Well, no one ever said you had to have talent to succeed in the music business. Sometimes all you need is the look, the moves, the money, or the right connections. History is filled with examples of “singers” who can’t really sing but they got famous anyway, like the artists on this list.
Sorry folks, we love Brit Brit, and we wish she would come back to music full force and put all her doubters to shame, but we also have to admit that Brit isn’t the best singer. It was always her catchy songs and crisp dance moves that carried her.
Hilary is just one example of a Disney Channel star who really didn’t have the chops but who got a record deal anyway. If you’re working for the Disney Channel, you are forced to be a triple threat. Hilary’s paper-thin voice was tolerable and she managed to have 5 albums, several hits, and 2 number one CD’s.
It wasn’t enough to be a gorgeous A-list actress and a skilled dancer, no, Jennifer Lopez had to sing too. Enter J.LO/Jenny from the Block. She definitely had some jams but the vocals just are not there. It’s all about the money anyway, and the moneys says “who cares if she can sing!”
Lindsay Lohan was going for the triple threat: actress, singer, and dancer but there was just one problem…well, two; she couldn’t really sing or dance. But that really just doesn’t seem to matter because she recorded songs for both Freaky Friday and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, and released an album (Speak) that went platinum.
Nick Carter stole young girls’ hearts as the baby faced singer in The Backstreet Boys but let’s face it, he didn’t really sound good, did he? As teenagers we all thought he was amazing, but as adults going back to listen to BSB’s “All I have to Give,” he just sounds like a nasally baby.
Cassie might have a record deal but a singer she is not, as was evident by her disastrous performances on 106th and Park and TRL back in 2006. Cassie blamed it on stage fright. We agree: stage fright…and weak vocals.
The High School Musical franchise flung Vanessa Hudgens into stardom, so much so that she thought she should have a music career. While young girls everywhere adore her as Gabriella Montez, little girls aren’t exactly the best judge of talent. Her squealing voice grates on the ears, but for some reason they keep letting her sing. She went on to have 2 studio albums with slight success, was cast as a the lead in the musical film Bandslam, and got the part of Roxy in a production of Rent. It may be written somewhere that all Disney channel stars have to sing…even if they can’t.
Johnny Cash was the man; a legend of epic proportions but the country “singer” talked his way through most all his songs. No vocal talent needed.
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Another music icon of legendary proportions, Madonna is a gutsy provocateur; however, her vocals are not the strongest. But the phrase is “no guts, no glory,” right? They mention nothing of vocal talent.
Rihanna is one of the hottest things going in music right now, and we can’t deny how infectious her songs are, but this Bajan bad girl is no Beyoncé. She has a voice that can only be described as… “interesting,” and that’s good enough for the music business.
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Jesse McCartney knows how to jam a little bit with his music but his whiny, nasally voice leaves much to be desired. Though he tried to put himself in the same class as Justin Timberlake, in a vocal celebrity death match JT’s voice is the undisputed champion.
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According to Paula, opposites attract like the music business and weak talent. Paula was a terrific dancer and choreographer but her voice is too wispy.
No doubt Akon has given much hope to aspiring artists coming out of his home of Africa with his platinum selling, though, raunchy songs. He has made a name for himself in the business, collaborating with just about every modern music artist out there ( he even collabo’ed with Michael Jackson!) but no one seems to notice that he really can’t sing or at least that his songs don’t require any real vocal talent. Oh well, keep the dream alive, Akon.
CiCi may not have the voice but with looks and dance moves like hers, and hits like “Goodies” and “Like a Boy,” the world just didn’t seem to mind.
Okay, okay, we admit Pharrell is probably best known for being a NERD producer and a rapper but we just couldn’t resist putting him on this list because he SWEARS he’s a singer, too. Come to think of it, we could have also added Wyclef to the list as well. Somewhere along the line someone must have told P that he had a voice because his crackling-voice- self stays singing on tracks. He does have a voice, undeniably, it’s just not a good one.