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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
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    Whitney Houston

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

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  2. 2
    + 9337
    - 10380
    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
    + 8585
    - 9503

    often listed
    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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  4. 4
    + 8379
    - 8477
    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
    + 11864
    - 10038
    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
    + 13448
    - 10881
    Mariah Carey


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

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  7. 7
    + 8875
    - 7451
    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
    + 6759
    - 7043
    Ella Fitzgerald

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

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  9. 9
    + 7482
    - 7331
    Karen Carpenter

    added by mal1
    Pop music, Soft rock

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  10. 10
    + 5632
    - 7170
    Tina Turner


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

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  11. 11
    + 7065
    - 6524
    Donna Summer


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

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  12. 12
    + 5319
    - 6739
    Billie Holiday

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

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  13. 13
    + 5823
    - 9372
    Stevie Nicks


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

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  14. 14
    + 4665
    - 6770
    Annie Lennox


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

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  15. 15
    + 4600
    - 7159
    Janis Joplin

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

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  16. 16
    + 4489
    - 6209
    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
    + 2702
    - 4015
    Pat Benatar


    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  18. 18
    + 3882
    - 6567
    Diana Ross
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  19. 19
    + 3523
    - 5380
    Kelly Clarkson

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

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  20. 20
    + 3784
    - 6307
    Linda Ronstadt


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

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  21. 21
    + 4472
    - 5850
    Madonna

    added by First L
    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music See The Best Albums Of Madonna

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  22. 22
    + 3624
    - 5120


    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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  23. 23
    + 3494
    - 5375
    Cher


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

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  24. 24
    + 3791
    - 6637
    Olivia Newton-John


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

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  25. 25
    + 3944
    - 5974
    Alicia Keys


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

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  26. 26
    + 4485
    - 5160
    Julie Andrews

    ranked low on reranks

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  27. 27
    + 3737
    - 5902
    P!nk

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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  28. 28
    + 3054
    - 4017

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

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  29. 29
    + 4203
    - 5993
    Judy Garland


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  30. 30
    + 2441
    - 2700


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

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  31. 31
    + 2829
    - 3223

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

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  32. 32
    + 4139
    - 5816
    Beyoncé Knowles

    added by mal1
    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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  33. 33
    + 2191
    - 3292
    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
    + 1788
    - 2117
    Sade Adu


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  35. 35
    + 2552
    - 4191
    Ann Wilson

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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  36. 36
    + 2693
    - 3648
    Dolly Parton


    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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  37. 37
    + 2497
    - 3583


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  38. 38
    + 2331
    - 3292


    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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  39. 39
    + 763
    - 538

    added by JoyceZG
    Crossover

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  40. 40
    + 1870
    - 2887
    Dusty Springfield


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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  41. 41
    + 2027
    - 2983
    Nina Simone


    Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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  42. 42
    + 1692
    - 2119


    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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  43. 43
    + 2622
    - 3570
    Sarah McLachlan


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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  44. 44
    + 3128
    - 4471
    Gladys Knight


    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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  45. 45
    + 2798
    - 3846
    Patti LaBelle


    Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

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  46. 46
    + 1394
    - 1726

    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
    + 2010
    - 2746
    Sarah Vaughan


    Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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  48. 48
    + 2479
    - 3857
    Agnetha Fältskog


    Disco, Pop music, Rock music

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  49. 49
    + 2047
    - 2611


    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

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  50. 50
    + 2633
    - 3490
    Toni Braxton


    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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