Best Female Vocalists of the '70s


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The Top Ten

Agnetha Faltskog
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!
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. C'mon now?
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.
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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)
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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
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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!


The best bar none!

5Stevie Nicks
Wonderful voice could work alone or in any group O.

6Karen Carpenter
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.
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! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
Perfection, no-one has or ever will sing with the emotion passion and heartfelt despair that she has. I wasn't born when Karen was at her pinacle and from listening to her records tirelessly I am so very sad that I missed out on hearing her voice live in cincert and witnessing for myself the beauty of her talent. Such a sad sad story yet what a joy was brought with her perfect voice.
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7Linda Ronstadt
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.
Smoothest most beautiful voice of that decade, with Karen Carpenter a close second.
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8Olivia Newton John
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!
My favorite of all times. Grew up listening to her music and Movies!
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9Carly 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.
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10Carole King
Very distinct voice makes any band the key to sucess. She sings well with others like james taylor.

The Contenders

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

12Anne Murray
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

14Maria Callas
For me her voice is like an angel singing'

15Dusty Springfield
Terrific stage presence, fantastic voice.

16Kate Bush
I admire her for being only interested in the music and never being a diva, her writings are genius!

17Joan Sutherland

18Dionne Warwick

19Petula Clark

20Donna Summer
No doubt the best along with Linda
Best singer of the 70's!
Hot stuff donna was

21Patti 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!

22Barbra Streisand
She could belt out even the hardest notes--and then hold them for a while
By far, the greatest star.
One hell of a voice

23Gloria Gaynor
She is awesome how she survives

24Rita Coolidge

25Gladys 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.

26Debbie Harry

27Joan Baez

28Bonnie Tyler

29Tammy Wynette

30Emmylou 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.

31Diana Ross
The best music ever, I defye anyone to listen to Baby Love without tapping there foot!

32Grace Slick
Simple. I was there.

33Manoella Torres

34Nicolette Larson
To me that sweet woman Nicolette Larson will always be in my heart

35Tina Turner

36Brenda Lee

37Judy Collins

38Patti Smith
She had so much attitude in her voice, also very poetic.

39Oleta Adams

40Patti Austin

41Melissa Manchester

42Lena Zavaroni

43Maria Muldaur

44Elkie Brooks
The U.K.s finest female singer. Rock, Jazz, Blues. Elkie does it all

45Roberta Flack
Smooth as silk voice!

46Jane Olivor

47Bette Midler
I love The Rose

48Sandy Denny

49Phoebe Snow
Love her distinctive style!

50Kiki Dee

51Natalie Cole

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.

53Marilyn McCoo

54Dolly 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! ♥♡♥♡♥♡

55Bonnie Raitt

56Yvonne Elliman

57Nana Mouskouri

58Janis Ian

59Loretta Lynn

60Jackie DeShannon

61Cyndi Lauper


63Lesley Gore

64Nancy Wilson

65Ella Fitgerald

66Kiri Te Kanawa

67Lena Horne

68Lili Ivanova

69Chrissie 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.

70Millie Jackson

71Cass Elliott (Mama Cass)

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

77Wendy Waldman

78Karla Bonoff

79Aretha Franklin
I love Aretha franklin. Especially her song chain of fools whick I am singing in choir

80Crystal Gayle
When she sang about making here green eyes greener - wow and that silky blonde hair - wow

81Chaka Khan

82Melanie Safka
Absolutely! Woodstock, Candles in the Rain, still touring and touching the world!

83Freda Payne

84Sarah Vaughan


86Alicia Bridges

87Jennifer Warnes

88Valerie Carter

89Mary Travers

90Ellen McIlwaine

91Judee Sill

92Linda Thompson

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

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Updated Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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