Greatest Veteran Female Song Belters of The 20th Century

VOTE for the Most consistently POWERFUL AND Most Vocally Controlled Veteran Female song BELTER over the Longest Span of time during the 20th Century. (ie, a positive vote - Powerful belting capability at all register levels with distinct vocal vibrato, vocal range, and vocal consistency over a LONG time span)

The Top Ten

1 Elkie Brooks

Amazing singer

The true test of a great singer is to see them in concert. Elkie's live shows are truly fantastic. Proving she is not only a studio singer, like so many other singers.

Elkie Brooks the best ever. She can belt them out like no other. Rock, jazz, blues, she can deliver liken other. Her live shows are a must.

Not many can sing, rock, blues, jazz, as great as Elkie.

2 Shirley Bassey Shirley Bassey Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey is a Welsh singer whose career began in the mid-1950s, best known both for her powerful voice and for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker.

Marvellous voice, unique. Better live than in record. An perfect mix of Garland, Horne, Fitzerald and the greatest of all the times

Nobody even comes close, she blows everybody else out of the water! Stunning! -

She's the female equivalent to Frank Sinatra wit her powerful voice and her impeccable phrasing.

Hands down. Never, never, never bet against Dame Shirley! Power, emotion and control all in one package.

3 Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson once moved me to tears in a song. So much emotion

Are you kidding? She is number one everlastingly.

4 Bonnie Tyler Bonnie Tyler Bonnie Tyler is a Welsh singer. She is known for her distinctive husky voice, resulting from an operation to remove vocal nodules in the mid-1970s.

Bonnie Tyler was the first female British artist to enter number 1 in the American charts (with her song Total Eclipse Of The Heart)

Bonnie Tyler is the greatest female rock artist of all time. She is a legend and her voice is absolutely legendary.

Her voice touches deeply and to see her live is an experience you will not forget.

Bonnie has the most expressive voice, what I've ever heard in my life. Best, Biggest, Bonnie!

5 Regina Velasquez

She's the best singer, noy just a belter but an interpreter.

I love rigine..she deserve shes a great singer

She's the greatest among all the belters especially when doing live performances. Having skyrocketing belting voice, Whoa! Truly amazing.

Best female belter who can sustain b5 note and despite her age she can still give a powerful performance. She is very humble!

6 Vikki Carr

Four time Latin Grammy Winner Vikki Carr is celebrating over 50 years in the business as an overnight success! Just like in the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, and now the 2000's, she can still belt out a tune so powerful that it could blast the roof off any venue, I know, I've been to many of her performances and she still receives standing ovations. Ms. Carr is still recording albums and her new CD is called "Viva La Vida" now available on iTunes and Walmart! You can check out her award winning website @ as well. Vikki has certainly earned the position of #1 on your chart and in my heart!

One of the nicest and most talented female performers of the 1960's, scoring another Billboard chart winner in 2012. Viva Vikki

The very best in the business!

Vikki Carr ranks with the top singers of the 20th Century.

7 Judy Garland Judy Garland Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. The American Film Institute named her 8th greatest female star of classic American cinema. She's also the mother of actress and singer Liza Minnelli.

A powerful, rich, blunt voice that can bring a crowd to thundering applause or deafening silence. Full of nuance and technique, Judy felt every word she sang, and gave each performance to her audience like a present on Christmas. Could sing live perhaps almost better than on recording, as she proved on that glorious night at Carnegie Hall in 1961. She was and always will be a genuine, brilliant performer with a marvelous brassy contralto.

8 Gladys Knight Gladys Knight Gladys Maria Knight, known as the "Empress of Soul", is an American singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, humanitarian and author.
9 Barbra Streisand Barbra Streisand Barbara Joan Streisand, known professionally as Barbra Streisand, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker.

Shes the greatest of them all! Even at 60 she still can belt. Shes a legend.
She has a career that spans almost 5 decades. Most of the artist are past their prime at the age of 64. But she can still belt at that age...

She is Barbra... That's all that needs to be said

10 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 more.

No one can touch Nippy

Whitney had strong belts that were very versatile depending on the music she was singing but they all had pure power. She could do one cleanly or with her strong vibrato and her belts were phenomenal in their range and tone. She's absolutely #1 for me!

Are you serious number 17?! One of the most controlled and powerful belters you have ever heard.

The heck! She, must be in the first!

The Contenders

11 Ethel Merman
12 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister.
13 Celine Dion Celine Dion Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. She is best known for her song "My Heart Will Go On", which is the main theme of the 1997 film Titanic, which was the first film to gross $1 billion at the box office.
14 Liza Minnelli
15 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.

River deep - mountain high. Amazing singer. Needs to be number one ASAP

16 Lara Fabian

Lara is the greatest woman with the unique voice! I love her n thanks to Lara for flying my soul when I listen to her songs! Her songs, like rain, drop by drop seep in my heart n enliven it! Her music will live forever!

17 Idina Menzel Idina Menzel Idina Kim Menzel is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. Menzel rose to prominence when she originated the role of Maureen Johnson in the Broadway musical Rent. Her performance earned her a Tony Award nomination in 1996. She reprised the role in the musical's 2005 film adaptation.

Idina Menzel is literally the best broadway belter in the history of the planet. Every belter on broadway should strive to be her.

Defying Gravity is the optimum of any broadway song

Just an amazing singer and artist. In every way.

18 Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Kate Hudson is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place.
19 Elaine Page
20 Annie Lennox Annie Lennox
21 Bette Midler Bette Midler
22 Sade Sade Helen Folasade Adu, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is an English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer.
23 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella.

She is simply the best... Period.

24 Taylor Dayne
25 Linda Eder
26 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.

Died so young before she could turn all that hard living into musical phrasing that could take you straight to hell or heaven.

27 Chaka Khan Chaka Khan Chaka Khan is an American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus.
28 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top more.


29 Florence Ballard
30 Cher Cher Cher is an American singer and actress. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her five-decade-long more.
31 Martina McBride Martina McBride Martina Mariea McBride is an American country music singer-songwriter and record producer. She is known for her soprano singing range and her country pop material.
32 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.

In a League of her own with her pure voice and vocal range.

33 Kate Bush Kate Bush
34 Donna Summer Donna Summer LaDonna Adrian Gaines, known by her stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and painter.
35 Jennifer Holliday
36 Melissa Etheridge Melissa Etheridge Melissa Lou Etheridge is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album Melissa Etheridge was released in 1988 and became an underground success.
37 Mary Wilson
38 Gloria Gaynor
39 Pat Benatar Pat Benatar Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, known professionally by her stage name Pat Benatar, is an American singer, songwriter, and four time Grammy Award winner.
40 Bessie Smith
41 Big Mama Thornton
42 Yolanda Adams
43 Natalie Cole Natalie Cole Natalie Maria Cole was an American singer, voice actress, songwriter, and actress. The daughter of the great American singer Nat King Cole, she rose to musical success in the mid-1970s as an R&B artist.
44 Dolly Parton Dolly Parton Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music.
45 Dora Carofiglio
46 Sarah Brightman Sarah Brightman Sarah Brightman is an English classical crossover soprano, actress, musician, songwriter, conductor, and dancer.

Although the word "belter" doesn't sound very flattering or particularly apt when applied to someone whose classically trained voice has often been described as angelic, her voice certainly has the qualities stipulated above: " distinct vocal vibrato, vocal range, and vocal consistency over a LONG time span", and you can add amazing versatility, since she can sing in any style or genre. Since she is either top or near the top of many other lists, she may as well be added to this one - going in at number 45, although there will be no justice if she doesn't end up a lot higher.

47 Sarah Vaughan
48 Timi Yuro
49 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.
50 Anastacia Anastacia Anastacia Lyn Newkirk is an American singer-songwriter, producer and former dancer. Her first two albums Not That Kind and Freak of Nature were released in quick succession to major success.
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