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The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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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 10 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 Criteria: female singer

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  1. 1
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    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    97
  2. 2
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Barbra Streisand

    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    94
    added by: HectorL.Medina
  3. 3
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    ranked low on reranks
    Celine Dion

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    93
  4. 4
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    ranked low on reranks
    Mariah Carey

    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    92
  5. 5
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Aretha Franklin

    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    86
  6. 6
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    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    82
    added by: KenWeiner
  7. 7
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    ranked low on reranks
    Donna Summer

    New Wave, Disco, Pop music More
    81
  8. 8
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Adele

    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music More
    80
  9. 9
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    often listed &controversial
    Tina Turner

    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    79
  10. 10
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    Pop music, Soft rock More
    77
    added by: mal1
  11. 11
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    ranked low on reranks
    Julie Andrews

    71
  12. 12
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    often listed &controversial
    Linda Ronstadt

    New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music More
    71
  13. 13
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    70
  14. 14
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    controversial
    Billie Holiday

    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    68
    added by: KenWeiner
  15. 15
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Etta James

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    68
    added by: huckleberry21
  16. 16
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Stevie Nicks

    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    68
  17. 17
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    Diana Ross

    Disco, Pop music, Dance music More
    67
  18. 18
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    66
    added by: utcbest
  19. 19
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    often listed &controversial
    Christina Aguilera

    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music More
    66
    added by: ucsunnydale
  20. 20
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    often listed &controversial
    Annie Lennox

    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    66
  21. 21
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    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly More
    66
  22. 22
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    Disco, Pop music, Rock music More
    65
  23. 23
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Olivia Newton-John

    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock More
    65
  24. 24
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    often listed &controversial
    Pat Benatar

    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    64
  25. 25
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    64
  26. 26
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    ranked low on reranks
    Patti LaBelle

    Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad More
    64
  27. 27
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    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music More
    64
  28. 28
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ann Wilson

    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    64
  29. 29
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    often listed &controversial
    Pink

    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk More
    63
  30. 30
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    Torch song, Pop music, Classical music More
    63
    added by: Coolza
  31. 31
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Cher

    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
    63
  32. 32
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    ranked low on reranks
    Toni Braxton

    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music More
    63
  33. 33
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kelly Clarkson

    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
    62
    added by: FredNichols
  34. 34
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    ranked low on reranks
    Anni-Frid Lyngstad

    Pop music, Rock music, Schlager music More
    62
    added by: malone
    Jazz ,Pop (Lead singer from Abba! also known as Frida),rock,classic.... a, mezzo soprano ... more
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    controversial
    Beyoncé

    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music More
    61
    added by: mal1
  36. 36
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    Lied, Gothic metal, Operatic pop More
    60
    added by: mrblond
  37. 37
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    60
  38. 38
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Amy Winehouse

    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    59
  39. 39
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    Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    59
  40. 40
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Dance music More
    59
  41. 41
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    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music More
    59
  42. 42
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Debbie Harry

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave More
    57
    added by: clash1977
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    often listed &controversial
    Cyndi Lauper

    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
    56
    added by: misterp01
  44. 44
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Dusty Springfield

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music More
    56
  45. 45
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    often listed
    Sarah McLachlan

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock More
    55
  46. 46
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    Synthpop, Disco, Pop music More
    54
  47. 47
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Édith Piaf

    Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret More
    54
    added by: Coolza
  48. 48
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Carole King

    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music More
    53
    added by: Ashtro1969
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Joni Mitchell

    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz More
    53
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    Amy Lee

    Alternative rock, Alternative metal More
    52
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