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

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

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 is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
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    the people's #1
    Madonna

    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
    85
  2. 2
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    most listed
    Whitney Houston

    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    71
  3. 3
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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    66
  4. 4
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    ranked low on reranks
    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    61
  5. 5
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    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
    61
  6. 6
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    61
  7. 7
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    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
    61
  8. 8
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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    60
  9. 9
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    59
  10. 10
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    ranked low on reranks
    Christina Aguilera

    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music More
    59
  11. 11
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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    58
  12. 12
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    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop More
    58
  13. 13
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    Sophisti-pop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    58
  14. 14
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alanis Morissette

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    56
  15. 15
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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
    56
  16. 16
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    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk More
    55
  17. 17
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    ranked low on reranks
    Tracy Chapman

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music More
    55
  18. 18
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    55
  19. 19
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    55
  20. 20
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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    55
  21. 21
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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    54
  22. 22
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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music More
    54
  23. 23
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    54
  24. 24
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    Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave More
    53
  25. 25
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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    51
  26. 26
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave More
    51
  27. 27
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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    50
  28. 28
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    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music More
    49
  29. 29
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    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    49
  30. 30
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    49
  31. 31
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    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music More
    48
  32. 32
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    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
    47
  33. 33
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    Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music More
    47
  34. 34
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    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
    47
  35. 35
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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock More
    47
  36. 36
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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues More
    47
  37. 37
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    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music More
    47
  38. 38
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    Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music More
    47
  39. 39
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    46
  40. 40
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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
    45
  41. 41
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music More
    45
  42. 42
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    Hip hop music, Girl group, Alternative hip hop More
    45
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  43. 43
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    Pop music, Latin pop, Dance-pop More
    44
  44. 44
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music More
    44
  45. 45
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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    44
  46. 46
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    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion More
    44
  47. 47
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    Country pop, Country More
    44
  48. 48
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    ranked low on reranks
    Dolores O'Riordan

    Indie pop, Celtic rock, Rock music More
    44
    added by: First L
  49. 49
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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop More
    43
  50. 50
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul More
    43
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