music The Best Current Female Singers  

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List Rules Only female artists who currently have singles out, are on tour, or have new albums.

The best female singers currently performing could easily be among the best of all time without contest. These are the most talented female singers in the world (and some of the most successful female musicians as well) here for you to rank from best to worst.

These women represent some of the women who have sold the most albums, female singers with the most awards (including women who have won Grammys), female vocalists with incredible vocal ranges, and just some of the most talented women in entertainment. Some of these top female singers, like Florence Welch, are just becoming exposed to a wide audience, while others like Adele and Taylor Swift are known around the world for their vocal talents.

Featuring young pop stars, famous artists, black vocalists, and more, this list has it all! 

Who are the greatest female singers today? Which women are the best vocalists? Are the best female singers today the most popular girl singers ever? These are tough questions we'll attempt to answer with this list of the best current female singers. If your favorite female singer isn't on the list, make sure to add her so she can contend for the #1 spot as the top current female singer.

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Adele 21, 1988, 19

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Beyoncé Knowles Beyonce, 4, I Am...Sasha Fierce

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Lady Gaga The Fame, Born This Way, Just Dance

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Katy Perry Prism, Prism (Acoustic), Teenage Dream

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Taylor Swift 1989, Red, Speak Now

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Christina Aguilera Back to Basics, My Kind of Christmas, Stripped

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+ - 5,477 1,835
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Sia Furler Some People Have Real Problems, Don't Bring Me Down E.P, OnlySee

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+ - 6,268 4,331
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Rihanna Loud, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna 3CD Collector's Set

9
+ - 6,970 3,654
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Ariana Grande My Everything, Yours Truly, Christmas Kisses EP

10
+ - 6,921 6,332
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P!nk M!ssundaztood, I'm Not Dead, Funhouse

11
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Alicia Keys Remixed & Unplugged in A minor, As I Am, Unplugged

12
+ - 4,574 3,412
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Shakira Live & Off the Record, Laundry Service, Where Are the Thieves?

13
+ - 5,332 5,104
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Kelly Clarkson Breakaway, Stronger, My December

14
+ - 4,798 3,003
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Demi Lovato Don't Forget, Here We Go Again, Demi

15
+ - 3,976 2,501
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Ellie Goulding Lights, Halcyon, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding

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16
+ - 3,742 2,557
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Lorde Pure Heroine, The Love Club EP, Tennis Club EP

17
+ - 4,682 3,053
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Mariah Carey Daydream, Music Box, Mariah Carey

18
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Lana Del Rey Born to Die, Paradise, Lana Del Rey

19
+ - 2,489 376
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Celine Dion Falling into You, These Are Special Times, Miracle

20
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Florence Welch Team Perfect Cover Green Day's Nimrod

21
+ - 5,324 4,541
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Carrie Underwood Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

22
+ - 5,222 2,893
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Madonna Rebel Heart, MDNA, Hard Candy

23
+ - 3,467 2,238
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Selena Gomez Stars Dance, Shake It Up, Come & Get It

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Björk Homogenic, Debut, Vespertine

25
+ - 1,696 48
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Whitney Houston The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your Love

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Jessie J Domino, Alive, Who You Are

27
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Avril Lavigne Let Go, My Happy Ending, Don't Tell Me

28
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Gwen Stefani Love. Angel. Music. Baby., The Sweet Escape, The Sweet Escape

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Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time, Blackout, Oops!...I Did It Again

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Kylie Minogue Fever, Light Years, Rhythm of Love

31
+ - 852 53
Tori Kelly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Tori Kelly Fill a Heart, Foreword, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

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Nelly Furtado Loose, Whoa, Nelly!

33
+ - 2,085 1,522
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Hayley Williams Stay The Night (Zedd & Kevin Drew Remix)

34
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Miley Cyrus Can't Be Tamed, Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout

35
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Norah Jones Come Away With Me, Feels Like Home, The Fall

36
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Christina Perri Lovestrong, Head or Heart, The Ocean Way Sessions

37
+ - 805 35
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Annie Lennox Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

38
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Jennifer Lopez Jenny From the Block, J.Lo, Dance Again

39
+ - 1,586 1,174
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Amy Lee Aftermath

40
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Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss, Tug of War, Kiss: The Remix

41
+ - 786 40
Aretha is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Female Singers

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Kesha Animal, Cannibal, TiK ToK

43
+ - 2,007 1,279
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Leona Lewis Spirit, Best Kept Secret, Spirit (Deluxe Edition)

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Sara Bareilles Little Voice, The Blessed Unrest, Careful Confessions

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Lily Allen Alright^! Still, F.U.E.P., Sheezus

46
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Tove Lo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Tove Lo Truth Serum, Queen of the Clouds

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Rita Ora Ora, Radioactive Remixes, Shine Ya Light

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Emeli Sandé Our Version of Events, Live at the Royal Albert Hall, iTunes Session

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Charli XCX True Romance, What I Like, 14

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Anna Kendrick Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2