10 Female Solo Singers of the 1960s

Picture of Janis Joplin. Source: Texas State Historical Association

Picture of Janis Joplin. Source: Texas State Historical Association

Making it big in a male dominated music industry wasn't easy, but 1960s female soloists like Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Cher defied the odds and helped pave the way for future female singers.  

We picked several songs and artists you may recognize, and some you may not. Each of these women brought something new to the the table, so take a little time to listen to their different musical styles.

1. Aretha Franklin

2. Shirley Bassey

3. Dusty Springfield

4. Dionne Warwick 

5. Brenda Lee

6. Janis Joplin 

7. Cher

8. Lesley Gore

9. Brenda Holloway

10. Barbra Streisand 

If you haven't already, check out our episode about Janis Joplin on Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths, a Parcast Network podcast series. Known for her raw, powerful and uninhibited singing style, Joplin was one of the best singers of her time. Her death, coupled with the passing of Jimi Hendrix just two weeks prior, shocked the music world. Both musicians died at the age of 27.

Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths examines the lives and tragic deaths of people who changed history and influenced pop culture.