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 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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    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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    New Wave, Disco, Pop music Queen of disco

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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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

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

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    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

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    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

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    Pop music, Latin pop, Dance-pop

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