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

The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

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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 80s female singers like Madonna, who changed the landscape and format of pop music forever, as well as pop stars like 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.

See also: the best current female singers and female singers you wish you could sing like

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. The impact of 80s girl singers on pop culture was not only musical, but aesthetic as well. Some have had major impact because of their videos. Others because of their vocal ability. Many for their everlasting popularity. Either way, these famous 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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  2. 2
    + 1,906
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    most listed
    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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  3. 3
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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  4. 4
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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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  5. 5
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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  6. 6
    + 1,166
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    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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  8. 8
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

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  10. 10
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

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  11. 11
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    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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  12. 12
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    Crossover

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  13. 13
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    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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    New Wave, Disco, Pop music Queen of disco

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  18. 18
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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by TerryKeith
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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    + 761
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

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    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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  36. 36
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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Coolza
    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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

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

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    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

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

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  45. 45
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    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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  47. 47
    + 390
    - 626


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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  48. 48
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    Girl group, Rock music, Dance-pop

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    + 641
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Coolza

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