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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    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
    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music See The Best Songs Of Barbra Streisand

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    Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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

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    Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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

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

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    added by KenWeiner
    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


    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


    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


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

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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Madonna is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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

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

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

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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) 20 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) 21 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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


    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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    See The Best Albums Of Diana Ross

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


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

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


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    Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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

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    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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


    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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    Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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

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

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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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

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    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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

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

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    Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 36 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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    Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock 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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    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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    Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

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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


    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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    Crossover

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    Édith Piaf is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

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