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.

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. 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

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 1480
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    most listed
    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 2044
    - 1997

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 1271
    - 1954

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

    ) open
  6. 6
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    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 1170
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    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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

    ) open
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    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 947
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 815
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    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 659
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 869
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    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 870
    - 1072

    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

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  15. 15
    + 666
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 613
    - 896

    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  17. 17
    + 705
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open buy
  18. 18
    + 682
    - 653

    ranked low on reranks & added by lappa21
    New Wave, Disco, Pop music Queen of disco

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  19. 19
    + 653
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 800
    - 1281

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 812
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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  22. 22
    + 682
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    Sophisti-pop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    + 671
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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

    ) open buy
  24. 24
    + 600
    - 839

    Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 609
    - 1044

    Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 626
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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 527
    - 1039

    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 510
    - 1091

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

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 496
    - 523

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

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  30. 30
    + 581
    - 1066

    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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  31. 31
    + 466
    - 717

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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  32. 32
    + 462
    - 780

    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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  33. 33
    + 509
    - 957

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

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  34. 34
    + 497
    - 912

    Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

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  35. 35
    + 511
    - 866

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

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  36. 36
    + 449
    - 735

    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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  37. 37
    + 517
    - 763

    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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  38. 38
    + 402
    - 893

    New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 431
    - 616

    Girl group, Rock music, Dance-pop

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  40. 40
    + 421
    - 772

    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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  41. 41
    + 411
    - 807

    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    + 458
    - 938

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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

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    + 366
    - 569

    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

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    + 443
    - 346

    ranked low on reranks & added by ChrisAlexVillal
    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, Pop music

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 535
    - 785

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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  47. 47
    + 384
    - 836

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 327
    - 581

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Latin pop

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 344
    - 540

    Pop music, Latin pop, Dance-pop

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 343
    - 565

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

    ) open
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