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.
The alpha and omega of female voices, with a repertoire spanning bouncy pop, lush ballads, late night standards, flirtations with jazz and country, and, most strongly cementing her legacy, blue eyed soul. We could champion her musical eclecticity, her always classy demeanor and song choice, but really, it's that voice. That VOICE. At once sensual and vulnerable, but capable of overwhelming intensity on the big ballads, that VOICE!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
Can't even express in words how amazing this woman was! She did so much in her life and influenced so many people! Thank the heavenly Lord above for Aretha!
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!
Class, Artistic Style and an Original Sweet/Soul Voice!
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.
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!
Worst backing voice ever
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.
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!
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.
Tina is "simply the best! " She is a great singer, great dancer, an all-around awesome person, and "River Deep - Mountain High" is one of the strongest performances of all time. Long live the Queen!
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
intelligent & great vocalist voice & phrasing!
I thought her voice was so powerful to listen to
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. '
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!
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.
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!
Peggy's world #1 hit "I WILL FOLLOW HIM" was Blessed so well it will be popular until the end of time.
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.
No other female singer could come close to Connie Francis vocally. She could sing everything from rock and roll to the teariest ballad. No other female could do the vocal breaks the way she did and put so much emotion into a song. If anyone female deserves the number one spot it is Connie Francis. No one before or since can sing like she did
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.
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.
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...
One of the best
What a thrilling dark powerful voice and do many great hits.
Always amazing...great actress too
A legend. One of the very few musicians to debut in the 60s & still be around.
73 and still going strong!
Best vocalist of that era by 1000 miles, her voice was superb and like no other, talented, beautiful,writer, and worked well with others, the people above her are comical. Cher lol
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 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.
Love, Love, Love Patty Cline! Her voice, music, and lyrics are eternally wonderful!
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 easy listening songs not like some of the so called music of today
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 billion
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.
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.
Lovely voice, one of the best.
I Told Every Little Star, love it
Love her voice. Very unrated
'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