Adele. There’s so much to say, and it’s all been said already. She’s probably the world’s largest pop star in music today, having sold more records in her short 6 years of gracing the charts than most musicians will sell in ten lifetimes. Her velvety tone and bizarre singing accent (with which she pronounces words like a three year old... I’m no hater, but let’s call a spade a spade...) have made her, quite frankly, rich. But unique female voices are no novelty to popular music. Let's take a look at the top 7 unique female pop voices that paved the way for this legendary, money bags chanteuse!
#1. Britney, Christina, Fergie, Demi, Miley, Tisdale, Jennifer Love Hewitt... why won’t this list stop... all hail from humble Disney beginnings that catapulted them into pop stardom. But the original Mouseketeer was Annette Funicello. Like those ladies in the exhausting list above, Annette transitioned from child star to pop-icon, releasing 19 albums, starring in 19 movies (Babes in Toyland: ah, the memories), writing some books, marrying a couple times, birthing a few kids, and thankfully avoiding rehab. You know, as women of pop are prone to do. Her wholesome, doo-wop sounds transport you to the beach, where your only care is if Bobby is going to ask you to the dance, because by golly, you do love to do the twist.
#2. If she could really turn back time, I wonder what Cher would change. Preferably some of her outrageous outfit choices, but then again, maybe not. She is easily one of the most impersonated pop females of all time, especially among Drag Queens. With one of the most unmistakable singing voices, Cher has been kicking butt and taking names for over six decades. Yeah, she’s getting up there in age, but her contralto, Kermet-esque pitch has brought her a fair number of awards: Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, even Golden Globes. We don’t call her the Goddess of Pop for nothing...
#3. Inspect pop music’s family tree closely, and you’ll discover that during the 1970’s, something called Disco was born. And at the top of the discoball, gracefully spinning out chart topper after chart topper, dominating clubs and roller rinks alike, sat the grooviest star of them all, Ms. Donna Summer. As one of the most defining voices of the disco era, Summer managed to maintain a presence in the music industry even after her unfortunate defeat to lung-cancer. Her songs have been sampled by artists such as Blondie, David Guetta, Whitney Houston, Moby, Britney Spears and even the Blue Man Group. She worked hard for the money, and we’re oh so glad she did.
#4. Keep your filthy paws off her silky drawers... Olivia Newton-John, English-born-Aussie exposed the world to her good-natured, innocent sounding voice in Grease. Although she was rising on the Australian pop charts prior to landing the gig as Sandra Dee, the majority of her success stemmed from the cult-like following she amassed from Grease. But like rama-lama-lama ke-ding a de-ding a-dong, she goes together quite well with pop music, blasting hits all throughout the 80’s and 90’s like “Physical”, “Strangers Touch” and “Make a Move on Me.” These days, she’s a breast cancer survivor and “hopelessly devoted” to environmental and animal rights issues, but holds the crown as being the pop star who is featured on one of the most successful film soundtracks in Hollywood history.
#5. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” dangit! Cyndi Lauper figured that one out early and made it an inspiration for every woman’s beauty product on the market, every teenage slumber party-pillow fight, a Weird Al parody, and an 80s movie starring Helen Hunt, Sarah Jessica Parker and Shannon Doherty. Cyndi’s distinct voice dominated the airwaves for the majority of the 80’s and 90’s. With songs like “Time after Time” and “True Colors”, Cyndi made her mark in music history for being unique and continues to make her mark in the tabloids for being, well... unique.
#6. Much like her brother Michael, Janet Jackson has that quiet, unbecoming, mildly creepy voice (no offence anyone...) and that notorious celebrity curse of being a Jackson, but she carved her own history in music with her socially conscious lyrics and innovative sounds. Incorporating elements of R&B, funk, disco, rap and industrial beats made Janet one of the most successful female artists of the 90’s. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2KabvvLF7M
#7. What is the most iconic female pop name of all time? I’ll give you a hint, it starts with an “M” and ends with “adonna”. Although her voice can seem to change radically from album to album, this vocal identity disorder has sold over 300 million records worldwide. Not only is Madonna synonymous with pop, she’s one of the most powerful women, PERIOD, of the last century. She’s become a distinguished movie director and producer, decent actress, acclaimed children's book author, credible fashion designer and forceful businesswoman. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuJQSAiODqI
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