Sunday 26 May 2013

Great Female vocalists from a very long time ago – 19 of the best

Here (in no particular order) are some of my favourite female vocalists from the 60s, 70s and 80s and one even earlier, each with a link to one of their best songs (imho).

Each song was first recorded more than 25 years old.

Yes of course there are many other great female voices from more recent years but if you don't know these then they are worth a listen.

If you do, enjoy a little nostalgia.

Susannah Hoffs - Manic Monday  

Stevie Nicks - Gypsy   

Karen Carpenter - Rainy Days and Mondays  

Cyndi Lauper - Time after time  

Aretha Franklin - Think

Annie Lennox - When tomorrow comes  

Barbara Streisand - Woman in Love

Tina Turner - Simply the Best

Dolly Parton - Jolene 

Bette Midler - The Rose

Pat Benatar - Heartbreaker  

Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York

Maggie Reilly - Moonlight Shadow 

Judy Garland - Over the Rainbow

Mary Travers - Blowin in the Wind  

Debbie Harry - Call me

Chrissie Hynde - I got you babe


  1. Good choice, Pete - I would make a similar choice, but would add Dido, Eva Cassidy and Judee Sill (oh, and Joni Mitchell and Janis Ian) as well as the one glaring omission from yours - CHRISSIE HYNDE!!!

    1. I nearly put Chrissie Hynde in but the list was getting a bit long. Dido and Eva Cassidy were too recent :-)

  2. Did you not think of Nina Simone as well? Just thought of her!

    1. Yes indeed. Particularly her 'here comes the sun' cover of 1971 which I owned. Oh dear Nigel we are really showing our age!


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