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Best Vocalists of the 80's,90's,00's and Beyond Part 4

Updated on April 30, 2013
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill

This is part 4 of my series Best Vocalists of the 80's,90's,00's and Beyond. I've noted that most of the series so far has been dominated by women, which is fine, I'll get to the men soon. This hub has a lot of girl power! This list of powerful women has a rapper, a gospel singer, a Hip-Hop soul singer , a rebel, and an X-Factor UK winner.

On with the list!!!

16. Lauryn Hill

Lauryn HiIl got her start with the musical group The Fugees with fellow artists Wyclef Jean and Prakazrel "Pras" Michel. Their single "Killing Me Softly", made famous by Roberta Flack, is one of the songs I find myself singing in the shower. Her first solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, is considered a classic and was given rave reviews. Ms.Hill was never one for the public eye and never considered herself a performer, so she spent many years as a recluse. In recent years, she has come out of her self imposed exile and returned to music.


17. Pink

Alecia Beth Moore originally started out as an R&B singer and though she had much success with her first album, she didn't like the direction her management was taking her. She didn't want to conform with what her record label envisioned of her. So she came out with her second album, Mizunderstood, which was recieved with even more love from the public. Since then Pick has consistently delivered more rock influenced albums as well as her iconic party songs. British singer Adele has cited that one of the most defining moments of her life was watching Pink perform. She recently gave birth to her first child with husband Carey Hart.

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys

18. Alicia Keys

Alicia Augello Cook a native of New York, my hometown, graduated from Professional Performing Arts School as Valedictorian at 16. She then went off to be signed to Clive Davis' J Records after a few years of her career stalling under her Columbia records management. She recorded and released her first album, Songs in A Minor to critical acclaim with her lead single Fallen, rocketing her to stardom. She has many Grammy's and American Musical Awards to her name, as well as three more albums which also have had rave reviews. She is an excellent stage performer, better known for her piano driven performances.

Yolanda Adams
Yolanda Adams

19. Yolanda Adams

This Gospel singer was originally a school teacher and part time model in Texas before she became a singer. She is considered the First Lady of Modern Gospel and has won Grammy's and Dove awards. She was recently seen at the 53'rd Grammy Awards as part of the tribute to Aretha Franklin, which featured Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride and Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine. She is also a radio show personality and has released a book called "Points Of Power" based off one her her segments on her radio show. She recently released a new album.

Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis

20. Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis got her start on the popular UK reality competition show, The X-Factor, where she won on it's third season. She reached international recognition with her single Bleeding Love, which is featured on her debut album Spirit. Her vocal style is similar to that of Mariah Carey and Minnie Riperton. She is currently in the process of releasing her third album Glassheart.

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    • anunez49 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New York

      I'm glad you guys are liking the series so far! It's great to get feed back on the artists I'm choosing at this point. I want to make this list culturally diverse, so i will be adding non-English speaking artists as well... you might even find some Asian singers on this list pretty soon.

    • Alecia Murphy profile image

      Alecia Murphy 

      7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I love Pink's diversity and artistry. She is always trying to push boundaries, but has remained soulful in her delivery. She's so awesome in how honest she is!

      I respect Alicia Keys as an artist, but I have to agree with you, nu-flower child about her personal decisions, it has affected my view of her and her music to a certain extent. I did love her song, "Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart."

      I like how you included Yolanda Adams. I think she is overlooked because she is in gospel, but I've heard her do tributes for non-gospel artists and I know she has great range.

      I've been mad with Lauryn Hill since the whole controversy with her album, her behavior, and her unwillingness to take responsibility for her part in the Fugees' falling apart. Her album is timeless and I really hope she can make some sort of comeback.

      Great series!

    • nu-flowerchild profile image


      7 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

      Pink is exceptional. She has done really good work.

      The only other person that gets respect from me is Lauryn Hill. She really needs to come back with another studio album. The Miseducation... is not enough! It feels so silent in the hip-hop world without her voice and without her delivering any new material.

      I was once an Alicia Keys fan, and I stopped with The Element of Freedom album. I did not like that album because it's mostly about her husband, and I lost all respect for her because the decisions she made during that controversy. Not because she married Swizz Beatz, but how she handled herself and the situation. I don't know if she will ever impress me again.


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