Zerilli), worked as a legal secretary, and was of Italian ancestry. He has an older sister...
“ Tunnel of Love ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
55.
Steve Winwood
Soundtrack, Rush
“ The Finer Things ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
56.
Bruce Hornsby
Soundtrack, Tin Cup
“ Mandolin Rain ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
57.
Andrea Bocelli
Soundtrack, Wanted
Andrea Bocelli, as born in Lajatico, Italy, in 1958, is one of the greatest singing talents in the world today. He has been blind since age 12, owing to congenital glaucoma and a blow to the head while tending goal during a soccer game. Andrea did not begin his singing career until the late 1980s, when he began performing in piano bars throughout Italy...
“ The Prayer ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
58.
Marvin Gaye
Soundtrack, Se7en
“ Let's Get it On
RIP ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
59.
Bono
Soundtrack, Moulin Rouge!
Bono was born Paul David Hewson in Dublin, Ireland on May 10, 1960, to Iris (Rankin) and Brendan Robert Hewson. He has been the lead singer of the rock band U2 since 1976. U2 has won 22 Grammy Awards to date, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Lauded by fans and critics as an outstanding performer and songwriter...
“ New Year's Day ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
60.
“ I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
61.
Nat 'King' Cole
Nat King Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Coles at Montgomery, Alabama. He received music lessons from his mother and his family moved to Chicago when he was only five, where his father Edward James Coles was a minister at the True Light Baptist Church and later Pastor of the First Baptist Church. At 12 he was playing the church organ and at 14 he formed a 14 piece band called the Royal Dukes...
“ God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
RIP ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
62.
Johnny Mathis
Music Department, Goodfellas
He was the fourth of seven children born to Clement and Mildred Mathis. His father performed briefly in vaudeville and exposed all of the Mathis siblings to music. Before he entered his teens, young John received vocal lessons from Connie Cox in exchange for performing chores around her home. When he...
“ Winter Wonderland ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
63.
Steve Lawrence
Singer, composer, actor and author, educated at Brooklyn's Thomas Jefferson High School and a student of saxophone and piano. Between 1958 and 1960 he served in the US Army and was a vocalist with the US Army Band and Orchestra based in Fort Myers, Virginia. After he was discharged, he commenced his singing career on television...
“ Happy Holidays ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
64.
Eydie Gormé
Eydie Gorme was born in New York on August 16, 1928 to Sephardic Jewish parents. Her father, Nessim Garmezano, was a tailor, from Sicily, who changed his last name when he arrived in the United States. Gorme began singing straight out of high school, with various big bands. But her big break came after she auditioned for...
“ Happy Holidays
RIP ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
65.
Mick Hucknall
Soundtrack, Grand Theft Auto V
Mick Hucknall sang in a punk band called the Frantic Elevators, who released four singles, all of which failed to chart. They disbanded in 1982 and Hucknall formed a more successful venture, Simply Red, in 1984. Their first single, a cover of the Valentine Brothers' "Money's Too Tight (to Mention)"...
“ Holding Back the Years ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
66.
Stevie Nicks
Soundtrack, School of Rock
Stevie Nicks was born in Phoenix, Arizona. From an early age, she showed a love and aptitude for music, singing country and western duets with her grandfather when she was 4 years old. After moving to San Francisco, she began songwriting and performing at Menlo-Atherton High School, where she met her future long-time companion...
“ Leather and Lace ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
67.
“ Save a Prayer ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
68.
Prince
Soundtrack, Batman
Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Shaw, a jazz singer and social worker, and John L. Nelson, a lyricist and pianist. His father's stage name was "Prince Rogers". His parents were both from African-American families from Louisiana. They separated during his youth...
“ Raspberry Beret ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
69.
“ Crazy ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
70.
“ Heart and Soul ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
71.
“ Some Like it Hot
RIP ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
72.
“ A Woman Needs Love ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
73.
“ What You Won't Do For Love ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
74.
Natalie Maines
Natalie Maines, born in Lubbock, Texas in 1974, began singing at age 3. In high school, she was a cheerleader. During her time in high school, she played in a band. They had three gigs before breaking up. In the 1990s, she attended Berklee College. Soon, after that, she auditioned for a music group...
“ Landslide ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
75.
“ Where Are You, Christmas? ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
76.
Billy Corgan
Music Department, Ransom
“ Tonight, Tonight ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
77.
Anthony Kiedis
Soundtrack, The Fighter
Anthony Kiedis is a singer with the hugely successful alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, the other members being Flea, Josh Klinghoffer, and Chad Smith. Red Hot Chili Peppers have scored five top-five albums in the UK and America, and have sold over sixty million records worldwide since their formation in 1983...
“ Otherside ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
78.
“ Save Me ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
79.
Chris Martin
Soundtrack, Boyhood
One of the UK's most distinctive and popular singers and songwriters, Chris Martin was educated at the prestigious Sherborne School in Dorset. As a child he was musically inspired by artists such as A-Ha, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths, U2 and Peter Gabriel, who achieved commercial success in the 1980s by melding intelligent songwriting with musical sophistication...
“ In My Place ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
80.
Adam Levine
Soundtrack, Love Actually
Grammy-winning band Maroon 5's frontman Adam Noah Levine was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of Patsy (Noah), an admissions counselor, and Fredric Levine, who founded the retail chain M. Fredric. Adam's father's family is Jewish, while Adam's mother is of half Jewish (her own father) and half German and Scottish (her own mother) ancestry...
“ Sunday Morning ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
81.
Thom Yorke
Soundtrack, The Prestige
“ Black Swan. The man may be such a reprehensible a******, but he's a good singer. ” - Ocean_Breeze
 
82.
Keith Sweat
Keith Sweat is a Harlem-born R&B singer/songwriter who released his debut album, 'Make It Last Forever', at the end of 1987. The album sold over three million copies, spawning the hits "I Want Her" (#1 R&B, #5 pop), "Something Just Ain't Right" (#3 R&B), "Make It Last Forever" (#2 R&B), and "Don't Stop Your Love" (#9 R&B)...
“ Make it last forever ” - Ocean_Breeze