My Top Ten Solo Singers

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The following are my top 10 favourite solo artists with a bunch of honourable mentions at the bottom. These 10 singers that I’ve chosen to be in my top ten are ones whose music I feel that I have grown up with as well as thoses whose songs have touched my heart. A lot of their music gives me a lot of good memories. This has a very simular format to my top 10 bands review that I wrote not so long before this review. So without further ado here are my top ten solo artists.

Genre: Soul, Pop and R&B
Favourite Album: Human Beings
First song heard: Crazy
Song that made me fall in love: Kiss From A Rose
Favourite song: Kiss From A Rose

Well known for being soulful with beautiful songs. I love the deep tone in his voice and the passion and emotion that come out through his voice works wonders. Kiss From A Rose is my favourite song, but he’s also got a lot of other great tracks as well.

2)Christina Aguilera
Genre: Pop with R&B, rock, jazz, hip-hop, dance and electronica influences
Favourite Album: Stripped
First Song Heard: Genie In A Bottle
Song that made me fall in love: What A Girl Wants
Favourite Song: Fighter

Sometimes she can go over the top and overdo things, but Christina is still one of the best for me. Stripped is my favourite album from her because of the variety of styles she worked in for that album. She has a strong vocal range, and when she does it right it comes off as very raw and beautiful. Not only do I like her voice, but I like how each of her albums have a different theme.

3) Siobhan Donaghy
Genre: Alternitive Pop with trip hop and indie influences
Favourite Album: Ghosts & Revolution in Me
First song heard: Overrated
Song that made me fall in love: Overrated
Favourite song: Ghosts

Known for being the first person to leave the Sugababes, she has two brilliant solo albums under her name. They may not be commercially successful and there are a lot of people who believe she should have charted a lot higher. She maintains the moodyness that people seemed to admire in the original sugababes in Revolution In Me while developing to be her own classy lady and giving her own special trademark in her second album, Ghost. Her vocals are very soft but can also show a strong egde.

4) Lady Gaga
Genre: Pop
Favourite Album: Red and Blue – EP
First Song Heard: Just Dance
Song that made me fall in love: Just Dance
Favourite Song:Love Game

Quickly standing out with astonishing fashion crazes and catchy dance tunes with strong influences from Madonna, Grace Jones, Björk, Kate Bush and David Bowie. She’s a quirky soul, but I love her more for her personality than for her music. I think her old EP, Red And Blue is one of her best works to date because it’s got a nice raw tone I like which is what sometimes her mainstream work can often lack.

Genre: Classical/Symphonic Metal
Favourite Album: What Lies Beneath
First Song Heard: I Walk Alone
Song that made me fall in love: Die Alive
Favourite Song:Rivers of Lust

Former lead singer of Nightwish stuck to her symphonic metal roots with My Winter Storm and What Lies Beneath. Her voice has constantly improved since leaving the group and her classical singing is much more crisp. The emotion she portays in her voice is brilliant and her personality on stage is sweet and humble.

6)Luciano Pavarotti
Genre: Classical
Favourite Album: Tutto Pavarotti
First Song Heard: Nessun Dorma
Song that made me fall in love: Nessun Dorma
Favourite Song: Nessun Dorma

A very iconic opera singer. As well as the passion and power in his specactular voice, I think it’s his smile that does it for me.

7) Kelis
Genre: R&B
Favourite Album: Tasty
First Song Heard: Milkshake
Song that made me fall in love: Caught Out There
Favourite Song:Keep It Down
At times her voice is sweet and toneful, at others sharp and dynamic. Her music is very bipolar, but enjoyable. Her earlier songs had very strong R&B roots and in her recent album, Flesh Tone she moves towards a dance and electronica route.

8)Klaus Nomi
Genre: New Wave
Favourite Album: Klaus Nomi
First Song Heard: Keys of Life
Song that made me fall in love: Wasting My Time
Favourite Song:The Cold Song
A very creative countertenor from Germany. I’ve only listened to his self titled debut, but I am planning on getting his other albums. I love his unique experimental approach to music, particually his blend of pop, rock, classical, new wave and theatrical music. Definatly ahead of his time.

9)”Weird Al” Yankovic
Genre: Comedy
Favourite Album: Even Worse
First Song Heard: Fat
Song that made me fall in love: Fat
Favourite Song:Amish Paradise
“Weird Al” Yankovic is best known for making parodies of well known hits, but he also writes some of his own original songs that are sometimes in the style of anouther group or artist. He’s a very clever artist and almost everytime his parodies and original songs work well. What makes the songs even funnier for me is that he has a decent voice. He featured on an old music program thing titled “Top 40 worst artists ever”, I can’t remember where it was from, but all I can say that I have been a fan of him ever since.

10)Michael Jackson
Genre: Pop, Dance and R&B
Favourite Album: History
First Song Heard: Billie Jean
Song that made me fall in love: Billie Jean and Thriller
Favourite Song:Earth Song
Widely known to many as The King Of Pop and the most successful entertainer of all time. His influence can be seen across many aspiring and established dance and music acts today and many more to come. His music was creative, bold and daring.

Sone honourable mentions go to Dave Gahan, James Blunt, Britney Spears, Ashley Breathe, Mariah Carey, Ashley Tisdale, Kate Bush, Koda Kumi, Hannah Fury, Beyoncé, Céline Dion, Shaggy, Gwen Stefani, Mutya Buena, Delta Goodrem, Peaches, Madonna, Avril Lavigne, Rhydian Roberts, Nelly Furtado, Emilie Autumn, Nicki Minaj, Tom Jones, Hilary Duff, Brandy, Lily Allen, Enya, Tracy Chapman, Jennifer Lopez, Gareth Gates, Björk, Darren Hayes, Kou Shibasaki, Elton John, Adele, Sarah Brightman, Amy Winehouse, Beth Ditto, Ozzy Osbourne and Louis Armstrong.


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