Female Voices

  • OK, I'll try to come up with a female voices list. I'm doing this at lunch break at work, so I'll probably overlook some artists in my collection.


    1. Tori Amos - Ribbons Undone
    2. The B-52s - Deadbeat Club
    3. Jonatha Brooke - Crumbs
    4. Buckingham Nicks - Crying In the Night
    5. Kate Bush - The Morning Fog
    6. The [Dixie] Chicks - White Trash Wedding
    7. Cocteau Twins - Iceblink Luck
    8. Crash Vegas - On and On (Lodestar)
    9. Dalbello - Gonna Get Close to You
    10. Ani DiFranco - Imperfectly
    11. Echobelly - Dark Therapy
    12. Emm Gryner - Stereochrome
    13. Aretha Franklin - Mary Don't You Weep
    14. Indigo Girls - Galileo
    15. Aimee Mann - Could've Been Anyone
    16. Martha and the Vandellas - Dancing In the Street
    17. Kate and Anna McGarrigle - NaCl
    18. Maria McKee - Breathe
    19. Sarah McLachlan - Mercy
    20. Milla - The Gentleman Who Fell
    21. Joni Mitchell - Conversation
    22. The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
    23. Sinead O'Connor - Troy
    24. Dolly Parton - The Grass Is Blue
    25. The Roches - Ing
    26. Jane Siberry - The Walking (and Constantly)
    27. Richard and Linda Thompson - Dimming of the Day
    28. Weeping Tile - Dogs and Thunder
    29. Gillian Welch - Tear My Stillhouse Down
    30. Amy Winehouse - Rehab
    31. Suzanne Vega - Book of Dreams

    And I have already run out of numbers! So many others that should be mentioned.

    Great to see a call out for Gillian Welch - I am not a country fan but she is just amazing.

  • Going back several posts I can’t believe I left off Dionne Warwick’s Walk on By. I count it as one of my top-5 faves of all time by any artist.

  • Going back several posts I can’t believe I left off Dionne Warwick’s Walk on By. I count it as one of my top-5 faves of all time by any artist.

    Doing these lists can do that to you.

    From this playlist which are the top ten? :/

    I'd have to give it some thought but the Madonna, Carpenters and Angel Olsen ones would be in. Probably Lisa Germano too.

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  • Good list!....


    I would also include Annie Haslam (Renaissance)

  • I have a sad addition. We've just lost Judith Durham, voice of the Seekers. Check out their majestic version of The Carnival Is Over. RIP.

    I was never a fan as such but i didn't dislike them, and the Seekers and her voice were part of the fabric of my childhood. A very sad loss indeed.

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  • I have a sad addition. We've just lost Judith Durham, voice of the Seekers. Check out their majestic version of The Carnival Is Over. RIP.

    Lovely voice, made a few timeless records and left the stage (well The Seekers). I love that she just wanted to sing and avoid all the hoopla.

  • Off the top of head here are some favourites from my collection.


    1. Kate Bush

    2.Stevie Nicks

    3.Olivia Sparmenn( mostly autumn)

    4.Suzanne Vega

    5. Beth Gibbons (Portishead)

    6.Joni .Mitchell

    7.Amy Lee (Evanescence)

    8.Lou Rhodes (lamb)

    9. Debbie Harry

    10.Annie Lennox

    11. Grace Bond ( when rivers meet)

    12. Amanda Lehmann.

  • Doing these lists can do that to you.

    I'd have to give it some thought but the Madonna, Carpenters and Angel Olsen ones would be in. Probably Lisa Germano too.

    These are catchy fo me:


    1 SYLVER TONGUE – Hook You Up

    3 JUDEE SILL – Jesus Was A Crossmaker

    6 COLOURBOX – Arena II

    8 LADY GAGA – Joanne

    9 MALL GIRL – Bubbly Cool Drink

    10 JAIN – Makeba

    16 KIKI DEE – Amoureuse

    18 CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS – Starshipper

    21 NADINE SHAH – Kitchen Sink

    27 LISA GERMANO – Everyone’s Victim


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  • I too am suffering the regrets of who got left off my first list, so here is another 31:

    1. Jann Arden - Could I Be Your Girl
    2. The Bangles - Hero Takes a Fall
    3. Blondie - Hanging On the Telephone
    4. Mary Chapin Carpenter - John Doe No. 24
    5. Patsy Cline - Three Cigarettes In an Ashtray
    6. Holly Cole Trio - Purple Avenue
    7. Shawn Colvin - Diamond In the Rough
    8. Elastica - Stutter
    9. Eurythmics - Baby's Coming Back
    10. Betty Everett - It's In His Kiss
    11. Dionne Farris - I Know
    12. Feist - Mushaboom
    13. Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee
    14. Carole King - Smackwater Jack
    15. Alison Krauss - Down To the River to Pray
    16. k d lang - Shadowland
    17. Lisa Loeb - Waiting For Wednesday
    18. Nellie McKay - The Dog Song
    19. Janelle Monae - Cold War
    20. Mae Moore - Pleasure Grounds
    21. Mary Margaret O'Hara - Body's In Trouble
    22. The Pretenders - Middle of the Road
    23. Propellerheads - History Repeating
    24. Linda Ronstadt - You're No Good
    25. Sade - Is It a Crime
    26. Judee Sill - Soldier of the Heart
    27. Nina Simone - To Be Young, Gifted and Black
    28. Sarah Slean - Day One
    29. The Sugarcubes - Birthday
    30. Ike and Tina Turner - River Deep, Mountain High
    31. Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels On a Gravel Road
  • Been thinking about this thread for a while. Most of my favorite bands have male vocalists (Genesis, Suede, Smashing Pumpkins, Foals, The Cure etc) but I love songs with female singers and if I'm honest, if I had to choose one song to listen to, it would probably be one of these rather than a song off an album by one of the bands I've listed. Can't explain that very well. Anyway, here it is and apologies - some obscure artistes here. I don't know the more classic female vocalists as well.


    1. Q Lazarus - Goodbye Horses

    2. Lana del Rey - Ride

    3. Still Corners - Midnight Drive

    4. Girls Aloud - Call The Shots

    5. Charlie XCX - Nuclear Seasons

    6. The Pierces - Creation

    7. Lily Wood and The Prick - Prayer In C

    8. Lykke Li - Gunshot

    9. Austra - Spellwork

    10. Ladyhawke - My Delirium

    11. Lissie - Loosen The Knot

    12. La Roux - Let Me Down Gently

    13. Etana - Caltariba System

    14. Santigold - Disparate Youth

    15. Polica - Dark Star

    16. Nerina Pallot - Rousseau

    17. Uh Huh Her - I See Red

    18. Hole - Use Once and Destroy

    19 Sophie B Hawkins - Right Beside You

    20. Agnes Obel - Familiar

    21. Grimes - Pin

    22. Basia Bulat - Long Goodbye

    23. Cheryl Cole - Stand Up

    24. Dubstar - Stars

    25. Robyn - U Should Know Better

    26. Meg Myers - Numb

    27. Sharon Van Etten - Serpents

    28. Beach House - Black Car

    29. Zella Day - High

    30. Haley Bonar - Better Than Me

    31. Brodie Dalle - Meet The Foetus


    And for the long rainy weekend after:


    La Sera - Begins To Rain

    Living Joy - Dreamer

    Merrill Bainbridge - Mouth

    Cardigans - Erase/Rewind

  • This is one of the things i enjoyed about this exercise, as well as some crossover and some I nearly included but didn't there's some I don't know so I now have some stuff to investigate.


    I swithered over Call The Shots, one of the best pop songs of the 00s, and including something by the smart, talented and frankly gorgeous Charli XCX (have you seen the film of her making an album during lockdown?). I also had to leave out Robyn. Great call on Santigold.

    Abandon all reason

  • This is one of the things i enjoyed about this exercise, as well as some crossover and some I nearly included but didn't there's some I don't know so I now have some stuff to investigate.


    I swithered over Call The Shots, one of the best pop songs of the 00s, and including something by the smart, talented and frankly gorgeous Charli XCX (have you seen the film of her making an album during lockdown?). I also had to leave out Robyn. Great call on Santigold.

    Yes, there are only so many days in a month! I had to leave off Lush, Siouxie and the Banshees and 2:54. Haven't seen the Charlie XCX film but will definitely check it out.


    Another phenomenon I notice is that it's not just individual songs I prefer to those of my so-called favorite bands, but a few albums by these artists would be in my top 10 if I made such a list. Off the top of my head I can think of Celebrity Skin by Hole, Diploid Love by Brody Dalle, Once, Twice Melody by Beach House and Body Parts by Robyn, yet for some reason I don't consider them to be above the male-fronted bands I listed earlier. I guess what I'm saying is my favorite band, album and song -lists are not congruent with each other. Maybe that's a normal thing, I don't know.