Best Female Vocalists of the '70s

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The Top Ten

1
Agnetha Faltskog
She's the 1st A in ABBA, the group that dominated the 70's. The way she sings with such emotion, and with a voice that is so pure, is one of the reasons ABBA is as popular today as they were during their heyday.
She's the angel from ABBA, the group that dominated the 70's with number 1 hits in countries all over the world. Shirley Bassey never even had a song that was close to being a number 1 hit in the 70's. come on now?
There were a lot of great female singers of the 70's, but as far as vocal quality, control, and crystal clarity, Agnetha Faltskog is probably the best choice. The best showcase of Angetha's vocal prowess is the ABBA song "The Winner Takes it All". When ABBA was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 or 2011, Faith Hill made a feable attempt to sing "The Winner Takes it All" Faith Hill is a good singer, but she should not have sung that particular song. That would be like someone trying to reproduce the Mona Lisa or paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Yes, Agnetha get my vote!
[Newest]She SUCH A GOOD SINGER, but were is frida? She isn't even on the list!

Best Agnetha song where she lead: Chiquitita, The winner takes it all, Head over heels, under attack and Take a chance on me

2Vikki Carr
No singer has ever touched my heart and soul the way Vikki Carr has! She can deliver a song with such passion and emotion that you literally feel what she is feeling. Sinatra has said "She possesses my kind of voice! " and Dean Martin said "she's the best girl singer in the business! " I was thrilled to see Ms. Carr perform in Sept. 2012 and indeed, she continues to reign as The BEST girl singer ever!
I have seen Miss Carr many times in concert since the late 1960's and she is wonderful! Her voice is rich and beautiful! She has definitely gotten better as time has passed and I believe she is THE BEST singer that this old world has ever heard! She has truly blessed my heart many times!
She is just so great, you should see her performing alive! And listen to her different recordings, she just got a WONDERFUL voice going from country music, to latino pop, mariachis, blues etc... As Sinatra and others said, she is definitely one of the best female singer in the US, and besides such a very hearted person. Christophe (Belgium)
[Newest]My heart sings always, wishing you could be back to educate the youngers of what real music is all about

3Helen Reddy
Truly one of the biggest vocalist of the 70's and truly one of the most unappreciated hit makers of all time. The powerful range of her vocals to at times subtle and very tender vocal performances. Within a short span of 5 years, she produced some of the best pop songs ever! "I Don't Know How To Love Him", "Angie Baby", "You're My World", "You and Me Against the World", "Peaceful", "Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady", "Emotion", "Candle on The Water" and of course "I Am Woman" showcased what a true vocalist is. And then there were some of her best songs that unfortunately did not get the attention they should have, so please listen to "Poor Little Fool", "Somewhere in The Night" and "One More Night" and "Let Me Be Your Woman".
One of the best female vocalist I have heard. She has great range and terrific power. She is able to perform various song type with ease. One of the few I would gladly pay to hear in concert
All I can say is She is one of the greatest female vocalist I have even listened to. If only I could turn back time to the 70's I would still have all her recording playing whenever I was home. Just love her music!
[Newest]Love me some Helen Reddy!

4Shirley Bassey
Dame Shirley's vocal abilities make her not only the best of the 70's, but the best for the last 50 years!

TaylorBurton

The best bar none!

5Stevie Nicks
Love you stevie, and my favourite band fleetwood mac,
Wonderful voice could work alone or in any group O.
Stevie has a beautiful voice, and is such a honest person, I think she, s beutiful.

6Karen Carpenter
I don't care who number one is because Karen is always number one for me and always will be because she had a perfect voice and such a sweet personality and I think she was the best singer of the 70's and she had everything from her singing and her beauty. I don't care Karen is my favorite ALWAYS! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
Karen's voice rings pure and clear and can take you from ecstasy to dispare in the blink of an eye. No other voice has ever had the affect that Karen's voice has had on millions of fans the world over.
What a pure, effortless voice, she hit the notes precisely, with such a beautiful tone. She had one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard, hands down. And she made it look like she wasn't even trying. A real tragedy that she did not understand her own beauty and worth.
[Newest]Karen did have a "perfect" voice according to UCLA Music Director that taught her, and I believe it, she has a fantastic voice, that I haven't seen matched by anyone.

7Linda Ronstadt
A fantastic voice and beautiful interpretation of songs. We are so lucky to have been able to hear her, and we still have access to her full back catalogue. So sad she can't sing anymore, I loved her work with Dolly Parton & Emmylou Harris 3 superb voices together.
It breaks my heart she can no longer sing. But we are all very lucky to have been able to hear her sing. She sang the best ever National Anthem in 1977 that no one has been able to top.
Gorgeous voice. A real singer with heartbreak and power. Ronstadt is so superior a vocalists to the frankly schlocky, cornball tunes and vocals of Karen Carpentar and Olivia Newton John it makes me wonder who shows up to vote on these boards.

8Carly Simon
The most underrated songwriter of our time.
Carly Simon has quietly been delivering the goods for 4 decades!
An intelligent lyricist with a gift for sensual melodies.
[Newest]Ingratiating, humble, earthy and real

9Olivia Newton John
Olivia "The Goddess" newton john! Was the total package! Beauty, class and the voice of an angel! She will always be #1 in my book. Wish we had female singers today with such a great voice. They all sound whiny or on helium today. Sad!
Her songs were most remembered for touching hearts. She gets 2 thumbs up! She didn't have a lot of showmanship or fancy outfits. SHE JUST SANG and did it well with sweetness in her voice.
Olivia Newton_john is the finest singer from the seventies! Or 80's and beyond simply the best! Tons of hits and great T.V. specials and movies to boot!
[Newest]She is the best!

10Carole King
Very distinct voice makes any band the key to sucess. She sings well with others like james taylor.
Certainly one of the most influential with her verse; Tapestry spoke to my soul.
True artist and inspirational; legendary

The Contenders

11Connie Francis
The greatest female voice in pop music... Ever!

12Anne Murray
Anne was Elvis Presley's favorite voice. An alto who sang with such ease. She slid to her notes at times and no one has ever been able to it like Anne. Her interpretation of a song is unique. A strong range for an alto and a quality rare and beautiful. I listened to Anne's music everyday growing up. I still put on a song or two and it brings me right back to the feeling or moment when I first heard her voice. Her music and voice comforted me and in the subtleties of her style, I found myself in awe of such a talent. Thank you Anne for the voice, the music, and the memories.
I loved listening to her because you could actually hear what she sang. Unfortunately I lost part of my hearing and all the modern singers are just a mess of notes.

13Joni Mitchell

14Dionne Warwick
Who could forget Dionne? Amazing amazing musician and singer. What a career and range she had. Whitney Houston came from these talented singer like Dionne. One of the few singers with true highs and true lows. When ever you hear her voice, you know it Dionne. No one else sounds like her, no one. Love you Dionne.
One of the greatest singers and performers of our time!

15Donna Summer
Hot stuff donna was
No doubt the best along with Linda
Best singer of the 70's!

16Kate Bush
I admire her for being only interested in the music and never being a diva, her writings are genius!
A vocal range in pure opposition to that of Arthur Brown's. Excellent!
Never get sick of hearing wuthering heights

17Maria Callas
For me her voice is like an angel singing'

18Dusty Springfield
Terrific stage presence, fantastic voice.

19Petula Clark

20Joan Sutherland

21Barbra Streisand
She could belt out even the hardest notes--and then hold them for a while
Beautiful singer and actress
By far, the greatest star.

22Bonnie Tyler
Her rasp, hands down one of the best, like Stevie Nicks

23Patti LaBelle
She has a way better and unique voice then at least 6 of the people in this top ten list.
Voice like sweet & zingy marmalade!
Awesome singer and performer!

24Gloria Gaynor
She is awesome how she survives

25Rita Coolidge
A rare quality and strong voice. She is unique. Listen to Rita's early albums to the popular ones. Sultry, and easy to the ear.

26Gladys Knight
Come on. This is your #1. Best voice and live performer ever! You're the best thing that ever happened to me can't be matched by anyone.
She does a few notes in a style I don't think ANYONE can duplicate.
Beautiful voice! Wonderful melody- great performer!

27Joan Baez

28Debbie Harry
Love her forever and a day
I love here smiling eyes when she sings, I've always admie her.

29Tina Turner
A musical icon! Tina made history with her performances ad wonderful voice! One of music history's greatest vocalist and performers.
Oldie but a goodie, how she still got on with her life after what she, s been through. deserves the best.

30Patti Smith
She had so much attitude in her voice, also very poetic.

31Nicolette Larson
To me that sweet woman Nicolette Larson will always be in my heart

32Tammy Wynette

33Emmylou Harris
A combination of beautiful face and beautiful voice. Will be the lead singer in the Angel's choir when she goes to the Grand Ole Oprah in the sky. Never had a solid number one hit but her endurance spanning 5 decades singing duets with the most powerful singers makes her my choice as best female singer.
Great and unique in style, poise, grace. Legendary.

34Judy Collins

35Bette Midler

36Patti Austin

37Diana Ross
The best music ever, I defye anyone to listen to Baby Love without tapping there foot!

38Grace Slick
Simple. I was there.

39Manoella Torres

40Brenda Lee

41Marilyn McCoo

42Oleta Adams

43Melissa Manchester

44Kiki Dee

45Lena Zavaroni

46Maria Muldaur

47Elkie Brooks
The U.K.s finest female singer. Rock, Jazz, Blues. Elkie does it all
Absolutely brilliant and still sounds as good as ever!
Elkie Brooks has an amazing voice.

48Roberta Flack
One of the best singers and musicians ever. Roberta Flack is a must to all the listeners out there. She sang with such ease, silky voice and never never screamed for a note. She knew just what she was doing in the song. She never got insecure in her music, and she took risks. All of her work, and I mean all are rare Jewels. Sing Roberta, you made my life better by listening to you. thank you.
Smooth as silk voice!

49Jane Olivor

50Cher
Cher has always had a very unique voice. Though, most people would not agree. Female signers are expected to have soft and high pitch voices but not Cher. What makes Cher different is that she has a strong, deep low and sexy voice of all time. Cher can rock, pop, the blues, she can disco and even country, not very many can do that.

51Janis Ian

52Sandy Denny
Sad loss oh so long ago, if you have never heard of her look her up there's lots of her music on YouTube. So much talent!
Melody Maker readers twice voted her the "Best British Female Singer" in 1970 and 1971
Check her out on YouTube

53Bonnie Raitt

54Nancy Wilson

55Phoebe Snow
Love her distinctive style!

56Natalie Cole

57Dolly Parton
I don't care what no one say, Dolly you are the best country singer in the world! You beat all the other women because your looks and voice and personality is so sexy I'm just jealous! You go girl. I wish I have your boobs like you and I love the other, movies that you played in I don't care people can laugh at me but dolly parton the queen of country will never be beat she is the only famous person I like too. I want to go to your theme park dollywood one day I love you doll! ♥♡♥♡♥♡

58Jackie DeShannon

59Lulu

60Ella Fitgerald

61Yvonne Elliman

62Lili Ivanova

63Millie Jackson

64Nana Mouskouri

65Loretta Lynn

66Cass Elliott (Mama Cass)

67Cyndi Lauper
Cindy is always the same in looks, still from the old school.

68Lesley Gore

69Kiri Te Kanawa

70Lena Horne

71Chrissie Hynde
Cannot believe she is not one of the first listed.. She actually wrote a lot of her stuff and played an instrument as well
Brilliant singer unquie voice her material was the best should be at the top of the list.

72Debby Boone

73Rosemary Clooney

74Marie Osmond
#69 Manoella Torres Has one of the most beautiful female voice and I've hurt many
I love her

75Tanya Tucker

76Alla Pugacheva

77Alicia Bridges

78Wendy Waldman

79Karla Bonoff

80Judee Sill

81Aretha Franklin
I love Aretha franklin. Especially her song chain of fools whick I am singing in choir

82Crystal Gayle
When she sang about making here green eyes greener - wow and that silky blonde hair - wow

83Chaka Khan

84Melanie Safka
Absolutely! Woodstock, Candles in the Rain, still touring and touching the world!

85Freda Payne

86Sarah Vaughan

87Dottsy

88Jennifer Warnes

89Valerie Carter

90Mary Travers

91Ellen McIlwaine
A rare talent. She didn't record much but what she did record is timeless and legendary. I learned from you Ellen. Thank you.

92Linda Thompson

93Beverly Bremers
"Don't Say You Don't Remember", "We're Free", "Hair" on Broadway

94Betty Wright

95Thelma Houston

96Judie Tzuke

97Anni-Frid Lyngstad
Best singer of all time. Abba is nothing without her and she has an incredible vocal range. Her voice is so pure, she sing like an angel. The best abba songs are the ones where it is Anni-Frid who is the leading singer : Knowing me Knowing you, Fernando, Super trouper etc. Everyone talk more about Agnetha Faltskog who is of course an amazing singer too, but they forget Frida who is better than because she have a bigger vocal range. She is so funny too

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