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Who is the best singer that ever lived?

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by theogt, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    I'll probably get flamed for this, but I'm inclined to think it's Christina Aguilera. Granted, I don't know much about opera or that sort of singing, but in terms of modern artists, I have never heard anyone do what she does with her voice.

    I'm curious as to what other think.
  2. blindzebra

    blindzebra Well-Known Member

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    Seriously?:lmao2:

    Anyone not saying Aretha Franklin is clueless.
  3. Gemini Dolly

    Gemini Dolly Well-Known Member

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    Christina Aguilera is mine. I grew up listening to her and shes my favorite female vocalist ever. I love the power and tone of her voice.
  4. rash

    rash Member

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    i think rick astley is the best ;)
  5. mldardy

    mldardy Well-Known Member

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    Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston before the crack. Aguilera has a powerful voice but it hasn't been well used. It's not always how loud and long you can carry a note but how you use your voice with the music.
  6. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    That's what I mean. She's so flexible with her voice. It's not about power or singing high. She does it all.

    I think most people like Marvin Gaye aren't necessarily great singers, but great songwriters. I'm not saying he's not a great singer -- just that what he's amazing at is writing songs.
  7. couchscout

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    This is always a fun conversation. I love Christina, but my favorite is Alicia Keys. I could listen to that girl sing all day. Of modern day artists you also still have Amy Lee (of Evanesence) and some of the R & B guys like Maxwell and Musiq Soulchild.

    But I'm inclined to say probably the greatest singer ever is Michael Jackson, with Freddie Mercury being a pretty close second.
  8. blindzebra

    blindzebra Well-Known Member

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    Google Aretha Grammy performance.

    She took on an opera aria on two days notice when the scheduled singer got sick.

    This is seriously no contest.
  9. ShiningStar

    ShiningStar Well-Known Member

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    this si confusing, you say "who ever lived" than say you odnt know enough about the other outlets of music and go with a modern voice. Why not just who is the best modern singer right now?"


    You want a good one, Terrence Mann, im not saying hes the best, but hes very talented.

    Of course its going to come down to opinion.
  10. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    Flexible w/ her voice? ;) It's called having a vast amount of RANGE in her voice.

    :D


    Amazing


    BUT!!

    Best modern day female vocalist. You can't deny Mary J. Blige


    Flexible!! Wooo!!
  11. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    Aretha has a wonderful voice. Best ever? I can't follow ya. I get your opinion. She is marvelous. Just not my style of singer.


    Is she flexible? ;)
  12. blindzebra

    blindzebra Well-Known Member

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    Google her Grammy performance.

    She can sing blues, gospel,rock and opera for crying out loud...not flexible?:lmao2:
  13. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    No I've seen her sing all of what you are saying. Her range is all over and she is amazing, but again, I just don't fall in love w/ her voice. :D
  14. bbgun

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    Karen Carpenter
  15. CowboyDan

    CowboyDan Anger is a Gift

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    Bob Dylan!

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    Seriously though, what about George Michael, Bono, Eddie Vedder, Tori Amos, Maria Carey, Whitney Houston, and my personal favorite singer.....

    W. Axl Rose

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    ...say what you will, but Axl can sing and scream in tune better than anybody in the rock business. I think he's at least worthy of being in the discussion.
  16. danielofthesaints

    danielofthesaints Well-Known Member

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    She lost all credibility with her Super Bowl horrid performance in my eyes. Im gonna go with Robert Plant, just for his originality.
  17. CliffnMesquite

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  18. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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  19. Cowboy Brian

    Cowboy Brian Romo 2 Austin Zone Supporter

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    Tim mcilrath & Zack de la Rocha
  20. Arch Stanton

    Arch Stanton it was the grave marked unknown right beside

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    +1

    From a male perspective I'd go with Nat King Cole and Ray Charles. In the classical field the Three Tenors aren't too shabby.

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