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The Best Female Jazz Singers

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The best female jazz singers in music history have a sound that's like no other. Their melodies and tones captivate us and keep us coming back for more. Many of the women on this list have been gone for decades, but their incomparable jazz vocals will live on forever. Vote for your favorite female jazz vocalists and vote down any you don't like. Also, if you have a favorite who isn't listed here, add her. You can also rerank this list of top female jazz vocalists any way you like, including all of them or just a few. Enjoy!

How can any list of top female jazz vocalists not include the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan? Their unparalleled talents are indisputable. Once you get into the best female jazz singers' top 10, it's really hard to pick one over the other.

Arguments can be made, of course, that Sarah Vaughan's versatility makes her the best. Some might say that no one can or will ever match Ella Fitzgerald's incredible tone (and certainly her scat abilities). Others would argue that Billie Holiday is not only the greatest female jazz singer in history -- but one of the best female vocalists ever.

Some of the best modern female jazz singers include the always wonderful Diana Krall, Melody Gardot and certainly Esperanza Spalding and yes, Norah Jones. Norah's sound is more of a jazzy fusion, but she makes the list. Defining a pure jazz singer isn't always easy: Like Norah, some of the women listed here are both jazz and blues. Either way, they're all fabulous, so vote!

List Criteria: Only Jazz singers. No other genres

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    the people's #1
    Ella Fitzgerald

    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music More
    100
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    most listed
    Billie Holiday

    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music More
    97
  3. 3
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    Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz More
    88
  4. 4
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    Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    76
  5. 5
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    Traditional pop music, Jazz More
    74
  6. 6
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    controversial
    Norah Jones

    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion More
    66
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Amy Winehouse

    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul More
    66
    added by: TommyWimmer
  8. 8
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    Vocal jazz, Post-bop, Jazz More
    65
  9. 9
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Anita O'Day

    Vocal jazz, Bebop More
    65
    added by: motosaki
  10. 10
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    ranked low on reranks
    Nancy Wilson

    Pop music, Cabaret, Jazz More
    63
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    ranked low on reranks
    Diana Krall

    Traditional pop music, Jazz, Bossa nova More
    63
  12. 12
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    Jazz More
    62
  13. 13
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    ranked low on reranks
    Dinah Washington

    Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz, Rhythm and blues More
    61
  14. 14
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    Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz More
    61
    added by: aschultze
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    60
  16. 16
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    Ballad, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz More
    60
  17. 17
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm More
    60
  18. 18
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    Pop music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz More
    57
  19. 19
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    Jazz, Blues More
    57
  20. 20
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    Jazz, Blues More
    55
    added by: jstyles1948
  21. 21
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    Neo soul, Jazz fusion, Jazz More
    55
  22. 22
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    Folk music, Jazz, Country More
    52
  23. 23
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    Popular music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    50
    added by: jstyles1948
  24. 24
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    Smooth jazz, Post-bop, Jazz More
    50
    added by: RsdofnyUs
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    Jazz fusion, Jazz More
    49
    added by: MarkBroersen
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    Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop More
    48
  27. 27
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    ranked low on reranks
    Etta Jones

    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    46
    added by: jstyles1948
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lil Hardin Armstrong

    Jazz More
    45
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Carmen Lundy

    Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion More
    44
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alice Coltrane

    Kozmigroov, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz More
    44
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    ranked low on reranks
    Melody Gardot

    Acoustic music, Jazz, Blues More
    44
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    ranked low on reranks
    Madeleine Peyroux

    Jazz, Blues More
    41
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    Pop music, Jazz, Blues More
    40
  34. 34
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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Dance music More
    40
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    Vocal jazz, Jazz More
    39
  36. 36
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    Pop music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
    39
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    Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    39
  38. 38
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    Pop music, Jazz, Country More
    37
  39. 39
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    Jazz, Blues More
    36
    added by: jstyles1948
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    Girl group, Swing music, Boogie-woogie More
    36
    added by: aschultze
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    35
    added by: jstyles1948
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    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Pop rock More
    35
    added by: JohnRivera1
    Jazz, Smooth-Jazz, Neo-Soul, Blues singer!
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    Rhythm and blues, Jazz More
    35
    added by: undulatingacrobat
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    Traditional pop music, Jazz More
    35
    added by: patrick.christie
  45. 45
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    Jazz More
    35
    added by: jstyles1948
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    Simone Kopmajer

    34
    added by: Ofuu3
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    Diana Panton

    34
    added by: patrick.christie
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    Kristin Asbjørnsen

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    added by: zxray
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    Jazz More
    33
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    new! Roseanna Vitro

    33
    added by: Jazzflamer
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