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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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Current Female Singers

The Best Female Rock Singers The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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Nicki Minaj Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships

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

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Colbie Caillat Coco, Breakthrough, Christmas in the Sand

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Cher Lloyd Sticks & Stones, Girlfriend, Walk This Way

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Marina Diamandis is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Marina Diamandis The Family Jewels, Electra Heart, FROOT

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Rachel Platten is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Rachel Platten Be Here, Work of Art

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Dido No Angel, Life for Rent, Safe Trip Home

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Fifth Harmony Better Together, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (X Factor performance), Miss Movin' On

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Fiona Apple When the Pawn…, The Idler Wheel..., Extraordinary Machine

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Martina McBride White Christmas, Wild Angels, The Way That I Am

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Nicole Scherzinger Killer Love, Baby Love, Her Name Is Nicole...

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Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Mary J. Blige Mary, My Life, What's the 411?

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Robyn Robyn, Body Talk, Part 3

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Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Debbie Harry KooKoo, Def Dumb & Blonde, Debravation

The Greatest Female Gospel Singers The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

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Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Gladys Knight Gladys Knight and the Pips, Before Me, Many Different Roads

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Ella Henderson is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Ella Henderson Chapter One, Ghost, Ghost (Remixes)

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Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Patti Smith Horses, Trampin', The Patti Smith Masters

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Natalie Imbruglia is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Natalie Imbruglia White Lilies Island, Counting Down the Days, Left of the Middle

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Melanie Martinez is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Melanie Martinez Too Close (The Voice Performance), Seven Nation Army (The Voice Performance), Crazy

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, MTV Unplugged 2.0, Ms. Hill

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Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Alison Krauss Live, Forget About It, So Long So Wrong

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Birdy is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Birdy Fire Within, Live in London, People Help the People

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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Toni Braxton Snowflakes, Secrets, Un-Break My Heart

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Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Diana Krall Christmas Songs, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, When I Look in Your Eyes

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

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Lykke Li is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes, Get Some, Youth Novels

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Becky G is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Becky G Quiero Bailar (All Through the Night), Problem (From "Hotel Transylvania") (The Monster remix), Play It Again

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Miranda Lambert Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Four the Record, Kerosene

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Shirley Manson is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Shirley Manson Absolute Garbage

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Elle King is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Elle King Good to Be a Man

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PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
PJ Harvey Let England Shake, Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea

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Jennifer Nettles An Acoustic Evening with Jennifer Nettles II / Live from Eddie's Attic, An Acoustic Evening with Jennifer Nettles / Live from Eddie's Attic, That Girl

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Susan Boyle is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Susan Boyle I Dreamed a Dream, Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage, The Gift

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Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Linda Ronstadt A Merry Little Christmas, Heart Like a Wheel, What's New

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Victoria Justice Spectacular!, Best Friend's Brother, Victorious 2.0: More Music from the Hit TV Show

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Suzanne Vega is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Suzanne Vega Beauty & Crime, 99.9F°, Days of Open Hand

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Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Missy Elliott Under Construction, Supa Dupa Fly, Miss E ...So Addictive

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Halsey is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Halsey

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JoJo The High Road, JoJo, Agápē

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 91 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

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Ciara Goodies, Ciara: The Evolution, Goodies: The Videos & More

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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Janet Jackson Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, janet., Control

The Greatest Fictional Singers The Most Beautiful Actresses Ever

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Cher is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Cher Closer to the Truth, The Ugly Duckling, Heart of Stone

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Lea Michele Louder

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Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Natalie Cole Christmas With You, Unforgettable: With Love, This Will Be Natalie Cole's Everlasting Love

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Iggy Azalea Work, Glory, Change Your Life EP

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Grimes is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Grimes Visions, Darkbloom, Genesis

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Paramore is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Paramore Riot!, All We Know Is Falling, brand new eyes

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Sam Bailey is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Sam Bailey The Power of Love, Skyscraper