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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Lady Gaga The Fame, Born This Way, Just Dance

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

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

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

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

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Taylor Swift 1989, Red, Speak Now

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Katy Perry Prism, Prism (Acoustic), Teenage Dream

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

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

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Carrie Underwood Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

15
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Demi Lovato Don't Forget, Here We Go Again, Demi

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+ - 3,923 4,750
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Ellie Goulding Lights, Halcyon, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding

17
+ - 4,164 5,237
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Lana Del Rey Born to Die, Paradise, Lana Del Rey

18
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Lorde Pure Heroine, The Love Club EP, Tennis Club EP

19
+ - 2,407 1,708
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

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Mariah Carey Daydream, Music Box, Mariah Carey

21
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Madonna Rebel Heart, MDNA, Hard Candy

22
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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 22 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

24
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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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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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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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Amy Lee Aftermath

33
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Miley Cyrus Can't Be Tamed, Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout

34
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Christina Perri Lovestrong, Head or Heart, The Ocean Way Sessions

35
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Aretha is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Female Singers

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Anna Kendrick Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2

37
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Kesha Animal, Cannibal, TiK ToK

38
+ - 1,567 2,213
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Sara Bareilles Little Voice, The Blessed Unrest, Careful Confessions

39
+ - 1,682 2,775
Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson, I Remember Me, Think Like a Man

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

42
+ - 766 722
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Annie Lennox Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

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

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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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+ - 1,865 3,164
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Nicki Minaj Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships

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Colbie Caillat Coco, Breakthrough, Christmas in the Sand

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+ - 1,249 1,842
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Miranda Lambert Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Four the Record, Kerosene

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Björk Homogenic, Debut, Vespertine

50
+ - 821 1,121
Tori Kelly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Tori Kelly Fill a Heart, Foreword, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)