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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!

Rank: The Best Singers of All Time


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  1. 1
    + 13938
    - 10977
    Whitney Houston

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

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  2. 2
    + 9509
    - 10511
    Barbra Streisand

    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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  3. 3
    + 8762
    - 9684

    often listed
    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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  4. 4
    + 8523
    - 8586
    Aretha Franklin

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues See The Best Albums Of Aretha Franklin

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  5. 5
    + 12060
    - 10143
    Celine Dion

    ranked low on reranks
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music See The best Songs Of Celine Dion

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  6. 6
    + 13618
    - 11023
    Mariah Carey


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

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  7. 7
    + 9036
    - 7561
    Christina Aguilera

    ranked low on reranks & added by tiummy
    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music See The Best Songs Of Christina Aguilera

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  8. 8
    + 6864
    - 7138
    Ella Fitzgerald

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

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  9. 9
    + 7588
    - 7426
    Karen Carpenter

    added by mal1
    Pop music, Soft rock

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  10. 10
    + 5704
    - 7275
    Tina Turner


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

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  11. 11
    + 7164
    - 6580
    Donna Summer


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

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  12. 12
    + 5381
    - 6833
    Billie Holiday

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

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  13. 13
    + 5908
    - 9463
    Stevie Nicks


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

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  14. 14
    + 4723
    - 6874
    Annie Lennox


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

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  15. 15
    + 4665
    - 7265
    Janis Joplin

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

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  16. 16
    + 4553
    - 6292
    Etta James

    added by huckleberry21
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll See The Best Songs Of Etta James

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  17. 17
    + 2753
    - 4104
    Pat Benatar


    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  18. 18
    + 3715
    - 5225


    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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  19. 19
    + 3927
    - 6663
    Diana Ross
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  20. 20
    + 3859
    - 6381
    Linda Ronstadt


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

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  21. 21
    + 3590
    - 5477
    Kelly Clarkson

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

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  22. 22
    + 4560
    - 5960
    Madonna

    ranked low on reranks & added by First L
    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music See The Best Albums Of Madonna

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  23. 23
    + 3845
    - 6734
    Olivia Newton-John


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

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  24. 24
    + 3999
    - 6076
    Alicia Keys


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

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  25. 25
    + 4540
    - 5230
    Julie Andrews

    ranked low on reranks

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  26. 26
    + 3542
    - 5484
    Cher

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

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  27. 27
    + 3795
    - 5990
    P!nk


    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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  28. 28
    + 3120
    - 4069

    added by misterp01
    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music See The Best Songs Of Cyndi Lauper

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  29. 29
    + 4246
    - 6056
    Judy Garland


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  30. 30
    + 2496
    - 2743


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

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  31. 31
    + 4206
    - 5916
    Beyoncé Knowles

    often listed & added by mal1
    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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  32. 32
    + 2886
    - 3262

    ranked low on reranks
    New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music See The Best Albums Of Enya

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  33. 33
    + 2236
    - 3331
    Debbie Harry

    added by clash1977
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave See The Best Albums Of Debbie Harry

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  34. 34
    + 2748
    - 3681
    Dolly Parton


    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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  35. 35
    + 1838
    - 2156
    Sade Adu

    ranked low on reranks

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  36. 36
    + 2536
    - 3622


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  37. 37
    + 2382
    - 3318


    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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  38. 38
    + 2589
    - 4237
    Ann Wilson

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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  39. 39
    + 1730
    - 2155


    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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  40. 40
    + 820
    - 577

    added by JoyceZG
    Crossover

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  41. 41
    + 2656
    - 3594
    Sarah McLachlan


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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  42. 42
    + 2059
    - 3011
    Nina Simone


    Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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  43. 43
    + 1901
    - 2914
    Dusty Springfield


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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  44. 44
    + 2085
    - 2640


    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

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  45. 45
    + 3160
    - 4497
    Gladys Knight


    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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  46. 46
    + 1434
    - 1782

    added by Ashtro1969
    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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  47. 47
    + 2828
    - 3876
    Patti LaBelle


    Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

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  48. 48
    + 2032
    - 2774
    Sarah Vaughan


    Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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  49. 49
    + 2661
    - 3525
    Toni Braxton


    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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    + 2648
    - 3666
    Édith Piaf

    added by Coolza
    Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

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