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List Rules Only female artists who currently have singles out, are on tour, or have new albums.

The best female singers currently performing could easily be among the best of all time without contest. These are the most talented female singers in the world (and some of the most successful female musicians as well) here for you to rank from best to worst.

These women represent some of the women who have sold the most albums, female singers with the most awards (including women who have won Grammys), female vocalists with incredible vocal ranges, and just some of the most talented women in entertainment. Some of these top female singers, like Florence Welch, are just becoming exposed to a wide audience, while others like Adele and Taylor Swift are known around the world for their vocal talents.

Featuring young pop stars, famous artists, black vocalists, and more, this list has it all! 

Who are the greatest female singers today? Which women are the best vocalists? Are the best female singers today the most popular girl singers ever? These are tough questions we'll attempt to answer with this list of the best current female singers. If your favorite female singer isn't on the list, make sure to add her so she can contend for the #1 spot as the top current female singer.

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12,507 9,052
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Adele 21, 1988, 19

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2
8,403 4,493
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WarrenMitchell added Beyoncé Knowles Beyonce, 4, I Am...Sasha Fierce

3
6,693 4,786
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Lady Gaga The Fame, Born This Way, Just Dance

4
8,089 7,225
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Taylor Swift 1989, Red, Speak Now

5
6,757 6,280
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Katy Perry Prism, Prism (Acoustic), Teenage Dream

6
5,868 2,083
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Coolza added Sia Furler Some People Have Real Problems, Don't Bring Me Down E.P, OnlySee

7
7,088 5,262
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LanaTinaQueens added Christina Aguilera Back to Basics, My Kind of Christmas, Stripped

8
6,598 4,602
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Rihanna Loud, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna 3CD Collector's Set

9
7,368 3,929
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mosquito234 added Ariana Grande My Everything, Yours Truly, Christmas Kisses EP

10
7,276 6,531
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P!nk M!ssundaztood, I'm Not Dead, Funhouse

11
4,968 4,635
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Alicia Keys Remixed & Unplugged in A minor, As I Am, Unplugged

12
4,813 3,623
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NormanBates added Shakira Live & Off the Record, Laundry Service, Where Are the Thieves?

13
5,578 5,309
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Kelly Clarkson Breakaway, Stronger, My December

14
5,070 3,211
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WarrenMitchell added Demi Lovato Don't Forget, Here We Go Again, Demi

15
4,154 2,712
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Ellie Goulding Lights, Halcyon, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding

The Greatest Female Gospel Singers Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

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3,918 2,776
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Ralphie added Lorde Pure Heroine, The Love Club EP, Tennis Club EP

17
4,427 2,967
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Lana Del Rey Born to Die, Paradise, Lana Del Rey

18
4,859 3,291
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MChi added Mariah Carey Daydream, Music Box, Mariah Carey

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2,753 530
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Jerry Vond added Celine Dion Falling into You, These Are Special Times, Miracle

20
5,499 4,744
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Carrie Underwood Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

21
1,921 909
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Florence Welch Team Perfect Cover Green Day's Nimrod

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5,378 3,127
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NormanBates added Madonna Rebel Heart, MDNA, Hard Candy

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3,661 2,455
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radeo16 added Selena Gomez Stars Dance, Shake It Up, Come & Get It

24
3,749 2,082
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Coolza added Jessie J Domino, Alive, Who You Are

25
3,193 2,845
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Avril Lavigne Let Go, My Happy Ending, Don't Tell Me

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3,086 1,810
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Coolza added Gwen Stefani Love. Angel. Music. Baby., The Sweet Escape, The Sweet Escape

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1,900 158
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Whitney Houston The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your Love

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4,225 3,753
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nikosnikopoulos3 added Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time, Blackout, Oops!...I Did It Again

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792 267
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Coolza added Björk Homogenic, Debut, Vespertine

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2,186 1,655
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Boyle348 added Hayley Williams Stay The Night (Zedd & Kevin Drew Remix)

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2,306 1,459
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MChi added Miley Cyrus Can't Be Tamed, Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout

32
1,772 1,109
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Coolza added Norah Jones Come Away With Me, Feels Like Home, The Fall

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1,087 409
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himashashalini1993 added Nelly Furtado Loose, Whoa, Nelly!

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1,733 922
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averagej123 added Christina Perri Lovestrong, Head or Heart, The Ocean Way Sessions

35
1,673 1,270
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Amy Lee Aftermath

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1,687 823
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himashashalini1993 added Jennifer Lopez Jenny From the Block, J.Lo, Dance Again

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912 189
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AbzoluteArtistry added Kylie Minogue Fever, Light Years, Rhythm of Love

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1,986 1,380
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Kesha Animal, Cannibal, TiK ToK

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2,096 1,367
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Coolza added Leona Lewis Spirit, Best Kept Secret, Spirit (Deluxe Edition)

40
935 157
Tori Kelly is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
ChristinaMorley added Tori Kelly Fill a Heart, Foreword, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

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1,363 821
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Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss, Tug of War, Kiss: The Remix

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1,659 874
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Sara Bareilles Little Voice, The Blessed Unrest, Careful Confessions

43
887 118
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Jeremy Harding added Annie Lennox Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

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1,833 982
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ErinElizabeth added Anna Kendrick Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2

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1,119 504
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Coolza added Rita Ora Ora, Radioactive Remixes, Shine Ya Light

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878 115
Aretha is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Female Singers

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981 479
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First L added Emeli Sandé Our Version of Events, Live at the Royal Albert Hall, iTunes Session

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769 303
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drea22 added Lily Allen Alright, Still, F.U.E.P.

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872 310
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himashashalini1993 added Charli XCX True Romance, What I Like, 14

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2,006 1,333
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Nicki Minaj Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships