The 10 Singers That Bruce Springsteen Listed As The Best Of All Time

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The 10 Singers That Bruce Springsteen Listed As The Best Of All Time
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Back in 2008, some rockers voted to choose their favorite singers for Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 best singers of all-time list. The world-known singer and songwriter Bruce Springsteen was one of those musicians who made a list to choose his favorite singers, in addition to James Hetfield, Alice Cooper, Keith Richards, and Ozzy Osbourne.

From rock to metal, there are many good singers in the music world. While some artists’ favorite singers are world-famous musicians, some artists look at the moment very emotionally and choose the artists who make meaningful music to them.

As you know, Bruce Springsteen is a 20-time Grammy Awards-winner artist. At press time, he has released 20 solo studio albums. Debuted in 1973 with Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., his twentieth and a latest solo studio album was released in 2020, named Letter To You.

In addition to his Grammys, Bruce Springsteen has won 4 American Music Awards, 2 Golden Globe Awards, 3-time Grammy Hall Of Fame induction, 4 MTV Video Music Awards, and many more.

Selling more than 135 million records around the world, Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

However, who is Bruce Springsteen’s favorite singer? Sharing some of his favorite singers, Springsteen‘s top 10 includes Roy Orbison, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Little Richards, Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and more.

The 10 Singers That Bruce Springsteen Listed As The Best Of All Time

10. Roy Orbison

Born on April 23, 1936, and died on December 6, 1988, Roy Orbison was an American musician that was known for his impassioned singing style.

Throughout his career from 1953 to 1988, Roy Orbison‘s discography includes 23 solo studio albums. While his 22nd solo studio album had released one year after his death, there were two albums that were released posthumously, King of Hearts and One of the Lonely Ones. His discography also includes 4 live albums, 24 compilation albums, and 92 singles.

Roy Orbison had won 5 Grammy Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his career. In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while his other honors include Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, and Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Some of his hits include 1960’s Only the Lonely, 1961’s Running Scared and Crying, 1963’s In Dreams, and 1964’s Oh, Pretty Woman.

9. Van Morrison

The Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison is known for playing a variety of instruments such as harmonica, guitar, and keyboards.

Born on August 31, 1945, Van Morrison had begun his musical career in 1958. At press time, he released 42 solo studio albums, 7 live albums, 6 video albums, 80 singles, 9 compilation albums, and appeared in numerous guest appearances.

Inducting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, Van Morrison has won two Grammy Awards for his huge discography. Some of his honors also include the Americana Music Lifetime Achievement Award, a Brit Awards, and Songwriters Hall of Fame.

8. Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger is an English musician and singer who gained international fame for being the lead vocalist and one of those founding members of the world-known rock band The Rolling Stones.

Jagger was born in Dartford, Kent, on July 26, 1943. He abandoned his university to join The Stones in 1962. After he joined the band, the musician has written tons of The Stones stuff with the band’s co-founder and guitarist Keith Richards.

During his ongoing career with the band, Mick Jagger had appeared in the entire albums of The Stones. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Rolling Stones in 1989.

Alongside his career with The Stones, Mick Jagger has a huge solo career. Debuting in 1985 with She’s The Boss, Jagger released his fourth solo studio album on November 19, 2001, titled Goddess In The Doorway. He also has one compilation album, named The Very Best Of Jagger.

7. Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis, who is one of the most influential pianists of the 20th century, was the seventh favorite singer of Bruce Springsteen.

Jerry is an American musician who is widely considered the pioneer of rock and roll and rockabilly music.

Debuted in 1958 with his self-titled solo studio effort, Jerry Lee Lewis‘ discography includes 40 solo studio albums, 4 live albums, 10 compilation albums, 77 singles, and more.

Lewis‘ honors include 4 Grammy Awards, two Grammy Hall of Fame awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and more. Also, Jerry Lee Lewis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Some of his beloved hits include To Make Love Sweeter for You, There Must Be More to Love Than This, Would You Take Another Chance on Me and Me, and Bobby McGee.

6. Little Richard

Born on December 5, 1932, and died on May 9, 2020, at the age of 87, Little Richard was the sixth favorite singer of Bruce Springsteen.

Throughout his musical career from 1947 to 2020, Little Richard‘s discography includes 15 studio albums, 3 live albums, 37 singles, 11 compilation albums. Debuted in 1957 with Here’s Little Richard, he had released his latest studio album in 1992, named Little Richard Meets Masayoshi Takanaka.

Little Richard‘s honors include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductions, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Rhapsody & Rhythm Award.

There are numerous songs that are considered as his hits such as Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally, Thinkin’ ‘Bout My Mother, Why Did You Leave Me, Little Richard’s Boogie, and Ready Teddy.

5. Aretha Franklin

Born on March 25, 1942, Aretha Franklin was a singer, pianist, and songwriter that referred to as the Queen of Soul. She is the fifth favorite singer of the Springsteen.

Debuted in 1961 with her Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo, some of Aretha Franklin‘s hit albums as follows:

  • I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
  • Lady Soul
  • Spirit In The Dark
  • Amazing Grace, Sparkle
  • Who’s Zoomin’ Who?
  • Aretha
  • A Rose Is Still a Rose
  • Love All the Hurt Away
  • Aretha Now

Her hit efforts such as I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You), Respect, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Chain of Fools, Think and I Say a Little Prayer have been influencing numerous artists.

4. John Lennon

John Lennon was the fourth greatest singer of all time, according to Bruce Springsteen. Reaching his world success with The Beatles, John Lennon was the English songwriter, rhythm guitarist, co-lead vocalist of the band.

Born on October 9, 1949, John Lennon had started his musical career in 1956. Until the end of his career in 1980, Lennon had released six studio albums as a solo musician. He also appeared in every one of The Beatles‘ records.

He had won Grammy Award for Album of the Year for his best-selling solo album, Double Fantasy. He also won Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

3. Bob Dylan

The blues and rock icon Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter who spent 60 years in the community.

The musician had released his self-titled debut solo album in 1962. Releasing 39 solo studio albums during his ongoing career, Dylan has unleashed his latest album in 2020, titled Rough and Rowdy Ways.

Selling more than 125 million records worldwide, the 10-time Grammy Award winner-musician Bob Dylan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Some of his beloved songs include All Along the Watchtower, All Over You, Buckets of Rain, Foot Of Pride, Enough is Enough, I Can’t Make It Alone, and Political World.

2. Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke was the second favorite artist of Bruce Springsteen.

Cooke was an American singer who was commonly referred to as the King Of Soul. As for his musical successes, Cooke is considered to be a pioneer and one of the most influential soul artists of all time.

Debuted in 1958 with his self-titled Sam Cooke, the musician had released eleven studio albums throughout his solo career. His latest album was released in 1964 and named Ain’t That Good News.

His beloved hits included A Change Is Gonna Come, You Send Me, Wonderful World, Chain Gang, Twistin’ the Night Away, Cupid, and Good Times.

1. Ray Charles

Ray Charles is the favorite singer of Bruce Springsteen. He was an American singer who received the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Arts, and the Polar Music Prize.

Winning 18 Grammy Awards, Ray Charles had released 62 solo studio albums, 7 live albums, 39 compilation albums, and 127 singles.

His 1960 hit Georgia On My Mind was hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

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