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100 Greatest Singers of All Time

There’s something a bout a voice that’s personal, not unlike the particular odor or shape of a given human body. Summoned through belly, hammered into form by the throat, given propulsion by bellows of lungs, teased into final form by tongue and lips, a vocal is a kind of audible kiss, a blurted confession, a soul-burp you really can’t keep from issuing as you make your way through the material world. How helplessly candid! How appalling!

Contrary to anything you’ve heard, the ability to actually carry a tune is in no regard a disability in becoming a rock & roll singer, only a mild disadvantage. Conversely, nothing in the vocal limitations of a Lou Reed guarantees a “Pale Blue Eyes” every time out, any more than singing as crazy-clumsy as Tom Waits guarantees a “Downtown Train.” Yet there’s a certain time-tested sturdiness to the lowchops approach forged by touchstone figures like Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison and Jonathan Richman, one that helps define rock & roll singing.

For me, Bob Dylan and Patti Smith, just to mention two, are superb singers by any measure I could ever care about — expressivity, surprise, soul, grain, interpretive wit, angle of vision. Those two folks, a handful of others: their soul-burps are, for me, the soul-burps of the gods. The beauty of the singer’s voice touches us in a place that’s as personal as the place from which that voice has issued. If one of the weird things about singers is the ecstasy of surrender they inspire, another weird thing is the debunking response a singer can arouse once we’ve recovered our senses. It’s as if they’ve fooled us into loving them, diddled our hard-wiring, located a vulnerability we thought we’d long ago armored over. Falling in love with a singer is like being a teenager every time it happens.

This is an excerpt from Jonathan Lethem’s introduction to the Greatest Singers of All Time feature in the November 27, 2008 issue of Rolling Stone. A panel of 179 experts ranked the vocalists.

Sours: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/100-greatest-singers-of-all-time-147019/aretha-franklin-6-227696/

Alert : now published – my list of 100 female artists for the decade just ended. Please check it out !

27 SEPTEMBER 2009

I give you 100 songs by 100 extraordinary women (or in some cases, groups of women).

The only hard and fast rule was that the songs had to have been first released between 2000 and 2009. This left a vast amount to choose from, and I’m sure I’ll be coming across great artists that I missed for months if not years to come. The obvious omissions are all deliberate though. There is no place here for Britney, Kylie, Beyonce and Madonna, or for various other platinum selling and Grammy winning singers. These are of course personal choices, but let me try and justify them.

I looked for singers who stamped their own character on their songs. I was drawn toward women with strong identities, with strong control over the creative process, whose songs were identifiably theirs. I looked for great vocals, well written songs, and songs that moved me and that I wanted to listen to again and again. Numerous musical styles, cultures and countries are represented here : I wasn’t trying to tick any boxes, but I hope that I did represent some of the best of the cultures that I love. I have tended to exclude artists who did all their best work before 2000 – so in some cases good singers have been left out because I’ve been disappointed by their later output.

Many of these singers may be new to you, but I hope you’ll listen to some of them, there’s some amazing music here of great variety and I’ll certainly be restocking my ipod. Click on the song titles to watch youtube videos of the songs, on the album titles (in brackets) to check out or buy the album on Amazon, or on the artist names to go to their myspace page and listen to some more of their music.

All comments much appreciated – you can leave comments at the bottom of the page.

100 Catherine MacLellan – Something Gold (Water in the Ground 2009)
Wistfully optimistic song from the honey voiced Canadian folk singer songwriter.

99 Stella Mwangi (STL) – Makalele (Living for Music 2008)
Stella Mwangi aka STL is a young Kenyan rapper currently working on her 2nd album. This is her response to the violence which rocked Kenya after the 2007 elections.

98 Sezen Aksu – Perişanım şimdi (Bahane 2005)
Turkish singer with a deep husky voice who has released 27 albums selling over 20 million copies.

97 Von Iva – Do It! (Our Own Island 2001)
Dance punk all-female band from San Francisco who made a name for themselves with their blistering live performances.

96 Joana Amendoeira – Sopra o Vento (À flor da pele 2006)
Portuguese fado singer. Fado is to Portugal what flamenco is to Spain, or tango to Argentina: the musical expression of a nation’s soul. Shot through with melancholy, and most often sung in a minor key, it’s sometimes called the Portuguese blues.

95 Anastacia – Made For Lovin’ You (Not That Kind 2000)
A pop singer with a big brassy voice, her career began late : she was already 30 when she appeared in the MTV talent show The Cut. This bluesy footstomper with shades of Tina Turner is from her debut album.

94 Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights (100 Days, 100 Nights 2007)
American funk soul revivalists. The Dap Kings also feature on Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album.

93 Isobel Heyworth – Falling through the cracks (Close Your Eyes 2006)
How long can the talented folk singer songwriter remain “Manchester’s best kept secret” ?

92 Tara Fuki – V dymu (Kapka 2003)
Tara Fuki are two women, Andrea and Dorota from the Czech Republic, both of whom play the cello and sing, creating intricate multilayered melodies. Kapka (Drop) was recorded in a renaissance chateau in Nesovice u Vyškova.

91 The Dresden Dolls – Girl Anachronism (The Dresden Dolls 2004)
Amanda Palmer describes the style of the Massachusetts duo as “Brechtian punk cabaret”, a phrase invented because she was “terrified” that the press would invent a name that “would involve the word gothic.”

90 Spinnerette – Valium Knights (Ghetto Love EP 2008)
Spinnerette are fronted by Australian Brody Dalle, former lead singer of The Distillers. “Booming drums incite each song, giving it a bigger than punk sound, guitars that sometimes crunch like hard rock and sometimes squeal like injured animals, a little synth injected here and there to give it a Saturday Night Live electronica parody groove. It’s all loud and coarse and thoroughly enjoyable. ” (blogcritics.org)

89 Moloko – Pure pleasure Seeker (Things To Make And Do 2000)
Funky song from the electronic pop duo. Irish vocalist Roisin Murphy is now pursuing a solo career.

88 Stolen Babies – Year of Judges (There Be Squabbles Ahead 2006)
America’s Stolen Babies nearly defy description with their blend of metal, punk, new wave, electronica and cabaret. Singer Dominique Lenore Persi has a diverse singing range which includes a mighty aggressive scream. The album credits show that she also plays accordion, glockenspiel, and jaw harp.

87 Yo Majesty – Monkey (Yo EP 2006)
Three woman Tampa based rap group “slammed up against the sonic perimeter” with massive heavy beats and spicy sexualised raps.

86 Marta Gómez – La Ronda (Solo es Vivir 2003)
Colombian singer with a Latin jazz style and beautiful crystal clear vocals.

85 Yungchen Lhamo – 9:11 (Ama 2006)
Tibetan singer, with a song inspired by her adopted city of New York : “I remember that feeling of helplessness. I think we all felt that. Then, of course, we all cried, no matter what country you were from. I moved to New York City with my son at the end of 2000, and America seemed like a monument or a flag to look up at. Now I travel the world, and when I see a city that looks like New York, it reminds me of that day. This song begins and ends with chants reminiscent of a puja for the people who died, with prayers to ease their passage to another world… In order for this tragedy not to happen again, what are we going to do about it? We can only hope the experience has made all of us more human.”

84 Flyleaf – Cassie (Flyleaf 2005)
One for you metalheads, though those who prefer to hear the acoustic version may click here. Cassie Bernall was a student killed in the Columbine High School massacre in 1999. It’s claimed that when one of the gunmen asked her whether she believed in God she answered ‘Yes’, upon which she was shot to death. This exchange, which probably never happened, is the basis of this song.

83 Beth Rowley – Nobody’s Fault But Mine (Little Dreamer 2008)
On her debut album the young Bristol singer seems to want to create a classic ageless sound. Here she takes on a traditional blues number. It shows the strength of her voice, though I’d like to see her show more originality.

82 Miss Kittin – Kittin is High (Batbox 2008)
Miss Kittin is a French DJ. On record she makes magnificent deadpan incantations in a seductive French accent over heavy and funky basslines. The mood is dark but playful.

81 La Roux – In For The Kill (La Roux 2009)
Retro 1980s synthpop from the red headed Londoner Elly Jackson.

80 Iyeoka Okoawo – Revolution
Nigerian American performance poet residing in Boston, whose recordings combine spoken word poetry with jazz, blues, gospel and electronic soul. She’s considered one of America’s leading slam poets and has been compared to Nina Simone. “My poems speak of the world around me, inside me, and the world that I want to create. I have poems about women, sisterhood, struggle, love, dreams, heartbreak, and heritage. I write poems of politics, potential, confidence, religion, faith … you name it. I write every day.”

79 Florence and the Machine – Dog days are over (Lungs 2009)
Critically acclaimed rock group who released their much anticipated debut album in July 2009. One of the nominees for the 2009 Mercury Music Prize, they were the bookies favourites to win, though the award went to another female artist Speech Debelle.

78 Corinne Bailey Rae – Choux Pastry Heart (Corinne Bailey Rae 2006)
Having fronted a Leeds indie band as a teenager, she has reinvented herself as a pop/soul solo artist. She says “I love classic songs: because they are so pure and succinct. That’s what I tried to do with my own songs. They are short and sweet, to the point. I like the idea of leaving people wanting more.”

77 Keri Hilson – Tell Him The Truth (In a Perfect World… 2009)
After three years in production, Hilson’s debut album was released this year to mixed reviews. Reviewers praised her voice but said that the singer who’d previously written hits for several other artists hadn’t sufficiently stamped her own identity on her material. Forget the hype and the controversy, this is imply a great R&B song. The backing track is produced by Timbaland.

76 Kiran Ahluwalia – Koka (Kiran Ahluwalia 2005)
As described in the liner notes, ghazals are originally poems, which are set to music and become songs. Ahluwalia, an Indian woman who grew up in Canada, rediscovered this creative art form and designed music to accompany the words of modern day Indian poets. Her inspiration was the discovery of poems written in Urdu and Punjabi by three Toronto Canadian residents of Indian descent. Kiran has asked me to mention that she’s performing at the London Jazz Festival on Nov 17th 2009.

75 Over the Rhine – Ohio (Ohio 2003)
OTR are husband and wife team Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist who named their band after a neighbourhood in Cincinnati Ohio. This ballad with piano accompaniment is one of many highlights on a wide ranging double album.

74 Mayra Andrade – Lua (Navega 2006)
From her website : “In 2006, this new voice emerged from the Cape Verdean archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean with her debut album Navega, a collection of songs that are as grounded in the traditional music from her homeland as they are nourished by different musical styles and colours … Her childhood was immersed in the greatest voices from Cape Verde, but her music draws on all possible sources from radical free jazz to Brazilian music.”

73 Jill Scott – Easy Conversation (Brown Sugar (compilation) 2002)
Scott is an award winning American R&B singer whose easy laid back style epitomises ‘nu soul’. She’s also a published poet and an accomplished actress, currently playing the lead role in the wonderful BBC series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

72 Camera Obscura – You Told A Lie (My Maudlin Career 2009)
Scottish indie band whose mournful melodies have a habit of creeping up on you and ensnaring you.

71 Metric – Sick muse (Fantasies 2009)
Fantasies is the Canadian rock combo’s 3rd album. It was shortlisted for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize, but they found out this week they’d missed out on the prize. Emily Haines “calls Fantasies the ‘simplest and clearest’ writing she’s done, and that direct approach connects well on Sick Muse, Gold Guns Girls, and Gimme Sympathy. (Chorus: ‘Who would you rather be, The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?’) The sound avoids fussiness, too: guitar, bass, synth, and percussion, no bloat. ” (The Onion)

70 Meshell Ndegeocello – Trust (Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape 2002)
This bald headed bass playing socially conscious soul sista has inspired a lot of young women artists. This is one sexy song.

69 Moya Brennan – Change my world (Two Horizons 2003)
Brennan played a key role in the revival of Celtic music, having co-founded Clannad in 1970 and recorded 17 albums with them. She launched her solo career in 1992. Two Horizons is a concept album centered on the ancient Hill of Tara, north of Dublin, where kings came to be crowned and harpers came to memorialize their feats in song. Brennan herself plays harp throughout the album.

68 Joss Stone – What were we thinking (Introducing Joss Stone 2007)
White British girls don’t usually make the best soul singers, but Stone carries it off pretty well. She says “Hey, you ignore these things, if you dwell on it then you keep it going – the more you talk about it, and the more you label things as black and white. I don’t label music as a colour, or any style as a colour. It’s just a different shade of skin.” Still only 22, she’s currently in dispute with her record company EMI.

67 Jennifer Hudson – We Gon’ Fight (Jennifer Hudson 2008)
Winner of the 2009 Grammy for best R&B album. The album is a showcase for the stunning vocal talent of the former American Idol finalist, though the songs aren’t all that memorable.

66 Le Tigre – Keep on livin’ (Feminist Sweepstakes 2004)
Kathleen Hanna is a former member of the 1990s punk band Bikini Kill. Unlike Bikini Kill, Le Tigre made heavy use of the drum machine, but the energy and anger is retained. Feminist Sweepstakes has been refered to as “agit pop” for the swipes it takes against various targets, though this song is more about self-affirmation.

65 Amy LaVere – That Beat (Anchors and Anvils 2008)
My May 2009 band of the month – here reinterpreting a Carla Thomas song.

64 Hollie Smith – Philosophy (Long Player 2008)
Debut album from the Kiwi soul singer. “It sounds like the balance between singer and songwriter is still weighted heavily towards the former. Though when it fires, and when she hits those big, high, deep, long, loud notes on the better tracks, you also get the feeling this is the beginning of something special, the start of something major. ” (The New Zealand Herald)

63 KT Tunstall – Someday Soon (Drastic Fantastic 2007)
Following the unexpected success of her debut album Eye to the Telescope, the Scottish singer songwriter has created a more poppy radio-friendly follow up, but which still includes wistful gems like this.

62 Vienna Teng – Eric’s song (Waking Hour 2002)
Vienna Teng is a Taiwanese American pianist and singer-songwriter based in NYC. Many of the songs on this album are just piano and vocals proving that she can write a good melody as well as a good song.

61 The Be Good Tanyas – Junkie Song (Chinatown 2003)
The BGTs (named after a song by a very obscure folk singer Obo Martin) are three Canadian women who create beautiful rootsy Americana.

60 Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions – Charlotte (Bavarian Fruit Bread 2001)
LA’s Hope Sandoval, frontwoman of Mazzy Star, teamed up with Colm O’Ciosoig (formerly of My Bloody Valentine) to form the band. The project retained the laid-back, slowcore sound of Mazzy Star, and much like Mazzy Star, featured Sandoval’s sensuous, hypnotic voice.

59 Beth Hart – Good as it gets (37 Days 2007)
Raw blues rock in the tradition of the great Janis Joplin … whom she’s played in a Broadway musical.

58 Ruthie Foster – Harder Than The Fall (The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster 2007)
Soul blues singer songwriter from Texas.

57 Alela Diane – Pirate’s gospel (The Pirate’s Gospel 2006)
Enchanting debut album from the Californian born singer songwriter, now based in Portland, Oregon. In 2009 her musician father Tom Menig quit his day job as a dental technician to go on tour with Diane as a guitarist in her band.

56 Laura Veirs – Magnetized (Year of Meteors 2005)
Bespectacled singer songwriter based in Portland, Oregon with an offbeat descriptive writing style vivid in imagery.

55 Natacha Atlas – Etheric Messages (Foretold in the Language of Dreams 2002)
Music to chill to, or find God to. A departure not only from her recordings with Transglobal Underground but also from her previous solo albums in which she established herself as a diva of quality Arabic dance music.

54 Anaïs Mitchell – Changer (The Brightness 2007)
A gifted singer songwriter with an odd childlike voice, Mitchell grew up on a Vermont sheep farm. In The Brightness, we are told, “listeners are transported to Bethlehem and the Virginia countryside; they bathe in New Mexico moonlight and hear the world whizzing by from the inside of a hobo’s train car. But for all of its worldliness, this is a lovingly homemade album. During the recording process, Anaïs lived above the studio, which was built into an old Vermont gristmill. She could wake up, shake the sleep out of her eyes and record tracks in her pajamas.”

53 Dadawa – In the Setting of the Sun (Seven Days 2006)
Seven Days, an album of Chinese folk melodies, finished as a top-ten CD in China in 2006, remarkably for an alternative music album in that market. Her work on this ground breaking CD was recognized in 2006 by an MTV Asia award for “Leading Female Artist” and the Tom.com award for “Most Influential Woman in Chinese Music”. She is considered to be the pioneer “indie” artist in China, having independently produced her music, videos and films for over a decade.

52 Lura – Raboita Di Rubon Manel (Di Korpu Ku Alma 2005)
Although she was born and grew up in Lisbon, Lura identifies herself as Cape Verdian, the homeland of her parents, and is now following in the footsteps of the great Césaria Évora in bringing the music of the west African islands to a global audience. She has a lighter style compared to Évora, bringing to the mix African dance styles such as Batuku and pop influences.

51 Feist – How My Heart Behaves (The Reminder 2007)
Canadian singer who also performs with the group Broken Social Scene. At Canada’s 2008 Juno awards she won 5 awards including Songwriter of the Year, Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, Album of the Year and Single of the Year. The Reminder is gentle unfussy indie pop in which the vocals are dominant.

50 Bat for Lashes – Sarah (Fur & Gold 2006)
“A Bat for Lashes gig isn’t a performance so much as a visit to Khan’s weird world; a Lewis Carroll landscape of fairytales, princesses, monsters and places – in the evocative Daniel – she ‘runs to in the dark’. Her cut-glass cries and impeccable piano-playing drive music of incredible drama, as if she is trying to break free from the mundane into some otherworldly dimension.” (The Guardian) This song was inspired by a dark sounding novel by JT Leroy.

49 Juliette And The Licks – Shelter Your Needs (…Like a Bolt of Lightning 2004)
Oscar nominated actress Juliette Lewis has appeared in dozens of films, but loves the thrill of being on stage at a rock gig: “Onstage I’m the opposite of shy. I’m the opposite of the girl who wants to look pretty and be liked. I’m somebody who’s spastic and puts myself out there. My heart’s in it, so it’s fun.” The Licks disbanded this year and Lewis has formed a new band The New Romantiques.

48 Cat Power – Love & Communication (The Greatest 2006)
In three breezy minutes singer songwriter Chan Marshall makes a subtle and thoughtful study of relationships.

47 Mounira Mitchala – Koulnodji (Talou Lena 2008)
Mitchala, known as ‘la panthere douce du Tchad’, is noted for her strong voice and her reinterpretation of traditional Chadian music. In this song she denounces forced marriage and expresses her support for African women oppressed by certain traditions.

46 Goapele – Romantic (Even Closer 2002)
Bay Area R&B singer who blends soul and jazz, romantic grooves and politically inspired songs.

45 Souad Massi – Ghir Enta (Deb (Heart Broken) 2003)
Massi is an Algerian singer who since touring with rock band Atakor in the 1990s has created a fusion of styles including more traditional music during her fabulously successful solo career.

44 Rebecca Correia – Hold Me (Soul of me 2009)
Singer songwriter from a small town in Massachusetts, singing here about her mum’s battle with breast cancer.

43 Meg Hutchinson – Home (Come Up Full 2008)
Yes, another singer songwriter from a small town in Massachusetts, featured in my Acoustic Showcase 2.

42 Julie Fowlis – Ille Dhuinn, ‘s toiigh Leam Thu (Cuilidh 2007)
Fowlis grew up in North Uist, a Gaelic speaking community in the Outer Hebrides. She sings mainly in Gaelic and sees herself as an ambassador for Hebridean culture. In 2008 she was named BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year, and was named by the Scottish Parliament as Scotland’s Gaelic Ambassador – “Tosgaire na Gàidhlig”, the first person to ever receive this honour.

41 Beth Gibbons – Mysteries (Out of Season 2002)
Gibbons who provides the unearthly vocals for Portishead teams up here with Paul “Rustin Man” Webb to create another ethereal haunting record.

40 Kissey Asplund – Fuss ‘n’ fight (Plethora 2008)
I’ll let Amazon do the talking : “the debut album from Swedish soul sensation Kissey Asplund is a genre defying journey through jazz, hip-hop, dance music, and soul, all with a fresh futuristic twist. Kissey takes us through a range of day-to-day stories of love lost and found, friendships betrayed, relationships on the rocks and even astral traveling. ”

39 Amy Martin – What You’re For
When asked, “What is folk music, anyway?”, Martin said, “To me, it’s music that has an address and a hometown; it comes from somewhere, and it knows it. It speaks to its own time, knows its history, has hopes for the future. It has dirt under its fingernails and lines around its eyes. It hasn’t had the crankiness washed out of it. Musicians are supposed to want fame and glory and billions of dollars these days, but that feels hollow to me. I just want to make music, and to make a life in music. My intention is to do my soul’s work every day. I feel successful when I manage to do that.” She’s done a lot more than this : she’s got her own independent label, Raven’s Wing Records; she’s community music director for the Missoula Family YMCA; she often tours the US supporting various campaigns. I believe this video was made as part of the 2008 Obama election campaign – download the song for free here.

38 Beth Orton – What we begin (Comfort of Strangers (bonus track)2006)
“A folk-rock gem that outfits Orton’s elegant, autumnal daydreams with the comfy, rustic feel of a Nick Drake record.” (Rolling Stone)

37 Yasmin Levy – Naci En Alamo (Vengo) (La Juderia 2005)
Levy’s father was a musicologist and head of the Ladino department at Israel’s national radio station. Although he died when she was a baby, his recordings and the heritage he helped to preserve have greatly influenced her music. In 2002 she went to Seville to study flamenco music; and this, her acclaimed 2nd album, is influenced by flamenco as well as her own Sephardic tradition.

36 Mor Karbasi – Judia (The Beauty and the Sea 2008)
Karbasi is a young London based Israeli singer. “Mor’s voice fills the room. It’s got a range and fluid flexibility……. It’s rich and warm with a finely delivered emotional intensity. The Beauty and the Sea is a remarkable debut.” (Folk Roots)

35 Eleni Mandell – Artificial Fire (Artificial Fire 2009)
Underrated Californian indie artist Eleni Mandell says part of the reason she’s been so prolific as a songwriter is that she’s had so many bad boys to provide dark inspiration. “I feel a little overly intrigued by seedy characters. From a distance it’s what makes them attractive, but in the end it’s what drives you crazy.”

34 Nelly Furtado – Childhood dreams (Folklore 2003)
Canadian singer of Portuguese parentage. This song to her unborn child was recorded inside a church.

33 Conya Doss – Sign (Love Rain Down 2006)
The singer from Cleveland Ohio is wholly committed to her day job of teaching special needs children. Politics are important in her life (she recorded the song Obama for change) and in her music which is why she’s serious about not recording for the major labels – “My integrity is also important, so I have creative control. There is a definite benefit to being an independent artist. It gives you a peace of mind as you are not rushed on projects and it keeps you grounded.” Her music has received many accolades, and this acoustic soul track shows the reasons why.

32 Thao with the Get Down Stay Down – Beat (Health, Life and Fire) (We Brave Bee Stings and All 2008)
Infectious joyous indie pop from the USA. The band’s 2nd album Know Better Learn Faster is due for release October 13th.

31 The Raveonettes – Aly Walk With Me (Lust Lust Lust 2007)
Brooding rock song from my September 2009 Band of the Month.

30 Lauryn Hill – I Find It Hard to Say (Rebel) (MTV unplugged 2.0 2002)
Hill’s brilliant personal and soulful 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill won 5 Grammys and universal acclaim, but it didn’t bring her happiness. She became disillusioned with the music industry and dropped out of public life, focusing on her family and on her religious studies. The acoustic album MTV Unplugged was an extraordinary personal statement. With little regard for artistic expectations she poured her complex and at times bizarre thoughts on spirituality and her troubled life out in song. Critics were baffled, Rolling Stone calling the album “a public breakdown”, but it still found a sympathetic audience. This is one of the more accessible tracks, written after the shooting of Amadou Diallo by the New York police in 1999.

29 Kaya – Reality (Balloon in a Cactus Field 2008)
Norwegian singer singwriter now based in Liverpool, featured in my Acoustic Showcase 1.

28 Kate Bush – King Of The Mountain (Aerial 2005)
The first album for 12 years from the British singer with the distinctive dramatic voice. It contains no great surprises musically, but it’s an album that noone else could have made, and the quality is top drawer. The mood is peaceful and contemplative. As the Guardian put it, it’s “packed with songs that make commonplace events sound extraordinary”.

27 Alison Krauss with Robert Plant – Trampled Rose (Raising Sand 2007)
This Tom Waits song is from her outstanding collaboration with Robert Plant. The project was managed and produced by T Bone Burnett. “Charged with selecting both supporting musicians and material that would illuminate the connection between these two unique artists, Burnett succeeded wondrously. Built on a shared core of modal blues and country soul, filtered through alternating layers of unadorned tenderness and thick, shifting textures, the sounds on Raising Sand extend well beyond anyone’s expectations.” Raising Sand won Album of the Year at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

26 50 Foot Wave – Clara Bow (Golden Ocean 2005)
Kristin Hersh has released some 16 albums with the Throwing Muses and as a solo artist. Supported here by bassist Bernard Georges and drummer Rob Ahlers, Hersh delivers cogent lyrics in a furious hard hitting style.

25 Aster Aweke – Kabu Tenidobign (Aster’s Ballads 2004)
Aster Aweke has recorded some 20 albums over 3 decades and brought Ethiopian music to the world stage. On this album she brings traditional African folk melodies to life with her skilful arrangements and expressive voice.

24 Erykah Badu – Time’s a Wastin’ (Mama’s Gun 2002)
Her songs are beautifully produced, they seem to flow effortlessly, rising above almost all contemporary R&B by their artistry, and through the warmth, humanity and intelligence of the lyrics.

23 Aynur Dogan – Edali Gelin
Aynur is a Turkish Kurd who makes music rooted in Kurdish tradition. It is not long since Kurdish music was banned in Turkey, and in 2005 a provincial court in Diyarbakir issued a decision (later repealed) to ban Aynur’s Keçe Kurdan album because the title track “encouraged women to go up into the mountains and engage in separatism”.

22 Cibelle – Gracefully (About a Girl EP 2005)
Trip hoppy number from the talented and versatile young Brazilian singer.

21 Sleater Kinney – Entertain (The Woods 2005)
Carrie Brownstein : “Corin left a message for me one day saying that we would call ourselves Sleater-Kinney. Up until that moment it had only been a road in a neighboring town. Now it was us. If band names were like baby names, we had picked a Gilbert or Sinclair or Beatrice. When we said, ‘We’ve picked out a name’, we always got a ‘Hmm’, or a head scratch, or a comment as soon as we left the room, like ‘that poor kid will be teased endlessly’. Never listen to other people’s advice about your band name. Otherwise, you will end up with an Ashley, or a Madison.” From the punk influenced band’s 7th and final album.

20 Rokia Traoré – Kèlè mandi (Bowmboï 2003)
“Traoré’s brilliant third album, Bowmboï, is dominated by acoustic instruments and is built upon musical traditions that would have been familiar to her great-grandparents in Mali. But she surrounds her melodies with odd, moody harmonies and infuses her lyrics with irony and nuance. This is a very different kind of African album. The rhythms are more often implied than stated; the arrangements are sparse; and the vocals possess the quiet intimacy of private conversations. ” (Washington Post)

19 Cocorosie – By your side (La maison de mon rêve 2004)
Cocorosie are two American born sisters now living in France. Their
sensual dreamlike recordings have won them a cult following.

18 Shemekia Copeland – Beat up guitar (Wicked 2000)
American blues singer with a powerful voice and an ear for a good song. Jimmy Vivino adds some great guitar work on this track.

17 Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley Blues (Time (The Revelator) 2003)
Welch performs on the album with her partner and musical collaborator David Rawlings. The album is recorded live, much of it is first takes, and there is very little overdubbing. The result is a stripped down intricately arranged piece of music influenced by and echoing traditional Appalachian folk and old-time country, but also with a contemporary feel.

16 Amber Rubarth – You Will Love This Song (New Green Lines 2008)
Young folk pop singer singwriter from Reno, now based in NYC. The lyrics have such freshness and humour and vulnerability, I love it. But it was another song from the album, Washing Day, which took the 1st place award in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition (Lyrics), which was judged in part by her musical hero, Tom Waits.

15 Tori Amos – Mother Revolution (The Beekeeper 2005)
American singer songwriter whose emotionally intense songs have earned her a devoted fanbase and over 12 million record sales worldwide.

14 Goldfrapp – Strict Machine (Black Cherry 2003)
“Where the British pop-electronica duo’s acclaimed debut Felt Mountain was all fur coats and cigarette holders, BlackCherry‘s glam-industrial synths evoke vinyl catsuits, sequined stockings and comparisons to new wave/synth-pop outfits like Blondie and the Eurythmics” (Popmatters). This song is about lab rats in neuroscience experiments.

13 Césaria Évora – Beijo Roubado (Voz d’amor 2004)
Évora achieved success late in life and was over 60 when this album was recorded. “Long known as the queen of the morna, a soulful
genre sung in Creole-Portuguese, she mixes her sentimental folk tunes
filled with longing and sadness with the acoustic sounds of guitar,
cavaquinho, violin, accordian, and clarinet. Évora’s Cape Verdean blues
often speak of the country’s long and bitter history of isolation and
slave trade, as well as emigration: almost two-thirds of the million
Cape Verdeans alive live abroad. “Morna is like the blues because it is
a way to express life’s suffering in music.” ”

12 Mary Gauthier – Mercy Now (Mercy Now 2005)
Louisiana’s Mary Gauthier was another late starter : she began writing songs at age 35. She writes in a folk country style from her life experiences be it family, herself or people she’s met along her incredible life.

11 Concha Buika – Mi niña Lola (Mi Niña Lola 2007)
The husky voiced Buika, backed here by piano, cello and percussion, is a Spanish singer of African descent equally at home singing flamenco, soul, rumba and jazz. In September 2008 she came to international attention with a Grammy nomination for Latin album of the year, Asked to define herself, she says, “Yo soy bisexual, trifásica y tridimensional.”

10 Laura Marling – New Romantic (My Manic and I EP 2007)
19 year old English singer songwriter featured last year in my Acoustic Showcase 1

9 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Date with the Night (Fever to Tell 2003)
Karen O : “I think the reason we started the band was because we wanted to have fun and fuck around … we want to make a raucous, noisy, emotionally cathartic sound. We were living in New York at a time when people stood there with their arms crossed in the audience, and just felt really indifferent or ambivalent about music. You wanted to just smack them, you know? Break a beer bottle over their head, to wake ‘em up and make them feel something, and that’s still what we want to do now. We want to shake the unshakable, to stir things up, and that’s a lot of the spirit of Zero; it’s like ‘Come on man! Come on! Just feel something, escape, whatever, whatever the emotion is just feel it!’. ”

8 Oumou Sangare – Donso (Seya 2009)
Oumou Sangare is a superstar in her native Mali, home of so many great musicians. Seya (Joy) is her first album for six years. “Perhaps the most fascinating song on the album is Donso. This smouldering bluesy number pays tribute to the traditional hunters of the Wassoulou region. These revered men were not only warriors and protectors, but also healers, philosophers and musicians. Through a contemplation of the nobility of this hunting caste Oumou manages to reinstate a positive view of manhood, thereby healing the wound caused by her father’s abandonment. The pain and anger that it generated have hitherto defined Oumou’s music and her mission to champion the cause of women. In 2005 Oumou’s father Bari Sangare was killed in a car crash. Before he died, Oumou managed to reconcile herself with him.” (The Independent)

7 Sainkho Namtchylak – Old melodie (Stepmother City 2001)
Namtchylak is ‘a woman of the steppes’, a singer from the Russian autonomous republic of Tuva, 4000 meters high from sea-level between Siberia and Mongolia; her music encompasses avant-jazz, electronica, modern composition and Tuvan influences. “Some people perceive traditional music as like a piece of stone from the prehistorical time; archaeologist, he finds it and he keeps it the way it is. But some people really believe that music is a floating river”

6 PJ Harvey – A place called home (Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea 2000)
From the album that won the 2001 Mercury music prize (news of which reached the band while on tour in Washington DC on the fateful day of September 11th). Rock music from the soul.

5 Missy Elliott – 4 my people (Miss E… So Addictive 2001)
The best selling female hip hop artist of all time, and probably also the most influential, she’s stayed at the top through hard work and by pushing herself creatively. This is a supercharged track, there’s so much happening on it.

4 Björk – Aurora (Vespertine 2001)
Every Björk album is unique, with its own sound and feel and instrumentation. After the bleakly beautiful landscapes of Homogenic, Vespertine is a more lush and personal tapestry of electronic music and strings and Björk’s uniquely alien, spectral vocal. “Vespertine is like… those days when it’s snowing outside, and you’re inside with a cup of cocoa and everything’s very magical. You’re euphoric, but you don’t speak for days ’cause you don’t want to.”

3 Patty Griffin – Up to the mountain (Children Running Through 2007)
I’d like to know what Patty Griffin does for her encores. The singer songwriter from Maine has so many strong songs it seems that everyone has their own favourite. She’s admired by her peers, and many other artists have covered her songs. In the end I chose this ballad inspired by a speech of Martin Luther King.

2 Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (Back to Black 2006)
Dark sultry breakup song from the Back to Black album which has sold over 15 million copies and won 5 grammy awards for the singer songwriter with the stormy lifestyle.

1 Mia – Paper Planes (Kala 2007)
British woman of Sri Lankan origin notable for her raw exciting danceable genre-hopping recordings. This song samples Straight to Hell by the Clash, along with gunshots and cash register ringing, and has brilliant subversive lyrics satirising the stereotype that illegal immigrants only want to take Americans money – yet it has stormed the charts around the world, has received massive critical acclaim, and was featured in the film Slumdog Millionaire.

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Top 100 Pop Songs 2008

Colbie Caillat - "Realize"

Colbie Caillat followed her breakthrough hit single "Bubbly" with a more downbeat, reflective hit.

New Kids on the Block - "Summertime"

14 years after their last chart hit, New Kids on the Block returned with a nostalgic song aimed squarely at their original fans who have aged a bit as well.

Chris Brown and Jordin Sparks - "No Air"

This big hit almost feels a bit like corporate matchmaking with 2 of the music world's biggest teen stars singing a lightweight love song.

Britney Spears - "Womanizer"

Yes, the title is repeated a few too many times, but Britney Spears proved her comeback was no fluke as this hit roared into the upper reaches of the pop singles chart.

Danity Kane - "Damaged"

Diddy proteges Danity Kane proved they are no one-hit wonder by unleashing this solid hit single.

Tokio Hotel - "Monsoon"

Few groups were hyped more to American teens this year than the German pop-rock group Tokio Hotel. However, it looks like all of the effort may have been fruitless. While it is an appealing power ballad, "Monsoon" barely made a dent on the US pop singles chart.

Shwayze - "Corona and Lime"

This was the mellow, laidback, sun-splashed hit of the summer. Celebrity buddy Cisco Adler kicks in some assistance here for newcomer Shwayze.

Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson - "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow"

American Idol judge and former pop superstar Paula Abdul made a brief and thoroughly charming return to the pop charts this year.

Thriving Ivory - "Angels on the Moon"

Thriving Ivory's lead vocalist Clayton Stroope has one of the most distinctive new voices of the year in pop music.

Seether - "Rise Above This"

Celebrated producer Howard Benson adds a strong pop sheen to this single from South African rockers Seether.

Maroon 5 featuring Rihanna - "If I Never See Your Face Again"

Everything that Rihanna touched this year seemed to turn to gold including this reworked version of a Maroon 5 song. Don't miss the tastefully sexy accompanying video.

Fall Out Boy - "I Don't Care"

Fall Out Boy failed to ignite their usual level of excitement among fans with this lead single from the album. However, it is still a solid pop-rock turn by the group.

Saving Abel - "Addicted"

This is the breakthrough top 40 pop single by the Mississippi base rock band Saving Abel. File this one close to songs by Daughtry.

Brandy - "Right Here (Departed)"

After a raft of bad publicity related to a recent automobile accident, former teen star Brandy returned to the charts with this cheerful, upbeat R&B love song.

Rehab - "The Bartender Song"

Take a wry, humorous story, match it with easy, laidback Southern-edged rock, and lyrics easy to sing with, and you have a breakthrough hit.

Metro Station - "Seventeen Forever"

The second hit single from this Hollywood-based emo-pop band is a bit on the reflective side.

Gavin DeGraw - "In Love With a Girl"

4 years after his breakthrough top 10 smash "I Don't Want to Be," you might have wondered what happened to Gavin DeGraw. He came back this year with another catchy, lightly rocking love song.

Fall Out Boy featuring John Mayer - "Beat It"

"Beat It" is a standard cover in Fall Out Boy shows. For this recording of the Michael Jackson classic, John Mayer, one of the most skilled guitarists in the pop world, lends his talent.

Kardinal Offishall featuring Akon - "Dangerous"

Canada's top rapper rode assistance from Akon to the upper reaches of the US pop singles chart.

Usher featuring Young Jeezy - "Love In This Club"

4 years after his 10 million selling album Confessions, Usher made a somewhat disappointing return with this club-themed hit.

Leona Lewis - "Better In Time"

Leona Lewis further established herself as a pop star on both sides of the Atlantic with this beautiful ballad.

Pussycat Dolls - "When I Grow Up"

It can get a bit irritating (see the 2008 Annoying Songs list), but the Pussycat Dolls big hit of the year is also very catchy. Enjoy in small doses.

Lesley Roy - "I'm Gone, I'm Going"

For those missing Avril Lavigne this year, Irish singer Lesley Roy was a breath of fresh air.

Matt Nathanson - "Come On Get Higher"

In a big year for solo male singer-songwriters, Matt Nathanson was one of those who stood out. The use of his music on various TV shows didn't hurt his career at all.

Boys Like Girls - "Thunder"

The first song ever written by Boys Like Girls as a group climbed aboard pop radio and became the group's 3rd top 40 pop smash.

Colby O'Donis featuring Akon - "What You Got"

Colby O'Donis was one of 3 breakthrough artists this year (Kardinal Offishall and Lady GaGa were the others) to benefit from an Akon boost.

Eric Hutchinson - "Rock & Roll"

If Eric Hutchinson's laid back, cheerful pop-soul doesn't make you smile, I'm not sure there is any pop music that can.

O.A.R. - "Shattered (Turn the Car Around)"

After 10 years together, O.A.R. have broken into the mainstream with a song that simply would not let go once it began to sink into the consciousness of pop fans.

New Kids on the Block and Ne-Yo - "Single"

Ne-Yo lends his magic touch here and the results are significantly better than New Kids on the Block on their own.

Plain White T's - "Our Time Now"

It certainly was not anywhere close to "Hey There Delilah" in chart and sales success, but "Our Time Now" did show off the upbeat side of Plain White T's.

Gavin Rossdale - "Love Remains the Same"

Gavin Rossdale successfully stepped out from the shadow of being former leader of the band Bush and husband to Gwen Stefani with this slow rising solo smash.

David Cook - "Light On"

This year's American Idol champion David Cook shows off his respectable power ballad chops.

Akon - "Right Now (Na Na Na)"

Proving he's not just a man behind the scenes for other emerging artists, Akon returned with his own mellow hit single.

Nickelback - "Gotta Be Somebody"

Veteran producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange nudged Nickelback in a somewhat glitzier, more mainstream pop-rock oriented direction.

Robin Thicke - "Magic"

Robin Thicke heads in a distinctively retro direction on this R&B tune with a disco-ish feel.

Jack Johnson - "If I Had Eyes"

This fluffy single failed to signal the slightly more serious direction for feel good singer/songwriter Jack Johnson on his #1 smash album Sleep Through the Static.

The Fray - "You Found Me"

Colorado-based band The Fray once again looked to TV for a boost as this single was featured in advertisements for a new season of the hit show Lost.

Kevin Rudolf featuring Lil Wayne - "Let It Rock"

This anthemic first hit single from guitarist Kevin Rudolf was a left-field unexpected top 10 smash.

Coldplay - "Lovers in Japan"

Though not as flashy as the album's title cut, this second single from Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends is a classic, slowly building Coldplay tune.

Sara Bareilles - "Bottle It Up"

"Love Song" was a bigger hit, but "Bottle It Up," with close listening, possibly reveals even more of the cleverness in the songwriting of Sara Bareilles.

Taylor Swift - "White Horse"

One of the keys to Taylor Swift's successful crossover from country to pop audiences is her impressive skill as a songwriter while still a teenager.

Mariah Carey - "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time"

Mariah Carey's light, frothy tribute to enduring love is guaranteed to put a smile on your face if the song doesn't just float away first.

David Archuleta - "Crush"

He may have finished second on American Idol, but teenager David Archuleta won the first round of competition for the hearts of mainstream pop audiences with this thoroughly charming piece of pop candy.

OneRepublic - "Stop and Stare"

OneRepublic emerged from the Timbaland shadow to show they are quite capable of generating a big pop hit with a catchy chorus on their own.

Mariah Carey - "Bye Bye"

This tearjerker was possibly unfairly overlooked in the wake of crushing publicity about Mariah Carey's career chart success. This gentle tune about saying goodbye is well worth another listen.

Jennifer Hudson - "Spotlight"

After years of waiting we were finally treated to Jennifer Hudson's solo debut. Her vocal talents are undisputable on this smooth midtempo R&B tune.

Shontelle - "T-Shirt"

Rihanna is no longer the only pop star from the island nation of Barbados. Shontelle's elegance and beauty could give her counterpart a run for the pop spotlight.

Paramore - "Decode"

For the sountrack of the hit movie Twilight, Paramore put together one of their most expansive, polished efforts yet.

We the Kings - "Check Yes Juliet"

A heavy touring schedule paid off for these Florida pop-rockers as their reference to the classic Romeo and Juliet story rode into the pop top 40.

Miley Cyrus - "7 Things"

Miley Cyrus' clever pop romp about teen romance generated significant speculation about who the target of the song's lyrics may be.

Kanye West - "Heartless"

Kanye West uses auto-tune technology to deepen the sense of emotional pain.

Lil Wayne - "A Milli"

The only man this year to sell one million copies of an album in one week celebrates himself and his money.

Duffy - "Warwick Avenue"

Duffy wraps a soulful caress around the song's lyrics that makes the record instantly unforgettable.

Flobots - "Handlebars"

How does riding a bike without using handlebars lead to widespread oppression? Listen to the Flobots and find out.

Secondhand Serenade - "Fall for You"

Secondhand Serenade is the name used by singer/songwriter John Vesely for his recordings. "Fall for You" is a heartfelt ballad of a relationship in trouble.

John Mayer - "Say"

"Say" was recorded by John Mayer for the soundtrack of the film The Bucket List.

All-American Rejects - "Gives You Hell"

All-American Rejects aim for memorable anthem status here. The song is perfect for all those with revenge fantasies.

Britney Spears - "Circus"

The title song of Britney Spears' latest album is a ramped up electronic stomper that easily outdistances the first single "Womanizer."

Metro Station - "Shake It"

Miley Cyrus' half-brother Trace became a household name among pop fans when his band Metro Station rolled into the top 5 of the pop singles chart with this irresistible pop-rock tune. Listen for the unmistakable influence of 80's pop-rock band the Cars.

John Legend featuring Andre 3000 - "Green Light"

The singing talent on display here is irresistible as is the sunny mood.

Jesse McCartney - "Leavin"

As if co-writing a massive hit like "Bleeding Love" wasn't enough, Jesse McCartney dove headfirst into R&B to generate the biggest pop hit single of his career.

will.i.am - "It's a New Day"

In a flood of songs celebrating President-Elect Barack Obama, will.i.am's effort stands out.

Jordin Sparks - "One Step at a Time"

In case you thought she couldn't move beyond the hit single "Tattoo," American Idol winner Jordin Sparks delivered another upbeat pop hit.

Panic at the Disco - "Nine In the Afternoon"

Wearing Beatles influences on their sleeves, Panic at the Disco returned with this charming slice of baroque pop.

Michael Cera & Ellen Page - "Anyone Else But You"

Cheerful, minimalist pop songs were at the heart of the success of the Academy Award nominated movie Juno. This is perhaps the most memorable of those.

Lady GaGa featuring Colby O'Donis - "Just Dance"

Rising swiftly out of the New York club underground, Lady GaGa is an unapologetic advocate of pop music. Just try not singing along to this smash.

Rihanna - "Take a Bow"

You can hear the bitterness seething just below the surface in this masterful performance from Rihanna. Even if she does not possess the most powerful pipes in pop music today, her interpretive skills continue to impress.

Mariah Carey - "Touch My Body"

Don't miss Mariah Carey's sexy sense of humor in this #1 smash single.

Death Cab for Cutie - "I Will Possess Your Heart"

The original 8-minute version of this song has one of the longest instrumental introductions in recent memory. However, a radio-friendly edit gets to the intriguing lyrics of obsessive love much more quickly.

Ne-Yo - "Miss Independent"

Ne-Yo continues to prove he is a master of sweet, smooth R&B here.

Duffy - "Mercy"

60's pop star Dusty Springfield is smiling from beyond every time Duffy opens her mouth to sing.

Daughtry - "What About Now"

The final hit single from Daughtry's massively successful debut features a video that is an inspiring call to create meaning in life through volunteer work.

The Veronicas - "Untouched"

Somewhere in the musical land between Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus, you are likely to find the Australian twins that bill themselves as the Veronicas.

T.I. - "Whatever You Like"

This huge single from rapper T.I. inspired an instant parody Weird Al Yankovic, master of the art form.

Yael Naim - "New Soul"

Advertisements for Apple's Mac Air computer brought this French-Israeli singer-songwriter into the pop spotlight. "New Soul" is utterly charming and is well deserving of the attention.

Natasha Bedingfield - "Pocketful of Sunshine"

It seemed to be a struggle to put together the album, but when the project was finally put together, the title song became one of the most memorable pop hits of the first half of 2008. Natasha Bedingfield looks like she is here to stay.

Rihanna - "Disturbia"

Creepy sounds kick the song off, and it is accompanied by a weird freak show of a video. Rihanna is one of the very few pop artists big enough right now to get radio programmers to take a song as offbeat as "Disturbia" seriously. Few pop fans are likely to forget this recording any time soon.

Pink - "Sober"

Pink is likely to make more than a few parents happy with the sentiments of this song celebrating the value of partying sober. She is one of the most consistent artists in the pop mainstream today.

Taylor Swift - "Love Story"

Taylor Swift's lyrical mastery continues to impress. She is one of the most talented singer-songwriters at work today.

Jason Mraz - "I'm Yours"

Fans of Jack Johnson and Colbie Caillat may have found a new favorite. It took awhile for this song to rise up the charts, but once it began its ascent, it could not be stopped. The feel-good sound swept countless pop fans up in its wake. Jason Mraz has taken a leap into the elite group of today's top pop stars.

Jonas Brothers - "Lovebug"

The Jonas Brothers want nothing more than to make you smile here. "Lovebug" is pure charm sounding like the guys next door improvising on your front porch steps.

Chris Brown - "Forever"

Take a slice of trance dance music and weave Chris Brown's soulful vocals over the top. The result is a huge smash hit single that goes down so gloriously easy.

Lupe Fiasco featuring Matthew Santos - "Superstar"

If you wanted to know what Coldplay would sound like if they hooked up with a rapper, "Superstar" gives you a good idea.

Katy Perry - "Hot 'n Cold"

Katy Perry shows off both her edgy humor and her 80's musical roots here. "Hot 'n Cold" is a well-deserved second chart-topping hit.

Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake - "4 Minutes"

Madonna borrowed the talents of Justin Timberlake and Timbaland to prove to American pop fans she still knew how to connect with them. Those horns are among the most memorable sounds of the year.

The Ting Tings - "Shut Up and Let Me Go"

An Apple iPod commercial first introduced American pop audiences to the Ting Tings. However, the pair's instincts for a punky pop melody are likely to maintain the attention of music fans.

Ne-Yo - "Closer"

With hints of an Off the Wall era Michael Jackson obsession, Ne-Yo proved he saved some of his best songs for himself.

T.I. featuring Rihanna - "Live Your Life"

Who would have guessed sounds borrowed from a Moldovan pop song would top the US pop singles chart? Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

The Killers - "Human"

Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is the unlikely subject of the Killers' latest anthemic pop hit. You won't be able to get the chorus out of your head.

Beyonce - "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)"

Beyonce uncorked the live pop performance of the year when she took the stage at the American Music Awards with her two dancers and delivered a scorching version of "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)."

Adele - "Chasing Pavements"

You won't forget the video that accompanies this debut hit from UK singer Adele, and you are unlikely to forget the stunning song and vocal performance either. This recording should have been in heavy rotation on US pop radio as well. There are some signs it may finally get there with Grammy nominations for Record and Song of the Year.

Kid Rock - "All Summer Long"

Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" is great. Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" is great. Put them in the pop music blender and add Kid Rock. What comes out is an instant classic.

Estelle featuring Kanye West - "American Boy"

The most effervescent, bubbly R&B hit of the year. After you listen to this, you will want to hang out with Estelle and Kanye. It sounds like endless fun.

Katy Perry - "I Kissed a Girl"

Brush the petty controversies aside and you have an irresistibly in-your-face, perky pop classic. You will never see a tube of cherry chapstick in the same light.

Beyonce - "If I Were a Boy"

Whether or not you agree with the sentiments of the song or not, Beyonce's performance is stunning and the song is gutsy. This is a textbook example of pop music that is challenging and meaningful.

Pink - "So What"

Personal pain and tragedy frequently generate some of the most memorable pop music, and "So What" is no exception. However, Pink's big-hearted sense of humor effectively brushes off any sense of bitterness.

Kanye West - "Love Lockdown"

Kanye West sings! And he wraps the singing in one of the most artfully constructed records of the year. Those drums will blow you away time and time again, and this is auto-tune in the hands of someone who knows how to use it as enhancement not replacement.

M.I.A. - "Paper Planes"

U.S. pop radio needs songs like this to expand the consciousness of listeners and programmers alike. M.I.A. proves that pop music is truly a world art form.

Coldplay - "Viva La Vida"

Coldplay simply get better with each album released, and this is a single for the ages. There is a majesty here that no other band today approaches.

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Female singers of the 2000s: Where are they now?

By Neia Balao5:32am PST, Feb 2, 2021

Oh, the 2000s! Throughout the decade, we saw many female singers rise to fame — like Shakira! Though she'd already established quite a career for herself in Latin America with Spanish-language albums in the '90s, it wasn't until 2001 that she released her English-language debut, "Laundry Service." The album — a smash hit thanks to No. 1 singles like "Whenever, Wherever" and "Underneath Your Clothes" — helped catapult Shakira to pop superstardom in the States during MTV's "Total Request Live" era. Her second English-language album, 2005's "Oral Fixation, Vol. 2," featured tunes like "Hips Don't Lie" and was also a big hit. By 2008, Shakira was the fourth top earning female artist in the world, according to Forbes. She wrapped up the decade with the 2009 release "She Wolf." In honor of Shakira's 44th birthday on Feb. 2, 2021, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at more of the most popular female singers of the '00s to find out what they've been up to in the years since they found fame. Keep reading for more…  

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Like other big pop stars of the 2000s, Shakira served as a coach on NBC's "The Voice." She joined the show in 2013 for its fourth season then returned for the sixth season the following year. She lent her voice to the 2016 film "Zootopia," playing Gazelle. In 2018, she won her third Grammy — for the Spanish-language album "El Dorado" — then set off on her "The El Dorado" world tour. In 2020, she performed alongside Jennifer Lopez during the Super Bowl halftime show. These days, she's also a busy mom! She shares sons Milan and Sasha with her love, Spanish soccer star Gerard Pique, whom she's been with since 2010.

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Following the release of Christina Aguilera's 1999 self-titled debut album, which contained the No. 1 singles "Genie in a Bottle," "What a Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)," the singer continued to dominate pop music. Throughout the aughts, she released two more albums: 2002's "Stripped," which included the singles "Dirrty" and "Beautiful," and 2006's "Back to Basics." In November 2005, she married marketing executive Jordan Bratman, with whom she shares son Max. The couple divorced in 2011.

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In 2010, Christina Aguilera released her sixth studio album, "Bionic," which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and included the singles "Not Myself Tonight," "Woohoo," "You Lost Me" and "I Hate Boys." That same year, she made her acting debut in the musical drama "Burlesque." Christina has since gone on to release two more albums: 2012's "Lotus" and 2018's "Liberation." In 2011, she became a coach on the hit NBC reality singing competition "The Voice," a position she held from seasons 1 to 3 and reprised for seasons 5, 8 and 10. 2015 marked the year in which Christina landed a recurring role on "Nashville" as Jade St. John. In promotion of her 2018 album, Christina embarked on a U.S. tour, a European tour and headlined "The Xperience," a Las Vegas residency that ran from May 2019 to March 2020. In 2014, after four years of dating, she became engaged to Matthew Rutler. They welcomed their first child together, daughter Summer, that same year. 

In 2002, Pennsylvania-born singer Vanessa Carlton released her debut single, "A Thousand Miles," which hit No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. That same year, she released her debut, platinum-selling album, "Be Not Nobody," which included singles "Ordinary Day" and "Pretty Baby." She went on to release two more albums during the aughts: 2004's "Harmonium" and 2007's "Heroes & Thieves."

After releasing 2007's "Heroes & Thieves," Vanessa Carlton went on to release two more albums during the 2010s: 2011's "Rabbits on the Run" and 2015's "Liberman." She then put out two live albums: "Liberman Live" in 2016 and "Earlier Things Live" in 2017. In May 2019, Vanessa made her Broadway debut, taking on a starring role in the Carole King musical "Beautiful" for a limited run. Her sixth studio album, "Love Is an Art," was released in March 2020. She married singer-songwriter John McCauley, with whom she shares daughter Sidney, in 2013. 

Our favorite sk8r girl! Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne, who's been credited with helping develop the female-driven pop-punk music scene, entered the spotlight with the release of her debut single, "Complicated," in 2002, which was followed shortly after by "Sk8er Boi." Her debut studio album, "Let Go," came out that same year and was certified seven-times platinum in the United States, making it the biggest pop album debut of 2002. Avril went on to release two additional albums during the aughts: 2004's "Under My Skin," which was her first album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and 2007's "The Best Damn Thing," which marked her departure from her previous alternative grunge sound. In 2006, she married Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, a fellow Canadian rocker. Throughout the decade, she also ventured beyond music, launching the now-defunct clothing line Abbey Dawn in 2008 and releasing her first fragrance, Black Star, in 2009. 

Following her divorce from Deryck Whibley in 2010, Avril Lavigne went on to release her fourth and fifth albums, 2011's "Goodbye Lullaby" and 2013's "Avril Lavigne." In 2013, she took her second walk down the aisle when she married Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger — though in 2016, after three years of marriage, the Canadian couple called it quits. Following her 30th birthday in 2014, Avril revealed that she'd been diagnosed with Lyme disease, which left her bedridden for five months. In February 2019, she released her sixth studio album, "Head Above Water," which was inspired by her experience dealing with Lyme disease. It peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart. In April 2020, she re-recorded her track "Warrior" from "Head Above Water" and released it as a single entitled "We Are Warriors" in an effort to raise funds in support of frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic. 

A star was born when Rihanna hit the scene with her first single, "Pon de Replay," in 2005. At 17, she released her debut studio album, "Music of the Sun," which also included her second single, "If It's Lovin' that You Want." Her sophomore album, 2006's "A Girl Like Me," included hit tracks "SOS" and "Unfaithful" and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. But it was was Rihanna's third studio album, 2007's "Good Girl Gone Bad," that launched her to widespread fame. Lead single "Umbrella" earned Rihanna her first Grammy Award (for best rap/sung collaboration) and was regarded as one of the best songs of 2007. Before the end of the aughts, RiRi released her fourth album, 2009's "Rated R." She was also in a highly publicized relationship with R&B star Chris Brown, who was arrested for assaulting the Bajan star in February 2009. 

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Rihanna went on to release 2010's "Loud," 2011's "Talk That Talk" and 2012's Grammy Award-winning "Unapologetic," which became her first album to hit No. 1 in the United States. It also included several successful singles like "Rude Boy," "Only Girl (In the World)," "S&M," "We Found Love," "What's My Name?" and "Stay." In 2016, she released her eighth studio album, "Anti," which was certified platinum by the RIAA just two days after its debut, and, as of 2019, held the record for the longest charting album by a Black woman on the Billboard 200. Rihanna has since ventured into the beauty and fashion worlds with her Fenty brand. In 2017, she launched Fenty Beauty, which is worth an estimated $17 billion. In 2019, she became the first Black woman to head a luxury fashion house under the LVMH luxury goods conglomerate. July 2020 marked the release of her skincare brand, Fenty Skin. After her split from Chris Brown early in the 2010s, she was romantically linked to music stars Drake and Travis Scott and in 2016 embarked on a three-year relationship with Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel. In late 2020, People magazine confirmed RiRi was in a relationship with old friend A$AP Rocky.

Hilary Duff made her Hollywood debut back in 2001 with a starring role on Disney's hit series "Lizzie McGuire." She played the titular character until the show's end in 2004 and starred in a feature film based on the series, "The Lizzie McGuire Movie," in 2003. She landed leading roles in several films throughout the decade including "Agent Cody Banks," "Cheaper by the Dozen," "A Cinderella Story," "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" and "Material Girls." In 2004, she launched the clothing line Stuff by Hilary Duff, which was available worldwide. The former Disney darling released her debut studio album, "Santa Claus Lane," in 2002 and went on to release four subsequent albums: 2003's "Metamorphosis," which included the hit single "Come Clean"; 2004's "Hilary Duff"; 2005's "Most Wanted"; and 2007's "Dignity." She was in relationships with music stars Aaron Carter and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte fame throughout her teens.

The release of her fifth studio album, "Breathe In. Breathe Out," in 2015 marked Hilary Duff's musical comeback. In 2010, she tied the knot with former NHL player Mike Comrie, and they welcomed son Luca in 2012. The couple, however, called it quits in 2016 after six years of marriage. Hilary has since remarried: She walked down the aisle with songwriter-producer Matthew Koma in 2019 a year after the birth of their daughter, Banks Bair. (They're expecting their second child together in early 2021.) Since 2015, Hilary has starred on the hit TV Land dramedy "Younger," the network's longest running original series. In 2019, it was announced that Hilary would be reprising her role as Lizzie McGuire in a reboot of the series that would see the beloved character in her 30s. But in late 2020, it was confirmed that the project would not be moving forward after all.

Ashlee Simpson, the younger sister of pop star Jessica Simpson, first pursued acting prior to breaking into the music industry. She portrayed Cecilia Smith on The WB family drama "7th Heaven" from 2002 to 2004. After appearing on her sister's reality television series "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica," which aired from 2003 to 2005, Ashlee landed her own spinoff reality project on MTV, "The Ashlee Simpson Show," which chronicled the early stages of her career and her romantic relationship with singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera. In 2004, she released her debut single, "Pieces of Me," followed by her debut studio album, "Autobiography." Ashlee then released two more studio albums: 2005's "I Am Me" and 2008's "Bittersweet World." In 2008, after two years of dating, she married Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, with whom she shares son Bronx. Ashlee and Pete called it quits in 2011. 

Following her split from Pete Wentz, Ashlee Simpson went on to independently release the single "Bat for a Heart" in 2012. A year later, she began dating actor Evan Ross, whom she married in 2014. They welcomed their first child together, daughter Jagger Snow, in 2015. In 2018, Ashlee and Evan released their first track as a couple, "I Do," which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Pop Digital Songs Sales chart. Their debut EP, "Ashlee + Evan," came out in October that same year. They also starred on a reality series for E! — aptly titled "Ashlee + Evan" — in 2018. In 2020, the couple welcomed their second child together, son Ziggy Blu. 

Norah Jones was recognized by Billboard as the top jazz artist of the '00s. In 2002, the New York native released the debut solo studio album "Come Away with Me," which was certified diamond. The album went on to earn her five Grammy Awards including best new artist, album of the year and record of the year. She released three more during the decade — 2004's "Feels Like Home," 2007's "Not Too Late" and 2009's "The Fall" — which were all certified platinum. In 2007, Norah — the daughter of composer-sitar master Ravi Shankar and concert producer Sue Jones — also made her acting debut in the film "My Blueberry Nights." She was in a relationship with her bassist, Lee Alexander, from 2000 to 2007. 

Norah Jones went on to release a few more albums in the 2010s: 2012's "Little Broken Hearts" and 2016's "Day Breaks." Her seventh studio album, "Pick Me Up Off the Floor," came out in June 2020 and incorporated more jazz and orchestral pop elements — a noticeable shift from her distinguishable lounge sound. She's married to keyboardist Pete Remm, with whom she shares two children. 

Michelle Branch rose to fame after releasing the debut single "Everywhere" in 2001. That same year, her debut album, "The Spirit Room," came out featuring the singles "All You Wanted" and "Goodbye to You." In 2002, she collaborated with acclaimed guitarist Santana to record the track "The Game of Love," for which she earned a Grammy Award for best pop collaboration with vocals. In 2003, in addition to being nominated for best new artist at the Grammys, Michelle released her second studio album, the platinum-certified "Hotel Paper," which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. First single "Are You Happy Now?" earned Michelle a Grammy nomination for best female rock vocal performance. She also joined forces with longtime friend Jessica Harp to form the duo The Wreckers in 2005; they released their debut and only album, "Leave the Pieces," the following year. From 2004 to 2015, she was married to bassist Teddy Landau, with whom she shares daughter Owen.

What's the "Breathe" singer-songwriter up to nowadays? In 2010, Michelle Branch released a country-pop EP, "Everything Comes and Goes," which she dubbed her "bonus album." The EP's first single, "Sooner or Later," achieved moderate commercial success, peaking at No. 93 on the Billboard Hot 100. 2017 marked the release of her third studio album — and first album in seven years — "Hopeless Romantic." In 2015, Michelle met The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, whom she married in April 2019. The Nashville-based couple welcomed their first child together, son Rhys, in 2018.

Alicia Keys broke onto the scene with the release of her debut studio album, "Songs in A Minor," in 2001. The album was met with both critical and commercial success and the single "Fallin'" became her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling more than 16 million copies worldwide. At just 19, Alicia earned five Grammy Awards including for best new artist, best R&B song and song of the year. Her second album, "The Diary of Alicia Keys," which debuted in 2003 and included the acclaimed single "I Ain't Got You," earned her four more Grammys. She went on to release two more albums during the decade: 2007's "As I Am" and 2009's "Element of Freedom." In 2004 and 2009, respectively, she collaborated with Usher on the duet "My Boo" and with JAY-Z on "Empire State of Mind." The latter track earned Alicia a Grammy for best rap/sung collaboration. She ended a long relationship with Kerry Brothers Jr. in 2008. 

In 2012, Alicia Keys released her fifth studio album, "Girl on Fire," which won a Grammy for best R&B album, making her the most winning artist in that category. Her sixth album, "Here," was released in 2016 and received critical acclaim for its poignant exploration of being Black in America. Alicia appeared as a coach on the hit singing competition series "The Voice" for three seasons between 2016 and 2018. In 2018, she launched her non-profit organization, "She Is Music," which aims to lift up women in music. In March 2020, Alicia released the bestselling New York Times memoir "More Myself: A Journey," which has been described as "part autobiography, part narrative documentary." Her seventh studio album, "ALICIA," debuted in September 2020. Alicia married musician-producer Swizz Beatz in 2010. They share two children. 

2000 marked the beginning of Pink's career as a solo artist. That year, she released her debut studio album, "Can't Take Me Home," which included singles "There You Go," "Most Girls" and "You Make Me Sick." In 2001, in addition to being featured on the collaborative track "Lady Marmalade," she released her second studio album, "Missundaztood," which spawned hits "Just Like a Pill," "Don't Let Me Get Me" and "Get the Party Started." Pink (real name: Alecia Moore) released her third album, "Try This," in 2003 and earned a Grammy Award for best female rock vocal performance for the track "Trouble." During the aughts, she released two additional albums: 2006's "I'm Not Dead" and 2008's "Funhouse." In 2006, she married professional motocross racer Carey Hart. 

Pink is recognized as one of the bestselling artists worldwide and has earned several accolades including three Grammys and seven MTV Video Music Awards. To date, she's received 20 Grammy nominations. In 2012, she released her Grammy-nominated sixth studio album, "The Truth About Love," which included "Just Give Me a Reason," a collaborative single with fun. frontman Nate Ruess. She soon embarked on her "The Truth About Love" tour and earned $147.9 million in ticket sales, making it the third bestselling tour of 2013 — her tour success has continued since. In 2014, Pink joined forces with Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green to form the musical duo "You+Me" and spawned the folk album "rose ave" that same year. Her seventh studio album, "Beautiful Trauma," was released in 2017 and was followed by her eighth album, "Hurts 2B Human," in 2019. She and husband Carey Hart welcomed daughter Willow in 2011 and son Jameson in 2016. In 2018, they launched Two Wolves Wine — the grapes are grown in their vineyards in California's Santa Ynez Valley.

Ashanti first garnered attention after she was featured on the Ja Rule track "Always on Time" in 2001 and Fat Joe's "What's Luv?" in 2002. 2002 also marked the year in which Ashanti released her self-titled debut studio album, which earned her a Grammy nomination for best contemporary R&B album and has since gone triple platinum in the United States. Ashanti went on to release three more albums throughout the aughts: 2003's "Chapter II," 2004's "Concrete Rose" and 2008's "The Declaration." In addition to her music career, Ashanti also acted, appearing in notable films including "Coach Carter," "John Tucker Must Die" and "Resident Evil: Extinction." From 2003 to 2014, she was in a relationship with rapper Nelly. 

After taking a step back from the music industry for four years, Ashanti returned with the single "Never Too Far Away" in 2014 — the same year she released her sixth studio album in six years, "Braveheart." She portrayed Latasha Montclair on the Lifetime series "Army Wives" for 13 episodes in 2013. Ashanti has continued to make music since then, collaborating with rappers like Ty Dolla Sign and Lil Wayne in 2017 and 2018. 

After being discovered on "America's Most Talented Kids," JoJo released her eponymous debut studio album at 13. Lead single "Leave (Get Out)" topped the Billboard pop chart, making JoJo the youngest artist to ever achieve that level of success. Her second studio album, "The High Road," was released in 2006, and its first single, "Too Little Too Late," was certified platinum by the RIAA. She made her feature film debut in the 2006 teen rom-com "Aquamarine." 

Amidst an ongoing dispute with her former label, JoJo independently released two mixtapes: 2010's "Take That Away from Me" and 2012's "Agápē." In 2014, she signed with Atlantic Records and released her long-awaited third studio album, "Mad Love," in 2016. She left Atlantic the following year to create her own label, Clover Music, with Warner Records. In addition to re-recording and re-releasing previous albums "JoJo" and "The High Road," she released her fourth studio album, "Good to Know," in May 2020. Five months later, JoJo also released "December Baby," her first holiday album. She also won her first Grammy in 2020: She and PJ Morton took home the prize for best R&B song for their hit "Say So."

Although Lindsay Lohan rose to fame as a child actor, she launched a relatively successful music career in her teens. In addition to starring in several noteworthy films including "The Parent Trap," "Freaky Friday," "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" and "Mean Girls," Lindsay made her music industry debut in 2004. At 18, she released her debut studio album, "Speak," which went platinum. Then in 2005, she released her sophomore album, "A Little More Personal (Raw)," which contained the single "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)." She continued to land acting roles throughout the '00s, starring in films like "Just My Luck," "Chapter 27" and "I Know Who Killed Me," but as the decade came to a close, she was known more for her legal woes and rehab stays as her professional reputation took a nosedive. Lindsay also made headlines for her relationships with Wilmer Valderrama, Harry Morton and Samantha Ronson throughout the aughts.

Throughout the 2010s, Lindsay Lohan appeared in just a handful of films including "Machete," a made-for-TV movie about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's tumultuous romance and "The Canyons." In 2014, she starred on her own short-lived docu-series, "Lindsay," as she began to get her life back together. From 2017 to 2018, she appeared alongside "Harry Potter" alum Rupert Grint on the British dark comedy series "Sick Note." In 2019, Lindsay — who for much of the decade has lived in Europe or Dubai — starred on another short-lived reality series, this time for MTV: "Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club" chronicled her efforts running an oceanside hotspot in Mykonos, Greece. It lasted just one season. That same year, Lindsay became a judge on the inaugural season of "The Masked Singer Australia." In April 2020, she released the single "Back to Me" off her forthcoming third studio album.  

Canadian singer-songwriter Fefe Dobson made her debut with the single "Bye Bye Boyfriend" in 2003. Her self-titled debut album was released that December and included the singles "Take Me Away," "Everything"  and "Don't Go (Girls and Boys)." 

In 2010, Fefe Dobson released her second studio album, "Joy," which included singles "Ghost" and "Stuttering." Her third album (which was intended to be her second), "Sunday Love," was released in 2012. The Canadian singer-songwriter married rapper-singer Yelawolf in 2019. The couple currently lives in Nashville. 

Another famous Canadian! In 2000, Nelly Furtado broke onto the scene with the debut studio album "Whoa, Nelly!" which was met with commercial and critical success. First single "I'm Like a Bird" earned her a Grammy for best female pop vocal performance. "Whoa, Nelly!" was followed by her 2003 album, "Folklore," which failed to match the success of her debut. 2006 marked the release of her third studio effort, "Loose," which went on to become her bestselling album with upwards of 12 million copies sold globally! Spawning hit singles "Promiscuous," "Maneater," "Say It Right" and "All Good Things (Come to an End)," "Loose" was recognized as one of the bestselling albums of the 2000s. In 2009, Nelly released "Mi Plan," her first Spanish-language album, and earned a Latin Grammy for best female pop vocal album. In 2003, she welcomed daughter Nevis Chetan with longtime boyfriend Jasper Gahunia. She married sound engineer Demacio Castellon in 2008, but it wasn't meant to be.

In 2012, Nelly Furtado released her fifth studio album, "The Spirit Indestructible," which received a Juno Award nomination for best pop album of the year. Her sixth album, "The Ride," was released in 2017 and included the singles "Pipe Dreams," "Cold Hard Truth" and "Sticks and Stones." She split from husband Demacio Castellon in 2016. 

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Female singers 2008

Top 100 French Songs You Must Hear

99. Papaoutai – Stromae (2013)

98. Coups et Blessures – BB Brunes (2012)
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97. Je Me Tire – Maître Gims (2013)
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96. Je Te Donne – Génération Goldman (2012)
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95. Dernière Danse – Indila (2013)
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94. Cosmo – Soprano (2014)
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93. Ma Direction – Sexion D’assault (2012)

92. Je Me Lâche – Christophe Mae (2010)

91. Elle Me Dit – Mika (2011)
Mika’s song is very popular among anglophones.

90. Alors On Danse – Stromae (2010)

89. Nuits Fauves – Fauve (2013)

88. Sur La Planche – La Femme (2013)
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87. Paris-Seychelles – Julien Doré (2013)
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86. Rien N’est Parfait – TAL (2012)
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85. Sur Ma Route – Black M. (2012)
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84. Un Jour Au Mauvais – Calogero (2014)
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83. Tu Es Fou – Magic System (2014)
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82. Color Gitano – Kendji Girac (2014)
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81. Dans Le Noir – Diam’s (2003)
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80. Juste Une Photo de Toi – M. Pokora (2010)
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79. Ça Ira – Joyce Jonathan (2013)
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78. Blizzard – Fauve (2013)
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77. Le Jour qui se Rêve – M. Pokora (2013)

76. Les Bâtisseurs de France – Toma (2011)
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75. C’est La Vie – Khaled (2012)
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74. Le Tunnel D’or – Aaron (2007)

73. Contes, Vents et Marées – Les Orges de Barback (2009)

72. Quelque Part – Sheryfa Luna (2009)
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71. Complètement Fou – Yelle (2014)
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70. Manger Du Sable – Luce (2011)

69. Au Grand Jamais – Bensé (2008)

68. Bonnes Nouvelles – Natasha St-Pier (2012)
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67. Quelqu’un Ma Dit – Carla Bruni (2002)

66. Il Y A – Vanessa Paradis (2009)

65. C’est Bientôt La Fin – Mozart Opera Rock (2010)
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64. Et Alors – SHY’M
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63. Je Te Promets – Zaho (2008)

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62. Ose – Yannick Noah (2003)

61. Ils Sont Cool – Orelsan (2011)

60. Je Suis Un Homme – Zazie (2006)

59. Je cours – KYO (2002)

58. Ensemble – Cœur De Pirate (2009)
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57. J’Traine Des Pieds – Olivia Ruiz (2005)

56. Banalité – Jena Lee (2009)
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55. Divine Idylle – Vanessa Paradis (2009)
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54. Jalouse – L. (2008)
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53. Trésor – Maissait (2013)

52. Ignore moi – Melanie Pain (2009)
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51. J’ai Demandé à la Lune – Indochine (2002)

50. Nouveaux Horizons – Melissa NKonda (2011)
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2008 is wrapping up so I thought it would be interesting to see how black/mixed-race/ethnic/singers have done in the UK chart. This is in no particular order and I would be interested to hear your thoughts about how they have done.

Figures Overview:

  • 4 Black female singers took the #1 on top of the UK chart
  • 9 weeks = total of how long all the #1s of the singers added together stayed on the top of the charts
  • 100,000 albums sold of the album Shine in the UK in 2008. It is certified gold by  British Phonographic Institute [BPI].

[Sources for statistics: Official Charts Company and British Phonographic Institute]

In descending order by letter, these 4 singers are…

1. Rihanna: The Barbadian singer scored another UK #1 with ‘Take a Bow’. The song stayed at #1 for 2 weeks. I’m interested to see what will happen for her next album. I know I am tough on her but that’s only because I am still sitting on the fence about her b/c sometimes she’s cool and then other times, it’s [email protected] wtf. 2009 should be release of her next album so we’ll see.

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2. Leona Lewis: In January 2008, Leona’s debut album ‘Spirit’ was certified six times Platinum which meant…

1,800,000 albums sold in the United Kingdom alone.

Phenomenal numbers for a debut but this girl deserves it. She can sing her arse off and that is not an overstatement.

Leona scored another #1 this year with ‘Run’, her cover of the Snow Patrol song which is #1 for 2 weeks as I type.

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3.Estelle:

West London girl scored a #1 hit with ‘American Boy’ with Kanye West.

So ironic that she got no love and now she is a transatlantic criticically acclaimed sensation.

Love Estelle and what a beauty too. She really is stunning. She has very striking African features.

Her song ‘American Boy’ was #1 between March and April for 4 weeks. Her album, Shine, as mentioned above went Gold with 100K sales.

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4. Beyonce

Bee released her 3rd album ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce’ in the UK on 18 November 2008.

She debuted with around 38,000 sales of the album, charting at #10.

While this wasn’t what I expected to be honest, she sold 34,000 of B’Day in its first week in the UK so it is an improvement!

Her song ‘If I were a Boy’ charted at #2 first and then fought its way to #1 and stayed there for one week.

One of Bee’s singles that did really well in the UK was ‘Beautiful Liar’ with Shakira, a song I barely listen to lol. It was certified silver with sales of 200,000.

 All in all, 2008 has been a good year for black women in the UK chart. I’m excited to see where 2009 will take black female singers in the UK.

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