What makes a great singing voice? For me, it’s all about distinction. A singing voice worthy of praise and the pedestal needs to be a true original. Simply put, when I hear a song I immediately identify the artist due to their signature sound. Have you ever heard a song and thought to yourself, “that could be several different people…I wonder who that is?!” As a music enthusiast, that is the ultimate frustration for me.

Along with a distinct sound, a true artist vocally owns a song, taking intuitive risks at just the right moments and eventually building up to a powerful belt that rattles the music lover’s soul.

Here are some of my picks for best vocalists:

Male Vocalists:

  1. Steven Tyler
  2. Freddie Mercury
  3. Elvis Presley
  4. Steve Perry
  5. Rod Stewart
  6. Bruce Springsteen
  7. Stevie Wonder
  8. George Michael
  9. Ray Charles
  10. Michael Jackson

Female Vocalists:

  1. Patti LaBelle
  2. Tina Turner
  3. Stevie Nicks
  4. Karen Carpenter
  5. Christina Aguilera
  6. Whitney Houston
  7. Aretha Franklin
  8. Celine Dion
  9. Barbra Streisand
  10. Janis Joplin

Freehold Idol begins June 6th and continues every Wednesday throughout the summer in Downtown Freehold. Talented singers 10 years and older will get a chance to win cash and prizes including recording time at City Lights Recording Studio. Click here for details. Wishing this years contestants the best of luck and some advice…be an original.

To access 100 Greatest Singers of All Time from Rolling Stone, CLICK HERE.