The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today Bands/Musicians

The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

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The greatest female artist since the 1980s are ranked and voted on through this countdown. In 1998, VH1 ranked the greatest women in rock, from the beginning of music all the way to the 1990s as voted on by fellow female artists. On this list, we ask music fans to rank the greatest female singers and artists who have made music and were active for the last thirty years. These women were chosen not only for their talent, but for their popularity and cultural impact on music. Among these women are Madonna, who changed the landscape and format of pop music forever, as well as Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Cher, Tina Turner, Joan Jett, and Stevie Nicks, who were recognized for their amazing contributions to their respective genres.

Fans, remember to only view each artist for their work made since the 1980s. Anything before that is completely irrelevant. The music scene began to shift in the 80s, and since then, video and imagery played a part in how people viewed or recognized music. Some have had major impact because of their videos. Others because of their vocal ability. Many for their everlasting popularity. Either way, these artists will never be forgotten for the lasting impression they made on the music world. And this list salutes these particular women, so feel free to vote, music fans, to see which female artist left the biggest mark in music history.

List Criteria: Female artist who have had major impact in the 1980s, 1990s, and/or, the 2000s.

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      the people's #1
      Madonna

      Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
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      most listed
      Whitney Houston

      Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
      76
    3. 3
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      Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
      72
    4. 4
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      Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music More
      63
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      Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
      62
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      Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
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      Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
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      Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
      61
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      Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk More
      59
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      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Alanis Morissette

      Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
      59
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      Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
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      Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
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      Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
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      Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
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      Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music More
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      Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
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      Sophisti-pop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
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      Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
      56
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      Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
      55
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      Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave More
      55
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      Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
      55
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      Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
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      Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave More
      54
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      New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal More
      53
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      Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop More
      53
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      Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music More
      53
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      Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
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      Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues More
      50
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      Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
      50
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      Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
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      Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
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      Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music More
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      New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock More
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      Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
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      Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music More
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      Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music More
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      Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion More
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      Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
      48
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      Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop More
      48
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      Hip hop music, Girl group, Alternative hip hop More
      48
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      Dolores O'Riordan

      Indie pop, Celtic rock, Rock music More
      47
      added by: First L
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      often listed &ranked high on reranks
      Kylie Minogue

      Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music More
      47
    43. 43
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      Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
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      Country pop, Country More
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      Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music More
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      Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul More
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      Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
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      Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
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      Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music More
      46
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      Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul More
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