My Favorite Singers

by serenissima-love | created - 24 Jan 2013 | updated - 24 Jan 2013 | Public

1. Joss Stone

Actress | Eragon

Joscelyn Eve Stoker was born on April 11, 1987, in the pastoral county of Kent, England, to Wendy (Skillin) and Richard Stoker. She spent her teen years in the rural county of Devon, where she bought her first album, Aretha Franklin's Greatest Hits, which inspired her to become a singer. At the age...

2. Madonna

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 ...

3. Phil Collins

Soundtrack | 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!" ...

4. Rod Stewart

Soundtrack | Innerspace

Rod Stewart was born on January 10, 1945 in Highgate, London, England as Roderick David Stewart. He has been married to Penny Lancaster since June 16, 2007. They have two children. He was previously married to Rachel Hunter and Alana Stewart.

5. Boy George

Soundtrack | The Crying Game

Boy George was born on June 14, 1961 in Eltham, Kent, England as George Alan O'Dowd.

6. Jessie J

Soundtrack | Ice Age: Collision Course

Jessie J was born on March 27, 1988 in Chadwell Heath, Essex, England as Jessica Ellen Cornish.

7. Katy Perry

Actress | The Smurfs

Katy Perry was born as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in Santa Barbara, California, the middle child of pastor parents, Mary Christine (Perry) and Maurice Keith Hudson. She has an older sister and younger brother, and has English, Portuguese, German, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Her mother's ...

8. Beyoncé

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...

9. Rihanna

Actress | Battleship

Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in a parish in Barbados called St. Michael, to Monica (Braithwaite), an accountant, and Ronald Fenty, a warehouse supervisor. Her mother is Afro-Guyanese and her father is of Afro-Barbadian and British Isles ancestry (known as "Redlegs" in the Caribbean). Rihanna lived ...

10. Lady Gaga

Actress | Machete Kills

Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and fashion designer.

Gaga was born on March 28, 1986 in Manhattan, New York City, to Cynthia Louise (Bissett) and Joseph Anthony Germanotta, Jr., an internet entrepreneur. Her ...

11. Christina Perry

Actress | Stringer

Christina Perry is an actress, known for Stringer (1999), Diagnosis Murder (1993) and Dancing with the Stars (2005).

12. Ricky Martin

Soundtrack | Hercules

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ricky initiated his singing career in the Latin all boy-band group Menudo. After leaving the group, he moved to New York to study acting. After finishing his studies, he relocated to Mexico where he performed as actor in "Mama ama el Rock", "Alcanzar una Estrella II"...

13. Sade

Soundtrack | True Lies

Sade was born on January 16, 1959 in Ibadan, Nigeria as Helen Folasade Adu. She was previously married to Carlos Scola.

14. 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...

15. Sarah McLachlan

Soundtrack | Charlotte's Web

Sarah McLachlan was born on January 28, 1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada as Sarah Ann McLachlan. She was previously married to Ashwin Sood.

16. 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 ...

17. Mariah Carey

Actress | Precious

Mariah was born in Huntington, New York. She is the daughter of Patricia Carey (born: Patricia Hickey), an opera singer and vocal coach, and Alfred Roy Carey, an engineer. Her mother is of Irish descent, and her father was of African & Venezuelan descent. Mariah attended Greenlawn's Harborfields ...

18. Taylor Swift

Soundtrack | Taylor Swift: Bad Blood

Taylor Alison Swift is a multi-Grammy award-winning American singer/songwriter who, in 2010 at the age of 20, became the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 2011 Swift was named Billboard's Woman of the Year. She also has been named the American Music Awards...

19. Demi Lovato

Soundtrack | Camp Rock

Born in 1992 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Demi Lovato started out as a child actor on Barney & Friends. In 2007, Demi Lovato got a part on a short Disney Channel show called As the Bell Rings, and then she landed the starring role of the movie Camp Rock. While filming Camp Rock, Demi Lovato began ...

20. Jason Mraz

Soundtrack | Chasing Liberty

Jason Mraz was born on June 23, 1977 in Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA as Jason Thomas Mraz. He has been married to Christina Carano since October 25, 2015. He was previously married to Sheridan Edley.

21. Cyndi Lauper

Soundtrack | Cyndi Lauper: Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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.

22. Adele

Soundtrack | Skyfall

Adele was born on May 5, 1988 in Tottenham, London, England as Adele Laurie Blue Adkins. She has been married to Simon Konecki since 2017. They have one child.

23. A-Ha

Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank

Norwegian pop group formed in 1985 comprised of: Morten Harket, lead singer and song writer; Magne Furuholmen (("Mags"), keyboards, piano, vocals and song writer, and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (Pål Waaktaar), guitars, vocals and song writer.

Achieved a major breakthrough in 1985 with the hit "Take On Me."...

24. Alexis Jordan

Soundtrack | Abduction

Alexis Jordan was born in Columbia, South Carolina on April 7, 1992 to an African American mother, Native American and European descent and a Puerto Rican father. She rose to fame as a contestant on the first season of America's Got Talent in 2006. After being eliminated from the show, she began to...

25. Amy Winehouse

Soundtrack | Amy

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 ...

26. Avril Lavigne

Soundtrack | Bruce Almighty

Avril Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada on September 27, 1984, to Judith-Rosanne (Loshaw) and Jean-Claude Joseph Lavigne. She is of French-Canadian (father) and English, Scottish, and German (mother) descent. At 16, she moved to Manhattan and began work on her debut album. She dropped...

27. Jon Bon Jovi

Soundtrack | Young Guns II

Jon Bon Jovi, was born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. On March 2, 1962, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey to parents John Francis Bongiovi, Sr. and Carol Sharkey.

Family Sharkey was a former model and one of the first Playboy Bunnies. She met Bon Jovi's father after she enlisted in the United States Marines. ...

28. Bruno Mars

Soundtrack | Rio 2

Bruno Mars was born on October 8, 1985 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA as Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez.

29. Cher

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 ...

30. Christina Aguilera

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 ...

31. Coldplay

Soundtrack | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Before performing under the name "Coldplay", the band's name was "Starfish".

32. Dido

Soundtrack | 127 Hours

Dido was born on December 25, 1971 in Kensington, London, England as Florian Cloud De Bounevialle Armstrong. She has been married to Rohan Gavin since 2010. They have one child.

33. Hilary Duff

Actress | A Cinderella Story

Hilary Erhard Duff was born on September 28, 1987 in Houston, Texas, to Susan Duff (née Cobb) and Robert Erhard Duff, a partner in convenience store chain. When Hilary was six, she had been traveling in the Cechetti Ballet with her sister Haylie Duff but decided she wanted to fulfill her dream of ...

34. Prince

Soundtrack | Under the Cherry Moon

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, ...

35. Jennifer Lopez

Actress | Gigli

Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born in the Castle Hill section of The Bronx on July 24, 1969. She is the middle of three musically-inclined sisters, Leslie Lopez, a homemaker, and Lynda Lopez, a DJ on New York's WKTU, a VH1 VJ, and a morning news show correspondent on New York's Channel 11. Jennifer ...

36. 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 ...

37. Miley Cyrus

Soundtrack | Hannah Montana

Miley Cyrus was born in Franklin, Tennessee, the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife, Letitia Jean "Tish" (Finley). She has five siblings - two half-brothers, a half-sister, and a younger brother and sister. Her birth name is Destiny Hope Cyrus, because her parents hoped she ...

38. Kesha

Actress | Jem and the Holograms

Kesha was born on March 1, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Kesha Rose Sebert.

39. Ne-Yo

Actor | Battle Los Angeles

Ne-Yo was born on October 18, 1982 in Camden, Arkansas, USA as Shaffer Chimere Smith. He has been married to Crystal Renay since February 20, 2016. They have one child.

40. Chris Brown

Actor | Takers

Chris Brown was born on May 5, 1989 in Tappahannock, Virginia, USA as Christopher Maurice Brown.

41. Pink

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, ...

42. Maroon 5

Soundtrack | Love Actually

They used to be called Kara's Flowers

43. Shakira

Soundtrack | Zootopia

Grammy-winning pop singer Shakira was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, on February 2, 1977. She is of Lebanese, Spanish and Italian descent. Shakira began her musical career at the age of 12 and quickly captured fans around the world. She won the 2001 Best Latin pop Grammy for her "MTV Unplugged" ...

44. Michael Bolton

Soundtrack | MacGruber

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...

45. Kenny G

Soundtrack | The Bodyguard

Kenny G was born on June 5, 1956 in Seattle, Washington, USA as Kenneth Bruce Gorelick. He was previously married to Lyndie Benson and Janice Deleon.

46. Spice Girls

Soundtrack | Spice World

The Spice Girls toured as a quintet for the last time in 2007. They cut the reunion tour short in 2008 due to family commitments. This was the first tour to feature the return of Geri Halliwell after she quit The Spice Girls in 1998. This would be the last tour to feature Victoria Beckham and Mel C.

47. Usher Raymond

Actor | The Faculty

Usher Raymond IV was born in Dallas, Texas, to Jonetta Patton (née O'Neal) and Usher Raymond III. He began singing when he was six years old, joining the local church choir at the behest of his mother who acted as choir director. Jonetta, a single mom, raised Usher and his younger brother, James, ...

48. Toni Braxton

Soundtrack | The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure

Toni Braxton was born on October 7, 1966 in Severn, Maryland, USA as Toni Michelle Braxton. She was previously married to Keri Lewis.

49. Thirty Seconds to Mars

Soundtrack | The Core

The band became good friends with filmmaker John Robert Mariani, receiving a copy of his independent feature, Lost Suburbia (2007).

50. Nicki Minaj

Actress | The Other Woman

Onika Tanya Maraj, better known as Nicki Minaj was born on December 8, 1982 in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York. She grew up in a troubled family with a father that was a drug addict who later changed after he checked into rehab and started going to church. ...

51. One Direction

Soundtrack | One Direction: This Is Us

They were part of The X Factor (UK) in 2010, they were in the "bootcamp" stage when they were told they would not make it in the 'boys' category. One Direction was formed on July 23, 2010. Judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh felt they were too talented to be sent home. As a ...

52. Justin Timberlake

Soundtrack | Trolls

Justin Randall Timberlake was born on January 31, 1981, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Lynn (Bomar) and Randall Timberlake, whose own father was a Baptist minister. At the age of 11, he appeared on the show Star Search (1983), and even though he didn't win, it didn't dampen his ambitions. He also ...

53. Justin Bieber

Soundtrack | Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

Justin Bieber was born on March 1, 1994 at St. Joseph's Hospital in London, Ontario, Canada and was raised in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Pattie Mallette and Jeremy Bieber. He is of French-Canadian (mother) and German, Irish, Scottish, and English (father) descent. He has two ...

54. The Black Eyed Peas

Soundtrack | G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Won Best International Group at the 2006 Juno Awards in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was a tie with Coldplay.

55. George Michael

Soundtrack | Beverly Hills Cop II

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 ...

56. Michael Jackson

Soundtrack | Michael Jackson: Thriller

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, ...

57. Colbie Caillat

Soundtrack | Safe Haven

Colbie Caillat was born on May 28, 1985 in Newbury Park, California, USA as Colbie Marie Caillat.

58. Erasure

Soundtrack | Dick Tracy

Credited for the "Top of the Pops" intro music at one point.

59. Britney Spears

Soundtrack | Crossroads

Britney Jean Spears was born in McComb (Mississippi) and raised in rural Louisiana (Kentwood) to Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears. As a child, Britney attended dance classes, and she was great at gymnastics, winning many competitions and the like. But, most of all, Britney loved to sing. At age 8, ...

60. 3 Doors Down

Soundtrack | American Pie 2

Will perform at President-elect Donald Trump's 2016 President-elect inauguration.

61. U2

Soundtrack | Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

U2 has been perhaps the biggest music act in the world since the late 1980s to the current day. They take prominent stands on human rights issues, expressed through their lyrics and other public statements and actions. The band's lead singer, Bono, has become quite prominent in charity movements ...

62. Leona Lewis

Soundtrack | Avatar

Leona Lewis was born on April 3, 1985 in Islington, London, England as Leona Louise Lewis.

63. Simply Red

Soundtrack | Frantic

64. Shania Twain

Soundtrack | Twister

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 ...

65. 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 ...

66. Nelly Furtado

Actress | Max Payne

Nelly Furtado was born on December 2, 1978 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada as Nelly Kim Neto Furtado. She was previously married to Demacio Castellon.

67. Lionel Richie

Soundtrack | The Color Purple

Lionel Richie was born on June 20, 1949 in Tuskegee, Alabama, USA as Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. He was previously married to Diana Alexander Richie and Brenda Harvey-Richie.

68. Freddie Mercury

Soundtrack | Metropolis

Freddie Mercury was born on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar. His parents, Bomi and Jer Bulsara, sent him off to a private school in India, from 1955 til 1963. In 1964, he and his family flew to England. In 1966 he started his education at the Ealing College of Art, where he graduated in 1969. He ...

69. 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 ...

70. Elliott Yamin

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Elliott Yamin was born on July 20, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Efraym Elliott Yamin.

71. John Mayer

Soundtrack | The Bucket List

John Mayer was born on October 16, 1977 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA as John Clayton Mayer.

72. Jordin Sparks

Soundtrack | Sparkle

Jordin Sparks was born on December 22, 1989 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA as Jordin Brianna Sparks. She has been married to Dana Isaiah since July 16, 2017.

73. Lily Allen

Actress | Elizabeth

Lily Allen was born on May 2, 1985 in Hammersmith, London, England as Lily Rose Beatrice Allen. She was previously married to Sam Cooper.