The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today Bands/Musicians

The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

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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.

List Criteria: Female artist who have had major impact in the 1980s, 1990s, and/or, the 2000s.

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    the people's #1
    Madonna

    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
    81
  2. 2
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    most listed &controversial
    Whitney Houston

    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    78
  3. 3
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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    72
  4. 4
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    controversial
    Mariah Carey

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    68
  5. 5
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    Down 191

    controversial
    Beyoncé

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music More
    65
  6. 6
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    controversial
    Janet Jackson

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    63
  7. 7
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    Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave More
    62
  8. 8
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    controversial
    Britney Spears

    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop More
    61
  9. 9
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    controversial
    Sheryl Crow

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    61
  10. 10
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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
    61
  11. 11
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    controversial
    Annie Lennox

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    61
  12. 12
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    controversial
    Stevie Nicks

    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    61
  13. 13
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    controversial
    Alanis Morissette

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    61
  14. 14
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    controversial
    Alicia Keys

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    61
  15. 15
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    controversial
    Shania Twain

    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    60
  16. 16
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    Hip hop music, Girl group, Alternative hip hop More
    60
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    controversial
    Pink

    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk More
    60
  18. 18
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    controversial
    Sade

    Sophisti-pop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    59
  19. 19
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    controversial
    Debbie Harry

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave More
    59
  20. 20
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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    58
  21. 21
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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues More
    58
  22. 22
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    controversial
    Christina Aguilera

    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music More
    58
  23. 23
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    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    58
  24. 24
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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock More
    58
  25. 25
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    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
    58
  26. 26
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    controversial
    Cyndi Lauper

    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
    57
  27. 27
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    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
    56
  28. 28
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    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music More
    56
  29. 29
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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    56
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    controversial
    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    56
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    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    56
  32. 32
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    Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music More
    56
  33. 33
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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop More
    56
  34. 34
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    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
    56
  35. 35
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    controversial
    Björk

    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    55
  36. 36
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    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music More
    54
  37. 37
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    Country pop, Country More
    53
  38. 38
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    controversial
    Tori Amos

    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music More
    52
  39. 39
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    52
  40. 40
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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz More
    52
  41. 41
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    controversial
    Katy Perry

    Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music More
    52
  42. 42
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    Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music More
    52
  43. 43
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul More
    52
  44. 44
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music More
    52
  45. 45
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music More
    51
  46. 46
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    controversial
    Lady Gaga

    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
    51
  47. 47
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop More
    51
  48. 48
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    51
  49. 49
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    Alternative rock, Alternative metal More
    51
  50. 50
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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    51
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