Several musical genres became popular in the 1970s, that is why it is worth considering that the most notable female singers during the ‘70s performed in different kinds of styles. And they eventually became popular based on the type of music they played, whether it is a ballad, pop, disco, rock and roll, and country music. That is why we are here to list down some of the best female singers of the 70s that helped shape the decade.
She is the female half of the famous pop duo in the 70s, The Carpenters. Karen Carpenter was a drum-playing gal who had a smooth but sultry voice that definitely helped catapulted the group to fame. Her sweet voice helped the duo became universally appealing plus, it also became the highlight of songs such as We’ve Only Just Begun and Close to You.
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Olivia Newton-John became first became a hit in her home town in Australia before she broke through on the United States airwaves. At times, her voice might seem almost timid, but she definitely showed what she got in the hit musical “Grease.” Several hit songs such as I Honestly Love You, A Little More Love, Please Mister Please, If You Love Me Let Me Know were popularized by Olivia Newton-John.
Linda Ronstadt was a famous female singer during the mid to late 70s. Her sound was often considered as West Coast Rock because it was a pleasant mix of folk, rock, and country. Some of her hit songs included, You’re No Good, Blue Bayou, and When Will I Be Loved.
Helen Reddy had about 15 Billboard top hit songs during the 1970s. Some of her most popular songs were I Am Women, which was able to stay at the top spot of the charts for several weeks. Her other notable songs included You and Me Against the World, Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady, Delta Dawn, Angie Baby, and Leave Me Alone.
She entered the entertainment scene in the 70s, still paired with husband, Sonny Bono. Don’t get us wrong, but apparently, Sonny’s vocal talents were questionable. That is why she decided to branch out on her own and showcase everyone her talent. Which she was able to do so because she took the world by storm with her songs such as Tramps, Half Breed, Gypsies, and Thieves; and Dark Lady.
Though several people like to associate Barbra with movie musicals and theater, Streisands’s pop career was able to flourish quite impressively during the ‘70s. Almost everyone was singing along with her hit songs such as like The Way We Were, Evergreen, My and Heart Belongs to Me.
Anne Murray is Canadian pop/adult contemporary singer who was considered as a country music crossover that enjoyed a very prolific U.S. career during the 1970s her hit was A Love Song, Snowbird, I Just Fall in Love Again, You Needed Me, and Broken Hearted Me.
On the other hand, we have the disco queen herself, Donna Summer. This disco music diva had a sexy and appealing voice that helps her kept her place on the top of the charts. Aside from being a successful performer, she was also an accomplished female songwriter. Some of her hit songs included popular disco tracks such as Hot Stuff, On the Radio, Love to Love You, Baby, and Last Dance.
Of course, no best female artist of the ‘70s list would be complete without the other Queen of Disco, Gloria Gaynor. Her songs helped bring the Disco genre to the top of popular culture. Some of her hit songs included Never Can Say Goodbye and I Will Survive.
During the 70s, Diana Ross went from being the lead singer of the female group Supremes to being one of the world’s top female solo artist. Some of her songs that made it to the top of the charts were Touch Me in the Morning, Love Hangover, and Last Dance.
Carole King is considered to be one of the fantastic female songwriters in the world. Aside from that, she was also an incredible performer whose folksy tune became indicative of the music of the earlier decade. Some of her greatest hit songs included It’s Too Late, Jazz Man, and Tapestry.
Carly Simon started out as a member of a 60s duo with her sister. But in the early 1970s, she launched her solo career. Since then, she was best placed in the adult contemporary music category. Some of her biggest hit of the decade included the hit song You’re So Vain, and other fan favorites such as That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard it Should Be, Anticipation, Mockingbird, You Belong to Me, and Nobody Does it Better.