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
    Whitney Houston

    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    78
  3. 3
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    ranked low on reranks
    Tina Turner

    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    72
  4. 4
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    69
  5. 5
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    often listed &controversial
    Beyoncé

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music More
    65
  6. 6
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Janet Jackson

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music More
    64
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    ranked low on reranks
    Gwen Stefani

    Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave More
    62
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alanis Morissette

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    62
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Britney Spears

    Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop More
    62
  10. 10
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    often listed &controversial
    Annie Lennox

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    62
  11. 11
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Cher

    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
    62
  12. 12
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alicia Keys

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    62
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    often listed &controversial
    Shania Twain

    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    61
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sheryl Crow

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    61
  15. 15
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Stevie Nicks

    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    61
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    ranked low on reranks
    TLC

    Hip hop music, Girl group, Alternative hip hop More
    60
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Pink

    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk More
    60
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    controversial
    Debbie Harry

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave More
    60
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    often listed &controversial
    Sade

    Sophisti-pop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    59
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    often listed &controversial
    Amy Winehouse

    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    59
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    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues More
    59
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    ranked high on reranks
    Chrissie Hynde

    New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock More
    59
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    controversial
    Joan Jett

    Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock More
    58
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    often listed &controversial
    Christina Aguilera

    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music More
    58
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    ranked high on reranks
    Adele

    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
    58
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Cyndi Lauper

    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
    58
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    Toni Braxton

    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music More
    57
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    ranked low on reranks
    Kelly Clarkson

    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
    57
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kate Bush

    Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock More
    57
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kylie Minogue

    Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music More
    57
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    often listed
    Pat Benatar

    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    56
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    56
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    ranked low on reranks
    Rihanna

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop More
    56
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    ranked low on reranks
    Shakira

    Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop More
    56
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Björk

    Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house More
    55
  36. 36
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    ranked low on reranks
    Carrie Underwood

    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music More
    55
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tori Amos

    Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music More
    53
  38. 38
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Taylor Swift

    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    53
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    ranked high on reranks &ranked low on reranks
    Faith Hill

    Country pop, Country More
    53
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jennifer Hudson

    Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music More
    52
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jewel

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music More
    52
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Missy Elliott

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop More
    52
  43. 43
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    ranked low on reranks
    Queen Latifah

    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Jazz More
    52
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sinéad O'Connor

    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    52
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    ranked low on reranks
    Tracy Chapman

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music More
    52
  46. 46
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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    52
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lady Gaga

    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music More
    52
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    often listed
    Katy Perry

    Christian music, Synthpop, Rock music More
    52
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul More
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    Amy Lee

    Alternative rock, Alternative metal More
    51
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