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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

Singer: Bruce Dickinson
Song: Powerslave
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

Singer; Dan Swano
Song: Crimson
Operation: Mindcrime

Singer: Geoff Tate
Song: Suite Sister Mary
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

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

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

Singer: Toby Driver
Song: Laboratories of the Invisible World
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
Holy Diver

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

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

Singer: Ninet Tayeb
Song: Routine
29The Cure

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

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

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

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

Singer: Layne Staley (RIP)
Song: Nutshell
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
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
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

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
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

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

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.

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

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.
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...

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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