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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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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

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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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    Sophisti-pop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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

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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

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    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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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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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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

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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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

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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

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    Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

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    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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

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    Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music

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

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Pop music, Latin pop, Dance-pop

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    Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

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    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

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

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    Country pop, Country

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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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