1. Elvis Presley
2. Aretha Franklin
3. Frank Sinatra
4. Otis Redding
5. John Lennon
6. Marvin Gaye
7. Kurt Cobain
8. Robert Plant
9. Mick Jagger
10. Jeff Buckley
Below the cut is a top seven of my favourite singers, and I've spent a pleasant hour on Youtube digging up some clips. If you have time to listen to a few of these you won't be sorry.
Not in any order
Elvis Costello Oliver's Army, Every day I write the book. Seen him live loads of times. Brilliant. ETA Ship Building
Roberta Flack The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (I couldn't find a video of Roberta Flack herself, this is a Brokeback Mountain fan video - but it's the song I'm talking about)
Liam Gallagher Wonderwall, Singing Live Forever at the very start of his career, so young (I remember hearing this for the first time - so exciting) and then, at the end of his career, blind drunk. When I saw them live in about 1996 I thought 'he's too far out, going to die soon'. Of course he didn't.
Nina Simone: Feeling Good (seems to be a six feet under promotional video), My baby just cares for me, I put a spell on you
Eric Burden House of the Rising Sun I love his performance here. So arrogant - he's like 'fuck you, what do you think of this'
Thom Yorke - where to start. Here's Paranoid Android live, and the infamous 'self-drowning' No Surprises
Dusty Springfield: You don't have to say you love me, I only wanna be with you, I don't know what to do with myself
What these people have got in common is they are so strong and arrogant (apart from Dusty who is heart-breakingly needy). They don't care how they look, they just send emotion at you.