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Subject: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: woops on 04/27/05 at 11:48 pm

My top 5:


5. Deborah Gibson
4. Debbie Harry
3. Taylor Dayne
2. Annie Lennox
1. Chrissie Hynde

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: 80smuzikhead on 04/28/05 at 6:20 am

Annie Lennox is my no.1 choice. Also well worth a mention: Hellen Terry (Culture Club's big and souldful backing singer), Kate Bush and Alison Moyet.

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Triviamom on 04/28/05 at 3:45 pm

1. Pat Benatar

2. Whitney Houston

These two had chops. While Benatar had operatic training; which gave her range and power; Houston had soul. She could could convey emotion much better.

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: JohnTaylorsHeart on 04/28/05 at 4:05 pm

Madonna
Janet Jackson
Cyndi Lauper
Pat Benatar
Whitney Houston

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Arvig on 04/29/05 at 9:28 am

Most of mine were from the list, but I'm going to be an oddball and say Bjork for one "other" choice.  (She was with the band "The Sugarcubes" in the 80's).

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Doc Brown on 04/30/05 at 12:35 am

Hey, where's Gloria Estefan? The J-Lo of the 80's.

Your Pal,
Doc

8)

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: mandamoo on 04/30/05 at 7:26 am

Debbie Harry (Blondie)

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/30/05 at 8:02 am

Where is Enya?

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Kareoke Queen on 04/30/05 at 1:45 pm


Where is Enya?


That'll be under "Other".

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/30/05 at 1:49 pm


Where is Enya?

That'll be under "Other".



I did click on other.

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Kareoke Queen on 04/30/05 at 1:52 pm



I did click on other.


Well there you go. Technically you have voted for her.

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: 90s boy on 04/30/05 at 4:28 pm

1 Madonna  Years on top in the 80's 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989

2 Tina Turner Years on top in the 80's  1983 1984 1985 1986 1988 1989

3 Taylor Dayne Years on top in the 80's 1988 1989

4 Golria Estefan Years on top in the 80's 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989

5 Janet Jackson Years on top in the 80's 1986 1987 1989

6 Tiffany Years on top in the 80's 1987 1988 1989

7 Debbie Gibson Years on top in the 80's 1987 1988 1989

8 Kim Wilde Years on top in the 80's  1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988

9 Cyndi Lapuer Years on top in the 80's 1984 1985 1986

10 Paula Abdul Years on top in the 80's 1988 1989

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Tanya1976 on 04/30/05 at 5:23 pm

Tina Turner
Annie Lennox
Whitney Houston
Belinda Carlisle
Taylor Dayne

Tanya

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Jennifer028 on 04/30/05 at 6:00 pm

Cyndi Lauper
Whitney Houston
Tina Turner
Madonna
Janet Jackson

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: whistledog on 05/21/06 at 9:52 pm

Lee Aaron
Louise Tucker
Belinda Carlisle
Louise Reny (of One to One)
Helen Terry (of Culture Club)
Susanna Hoffs (of The Bangles)
Lorraine McIntosh (of Deacon Blue)
Claudia Brucken (of Propaganda)

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: velvetoneo on 05/22/06 at 2:14 am

As singers, I think Annie Lennox, Chrissie Hynde, Cyndi Lauper, Susanna Hoffs, and Kate Bush are the best, in that order (not counting Whitney Houston.)

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: HawkTheSlayer on 05/22/06 at 3:40 am

Hawk's Top 5 Female '80s Singers:

5. Debbie Harry- Blondie
4. Toyah Wilcox- The Toyah Wilcox Band (See "URGH!- A Music War", for details)
3. Pat Benatar- Herself (Those operatic gritty hits- see"Anxiety )
2. Dale Bozzio- Missing Persons (Talk about the quasi-orgasmic blonde squeal!)
AND! Hawk's Personal Femle Fave Of the '80s:
1. Joan Jett (I care not what others think, she's been my top vote for 23 yrs.!)

2 Honorable Mentions: Sheena Easton, and Sheila E(asterbrook)

Biggest Jeers: Whitney Houston http://www.inthe00s.com/smile/14/munky2.gif

Subject: Re:female singer

Written By: highlander69 on 11/01/08 at 4:04 am

i would like to know who sings angle in your arms?

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/01/08 at 5:47 am


i would like to know who sings angle in your arms?
Do you mean Angel In Your Arms?

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: danootaandme on 11/01/08 at 7:30 am

Aretha(any decade) and Natalie Merchant should be added

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: johnny5alive on 11/01/08 at 12:09 pm

#1  madonna
#2  cyndi lauper
#3chrisse hynde
#4  blondie
#5  debbie gibson

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: quirky_cat_girl on 11/01/08 at 9:55 pm

I chose Taylor Dayne

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Davester on 11/02/08 at 12:43 am


  I never realized, until just now, what a babe Laura Branigan was.  With her elastic alto voice I'd compare her to Quarterflash and Bonnie Tyler.  Nah, better...

  Her image, back then, was of your best friend's decent looking mom...

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Entouch on 11/03/08 at 7:56 pm

On my list are

Whitney Houston
Taylor Dayne
Olivia Newton-John
Sheena Easton
Pat Benatar
Annie Lennox

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Davester on 11/03/08 at 8:16 pm


  C'mon guys!  Whare's your imagination?  All I'm seeing is Cyndi Lauper and Whitney Houston...

  Can I hear it for Alison Moyet?  Kate Bush?  Suzanne Vega?  Aimee Mann..?

  I know for a fact Maxwell and Foo can pull out a laundry list of 80s alt divas...

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Foo Bar on 11/04/08 at 8:29 pm


  C'mon guys!  Whare's your imagination?  All I'm seeing is Cyndi Lauper and Whitney Houston...

  Can I hear it for Alison Moyet?  Kate Bush?  Suzanne Vega?  Aimee Mann..?

  I know for a fact Maxwell and Foo can pull out a laundry list of 80s alt divas...


Except that you already covered Laura Branigan. 

She's known for Gloria (1982) and Self Control (1984), but the title track off 1987's Touch stands up.  Suppose you took Sheena Easton's Strut and crossed it Sarah Vaughan's Fever.  Something like that.

Of course, all divas have moments they'd rather we all forgot.  Sarah Brightman - whose career has been all about pretentious pop-opera and classical vocal works - was the awesomeness belting out Hot Gossip's 1978 disco cheezefest (I Lost My Heart To A) Starship Trooper.  Yep, you'll never think of Phantom of the Opera's Christine Daae quite the same way when you realize she also sang "Flash Gordon's left me / He's gone to the stars / And evil Darth Vader / Has been banished to Mars!" (and then the lyrics get really cheesy :) with complete sincerity.

Likewise, the hidden gem on Touch is hearing Laura Branigan singing Shirley Ellis's The Name Game with equal deadpan sincereity.  Its awesomeness is that it's such an obscene waste of vocal talent that you can't help but admire her for singing her way through it.  ("...and there isn't any name that I can't rhyme!  Let's do Doug!  Doug, Doug, bo-bug, banana-fanna-fo-fug, fee-fi-mo-mug!  Doug!  Now you got it!  Tony!  Tony, Tony bo-boney, banana-fanna-fo-foney, fee-fi-mo-money!  Tony!  A little trick with Rick...")

But while we're on the subject, yeah, big shout-out to Alison Moyet. 

Recommended listening: Yazoo, State Farm (Madhouse Mix).  The 1990 mix by DJ Dakeyne takes the 1983 original from You And Me Both to new heights. A version is available on Ultimix 38.  (and Ultimix Looking Back vol. 4)

Close second: DMC/Yazoo Megamix, Situation (Re-Situated).  9:48.  This 1990 remix does for Yazoo, what "Substance Abuse" did for New Order's Blue Monday.  Too many samples to count, so one of these nights I'll try to source 'em all on the lyrics board.  It, like the New Order mix, is probably worthy of its own thread.

Close third: Yazoo, Situation (Larkero's Rockin' House Mix).  It's 7 minutes of the original track, then it gets weird.  Ends with four minutes of the acid-house freakout of Situation (Space Dub), edited with funky phasing effects, with a couple of verses sung by none other than Tom Jones.  (He introduces it with "'Think I better dance now!", which also appears on Art of Noise's Kiss.  Not sure which came first.)

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: gibbo on 11/05/08 at 3:53 am

Of the list I liked many of those choices. But if I had to pick just one ..it would be Annie Lennox!

I also really liked Suzanne Vega a lot......

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Sean1983 on 11/05/08 at 4:57 pm

Of the ones listed, I voted Belinda, Debbie, and Susanna.  I'll probably list my other favorites later if I have time.  Too many to list.

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: johnny5alive on 11/05/08 at 10:47 pm


   C'mon guys!  Whare's your imagination?  All I'm seeing is Cyndi Lauper and Whitney Houston...

   Can I hear it for Alison Moyet?  Kate Bush?  Suzanne Vega?  Aimee Mann..?

   I know for a fact Maxwell and Foo can pull out a laundry list of 80s alt divas...
 

ok then i'll bite!  the key word here is "greatest"  now aimee man had ahhhh  lets see, one song,  it was a good song  but that dont make hear a great singer!  suzzane vega??  surely you jest,  and as for alison, the one or two songs from yaz were good, but still not great!  and i dont recall any song from kate bush?

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: mooster on 11/07/08 at 3:33 am

Other - Alison Moyet

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: star80 on 11/07/08 at 6:46 am

Stevie Nicks (For the other vote)
Madonna
Pat Benatar
Belinda Carlisle
Whitney Houston

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: coqueta83 on 11/07/08 at 10:28 pm

Tina Turner
Annie Lennox
Pat Benatar
Madonna
Cyndi Lauper
Taylor Dayne

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: robby76 on 11/09/08 at 5:10 am

Apparently I already voted... then again this poll is from a few years back.

Anyway my votes back then went to the mainstreamers... Whitney (you can't deny those first 2 albums) and my other vote amazingly went to Annie Lennox. I must've been in a "There Must Be An Angel" phase.  :)

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: midnite on 11/09/08 at 2:25 pm

1.  GLORIA ESTEFAN - Not on list  :P
2.  Madonna
3.  Whitney
4.  Janet
5.  CC Catch

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: robby76 on 11/09/08 at 6:03 pm


1.  GLORIA ESTEFAN - Not on list  :P


Nothing like a good Gloria ballad for night time drives!

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Eve on 01/28/10 at 10:27 pm

Anne and Nancy Wilson!!!! from "Heart"; aren't they awesome voices??? Come on... Whitney Houston must be number one or close! Annie Lennox, Donna Summer, Taylor Dayne. I respect Madonna, she worked hard and she is an awesome performer and songwriter, but her voice is just average compared with these!!!

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Eve on 01/28/10 at 10:29 pm

I forgot Stevie Nicks!!!! Talk about a powerful, distinctive, unique, mesmerizing voice!!!


Anne and Nancy Wilson!!!! from "Heart"; aren't they awesome voices??? Come on... Whitney Houston must be number one or close! Annie Lennox, Donna Summer, Taylor Dayne. I respect Madonna, she worked hard and she is an awesome performer and songwriter, but her voice is just average compared with these!!!

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Doc Brown on 02/11/10 at 12:17 pm

Eve's right about the Wilson sisters. Plus any Fleetwood Mac fan(like me) will tell you if you're going to include Stevie Nicks, you better list Christine McVie as well(If you ask why, you've obviously never heard "Hold Me" or "Little Lies"). NTM someone mentioned Sheena Easton, but inexplicably she isn't on the list either! Have we forgotten "For Your Eyes Only", "Morning Train", "Strut", and "The Lover In Me"?

Your Pal,
Doc

8)

P.S.: Why is Kate Pierson on the list twice?

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: Midas on 02/11/10 at 5:04 pm

Kate Pierson
Alison Moyet
Annie Lennox
Pat Benatar
Xaviera (aka Xavier) Gold - sang on Ralphi Rosario's 1987 House Classic "You Used To Hold Me"

Subject: Re: Greatest Female Singers of the '80's

Written By: amjikloviet on 02/11/10 at 10:18 pm

Whitney Houston and Taylor Dayne.

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