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1992 Entertainment Poll: Music

You tell us about your favorite female and male singer, and which '70s rock band deserves a comeback

When it comes to entertainment, Americans like their choices multiple. There’s room for Pretty Woman Julia Roberts and Hungry Man Hannibal Lecter, for the jolting In Living Color and the gentle Northern Exposure, for Mariah Carey’s unplugged voice and Michael Bolton’s electrified hair. Okay. So much for fairness. Somebody has to win and somebody has to lose, right? Thus, our second annual survey of the nation’s tastes in entertainment. We asked 600 Americans what makes them swoon (Mel Gibson), snooze (TV golf), shriek (Rebecca De Mornay), and smile (nobody more than Tim Allen). For more about all of them, read on.

Who is your favorite male singer?
1. Garth Brooks
2. Michael Bolton
3. Bruce Springsteen
4. Luther Vandross
5. Phil Collins
Country crooner Brooks and soul shouter Bolton leave their male musical competition in the dust. Brooks gets great grades from 25- to 34-year-olds and people making less than $30,000 a year, while Bolton is first among women and 35- to 44-year-olds. Springsteen, Vandross, and Collins are a distant but tightly bunched 3-4-5 combination, although Vandross is the runaway winner with nonwhites. Hammer, named best musical act last year, places seventh, behind Neil Diamond. In a reflection of America’s wildly diverse musical taste, Billy Joel, Axl Rose, and Randy Travis round out the top 10.

Who’s your favorite female singer?
1. Mariah Carey
2. Barbra Streisand
3. Reba Mcentire
4. Natalie Cole
5. Whitney Houston
In the duel of divas, Carey triumphs with whopping support from 15- to 24- year-olds, who place two singers with slightly narrower vocal ranges, Paula Abdul (No. 6 overall) and Madonna (No. 7), second and third. Streisand takes the No. 2 slot overall, the fave of 45- to 60-year-olds. McEntire comes in third, followed by the ”Unforgettable” Cole and Houston, who bested Carey last year as best singer.

Do you think any of these ’70s rock bands deserves a comeback?
The Eagles
Yes 62% No 22%
Chicago
Yes 62% No 24%
Pink Floyd
Yes 46% No 39%
Queen
Yes 41% No 42%
Kiss
Yes 28% No 62%
Black Sabbath
Yes 23% No 60%
Blue Oyster Cult
Yes 20% No 51%
Are you ready for a return trip to the Hotel California? Most of our respondents say they’d love to see the Eagles fly again; in fact, a resounding 83 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds (who came of age during the Eagles’ heyday) say it’s been too long since their last album. Chicago, a ’70s band that never quite went away, also scores well, especially among 15- to 24-year olds. The Queen revival is strongest among those music lovers too young to remember the group’s first go-round, while there’s little support at any age for Kiss, or for a pair of bands that apparently left listeners’ ears Black and Blue.

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