Playlist: 15 songs from the best singers in music history

Freddie Mercury of Queen was one of the most single most influential vocalists of the 20th century. Image by Getty.
Freddie Mercury of Queen was one of the most single most influential vocalists of the 20th century. Image by Getty.

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY NATALIE HANSON AND PUBLISHED BY THE ORION ON OCTOBER 8, 2018.

The power of an amazing voice to pull you into a song and make it timeless, no matter how simple or complex, cannot be overestimated. These tracks are great introductions to these masters of song, if you’ve never heard them, or showcases of those you already love. It’s tough to nail down just 15, but these are (and were) some of the finest voices in the business. Look for a few bonus tracks included, if you inevitably want to hear more of these voices.

George Michael (Wham!) – Everything She Wants

George Michael’s voice at its best, even later in his career, had the ability to send shivers down your back and color to your cheeks. One of the great male vocalists when it came to pop phrasing, Michael understood what made the voice a powerful weapon to sell even the most basic of songs. With “Everything She Wants” he demonstrated the range and ability that would power his greatest solo work, particularly in the 1987 album “Faith.”

Bonus track: “Father Figure”

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