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Vocalists and Gender 
23rd-Oct-2009 11:35 pm
Behind the cut is a poll about whether your prefer male or female vocalists and which ones...

Poll #1475575 Female Vocalists

Generally speaking, are more of your favourite musical vocalists male or female?


From the list of female vocalists below (randomly selected) which ones do you like?

Lilly Allen
Alicia Keys
Gwen Stefani
Avril Lavigne
Natasha Bedingfield
Celine Dion
Lady Gaga
Diana Krall
Colby Caillat
Cyndi Lauper
Sarah McLachlan
Taylor Swift
Susan Boyle
Alanis Morissette
Christina Aguilera
Britney Spears
None of the above

Who is your favourite female vocalist?

From the random list of male vocalists below, which ones do you like?

Michael Buble
Kanye West
Josh Groban
Harry Connick Jr.
Michael Jackson
Sam Roberts
Neil Young
Jason Mraz
Andrrea Bocelli
George Michael
Van Morrison
Chris Martin
Billy Joe Armstrong
Keith Urban
John Mayer
Justin Bieber
David Bowie
Garth Brooks
None of the Above

Who is your favourite male vocalist?

24th-Oct-2009 06:59 am (UTC)
It may be bad but I've only heard of about 3 or 4 of the male vocalists here. I'm guessing most of them most be from bands and I don't usually notice the names of people in bands whereas almost all of the female volcalists in the list are solo artists meaning I've heard of more of them.
24th-Oct-2009 07:07 am (UTC)
Why so much pop in the female group?
25th-Oct-2009 12:01 am (UTC)
Because a gay guy wrote this poll based on his favorites and gays generally like female pop artists. Unless you're this gay, in which ass you like female rock vocalists.
26th-Oct-2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
The poll says the female vocalists were randomly selected...
27th-Oct-2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Randomly selected by a gay guy. There are maybe 5 artists aren't there that don't have notably large gay followings.
27th-Oct-2009 02:09 am (UTC)
It appears that I've offended a few people by not being able to read your minds and include the selections that you expect should have been included. Next time don't wear your tinfoil hats so tight.
27th-Oct-2009 02:33 am (UTC)
A random selection is a random selection, never mind sexual preference. I really don't see why you're so hung up on this point. The only correlation I noticed between the artists was that many of them were contemporary. Perhaps if you think the poll is biased, you could create your own poll of a similar nature.
24th-Oct-2009 08:09 am (UTC)
I wasn't sure what to put for favorites. The people with my favorite voices aren't necessarily my favorite artists or the people I listen to most often. For example, John Mayer is one of my very favorite artists, but I think his vocals are kind of weak.
24th-Oct-2009 08:24 am (UTC)
I had a hard time choosing for the first question because it's almost evenly split for me, but I think there may technically be a few more males in my favorites list.

But really it depends on genre. Country, I like almost all men. Rap/hip-hop/R&B is more men, but not exclusively so. Pop I like more women, but any kind of pop/electro/dance mix is evenly split. Folk/adult alternative is more women. And so on and so forth.
24th-Oct-2009 11:07 am (UTC)
I like vocalists who are kind of in my range: tenor/alto. Not too high, not too low. It's partially a vanity thing!
24th-Oct-2009 12:11 pm (UTC)
This, exactly.
24th-Oct-2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Most of those vocalists aren't "vocalists"...
24th-Oct-2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
For me, a lot of my preference depends on genre. About a year ago my friend Natalie and i took a road trip to southern Colorado, and we rode in her car. She likes many different genres of metal (rock on, so do i), but almost all of her music has female vocalists. After about thirty minutes, those hauntingly beautiful voices started to sound monotonous and grating. When we made it to southern Colorado, four and a half hours later, i never wanted to hear another female vocalist again in my life. To this day i cannot listen to Evanescence or Lacuna Coil without cringing.

Outside of metal genres i like female vocalists, and sometimes even prefer them. This is especially true for pop and new age.

Edited at 2009-10-24 02:58 pm (UTC)
24th-Oct-2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
Outside of instrumental work, female singer-songwriters are really all I need in music. As a matter of personal preference, I like them vastly more than bands, but no matter the genre I nearly always prefer women's voices to men's. (Josh Groban is my one notable exception) Can't explain why.
24th-Oct-2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
My favourites are valid for right now only. Ask me again later today and you might get different answers.
24th-Oct-2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
It's amusing to me that I said most of my favorite vocalists were male, but from your lists, I only checked off a couple of guy names and lots from the gal list. I just think there are more male singers out there, but I do love a really great female singer, especially someone like Ann Wilson from Heart. I also really love Amy Lee as a singer. She's just amazing. There's a new band out there...Paramore or something like that. They have a female singer that I really like so far.

On your list of guys, I think you picked some artists that I love, but it's not because of their vocal abilities: Chris Martin, David Bowie, Neil Young, for instance. I love them all, but I wouldn't say it was because of their vocals--more their artistry, songwriting, performance abilities, etc. I do like their vocals, so maybe I should go and change my votes. *g*

You also have a bunch of (male) artists that I've never heard of and/or don't know well. For instance, I've heard of Michael Buble, but have never heard any of his songs, don't even know what his voice would sound like.

Of the singers you have listed, I think Billie Joe Armstrong is probably my favorite. I love his voice and love that even live he usually sings in tune (so many singers don't! LOL), and he has this quality that reminds me of pop singers from the 60s/70s like Badfinger or something like that. Combined with fantastic songwriting and awesome guitar in most of their songs (not claiming they're the best guitarists--I just like their sound), and it's all win-win-win for me.

I mentioned the guy from Shinedown as my write-in answer. I should look up his name, but I really love his voice and his range and the way he, well, sings. Even if it's a song I dislike, I tend to like his voice. (This is not to say I dislike Shinedown songs--they have many that I like and/or love.) Just looked him up: Brent Smith.

I wouldn't say Bono is the greatest singer, but I love his voice and would probably listen to anything he sang just because it's him.

I probably should have included Layne Staley as one of my favorite singers, but he's not alive now.
25th-Oct-2009 09:56 am (UTC)
I agree with you on Shinedown. I'm not necessarily a fan of theirs, but every time I hear a song by them I think "damn, that guy can sing!"
26th-Oct-2009 02:01 am (UTC)
Yeah. I do like a lot of their songs, but for that group, it's mainly the singer. With some bands/artists, it's the guitar sound that I like, so I'll overlook a singer I don't like or even songs that don't quite hold up if I like the guitar. And with some bands it's something else about them that I like--something I can't quite put my finger on--like Coldplay. I really didn't like them at first, but eventually I succumbed, and it's not the vocals, definitely not the guitar sound or even the piano, or anything in particular. I don't really know why I like them. Perhaps I've just been assimilated, or maybe it's because I find some of their songs very comforting or emotional.

I also listed Burton Cummings as one of my all-time favorite singers. He was the lead singer for the Guess Who (still is, I imagine, and also had at least one solo record) and I realized last night (because of this poll) that the Shinedown guy sounds a lot like him, but (maybe because of better modern production) has a more powerful sounding voice.
24th-Oct-2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
please do your lives a favor and listen to bird york:

i generally prefer male vocalists because i like deeper voices (maybe has to do with me being a female??) but bird york is absolutely my favorite female vocalist. her voice is quite deep for a woman. her lyrics are amazing as well.
29th-Oct-2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
I wrote an entry about this topic a couple of years ago when I realised just how hugely skewed my taste is towards male performers. I've just checked out my chart of most played artists (Last.fm records all my listening data), and out of my top fifty, only seven include women. Four of those are from soundtracks rather than individual performers or even bands, so realistically we're talking more like three out of forty-six. Actually, the next four are men anyway, so... three out of fifty. In fact, if we exclude all musical and movie soundtracks, then... er, the next fifty are also men. So, three out of a hundred. And I doubt the next two hundred or so would be much different. So, huh... that's even worse than I realised! Not that it's technically bad, I suppose - just quite strange. I know I can't explain it!
29th-Oct-2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I know what inspired this. =P

I like mostly females, I don't know why. Most male voices sound stupid in the genres I like the most. Pop, R&B... most of the male singers I like are in rock bands.
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