female professionals 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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P!nk M!ssundaztood, I'm Not Dead Funhouse

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

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Taylor Swift 1989, Red Speak Now

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Sia Furler Some People Have Real Problems, Don't Bring Me Down E.P OnlySee

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Christina Aguilera Back to Basics, My Kind of Christmas Stripped

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Katy Perry Prism, Prism (Acoustic) Teenage Dream

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Lady Gaga The Fame, Born This Way Just Dance

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Rihanna Loud, Good Girl Gone Bad Rihanna 3CD Collector's Set

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Ariana Grande My Everything, Yours Truly Christmas Kisses EP

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Kelly Clarkson Breakaway, Stronger My December

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Demi Lovato Don't Forget, Here We Go Again Demi

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Carrie Underwood Blown Away, Carnival Ride Some Hearts

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

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Ellie Goulding Lights, Halcyon An Introduction to Ellie Goulding

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Shakira Live & Off the Record, Laundry Service Where Are the Thieves?

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Lana Del Rey Born to Die, Paradise Lana Del Rey

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Mariah Carey Daydream, Music Box Mariah Carey

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Lorde Pure Heroine, The Love Club EP Tennis Club EP

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Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Celine Dion Falling into You, These Are Special Times Miracle

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Jessie J Domino, Alive Who You Are

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Madonna Rebel Heart, MDNA Hard Candy

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Selena Gomez Stars Dance, Shake It Up Come & Get It

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

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

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

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Florence Welch Team Perfect Cover Green Day's Nimrod

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Hayley Williams Stay The Night (Zedd & Kevin Drew Remix)

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

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Leona Lewis Spirit, Best Kept Secret Spirit (Deluxe Edition)

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Christina Perri Lovestrong, Head or Heart The Ocean Way Sessions

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Kesha Animal, Cannibal TiK ToK

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Anna Kendrick Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2

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

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Amy Lee Aftermath

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Sara Bareilles Little Voice, The Blessed Unrest Careful Confessions

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

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Aretha is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Female Singers

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Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Annie Lennox Diva, Why Songs of Mass Destruction

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Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Jackie Evancho Dream with Me, O Holy Night Songs from the Silver Screen - Awakening tour

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

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Nelly Furtado Loose, Whoa Nelly!

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Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson, I Remember Me Think Like a Man

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Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions Tuesday Night Music Club

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Nicki Minaj Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Starships

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Kylie Minogue Fever, Light Years Rhythm of Love

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Colbie Caillat Coco, Breakthrough Christmas in the Sand

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Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Mary J. Blige Mary, My Life What's the 411?

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Ella Fitzgerald Côte d'Azur Concerts on Verve, Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas