The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today Bands/Musicians
Ultimate List
128  items 38,464 votes 1,691 voters 68,825 views more info

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.
  • 28 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 1
    Up 529
    Down 384

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

    open
  2. 2
    Up 394
    Down 433

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

    open
  3. 3
    Up 359
    Down 410

    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

    open
  4. 4
    Up 365
    Down 282

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

    open
  5. 5
    Up 243
    Down 304

    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

    open
  6. 6
    Up 311
    Down 371

    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

    open
  7. 7
    Up 289
    Down 283

    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

    open
  8. 8
    Up 274
    Down 335

    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

    open
  9. 9
    Up 326
    Down 409

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

    open
  10. 10
    Up 265
    Down 329

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

    open
  11. 11
    Up 281
    Down 296

    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

    open
  12. 12
    Up 242
    Down 347

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    open
  13. 13
    Up 214
    Down 258

    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

    open
  14. 14
    Up 296
    Down 335

    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

    open
  15. 15
    Up 229
    Down 268

    Sophisti-pop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

    open
  16. 16
    Up 209
    Down 228

    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

    open
  17. 17
    Up 261
    Down 304

    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

    open
  18. 18
    Up 249
    Down 292

    Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

    open
  19. 19
    Up 231
    Down 313

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

    open
  20. 20
    Up 271
    Down 280

    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

    open
  21. 21
    Up 224
    Down 293

    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

    open
  22. 22
    Up 327
    Down 294

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

    open
  23. 23
    Up 217
    Down 244

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

    open
  24. 24
    Up 266
    Down 384

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

    open
  25. 25
    Up 215
    Down 305

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

    open
  26. 26
    Up 206
    Down 307

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

    open
  27. 27
    Up 168
    Down 227

    New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

    open
  28. 28
    Up 171
    Down 202

    Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

    open
  29. 29
    Up 187
    Down 254

    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

    open
  30. 30
    Up 196
    Down 274

    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

    open
  31. 31
    Up 145
    Down 189

    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

    open
  32. 32
    Up 181
    Down 228

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

    open
  33. 33
    Up 167
    Down 229

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

    open
  34. 34
    Up 181
    Down 253

    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

    open
  35. 35
    Up 155
    Down 212

    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

    open
  36. 36
    Up 177
    Down 214

    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

    open
  37. 37
    Up 163
    Down 239

    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music

    open
  38. 38
    Up 163
    Down 257

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

    open
  39. 39
    Up 214
    Down 243

    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

    open
  40. 40
    Up 134
    Down 151

    Pop music, Latin pop, Dance-pop

    open
  41. 41
    Up 162
    Down 209

    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

    open
  42. 42
    Up 146
    Down 150

    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

    open
  43. 43
    Up 149
    Down 174

    Country pop, Country

    open
  44. 44
    Up 139
    Down 182

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

    open
  45. 45
    Up 140
    Down 129

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

    open
  46. 46
    Up 135
    Down 159

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music

    open
  47. 47
    Up 117
    Down 125

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

    open
  48. 48
    Up 141
    Down 176

    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

    open
  49. 49
    Up 106
    Down 139

    Pop music, Trip hop, Rock music

    open
  50. 50
    Up 129
    Down 175

    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

    open
  51. 129 +

    Something missing? Add it!

items 1 - 50 of 128

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists