The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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List Criteria: Vote up the singers who can bring the best music to your ears with their voices.

List of the best female singers of all time, ranked by music fans and casual critics like you. Who are the greatest female vocalists ever? This list includes everyone from Aretha Franklin to Stevie Nicks to Christina Perri – those great women in music who have topped the charts for decades. Both solo singers and famous frontwomen in bands are among those on this list, as it is their voices to focus on here, not just their careers.

Vote: The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

This list of the top female singers are both living, like Adele and Madonna, and long gone, like Nico and Amy Winehouse, though their albums and singles continue to sell to loyal and new audiences. Vote up those great female voices you think should be at the top of the list, and vote down those who you think come in a bit flat. Click "rerank" to make a list of your own!

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    Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B See The Best Albums Of Whitney Houston

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    Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues See The Best Albums Of Aretha Franklin

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    Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

    the people's #1 & added by Jeff Bazell-Derby
    Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music See The Best Songs Of Barbra Streisand

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    Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B See The Best Songs Of Mariah Carey

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    Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music See The best Songs Of Celine Dion

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    Adele is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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    Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music See The Best Songs Of Christina Aguilera

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    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music See The Best Albums Of Ella Fitzgerald

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    New Wave, Disco, Pop music See The Best Songs Of Donna Summer

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    Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Pop music, Soft rock

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    Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues See The Best Songs Of Tina Turner

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    Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music See The Best Albums Of Stevie Nicks

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    Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music See The Best Songs Of Billie Holiday

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    Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music See The Best Albums Of Annie Lennox

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    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music See The Best Albums Of Janis Joplin

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    Madonna is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music See The Best Albums Of Madonna

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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock See The Best Albums Of Olivia Newton-John

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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll See The Best Songs Of Etta James

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    Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music See The Best Albums Of Linda Ronstadt

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    Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Julie Andrews

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    Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul See The Best Songs Of Alicia Keys

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    Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Diana Ross See The Best Albums Of Diana Ross

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    Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Sade Adu

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    Cher is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Cher Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop See The Best Songs Of Cher

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    Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Cyndi Lauper Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music See The Best Songs Of Cyndi Lauper

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    Enya is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music See The Best Albums Of Enya

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    Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Kelly Clarkson Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul See The Best Songs Of Kelly Clarkson

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    P!nk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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    ABBA is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    ABBA Synthpop, Disco, Pop music See The Best Songs Of ABBA

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    Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Judy Garland

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    Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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    Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave See The Best Albums Of Debbie Harry

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    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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    Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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    Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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    Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music She may be a freakshow, but she has some pipes on her.  Google Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga (or go to Youtube and look for it).  She can sing

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    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

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    Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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    Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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    Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

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    Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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    Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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    Édith Piaf is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Édith Piaf Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

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    Crossover

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