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List Rules 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.

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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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16,841 13,648
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Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B - See The Best Albums Of Whitney Houston

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2
10,376 10,979
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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues - See The Best Albums Of Aretha Franklin

3
14,826 12,257
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Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music - See The best Songs Of Celine Dion

4
11,624 12,904
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Jeff Bazell-Derby added Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music - See The Best Songs Of Barbra Streisand

5
11,155 12,586
Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

6
16,286 13,936
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Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B - See The Best Songs Of Mariah Carey

7
8,395 8,839
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KenWeiner added Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music - See The Best Albums Of Ella Fitzgerald

8
11,171 9,823
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tiummy added Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music - See The Best Songs Of Christina Aguilera

9
9,780 8,934
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mal1 added Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

10
6,759 8,872
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Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues - See The Best Songs Of Tina Turner

11
8,413 7,893
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Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music - See The Best Songs Of Donna Summer

12
7,223 10,929
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Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music - See The Best Albums Of Stevie Nicks

13
6,321 8,299
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KenWeiner added Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music - See The Best Songs Of Billie Holiday

14
5,685 8,434
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Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music - See The Best Albums Of Annie Lennox

15
5,710 8,915
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utcbest added Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music - See The Best Albums Of Janis Joplin

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16
5,064 6,985
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Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

17
4,936 7,547
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Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music - See The Best Albums Of Linda Ronstadt

18
4,647 7,969
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Diana Ross See The Best Albums Of Diana Ross

19
5,418 7,550
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huckleberry21 added Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - See The Best Songs Of Etta James

20
4,992 7,578
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Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul - See The Best Songs Of Alicia Keys

21
4,818 8,294
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Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock - See The Best Albums Of Olivia Newton-John

22
3,258 3,956
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

23
5,669 8,058
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First L added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music - See The Best Albums Of Madonna

24
5,614 6,305
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25
3,571 5,280
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Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

26
5,039 6,854
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27
5,370 7,431
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mal1 added Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

28
4,686 7,146
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P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

29
3,482 3,573
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
ABBA Synthpop, Disco, Pop music - See The Best Songs Of ABBA

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30
3,341 4,858
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Ann Wilson Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

31
4,361 6,565
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Cher Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop - See The Best Songs Of Cher

32
3,643 4,513
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Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

33
4,461 6,781
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FredNichols added Kelly Clarkson Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul - See The Best Songs Of Kelly Clarkson

34
2,597 3,072
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35
2,525 2,748
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Lady Gaga 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

36
3,839 4,937
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cyndi Lauper Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music - See The Best Songs Of Cyndi Lauper

37
2,920 4,048
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clash1977 added Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave - See The Best Albums Of Debbie Harry

38
2,601 3,685
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Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

39
3,577 4,021
Enya is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music - See The Best Albums Of Enya

40
3,102 4,360
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Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

41
2,464 3,427
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Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

42
3,670 5,029
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Gladys Knight Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

43
2,548 3,301
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Norah Jones Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

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44
3,114 4,168
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Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

45
2,411 3,334
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Sarah Vaughan Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

46
3,271 4,465
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Patti LaBelle Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

47
2,097 2,678
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

48
3,094 4,195
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Coolza added Édith Piaf Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

49
3,156 4,112
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Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

50
2,360 3,095
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music