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
4,385 4,381
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
3,186 3,165
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
2,965 3,139
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
3,493 3,829
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Daydream, Music Box, Mariah Carey

5
2,215 2,726
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
2,542 2,342
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
1,979 2,228
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
1,479 1,223
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
1,995 2,452
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
2,200 3,389
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
1,700 2,176
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
1,889 1,964
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
1,920 2,188
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
1,449 1,821
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
KooKoo, Def Dumb & Blonde, Debravation

15
2,368 2,953
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
2,209 2,437
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
1,334 2,417
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
1,852 3,133
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Dangerously in Love, 4, Beautiful Liar

19
1,387 1,711
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

20
1,516 2,004
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
1,407 1,419
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
1,355 2,056
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
1,364 2,070
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
1,401 1,863
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
1,091 1,645
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

26
1,212 1,860
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

27
1,277 2,225
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Fearless, Speak Now, Red

28
593 420
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Fernando, Arrival, Thank You for the Music

29
1,529 1,994
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
547 563
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
581 679
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
895 1,484
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Hounds of Love, The Dreaming, The Kick Inside

33
945 1,694
Björk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Homogenic, Debut, Vespertine

34
938 801
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Coolza added Once Upon a Christmas, The Ultimate Collection, The Grass Is Blue

35
1,085 1,435
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
1,207 1,806
Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Teenage Dream, E.T., One of the Boys

37
732 680
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Coolza added

38
1,010 1,572
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
887 1,776
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
1,047 1,519
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Loud, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna 3CD Collector's Set

41
735 1,456
Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Kid 2000, Straight Ahead, Love Can Build a Bridge

42
528 692
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
789 1,433
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
938 1,377
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Tracy Chapman, Crossroads, Fast Car

45
812 1,217
TLC is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
malmrphy added Crazy Sexy Cool, Ooooooohhh ... On the TLC Tip, 3D

46
722 972
Gloria Estefan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Christmas Through Your Eyes, Anything for You, Gloria!

47
1,025 1,621
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Breakaway, Stronger, My December

48
704 1,147
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
662 1,023
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today
Solace, Wintersong, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

50
885 1,575
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?