Largely Forgotten Great Songs by Female Artists

The title is clunky I realize, but I had to get some of these great songs down while I had them in mind, and to share them with whomever may be interested. Please add any that you feel compelled to, so I can check them out.

The Top Ten

1 Black Velvet - Alannah Myles

Anyone who's forgotten this gal is sorely low on testosterone - unless you're female, in which case, you just have a bad memory.

Black Velvet in that little boy smile
Black Velvet in that slow southern style.
A new religion that'll bring you to your knees.
Black Velvet if you please. - Britgirl

2 Smooth Operator - Sade
3 It Must Have Been Love - Roxette

Indeed. Lovely song, although it makes my heart ache. - Britgirl

4 Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield

I don't know about other people, but I've never forgotten about this song. Dusty's voice was fantastic! - Gg2000

I love this woman's Smokey vocals. This is her best in my humble opinion. - Britgirl

Two shakes of a lamb's tail

5 Brass In Pocket - Pretenders
6 Midnight Blue - Melissa Manchester
7 Easy for You to Say - Linda Ronstadt
8 You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt
9 Fade Into You - Mazzy Star
10 Angel Of The Morning - Juice Newton

Really just a cover. The original by Merilee Rush & the Turnabouts is even more rare these days.

The Contenders

11 Running Up that Hill (A Deal with God) - Kate Bush

Excellent Song!

12 Straight On - Heart

A lot of these songs still get regular airplay if you're on the right station, so I'll go for this one simply because there's a lot more well-known Heart songs out there (most of which are probably even better, mind you. lol) - truckturner

13 Jazzman - Carole King
14 Carnival - Natalie Merchant
15 Midnight at the Oasis - Maria Muldaur
16 Trouble Me - 10,000 Maniacs
17 Driving - Everything but the Girl

I just love Tracey Thorn's voice!

18 Right Time of the Night - Jennifer Warnes
19 Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
20 I Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
21 Crazy for You - Madonna

Ahh...reminds me of my very first crush talking to me at the school Christmas party. Oh the memories. It's a pity I can't remember his name... - Britgirl

22 Rescue Me - Fontella Bass

It IS a great song indeed. - Britgirl

23 Dear Jessie - Madonna

This is really the only song by Madonna that I really love. Can't remember the last time I heard it. It seems no one else mentions it either. - Britgirl

La Isla Bonita is another good song by her that I actually had forgotten about. Maybe it ought to be on this list... - Britgirl

24 Who Will Save Your Soul - Jewel
25 Paper Bag - Fiona Apple
26 Personally - Karla Bonoff
27 Luka - Suzanne Vega
28 Misty Blue - Dorothy Moore

Great song! More R&B needed on this list. Examples: Brenda & the Tabulations - Right On The Tip Of My Tongue (1971). Brenda Payton excellent vocals. Brown Sugar - The Game Is Over. Female trio from Philly and a great lost song from 1976. Mica Paris - My One Temptation (1988) another great artist with a forgotten hit. There are so many lost greats from female R&B artists.

29 I've Got the Music in Me - The Kiki Dee Band
30 Love Song for a Vampire - Annie Lennox
31 La Isla Bonita - Madonna
32 It's a Heartache - Bonnie Tyler
33 Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
34 I Need a Man to Love - Janis Joplin

Someone introduced this song to me last year, introduced me to Joplin in fact. I've loved her and her incredible voice ever since. - Britgirl

35 Superstar - Rita Coolidge
36 Possession - Sarah McLachlan
37 These Boots are Made for Walkin' - Nancy Sinatra
38 No More "I Love You's" - Annie Lennox
39 White Flag - Dido
40 It's Too Late - Carole King

Largely forgotten, except by those it means something to. - Britgirl

41 Linger - The Cranberries

Dolores O'Riordan - Billyv

42 A Little More Love - Olivia Newton-John
43 Crush - Jennifer Paige
44 Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover - Sophie B. Hawkins
45 Sleeping Satellite - Tasmin Archer
46 New Day for You - Basia
47 Angie Baby - Helen Reddy
48 The Real End - Rickie Lee Jones
49 You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes

Oh...blast. I meant to vote for Straight On by Heart. - Britgirl

Ha! much as I like a bit of Motown, I really did intend to vote for Heart. - Britgirl

50 Blue Tattoo - Vanilla Ninja
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