Best Female Singers of the '60s

Individual female artists or all female groups of the 60's.

The Top Ten

1 Dusty Springfield Dusty Springfield Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien, known professionally as Dusty Springfield, was an English pop singer and record producer whose career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s.

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.

The best easily, great voice! Can listen to her all day! and does not over sing which drives me bonkers!


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2 Shirley Bassey Shirley 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.

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

intelligent & great vocalist voice & phrasing!

It's not just that FANTASTIC voice - It's the passion,! She means every word!

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3 Lesley 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.

She is my favorite female vocalist of all time. "Maybe I know" was my all time favorite. I recorded a few seconds of it in the 60's with an old reel to reel recorder and played it over and over. She should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I wanted to see her perform live, but now it's too late and it's my turn to cry. She was extraordinary, but we have her music to remember her forever.

A remarkably gifted but too often underappreciated of the best...and a gifted songwriter as well!

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4 Dionne Warwick Dionne Warwick Marie Dionne Warrick is an American singer, actress and TV-show host, who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health.

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!

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!

You just simply need to hear her 60 s recording and no more guessing. Simply the best!

Her well documented 60's classics are standouts.
She also continued to chart hits in the 70s and 80's.
She is second to the great Aretha among female solo singers in charted hits in the last century.

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5 Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.

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.

I believe Janice was the BEST female vocalist of the 1960's rock scene. She was not afraid to let it rock out & was always willing to give her time to jam with other musicians. Music was her lifeblood. She had a sweet personality and was a fabulous songstress. I miss her bluesy voice. Vinyl just couldn't capture the sweetness and pain in her voice.

Listening to Janis made you want to be the free spirit that she embodied,she was great but sadly didn't really know how a generation perceived her. Still when I hear her songs it takes me right back to that time.

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6 Tina Turner Tina Turner Tina Turner, née Anna Mae Bullock, is a singer, dancer, actress and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards.

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.

What a talent. Absolutely LOVE her

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7 The 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?

We are talking about the 60s, right? If so, no other group or individual female had as many top hits. Should be #1!

They were in a league all of their own.

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8 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer–songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L.

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!

You can not underestimate her influence on the culture.

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9 Connie 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.

Close your eyes and open you ears, she is the best!

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10 Cilla Black Cilla Black Priscilla Maria Veronica White, known by her stage name Cilla Black, was an English singer, television presenter, actress, and author.

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.

For me the most emotional performer. Cilla may not have had the most technically perfect voice, but put her alongside someone who was I still find Cilla's renditions move me more. She had an ability to take you on a journey and you believed her. Her T.V. career took over, fortunately her back catalogue was so extensive and remarkable. It's a gift. Miss her loads.

Should be number one

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The Contenders

11 Lulu

She was the better singer in her time and I love her

Her emotions made the songs with her voice as rich as any blues or soul singer

Lulu can out sing every other female singer just listen to new album making life rhyme

She is amazing

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12 Mama 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

When Cass Elliot inflated, her fat tummy swirled, her fat feet got bigger, her fat head got bigger, her round tummy got fatter and rounder, her fat hands got bigger, and she became a giant. She inflated into a giant, enormous, large, huge, massive balloon and we saw a close up of her extremely fat and round tummy when it swirled.

Cass Elliot was too fat and too round when she was with the Mamas and the Papas. She was like Sheila Broflovski because they were both too fat and too round. And they're both dead.

Horrible voice and terrible witch

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13 Petula 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

Great singer.

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14 Etta James Etta James Etta James was an American singer who spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel.

'At last' must be up there with the best.

Just the best. At Last is one of my all time favourite songs.

At last played at my wedding

A perfect cold princess with the voice of a passionate pauper

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15 Brenda Lee Brenda Lee Brenda Mae Tarpley, known as Brenda Lee, is an American performer and the top-charting solo female vocalist of the 1960s.

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.

Timeless talent, I never tire of listening to her recordings

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16 Little Peggy March

Peggy's world #1 hit "I WILL FOLLOW HIM" was Blessed so well it will be popular until the end of time.

The best

17 The Shirelles The Shirelles

These ladies deserve a lot more credit for will you still love me tomorrow also mama said, that is enough said these ladie's can sing.

18 Skeeter Davis

The end of the world, is the most beautiful song, part girl part young woman...

I loved every song she sang

One of my all time favorites...

One of the best

19 Patsy Cline Patsy Cline Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932, in Winchester, Virginia. She became a professional country singer in the 1950s, and became one of the most important artists in American music history. Patsy died on March 5, 1963, in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee. She was inducted more.

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.

The best!

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20 Grace Slick Grace Slick Grace Barnett Slick is an American singer-songwriter, musician, artist, and former model, widely known in rock and roll history for her role in San Francisco's burgeoning psychedelic music scene in the mid–1960s.

Go Ask Alice! Laugh out loud, Fill Your Head!

Hop off the acid Grace!

One of the best singer's of all time's I love her song go ask Alice & hop off the acid grace

An extremely powerful female voice!

I asked the caterpillar.

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