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Average listal rating (634 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 0
I've loved Bjork's vocals since she was with the Sugarcubes. Her voice is truly unique, very expressive, and she sings just as well on album as she does live. The fact that she follows her own unique artistic vision elevates her even more in my estimation. She's not afraid to push boundaries and explore unfamiliar territory, and that's why she's number one on my list...and she always will be.

Favorite song: "5 years" www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhkczZqSZdg
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Average listal rating (42 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 0
Her vocal delivery is excellent, but I love her lyrics even more. She first caught my ear by singing about Jedi mind tricks ("Trigger Happy Jack (Drive-by-a-go-go)"), then went on to record an album full of ghosts, 5 1/2 minute hallways, Spanish dolls, and other things. Since then, her voice has been sadly absent from the world due to an ongoing legal dispute over her music. Hopefully one of these days she'll be able to release everything she's no doubt worked on over the past decade or so.

I've also met her, and she's one of the coolest, most down-to-earth musicians I've ever met.

Favorite song (most of the time, but it varies): "That Day" www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z08B0tP9Btk
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Karen O

One moment she's singing sweetly, the next she's howling like a banshee. Her vocal delivery calls to mind wild animals (which is probably why The Flaming Lips used her to make animal noises on their album Embryonic) and sexual encounters, and I don't know of any other female vocalists I can say that about. She's also a great frontwoman...engaging, energetic, and with an undeniable stage presence.

Favorite video: "Y Control" www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcjPFAV1foU&ob=av2e
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Not only can she sing beautifully, she's also been known to use her voice as an instrument and make unusual noises with it. She sounds just as great live as she does recorded, and she's very charming.

Favorite song: "Ghost of Corporate Future" www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bFIpYLSMhw
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Average listal rating (205 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
Beth Gibbons

Beth's vocals are haunting and beautiful...perfect for the music her bandmates create. I was even more impressed by her vocal delivery once I heard it in a live setting.

Song that got me into them: "Roads" www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg1jyL3cr60
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Average listal rating (123 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
An ex-girlfriend of mine turned me onto Nina Simone, and I've loved her ever since. Such a great voice and range of talent. She was also a major voice during the civil rights era.

Song I love that's not a cover: "Mississippi Goddam" www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoZYgq7CV8w
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One of the most unique female voices I've ever heard...so dark and strange.

Song I first heard: "I Put a Spell on You" www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAFbYN_8e7g
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Average listal rating (53 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
I have my parents to thank for introducing me to Patsy Cline. Easily my favorite female singer in all of country music history, she had so much soul she can bring you to tears.

Favorite song: "Walkin' After Midnight" www.youtube.com/watch?v=owpdDjsErA4
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Fell in love with her voice when she was with the Banshees, of course. She has her own style, which has been often imitated but never surpassed.

Favorite song: "Halloween" www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRZ2l9941CM
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Grace Slick

One of the best voices in rock history...haunting, beautiful (I think I like those qualities especially, don't you?) and amazing.

As if you haven't already heard: "White Rabbit/Somebody to Love" www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1cfTMdjkYM
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Song off my favorite album (When the Pawn...): "On the Bound" www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBQy1wJrwWg
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Average listal rating (226 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 0
I love Polly Jean's solo work as well as her collaborations with Nick Cave.

Song that introduced me to her: "Naked Cousin" www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FVV6VHPPRo
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Average listal rating (57 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 0
Got into miz Badu through her collaborations with other hip-hop artists (mainly The Roots and OutKast). She's an amazing performer as well.

Song of hers I love: "On & On" www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CPCs7vVz6s
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Average listal rating (319 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
If I need to explain or provide a link then I worry about you.
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Free Dominguez

I got into kidneythieves back in the days when music stores had listening stations. Their debut was in one, and the cover art caught my eye so I gave it a chance. I fell in love with Free's voice right away.

Favorite song: "pretty" www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds7m2uMKZm4
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Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
Aimee Echo

I liked Aimee Echo's previous band Human Waste Project, but I like theSTART even more. Why they're not more popular I'll never know...their albums are great, they're great live, and her vocals are excellent. They're also good people...hung out with them at their shows a few times.

Favorite song: "You, Me & a Knife" www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOLBqXJ28JY
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Lo Demanche

I first came across Lolo after hearing a song she did with Pigface for their Easy Listening album. I liked her voice so much that I did a search & found she'd recorded an album on Invisible Records (home to Pigface also), so I bought it. That album, Bad Idea, didn't leave my CD player for weeks after I got it. Imagine a mix of Portishead, PJ Harvey, and Massive Attack, and you're getting close to her sound. The album is, unfortunately, extremely rare and she apparently never made a follow-up, which makes me sad.

Favorite song: "We'll Manage That" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knshH9_wfZM
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Average listal rating (48 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 0
Kim Deal

I figured I'd put The Breeders in here since they're her band, as opposed to the Pixies which is where I first heard her sing.

Best single that's not "Cannonball": "Divine Hammer" www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_l4ZOVJ-ts
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Carla Kihlstedt

Carla's vocals bring out the feminine side of SGM, a side rarely shown in their music. So when she's on vocals it's a treat.

One song she sings on: "Angle of Repose" www.youtube.com/watch?v=znlvvaZl5-k
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Jennifer Charles

Sexy lovely vocals. See also Lovage, where she collaborated with my all-time favorite male vocalist Mike Patton.

Lovage song: "Stroker Ace" www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKiXYveusc0
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Average listal rating (192 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 0
Chan Marshall

Chan's voice is awesome, and the reason I keep buying her albums.

Favorite song off The Greatest: "The Moon" www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwl4vuj_PGw
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Anneke van Giersbergen

Such a great vocal range. The Gathering were merely OK before she joined the band, and aren't anywhere near as good without her now.

An old song of theirs: "Leaves" www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5PySbFS6Tg
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Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 0
Toni Halliday

First song of theirs I heard: "Chinese Burn" www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s0qbqZeoIk
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Eleanor Friedberger

Not a great singer, but I love her vocal delivery & the way it complements their compositions.

One of many favorite songs: "Police Sweater Blood Vow" www.youtube.com/watch?v=atFoVNJxr7c
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Andrea Zollo

Favorite single: "This Is Our Emergency" www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWhzAWUla_M
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Average listal rating (46 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 0
Melora Creager

Another unique voice and a great cellist to boot.

Favorite song off my favorite album (Frustration Plantation): "Secret Message" www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ck0eAlicaQ
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Another female vocalist I got into thanks to collaborations with Pigface.

Song that introduced me to her: "Nutopia" www.youtube.com/watch?v=glynTpbhtdI
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Average listal rating (103 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
Emily Haines

Favorite video off my favorite album (Live It Out): "Monster Hospital" www.youtube.com/watch?v=heEKC_PgWe4
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Katharine Whalen

SNZ were entertaining for a while, but the songs where Katharine sang were always their best.

Case in point: "Put a Lid on It" www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdAt4qWvz_8
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Over time I've liked her less & less, but I still think she has a great voice. Most of the Dresden Dolls releases have been excellent (I don't recommend No, Virginia).

Best video they ever made: "Shores of California" www.youtube.com/watch?v=Awnjw36mNEs
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My favorite female vocalists, in order of how much I like them.

For the dudes, see my I love his voice list.

If you enjoyed this list, please check out my other music lists

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Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Nov 8 4:46
Solid list. Glad to see Kim Deal, heh. I think I'm gonna put together one of my own soon.
Posted: 7 years, 8 months ago at Nov 9 11:47
This sir, is one of the most "you're abso-f-ing-lutely right" lists I've seen. Great job thru and thru!
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Aug 26 4:29
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Bjork is one of a kind
Posted: 2 years ago at Jun 27 18:54
Great list. Beth Gibbons and Bjork are easily my two personal favorites.

I recommend Emelie Autumn. If you like original styles and sweet but dark voice, then you'll love it paired with gothic cabaret music.

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