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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Dido No Angel, Life for Rent, Safe Trip Home

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

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Rita Ora Ora, Radioactive Remixes, Shine Ya Light

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Björk Homogenic, Debut, Vespertine

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Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 55 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) 56 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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Lily Allen Alright^! Still, F.U.E.P., Sheezus

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Charli XCX True Romance, What I Like, 14

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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Current Female Singers

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 60 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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Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Gladys Knight Gladys Knight and the Pips, Before Me, Many Different Roads

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Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Debbie Harry KooKoo, Def Dumb & Blonde, Debravation

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

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Jordin Sparks Jordin Sparks, Battlefield, Jordin Sparks

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Iggy Azalea Work, Glory, Change Your Life EP

The Greatest Female Gospel Singers 16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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Tove Lo is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Tove Lo Truth Serum, Queen of the Clouds

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LeAnn Rimes Unchained Melody: The Early Years, Sittin' on Top of the World, Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart

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Halsey is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Halsey

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Cher Lloyd Sticks & Stones, Girlfriend, Walk This Way

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

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Rachel Platten is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Rachel Platten Be Here, Work of Art

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Lea Michele Louder

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

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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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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Toni Braxton Snowflakes, Secrets, Un-Break My Heart

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Melanie Martinez is listed (or ranked) 76 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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Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Alison Krauss Live, Forget About It, So Long So Wrong

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Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Missy Elliott Under Construction, Supa Dupa Fly, Miss E ...So Addictive

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Cher is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Cher Closer to the Truth, The Ugly Duckling, Heart of Stone

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Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 80 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) 81 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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Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 82 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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Paramore is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Paramore Riot!, All We Know Is Falling, brand new eyes

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Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 84 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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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Janet Jackson Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, janet., Control

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Alessia Cara is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Alessia Cara Know-It-All

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Marina Diamandis is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Marina Diamandis The Family Jewels, Electra Heart, FROOT

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Kelly Rowland Commander (Remixes), Simply Deep, Ms. Kelly

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Elle King is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Elle King Good to Be a Man

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

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Birdy is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Birdy Fire Within, Live in London, People Help the People

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Susan Boyle is listed (or ranked) 92 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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Shirley Manson is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Shirley Manson Absolute Garbage

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Ella Henderson is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Ella Henderson Chapter One, Ghost, Ghost (Remixes)

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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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Robyn Robyn, Body Talk, Part 3

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Diana Krall is listed (or ranked) 97 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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Victoria Justice Spectacular!, Best Friend's Brother, Victorious 2.0: More Music from the Hit TV Show

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JoJo The High Road, JoJo, Agápē

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Duffy Rockferry, Mercy, Aimée Duffy