Top Ten Singers of the 21st Century with the Most Soulful VoicesMartin_Canine We all know the great vocalists that are Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Dionne Warwick, Otis Redding, and many others that formed music in the 50s to the 70s. Now, with that many decades having passed since then, music of course changed so much that it only rarely resembles the songs popular back then, but no matter how much time passes, a singer's voice can still be as amazingly soulful as in the sixties - all that could happen is that they use it differently, or that it doesn't spark through on all songs because the singing abilities aren't in the center of attention.
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While a lot of her songs are just meant to be very catchy and don't focus on her singing, her vocals on ballads are absolutely mind blowing. In fact, it is often equal to the singing of 60s divas. With the right material she could easily record one of the best sung albums of all time, but apparently, she prefers more modern jams, which is fine too.
Examples: Listen, If I Were a Boy, Broken Hearted Girl - Martin_Canine
She also sang soulful songs for the Burlesque soundtrack, a movie where she and Cher starred. I like especially Something's Got a Hold On Me (Etta James cover) but all songs are of this type. - Metal_Treasure
Yeah that's true, she gave some great performances on that soundtrack. I just wished Cher had more than two contributions. - Martin_Canine
Nobody would ever deny the great singing ability of Christina Aguilera, and unlike Beyoncé, she showcased it on many occasions, also in her poppier songs. She also recorded a nostalgic album called "Back to Basics" inspired by jazz, soul, gospel and other genres of that time.
Examples: Welcome, Beautiful, Candyman - Martin_Canine
If anyone in Germany is the soul musician number one, it is Xavier Naidoo. What he manages to do is modernizing soul but still keeping its initial feeling. There might be modern drum kits in the background, but there is also pianos, guitars, and his crooning voice in the center. His lyrics aren't standard pop lyrics but have beautiful wordings and a bit of wisdom in it (sad thing is he's a terrible conspiracy theorist which unfortunately sparks through in more recent years, but he released several great albums before that). He has managed to top the German charts with each studio album since 1998 and rightfully so.
Examples: Wo willst du hin, Alles kann besser werden, Dieser Weg - Martin_Canine
When Anastacia's music first hit the stage in 2000 - and her debut singles already managed to enter the German top ten - most people believed she was black judging by her strong voice, before she herself became famous and everyone would immediately recognize her. Anastacia used this perfectly especially on her first two albums when she had strong funk elements in her music.
Examples: Paid My Dues, Not That Kind, I Ask of You - Martin_Canine
Next to Lana del Rey, Adele is one of the two singer-songwriters who most perfectly use nostalgic musical 60s and 70s flashbacks in the 2010s. But while Lana del Rey celebrates the hazy hippie music of that time, Adele is far more rooted in the music of the great soul divas, and uses her voice perfectly to embody that.
Examples: Rolling in the Deep, Skyfall, Set Fire to the Rain - Martin_Canine
It is no doubt that Mary J. Blige is a soul singer as her genre is usually classified as soul, even though I usually hesitate to call her that because of her hip hop and pop inspired sound - how does "Family Affair" sound any similar to "I Say a Little Prayer"? But her voice is a soul voice, and what a big soul voice it is, especially when she sings very loud.
Examples: As, One, No More Drama, - Martin_Canine
I may not be an expert for his music, but what always striked me was his excellent performance on that "Grenade" song. Also his music appears to not rely on electronic instruments which adds to the soul feeling. But as I said, I don't know too much by him.
Examples: Grenade, Just the Way You Are, The Lazy Song - Martin_Canine
While Xavier Naidoo is Germany's male soul singer number one, Sarah Connor is the female one, even though like Mary J Blige she also has a lot of songs that are simply pop, even though I prefer her uotempo songs over Blige's. Connor's dramatic ballads brought her to the top of the German charts more than once. She has one of my favorite voice's of all time, but I didn't add her higher because her voice is a bit "too white".
Examples: Living to Love You, From Sarah With Love, Deutsches Liebeslied - Martin_Canine
Much like with Bruno Mars, I don't know all too many songs by him, but his singing, especially the one done in falsetto reflects that popular in 70s black music.
Examples: Get Lucky, Angel, Happy - Martin_Canine
The Austrian drag queen with the authentically female voice stunned everyone at the Eurovision song contest 2014 with her extraordinarily big voice, and won the competition, earning her megastar status in Austria. She so far has only one album though.
Examples: Rise Like Phoenix, Where Have All the Good Men Gone, Heroes - Martin_Canine
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One half of the hugely successful 2000s duo Ich+Ich and later on a successful solo singer, Adel Tawil's fascination for RnB definitely influenced the way he sings on his indie songs. Often it recalls Xavier Naidoo's singing style, though the music itself isn't as soulful.
Examples: Du erinnerst mich an Liebe (Ich+Ich), Lieder (solo), Stark (Ich+Ich) - Martin_Canine
She is the definition of modern soul
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2. Christina Aguilera
3. Xavier Naidoo