I already started to write 7 articles but was unable to finish any of them.
I’m Czech and I like music, therefore I would like to list my favorite ones, some of them with very strong stories.
Usually I care most about powerful voices and how emotional the songs are.
With no longer introduction, these are my most favorite singers with unique voices or songs.
1. Marta Kubišová
source: Supraphon Music/Otto Dlabola
I fell in love with this singer recently, especially because of her extraordinary story and voice.
She was the most popular and successful singer in the late sixties in Czechoslovakia. She was winning the most prominent awards, had tours abroad and was also a sex-symbol in that years.
She became a symbol of national resistance against the occupation of Czechoslovakia, when Soviet troops came to the country, the process of democratization stopped and hard communist regime was restored.
As a symbol of resistance, she was banned from performing until 1989. For 19 ears she couldn’t sing publicly, she worked for the resistance and had to work in a factory.
I recommend almost everything from her. Her song Depeše is sexy and she reaches very high notes. Modlitba pro Martu was the anthem of Prague Spring. Magdaléna has very strong lyrics.
My favorite one would be the song Mamá (mother). There are so many more songs showing her voice range but I thought this one it’s the most emotional one, together with that one-shot video and her sexy appearance.
2. Lucie Bílá
source: Screenshot from music video Hana
I had to put Lucie Bílá on the second place in this ranking, mostly because of her voice.
She has an incredible voice range and I adore especially her chest voice. She started as a rock/metal singer but unfortunately she switched to pop.
In my honest opinion she should have definitely stuck to metal and she could totally be Czech’s Tarja and together with Arakain band they could be well-known internationally as her voice does have a world’s quality.
I’m in love with her metal performance. The songs are already 30 years old but they rock.
Since the nineties she is the most popular female singer in Czechia, you can find plenty of her videos. It’s shame she has only very few songs in English (her English sucks).
My favorite pop performance is Jsi můj pán from the very best Czech musical Drákula. Or Requiem from Requiem pro panenku movie, imho one of the most difficult songs ever.
As my all favorite performance, I would choose the live version of Zimní královna (Queen of Winter) from a metal festival.
3. Aneta Langerová
source, photo: Olga Špátová
Aneta Langerová is a young contemporary singer. She was discovered in the Czech version of SuperStar.
I like her due to her unique strong voice and the fact she doesn’t do generic pop music and keeps her own style.
She’s also openly lesbian which isn’t common in this still quite conservative country.
One of her first songs Hříšná Těla, Křídla Motýlí shows her beautiful strong voice. I personally adore her album Na Radosti, where she sings about nature in ethnic-folky vibe. A nice example would be the song Tráva.
And, of course, she become a friend with Marta Kubišová. I guess good signers recognize each other.
But actually I like her the most for that one song called Vzpomínka (Memory). She implicitly sings about her deceased mother. I saw this emotional performance probably 200 times. There is something magical about the eye and her playing the guitar.
4. Věra Špinarová
I had to mention this singer because of only one song.
I mean, she sang for a long time but and she does have some nice songs, for example Píseň svou mi tenkrát hrál. But her biggest success and an extraordinary beautiful song is Jednoho dne se vrátíš (One Day You Will Come Back). It’s an adaptation of one of the songs from Ennio Morricone from the movie Once Upon a Time in the West.
Despite the fact she never attended any music classes, she can reach incredibly high notes. Together with the video, I would say just enjoy.
This might be a surprising choice from me but I think Radůza has a very extraordinary strong voice and she doesn’t do mainstream music as she plays folk and chanson music.
One of my favorite songs is her duet Babylónská věž (en: Tower of Babel) with Aneta Langerová, which already made into the list.
One of her most known and for me the best would be Jednou to pomine (en: Once It Will Be Over).
6. Gabriela Gunčíková
She is a singer you will probably hear of in the future. I didn’t want to put her on the first place because I think her career will grow in the next years rapidly. As for being famous, I would place her definitely on the rank 1 (from this list).
Gabriela has one of the best rock voices I ever heart. I’m a fan of classical rock and that’s the music she sings.
She was first discovered in the Czech SuperStar. Apparently she ended on a second place (which is a shame in my opinion). However, every song she sang during the competition got hundreds thousands – millions of views. There is an example of her Cose Della Vita cover.
She later become touring vocalist of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and also represented Czechia in Eurovision (with a very bad song choice for her voice).
She attended Ken Tamplin Voice Academy, where she sang a lot of classical rock covers. I personally listened to every one of them just too many times. Let’s look at an example of her Welcome To The Jungle version. Her voice improved a lot. You can also watch her cover from Nazareth – Love Hurts. She was only 17 at that time which makes it even more unbelievable.
I don’t know which of her songs is the best. I will pick the Man In The Box from Alice in Chains cover.
Okay guys, I did my TOP 6 list.
But there is so much more. It was my list of singers with the (IMHO) most unique voices. It’s not a popularity contest, that would end up much differently. I didn’t mention one of the most popular singers as Helena Vondráčková, Hana Zagorová, Ewa Farna, Lucie Vondráčková or Tereza Kerndlová. But for me they aren’t as good singers or they sing music I don’t like.
For the end I would just randomly pick some songs I really enjoy from random female singers.
Ewa Farna – Hej Gorále
I usually don’t like music of this Polish-Czech singer, but this folk cover is awesome. I prefer even more her song Laweczka but it’s Polish so I picked the Czech one.
Helena Vondráčková – Lásko má, já stůňu
She used to be one of the most popular singers but I personally don’t like her. But this one song is really classy. Another work of the best czech composer Karel Svoboda.
Marie Rottrová – Lásko voníš deštěm
Marie Rottrová has actually several good songs. The one I like the most is a cover of Black Sabbath’s She’s Gone. According random YouTube comments, she sang it better. 🙂
Jana Kratochvílová – Dlouhá bílá žhnoucí kometa
I wish this song wouldn’t have been produced in socialist era. It would so much deserve proper rock instruments.
Zuzana Navarová – Marie
Czech folk singer who stays her own.
Markéta Irglová – Let Me Fall in Love
She might deserve a better spot in my rankings because she sings in English and she’s internationally well-known. She even got an Oscar for music for the Once movie.
She’s a nice lady with nice sentimental music.
Monika Načeva – Udžuj svou ledničku plnou
I know only this song from Monika but I love it.
Věra Martinová – Ó pane náš
Another singer with one hit only. But a good one.
Anna K. – Píseň o slzách
Anna K. doesn’t have the best voice but she has nice songs. My favorite one is her duet with Aneta Langerová. Aneta is clearly better, but it’s her song.
Iveta Bartošová – Léto
She’s kinda my guilty pleasure as she’s really a pop-star. But I like this one song. She used to be very popular but her fame ruined her and she committed a suicide.
Iva Bittová – Zabili
According to Wikipedia, she’s quite famous. She’s avant-garde violinist, singer, and composer. This is my favorite one of her creation.
Marcela Holanová – Ráno (cover of Strano)
Another one hit (but amazing) hit.
Petra Janů – Už nejsem volná
I just like this cover of The Power of Love in Czech, that’s all. And Petra Janů used to be very popular.
If you like this list, you can continue e.g. with Eva Pilarová, Yvonne Přenosilová, Monika Absolonová or Věra Bílá.
I haven’t covered opera singers, where I would mention Ema Destinová, Milada Šubrtová or Eva Urbanová
If I should talk about contemporary popular ones, I should probably mention Lenny, Debbi, Monika Bagárová, Marta Jandová or Markéta Konvičková but I don’t really know their work.
Ok, that’s all.