Leona had a brilliant debut album. Everything afterward was sub-par, save for "Happy". Still, for songs like "Bleeding Love" and "Run," it's hard to deny her a place among my favourite artists of all-time, especially considering that she was one of the biggest acts in the world around the time I started getting into music.
I've seen other posters refer to En Vogue as the most vocally gifted girl group of all-time, and I'd say that assessment is correct. "Don't Let Go (Love)" and "Free Your Mind" are two of my all-time favourites.
Ariana really won me over with her last album, but she's been putting out fantastic singles for years now. I think "Honeymoon Avenue" is right up there for me as one of her best tracks, if not her ultimate best.
Ah, I love "Please" too! I think Toni stood in the shadow of the vocal trinity for much of her career, but she's rather quietly become one of R&B's finest acts ever. Even as recently as last year, she was putting out top-notch music. I sincerely believe "Deadwood" should have been a #1 hit.
Franklin’s music profoundly touched and changed the world, because over and over it offered that bridge to salvation, to freedom.