Best Female Rock Vocal
Vocalists who were able to enter the history of music not only thanks to their appearance, but also thanks to their chic vocals. It is enough to hear the initial accompaniment to boldly say: this song is just a bomb! What if it's also female vocals? And indeed, in such masterpieces there is frenzied energy and colossal drive. The hottest and most famous female songs, owing their sound to the beautiful half of humanity. Go!
Jefferson Airplane - Somebody To Love (1967)
The author of the single about doubts and loss of illusions, the original title of which, by the way, "Someone to Love", was The Great Society guitarist Darby Slick. Soon after the release in 1966, Grace Slick left the band, "taking" with him a couple of hits from the former band's repertoire, in particular, the discussed Somebody to Love, later included in the Jefferson Airplane album "Surrealistic Pillow". In the new sound, the hit gained great popularity and very soon soared to number five on the Billboard Hot 100. The single became No279 in the list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time", according to Rolling Stone magazine.
Janis Joplin - Summertime (1969)
"Summertime" is an aria by George Gershwin originally written for the opera Porgy and Bess (1935). Over time, it gained massive popularity and was repeatedly performed by famous jazz and not only performers, including Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Paul McCartney, Joe Henderson. But many learned about this great work thanks to Janis Joplin. Of course, her version cannot be called a jazz standard: Joplin's voice endowed the aria with anxiety and drama. However, it is this sound that can rightly be called the most interesting and emotional. By the way, "Summertime" was the last song that the singer performed in public at Harvard in the 70s ...
Dusty Springfield (1969)
The original sound of the single "Son of a Preacher Man" ("Son of a Preacher") by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins was presented by the British singer Dusty Springfield. It is interesting that such famous performers as Merrily Rush and Aretha Franklin flatly refused to take the song. The latter even spoke about the subtext that was disrespectful and immoral for her, which, however, is not surprising for the daughter of a priest. The meaning of the composition is clear without explanation. The song is performed on behalf of a young person who has an affair with the priest's son in secret from everyone. Dusty Springfield was the first to make "Son of a Preacher Man" a hot hit on both sides of the Atlantic. The song was ranked #240 in Rolling Stone magazine's "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list. In the same nomination, the song won 161 places, only according to New Musical Express.
Boney M. - Sunny (1966)
Sunny "Sunny" is one of the most recorded and performed songs in world music history. The number of her cover versions exceeds a hundred. Many people know this song thanks to the performance of the legendary disco quartet Boney M., but they did not create the hit. The true father of the hit is Bobby Hebb. He wrote the song during a difficult period, when he needed a reminder of the sun more than ever. However, before being published, the song, created in a fit of insight, lay for about two years in the producer's desk, to which Hebb took it along with several dozen of his other creations. In 1966, Bobby Hebb did manage to release a compilation, where he included "Sunny" at the last moment. But soon, with the assistance of the editors from Philips, the song was released as a separate single. A few months later, "Sunny" took second place in the list of favorite national hits. The composition was assigned the 25th position in the "Top 100 songs of the century", according to BMI.
Chris Norman & Suzi Quatro - Stumblin' In (1978)
This composition is incredible! Many, as soon as they hear it, begin to snap their fingers and nod their heads to the beat! The duo of Chris Norman and Suzi Quatro can be called fantastic. Their voices merge into a single stream… The theme of the song is love. However, the composition does not sound boring and not tearful. It warms the soul and shows that life is a very interesting thing! It says that all of us, unexpectedly for ourselves, can fall in love with the one we think about the least. The single peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and climbed to number 41 on the UK Singles Chart. For both Norman and Quatro, "Stumblin' In" was the pinnacle of career success. However, with regards to Susie, it is worth noting that this song was the first and last work in her work that hit the American top chart. Today, the single is one of the most frequently included in romantic collections of the 70s and 80s.
ABBA-Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (1979)
The song "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" is one of the most hit disco singles from the repertoire of the Swedish band ABBA. The authorship of the hit belongs to Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. The song was recorded in Stockholm at Polar Music Studios in the summer of 1979. The release, as planned, came in October 1979. The band originally recorded a different track, "Rubber Ball Man", but the disco rhythms of "Gimme! Gimme! Gimma!" seemed more suitable for the lead single, and "Rubber Ball Man" was kept as a demo. The decision turned out to be correct! As a result, the single reigned for a long time on the first lines of the top charts in Belgium, Switzerland, Finland, France and Ireland. In Austria, the UK and elsewhere, Gimme! Gimme! Gimma!" got the third position. In Japan, it became the most successful and popular single, hitting the 17th line.
Barbra Streisand – Woman In Love (1980)
"Woman In Love" is the most successful song in the work of Barbra Streisand. The authors of the song were members of the famous Bee Gees at that time, Barry and Robin Gibb, who, by the way, were awarded the Ivor Novello Award for their work in the nomination "Best Song Musically and Lyrically". The single was certified platinum and became her biggest international hit. "Woman In Love" has long topped the charts around the world, including the United States and the United Kingdom. The disc with the song immediately sold almost three million copies. Streisand sings about warm feelings for his beloved, with whom they will always be together, despite the difficulties and circumstances that arise.
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Blondie - Call me (1979)
The famous "Call Me" is the fruit of the work of the American band Blondie, originally written as the main theme song for the film "American Gigolo". The lyrics and melody of the hit were invented by Debbie Harry in just a few hours, after which the song was recorded and produced by Giorgio Moroder himself. It was released as a single in the winter, in the early 80s. In a very short time, the song reached the first line of the American, Canadian and English top charts, where it confidently held for 6 weeks in a row. The hit, whose copies sold in a million copies, received the status of gold, and according to the results of 1980, it was recognized as No1, according to Billboard. A little later, the single was included by the same magazine in the "100 Greatest Songs of All Time". In the list of "500 best songs ..." the composition is also present in the Rolling Stone version. In 1981, "Call Me" received a Grammy nomination for "Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo/Group".
Joan Jett – I Love Rock N' Roll (1981)
"I Love Rock and Roll" is the loudest rock song of the last century, written by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker in the mid-70s. The composition has been interpreted a thousand times by everyone who is not lazy - from AC / DC to Britney Spears. The original sound presented by The Arrows left the audience indifferent, and the composition itself did not fit into any chart.
The situation has changed dramatically only after 6 years. Former Runaways guitarist Joan Jett didn't miss a chance to pay tribute to the passionately adored single by including a cover of it on her first album with her new band The Blackhearts. As a result, the single topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks in a row, and the disc of the same name sold out at the speed of light in a million copies, receiving platinum status. "I Love Rock N' Roll" is listed as one of the 100 Greatest Songs of the 20th Century and ranked 484 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun (1983)
The big hit "Girls Just Want to Fun" is the work of American musician Robert Hazard. But many know about it as the masterpiece of Cyndi Lauper, whose soul version was released in 1983. The song was the first single released by the artist from her debut studio work She's So Unusual. Lauper's soul version has been hailed as a true feminist anthem. The hit was successfully promoted to the masses with a captivating video, which, by the way, won a Grammy Award. "Girls Just Want to Fun" can rightfully be called a powerful breakthrough in the singer's career. The song took second place on the Billboard Hot 100 and at the end of the 83rd - beginning of the 84th received the status of a world hit. "Girls Just Want to Fun" was nominated for "Record of the Year" and "Best Female Variety Vocal Performance".
The Runaways – Cherry Bomb (1976)
A driving single written by Kim Fowley, The Runaways' manager, and Joan Jett, the band's guitarist. Later it was performed by their scandalous young soloist Sheri Curry. In general, she became a muse for writing a hit. The song speaks from the point of view of an unruly underage girl who declares to the whole world that the "cherry bomb" is already here! The hit quickly captured the masses, for not only the frantic rhythm, but also the talent of the group turned out to be fantastic. However, Curry proved to be the weak link. Whatever one may say, but who will take the group seriously when their vocalist comes on stage in her underwear. The girl left the band in 1977, after the release of their third album. Once Joan Jett was asked how she thinks why the public does not perceive them, to which she replied: "this cherry bomb in a corset is to blame for everything."