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
4,611 4,590
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
3,412 3,308
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
3,121 3,287
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
3,650 4,034
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Daydream, Music Box, Mariah Carey
5
2,359 2,884
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
2,732 2,472
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
2,101 2,347
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
2,102 2,562
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
She's So Unusual, True Colors, Girls Just Want to Have Fun
9
1,611 1,326
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
1,798 2,274
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction
11
2,293 3,548
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, janet., Control
12
2,026 2,058
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
2,020 2,305
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
1,524 1,912
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
KooKoo, Def Dumb & Blonde, Debravation
15
2,485 3,083
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
2,318 2,547
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
1,401 2,502
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
1,482 1,771
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
1,596 2,090
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Back to Black, Frank, Lioness: Hidden Treasures
20
1,937 3,271
Beyoncé is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Dangerously in Love, 4, Beautiful Liar
21
1,452 2,123
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Come On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me
22
1,486 1,479
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
1,422 2,120
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Remixed & Unplugged in A minor, As I Am, Unplugged
24
696 463
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Fernando, Arrival, Thank You for the Music
25
1,470 1,929
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Love. Angel. Music. Baby., The Sweet Escape, The Sweet Escape