Best Female Singers of the '60s

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21 Barbra Streisand Barbra Streisand Barbara Joan Streisand, known professionally as Barbra Streisand, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker.

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.

My inspiration, the amazing passion, a voice I turn to for every emotion,

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23 Gladys Knight Gladys Knight

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 order

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24 Diana Ross Diana Ross

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. '

Bruce Marso

25 Joan Baez Joan Baez

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

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26 Lata Mangeshkar Lata Mangeshkar

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.

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.

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27 Jackie DeShannon

Her fantastic pre-Searchers recording of Needles N Pins is a soulful standout. All subsequent versions are weak by comparison.

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28 Linda Scott

Lovely voice, one of the best.

I Told Every Little Star, love it

Love her voice. Very unrated

29 Mary Wells

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

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30 Lorraine Ellison

Love this song my favourite of all time

31 Linda Ronstadt Linda Ronstadt Linda Maria Ronstadt is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums.

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.

She should be number two. She is second only to Karen Carpenter in female popular music singers. She was the top female singer in The Nineteen Seventies in The United States and she had the top selling non-English album in the history of The United States.
She should be number two.

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32 Marianne Faithful

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�.

33 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell

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.

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34 Judith Durham

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.

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35 Darlene Love

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.


36 Linda Jones

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.

37 Karen Carpenter Karen Carpenter Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard Carpenter, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters.

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 karen

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38 Sandy Denny Sandy Denny Alexandra Elene MacLean Denny, later known as Sandy Denny, was an English singer-songwriter who was lead singer for the folk rock band Fairport Convention.

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!
Thank you so much for lighting up my life, Sandy Denny.
JJ Johnson Philadelphia, PA.

39 Helen Shapiro Helen Shapiro Helen Kate Shapiro is an English pop singer, jazz singer and actress. She is best known for her 1960s UK chart toppers, "You Don't Know" and "Walkin' Back to Happiness".

Fantastic singer of the 60s

Great singer great times

A truly beautiful voice - so exciting

Best British female singer ever; one of the greatest Worldwide.

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40 Judy Collins

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!

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