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Your favorite music artist at their very best.

Post a youtube clip of your favorite at the top of their game. We'll declare a winner at some point.

I'll start things off with Mariah looking her best, playful, confident, still in good voice, singing live to a sold out crowd. (14 years ago)

by Anonymousreply 12604/29/2013

OP that is an amazing clip. She must have been about 12 years old, because her breasts hadn't even grown in at that point in her young life.

by Anonymousreply 105/21/2010

Janet, cutting a rug on Rhythm Nation Tour. Tokyo, 1990.

by Anonymousreply 205/21/2010

Annie for Freddy

by Anonymousreply 305/21/2010


by Anonymousreply 405/22/2010

Of course none of you will know her, but it's perhaps the finest artist of this generation, Cat Power, performing the Greatest on Jools Holland.

by Anonymousreply 505/22/2010

I know Cat Power, and "The Greatest" is brilliant. The problem is that her second best and third best, etc., are so far removed from her (one) best song. I only wish she had more songs that were half so good as "The Greatest."

And a nice performance, too, on Jools Holland, as so often happens.

by Anonymousreply 605/22/2010

Maybe a little off topic, but here's Miss Hugh Jackman in a diva battle with Aretha. And, if I dare say so, Miss Thing shows the Queen who the hot bizness is.

by Anonymousreply 705/22/2010

Another of Annie

by Anonymousreply 805/22/2010

Stevie Stand Back, 1983. Live in Ohio

by Anonymousreply 905/22/2010

Sorry folks, but if those are the best of the people have no taste.

by Anonymousreply 1005/22/2010

How dumb to assume that people haven't heard of Cat Power. There are a lot of music lovers on this board - the music threads are witness to that, and they also show the breadth of people's tastes.

by Anonymousreply 1105/22/2010

It's not her very best, but it's a period in Liza's work that I like the best.

Her voice was getting deeper and darker for some time, and prior to the surgery on the vocal chords I found it appealing. Most likely enhanced by booze and smokes.

by Anonymousreply 1205/22/2010

OMG, OP, I literally just got home from errands and was blasting that version out of my car!

That is one of my favorites. Also, check out the last note of Without You from the Des O'Connor appearance.

This video is awesome also. Mariah's 2nd TV appearance before anyone knew anything about her. The high note at the end is amazing.

by Anonymousreply 1305/22/2010

That's the beauty of a thread like this, R10 - show us YOUR favorite or GTFO, Doll.

by Anonymousreply 1405/22/2010

Ike, Tina and the Ikettes bringing down the house in 1975

by Anonymousreply 1505/22/2010

I'm kinda disappointed Cat Power is dating a Scientologist, Giovanni Ribisi. Giov sister is married to Beck, who is a big fan of Cat.

I agree that Jools can draw out excellent performance, But I actually prefer her earlier work, King Rides By is my favourite.

I'll choose Shannon Wright's amazing acoustic version of her song Black Little Stray, Awesome guitar player.

by Anonymousreply 1605/22/2010

While probably not my absolutely favorite performance of all time, this is one I watch over and over. Kelly Jones' voice runs shivers up and down my spine, and this is a brilliant song

by Anonymousreply 1705/22/2010

I see your "Nutbush City Limits" and raise you "River Deep, Mountain High," R15.

by Anonymousreply 1805/22/2010

Annie Lennox, Live 8 London, blowing the virtual roof off the house.

by Anonymousreply 1905/22/2010

Dionne had just divorced her husband. You can hear it in every note.

by Anonymousreply 2005/22/2010

I love Brian Molko covering David Bowie's Five Years. I know his voice is a matter of taste, but I used to love his singing for the emotion in it. At that stage he was still a firece bitch but a bitch with more confidence that allowed him to communicate better with his voice.

by Anonymousreply 2105/22/2010

Why r1

by Anonymousreply 2205/22/2010

Here's some New Wave Siouxsie & the Banshees.

by Anonymousreply 2305/22/2010

Whitney Houston, live in 1994. Absolutely sublime.

by Anonymousreply 2405/22/2010

Chaka doing the shuffle with no bra!

by Anonymousreply 2505/22/2010

Longshot but does anyone or guess the tabs for the link at r16?

by Anonymousreply 2605/23/2010

Any more entries???

by Anonymousreply 2705/23/2010

Only You - Yazoo

by Anonymousreply 2805/24/2010

Kylie, 2002 Brit Awards.

Best. Entrance. Ever.

by Anonymousreply 2905/24/2010

Great entrance, R29, but this is a lip synch. If you think Kylie at her best is lipsynching, then that's sad.

by Anonymousreply 3005/24/2010

It's amazing to me that Prince ACTUALLY sounded like that live. He's got talent bursting from his fingers.

by Anonymousreply 3105/24/2010


by Anonymousreply 3205/24/2010

This should start some trouble.

by Anonymousreply 3305/24/2010

Gayest thread ever, like the playlist before a "Boys in the Band" dinner party.

by Anonymousreply 3405/24/2010

Annie is sex on a stick.


by Anonymousreply 3505/24/2010

Polly Jean playing DRESS.

by Anonymousreply 3605/24/2010

Whatever, oh wise and tasteful one at R30.

by Anonymousreply 3705/24/2010

Heartbreaking Kate.

by Anonymousreply 3805/24/2010

So, who's the winner?

by Anonymousreply 3905/27/2010

In never tire of this performance, sublime.

by Anonymousreply 4005/27/2010

Somebody make a poll!

by Anonymousreply 4105/29/2010

I don't think you know what I feel!, I don't think you know what I feel!, I don't think you know what I feel!...

by Anonymousreply 4206/17/2010

One of America's brightest and hopeful young artist, Sharon Van Etten, performs Don't Do It, a song supposedly about suicide.

It is such an intense and powerful performance, look at the crowd at the end of the song they are stunned and seem really effected by the intense and beautiful song.

Then go get her new album Tramp.

by Anonymousreply 4302/15/2012

Bowie, "Queen Bitch" - Old Grey Whistle Test

by Anonymousreply 4402/15/2012

Kristin Hersh, Flooding.

It's such a bitch she isn't more famous. Crooked shoulda been no.2 on the billboard charts, not that whine talentless no fuck uber fake hipster Bon Iver, who spends his time wanking over how awesome he thinks Jay Z and Kayne West is.

by Anonymousreply 4502/15/2012

R21, I was going to say Placebo in the late 90s.

by Anonymousreply 4602/15/2012

My musical taste is a bit different than most on DL. Cowboy Junkies. Blue Moon Revisited(song for Elvis).

by Anonymousreply 4702/15/2012

Neko Case_Running out of Fools

by Anonymousreply 4802/15/2012

Aimee Mann!

by Anonymousreply 4902/15/2012

Johnny Marr, ripping the hell out of his Rickenbacker.

by Anonymousreply 5002/15/2012

Even though I'm a proud Vadge hater now (I loathe how boring, pretentious and deeply serious she has become -- very stale, mechanical and boring in performance and interviews), back in the 80s she was the shit! Here she is performing Express Yourself at the MTV Music Awards 1989.

Sadly, she's no longer fun and daring like this anymore. And keep in mind that there weren't any elaborate props to this performance either, just her and two backup dancers/singers. I miss THIS Madonna -- the Madonna I grew up listening to in the 80s and 90s. I take this performance over her Superbowl Haft Time show any day. (I like show she stole Michael Jackson's signature crotch grabbing, too.)

by Anonymousreply 5102/15/2012

That was sorta cool r51, I'm sorta too young to remember that Madonna, I can only really remember her when she moved to London and shit and she was sorta lame.

by Anonymousreply 5202/15/2012

Does Aimee Mann have a big lesbian following?

by Anonymousreply 5302/15/2012

I don't think so, R53. I don't know who goes to her shows! I only saw her once at an outdoor festival thing which had a number of acts, so I wasn't even sure then if the people there were fans (I guess some were)

by Anonymousreply 5402/15/2012

Oddly enough I'm pretty sure Kristin Hersh actually has a lot of gay fans, go figure? Her muisc seems to sorta, not gay. I think she cool though.

by Anonymousreply 5502/15/2012

I agree with R12 That's probably my favorite Liza's era too, but I can't really think of a performance to call it The Best. So my vote goes to this one too.

by Anonymousreply 5602/15/2012

Roberta Flack "Killing Me Softly"--'nuff said! Fuck the Fugees!

by Anonymousreply 5702/15/2012

I'm not even a Judy queen, honest, but the thread about her death reminded me of her amazing version of Old Man River. The end always makes me cry. What power!

by Anonymousreply 5802/15/2012

Ugh. Why does MC have to do all those frills and runs and especially hand-waving? I can't watch her.

by Anonymousreply 5902/15/2012

The The The TRULY American voice of all times past, present and future. (And she sweats like Whitney!)

by Anonymousreply 6002/15/2012

B52's first SNL appearance.

by Anonymousreply 6102/15/2012

R60 Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you.

And she may sweat like Whitney, but thats where the comparison ends.

by Anonymousreply 6202/15/2012

r53, Aimee Mann is a lesbian man hater.

by Anonymousreply 6302/15/2012

no she isn't R63 - she is married to Sean Penn's brother

by Anonymousreply 6402/15/2012

R62: No, thank you for also appreciating this woman. I fell in love with that voice when I was a young kid in the 70's and heard her singing on a Carpenter's special with Karen Carpenter! HOLY COW!

by Anonymousreply 6502/15/2012

Prince. I need not say anything else. Back in the day, this song would fill the dance floor. Men rubbing on women, women touching women, men dry humping other men.......

* le sigh*

Where have all the good times gone?

by Anonymousreply 6602/15/2012

[quote]My musical taste is a bit different than most on DL. Cowboy Junkies. Blue Moon Revisited(song for Elvis).

They did some amazing music, especially on the overlooked first album.

by Anonymousreply 6702/15/2012

Fleetwood Mac's legendary 1997 comeback, with Stevie sounding better than she had in years, and the group sounding as if Lindsey never left 10 years earlier:

by Anonymousreply 6802/15/2012

Gloria Gaynor 1979

by Anonymousreply 6902/15/2012

Pink Floyd ( w/ vocals by the sadly underrated and jaw droppingly talented Clare Torry) The Great Gig In The Sky from "Dark Side Of The Moon"

Q: Why wasn't Clare Torry a star? What ever happened to her? Was DSOTM her 15 minutes?

by Anonymousreply 7002/15/2012

R70, there are some clips of her own 60s/70s material on YouTube, but it sounds like she never got the material she deserved. P.P. Arnold, who sang so well on the Small Faces' Tin Soldier is another great singer who never went anywhere. And of course there's Merry Clayton of Gimme Shelter fame.

Great singers were coming out of the woodwork then, but many just didn't have the tunes.

by Anonymousreply 7102/15/2012

wow R70

Never expected that from anyone and it's the first thing I thought of

The high point from the greatest album of all time

by Anonymousreply 7202/15/2012

Lady Day, bitches.

by Anonymousreply 7302/15/2012

Something a bit different

by Anonymousreply 7402/15/2012

More Mariah: 2006 Grammys. Starts off a little shaky but her performance of "Fly Like a Bird" is a powerhouse and she earned the standing o.

by Anonymousreply 7502/15/2012

[R74] I love the Clash too, but the point of the thread is a ***live*** performance.

by Anonymousreply 7602/15/2012

DL actually has a "Nobody's heard of Cat Power" troll. I wonder where the hell this person lives.

by Anonymousreply 7702/15/2012

Shoot me if you must but I love him.

by Anonymousreply 7802/15/2012

Not a live clip--can't find one. But, here is ...and also the trees with "Rive Droite". An incredible song by an incredible group.

by Anonymousreply 7902/15/2012

I couldn't find individual songs, so I'll link to the entire set. You can skip as you like.

80 replies in, and no mention of the best front man *ever*--WTF?

by Anonymousreply 8002/15/2012

Very well.

by Anonymousreply 8102/15/2012

Her finest moment.

(and no, this isn't her vagina posting!)

by Anonymousreply 8202/15/2012

Shannon Wright- with closed eyes. Truly, a total tower of awesomeness.

by Anonymousreply 8302/16/2012

Carrie Underwood singing "How Great Thou Art"

by Anonymousreply 8403/05/2013

I think Madge looks amazing and gives a fun performance in this GirlieShow version of Fever. Love the choreography and fiery ending too.

by Anonymousreply 8503/05/2013


by Anonymousreply 8603/05/2013

Cecilia Bartoli singing "Yo Que Soy Contrabandista" Live performance from her tribute album to Maria Malibran(1808-18360, the the first music super star. The piece was composed by Miss Malibran's father Manuel Garcia

by Anonymousreply 8703/05/2013

Every now and then Cat Power gets it just right.

by Anonymousreply 8804/09/2013


This is from Jools Holland last night.

by Anonymousreply 8904/09/2013

R80, I was just listening to that earlier tonight. It makes me smile every time.

Perfect. Then I watched the crowd at the tribute concert sing God Save the Queen which always brings a tear to my eye.

by Anonymousreply 9004/10/2013

Lauryn Hill, Doo Wop

by Anonymousreply 9104/10/2013

The Beach Boys at their sexy, talented peak...

by Anonymousreply 9204/10/2013

Michael Chapdelaine, the only person ever to win both the Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships, here plays his own stunning arrangement of "California Dreamin'"...

by Anonymousreply 9304/10/2013

Cat Power - Bully on Jools. I watched it last night with my friends, and five of us for four minutes we were just mesmerized in silence. Just unbelievably brilliant.

by Anonymousreply 9404/10/2013

Hung up by Madonna

by Anonymousreply 9504/10/2013

Sorry didn't see r88's post.

by Anonymousreply 9604/10/2013

I cried watching Chan Marshall sing last night, it was so moving. I had to buy the song, which is now on a deluxe version of Sun on itunes.

by Anonymousreply 9704/10/2013

I dare you not to be smitten with Michael Nesmith's lovely falsetto, as he performs his classic song "Joanne", live in Austin, Texas in 1992...

by Anonymousreply 9804/10/2013

The great Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell in 1970 playing the beautiful, haunting tune "Manhã de Carnaval" ("Morning of the Carnival"; originally written for the film "Black Orpheus" & now a classic in its own right) ...demonstrating once again why Brazilian popular music represents the apotheosis of the form how he plays so gorgeously with a lit cigarette between his fingers... ;)

by Anonymousreply 9904/10/2013

R94, you posted the exact thing I posted, like, five posts above you.

by Anonymousreply 10004/10/2013

R88, he/she said sorry @96.

I watched Jools outta boredom, I don't usually because it is so radio 2. Everyone else on the show was so boring, that woefully unoriginal 70s retero chart indie band was a chore to sit through, Suede were my big brother's favorite band when I was a kid, but they didn't do much even though I could see Brett was trying really hard, so I guess.

The James Brown tribute act and the Brummie chick who's songs were the same line repeated over and over were lost on me.

I can't believe I made it to Cat Power, I wasn't expecting much, but F me sideways she totally blew me away. Stunning performance, miles ahead of everyone else on the show.

by Anonymousreply 10104/10/2013

Sharon Van Etten - Heart In The Ground.

by Anonymousreply 10204/10/2013

Whitney Houston - This Day

she could really breathe life, guts and soul into a song

by Anonymousreply 10304/10/2013

WHET to Cecilia Bartoli...I loved her...she was so outside the mainstream crap of opera world...I think her mother was her only coach...that Flamenco was amazing.

And the Dionne was amazing...

by Anonymousreply 10404/10/2013

R92, if the Beach Boys peaked for you in 1964, you missed a lot of good music, including "Heroes and Villains." Here's the single version, from the finally released [italic]SMiLE[/italic] album.

by Anonymousreply 10504/10/2013

About the Cat Power song, love the song Bully, she did an even better version of it @ the Filmore 2 years ago. I thought it'd be on her most recent album and I was so hopefully for Sun, but it's not a great album and Bully is not on it. Hope she records a new record soon with Bully and songs of that ilk.

by Anonymousreply 10604/10/2013

R105, apparently you didn't watch the "Beach Boys' video"... ;)

by Anonymousreply 10704/10/2013

That was retarded, R92 R107. I wish I hadn't watched it.

by Anonymousreply 10804/10/2013

You're entitled to your opinion R105 R107, but i thought it was dead-on & hilarious...

by Anonymousreply 10904/10/2013

[quote]The great Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell in 1970 playing the beautiful, haunting tune "Manhã de Carnaval"

That's beautiful, R99. Thanks for posting it!

At this link is Baden Powell's "Canto de Ossanha" performed by Caterina Valente in 1975. In my opinion, that's when Valente was at her peak (though most recordings currently available are from the 50s and 60s). Terrific song, anyway.

by Anonymousreply 11004/10/2013

ABBA live in Australia 1977. This song is amazing and most people don't even know of it.

by Anonymousreply 11104/10/2013

David Bowie at Live Aid

by Anonymousreply 11204/10/2013

Loved the Caterina Valente, R110! ...that is really a joyous performance - she really nails the swinging, syncopated Brazilian vibe.

by Anonymousreply 11304/13/2013

Freddy Mercury live Wembley Stadium "Radio GaGa", Linda Ronstadt "You're No Good".

by Anonymousreply 11404/13/2013

[quote]Loved the Caterina Valente, [R110]!

Glad you enjoyed it!

That was a fantastic concert. I treasure my vinyl recording of it, but would really prefer that they release it on DVD.

by Anonymousreply 11504/13/2013

The late great Kirsty MacColl singing a song from her best album, Kite.

"Fifteen Minutes" starts at about 6:35.

"Susie Ann with her tits and curls/Where mediocrity unfurls"

by Anonymousreply 11604/13/2013

I was just watching some of my favorites on YouTube, and thought of this thread.

Here is Beverly Sills, at the peak of her career, being a good sport on The Muppet Show.

Gosh, she was wonderful!

by Anonymousreply 11704/14/2013

So many great links posted here!

Here's my submission for Whitney's greatest ever.. .

Singing 'A Song for You' live to welcome home the Desert Storm troops in 1991.

Yes, she's in a god-awful green body suit and sweating to high heaven. But once she opens her mouth it's stunning... (And the part where she sings, "And when my life is over and done, remember when we were together... " is extra poignant)

She was a master of song interpretation and whoever arranged this version did an amazing job.

by Anonymousreply 11804/14/2013

This is a very familiar song by Adele, but she is on point here. Beautiful acoustic beginning, her voice gliding and catching over the melody, and as is her way, so present and intimate.

Her voice and integrity blow me away, both just imperfect enough.....

In a small smoky club,

"Someone Like You"

by Anonymousreply 11904/14/2013

Reba McEntire serving fierce forced-into-prostitution realness.

by Anonymousreply 12004/14/2013

Linda Ronstadt...Atlanta, Ga, the height of her looks and vocal abilities. Flawless !

by Anonymousreply 12104/14/2013

Jeff Buckley on his sad guitar singing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." This song has become some ersatz memorial anthem for victims of real tragedies and reality singing competitions.

That is not what Cohen wrote. The religious imagery is of course a metaphor and a theme of his.

Buckley sings it as it was intended, as a story of sexual longing, rejection, degradation and release.

Cohen originally wrote 23 verses to this song.

This is raw and sad. Buckley went swimming with pockets filled with rocks and died one day....

by Anonymousreply 12204/14/2013

Dolly Little Sparrow

by Anonymousreply 12304/14/2013

Cher love hurts

by Anonymousreply 12404/14/2013

r120 Your intro was the best intro ever!

by Anonymousreply 12504/15/2013

Eva Cassidy, the voice that never was heard commercially. She wanted it that way, but thought she had more time.

My favourite song by her is her cover of Stings's "Fields of Gold", but there is no live video of it. (Michelle Quan at Olympics)

This is the second best version of "Over the Rainbow" you have ever heard. Small club, bad recording, her voice is not just folk girl pretty - technically she has a fine tone and a fantastic range, making it all sound so organically simple. And it was for her. She was close to stardom, but refused to do many things that would have got her there.

A.D. She is a star, not because she died young of cancer, but because her voice and her taste was exquisite. She sang only covers, but these are beautiful legacies.

by Anonymousreply 12604/29/2013
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