Best Female Singers of the '60s

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The Top Ten

1
Dusty Springfield
To me she was a sexy sultry Goddess who invented herself in the 60's, she made it look easy... She is my favorite of all time female singer. She sang many of Burt Bacharach's song better than Dionne Warwick. I'm a Dionne fan. But to me Dusty had it all from the Phrasing to her look with the sultry eyes, and her sexy way of moving in the 60's. She was a perfectionist to her detriment, unfortunately. I even loved her speaking voice. She had her difficult times in the 70's to 89, but had a great comeback with the Pet Shop Boys. They knew about Dusty's voice and they wanted it on their record. She succumbed to breast Cancer in 1999. She left us way too soon. Gosh she is missed. I hope now she can see how much she was appreciated and loved.
The greatest soul voice Britain ever produced, classy song choices and the kindest sweetest nature makes her the very best of the pile. She was considered 'difficlt' in the studiobecause she was a perfectionist and wanted the best from herself and to make the sounds on vinyl that she heard in her head. But she wasn't a trained musician so it was hard to translate what she wanted. Cue lots of crashing crockery! But we loved her!
Dusty Springfield was one of the most phenomenal singers of all time, not just of the 1960s. I don't think there's a Dusty song that I dislike. Even though she's been gone for almost 13 years, she's still very much alive to her amazingly dedicated fan community and, many of us believe she shows us her "thanks" on a regular basis. I don't think this can be said about anyone else on the list.
[Newest]Loved Dusty! Wished I could marry her (I was 16). One of the best of all time.
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2Shirley Bassey
Shirley had several #1's in the 60's and what's most important is that after 55 years in Show Business, her voice is still as powerful as ever. Her latest CD, 'Get The Party Started' is a HIT, on the DANCE CLUB CIRCUIT. This latest hit is 50 years after her first chart hit, 'As I Love You' which was released in 1958.
intelligent & great vocalist voice & phrasing!
Shirley was phenomenal artist. Her LIVE singing was real magic of voice - powerful, beautiful, deep and very touching. Don't you remember her legendary superhit "Goldfinger" from James Bond movie? Amazing

Irina2932

[Newest]Shirley is a powerful vocalist!

3Dionne Warwick
Her Majesty of Melisma. About 60 charted hits and five grammys! Cousin Whitney learned from her but has not had her staying power due to a poor marriage choice and too many addictions. Dionne is still on the road and recording 50 years after her start! Her technique is superb (music Doctorate)and NO ONE can handle the treacherous key changes and time signature shifts of the Bacharach/David songbook as can this classy, cool, sophisticated lady!
Dionne Warwick simply has the most magical voice. Her gift for melody is unmatched. Walk on By, Say a Little Prayer, Make it Easy on Yourself, Don't Make Me OVer, Any who had a Heart, You'll Never Get to Heaven if you Break my Heart, Promises Promises, Do you know the way to San Jose? , Theme from Valley of the Dolls, This Girl is in love, I'll never Fall in love again and MANY other more Hidden Gems are AMAZING!
You just simply need to hear her 60 s recording and no more guessing. Simply the best!
[Newest]Class, Artistic Style and an Original Sweet/Soul Voice!

4Janis Joplin
Rocks my elephant socks. Which have elephants on them. They are pink and fuzzy. I wear them on my arms and as a scarf. But never on my feet or else they will smell. And who wants smell socks? Not me.
How is she not number one?
She sang with her heart instead of her mind like the musicians that we see in todays world. Her lyrics had a message and that message is still being heard and appreciated today.
She had the greatest voice ever
No one else will never ever have a voice like that
She was, and still is the best singer out their
She will always be number one
She sang from the heart with meaning
She sang strong
We love you Janis
[Newest]I am taken back in time, to being a teenager in the sixties every time I hear her sing.

5Lesley Gore
She had the best songs in the 60's - It's My Party, Judy's Turn to Cry and You Don't Own Me.
Lesley Gore was and is incredible. Her voice is beautiful and the way she sings gives you chills.
Come on guys! Lesley had the best songs from the 60s! Her voice was so amazing and soulful! She deserves to be much higher on the list, so please vote for Lesley!
[Newest]Lesley Gore was THE best singer in the whole dang world! Everything from "It's My Party", "Judy's Turn to Cry", "She's a Fool", "Maybe I Know", and "That's the Way Boy's Are", were some of the best songs that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I am only 21 years old, but oldies is the best thing to listen to for me!

6Tina Turner
She's a great singer at least she is number 5 I think we all should appreciate what Tina Turner has sung to us. She has great songs that have great Energy! You name the song I bet you'll like it not at least one of Tina's song is to make you smile.
Great Songs and Energy!!!Name the Songs.
Are you kidding? Check out her body of work. Ane her legs. At least number three.
[Newest]Simply the best a very determined woman

7Aretha Franklin
She should be well up there. As the first Lady of Soul she deserves much better. She has always been a favourite of mine!
What can you say? She always leaves me speechless, my dream lead singer. As a musician, singer she is way way above position 6 on this vote, she should be at number 1.
Love her! X
She is an inspirational singer who's songs reflect people in good ways and also tell people how to be the best that they can be... Love her!
[Newest]Probably made a comeback in the 80s (similar to Dusty Springfield) and performed her 80s hits (solo and with the Eurythmics).

8The Supremes
The Supremes were a wonderful group. Diana Ross had a beautiful small and subtle vocal. But her delivery was always affective. Her interpretation in the music had set a standard. Also Mary Wilson and Florence put in beautiful harmonies. These three ladies were meant to be in a group together. The amount of #1's they had, proves how important they are to the 1960's decade alone.
My favorite all time female group; they harmonized beautifully. Diana, while some people claim she has a weak voice, I don't see it that way. Her voice is so beautiful and full of emotion; I leave the planet when I hear her sing. She should be #1; she should have received grammys and a lot of her later stuff is excellent: "Force Behind the Power", "Every Day's A New Day", "Red Hot Rhythm and Blues", "Take Me Higher" are excellent albums; she didn't get the promotion from RCA she should have; plus she got a bad rap from some of the black community for sounding too white?
The Supremes got the best of Motown and they gave the best performances back. Diana had the versatility to pull off HDH material and give it an extra boost of energy.
[Newest]We are talking about the 60s, right? If so, no other group or individual female had as many top hits. Should be #1!

9Petula Clark
In 1942 British tank crews pasted the picture of an adorable 10 year old English blonde on the hulls of their tanks for good luck then stopped the Nazis cold in their tracks at ElAlamein. The petite, adorabble English blonde with the big eyes would go on to become the most commercially successful female artist in British recording history and have a string of 14 consecutive US Top 40 hits. No other foreign born female has ever come close. The adorable English blonde... Petula Clark.
She has half a dozen songs that stack up well against many of the artists ranked above her! Hard to compare the early vs. Late 1960s singers, very different styles for the different periods.
Unique phrasing, crystal clear voice, amazing diction and breath control
[Newest]Still listen all the time!

10Cilla Black
Cilla has one of the most underrated and most importantly; ignored voices in the music industry due to her later work. Her looks in the 60s were unconventional and her voice was deep and dark like treacle, soulful and astounding, and her back catalogue and production top notch, better than many above her on this list, and certainly more hits. Brian Epstein adored her, comparing her voice with edif Piaf and garland, john Lennon praised and recommended her to many, she appeared on Wed Sullivan doing 5 performances, Carson asked her back, she chickened out of america because she was homesick, she lost it somewhere, but look at her back then and one can only imagine how different the outcome could have been.
People forget Cilla was actually the biggest selling British female recording star of the 60s. Not surprising because she had such a wonderful, powerful, heart-felt voice, a voice that could belt out a song with such emotional and feeling. On top of that she was a real star, and she deserves so much more credit and recognition than she gets. She can still belt out a good tune today! Her renditions of You're My World and Anyone Who Had a Heart are truly two of the greatest recordings ever made, and her hundreds of other pieces are just as brilliant.
ITS A SHAME THE THAT SHE IS NOW REGARDED AS SUCCESSFUL T.V. PRESENTER. SOME OF HER EARLY WORK LIKE - TREES AND LONLINESS - ABYSSINIAN SECRET ARE ABSOLUTE GEMS AND REFLECT HER DISTINCTIVE VOCAL RANGE COUPLED WITH WITH THE GENIUS OF GEORGE MARTINS ARRANGEMENTS.
[Newest]Cilla had a great sound a girl hadn't had a number one for ages they only wanted boy groups

The Contenders

11Lulu
She was the better singer in her time and I love her
Tina Arena covered one of her songs.

playstationfan66

Her voice got SOUL!

12Connie Francis
Connie Francis could sing songs other female singers would not have attempted, such as Siboney. The range and V8 power of that voice was incredible. She could not only hit notes that others would have avoided, but she could sustain them. She was also modest enough to laugh at some of the rubbish she recorded because it was popular then, but by the mid 60s, ironically as her popularity began to wane, her voice could and did tackle any material with embarrassing ease. Others just could not compete with her versatility and breath-taking power.
Connie Francis is without question one of the top female singers of all times. Many consider her the best. She still has a large, loyal following and her recordings are remembered with great affection. A petite lady with a powerful yet sweet and tremenously melodic voice, she has the gift to bring great emotion to her songs. Sadly, many of her popular hit recordings are never heard on many "oldies" radio stations. You are loved, Connie!
I have never back then or to the present time heard any other female vocalist with the talent Connie Francis has. She can sing anything and it sounds good and in a lot of instances better than the original. Her voice was electrifying and there is just no one like her.

13Mama Cass Elliot
Powerful singer who didn't look or sound like anyone else. With the Mamas & the Papas, she helped to create some of the best vocal harmonies in all of pop/rock music.

Blue_Devereaux

God she was amazing!
The best backing voice ever. so powerful

14Etta James
'At last' must be up there with the best.
Just the best. At Last is one of my all time favourite songs.

15Patsy Cline
I love Patsy Cline! She had grace and style like no other and her delivery was magical and natural. You could feel her passion in whatever she sang and always get her audience involved. There was a true tragedy in losing her so early in life and career. She was fantastic!
Just an amazing voice, had she lived a lot of other female singers would not have got into the charts.
Patsy had something unique in her voice that I have never heard since.

16Lata Mangeshkar
No matter in which a song is sung and if it is beautiful music lovers like to listen to it. If music lovers can enjoy English, French, Spanish, Turkish, Greek, Arabic and other songs without even understanding a word of what is being sung (but enjoy the BEAT) then why is it that Indian singers are not brought into the competition?
Music lovers also listen to music that is exposed to them and western forums will mostly attract Western music lovers. As such, Indian singers don't stand any chance.
A look at Lata Mangeshkar's site or that of Asha Bhosle, will enlighten music lovers by the FACT that these singers sung over 25 000 songs each, in about 10 different languages and each song as beautiful as the other.
So, how can a western singer, having sung 200 songs in one language be considered the best female singer?
Forums like these should be advertised on Indian websites as well in order to allow Indian Music lovers to vote as well.
No one can match her.
One of the best. Better than the rest of this list.

17Brenda Lee
String of 10 consecutive top 10 hits that was unrivaled until Madonna came along in the 80's. Youngest female to have 2 consecutive #1's on the chart. 12 top 10 hits plus one Christmas classic in a 3 year span... All before she turned 18. She relied on pure talent with no gimmicks.
Little Miss Dynamite with her powerful voice definitely influenced a generation of pop/country female singers. Favorite cuts: Is It True & That's All I gotta Do
Dynamic stage performer. Unmatched lyrical interpretation of songs. John Lennon called her the greatest female singer of her generation.
[Newest]Dynamic voice. No one like her.

18Lorraine Ellison
Love this song my favourite of all time

19Little Peggy March

20Jeannie C. Riley

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This list was created 7 years, 336 days ago and has been voted on over 3,000 times. This top ten list has been remixed 6 times and has been blogged about 2 times.

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