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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.

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

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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues - See The Best Albums Of Aretha Franklin

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Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music - See The best Songs Of Celine Dion

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Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music - See The Best Songs Of Barbra Streisand

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

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

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Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music - See The Best Songs Of Christina Aguilera

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Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music - See The Best Albums Of Ella Fitzgerald

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Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

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

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

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

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Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music - See The Best Songs Of Billie Holiday

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

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

The Best Female Rock Singers The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

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Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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

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

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

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+ - 3,051 3,800
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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Diana Ross See The Best Albums Of Diana Ross

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Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - See The Best Songs Of Etta James

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Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music - See The Best Albums Of Madonna

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Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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ABBA is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
ABBA Synthpop, Disco, Pop music - See The Best Songs Of ABBA

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P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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

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Ann Wilson Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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

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Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cyndi Lauper Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music - See The Best Songs Of Cyndi Lauper

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Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave - See The Best Albums Of Debbie Harry

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+ - 3,478 3,879
Enya is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music - See The Best Albums Of Enya

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Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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+ - 2,244 2,574
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
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

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Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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Norah Jones Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

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Sarah Vaughan Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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Gladys Knight Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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Édith Piaf Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

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+ - 1,993 2,571
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Patti LaBelle Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

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Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music