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Old 07-16-2014, 01:10 PM
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Songs with melismatic vocals

I'm looking to create a playlist of pop/rock songs from the '50s to early '00s in which the singer/musician uses a heavy amount of melisma (ad lib-ing, vocal runs or "gymnastics"; or "oversinging" as some would call it.)

For example, I know that Jackie Wilson was one of the pioneers of this type of singing, along with Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder back in the "Golden Age of Music". Nowadays it tends to be overused and not done very tastefully.

Could you give me 'specific' songs and not generalized and vague examples like "any Mariah Carey song" or "any song by Christina Aguilera." That would be much appreciated, thanks.