100 Greatest Female Vocalistsby tjg9696 | created - 30 Jul 2012 | updated - 04 Oct 2016 | Public
A comprehensive list of the 100 women who've influenced how I listen to music. These are the women who've impacted MY life. You may not agree...as a matter of fact...I hope you don't. The debate is the interesting part. Enjoy!
Soundtrack | Minority Report
Billie Holiday was a true artist of her day and rose as a social phenomenon in the 1950s. Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. Today, Holiday is remembered for her masterpieces, ...
A voice of pure heartache...she moves me with her raw spirit. She may not have had the most beautiful voice, but her soul was her true instrument, anyway. Highlights: Strange Fruit, Fine and Mellow, My Man
2. Judy Garland
Actress | The Wizard of Oz
One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals.
She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in ...
Fred Astaire referred to Judy as "the greatest entertainer that ever lived"..and I couldn't agree more. Her voice went deeper than any man's and she beckoned you with her vulnerability. She made you want to put her arms around her and just listen...listen to the voice of a difficult life. Highlights: The Man that Got Away, Smile, Through the Years
3. Bonnie Raitt
Soundtrack | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Bonnie Raitt was born on November 8, 1949 in Burbank, California, USA as Bonnie Lynn Raitt. She was previously married to Michael O'Keefe.
Often mistaken for a country vocalist, Ms. Raitt couldn't be more indicative of the blues. She could play her slide guitar with the best men, and frequently outdid them. A voice with just the right amount of grit and warmth, she found worldwide recognition late...late in a long, illustrious career that continues to this day. Highlights: Angel From Montgomery, Love Me Like A Man, I Can't Make You Love Me
Soundtrack | Mississippi Burning
Mahalia Jackson was born on October 26, 1911 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She was married to Sigmond Galloway and Isaac Hockenhull. She died on January 27, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The voice of God, if you must know, is Mahalia Jackson. Highlights: How I Got Over, Nearer My God To Thee, Trouble Of The World
5. Maria Callas
Actress | Medea
This volatile opera diva was born in New York City to Greek émigrés in 1923. Her father set up a pharmacy and changed the family name from Kalogeropoulos to Callas. As a child Maria studied the piano. When her parents separated (she was 14 at the time), her mother returned to Athens with Maria and ...
A voice that can best be described as "legendary" or "mythical"....Maria Callas is just simply beyond the musical vocabulary of many people. Too many people, really...and that's a shame because Maria had the ability to convey absolutely any emotion through sheer force of her instrument. She told the most epic stories and lived them simultaneously. Highlights: Casta Diva, La Mamma Morta, Il Dolce Suono.
Soundtrack | About Time
Amy Winehouse was a five-time Grammy Award-winning English singer-songwriter known for such hits as 'Rehab' and 'You Know I'm No Good' among her other works.
She was born Amy Jade Winehouse, on September 14, 1983, in Enfield, London, England to a Jewish family with Russian ancestry on her mother's ...
Its not really a coincidence that so many women on this list are figures of tragedy, but Amy might just take top honors in that category. She was tragic in life, and somehow lesser so in death. She knew what pain was, and she infused her music with it effortlessly. She could never have been as well known as she was without her demons pushing her...and perversely, I'm glad she had them. We were all blessed with her short tenure on this planet, and I will forever refer to her as my one and true "Goddess". Highlights: Wake Up Alone, Love Is A Losing Game, You Know I'm No Good.
Actress | The Blues Brothers
Several Grammy award wins, the first women to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and dubbed as the Queen Of Soul. Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Aretha was born to parents, Barbra Singers homemaker, and Clarence Franklin a baptist minster. Aretha Franklin ...
The one and only Aretha, perhaps the epitome of the hype living up to the talent. She has a gift for both supreme soulfulness and incredible versatility in her performance. I don't think I've ever heard her attempt a genre she didn't completely excel at. With a flawless musical pedigree, even her troubled youth couldn't stand in the way of this meteoric career. Highlights: The House That Jack Built, Dr. Feelgood, Until You Come Back to Me.
Soundtrack | Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Sade was born on January 16, 1959 in Ibadan, Nigeria as Helen Folasade Adu. She was previously married to Carlos Scola.
More than any other woman on this list, Sade was truly gifted with an amazing, and natural, sound. She has, in my opinion, little actualy skill...and rarely uses vibratto, but I would rather listen to no other woman sing softly into my ear. While many have voices that personify sex...few have been bestowed with voices that personify love. Sade is one member of that elite circle. Highlights: No Ordinary Love, Cherish the Day, Is it A Crime?
9. Janis Joplin
Soundtrack | Watchmen
Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta, ...
Many ladies have been compared to this first lady of rock/blues....but few can match her ability to lose herself in a performance. Songs were often barely recognizable when she belted them out, and yet the always sounded superior. She came out of the gate with this filthy tone, and was not ashamed of it. She lived and died a 60's ideal, and nobody has ever had such impact with so few albums to her name. Highlights: Ball and Chain, Summertime, Mercedes Benz.
10. Patsy Cline
Soundtrack | Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932 in Winchester, Virginia. Her brush with show business came at age four when she won a prize in an amateur tap dancing contest. By the time she entered grade school, her family was fully aware of her musical talent. On her eighth ...
A voice made of tears, Patsy was an artist with a story to tell. She used her incredible, juicy, rich tone to beat your heart to a pulp. She represented everything that country isn't (and should be) today.
11. Annie Lennox
Soundtrack | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Annie Lennox was born on December 25, 1954 in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland as Ann Griselda Lennox. She has been married to Mitch Besser since September 15, 2012. She was previously married to Uri Fruchtmann and Radha Raman.
Once referred to as "the greatest white soul singer alive", Annie has the benefit of a voice as deep as an ocean but as precise as a scalpel. She needs nothing but a stool and a stage to captivate an audience. An audacious and often imitated sense of style only adds to th legend that is Annie Lennox. Highlights: Why, Little Bird, Would I Lie to You?
12. Ella Fitzgerald
Soundtrack | When Harry Met Sally...
On Saturday, June 15th, 1996, an era in jazz singing came to an end, with the death of Ella Fitzgerald at her home in California. She was the last of four great female jazz singers (including Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae) who defined one of the most prolific eras in jazz vocal ...
"Showmanship" is a word that springs to mind when thinking of Ella. Her talents went beyond simple vocals and contributed to a career marked by an incredible sense of performance. She could tackle em with the big boys, and often did it better. Like a female Sinatra, Ms Fitzgerald understood her capabilities, and used them precisely and playfully. Highlights: How High the Moon, Mack the Knife, Love is Here to Stay
13. Stevie Nicks
Soundtrack | Against All Odds
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 ...
All one must do is watch an archived Fleetwood performance of "Rhiannon" at The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1976 to behold the incredible fire this woman packs. Usually a bit demure and mysterious, that performance is evidence of the talent. Her voice is sandy and a little imperfect, a testiment to a tough life of rock and cocaine, but its what gives her perfomance its character. Highlights: Silver Springs, The Chain, If You Ever Did Believe
14. Lauryn Hill
Soundtrack | Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
Lauryn Hill, a native of South Orange, New Jersey, first came to attention with the multi-talented Fugees. Their first album, "Blunted On Reality", went virtually unnoticed by the public; their real breakthrough came with the sophomore album, "The Score", which featured "Killing Me Softly". That ...
Nobody quite conjures memories of my childhood quite like Ms. Fugee herself. I can think of nothing but sitting by an open window, trying to memorize her music, hoping a talent scout would hear me while they just HAPPENED to walk past my house at that precise moment. I believed in that just as much as I believed in Lauryn and her power. Even after all the negative press that surrounded her, I refused to let it affect my relationship with her music. Highlights: Ex-Factor, Tell Him, Just Like the Water
16. Sarah McLachlan
Soundtrack | Toy Story 2
Sarah McLachlan was born on January 28, 1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada as Sarah Ann McLachlan. She was previously married to Ashwin Sood.
More than anyone on this list, Sarah has the most incredible way with lyrics. Listening to her coffeehouse albums, its quite easy to get completely lost in that moment, in that song. Pair that with a hypnotic voice, and you have a performance quality like nobody else on this Earth. Highlights: Possession, Full of Grace, Do What you Have to Do.
17. Joni Mitchell
Soundtrack | After Hours
Joni Mitchell is one of the most highly regarded and influential songwriters of the 20th century. Her melodious tunes support her poetic and often very personal lyrics to make her one of the most authentic artists of her time. As a performer she is widely hailed for her unique style of playing ...
18. Nina Simone
Soundtrack | The Big Lebowski
Nina Simone was born on February 21, 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina, USA as Eunice Kathleen Waymon. She was married to Andrew Stroud and Donald Ross. She died on April 21, 2003 in Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône, France.
That TONE....that rich, smoky, feline tone! Nina is easily the most underrated artist on this list...in fact, I think I underrated her too. Instead of injecting herself into music she would twist a song around her voice. She had the ability to induce musical comas with the sheer weight of her performance. Not easily understood, but truly gifted. Highlights: Sinner Man, Feelin' Good, Summertime.
19. Fiona Apple
Soundtrack | Pleasantville
Daughter of former singer Diane McAfee and actor Brandon Maggart. She was classically trained as a pianist as a child and began composing songs when she was eight years old. She crafted a demo tape while in Los Angeles finishing High School. When she returned home to New York for Christmas one of ...
Smacking us in the face, right out of the gate, Fiona has a musical sensibility like a dagger. She just thrusts it inside your soul and twists it unmercifully. Would you have her any other way, though? Highlights: River Stay Away From My Door, Extraordinary Machine, I Want You (feat. Elvis Costello)
20. Jessye Norman
Soundtrack | The Hours
Quite simply one of the purest voices on the whole of this Earth. Her timbre ranges from deep and resonant, to agile and exuberant. Nobody sings soprano in a dramatic role quite like Jessye, and with that, she has the power to move a nation. Beyond that, her unsurpassed knowledge behind her craft only serves to highlight how painstaking she is with every note. Highlights: Im Abendrot, When I am laid in Earth, Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix.
21. Édith Piaf
Soundtrack | Inception
When one thinks of Edith Piaf, one thinks of love, sorrow and music. One did not breathe without the other two. Born in Paris practically on the streets on December 19, 1915, she struggled from day one, the daughter of street performers. The mother, a singer, eventually abandoned both Edith and her...
22. Barbra Streisand
Soundtrack | Funny Girl
Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...
Funny and quirky at first glance, Barbra is the last person you'd expect to sing like a siren. Her tone is pure and soaring...even able to compete with sizeable orchestras in her legendary stage appearances. She's the ultimate entertainer, with talents that transcend all forms of media. What does it say when one keeps a, shall we say "substantial" nose, in order to preserve one's unique vocal signature? Highlights: Evergreen, People, Send in the Clowns
24. k.d. lang
Actress | Eye of the Beholder
k.d. lang was born on November 2, 1961 in Consort, Alberta, Canada as Kathryn Dawn Lang.
One's first encounter with k.d. might involve a double take...or a raised eyebrow. However, to hear her voice...the disbelief grows even more intense. That's part of her appeal, though, the contrast from image to vocal impact. K.d. has succeeded, even flourished, regardless of what she portrays to the world. Crystal clear tone, exceptional control, and remarkable showmanship, those are the hallmarks of a true star. Highlights: That Lucky Ole Sun, Constant Craving, Crying.
25. Whitney Houston
Soundtrack | 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 ...
Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked
Dusty Springfield has been acknowledged around the world as the best female soul singer that Britain ever produced. With her oddly erotic, throaty voice, she racked up a string of hits from the 1960s onwards. Born in London to Irish parents, Dusty grew up in and around London. Her early work ...
Soundtrack | Dancer in the Dark
Born in 1965 in the Icelandic capital city of Reykjavik, the daughter of Gudmundur Gunnarsson (an electrician) and Hildur Hauksdóttir who divorced before her second birthday, Björk grew up in a hippie-type community with her mother and her seven siblings. She started to study classical music at the...
30. Lena Horne
Soundtrack | Cabin in the Sky
Lena Calhoun Horne was born June 30, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York. In her biography she stated that on the day she was born, her father was in the midst of a card game trying to get money to pay the hospital costs. Her parents divorced while she was still a toddler. Her mother left later in order to...
31. Tina Turner
Soundtrack | Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
After almost fifty years in the music business, Tina Turner has become one of the most commercially-successful international female rock stars to date. Her sultry, powerful voice, her incredible legs, her time-tested beauty and her unforgettable story all contribute to her legendary status.
32. 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...
Soundtrack | Dreamgirls
Beyoncé was born & raised in Houston, Texas. Her father, Mathew Knowles, manages Destiny's Child. Her mother, Tina Knowles designs their glittering costumes. Solange, her sister (they're about 5 years apart), has released her debut album. She dances with her big sister during DC-3 concerts. Beyoncé...
37. Gladys Knight
Actress | Hollywood Homicide
Gladys Knight was born on May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Gladys Maria Knight. She is an actress, known for Hollywood Homicide (2003), Unbeatable Harold (2006) and Pipe Dreams (1976). She has been married to William McDowell since April 12, 2001. She was previously married to Les Brown, ...
38. Karen Carpenter
Soundtrack | The Perry Como Christmas Show
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...
40. Mariah Carey
Actress | Precious
Mariah Carey was born in Long Island, New York. She is the daughter of Patricia (Hickey), a singer and vocal coach, and Alfred Roy Carey, an engineer. Her mother's ancestry is Irish, and her father was of Afro-Cuban and African-American descent. Mariah attended Greenlawn's Harborfields High School....
43. Renée Fleming
Music_department | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Renée Fleming was born on February 14, 1959 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress, known for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Lucrezia Borgia (2013) and La Traviata (2006). She has been married to Tim Jessell since September 3, 2011. She was previously married to ...
44. Patti LaBelle
Actress | Idlewild
Patti LaBelle, born Patricia Louise Holt-Edwards, is an American singer, author, and actress. Patti began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer of the band Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. A decade later the group changed their name to Labelle and recorded the hit song "Lady Marmalade". ...
Soundtrack | Dogma
Alanis Nadine Morissette was born in Ottawa, Canada, on June 1st 1974. Alanis' Greek name is a feminine version of her father's name, Alan. Her mother's name's Georgia and she has two brothers: Chad and Wade (Alanis' Twin). She learned to play the piano at age 6 and the guitar at age 21. In 1986 ...
48. Alicia Keys
Soundtrack | The Secret Life of Bees
Alicia Keys was born in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, to Teresa (Augello), a paralegal who was also an occasional actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Her father is African-American, and her mother, who is caucasian, is of Italian and English/Irish/Scottish ancestry. Alicia began taking piano ...
52. Sarah Vaughan
Soundtrack | The Adjustment Bureau
Sarah Vaughan was born March 27, 1924 in Newark, NJ, and died April 3, 1990, in Los Angeles of lung cancer. Her parents were Asbury, a carpenter, and Ada, a laundress. She began studying music when she was seven, taking eight years of piano lessons and two years of organ. As a child she sang in the...
53. Dolly Parton
Soundtrack | The Porter Wagoner Show
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...
54. Cass Elliot
Soundtrack | Beautiful Thing
Cass Elliot was born Ellen Naomi Cohen on September 19, 1941, in Baltimore, Maryland. She grew up in the Washington D.C. environs and in her senior year of high school, performed in a summer stock production of "The Boyfriend" at the Owings Mills Playhouse, where she played the French nurse who ...
55. Jill Scott
Actress | Why Did I Get Married?
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 ...
56. Kelly Clarkson
Soundtrack | From Justin to Kelly
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 ...
Soundtrack | The Voice
Christina Maria Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York, to Shelly Loraine (Fidler) and Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera, a U.S. army sergeant. Her father is Ecuadorian and her mother, who is American-born, has English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. Her parents divorced ...
59. Kathleen Battle
Soundtrack | Shi mian mai fu
Kathleen Battle was born on August 13, 1948 in Portsmouth, Ohio, USA. She was the youngest of seven children in the African-American family, with a good tradition of singing spirituals. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Ohio (1971) and taught music to ...
60. Ann Wilson
Soundtrack | The Golden Child
Singer, flute player, songwriter, and guitarist Ann Dustin Wilson was born on June 19, 1950 in San Diego, California. The daughter of a colonel in the Marine Corps, Wilson and her family moved around a lot, before eventually settling in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, WA. Ann attended Interlake ...
62. Roberta Flack
Soundtrack | X-Men: Days of Future Past
Roberta Flack was born February 10, 1937 (1939 according to some sources), in Black Mountain, North Carolina, a small town located about 10 miles (18 kilometers) from the city of Asheville, North Carolina. She is best known for her love ballad "Killing Me Softly With His Song", released in 1969. ...
63. Sinéad O'Connor
Soundtrack | In the Name of the Father
Sinéad O'Connor was born on December 8, 1966 in Dublin, Ireland as Sinéad Marie-Bernadette O'Connor. She has been married to Barry Herridge since December 8, 2011. She was previously married to Steve Cooney, Nicholas Sommerlad and John Reynolds.
64. Diana Ross
Actress | Lady Sings the Blues
Best known as the the lead singer of the popular 1960s singing group The Supremes, Diana Ernestine Earle Ross was born on March 26, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan, the second of six children of African-American parents Ernestine Lillian (Moten), a schoolteacher, and Fred Earl Ross, who served in the ...
65. Dinah Washington
Soundtrack | JFK
Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the former Ruth Lee Jones moved with her family to Chicago as a young girl. She considered the Windy City her true home. And it was there in early 1940s that a local nightclub owner provided her first gig - and a new name that she would make famous. By 1959 she had ...
66. Ani Difranco
Soundtrack | My Best Friend's Wedding
Ani Difranco began Righteous Babe Records in the beginning of the 1990s and has released almost a plethora of albums. While most are her own, she has also collaborated with Utah Phillips on two albums. Ani is committed to her independency and the her art.
67. Donna Summer
Soundtrack | Thank God It's Friday
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. ...
69. Minnie Riperton
Soundtrack | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Minnie Riperton was born November 8, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, to Thelma Inez (Matthews) and Daniel Webster Riperton, a Pullman porter. At a young age, Riperton, the youngest of eight children, began taking dancing and ballet. Once she reached high school, she began singing in the Hyde Park A ...
70. Bette Midler
Soundtrack | The First Wives Club
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 ...
71. Reba McEntire
Actress | Reba
Reba Nell McEntire was born on Monday, March 28th, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma. The reigning queen of country music has pursued a musical career since she was 5. In Junior High school, she performed with her musical siblings, aka the Singing McEntires. A fine athlete, Reba McEntire followed in the...
72. Debbie Harry
Actress | Videodrome
Deborah Harry was born Angela Tremble on July 1, 1945 in Miami, Florida. At three months, she was adopted by Catherine (Peters) and Richard Smith Harry, and was raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey. In the 1960s, she worked as a Playboy Bunny and hung out at Max's Kansas City, a famous Warhol-inhabited ...
74. Peggy Lee
Actress | Lady and the Tramp
Peggy Lee was Born Norma Dolores Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, on May 26, 1920. At age four her mother died. Peggy's father, a railroad station agent, remarried but later left home, leaving Peggy's care entrusted to a stepmother who physically abused her. Peggy later memorialized this in the ...
75. Natalie Cole
Soundtrack | Pretty Woman
Growing up and living under the huge, daunting shadow of a singing icon can intimidate a son or daughter enough to want to look anywhere else to find their station in life. Those who dared to try to follow in their footsteps, such as Frank Sinatra Jr., found success branching out in other areas of ...
76. Joan Baez
Soundtrack | Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Joan Baez was the middle daughter of Albert Vinicio and Joan Bridge Baez. At age 10, her father took a job (and the family) to Baghdad, Iraq, for a year, after which they moved to Palo Alto, CA, home of Stanford University. In 1956, she bought her first guitar and heard Martin Luther King, Jr.'s ...
Actress | Moonstruck
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 ...
78. Norah Jones
Soundtrack | Ted
Norah Jones (born Geetali Norah Jones Shankar; March 30, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress. She is a daughter of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar and Sue Jones. She is Anoushka Shankar's half-sister.
In 2002, she launched her solo music career with the release of the ...
80. Janet Jackson
Soundtrack | Poetic Justice
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 ...
81. Shirley Manson
Actress | Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Shirley Manson was born on August 26, 1966 in Edinburgh, Scotland as Shirley Anne Manson. She is an actress, known for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008), D.E.B.S. (2004) and Vampire Academy (2014). She has been married to Billy Bush since May 2010. She was previously married to Eddie ...
82. Anita Baker
Soundtrack | Forget Paris
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 ...
Soundtrack | Romeo Must Die
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 ...
Soundtrack | Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
Pink was born Alecia Beth Moore in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and was later raised in Philadelphia. Her parents, Judith Moore (née Kugel), a nurse, and Jim Moore, a Vietnam veteran, divorced when she was very young. Her mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while her father has Irish, German, ...
87. Dixie Chicks
Soundtrack | Medium
The Dixie Chicks are a popular trio of women country-and-western musicians who hail from Texas. Their public comments have increasingly made them controversial, even among their own fans.
The group began in 1989 singing on a Dallas street corner. Their music initially stayed largely within the ...
Actress | Evita
The remarkable, hyper-ambitious Material Girl who never stops reinventing herself, Madonna is a seven-time Grammy Award-winner who has sold over three hundred million records and CDs to adoring fans worldwide. Her film career, however, is another story. Her performances have consistently drawn ...
89. Leontyne Price
Soundtrack | Romeo + Juliet
Leontyne Price was born on February 10, 1927 in Laurel, Mississippi, USA as Mary Leontyne Price. She is an actress, known for Romeo + Juliet (1996), The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977) and NBC Television Opera Theatre (1950). She was previously married to William Warfield.
91. Eva Cassidy
Soundtrack | Love Actually
Eva Marie Cassidy was born on 2nd February, 1963 in Washington Hospital Center in the United States to Barbara and Hugh Cassidy. Eva grew up with her siblings, Anette, Margaret and Dan, in Bowie, Maryland. The Cassidy family was very musical. From an early age, Eva could master harmonies and first ...
92. LeAnn Rimes
Soundtrack | Coyote Ugly
LeAnn started singing at age 3, and has sold over 20 million records since. She was born August 28, 1982 in Jackson, Mississippi. By age 7, LeAnn made her stage debut in a Dallas musical production of "A Christmas Carol". Later, she would sing "The Star Spangled Banner" to open Dallas Cowboys ...
93. Shania Twain
Soundtrack | I Heart Huckabees
Shania Twain was born as Eilleen Regina Edwards in 1965 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, one of three daughters of Clarence and Sharon (Morrison) Edwards (sister Jill is two years older and Carrie-Ann three years younger). When she was age six, her mother remarried Jerry Twain, a full-blooded Ojibwa ...
94. Rosemary Clooney
Actress | White Christmas
Rosemary Clooney was born in Maysville, Kentucky, to Marie Frances (Guilfoyle) and Andrew Joseph Clooney. She was one of five children. Her father was of Irish and German descent, and her mother was of Irish and English ancestry. She grew up in Maysville, where she and her sister Betty Clooney used...
Soundtrack | Don Juan DeMarco
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...
97. Pat Benatar
Soundtrack | Metropolis
Pat Benatar was born Patricia Andrzejewski in Brooklyn and raised in suburban Lindenhurst, Long Island. Her mother Millie had sacrificed her own career as an opera singer to bring up Pat and son Andrew. Years later, it was Pat who singing classical, honing the powers of her 4.5-octave voice as a ...
Soundtrack | Zootopia
Grammy-winning Latina pop singer Shakira was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, on February 2, 1977. Her father is a Lebanese American immigrant and her mother a native of Colombia of Italian and Spanish descent. Shakira began her musical career at age 12 and quickly captured fans throughout Latin ...