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The most irritating singing voice

Of all time

by Anonymousreply 24905/20/2014

What, no Ethel Merman? Carol Channing? Gwen Verdon? I can't listen a recording with them on it. Their voices really grate.

by Anonymousreply 101/28/2012

Carol Channing hands down.

by Anonymousreply 201/28/2012

Where is Madonna? Oops... Did I say that out loud ?

by Anonymousreply 301/28/2012

Phoebe Snow??? Are you effing crazy? Or DEAF!!!???

by Anonymousreply 401/28/2012

Lana del Ray

by Anonymousreply 501/28/2012

Without Florence Foster Jenkins this thread/poll has no credibility.

by Anonymousreply 601/28/2012

Louis Armstrong?

You're an idiot

by Anonymousreply 701/28/2012

Tiny Tim

by Anonymousreply 801/28/2012


She sings like a cunt!

by Anonymousreply 901/28/2012

OP, you are, ... in a word, ... a JERK!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 1001/28/2012

Faith Dane owns this thread

by Anonymousreply 1101/28/2012

How could you forget Elaine Stritch?

by Anonymousreply 1201/28/2012

Louis Armstrong did have an irritating voice, and that's not being racist. It was too gravel for my taste.

by Anonymousreply 1301/28/2012

Rufus Wainwright


by Anonymousreply 1401/28/2012

Stephen Tyler

by Anonymousreply 1501/28/2012

Kristin Chenoweth belongs on there. Her.

by Anonymousreply 1601/28/2012

Jessica Simpson should place.

by Anonymousreply 1701/28/2012

Barbra Streisand OWNS this thread and she's not even a choice!

by Anonymousreply 1801/28/2012

Belinda Carlisle would win

by Anonymousreply 1901/28/2012

R18 = Celine Dion

by Anonymousreply 2001/28/2012

Jennifer Nettles.

by Anonymousreply 2101/28/2012

That big-nosed creature on Glee. The woman. The short, nasty, scene-stealing little bitch. Her.

Worse than Callas in her last month passing a hard stool four days too late. Worse than Rufus sounding like he's sucking his fourth plum and collecting the pits in his mouth. Worse than Madge Being Profound. Worse than that damned Venetian castrato Paolo Prepusco in 1763 when he had a cold and presumed to intone a Marenzio madrigal and the doge's mistress fed him a dog's turd. Worse than Nero.

Lea something.

by Anonymousreply 2201/28/2012

Shakira and her braying goat voice. Blech.

by Anonymousreply 2301/28/2012

I was in a store at Christmastime and they were playing Jessica Simpson version of "Baby It's Cold Outside." Honest to god it hurt my ears. It was awful beyond belief.

I was embarrassed that I recognized it was her, but I remembered the voice from some other shit song I looked up once because it was so bad and I wanted to see which horrid singer it was.

Find it on iTunes and listen to the sample. I defy you get through 15 seconds.

by Anonymousreply 2401/28/2012

Tom Waits.

by Anonymousreply 2501/28/2012

Nelly Furtado, Rhianna, Katy Perry

by Anonymousreply 2601/28/2012

Sinead O'Connor

Tracy Chapman

Amy (RIP) Winehouse

by Anonymousreply 2701/28/2012

Aaron Neville

by Anonymousreply 2801/28/2012


by Anonymousreply 2901/28/2012

Stevie Nicks totally owns this thread. God she sounds like a goat. I don't understand how anyone can listen to her.

by Anonymousreply 3001/28/2012

Stevie Nicks OWNS this thread !

by Anonymousreply 3101/28/2012

Ke$ha - who should have been a cot death

by Anonymousreply 3201/28/2012

Some bitch called Autotune. Apparently she steps in for a lot of no talent singers.

by Anonymousreply 3301/28/2012

Billy Corgan, hands down

by Anonymousreply 3401/28/2012

Neil Young and Lou Reed should each get an honorable mention.

by Anonymousreply 3501/28/2012

billy corgan def

by Anonymousreply 3601/28/2012

I don't know but Florence and the Machine is on PBS right now and my dogs just got up and ran out of the room. They couldn't even take 60 seconds of it.

by Anonymousreply 3701/28/2012

The guy from Radiohead.

by Anonymousreply 3801/28/2012

I always catch hell for saying this, but I prefer old, smoky-voiced Joni Mitchell to young, high-pitched Joni. What makes her a legend is her song writing and not her singing, IMO.

by Anonymousreply 3901/28/2012

oh, that reminds me, R39: Neil Young

by Anonymousreply 4001/28/2012

Stevie Nicks voice isn't so great anymore, but she used to have a gorgeous voice as evidenced in this demo of the Highwayman.

by Anonymousreply 4101/28/2012

I'm sure I'll be crucified but Michael Stipe. I like REM but his voice is annoying if you listen too long.

by Anonymousreply 4201/28/2012

In this demo with Don Henley Stevie hits some very very high notes. Wish she could still sing as beautiul as this.

by Anonymousreply 4301/28/2012

I was surprised that someone included Gwen Verdon on the list, of all people. As far as I know, the only recording she made in which her voice could be described as "irritating" is the cast album of CHICAGO, which was made when she was getting really old and also suffering from throat problems.

by Anonymousreply 4401/28/2012

Verdon's voice is also distracting on Sweet Charity. The line about "the world's littlest old taxi dancer" isn't a prediction, it's a description of how Granny Gwen sounds.

by Anonymousreply 4501/28/2012

Patti Scialfa (Mrs. Bruce Springsteen). Tuneless, paper-thin voice with a verbrato you could drive a truck through. Her voice doesn't even work on a "quirky" level, like, say, Marianne Faithful or Patti Smith. Her voice is just downright ugly. To top it off, she doesn't sound feminine; she sounds like a man singing falsetto.

by Anonymousreply 4601/28/2012

Ann Reinking.

by Anonymousreply 4701/28/2012

Hands down Britney Spears. Every single one of her songs is AutoTuned to death and it's so irritating.

by Anonymousreply 4801/28/2012

Linda McCartney

by Anonymousreply 4901/28/2012

Dido. Her voice is just a deadpan monotone.

And Aussie singer Kasey Chambers, her voice makes me want to kill.

by Anonymousreply 5001/28/2012

I don't remember her name, but that Mormon who sang like a goat on one season of "American Idol". I remember she would always wear a long sleeve shirt under whatever outfit they gave her because she was forbidden to show her virginal arms or some such horseshit.

by Anonymousreply 5101/28/2012

Another vote for Tom Waits. He writes some great songs, but that voice is just a little too..."on purpose". Same thing with Joanna Newsom.

by Anonymousreply 5201/28/2012

I wish Burl Ives had been born mute.

by Anonymousreply 5301/28/2012

Thom Yorke. His weird breathy/ululating falsetto songs makes me want to hit him in the teeth with a billiards ball.

by Anonymousreply 5401/28/2012

OP is a thousand years old.

by Anonymousreply 5501/28/2012

Cher is and remains LEGEND

by Anonymousreply 5601/28/2012

Randy Newman

by Anonymousreply 5701/28/2012

I have to agree with a couple of posters: Ethel Merman and Shakira. Ugh.

by Anonymousreply 5801/28/2012

Sarah McLachlan - whiny beyond measure. Ugh.

Mariah Carey/Whitney Houston/Christina Aguilera etc - Tedious vocal swoops and an inability to stick to a melody. Listen to Mary J Blige duetting with U2 on "One". She clearly was hearing the song for the first time in the recording studio and still managed to sing a completely different song.

by Anonymousreply 5901/28/2012

Why is Gordon Lightfoot included in the poll? Do a lot of people find his voice annoying? I can understand if people don't like his style of music, but I've never known his voice to bother people.

by Anonymousreply 6001/29/2012

Gordon Lightfoot has a beautiful voice! Maybe the OP is just a disturbed Canadian. (OP: I know we had to hear Sundown, Carefree Highway and If You Could Read My Mind a lot, but blame Canadian content rules, not Gordon Lightfoot's voice).

by Anonymousreply 6101/29/2012

Divine wins. Sorry!

by Anonymousreply 6201/29/2012

Adam Levine - a good singer can only listen in small doses

Kandi Burruss from RHOA - another great singer with an irritating voice

by Anonymousreply 6301/29/2012


by Anonymousreply 6401/29/2012

Joe Cocker

Bob Dylan

by Anonymousreply 6501/29/2012

Betty Buckley

by Anonymousreply 6601/29/2012


by Anonymousreply 6701/29/2012

Mrs. Miller and Wing were released as jokes.

If we limit it to singers on the charts: Michael Bolton. What he did to Otis Redding's "sittin' on the dock of the bay" was so heinous.

by Anonymousreply 6801/29/2012

[quote]Mrs. Miller and Wing were released as jokes.

Nineteen CDs isn't a joke.

by Anonymousreply 6901/29/2012

Minnie Ripperton...doont, doont, dedoont, la,la, la, la, la, la, ahahahaha.....

That earsplitting song. Oy!

by Anonymousreply 7001/29/2012

Taylor Autotune Swift

Maria Muldaur

I wonder if "Midnight at the Oasis" could be fixed with Autotune. I like the song. It would be interesting to hear her sing on pitch.

by Anonymousreply 7101/29/2012

R69, please. Wing doing "single ladies":

by Anonymousreply 7201/29/2012

the Little Sparrow... Edith Piaf. Shoot me.

by Anonymousreply 7301/29/2012

Monday through Saturday my clock radio wakes me up to NPR. On Sunday, I set it to "alarm." I'd rather be jolted awake by the buzzer than chance waking to Garrison Keillor singing.

by Anonymousreply 7401/29/2012

I really don't care for Gordon Lightfoot's voice either.

by Anonymousreply 7501/29/2012

The cubefrau next to me listens to shit like this all da long. I'm ready to go postal.

by Anonymousreply 7601/29/2012

[quote]If we limit it to singers on the charts: Michael Bolton. What he did to Otis Redding's "sittin' on the dock of the bay" was so heinous.

That was 25 years ago.

My god, the people in this thread are ancient.

by Anonymousreply 7701/29/2012

Lionel Richie

by Anonymousreply 7801/29/2012

Another vote for Britney "I can't sing for shit" Spears.

by Anonymousreply 7901/29/2012

Hearing Tom Petty makes me go all colicky.

by Anonymousreply 8001/29/2012

Kim Kardashian...talking and singing.

by Anonymousreply 8101/29/2012

Melanie for the song "I got a pair of brand new roller skates"

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by Anonymousreply 8301/29/2012

Sammy Hagar

Michael McDonald (I call his style "hongin")

by Anonymousreply 8401/29/2012

Stevie Nicks, I just can't listen to her, someone who looks so stunning, well she did in her younger days, how ironic can sound so bad, she sounds like she has a heavy cold or flu.

by Anonymousreply 8503/03/2013

lol r33

by Anonymousreply 8603/03/2013

Adam Levine, that song about spending all my change on you, his voice just grates on me, again a stunning looking man, but awful whiney voice. George Michael on the other hand an example of a stunning looking man with a voice to match.

by Anonymousreply 8703/03/2013

Any singer who does that fucking irritating gospel style, masturbatory, self-indulgent "singing" by running up and down the musical scale, singing ten notes where there are two, and believing that louder is always better. They sound like shrieking hyenas in heat who should be put down.

by Anonymousreply 8803/03/2013

r88 Amen

by Anonymousreply 8903/03/2013

Cuntface Swift or Rhi-whor-a

by Anonymousreply 9003/03/2013

Twiggy in My One and Only.

by Anonymousreply 9103/03/2013

Mandy Patinkin!

by Anonymousreply 9203/03/2013

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by Anonymousreply 9303/03/2013

I'm surprised no one inquired about the OP's poll choice "Mrs. Miller." I know who that is, but I doubt most people would. She was a novelty act in the late 60s, an old woman with a terrible, shrill operatic voice singing current rock hits such as by the Beatles. She might've been relatively well-known for a few years, but you'd have to be pretty old to remember her brief blush of fame. I happened to be reading about her a few months ago, I have no idea why.

by Anonymousreply 9403/03/2013

R88 and R89, double Amen.

by Anonymousreply 9503/03/2013


by Anonymousreply 9603/03/2013

Or, [R88], [R89], and [R95] YOU could just not listen in and let them get along with their hyena business. I find some gospel singers great, especially with choral accompaniment. Praise the lord!

by Anonymousreply 9703/03/2013

I'll have to second Bjork. Like nails on a chalkboard. I fucking hate that bitch.

by Anonymousreply 9803/03/2013

For me it's a tie between Sheryl Crowe and Alanis Morissette.

by Anonymousreply 9903/03/2013

Katie Perry

by Anonymousreply 10003/03/2013

Yoko Ono has NO singing voice. She cannot sing at ALL.

Gordon Lightfoot's voice, while not to everyone's taste, is quite nice and distinctive.

Bob Dylan always had a terrible voice, but that was always overlooked due to his songwriting brilliance.

Phoebe Snow has an incredible singing voice. She was amazingly talented.

Marianne Faithfull had a rather dull monotone of a voice when she was young. Drugs destroyed what little singing voice she had. She now sings like she gargled with broken glass.

The OP forgot to add Patti Smith to this this. God, her "singing" is shit!

by Anonymousreply 10103/03/2013

I like Yoko's Walking On Thin Ice though, some of the dance remixes are really good. I've never actually heard one of her albums though.

by Anonymousreply 10203/03/2013

Rod Stewart - his Xmas album is a horror

by Anonymousreply 10303/03/2013

Antony Hegarty

Nelly Fucktardo

by Anonymousreply 10403/03/2013

That's called "melisma," R88. It should be called "miseria."

by Anonymousreply 10503/03/2013

I think Christina Aguilera...I think the buying public agrees with me based off the sales and success of her last album.

Nelly Fertado's voice is also so nasally it's painful to listen to unless the mix engineer knows how to EQ it perfectly.

by Anonymousreply 10603/03/2013

I love Kate Bush but she is an acquired taste and can be irritating when she does the high pitched shrieking thing. Patti Smith and Antony are two acquired tastes I got into.

Nick Cave is one I struggle with, but like some stuff. Same with Bob Dylan. Also Neil Young/Wayne Coyne. There is a place for idiosyncratic voices.

Can't stand Joni Mitchell. And Rod Stewart was one I was gonna say, I can't believe he of all people did that American Songbooks and actually had massive success with it, wtf.

The singer of AC/DC who sounds like he's taking a dump.

by Anonymousreply 10703/03/2013

[quote]The singer of AC/DC who sounds like he's taking a dump.

LOL! You couldn't have said it perfectly!

by Anonymousreply 10803/03/2013

Yoko Ono's cover of "Firework" is so moving!

by Anonymousreply 10903/03/2013

#109, that must have been the sound she made when John was dragging her around the Dakota by her hair.

by Anonymousreply 11003/03/2013

Tina Turner. Especially in the 80s with that schlock material.

by Anonymousreply 11103/03/2013

could someone post a link to what r88 is talking about?

by Anonymousreply 11203/03/2013

Darlene Edwards, Jo Stafford's comedy alter ego.

by Anonymousreply 11303/03/2013

R112 Pariah Carey is the leading practitioner of this "art." Pisstina Aguilera is another.

by Anonymousreply 11403/03/2013


by Anonymousreply 11503/03/2013

R112, note the way Mary J. Blige sings her part of this song, compared to Bono.

by Anonymousreply 11603/03/2013

Melanie ("I've got a brand new pair of rollerskates ...")

by Anonymousreply 11703/03/2013

Blige is good at it though, she has soul. Aretha, Stevie etc all do melisma very well.

Mariah is the ultimate person to blame for this and the whole new American Idol style of singing that's infiltrated their charts this generation. Whitney kind of started it but people weren't able to replicate her voice.

Look at the melisma/runs/ad libs on Carey's debut Vision of Love, very influential record. Mariah can get away with it to an extent cause she has flawless technique and some control. Not so with Aguilera, who has an amazing voice but doesn't know how to use it and only rarely lives up to her potential.

by Anonymousreply 11803/03/2013

So it's a deviation from the melody? Or is it what Blige did at the very end? Mostly I hate singers that change the melody as if to put their signature on it. It's annoying, because they almost NEVER improve it. If you want a song to be yours, then write your own damn song.

by Anonymousreply 11903/03/2013

Think of it as putting ten or twelve notes into the space occupied by one long note by most singers.

I don't love you enough to listen to that video, R119. That's how much I hate melisma. You'd have to be fucking me with force and panache in order to get me to listen to that shit.

by Anonymousreply 12003/03/2013

Mariah has basically STOPPED doing melisma ... a lot of her songs are sung completely straight now, such as "We Belong Together." Maybe she'll add a few subtle ornamentations on notes but nothing like the horrible rococo song stylings of Christina Aguilera (see URL for basically what she does in every song).

by Anonymousreply 12103/03/2013

On the last season of The Voice, there was a little creature named RaeLynn whose voice was so bad I thought she was there as a joke. But she was for real and apparently has a fledgling country music career now. I genuinely thought she was mentally challenged.

by Anonymousreply 12203/03/2013

r59 - it's called a vocal arrangement. Mary j. did precisely the arrangement as written for her by The Edge. And that is one great fucking recording.

by Anonymousreply 12303/03/2013

"Joss" "Stone". Do damaged vocal chords equal "soul"? Yeah, sure.

by Anonymousreply 12403/03/2013

Lana del Rey

by Anonymousreply 12503/03/2013


by Anonymousreply 12603/03/2013

[quote]Mostly I hate singers that change the melody as if to put their signature on it. It's annoying, because they almost NEVER improve it.

Taylor Swift did this with "Silent Night." It's the most recorded song in history and her version is the worst out of tens of thousands recorded since early in the 1900s.

by Anonymousreply 12703/03/2013

I only know of 4 people in OP's list. Why not list the really annoying ones like Michael Bolton, the guy from Creed, Sammy Hagar, everyone in Boyz II Men, etc? Really, any whiny groany voice.

by Anonymousreply 12803/03/2013

What do you call a fear of bad singing?


by Anonymousreply 12903/03/2013

Stevie Nicks singing on Letterman a few weeks ago. Only getting worse with age.

by Anonymousreply 13003/03/2013

Agree that Madonna needs to be on this list.

by Anonymousreply 13103/03/2013

The Minogue sisters. They bring nasal to an artform.

by Anonymousreply 13203/03/2013

I say Taylor Swift. Not only is she a terrible singer, at her best she is barely mediocre, but unlike many of the old hasbeens on the poll list, Taylor Swift is shoved down our throats every waking minute. I doesn't matter where you are, she is unavoidable.

They play her "music" everywhere. Supermarket? Check. Department store? Check. Home fucking Depot? Check. CVS/Rite Aid/Walgreens? Check. Target? Check. Billboards, magazine covers, display kiosks, pop up ads online, TV commercials, radio, etc. etc. etc. I fucking hate her guts.

by Anonymousreply 13303/03/2013

Michael Bolton and Frank Sinatra! The Righteous Brothers tend to be annoying also. That sliding shit that Frank Sinatra does absolutely gets on my main nerve--when his voice started to go in the late 40s and into the 50s the Mafia told him to slide into notes to make it sound "sexy" somehow. In his early days Frank Sinatra was merely OK, but late in life he was a messy disaster--Dorothy Kilgallen was soooo right about him. Some later Elvis stuff is worthy of the trash heap after he destroyed himself with drugs. As for Michael Bolton, I wish he and his music would dissolve into thin air.

by Anonymousreply 13403/03/2013

I never really liked Rod Stewart or AC/DC. Axl Rose too.

by Anonymousreply 13503/03/2013

[quote]So it's a deviation from the melody?

Sort of. Melisma, the word people use to describe it, technically means singing more than one note within a single syllable. Think of "Angels We Have Heard On High": the "Glooooria in excelsis Deo..." is an example.

But nobody's really complaining about melisma. What people are really complaining about it gospel-influenced singing. It's a veiled way of saying that "black people are annoying."

by Anonymousreply 13603/03/2013

R136 "It's a veiled way of saying that "black people are annoying.""

How absurd.

by Anonymousreply 13703/03/2013

Yeah, r136 you were doing OK until that stupid last sentence.

by Anonymousreply 13803/03/2013

Actually he/she was doing better than OK all the way past that last sentence. It does appear just as he called it. I'm not mad, it's just an observation.

by Anonymousreply 13903/03/2013

For me: Maria Callas. I know she's brilliant at phrasing, breathing, holding onto a note, etc., but I cannot stand that horrible plangent sound that emits from her throat. it is so harsh and unlovable.

yeah, yeah: I know I'm a Philistine, etc. I still hate it.

by Anonymousreply 14003/03/2013

This thread is full of Philistines.

Except for the ones who hate Taylor Swift.

However, I did learn that the Mafia told Sinatra how to sing.


by Anonymousreply 14103/03/2013

136 is right. It's also known as "ghetto yodel". Annoys the hell out of other races. Always has.

by Anonymousreply 14203/03/2013

Yes, R5! Lana del Ray is absolutely the victor. I HATE her voice.

by Anonymousreply 14303/03/2013

no r129 - Phoebesnowbia was the fear of hiccupping while singing

by Anonymousreply 14403/03/2013

[quote]And Rod Stewart was one I was gonna say, I can't believe he of all people did that American Songbooks and actually had massive success with it, wtf.

He sounds as if he he prepares to sing by gargling with ground glass after smoking four packs of cigarettes.

There are male singers with smooth voices who could nail all those songs perfectly - guys like Harry Conick, Jr., Michael Buble, John Barrowman, etc. -- lots of guys from Broadway, too.

by Anonymousreply 14503/03/2013

Doug Fieger of The Knack had an unbelieveably annoying singing voice. He sounded just like he was: smarmy, sleazy, slimy. Those noises he made when he sang sounded like he was having a 10 inch dildo shoved up his asshole: "HUUGGGNNNNUUHH! My Sharona! HUUGGGNNNUUHH! My Sharona!HUUGGGNNUUHH! My Sharona!"

by Anonymousreply 14603/03/2013

Darlene Edwards

by Anonymousreply 14703/03/2013

I love unique voices. I love Marianne Faithfull and Bettye LaVette, who both have bluesy, raspy voices.

And Phoebe Snow is one of my all time faves.

by Anonymousreply 14803/03/2013

For rocks fans, it's definitely Billy Corgan. He's a great musician, a very good lyricist and a can write a wonderful melody. He just can't sing it!

by Anonymousreply 14903/03/2013

Jennifer Hudson, I can't listen to her screeching, she made SMASH ten times worse.

by Anonymousreply 15003/03/2013

Gwen Stefani's husband, whatever his name was, had a terrible voice.

by Anonymousreply 15103/03/2013


Despite overdubbing and octuple tracking, she manages to miss one note out of every four. And she always has sounded like she has a pug tugging on her clit while she "sings."

by Anonymousreply 15203/03/2013

Michael Bolton, Mariah Carey, the Natalie Maines from Chixie Dix all make me wanna stick a knitting needle in my ear and pull it out my ass. Maines is so monotone the other two Chix must be deaf. Bolton sounds like he's bringing up a furball. Carey just annoys everytime she open her mouth. High notes or not, her voice has the warth and charisma of an iceberg. Also, does anyone remember Julia Fordham. Her voice is what you hear when a drone is flying over.

by Anonymousreply 15303/03/2013

Justin Timberlake is supremely overrated. Average looks,voice, acting, songwriting, everything. His marketing team deserves all the credit for his success. Underwhelming mediocrity is truly a goldmine

by Anonymousreply 15403/03/2013

Madonna is not on the list because she is not even a singer...just a complete fake in every way

by Anonymousreply 15503/03/2013

Katy Perry. She sounds like an uneducated idiot when she speaks; she sounds the same when she sings.

by Anonymousreply 15603/03/2013

Barbra Streisand OWNS this thread and she's not even a choice!

by Anonymousreply 15703/03/2013

In addition to Rod Stewart's awful sound, he also sounds silly when he puts on that Southern accent for his American Songbook.

by Anonymousreply 15803/03/2013

r112, as others have pointed out, r88 is talking about melisma--think Aretha Franklin singing the Star Spangled Banner at the beginning of a baseball game. It has its place but a little goes a very long way--every other singer on American Idol seems to think it's the normal way to sing. Michael Bolton should be banned from the airwaves forever--he sounds like some little kid "singing" a little kid song that he has made up on the spot only in a harsh, shouting, foghorn way of vocalizing in an adult male voice.

Has anyone ever wondered what the castrati must have sounded like? There is a recording of the last castrati when he was older, but that is all there is to go on.

by Anonymousreply 15903/03/2013

Amanda Palmer

by Anonymousreply 16003/03/2013

Bruce Springsteen cannot and should not sing. I cringe every time I hear his god awful recording of Santa Clause is Coming to town blaring through stores at Christmas time.

Adam Levine's voice is like nails on a chalkboard.

Justin Timberlake's voice is equally annoying.

They each own this thread along with any nonsense heavy metal hair band screeching and hollering. That is not singing. It is simply noise.

by Anonymousreply 16103/03/2013

Thank you, R159. I didn't know there was a term for that annoying style of singing.

by Anonymousreply 16203/03/2013

OP, you are a godsend for finding and posting that hilarious Mrs. Miller. Toward the end, she forgets the words, did you notice that? And comes in too early a lot. Hysterical. This must have been a vanity recording made at some circus tent.

by Anonymousreply 16303/03/2013

If I wanted to hear voices like Adam Levine's or that whiney lead singer of Rascal-Flatts I'd torture a cat with an out-of-tune violin playing in the background.

by Anonymousreply 16403/04/2013

She is not my favorite classical voice either- the timbre just is kind of ugly.

But this thread is easy to answer- all the non singer singers from Taylor Swift to Britney Spears to JLo to Janet Jackson. Helen Reddy used to make me switch stations years ago. On the male side you have Justin Timberlake- dreadful.

by Anonymousreply 16503/04/2013

How I do miss Darlene Edwards...a true original.

I watched the Stevie Nicks video someone posted. Good lord. Abysmal. She is also doing that older woman/Lagerfeld joke of wearing fingerless gloves to hide the witch claws underneath...look at her face . She is over sixth and her face is tighter than a baby's bottom.

by Anonymousreply 16603/04/2013

i voted dylan but it's dion in all honesty

by Anonymousreply 16703/04/2013

Michael Bolton, anyone??? Honest to God, his singing voice makes my ears bleed!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 16803/04/2013

I have no idea why anyone would think Phoebe Snow had an annoying singing voice. Her voice was spectacular and unique.

That soaring voice singing a capella at the end of the final episode of "Roseanne?" That was Phoebe Snow.

by Anonymousreply 16903/04/2013

Patti Labelle. The worst of the over singers and the most defeaning screamer bar none. There's a reason she's C List and doesn't have the status of Chaka, Aretha etc.

by Anonymousreply 17003/04/2013

I love Gordon Lightfoot's voice. OP is nuts.

I'd nominate Macy Gray (sounds like a dying cat) or Jennifer Hudson (massive but lifeless oversinging).

by Anonymousreply 17103/04/2013

Agree R717, Lightfoot does not belong anywhere near this list.

Patti Labelle-awful voice and just a screamer

Stevie Nicks - hideous

Michael Bolton - awful, imitative junk

What about Randy Newman?? the voice from hell

by Anonymousreply 17203/05/2013

Sorry, I meant I agree with R171 :)

by Anonymousreply 17303/05/2013

The one from the group Steriophinics, He impersonates Rod Stewart, he has a false, strained voice, the handbags and the glad rags that you poor old grand dad had to sweat to by you, shut up and sing in your own voice and style, this guy had gotta rank as one of the worst ever. He must be the offspring of Rod and Bonnie Tyler, Steriophinics win hands down of the more recent groups with bad singers, as soon as I hear him I have to switch of.

by Anonymousreply 17403/08/2013

Mel C any one heard her version of the Jesus Christ Superstar song, god it's bad.

by Anonymousreply 17503/08/2013

Aretha...can't hit a note

Bessie Smith....amateur. Wouldn't make first round of Idol.

Mahalia Jackson...Christian Fundie screamer

Nina Simone....deaf lunatic

Shirley Bassey....unoriginal. Patti Page copycat.

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by Anonymousreply 17703/08/2013

Maria Muldaur, Astrud Gilberto, Taylor Swift - three who can't sing on pitch.

by Anonymousreply 17803/09/2013

Michael McDonald sounds like he has a sore throat.

by Anonymousreply 17903/11/2013

Y'all ever heard this Brit named Ellie Goulding? Yikes, now that's an annoying voice.

by Anonymousreply 18003/13/2013

R180 THANK YOU. I don't understand the love this girl gets. Ellie Goulding really can't sing at all. She sounds bad in the studio recordings and HORRIBLE live. Why does anyone like her? Just for the hell of it I checked out her new song "Burn" and it was as bad as I predicted.

I also don't get the Patti LaBelle hate in this thread. Amazing singer.

by Anonymousreply 18107/24/2013

[quote]Stevie Nicks OWNS this thread ! by: A White Winged Dove OOOOOOOHHHH

I don't mind her voice, but I freaking LOATHE the way she pronounces certain things.

"White-winged dove", for example, has always sounded like "what whee guh" to me. I honestly had to google the damn song to learn the lyrics.

Learn to enunciate, you stupid cunt!

by Anonymousreply 18207/24/2013

Why am I not included in the poll and why ain't I winning? Lambs, you need to revolt! You need to make your voices heard. I need to win every poll there is about music.

Lambs of the world, unite! Kisses from Mimi.

by Anonymousreply 18307/24/2013

The British seem to be rolling out plenty of talentless, annoying non-singers masquerading as singers these days. In addition to Ellie Goulding, Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine is just as tone deaf. That bitch can't hold any kind of note so she just yells.

by Anonymousreply 18407/24/2013

CHER is the worst!

by Anonymousreply 18507/24/2013

Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and almost every R&B singer from the 90's on. They introduced that whole shtick of stretching every other note into a four-bar melismatic avalanche of vulgarity.

by Anonymousreply 18607/24/2013

r113, r147 You DO realize those "Jonathan and Darlene" songs were released as a joke, right? The way to appreciate them though, is to listen to how lovely Jo Stafford's voice is, when she's singing straight. It's the juxtaposition of the sublime and the ridiculous, that makes them what they are. r166 Jo's one of the best singers we ever had. I listen to her frequently.

by Anonymousreply 18707/25/2013

Michael McDonald from the doobie brothers.. All I ever heard was howling and woof-woof... i was tortured with his crappy voice, because of my parents and oldest brother.

by Anonymousreply 18807/25/2013

All the non-singers own this thread. I'll take big voices over non-singing fools any day.

by Anonymousreply 18907/25/2013

What?! No mention yet of Sting and his revolting faux Jamaican accent?

by Anonymousreply 19007/25/2013

Rod Stewart

by Anonymousreply 19107/25/2013

[quote]I'm surprised no one inquired about the OP's poll choice "Mrs. Miller." I know who that is, but I doubt most people would. She was a novelty act in the late 60s, an old woman with a terrible, shrill operatic voice singing current rock hits such as by the Beatles. She might've been relatively well-known for a few years, but you'd have to be pretty old to remember her brief blush of fame. I happened to be reading about her a few months ago, I have no idea why.

She resurfaced about 10-15 years ago when the Organs In Orbit and Cocktail music craze hit. She'd be fondly remembered by those careening towards 50 which would be the majority of this site...

by Anonymousreply 19207/25/2013

Maria Muldaur who flatly performed "Midnight at the Oasis." She can't carry a tune in a bucket. Her recording of that song hurts your ears.

by Anonymousreply 19307/25/2013

Mrs. Florence Foster Jenkins.

by Anonymousreply 19407/25/2013

Jennifer Hudson.

by Anonymousreply 19507/25/2013

As [R186] put it: "...that whole shtick of stretching every other note into a four-bar melismatic avalanche of vulgarity."

I just wanted to see that go past again.

Bonnie's List of Singers Who Suuuuuck: Mawhora Carey

Helga Dernesch,

Barbra Streisand,


Britney Boobjob,

Christina Aguwhora,

Aaron Neville,

Mandy Puketinkin,

Hildegard Behrends,

anyone from that family of vocal prostitutes -- the Winans,

Rufus Wainright (or as we call him at my house -- Barfus Whinewrong),

The Three Michaels (Bolton, Bublé, and Feinstein),

Ke{dollar sign}ha,

Lady Gag-gag,


The Two Jennifers {Lopez & Judson, the latter is especially vile -- total vocal diarrhea},

if I think of some more, I'll post them. ☺

by Anonymousreply 19607/25/2013

most irritating voices aka the weak, thin shit voices:

Ellie Goulding

Florence Welch


Shitney Spears




Adam Levine

by Anonymousreply 19707/25/2013

Another vote for Levine as the one of the worst in recent memory.

I have to cringe when I hear a Maroon 5 song. Not to mention how bland and boring they are. The US equivalent of Coldplay.

by Anonymousreply 19807/25/2013

Shakira deserves more than a few mentions.

by Anonymousreply 19907/25/2013

Sting Patrick Monohan (Train) Bono Bruce Springsteen Rihanna

by Anonymousreply 20007/25/2013

Macy Gray!

Norah Jones!

by Anonymousreply 20107/25/2013

Phil Collins owns this thread. Several times over. And then once more.

by Anonymousreply 20207/25/2013

Adam Levine.

by Anonymousreply 20307/25/2013

Gwen Stefani

by Anonymousreply 20407/25/2013

Chris Martin is a much better singer than Levine, for whatever difference that makes.

Melisma was not invented by Whitney Houston and she is not to blame for Mariah and Christina or Jennifer or all young hopefuls searching for a melody. Whitney and Mariah have once in a lifetime voices, like them or not.

People who cannot accept ornamentation, melisma, bended notes or deviation from the melody line of a song cannot like jazz or country or R&B or even much opera. There are offenders and artists everywhere in these genres. Rock singers don't often have a distinct melody to follow. Beat has superseded melody in popular music for about 35 years now.

When people complain about caterwauling or melody deviation they usually mean that they don't like black singers.

Whitney's voice should be forgiven any of her indulgences. If you don't hear a perfect thrill in her voice, there is no sense arguing. She had the greatest natural instrument and was one of the best performers, no matter the quality of her material.

Anyone who thinks that Garland or Streisand sang "straight", without vocals affectations or indulgence are deluded. Nat King Cole was more classic.

Bonnie Raitt is a straight on the money plain singer who has dynamic impact. There are plenty more. They still have black influences.

Who can throw out Luther, or Aretha, or Sarah Vaughan or Ella Fitzgerald? Bessie Smith and Muddy Waters. Gospel, jazz, blues and early syncopated rock are the meat of modern music. American music is black music. Ask any dead big band leader or singer.

Sinatra's greatest influence was Billie Holiday and Crosby's was Louis Armstrong. They said it themselves.

The folk/rock/California confessional sound is the main other seismic movement in music. Great artists and annoying wankers there too.

It IS the tone of a singers voice we like or not, the beginning and end of our pleasure. There are distinctions to be made however, and we all do it.

by Anonymousreply 20507/25/2013

Buffy Saint Marie. Vibrato like a power drill to your skull. WTF ever happened to her anyway?

by Anonymousreply 20607/25/2013

What about me, bitches?

by Anonymousreply 20707/25/2013

Robert Pattinson

'Never Think'

I dare you.

by Anonymousreply 20807/25/2013

Yoko and Mrs Miller probably own this thread in the female category, but just in case some of you are still undecided, I give you the great Mary Schneider.

by Anonymousreply 20907/25/2013

R205 Great post. Barbra Streisand said that when record producers initially heard her voice; they thought that she was black.

by Anonymousreply 21007/25/2013

phoebe snow has a great voice - I love her! Of course I like Mrs. Miller too -

by Anonymousreply 21107/25/2013

Has anyone heard Walter Brennan singing "Old Rivers"? Lorne Greene wasn't too bad on "Ringo."

by Anonymousreply 21207/25/2013

R205 good post except I'll argue about Chris Martin. He is shitty on the same level as Levine. They both are way overrated and suck live or in the studio. Very weak voices that easily go off key.

by Anonymousreply 21307/25/2013

The caterwauling of Whitney Houston vs. the sandpaper croaking of Rod Stewart.

by Anonymousreply 21402/13/2014

Where is Michael Bolton? Nothing can compare! Truly, truly awful.

by Anonymousreply 21502/13/2014

Rick Astley. His voice sounds like he needs to clear his throat.

by Anonymousreply 21602/13/2014

Gloria Estefan has the most dull, flat voice of anyone I've ever heard. The back up singers on "turn the beat around" are so much better than Gloria. She truly is the female Robert Goulet.

by Anonymousreply 21702/13/2014

[quote]Rick Astley. His voice sounds like he needs to clear his throat.

Same can be said of Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers, and Rod Stewart. They gargle with ground glass.

by Anonymousreply 21802/13/2014

No one ever thought that Streisand was black. If they did, they were an idiot. Dusty Springfield , maybe, but not Streisand.

Patti Labelle - all that caterwauling, ruins any song she sings.

Rufus Wainwright - that bitch just whiiiiiiiiiiines, just horrible.

Nina Simone - not a pretty voice, cloudy tone, out of control vibrato plus she was a nasty piece of work.

by Anonymousreply 21902/13/2014

[quote] But nobody's really complaining about melisma. What people are really complaining about it gospel-influenced singing. It's a veiled way of saying that "black people are annoying."

PREACH! Thank god someone finally laid down the gauntlet and exposed the latent racism in many of the comments in this thread. And thank you R205 for your brilliant post!

by Anonymousreply 22002/13/2014

[quote] No one ever thought that Streisand was black. If they did, they were an idiot. Dusty Springfield , maybe, but not Streisand.

That's funny because I always thought Streisand sounded a lot like Lena Horne.

Teena Marie was the white singer that everyone confused for being black.

by Anonymousreply 22102/13/2014

You left off Beywolf

by Anonymousreply 22202/13/2014

AT least I haven't been named . . . yet!

by Anonymousreply 22302/13/2014

Minnie Riperton

Yoko Ono (personally don't consider her a singer)

Carol Channing

Ethel Merman

Phil Collins

Anita Baker

Bob Dylan (great songwriter though)

Willy Nelson

Gloria Estefan


by Anonymousreply 22402/13/2014

[quote]Thank god someone finally laid down the gauntlet and exposed the latent racism in many of the comments in this thread.

Here we go again with the pathetic racism-accusing trolls. Time to F&F those miserable bitches.

I can listen all day to Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Della Reese, and Lena Horne. I drove 200 miles to attend "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music." But to put those amazing vocalists in the same category with the caterwauling, screeching, screaming of that drugged-out mess Whitney Houston is truly pathetic. Her entire career belongs on the garbage pile of music history.

by Anonymousreply 22502/13/2014

R225... To quote the words of that caterwauling, screeching, screaming, drugged-out mess: "Kiss my ass!"

It is latent racism. Plain and simple. If the singing style isn't your preference, fine, but to dismiss it as something false or call it "screaming" not only exposes you as the highfalutin cretin that you are, but it also exhibits how utterly ignorant you are about singing. Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Della Reese and Lena Horne have all used melisma in numerous songs, but you act as if Whitney Houston invented melisma even though it was present in music long before anyone heard of Whitney Houston. As far as belting (or how you define it: "screaming"), you obviously know very little about Lena Horne if you think she didn't belt her songs live in concert. (Check link below and learn something, bitch.) Furthermore, Lena adored Whitney Houston and wanted Whitney to play her in a bio pic.

You can throw around the list of black singers that you "can listen all day to" all you want, honey, but that's just another variation of the "My best friend is black" line, a common remark from racists. You just don't like gospel/blues influenced singing. Fine. However, that style of singing is in the DNA of American music and without it American music would be bland and ordinary.

If you're American, respect your heritage and shut the fuck up!

by Anonymousreply 22602/13/2014

The difference between Lena Horne belting and Whitney screaming, is that Lena Horne belted on pitch! Now take your racist rants elsewhere. We don't need any more of your demonstrations of a total lack of musical knowledge.

by Anonymousreply 22702/13/2014

I'm not reading through 228 posts so Katy Perry may have been mentioned already, but her voice is so awful, she deserves more than one mention on this list.

by Anonymousreply 22802/13/2014

This girl makes Justin Bieber's voice sound so soothing

by Anonymousreply 22905/19/2014

I can't believe she bothered to get dressed up to sound like a cat taking a painful shit R230.

by Anonymousreply 23005/19/2014

R231 She's a recording artist and it's her own concert

by Anonymousreply 23105/19/2014

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by Anonymousreply 23205/19/2014

R231 that girl has 2 platinum albums and 2 hit concerts

by Anonymousreply 23305/19/2014

For me, it's Barbra Streisand. Liked her in the beginning; even bought her album. All too soon, her voice and style got too pretentious for my taste.

by Anonymousreply 23405/19/2014

Yoko Ono CANNOT sing. She can't carry a tune in a bucket. Which is why she just tends to make noises: "IIIEEEAHHHEEIIIEEEAAAHEEEE!"

by Anonymousreply 23505/19/2014

Billie Holiday

by Anonymousreply 23605/19/2014

Jo Stafford was a classically-trained singer. She was extremely versatile! She sang folk songs; blues; jazz; country; pop; sang with a hit-making group; sang duos, with many different partners; sang hymns; Christmas songs; novelties; you name it.

Jo had a smash hit with "Tim-Tay-Shun" ,(as Cinderella G. Stump), with a hillbilly version of Perry Como's #1 pop hit, "Temptation". She also had a huge hit, with a cover of Dorothy Shay's "Feudin', Fussin' and Fightin'", making it to the Top 10 bestseller chart, behind Shay.

She won a Grammy for Best Comedy Recording, with her Darlene Edwards persona. Her husband, Paul Weston, an esteemed orchestra conductor, was Jonathan Edwards.

by Anonymousreply 23705/19/2014

R238: I agree! Jo Stafford was wonderful & underrated..

by Anonymousreply 23805/19/2014

Was captivated by "Hallelujah", Leonard Cohen's song when I heard K. D. Lang belt it out at the Vancouver Olympics. So I checked out various versions. It was a good experience until I heard Justin Timberlake's version. Ugh!!!

by Anonymousreply 23905/19/2014

[quote]Any singer who does that fucking irritating gospel style, masturbatory, self-indulgent "singing" by running up and down the musical scale, singing ten notes where there are two, and believing that louder is always better. They sound like shrieking hyenas in heat who should be put down.

There you go picking on Whitney Houston again.

by Anonymousreply 24005/19/2014

My late cousin, was an artist, and a Billie Holiday fanatic. She loved the jazz genre. She knew the instruments, the rhythm, the players, etc. in all her records.

She even got into a fight with another woman in a bar, after arguing with her over who was the best clarinetist. She was on Artie Shaw's team, and her opponent, on Benny Goodman's.

Well, I had listened to all kinds of genres since childhood. And I had my own opinions. I voiced my belief that Ella Fitzgerald had the best voice of anyone. She withdrew from my companionship after that. I should have mentioned that I held Billie Holiday in great esteem; but her silence stopped me.

by Anonymousreply 24105/19/2014

Patti La Belle. or any of those really high shrieking voices.

by Anonymousreply 24205/19/2014

Gwen Stefani

by Anonymousreply 24305/19/2014

mandy patinkin. thread closed.

by Anonymousreply 24405/20/2014

I love it

by Anonymousreply 24505/20/2014

[quote]No one ever thought that Streisand was black. If they did, they were an idiot. Dusty Springfield , maybe, but not Streisand.

R221 Those were Barbra Streisand's words that came directly out of Barbra Streisand's mouth. If you don't believe that the record company people thought that she was black; then you need to take that up with Streisand and not with me.

by Anonymousreply 24605/20/2014

[quote]Teena Marie was the white singer that everyone confused for being black.

Are you under the impression that Teena Marie is the only white singer in history who was assumed by many to be black?

by Anonymousreply 24705/20/2014

How could anyone pick Satchmo?

by Anonymousreply 24805/20/2014
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