2000s The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

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List Rules 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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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Madonna Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer Music

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Whitney Houston The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston My Love Is Your Love

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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Mariah Carey Daydream, Music Box Mariah Carey

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Tina Turner Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It Simply the Best

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Adele 21, 19 Make You Feel My Love

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Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Celine Dion Falling into You, These Are Special Times Miracle

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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual, True Colors Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Janet Jackson Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, janet. Control

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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time, Blackout Oops!...I Did It Again

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Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie Under Rug Swept

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Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Annie Lennox Diva, Why Songs of Mass Destruction

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Cher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Cher Closer to the Truth, The Ugly Duckling Heart of Stone

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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Stevie Nicks Bella Donna, Buckingham Nicks Trouble in Shangri-La

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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Christina Aguilera Back to Basics, My Kind of Christmas Stripped

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Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Debbie Harry KooKoo, Def Dumb & Blonde Debravation

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P!nk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
P!nk M!ssundaztood, I'm Not Dead Funhouse

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Beyoncé Knowles Dangerously in Love, 4 Beautiful Liar

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Aretha Franklin Lady Soul, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You Young

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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits Best Shots

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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Donna Summer Bad Girls, Christmas Spirit The Summer Collection: Greatest Hits - Queen of disco

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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Shania Twain Come On Over, Up! The Woman in Me

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Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Amy Winehouse Back to Black, Frank Lioness: Hidden Treasures

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Alicia Keys Remixed & Unplugged in A minor, As I Am Unplugged

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Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Gwen Stefani Love. Angel. Music. Baby., The Sweet Escape The Sweet Escape

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Taylor Swift Fearless, Speak Now Red

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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

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Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Joan Jett Bad Reputation, Evil Stig 1979

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Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Barbra Streisand Guilty, A Christmas Album The Way We Were

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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions Tuesday Night Music Club

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Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Kylie Minogue Fever, Light Years Rhythm of Love

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Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Kate Bush Hounds of Love, The Dreaming The Kick Inside

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Björk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Björk Homogenic, Debut Vespertine

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Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Katy Perry Teenage Dream, E.T. One of the Boys

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Shakira is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Shakira Live & Off the Record, Laundry Service Where Are the Thieves?

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Lady Gaga The Fame, Born This Way Just Dance

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Janis Joplin Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company Greatest Hits

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Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Chrissie Hynde Kid 2000, Straight Ahead Love Can Build a Bridge

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Dolly Parton Once Upon a Christmas, The Ultimate Collection The Grass Is Blue

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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Rihanna Loud, Good Girl Gone Bad Rihanna 3CD Collector's Set

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Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Kelly Clarkson Breakaway, Stronger My December

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Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Sinéad O'Connor I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, The Lion and the Cobra Fire on Babylon

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ABBA is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
ABBA Fernando, Arrival Thank You for the Music

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Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Carrie Underwood Blown Away, Carnival Ride Some Hearts

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TLC is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
TLC Crazy Sexy Cool, Ooooooohhh ... On the TLC Tip 3D

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Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Norah Jones Come Away With Me, Feels Like Home The Fall

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman, Crossroads Fast Car

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Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Sarah McLachlan Solace, Wintersong Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

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Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Mary J. Blige Mary, My Life What's the 411?

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Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Avril Lavigne Let Go, My Happy Ending Don't Tell Me

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Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Tori Amos Little Earthquakes, From the Choirgirl Hotel Strange Little Girls