So many divas to catch up on!
Christina Aguilera is fantastic. She just might be the best balladeer of her generation. "Army of Me" is one of my favourites from her, too. It felt very much like the sequel to "Fighter", which is my favourite Christina song.
Cyndi Lauper has those two classic songs - "True Colours" and "Time After Time" - that have aged so well over the last three decades.
Kelly Clarkson is one of my all-time faves. I was worried she'd lost the magic with Piece by Piece
, but Meaning of Life
restored my confidence that the same lady who recorded Breakaway
and All I Ever Wanted
was still alive and well.
Ah, Britney Spears! I fell in love with Britney during her breakdown, so it was really special to see her return to some favour with the general public again, and really and truly, some of Brit Brit's best songs came post-In the Zone
. I especially remember the excitement for the "Womanizer" video premiere. I had to create a second YouTube account and change my age so I could bypass the age restriction on the video.
Kylie Minogue is an artist I didn't really come to appreciate until I joined UKMix. "Better the Devil You Know" is absolutely one of my favourites. She and Janet have similar, light voices that took some getting used to, but now I wholly appreciate them. Also, Kylie is behind what just might be the campest song of all-time, "Your Disco Needs You", so she deserves special recognition for that feat alone.
My mother likes the Carpenters. "Solitaire" is probably my favourite Carpenters song.
Janet Jackson is an act whose discography I'm exploring in its entirety now, and I'm discovering so many gems! She really is a superstar.