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Yes, she is one of the best. I have mad respect for Minnie R., Aretha, Gladys, Patti, Teena. If I had to choose it would have to be M.J.B., No doubt! Mary is great and there's nothing like hearing her sing and feeling ever word as if she was singing the song for you. I have been a fan of Mary's since 93'. The real queen of hip hop and soul.
to me mary j blige is just the realist one to ever done it, her music is so real that they're ain't no one song on her albums that you wanna skip and thats a real album. she's a great person in and out she the best period!
just amazing she the best of the best. there is no words to describe her voice. Not only that bout she is still here.More comments about Mary J Blige
She is the greates singer despite all odds she was amazing. Rest in peace whitney.
In her prime, Whitney had the purest voice ever. There is no comparison. Maybe Rachelle Ferrell, but she sings Jaz. While Marian Carey has the range, she falls a close second.
How is Whitney and Mariah way down below beyoncy? Some tween must have made this list... It is all wrong...More comments about Whitney Houston
NO COMPARISON to ANYONE on the planet.
The most gifted blend of power and tenderness out there.
Sorry, but few can do what Chaka can do vocally. And NO it's not about who can out scream who. She blends her vocals so effortlessly.
The High Priestess of R&B
Her voice inspires every girl on the planet. Her texts are the best, and the songs are the most popular in the world. Alicia Keys and her talent make everyone feel better. She lives with music, songs, albums and sheets.
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Monicas voice is timeless! she slays live and on a record! The best alto since Gladys knight
Monica is legend! She embodies soul singing & she has been doing gracefully for nearly 20 yrs!
The First Lady of Hip-Hop R&B
Having singers who have not accomplished nearly as much as Diana Ross on this list compromises its credibility. People confuse strength of instrument with singing; no one else on this list has the clarity, ennunciation, stage presence, or number of hit records that Diana Ross has. These ladies are all very talented, but NONE of them has the resume that Diana Ross has authored.
Ross should be top 10. 18 US number one hits and countless other high charting singles and albums all over the world, her academy award nominated (golden globe winning) performance in Lady sings the blues, 12 Grammy nominations, over 50 albums and being the front woman of the most successful female vocal group in history not to mention the mark she made on the entertainment world makes her the ultimate female pop icon.
Diana should not be anything else but NUMBER 1. This lady is not only the greatest singer, but a wonderful entertainer. She is not just and R^^B singer, but also Pop, Jazz, and Adult contempory singer. People always say she has a weak voice, I disagree. She has been singing and performing for over 50 years. If her voice was so weak it would have given out a long time ago. She is and will always be "THE GREATEST"...More comments about Diana Ross
Sade is in a league of her own. Peerless.
Listen to her sing Is it a Crime at Live Aid or Pearls. She has style to burn.
Eryka should be at least in the top 10 my girl don't play
One of the most talented woman on the planet yet she barely gets any credit. She has her own original style of R&B that can't be topped. #GOAT
Deborah is undoubtedly one of the most underrated yet greatest female vocalists to ever pick up a mic. She has a beautiful voice with great vocal power, delivery, technique, and style.
I love her voice she should be in the top 10 of the best voices
Hands down Kelly Price. She can sing twinkle twinkle little star and make it a hit!
Purest voice - listen to "Silly, or Black Butterfly", or "Free"... Absolutely gorgeous sound. She is also one that got it down on the first take of a recording. No overdub, no autotuning.
Simply one of the greatest female R&B singers of all time.
She's amazing! She gives me butterflies when she's on stage! Her voice is amazing
The Real Underrated Queen of Soul who has been in the game for over five decades with the most recognizable and unique voice on the entire list.
The greatest white exponent of Soul & RnB. Her Son Of A Preacher Man classic is still as popular today as it was in 1969
One of the very few singers who has total command of melisma, modulation, communication of emotion without shouting, and the ability to navigate the time signature changes of the Bacharach-David songbook with apparent ease.
She is still recording and touring 50 years after her first hit song (Don't Make Me Over). A five time Grammy winner and charter of about 60 songs, she is also a great humanitarian -- giving back by supporting many causes and charities. The young divas of today should go to You Tube and study Dionne's technique and artistry, for she bridged the gap between R&B,
Soul, and Pop and she appealed to a wide audience spectrum - black, white,
Younger and older.
One of the very best singers of the 20th century and still recording and touring well into the 21st! One of three great singers born on December 12th in Manhattan's Jersey suburbs, the other two being Frank Sinatra and Connie Francis.
The Queen of Sophisticated SoulMore comments about Dionne Warwick
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Updated Sunday, May 19, 2013