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The Human Voice, Divine

54 of my favorite vocalists from all genres of music and one song or moment that defines them.
54Iron Maiden
Powerslave


Singer: Bruce Dickinson
Song: Powerslave
53Toto
Toto IV


Singer: Bobby Kimball
Song: Rosanna
52Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac


Singer: Stevie Nicks
Song: Rhiannon
51Simon and Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme


Singer: Art Garfunkel
Song: Scarborough Fair
50Kate Bush
The Kick Inside


Singer: Kate Bush
Song: Wuthering Heights
49Skunk Anansie
Post Orgasmic Chill


Singer: Skin
Song: We Don't Need (Who You Think You Are)
48Bat For Lashes
Two Suns


Singer; Natasha Khan
Song: Glass
47Edge of Sanity
Crimson


Singer; Dan Swano
Song: Crimson
46Queensryche
Operation: Mindcrime


Singer: Geoff Tate
Song: Suite Sister Mary
45dredg
El Cielo


Singer: Gavin Hayes
Song: The Canyon Beside Her
44Jimmy Barnes
Freight Train Heart


Singer: Jimmy Barnes
Song: Too Much Love Ain't Enough
43King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King


Singer: Greg Lake
Song: Epitaph
42Delerium
Karma


Singer: Sarah McLachlan
Song; Silence
41Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV


Singer: Robert Plant
Song: When the Levee Breaks
40Johnny Cash
American IV: The Man Comes Around


Singer: Johnny Cash
Song: Hurt
39Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus


Singer: Nick Cave
Song: There She Goes My Beautiful World
38The Doors
The Doors


Singer: Jim Morrison
Song: The End
37The Dillinger Escape Plan
Irony Is a Dead Scene


Singer: Mike Patton
Song: When Good Dogs Do Bad Things
36Karnivool
Themata


Singer: Ian Kenny
Song: C.O.T.E
35maudlin of the Well
Part the Second


Singer: Toby Driver
Song: Laboratories of the Invisible World
34Evergrey
In Search Of Truth


Singer; Tom Englund
Song: Mark Of The Triangle
33Iced Earth
The Dark Saga


Singer: Matthew Barlow
Song: A Question of Heaven
32Dio
Holy Diver


Singer: Ronnie James Dio
Song: Holy Diver
31Lacuna Coil
Comalies


Singer: Cristina Scabbia
Song: Comalies
30Steven Wilson
Hand. Cannot. Erase.


Singer: Ninet Tayeb
Song: Routine
29The Cure
Disintegration


Singer: Robert Smith
Song: Disintegration
28Depeche Mode
Music for the Masses


Singer: Martin Gore
Song: The Things You Said
27Tom Jones
Delilah


Singer: Tom Jones
Song: Delilah
26Pain of Salvation
The Perfect Element, Part 1


Singer: Daniel Gildenlow
Song: Used
25A Perfect Circle
Mer de Noms


Singer: Maynard James Keenan
Song: Orestes
24Ra
Duality


Singer: Sahaj Ticotin
Song: Taken
23Alice in Chains
Jar of Flies


Singer: Layne Staley (RIP)
Song: Nutshell
22Ulver
Bergtatt - Et eeventyr i 5 capitler


Singer: Garm (Krystoffer Rygg)
Song: Capitel I: I Troldskog faren vild - "De ventede Tøsens Hiemkomst"
21Sigur Ros
Agætis byrjun


Singer: Jonsi
Song: Ny Batteri
20Radiohead
In Rainbows


SInger: Thom Yorke
Song: Nude
19Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road


Singer: Elton John
Song; Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
18Marvin Gaye
What's Going On


Singer: Marvin Gaye
Song: Inner City Blues
17Prince
Purple Rain


Singer: Prince
Song: Purple Rain
16David Bowie
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars


Singer: Bowie
Song: Five Years
15John Barry
On Her Majesty's Secret Service


Singer: Louis Armstrong
Song: We have all the time in the World
14The Who
Quadrophenia


Singer: Roger Daltry
Song: Love Reign O'er Me
13Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald: Gold


Singer: Ella Fitzgerald
Song: Airmail Special
12Nina Simone
Pastel Blues


Singer; Nina Simone
Song: Sinnerman
11Enya
A Day Without Rain


Singer: Enya
Song: Only Time
10Dead Can Dance
Within the Realm of a Dying Sun


Singer: Lisa Gerrard
Song: Summoning of the Muse

Impossible to pigeonhole, Dead Can Dance were some weird entity from another era and Lisa Gerrard was like some siren voice from ancient times. In the late 90's and 2000's she started composing film scores for movies such as Whale Rider, Gladiator, The Insider and Baraka and her voice gave these movies an evocative and ethereal quality.
9Peter Gabriel
So


Singer: Peter Gabriel
Song: Red Rain

In all honesty, there's so many amazing vocal performances from Gabriel in his Genesis days right through to his solo work but Red Rain is my personal favorite.
8John Barry
Goldfinger


Singer: Shirley Bassey
Song: Goldfinger

The Welsh diva. What a voice. As the first female singer of a Bond theme, she paved the way for all the female singers who followed her. But none have bettered her. Goldfinger is her most iconic moment.
7The Gathering
How to Measure a Planet?


Singer: Anneke Van Giersbergen
Song: Travel - "...and I wish you knew...your music was to stay forever...and I hope"

Anneke has one of the most perfect voices ever and was my first introduction to a female vocalist in a Metal band. The Gathering were never content to stick to one style and their metamorphosis begun with How To Measure A Planet. Anneke went onto lend her unique voice to Devin Townsend amongst others but for me "Travel" is her defining moment.
6Bjork
Vespertine


Singer: Bjork
Song: Aurora - "from twilight, to twilight"

Really hard to choose a favorite off Vespertine, but if I had a gun to my head i'd choose Aurora and Pagan Poetry. Bjork's voice in Aurora takes flight like Northern Lights dancing over the Arctic.
5Jeff Buckley
Grace


SInger: Jeff Buckley (RIP)
Song: Corpus Christi Carol

The imagery from the Old English lyrics of this song bring to mind a medieval era and with Jeff's haunting falsetto it remains an evocative and nostalgic piece of music. Those final notes that Jeff hits are just incredible.
4Queen
A Day at the Races


Singer: Freddie Mercury (RIP)
Song: Somebody To Love

I could've chosen the quintessential Queen track "Bohemian Rhapsody" but I just felt like choosing a song out of leftfield and Somebody To Love soars with Freddie's vocal performance.
3The Devin Townsend Band
Accelerated Evolution


Singer: Devin Townsend
Song: Deadhead - "will you save me...babe"

Rivals "The Death of Music" as Devy's zenith. Some of the notes he hits on this song were mind blowing enough back in 2004, and then to think that he sings this song even better live a decade after it's release shows how special he really is.
2Devin Townsend
Ocean Machine: Biomech


Singer: Devin Townsend
Song: The Death of Music

The final 30 minutes of this album could arguably go down as one of the most emotional ever recorded. Funeral and Bastard set the stage for Devy to unleash all of his inner demons and it all culminates in The Death of Music. Those final few wails that he sings are not of this world...
1Soundgarden
Badmotorfinger


Singer: Chris Cornell (RIP)
Song: Jesus Christ Pose + Room a Thousand Years Wide (tied)

Too tough to choose between these two songs so flip a coin really. Both songs are Chris at his absolute peak, hitting notes that routinely leave my jaw hanging on the floor. Truly a vocal performance for the ages and one of music's greatest talents gone far too soon.
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