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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.

The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today Bands/Musicians
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  1. 1
    + 2813
    - 2589

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

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  2. 2
    + 1730
    - 1991

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

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  3. 3
    + 2248
    - 2301


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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  4. 4
    + 1790
    - 1988


    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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  5. 5
    + 1444
    - 1711


    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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  6. 6
    + 1440
    - 1278

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

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  7. 7
    + 1402
    - 2173

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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  8. 8
    + 1325
    - 1471


    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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  9. 9
    + 994
    - 1330


    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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  10. 10
    + 1112
    - 1460


    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

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  11. 11
    + 358
    - 158

    ranked low on reranks
    Crossover

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  12. 12
    + 781
    - 1020


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

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  13. 13
    + 1022
    - 1447


    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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  14. 14
    + 780
    - 796

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

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  15. 15
    + 1023
    - 1203


    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

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  16. 16
    + 1070
    - 2031

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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  17. 17
    + 931
    - 1410


    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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  18. 18
    + 769
    - 1535

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  19. 19
    + 950
    - 1455


    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  20. 20
    + 795
    - 1410


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  21. 21
    + 704
    - 1109


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  22. 22
    + 733
    - 1363


    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

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  23. 23
    + 785
    - 1311


    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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  24. 24
    + 713
    - 1157


    Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

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  25. 25
    + 712
    - 1117


    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  26. 26
    + 769
    - 1214


    Sophisti-pop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  27. 27
    + 608
    - 619

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

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  28. 28
    + 687
    - 994


    Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music

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  29. 29
    + 610
    - 1133

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

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  30. 30
    + 571
    - 1196

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  31. 31
    + 594
    - 862


    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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  32. 32
    + 591
    - 1002


    Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

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  33. 33
    + 557
    - 851


    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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  34. 34
    + 589
    - 969


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

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  35. 35
    + 667
    - 1219


    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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  36. 36
    + 481
    - 858


    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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  37. 37
    + 485
    - 894


    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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  38. 38
    + 418
    - 653


    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

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  39. 39
    + 527
    - 1020


    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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  40. 40
    + 505
    - 818


    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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  41. 41
    + 456
    - 973

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

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  42. 42
    + 465
    - 458

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

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  43. 43
    + 512
    - 889

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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  44. 44
    + 558
    - 1050

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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  45. 45
    + 389
    - 432

    ranked low on reranks & added by Coolza
    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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  46. 46
    + 369
    - 711

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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  47. 47
    + 320
    - 298

    ranked low on reranks & added by Coolza
    Disco, Pop music, Dance music

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  48. 48
    + 478
    - 714


    Girl group, Rock music, Dance-pop

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  49. 49
    + 443
    - 748

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

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  50. 50
    + 591
    - 864


    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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