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Friday Fun: America’s Favorite Singer?

09:01 AM Friday 5/14/10 | |

A recent Harris Poll reported that Americans love Celine Dion soooo much that we place her above all other singers, making the chanteuse the No. 1 singer from sea to shining sea.

Now before we go any further, we don’t want to give anyone the impression that we’re slamming Ms. Dion. She has built an incredible career during the past couple of decades, a journey that includes motion picture soundtracks, Grammy Awards, Vegas and enough No. 1 hits to last a lifetime.

  • Celine Dion

    Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Hotel, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
    December 4, 2009

    (AP Photo / Disney)

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But we can’t help but shake our collective heads at the fact that when asked, the majority of Americans polled chose a Canadian as their favorite singer. Sure, music is blind when it comes to international borders. We don’t ask for passports and proof of citizenship when we hear a song for the first time or discover a new band.

Okay, so Americans picked Celine Dion as their favorite singer. They must have picked an American for the No. 2 slot, right? Uh, no. That honor went to U2’s Bono – an Irishman! In fact, an American isn’t mentioned until you get to the No. 3 position where Elvis Presley tied with The Beatles, followed by Tim McGraw, Lady Gaga, George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson and Frank Sinatra.

  • Tim McGraw

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich.
    April 24, 2010

    (Scott Legato / RockStarProPhotography.com)

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  • Lady Gaga

    Kobe World Kinen Hall, Osaka, Japan
    April 14, 2010

    (AP Photo / Lady Gaga The Monster Ball Tour)

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We think you can do better.  America, who is your favorite singer?  If you knock the question around for a while, you’ll probably come up with a few answers the folks at Harris overlooked. Just drop a few names in the comment thread below.

And if you want to see the Harris Research press release, just click here.


Comments

  1. Trainarollin wrote:

    02:08 PM, May 21, 2010

    Wayne Newton

  2. clapton7 wrote:

    10:05 AM, May 15, 2010

    Ronnie James Dio

    Bob Seger

    Otis Redding

    Keith Urban

    Sam Moore

  3. kosteriowa wrote:

    12:11 PM, May 14, 2010

    the men.....joe cocker.....bryan ferry...van "the man" morrison....  the women...chrissie hynde...debbie harry...tanita tikaram ....that's it in a nutshell

  4. JJG wrote:

    11:55 AM, May 14, 2010

    Prince comes to mind...

  5. Anonymous wrote:

    11:54 AM, May 14, 2010

    omg and Freddie Mercury.

  6. Anonymous wrote:

    11:53 AM, May 14, 2010

    This is a really tough tie between Joe Jonas, Nick Carter and E-40.

    I LOVE Ann Wilson, Bette Midler's "The Rose" soundtrack was amazing, Lydia Pense, I love Patrick Stump's voice so much... Pearl Aday is incredible. I do love Lady Gaga's voice, it's beautiful... and Kelly Clarkson.

  7. frankwheeler wrote:

    10:09 AM, May 14, 2010

    No brainer. The best singer of all time, Eric Burdon. He improves like a fine wine over time. Witness his performance at the R&R HofF ceremony earlier this year.

  8. morrisonrocks wrote:

    09:17 AM, May 14, 2010

    I haven't stopped listening to the new Meat Loaf album since it was released on Tuesday.  It could be his best yet!