Best Female Singers of the '60sIndividual female artists or all female groups of the 60's.
The Top Ten
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.
Aretha Franklin should be #1, period.V 58 Comments
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!V 7 Comments
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.
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.
I loved her,reminds me of being a boy and discovering music. I miss herV 32 Comments
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.
They also rock my fox socks. Which have foxes on them. They are orange and tatty and soft. I wear them as gloves but mostly to keep my feet warm at night. But I do not let my brother wear them or they will smell. And who wants to smell your brother? Not me. - DaringXx
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.V 40 Comments
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!
Why Aretha isn't number one, I'll never know. I love Dusty believe me I do, however she's number one on the list right now for doing what many white artists at that time did, mock and steal black artists work. Dusty became widely popular in vast audiences off of a song that was originally intended for the soulful voice of Ms.Franklin. Why Dusty is number one for mimicking the sounds of Motown and Columbia records, I have no idea. I think name brand should be number one and doop-brands should be number six. Just saying.V 21 Comments
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.
She is way better than number 7 I think she should be right behind Aretha Franklin who should be at number 1V 11 Comments
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
What an amazing electrifying voice Cass had! Rest in peace love you girl I hope you're dancing and singing in heaven
Should be higher on the list! Amazing voice, so powerful, she did so much more than sing! She defied what people expected of a star!
Incredible singer whose life was cut tragically shortV 13 Comments
Barbra deserves to be in the top 3 female singers of ALL time, so the fact that she's 21 on this particular list is somewhat ridiculous. The only person on this list who can possibly beat her is Aretha. I will agree that there are some fantastic voices here (Dionne, Dusty, Gladys, Tina, Shirley, Etta etc). Barbra has an amazing technique and is a great vocal musician.
Never have I heard or seen a talent like her. As well as being a great actress, her singing voice is the stuff of legend. Not only does she possess a wide range in tone & sound! She has the ability to fit in to any style of music and express a very convincing emotion.
Without a doubt! Barbra Streisand is... The Best of the best! She away has been my favorite female vocalist of the 60's. But as this list shows... Their are so... Many other worthy candidates.
Top 3? Top? Amazing voice. Amazing singer.V 15 Comments
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.V 5 Comments
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 oneV 9 Comments
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!V 13 Comments
She was the better singer in her time and I love her
Been a fan since I heard To Sir With Love. I thought that was her first song and pleasantly surprised to discover her great songs prior to that. She covers most genres of music. I feel with the popularity of Dusty Springfield, she doesn't get the recognition she deserves and is very under rated. LULU LIVES!
Lulu can out sing every other female singer just listen to new album making life rhyme
She is amazingV 4 Comments
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.V 6 Comments
'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
The best of all!V 3 Comments
Its one thing to sing, but its another to "reach out and touch somebody's hand". It is Diana Ross who inspired in me the desire to move an audience, to make them feel something, to connect. It's my hope to be a messenger through music, snd help "make this world a better place" if I can!
I can't believe she's only rated #29? In my book, she's alway's been and always will be #1. The American music listeners can be so shallow and stupid. '
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 recordingsV 5 Comments
Peggy's world #1 hit "I WILL FOLLOW HIM" was Blessed so well it will be popular until the end of time.
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!
Awesome, she led the rest by a country mileV 9 Comments
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.
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...
Fantastic!V 1 Comment
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!V 4 Comments
Joni painted pictures with her lyrics so vivid that I still see the "sun come in like butterscotch and stuck to all my senses". She is genius when it comes to eliciting emotional connection.
Joni Mitchell have a diversified range of styles from Faulk to rock to jazz. Most of her songs are Ballads which I really enjoy.
Beautiful music and incredibly influential. Can't get enough.
Yes, I agree should be higher on the list in my opinion.V 3 Comments
Cannot understand why she hasn't been mentioned previously. She was the greatest.
The Sweetest tone of any singer, she set the standard
One of the most beautiful voices on eath
No one could ever, and never will be able, to sing scat like Ella!
Great voice. Effortless, yet controlled.
Beautiful voice that takes you to that special place...
Love Gladys knight
One of motowns best vocal artists a true professional of the first orderV 1 Comment
Diamonds and Rust ("Where are you calling from? A booth in the Midwest. ") and There But for Fortune (And I'll show you a young man with so many reasons why... ). Great lyrics, guitar work and a wonderfully clear, perfectly pitched voice.
The most versatile voice. She did it all from rock to romance to folk and country and from protest to sacred songs. She always gave her all to whatever was asked. And - she's still doing it. Touring Europe and selling out the places she appears.
Her voice is so unmistakable and she is such an Icon and her songs have stood the test of time, they wouldn't be outta place in the music world of today in fact she better than some of the artist of today!
Saw the state of humanity new they were intent on killing the. Earth. So made money lived regret,.NOW EARTH IS DYING POP. 8.5 billionV 6 Comments
Fantastic voice could sing anything including opera, kicking rock and roll, 40s ballads country, to name a few styles she excelled at
Great voice. Loved her growing up, and ever since
My favorite. She could do it all, folk, pop, country, big band and light opera. So sad to hear about her illness and the loss of that amazing voice.
My all time favorite for 4 decades, so much emotion.V 12 Comments
Marianne Faithful. Revisit and listen to her early songs you might just be amazed of what an incredible voice she had as her early folk songs are well worth a listen. It's a pity being dismissed as just the girlfriend of Mick Jagger. In Keith Richards new book Life he credits her with helping write some of the Stones earlier songs. Sorry to say though her very beautiful sounding voice changed so much after her suicide attempt and years of hard drugs and smoking left her voice incredibly different from �As Tears go by�.
Her fantastic pre-Searchers recording of Needles N Pins is a soulful standout. All subsequent versions are weak by comparison.
She was the best
Lovely voice, one of the best.
I Told Every Little Star, love it
Love her voice. Very unrated
Mary Wells is the definitive Motown singer with songs like My Guy and The One who Really loves You. What a sweetheart! Tommy Weiss
Love Mary wells I wish I could see her perform on a oldies show. Love her. (my guy) that was my number 1 song number 1'can sing it better then her. Love you Mary Wells God Bless.
I love Mary Wells. Such a sweet and vulnerable voice; she's one of my favorites.
This lady was a favorite of a shipmate of mine on the uss salamonie
At the same time I was a lifetime fan of Dinah washington
Demonstrative beauty of sound and intent, music beyond just popular sales. A flower child, an idealist in a contemporary culture of rage and despair.
Her songs and her way of singing them influenced me a lot.
A voice like a crystal bell!
Love this song my favourite of all time
Judith is by far the best female voice of the sixties.
She has a voice which is surpassed by few if any but she was an Aussie which may have made her less likely to be ranked among the best
Not one of the afore mentioned could match the amazing voice of Judith durham. she stands alone
Beautiful voice, but her decision to leave the Seekers was a mistake in my humble opinion. Remedied later, but 20± years of what could have been a stellar career as superstar hurt her rep. Still a great singer, and she did sort of leave to marry her manager/agent/?
One of two truly great Australian woman singers we know about. HR of I Am Woman fame is the other.
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.
One of the best. Better than the rest of this list.
No one can match her.
She have won lots of award for best female back singer, she is the only female singer who have won bharat rantna.. She sang in more than 20 languages, proud of India.. Hatsoff to this singer, you are proud of India.
She was the reason why I'd go to sleep every night when I was a little girl. I may be 15 years old but I loved the Carpenters ever since I was two years old. Everyone may have different opinions, but I personally feel that she should have a higher spot on this list.
Angelic Alto voice, which had calming and inspirational qualities. She left us too soon because God needed such a voice to lead his choir. She was nothing short of wonderful.
How can Karen be # 39. One of the absolutely greatest voices of all time
Met her once what a down home great person she was greatest voice I've ever heard love and miss you karenV 19 Comments
The most underrated voice of all time. She blows the roof off with Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). And lets not forget her uncredited #1 hit He's A Rebel and He Sure The Boy I Love. You may also know her from Father of the Bride featuring her song Today I Met The Boy I'm Gonna Marry. One of the greatest.
This lady should be on top of the list, not where she is here. She is probably the most unappreciated singer of that period. The bio film about her and other backup singers just copped an Academy Award (2014)...20 Feet From Stardom.
SONG Today I Met The Boy I'm Gonna Marry.
THE BEST SINGER EVER!
Fantastic singer of the 60s
Great singer great times
A truly beautiful voice - so exciting
So young, mature and WOW!...She COULD REALLY SING!V 7 Comments
Petula eighty this year and still going strong at this very moment New York going mad for her never done well in england don't expest her to get far in this poll but the rest of the world love her and so do I the best she always was and always will be.
She sang with Led Zeppelin in "The Battle of Evermore" RIP Sandy
Check her out on YouTube. Much missed RIP Sandy
Absolutely one of the most Beautiful and meaningful songs I have ever heardl A pop song so powerful...so powerful!
Thank you so much for lighting up my life, Sandy Denny.
JJ Johnson Philadelphia, PA.
Once you've heard Laura Nyro sing her own songs (that made mega hits for many other singers/groups) or cover someone else's songs you will never be the same. You will wonder how such a talent could remain relatively unknown. She remains the most astonishing, passionate, creative, totally original vocal talent and singer/songwriter of all time. It's a shame so many people have never heard this American treasure's music. She may just change your life. For starters check out Eli and the 13th Confession. You'll be glad you did.
Must be in the Top Ten of All-Time -- not just the 60's. Todd Rundgren said Laura Nyro was "too soulful for radio" and that "the other groups that had success with her songs essentially turned down the soul." No other female singer by 1967 had her combination of vocal power, piano technique, songwriting, arranging, charisma, and creative control over her recordings. It was an era when female singers were expected to just stand at the mike, look pretty, and sing songs written by others.
Unbelievable talent! She plays her own keyboards and sings all the vocals. Four part harmonies with perfectly matched vibrato and expression. Listen to Poverty Train, her ode to cocaine addiction. Arguably her best work - which remains a hidden Jewel to this day.
Laura Nyro was incomparable in every way. While most everyone has heard Nyro's songs covered by hugely popular rock and pop singers and groups from the late sixties and early seventies, her own recordings are not well known beyond a large loyal cult following. Her highest charting single was her cover of the classic Gerry Goffin/Carole King song "Up On The Roof" which reached #40 on the U.S. Billboard Singles Chart and her highest charting LP was "New York Tendaberry" which reached #42 on the U.S. Billboard Album Chart. She was considered more of an underground artist which was much cooler in those days than the mainstream pop and rock artists who dominated Top 40 AM radio. Laura was way ahead of her time. She was brilliant.V 7 Comments
Love to here her voice wish she would team up again!
PHIL Spector married her for her voice
I just love that voice and the rhythm and personality that she posses. She is truely one of a kind. I like most of the womans groups of the 60's and even Tina Turner and Artha Franklin but no one compares to Ronnie.
Given an international platform by Paul McCartney, she had (still has! ) a voice a pure as honey.
She had the voice of an angel and looked like angel
When she sang it sounded like music made in heaven
Clear pure voice,perfect diction,a natural singing voice not forced.V 1 Comment
Linda Jones the best soul female singer besides Aretha, but died before her time. Her deep gospel roots, and gut wrenching sound made even the most callous man shed a tear. She sang exhausting beyond the last bit of breath in her small body, whose voice was also strong, powerful, and piercing.
Such a talent who has received little praise since she first appeared on the scene some 48 years ago. Well known now to have cowritten much of her own material along with her primary song writer Chris Andrews during the peak of her career in the 1960's. Something which few and far between of her rivals could ever be credited for back in the day. A beautiful lady with a beautiful voice to match. Girl Don't Come, Message Understood and Nothing Comes Easy for me are among her finest work.
Sandie was the greatest artiste that Britain ever produced and one of the very best in the world. She recorded in five different languishes and was the first Uk act to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Brilliant just Brilliant.
I can't believe Sandie is not in the top 10. Very underrated in her own country but huge in Europe. America you don't know what you missed out on although I believe Sandie has a cult following over there now.
Very underrated in the 60's. Came back in the 80's and was even better.V 5 Comments
Clodagh Rodgers possessed a powerhouse voice and with her emergence into the top of the charts in 1969 with excellent pop gems written by Kenny Young, she really should be better remembered. She constantly changed her image, both fashion-wise and musically, and after the hits had dried up, she was an accomplished cabaret and concert artist with arrangements to match. As well as these accomplishments, she was attractive with million dollar legs and a pretty good actress too!
Very good singer shame those day have gone.
Why has nobody remembered this excellent singer
To me she was the best, Her voice was pitch Perfect and she sang with such emotion in her voice you only have to hear her version of The Way Of Love recorded in the Sixties it knocks Cher's version into a cocked hat, Where In The World is another classic and of Course Her upbeat rock ballad style of Secret Love is another classic, not only was she a Pop singer she sang the great standards of Cole Porter, George Gershwin Irving Berling, Jerome Kern she was the finest singer to come out of Britain, She was the Highest paid singer of her time, but her manager gambled most of her money away over five million pounds in the sixties and seventies leaving her destitute.Thank God a lot of songs her on You Tube and as now gained a new generation of fans.
As a young boy watching her on the 12inch black singing in the Billy Cotton Band Show at my nan's, is forever my favourite female singer. RIP Kathy.
Kathy Kirby had great looks and a terrific voice but she was stuck with very poor dated material that did her more harm than good.
Fantastic singer but as was said bogged down by terrible material and crap management.V 2 Comments
She was a one hit wonder
The White Cliffs of Dover will forever shine as a Vera Lynn classic.
Vera Lynn... From the 30's and the 40's... voice off an angel
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