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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    Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

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    The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your ...

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    Daydream, Music Box, Mariah Carey

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    Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It, Simply the Best

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    Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, janet., Control

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    21, 19, Make You Feel My Love

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    She's So Unusual, True Colors, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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    Falling into You, These Are Special Times, Miracle

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    ...Baby One More Time, Blackout, Oops!...I Did It Again

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    Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

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    KooKoo, Def Dumb & Blonde, Debravation

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    M!ssundaztood, I'm Not Dead, Funhouse

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    Dangerously in Love, 4, Beautiful Liar

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    Jagged Little Pill, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, Under Rug Swept ...

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    Bella Donna, Buckingham Nicks, Trouble in Shangri-La

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    Back to Basics, My Kind of Christmas, Stripped

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    Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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    Closer to the Truth, The Ugly Duckling, Heart of Stone

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    Bad Girls, Christmas Spirit, The Summer Collection: Greatest Hits Queen of disco

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    Come On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me

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    Lady Soul, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Young

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    Remixed & Unplugged in A minor, As I Am, Unplugged

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    Back to Black, Frank, Lioness: Hidden Treasures

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    Fearless, Speak Now, Red

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    Love. Angel. Music. Baby., The Sweet Escape, The Sweet Escape

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    Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

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    Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Tuesday Night Music Club

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    Hounds of Love, The Dreaming, The Kick Inside

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    Fever, Light Years, Rhythm of Love

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    Kid 2000, Straight Ahead, Love Can Build a Bridge

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    Homogenic, Debut, Vespertine

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    Live & Off the Record, Laundry Service, Where Are the Thieves?

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    The Fame, Born This Way, Just Dance

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    The Power of Love, Skyscraper

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    Teenage Dream, E.T., One of the Boys

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    Breakaway, Stronger, My December

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    Loud, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna 3CD Collector's Set

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    I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, The Lion and the Cobra, Fire on Babylon ...

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    Once Upon a Christmas, The Ultimate Collection, The Grass Is Blue

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    Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

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    Crazy Sexy Cool, Ooooooohhh ... On the TLC Tip, 3D

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    Come Away With Me, Feels Like Home, The Fall

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    Guilty, A Christmas Album, The Way We Were

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    Mary, My Life, What's the 411?

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    Tracy Chapman, Crossroads, Fast Car

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    Solace, Wintersong, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

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    Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

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    Snowflakes, Secrets, Un-Break My Heart

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    Spice, Forever, Goodbye

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