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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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  1. 1
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    most listed
    Whitney Houston

    Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B More
    98
  2. 2
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    Down 3594
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music More
    93
  3. 3
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    the people's #1
    Barbra Streisand

    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music More
    93
    added by: HectorL.Medina
  4. 4
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    Down 3815
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B More
    92
  5. 5
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    89
  6. 6
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    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    83
    added by: KenWeiner
  7. 7
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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
  9. 9
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    Pop music, Soft rock More
    79
    added by: mal1
  10. 10
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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues More
    79
  11. 11
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    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music More
    72
    added by: tiummy
  12. 12
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    ranked low on reranks
    Julie Andrews

    70
  13. 13
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    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    69
    added by: KenWeiner
  14. 14
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    68
  15. 15
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    Down 2136
    Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music More
    68
  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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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    67
    added by: huckleberry21
  18. 18
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    Disco, Pop music, Dance music More
    66
  19. 19
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music More
    65
    added by: utcbest
  20. 20
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    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music More
    63
  21. 21
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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul More
    63
  22. 22
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    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk More
    63
  23. 23
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    Disco, Pop music, Rock music More
    63
  24. 24
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    Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad More
    62
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Olivia Newton-John

    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock More
    61
  26. 26
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
    61
  27. 27
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    Down 1928
    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul More
    61
    added by: FredNichols
  28. 28
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    Opera More
    61
  29. 29
    Up 1425
    Down 1986
    Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop More
    60
  30. 30
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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    60
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Linda Ronstadt

    New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music More
    60
  32. 32
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    Torch song, Pop music, Classical music More
    59
    added by: Coolza
  33. 33
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    Down 2165
    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music More
    59
    added by: mal1
  34. 34
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    Down 1238
    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music More
    59
  35. 35
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    ranked low on reranks
    Anni-Frid Lyngstad

    Pop music, Rock music, Schlager music More
    59
    added by: malone
    Jazz ,Pop (Lead singer from Abba! also known as Frida),rock,classic.... a, mezzo soprano ... more
  36. 36
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    59
  37. 37
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    Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret More
    58
    added by: Coolza
  38. 38
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    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion More
    58
  39. 39
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    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music More
    58
  40. 40
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock More
    58
  41. 41
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    Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    58
  42. 42
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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    57
  43. 43
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    often listed
    Cyndi Lauper

    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music More
    56
    added by: misterp01
  44. 44
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    New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music More
    56
  45. 45
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    56
    added by: mal1
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    often listed
    Debbie Harry

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave More
    56
    added by: clash1977
  47. 47
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    Synthpop, Disco, Pop music More
    56
  48. 48
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    often listed
    Dusty Springfield

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music More
    56
  49. 49
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Dance music More
    55
  50. 50
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    Lied, Gothic metal, Operatic pop More
    55
    added by: mrblond
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