80s Music The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today  

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List Rules Female artist who have had major impact in the 1980s, 1990s, and/or, the 2000s.

The greatest female artist since the 1980s are ranked and voted on through this countdown. In 1998, VH1 ranked the greatest women in rock, from the beginning of music all the way to the 1990s as voted on by fellow female artists. On this list, we ask music fans to rank the greatest female singers and artists who have made music and were active for the last thirty years. These women were chosen not only for their talent, but for their popularity and cultural impact on music. Among these women are 80s female singers like Madonna, who changed the landscape and format of pop music forever, as well as pop stars like Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Cher, Tina Turner, Joan Jett, and Stevie Nicks, who were recognized for their amazing contributions to their respective genres.

See also: the best current female singers and female singers you wish you could sing like

Fans, remember to only view each artist for their work made since the 1980s. Anything before that is completely irrelevant. The music scene began to shift in the '80s, and since then, video and imagery played a part in how people viewed or recognized music. The impact of 80s girl singers on pop culture was not only musical, but aesthetic as well. Some have had major impact because of their videos. Others because of their vocal ability. Many for their everlasting popularity. Either way, these famous artists will never be forgotten for the lasting impression they made on the music world. And this list salutes these particular 80s women and those to come after, so feel free to vote, music fans, to see which female artist left the biggest mark in music history.

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1
4,445 4,454
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Like a Virgin, Like a Prayer, Music

2
3,270 3,194
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your Love

3
3,021 3,171
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Private Dancer, What's Love Got to Do With It, Simply the Best

4
3,547 3,883
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Daydream, Music Box, Mariah Carey

5
2,252 2,764
Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
21, 19, Make You Feel My Love

6
2,596 2,389
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Falling into You, These Are Special Times, Miracle

7
2,011 2,266
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Bella Donna, Buckingham Nicks, Trouble in Shangri-La

8
1,518 1,250
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
TerryKeith added Lady Soul, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Young

9
2,021 2,488
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
She's So Unusual, True Colors, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

10
2,243 3,430
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, janet., Control

11
1,731 2,205
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

12
1,936 1,994
Cher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Closer to the Truth, The Ugly Duckling, Heart of Stone

13
1,950 2,220
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
M!ssundaztood, I'm Not Dead, Funhouse

14
1,467 1,848
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
KooKoo, Def Dumb & Blonde, Debravation

15
2,405 2,997
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
...Baby One More Time, Blackout, Oops!...I Did It Again

16
2,252 2,471
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Back to Basics, My Kind of Christmas, Stripped

17
1,353 2,449
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Jagged Little Pill, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, Under Rug Swept

18
1,413 1,731
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

19
1,882 3,179
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Dangerously in Love, 4, Beautiful Liar

20
1,537 2,032
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Back to Black, Frank, Lioness: Hidden Treasures

21
1,429 1,436
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
lappa21 added Bad Girls, Christmas Spirit, The Summer Collection: Greatest Hits - Queen of disco

22
1,372 2,074
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Remixed & Unplugged in A minor, As I Am, Unplugged

23
1,385 2,089
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Come On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me

24
1,425 1,881
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Love. Angel. Music. Baby., The Sweet Escape, The Sweet Escape

25
1,105 1,666
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

26
1,231 1,879
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

27
620 435
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Fernando, Arrival, Thank You for the Music

28
1,299 2,268
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Fearless, Speak Now, Red

29
1,566 2,023
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
The Fame, Born This Way, Just Dance

30
567 579
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
cameoappearance added Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

31
608 699
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
ChrisAlexVillal added Guilty, A Christmas Album, The Way We Were

32
968 814
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Coolza added Once Upon a Christmas, The Ultimate Collection, The Grass Is Blue

33
915 1,501
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Hounds of Love, The Dreaming, The Kick Inside

34
964 1,712
Björk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Homogenic, Debut, Vespertine

35
1,111 1,450
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Live & Off the Record, Laundry Service, Where Are the Thieves?

36
751 691
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Coolza added

37
1,229 1,832
Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Teenage Dream, E.T., One of the Boys

38
1,035 1,580
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Fever, Light Years, Rhythm of Love

39
897 1,788
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Tuesday Night Music Club

40
749 1,469
Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Kid 2000, Straight Ahead, Love Can Build a Bridge

41
1,065 1,540
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Loud, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna 3CD Collector's Set

42
543 706
Enya is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Coolza added Watermark, Paint the Sky With Stars, The Christmas EP

43
801 1,447
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, The Lion and the Cobra, Fire on Babylon

44
951 1,396
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Tracy Chapman, Crossroads, Fast Car

45
740 991
Gloria Estefan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Christmas Through Your Eyes, Anything for You, Gloria!

46
825 1,243
TLC is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
malmrphy added Crazy Sexy Cool, Ooooooohhh ... On the TLC Tip, 3D

47
1,044 1,661
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Breakaway, Stronger, My December

48
720 1,185
Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Come Away With Me, Feels Like Home, The Fall

49
674 1,067
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Solace, Wintersong, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

50
897 1,619
Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Mary, My Life, What's the 411?