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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Got Any Favorite Singers?

While cruisin' the blogs, I came upon quite a gem the other day. JV over at 15 Minute Lunch (the link is to your right, in case you want to pop in on him - the man is hysterical!) posted an entry regarding pop music and all it's utter glory. (By the way, my recent purchase of his recommended CD "Popaganda" by Head Automatica has had my toes all a-twinkling for the past 24 hours, just sayin.) This, in addition to watching an old (1981) Journey concert on VH-1 in the middle of the night last night, got me to thinking about my favorite music. What? That surprises you?

I started thinking about all the great singers out there in the popular music world and how their voices have always brought a smile to CruiserMel's face. I've got a really long list, but I thought I'd share just a few. (And I'm remembering that CE told me to keep it brief. Wench.)

In no particular order, here goes:
Todd Rundgren - you guys know how I feel about this one and yes, he IS #1.
John Waite - one of the greatest of all times, and who didn't love The Babys and Bad English?
Robin Zander - so unique, a perfect rock voice.
Billie Jo Armstrong - gets my vote for king of alt rock, and pretty damn cute.
Roger Daltrey - a rock classic.
Rob Thomas - the rare combination of voice & song-writing ability. Ahhh.
Steve Perry - the clarity was magnificent and rare, sadly he's not performing anymore.
Kasim Sulton - such a beautiful voice and he's sung with almost every artist you can think of, believe it.
Jon Bon Jovi - forget the hair, this guy's like butter.
John Lennon - I don't know why, but his voice always grabbed me.
Usher - man, oh man, oh man.
Paul Rogers - still kickin' it and lookin' good at the same time. Double whammy.
Barry Manilow - I'll take heat on this, but he's still selling out Vegas and there must be a reason.
Gwen Stephani - she never disappoints and has great versatility.
Shania Twain - so talented and knows how to select the best songs for herself.
Amy Grant - angelic.

I'm interested in hearing about your favorite singers in the world of popular music. No limits on the genre. Have some fun with it and get back to me.

Now go on, you have homework to do!


Blakken said...

Top 10:

Michael Sweet - Stryper #1 (Song: Battle Hymn of the Republic - Soldiers Under Command) AWESOME His vocals are like someone squeezing his groin area!.

And in no particular order:

Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden (Song: Run to the Hills - Number of the Beast) classic British metal from the early 80's.

Trent Reznor - Nine Inch Nails (Song: Somewhat Damaged - Fragile list to the angst in this one and his controlled scream).

Sebastian Bach - Skid Row (Song: I Remember You - Skid Row) no more needs to be said.

Sammy Hagar - Van Halen (Song: Right Now - For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge) this song gets a lot a flack, but I love this song and the feelings that Sammy has. I crack this one up every time.

Brian McNight - Brian McNight (Song: Back to One - Back to One)

Steve Nicks - Gypsy (Mirage - Fleetwood Mac) god, her voice is just pure and seductive!

Donna Lewis - Donna Lewis (Song: I Love You Always Forever -Now in Minute) her voice has an innocent quality to it.

Meatloaf - Meatloaf (Song: Two Out of Three Ain't Bad -Bat Out of Hell) oh my god, the pain, the endearment, all I can say is WOW.

Last but not least:

Geoff Tate - Queensryche (Song: Silent Lucidity - Empire) all the feelings in this one. Could there be a better love song?

Blakken said...

OMG I forgot my fav woman sing, Shirley Manson of Garbage and Amy Lee of Evanescence. I need to break it up be female and male....lol Way to many to list...

Mr. Fabulous said...

, in case you want to pop in on him

For some reason, I first read that as "poop on him" and I was understandably alarmed.

I have a Big Four that comes before anyone else: Warren Zevon, Rodney Crowell, John Hiatt, and Robert Earl Keen.

Swishy said...

Oh, gosh, I can never pick. I love music, though. Right now I am into a lot of the kind of stuff they play on Grey's--Snow Patrol ("Chocolate"'s by far the best), Tegan and Sara, Damien Rice, Mat Kearney, etc. But I like a TON of stuff.

CruiserMel said...

blakken - oooooo, Sebastian Bach! Nice choice. High five on that. Brian McKnight? You? Wow - that's a swing.

Mr. Fab - my compliments on your list. Very cool.

Swishy - "Chasing Cars" is one of my faves for 2006. I've got the CD, but haven't really listened to it in it's entirety. Will put that on my "to do" list. Anyone who's a friend of "Grey's" is a friend of mine. :)

Blakken said...

I don't listen to strictly hard rock/heavy metal! I have a soft and caring side...

CruiserMel said...

blakken - awwwwwwwwww

Bev said...

My short list:

-George Strait

-Elvis Presley

Anonymous said...

We love Cheap Trick & Todd Rungren too...but WE LOVE YOU! Ahhh...Memories.

CruiserMel said...

kp - OMG. We really cracked us up, didn't we?

So - where's your list, missy?

Trish Ryan said...

I'm borrowing from other lists, cause I can never remember under pressure:

Gwen Stefani, Stevie Nicks, Pat Benetar, both the Indigo Girls, Crosby Stills & Nash (especially Stills & Nash), Miranda Stone, the guy from Blues Traveler...the list goes on and on...

CruiserMel said...

trish - Oh man, how could I have left off Pat Benatar?! Good call.