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.
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    the people's #1 Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    most listed Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Sophisti-pop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

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    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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    Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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    Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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    ranked low on reranks Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

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    Pop music, Latin pop, Dance-pop

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

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    added by malmrphy Hip hop music, Girl group, Alternative hip hop

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    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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    Country pop, Country

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    added by lappa21 New Wave, Disco, Pop music Queen of disco

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    added by First L Indie pop, Celtic rock, Rock music

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

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    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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