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Top Twenty Favourite Male Vocalists (11 to 20)

Posted in Male Vocalists with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2013 by Ain't No Other Tan

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11) R Kelly

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A lot of people think of R Kelly as another average hip-hop artist, but he is so much more than that and on quite a few occasions has shown to be a really good singer and all-round solid musician. Not a lot of guys in the urban music industry these days are great vocalists and not many of them have a tone as nice, soulful and unique as R Kelly’s, making him the King of R&B today.

12) Lenny Kravitz

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Lenny Kravitz is similar to one of his biggest musical influences, Jimi Hendrix – a rare black rockstar with a really good, yet underrated voice. Lenny has a good mix of soul as well as that great, classic rock tone to his voice that he can add for stylistic purposes when needed, or keep it clean and smooth if he prefers.

13) Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson may have been known as the King of Pop, but there probably aren’t that many people who would say he has a fantastic voice. Wrong! Ok, he wasn’t sublime, but he sure could sing – especially when he was younger and stuck to singing soul and Motown records, before moving into pop, dance and disco.

14) Prince

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Prince is a vocalist who really knows how to use his voice and change it for whatever style is needed to be sung, be it rock, soul and R&B, funk, jazz and blues or synth and electropop. He has lovely, sweet and sultry tone most of the time but when he lets loose for big, high notes, he can really blow you away.

15) Jon Bon Jovi

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Jon Bon Jovi has the ultimate classic rock voice – full of soul, energy and grit, with a raw rasp to it. A lot of rock singers seem to use very questionable vocal techniques that sound unhealthy and are not to everyone’s taste but Jon Bon Jovi always seems to be a firm favourite with a lot of people, and even after all these years of doing what he does best, his voice is still in tact.

16) George Michael

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One of the main men when it comes to personifying “white man soul”. He may be more known for his camp, fun pop and disco tunes but George Michael is actually a very great singer, with a wide vocal range and smooth, quite sultry tone to his voice.

17) Usher

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I must admit I am not a fan of the recent Usher who has sold out his soul and R&B roots after his “Confessions” album for generic pop-dance songs (and of course, working with that annoying Justin Bieber), but before that he was a fantastic musician with an extremely flexible voice and one hell of a sexy tone, and was a good rival for the King of R&B title back in the day.

18) Seal

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Seal’s rich, deep and soulful voice was, sorry for the cliché description- velvety smooth like chocolate. He reminds me of a modern-day Barry White, but less boring.

19) Justin Timberlake

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A lot of people probably just see Justin as someone who just has a high voice who likes to sing in falsetto all the time, which I guess is quite true, but he is in fact a pretty good singer, and any guy who can sing half a song in falsetto deserves some credibility.

20) Michael Bublé

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With a warm, smooth and rather gorgeous, playful tone to his voice, it’s easy to see why Michael Bublé is so popular (asides from his looks) as he puts his own unique twist to retro jazz and blues classics and has that cool, old-school sound that is very rare on the charts these days (although his mannerisms in his performances are a bit strange…).

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Top Twenty Favourite Male Vocalists (1 to 10)

Posted in Male Vocalists with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by Ain't No Other Tan

I’ve kept meaning to complete this list of my top twenty favourite male vocalists, so here it is finally. Great male vocalists these days are rare, hence why the vast majority of them in this list are not current, although there are the odd few who are really great singers. Again, these guys have made the list and been ranked according to their tonal quality, their range, techniques and live performances.

1) Stevie Wonder

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An absolutely sublime vocalist as well as a musical genius who writes his lyrics, composes his own music and plays his own instruments – while obviously being blind, Stevie is a legend to be in awe of. This man has loads of energy – especially for someone who barely moves on the stage throughout his shows – as well as lots of soul and a great voice with an incredible range – and not just for man.

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2) Marvin Gaye

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Marvin was the ultimate man of sexy soul. He had a rich, deep and sultry voice and sounded most comfortable his lower register but just as great in his upper register too.

3) Freddie Mercury

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The only white and British man to make it into the top ten, Freddie Mercury deserves this spot. He had a fantastically soulful, yet rocky voice that was clear and resonated well, sometimes almost quite operatic; another all-round musical genius.

4) Otis Redding

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Otis had a smooth and very soulful voice that was relaxing and pleasant to listen to, who rarely pushed his voice past its limits or too its extremes like many vocalists do.

5) James Brown

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James Brown wasn’t called the Godfather of Soul for nothing. This man had so much charisma and vigour throughout his long career and a gritty, soulful voice that made him stand out from his peers who had smoother, more refined and restrained vocals. He loved to improvise and was great at doing so, similar to Ella Fitzgerald.

6) Ray Charles

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Ray Charles, like Stevie is, was blind yet another musical prodigy with similar vocal stylings to him and James Brown, but largely stuck to a more jazz and blues repertoire and was one of the great pioneers who introduced soul music to the masses in the 1950s.

7) BeBe Winans

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With a voice and style heavily rooted in gospel, BeBe came from a very musical family, and although he may not be as well known as the others by many, he certainly should be. You’ll probably recognise him and his voice when he featured on Eternal’s single “I Wanna Be The Only One”.

8) Cee Lo Green

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The youngest singer in the top ten, Cee Lo is definitely the best male vocalist out there right now. With a great, Motown-inspired voice and sound that is very reminiscent of many soul legends that he is influenced by, Cee Lo isn’t a coach on “The Voice” for no reason, because this guy knows how to sing and is able to sound old-school whilst also current at the same time.

9) Al Green

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Al Green (not related to Cee Lo, which is not his real name anyway, but perhaps derived from Al), has another soul-enriched voice with an astounding and expansive vocal range that sounds great from his smooth, warm depths to its sweet, crisp highs. Although he had a wide vocal range, he knew how and when to unleash and restrain it.

10) Sam Cooke

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Not many people today will know who Sam Cooke is but sure as hell should. Sam had exquisite control of sweet, smooth and soulful voice that meant his abilities were comparable to that of Aretha Franklin in terms of things like dynamics, phrasing tuning it to match the style of music being sung.