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The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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!

Rank: The Best Singers of All Time
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    most listed
    Whitney Houston

    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    98
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    94
  3. 3
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    92
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    the people's #1
    Barbra Streisand

    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    92
    added by: HectorL.Medina
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    87
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    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    82
    added by: KenWeiner
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    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
    81
  8. 8
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    New Wave, Disco, Pop music More
    81
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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    78
  10. 10
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    Pop music, Soft rock More
    78
    added by: mal1
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    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music More
    72
    added by: tiummy
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    ranked low on reranks
    Julie Andrews

    70
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    68
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    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    68
    added by: KenWeiner
  15. 15
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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    67
  16. 16
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    67
    added by: huckleberry21
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    Disco, Pop music, Dance music More
    66
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    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    65
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    64
    added by: utcbest
  20. 20
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    63
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    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music More
    63
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    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk More
    62
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    Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad More
    61
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    61
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    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
    61
    added by: FredNichols
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Olivia Newton-John

    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock More
    61
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    Disco, Pop music, Rock music More
    61
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    Torch song, Pop music, Classical music More
    61
    added by: Coolza
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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
    60
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    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music More
    59
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    Down 2007
    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music More
    59
    added by: mal1
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Linda Ronstadt

    New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music More
    59
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    59
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    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music More
    58
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    Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    58
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Amy Winehouse

    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    57
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    ranked low on reranks
    Anni-Frid Lyngstad

    Pop music, Rock music, Schlager music More
    57
    added by: malone
    Jazz ,Pop (Lead singer from Abba! also known as Frida),rock,classic.... a, mezzo soprano ... more
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Dance music More
    56
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    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
    56
    added by: misterp01
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    Lied, Gothic metal, Operatic pop More
    55
    added by: mrblond
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Pat Benatar

    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    55
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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music More
    54
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    54
    added by: Ashtro1969
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock More
    54
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    Synthpop, Disco, Pop music More
    54
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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave More
    53
    added by: clash1977
  47. 47
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    Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret More
    53
    added by: Coolza
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    53
    added by: Ashtro1969
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    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music More
    52
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Joni Mitchell

    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz More
    52
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