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Best Vocalists of the 80's, 90's, 00's and Beyond. Part 1

Updated on April 30, 2013
Celine Dion
Celine Dion

The 90's were filled with pop icons and cookie cutter images. Sometimes it took away from the actual talent of some of these artists. So into what these rising stars were wearing, we forgot what brought them to stardom in the first place. Their voices. Their voices transcended, they soared, and they brought upon feelings of love, lust, hate, and spite.

Growing up in the 90's, I spent a lot of time listening to Celine Dion, though she started in the 80's, because she happened to be my mothers favorite singer. It wasn't long before she was mine as well. To this day, I don't think there will ever be anyone as great as she...except for maybe Christina Aguilera, but that's if she doesn't go off and have a melt down A'la Britney/Whitney. But I digress, this Hub is about great vocalists in the 80's, 90's and 00 with a splash of some new vocalists that have taken the world by storm. I'm not talking theatrics like Lady Gaga, I'm speaking real soulful heart wrenching vocals that will pull at the heartstrings.

We start with Numero Uno.

1. Celine Dion.

She just goes without saying. Amazing is the best way to describe her. She started out in Canada unable to speak English, but with hard work and determination became one of the most recognizable artists in the states.

2. Whitney Houston.

Known for her powerful vocals and her she was dubbed one of the most exciting new voices in the 80's. She is still considered one of the most talented vocalists of her time, but do to certain issues in her personal life, she lost prominence in her later years.

She had a comeback album, which did very well world wide, but her tours where bombarded with criticism. Mainly due to the loss of her golden voice. Sadly this amazing voice was put to rest February 2012 at the tender age of 48.

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

3. Mariah Carey

One of the most recognizable singers of her day, Mariah was loved and is still loved today. With her sweet yet powerful vocals, she captivates and awes her audience. Her most recognized feature being her control over the "whistle register." She recently gave birth to twins with her husband entertainer Nick Cannon.

4. Sade Adu

Helen Folasade Adu, better recognized as Sade, is a birtish singer-songwriter that gained international success with the group Sade in the 1980s.

She recently came out with a new album after years of being out of the public eye. She, as one of her most famous songs dictates, is a smooth operator.

Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera

5. Christina Aguilera

Ms. Aguilera, one of my favorite singers of my generation, started out on the mickey mouse club with fellow pop icons Britney Spears and ex-N'sync crooner, Justin Timberlake.

Known for her powerful lungs and her soulful executions, she's referred to as the "blue eyed soul singer." You can now see her as a judge and mentor on ABC's The Voice.

Stay tuned for PART 2!

Best Vocalists of the 80's, 90's, 00 and beyond.

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      Trey Sexton 

      6 years ago

      Christina all the way!

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      6 years ago

      Great list even though Whitney should b #1 and I wish Kelly Clarkson would of made the list and so happy to c something positive about my fav singer in the world Xtina

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      7 years ago from California

      Christina Aguilera is incredibly awesome. She has an amazing soulful voice. I recently saw her in Burlesque. I enjoyed her performance a great deal, her voice especially. I also enjoyed Cher's performance as well. She's still got it.

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      7 years ago from New York

      I agree with everything you said. wow took the words right out of my mouth. But, yes, some of these singers aren't what they used to be, but that's fine. We still have their old albums to prove that they were amazing at some point lol

      Celine Dion can do no wrong! She's my Fave!

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      7 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

      Celine Dion... Fantastic.

      Whitney Houston... Fantastic, although die-hard Whitney fans (like myself) are finding it hard to admit that she has really lost her voice. My boyfriend loves Whitney, but he doesn't want to admit it. He's strongly in denial. lol. But I've seen a lot of her performances on her last world tour and they bombed... I LOVE Whitney. I do, but I think she should stick to just recording and finding another way to sing her songs because she cannot hit those notes anymore.

      Mariah Carey... I love a lot of her work from the 90's and the early 2000s, all the way up until The Emancipation of Mimi, but her recent material has not been good. She's screaming and talking in her music, not singing, and her pairing up with some hip-hop stars looks horrible. Mariah is an icon and forever will be, but it's so awkward to hear her sing about sex and prance around like a 17-year-old.

      Sade... *sighs* I LOVE SADE! I wish my ex-friend would give me back Diamond Life!

      Christina Aguilera... Where in the world did she come from with that voice? Looking at her, you wouldn't expect those amazing vocals to come out!

    • anunez49 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New York

      @Indigital, I def do have a tendency to listen to more females singers,I can't seem to help it.They draw me in more quickly. Don't worry i will be adding some male singers, hopefully some you haven't heard about. I've heard Christina Live and it's insane what she can do. She does have a tendency to over sing sometimes but that's fine with me, she can show off if she wants to. lol

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      7 years ago

      You're definitely more of a ladies listener than men's. Again, great signers - I love Aguilera's crazy voice and on live she is second-to-none!


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