One character in a science fiction film said that music is the best medicine. It is especially true for people who listen to their favorite music genre after work or any event that brings too much emotional load. Many people say that music helps them to relax, recover, and reflect aside from being an entertaining creation. No wonder, a report released a few years ago said that music is among the top topics that people love to search and describe on the world wide web.
Last July 07, 2017, I posted the list about my 10 favorite Filipino singers. Today, this post is about my favorite international singers. I thought of coming up with 10 favorite artists but so many artists popped up in my head. Instead of limiting my list to 10 musicians, it included additional 5 artists. Here is the list of my 15 favorite international singers based on the number of their songs that became my all-time favorites:
15.) Aaron Carter
Aaron Carter is the only brother of Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys. He became popular child rapper and hip-hop singer in the late 1990’s after singing in one of the concerts of the Backstreet Boys. His popularity continued until the early part of 2000’s when he was becoming a teenage guy. I like most of his songs because each one of it contains remnants of bubble gum pop of the 1990’s and his voice is like a male counterpart of Britney Spears’. My most favorite songs from his records include ‘I’m All About You,’ ‘Leave It Up To Me,’ and ‘Do You Remember.’
14.) Jesse McCartney
Jesse McCartney is a former member of a short-lived 1990’s pop band. If I could remember it right, he became popular between 2004 and 2005 when he released the hit single ‘Beautiful Soul.’ He released 3 more studio albums after his chart-topping debut album. I personally like his songs because they perfectly describe my emotional adjustments during my teenage years. Each single he releases fits my developmental years and I think that Jesse is the musician that sings about my soul.
My most favorite JMac songs are ‘Beautiful Soul,’ ‘Because You Live,’ ‘Just So You Know, ‘Right Back in the Water,’ ‘We Can Go Anywhere,’ and ‘How Do You Sleep.’
13.) Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson is one of the iconic best-sellers in the modern music of the entire planet. This former member of the Jackson 5 became popular from the 70’s until the 90’s and was hailed as the King of Pop Music. Michael Jackson’s music videos are among my most favorite because each was artistically created. Some of my favorite songs from his legendary records include ‘Smooth Criminal, ‘Thriller.’ ‘We Are the World, ‘Heal the World, and ‘Billie Jean.’
The American pop band that almost equaled the success of Backstreet Boys. The boyband that defined the street dance of the 1990’s recorded some of my favorite dance songs such as ‘Bye Bye Bye,’ ‘It’s Gonna Be Me,’ and ‘Tearin’ Up My Heart.’ Aside from their dance steps, I also like their voices because they carried the signature bubble gum pop sound of the 1990’s decade.
Blue is a British pop band that rose to fame in the beginning of the 21st Century. Unlike the sound of the Backstreet Boys and N’Sync, theirs is a mature type. Most of their songs are about mature love struggles, adult love, and sensuality yet catchy because of the good combination of their voices. One member is a belter, one is a rapper, one is a soft ballad singer, and one has a husky and manly voice. Some of their songs are also among the hardest to sing. My favorite songs from this European band include ‘All Rise,’ “Breathe Easy,’ “Guilty,’ ‘Best in Me,’ ‘If You Come Back,’ and ‘One Love.’
10.) Justin Timberlake
JT is a former member of N’Sync and an award-winning performer. This former boyfriend of Britney Spears knows how to sing and how to make a hit song. Some of my favorite songs came from his music collection such as ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling,’ ‘Mirrors,’ ‘Cry Me A River,’ and ‘Like I Love You.’
The rock band that perfectly describe my political and environmental stance, and gave an accurate picture of what everyone feels in times of extreme loneliness and uncontrollable rebellious feelings. Linkin Park is known in the early 2000’s as a rock band, the singer behind the highest-grossing Transformers films of Michael Bay, and a transitioning pop band. Some of my favorite songs from their records are ‘In The End,’ ‘Numb,’ ‘What I’ve Done,’ and ‘New Divide.’
8.) Celine Dion
The Canadian diva behind the theme song of Titanic and Beauty and the Beast. She is considered one of the top 3 greatest divas of all-time and remains as a true inspiration to those who want to win any major singing competition. Celine Dion can hit high notes yet retain the right emotions that the her songs needed to convey. Some of my favorite songs from her include ‘My Heart Will Go On,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ and ‘Power of Love.’
7.) Whitney Houston
The American singer that established the standard of being a diva in the 1980’s. Her golden voice earned her 7 consecutive Billboard Number 1 hits, certified hit albums, and sold out concerts all over the world. Some of my favorite masterpieces from this music icon include ‘When You Believe,’ ‘Greatest Love of All,’ and ‘One Moment in Time.’
6.) Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is the best-selling diva of the 1990’s and known as the world’s songbird at that time. She also served as a standard of amateur singers who wanted to win a talent competition. Mariah brings variety to the themes of her songs. She sang ballads, pop songs, and RNB. She successfully maintained her market value from the 1990’s until 2010.
Many songs from Carey are included in my inspirational playlist. Some of my favorite Mariah Carey songs are ‘Hero,’ ‘When You Believe,’ ‘Can’t Take Away,’ ‘Through the Rain,’ and ‘Hero.’
5.) Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber is the only new artist in this list. This best-selling artist of the world started in 2009 as a new teenage pop musician whose growth in the industry and in life is on the limelight in 24/7. I placed Bieber at the No. 5 spot because most of his songs are part of a playlist that brings good vibes into the air. Just like Jesse McCartney, Bieber sings about my soul and his songs describe the optimistic side of my personality.
Some of my favorite Bieber songs include ‘One Time,’ ‘Baby,’ ‘U Smile,’ ‘Favorite Girl,’ and ‘Never Say Never.’
4.) Backstreet Boys
The American pop band that defined the boyband songs of the 1990’s. The songs of this group are part of my work mode and good vibes playlists. The signature sound of the 1990’s are very evident in their first singles and in their voices. Some of my favorite songs from them include ‘As Long As You Love Me,’ ‘I Want It That Way, and ‘Drowning.’
3.) Britney Spears
Britney Spears is the all-time pop princess of global music whose voice is one of the most iconic in the music industry. Many of her songs perfectly describe my personality, remind me to continue working hard and smart, and help me relax. Some of my favorite songs from this beautiful woman include ‘Sometimes,’ ‘Crazy,’ ‘Overprotected,’ and ‘Oops… I Did It Again.’
A European pop band whose songs are included in my work mode and good vibes playlist. They are one of the pop bands that started in the late 1990’s and rose to fame in the early 2000’s. Some of their iconic singles that I love are ‘Everytime,’ ‘Like A Rose, ‘Heaven By Your Side,’ and ‘Walking in the Rain.’
If there is one artist whose songs have been my most favorite since grade school, it is none other than Westlife. Their songs are not only part of my work mode and relaxation playlists; they are also part of my videoke hit list if I am in the mood to sing. Their songs are classic in the sense that I still experience the exact relaxing and inspiring feelings whenever their music passes through my ears. Unlike the songs of the other musicians, the songs of Westlife are those that I can replay many times a day without getting bored of it. The songs of Westlife not only help me survive a day but it also reminds me of the best moments of my childhood.
My favorite songs from Westlife are those in their self-titled debut album, in their Coast to Coast album, and the singles from the World of Our Own album. I also like ‘Obvious,’ their rendition of ‘Mandy’ and ‘Home,’ and their rejected ‘Beautiful in White’ song.
I already shared the list of my favorite international singers with you. What artists are inlcuded in your list of favorite musicians? Feel free to post your own list in the comments’ section below.