Top 25

Top 25 Singers

Like I mentioned before: I like music.

Previously I did a Top 25 list on my favourite bands. Groups whose music I’ve liked for some lengthy duration, or have appreciated their entire discography.

That was the bands. What of the singers? Well here you go, my Top 25 musicians, singers, songwriters, what have you, that I dig man, yeah.

There is a big difference between singers and bands. It’s the voice that makes a singer.

I’ve included my favourite album, songs and an asterisk to note if I’ve seen the artist in concert. Though I really like Lana Del Rey’s sound, as well as Melissa Auf Der Mar, there isn’t enough for me to draw from … yet. There might be some crossover with bands and singers, but c’est le musique.

25. Singer: Shakira
Album: Laundry Service, Nov. 2001
Songs: “Whenever, Wherever”, “Poems To A Horse”, “Underneath Your Clothes”, “Objection (Tango)”, “La Tortura”, “Hips Don’t Lie”, “No”, “She Wolf”, “Gypsy” & “Moscas en la Casa”.
24. Singer: Dan Auerbach
Album: Brothers, The Black Keys, May 2010
Songs: “Lonely Boy”, “Tighten Up”, “Howlin’ For You”, “Next Girl”, “I Got Mine”, “Same Old Thing”, “Strange Times”, “Just Go To Be”, “Gold On The Ceiling” and “Till I Get My Way”.
23. Singer: Sarah McLachlan
Album: Surfacing, July 1997
Songs: “Building A Mystery”, “Sweet Surrender”, “Adia”, “Into The Fire”, “Possession”, “Ice Cream”, “I Will Remember You”, “Fallen”, “Blackbird” & “Hold On”.
22. Singer: Jo Dee Messina
Album: I’m Alright, March 1998
Songs: “Heads Carolina, Tails California”, “Bye Bye”, “I’m Alright”, “Lesson In Leavin'”, “That’s The Way”, “Burn”, “Downtime”, “I Wish” & “My Give A Damn’s Busted”.
21. Singer: Duffy
Album: Rockferry, March 2008
Songs: “Rockferry”, “Warwick Avenue”, “Stepping Stone”, “Mercy”, “Distant Dreamer”, “Well, Well, Well”, “Keeping My Baby”, “Don’t Forsake Me”, “Endlessly” & “Rain On Your Parade”.
20. Singer: Lenny Kravitz
Album: 5, May 1998
Songs: “Let Love Rule”, “Always On The Run”, “Stand By My Woman”, “Are You Gonna Go My Way?”, “Believe”, “Rock and Roll Is Dead”, “Fly Away”, “Again”, “Dig In” & “Come On And Get It”.
19. Singer: Mark Knopfler
Album: Brother in Arms, Dire Straits, May 1985
Songs: “Sultans of Swing”, “Romeo & Juliet”, “Twisting By The Pool”, “So Far Away”, “Money For Nothing”, “Walk Of Life”, “Calling Elvis”, “Heavy Fuel”, “Darling Pretty” & “On Every Street”.
18. Singer: Sarah Harmer
Album: You Were Here, Aug. 2000
Songs: “Basement Apartment”, “Don’t Get Your Back Up”, “Weakened State”, “Coffee Stain”, “Silver Road”, “Almost”, “Pendulums”, “Greeting Card Aisle”, “Oleander” & “I Am Aglow”.
17. Singer: Susanna Hoffs
Album: Different Light, The Bangles, Jan. 1986
Songs: “Hero Takes A Fall”, “Going Down To Liverpool”, “Manic Monday”, “Walk Like an Egyptian”, “Walking Down Your Street”, “Following”, “In Your Room”, “Eternal Flame”, “Be With You” & “I’ll Set You Free”.
16. Singer: Gord Downie
Album: Fully Completely, the Tragically Hip, Oct. 1992
Songs: “Courage (for Hugh MacLennan)”, “Looking for a Place to Happen”, “At the Hundredth Meridian”, “Locked in the Trunk of a Car”, “Fifty-Mission Cap”, “Music At Work”, “Poets”, “Blow At High Dough”, “No Threat” and “Ahead By A Century”.
15. Singer: Miranda Lambert
Album: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, May 2007
Songs: “Kerosene”, “What About Georgia?”, “Bring Me Down”, “Me And Charlie Talking”, “Gunpowder and Lead”, “Famous In A Small Town”, “White Liar”, “Only Prettier”, “The House That Built Me” & “Baggage Claim”.
14. Singer: Kylie Minogue
Album: Fever, Feb. 2002 (U.S.)
Songs: “Spinning Around”, “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”, “In Your Eyes”, “Love At First Sight”, “Come Into My World”, “Slow”, “The Loco-motion”, “2 Hearts”, “Red Blooded Woman” & “Timebomb”.
13. Singer: Jay Kay
Album: Dynamite, Jamiroquai, September 2005
Songs: “Cosmic Girl”, “Canned Heat”, “Supersonic”, “Virtual Insanity”, “Seven Days In Sunny June”, “Use The Force”, “Love Foolosophy”, “Little L”, “Feels Just Like It Should” and “Light Years”.
12. Singer: Chantal Kreviazuk
Album: Colour and Moving Still, Oct. 1999
Songs: “Surrounded”, “Wayne”, “Dear Life”, “Before You”, “Far Away”, “In This Life”, “Time”, “What If It All Means Something”, “Leaving On A Jet Plane” & “All I Can Do”.
11. Singer: Roger Hodgson
Album: Breakfast in America, March 1979
Songs: “Dreamer”, “Fool’s Overture”, “The Logical Song”, “Take The Long Way Home”, “Lady”, “A Soapbox Opera”, “Babaji”, “It’s Raining Again” and “Asylum”.

Photo courtesy Linda Gianotti

10. Singer: Ric Ocasek
Album: The Cars, The Cars, June 1978
Songs: “Bye Bye Love”, “Shake It Up”, “Drive”, “Best My Friend’s Girl”, “Good Times Roll”, “Moving In Stereo”, “Let’s Go”, “Magic”, “You Might Think” and “Just What I Needed”.
9. Singer: John Mellencamp*
Album: Uh-huh, Oct. 1983
Songs: “I Need A Lover”, “Ain’t Even Done With The Night”, “Hurts So Good”, “Jack and Diane”, “Crumblin’ Down”, “Pink Houses”, “Authority Song”, “Cherry Bomb”, “Paper in Fire” & “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. (A Salute to ’60s Rock)”.
8. Singer: Annie Lennox
Album: Touch, The Eurythmics, Nov. 1983
Songs: “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”, “Here Comes The Rain Again”, “Would I Lie To You?”, “It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)”, “Don’t Ask Me Why”, “Who’s That Girl?”, “Walking On Broken Glass”, “No More I Love Yous”, “Love Is A Stranger” & “Little Bird”.
7. Singer: Jack White*
Album: Get Behind Me Satan,
Songs: “Steady As She Goes”, “Salute Your Solution”, “I Cut Like A Buffalo”, “Hotel Yorba”, “Fell In Love With A Girl”, “Seven Nation Army”, “Blue Orchid”, “The Hardest Button To Button”, “Icky Thump” & “Take, Take, Take”.
6. Singer: Chrissie Hynde
Album: Get Close, the Pretenders, Nov. 1986
Songs: “Stop Your Sobbing”, “Don’t Get Me Wrong”, “Brass In Pocket”, “2,000 Miles”, “Hymn To Her”, “I Go To Sleep”, “I’ll Stand By You”, “Kid”, “Back on the Chain Gang” & “Middle of the Road”.
5. Singer: Natalie Imbruglia
Album: Left of the Middle, Nov. 1997
Songs: “Torn”, “Big Mistake”, “Leave Me Alone”, “Wishing I Was There”, “Smoke”, “That Day”, “Wrong Impression”, “Satellite”, “Shiver” & “Counting Down The Days”.
4. Singer: Chris Cornell
Album: Out of Exile, Audioslave, May 2005
Songs: “Rusty Cage”, “Spoonman”, “Black Hole Sun”, “Pretty Noose”, “Like A Stone”, “Be Yourself”, “Cochise”, “Show Me How To Live”, “Doesn’t Remind Me” & “One And The Same”.
3. Singer: Andrea Corr*
Album: Talk On Corners, The Corrs, Oct. 1997
Songs: “Forgiven, Not Forgotten”, “The Right Time”, “Closer”, “Only When I Sleep”, “I Never Loved You Anyway”, “What Can I Do?”, “So Young”, “Dreams”, “Breathless” & “Would You Be Happier”.
2. Singer: Jack Johnson
Album: In Between Dreams, March 2005
Songs: “Banana Pancakes”, “Staple It Together”, “Breakdown”, “Better Together”, “Good People”, “Sleep Through The Static”, “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing”, “Times Like These”, “On And On” & “Wasting Time”.
1. Singer: Sheryl Crow*
Album: The Globe Sessions, September 1998
Songs: “A Change Would Do You Good”, “All I Wanna Do”, “If It Makes You Happy”, “My Favorite Mistake”, “Home”, “Tomorrow Never Dies”, “There Goes The Neighborhood”, “Steve McQueen”, “Soak Up The Sun” & “Good Is Good”.

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