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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 and making some of the best pop songs of 2018 could easily be among the best of all time without contest. Including new female artists who are rising stars in music, 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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15,616 11,181
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Adele 21, 1988, 19

2
10,719 7,178
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WarrenMitchell added Beyoncé Knowles Beyonce, 4, I Am...Sasha Fierce

3
9,033 6,938
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Lady Gaga The Fame, Born This Way, Just Dance

4
8,792 6,450
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Rihanna Loud, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna 3CD Collector's Set

5
10,181 10,283
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Taylor Swift 1989, Red, Speak Now

6
9,715 5,994
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
mosquito234 added Ariana Grande My Everything, Yours Truly, Christmas Kisses EP

7
9,584 7,683
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P!nk M!ssundaztood, I'm Not Dead, Funhouse

8
8,962 7,085
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LanaTinaQueens added Christina Aguilera Back to Basics, My Kind of Christmas, Stripped

9
8,106 8,520
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Katy Perry Prism, Prism (Acoustic), Teenage Dream

10
7,960 3,503
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Coolza added Sia Furler Some People Have Real Problems, Don't Bring Me Down E.P, OnlySee

11
6,571 5,785
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Alicia Keys Remixed & Unplugged in A minor, As I Am, Unplugged

12
7,216 6,329
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Kelly Clarkson Breakaway, Stronger, My December

13
6,914 4,491
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WarrenMitchell added Demi Lovato Don't Forget, Here We Go Again, Demi

14
6,107 4,907
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NormanBates added Shakira Live & Off the Record, Laundry Service, Where Are the Thieves?

The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years

15
5,042 4,032
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Ellie Goulding Lights, Halcyon, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding

16
4,884 4,126
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Ralphie added Lorde Pure Heroine, The Love Club EP, Tennis Club EP

17
6,561 5,727
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Carrie Underwood Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

18
5,933 4,687
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MChi added Mariah Carey Daydream, Music Box, Mariah Carey

19
5,390 4,212
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Lana Del Rey Born to Die, Paradise, Lana Del Rey

20
4,302 1,404
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Jerry Vond added Celine Dion Falling into You, These Are Special Times, Miracle

21
6,067 4,530
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
NormanBates added Madonna Rebel Heart, MDNA, Hard Candy

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22
4,782 3,750
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radeo16 added Selena Gomez Stars Dance, Shake It Up, Come & Get It

23
4,665 2,943
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Coolza added Jessie J Domino, Alive, Who You Are

24
3,313 804
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Whitney Houston The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your Love

25
2,591 1,861
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Florence Welch Team Perfect Cover Green Day's Nimrod

26
3,831 3,840
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Avril Lavigne Let Go, My Happy Ending, Don't Tell Me

27
3,783 2,696
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Coolza added Gwen Stefani Love. Angel. Music. Baby., The Sweet Escape, The Sweet Escape

28
4,973 4,810
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nikosnikopoulos3 added Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time, Blackout, Oops!...I Did It Again

Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

29
2,740 2,431
Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Boyle348 added Hayley Williams Stay The Night (Zedd & Kevin Drew Remix)

30
3,205 2,423
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MChi added Miley Cyrus Can't Be Tamed, Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout

31
2,215 1,914
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Amy Lee Aftermath

32
2,608 1,942
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Coolza added Leona Lewis Spirit, Best Kept Secret, Spirit (Deluxe Edition)

33
1,505 673
Aretha is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Female Singers

34
2,229 1,814
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Coolza added Norah Jones Come Away With Me, Feels Like Home, The Fall

35
2,603 2,045
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Kesha Animal, Cannibal, TiK ToK

21 Most Annoyingly Over-Used Movie Trailer Songs

36
2,147 1,543
Christina Perri is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
averagej123 added Christina Perri Lovestrong, Head or Heart, The Ocean Way Sessions

37
2,151 1,566
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himashashalini1993 added Jennifer Lopez Jenny From the Block, J.Lo, Dance Again

38
1,100 1,104
Björk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Coolza added Björk Homogenic, Debut, Vespertine

39
2,337 1,528
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ErinElizabeth added Anna Kendrick Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2

40
1,995 1,411
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Sara Bareilles Little Voice, The Blessed Unrest, Careful Confessions

41
1,413 1,022
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himashashalini1993 added Nelly Furtado Loose, Whoa, Nelly!

42
1,627 1,490
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Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss, Tug of War, Kiss: The Remix

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43
2,532 2,036
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Nicki Minaj Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships

44
1,477 1,067
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Coolza added Rita Ora Ora, Radioactive Remixes, Shine Ya Light

45
1,266 620
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Jeremy Harding added Annie Lennox Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

46
1,642 1,126
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mal1 added Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Tuesday Night Music Club

47
1,324 699
Tori Kelly is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
ChristinaMorley added Tori Kelly Fill a Heart, Foreword, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

48
2,147 1,487
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Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson, I Remember Me, Think Like a Man

49
1,388 985
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Colbie Caillat Coco, Breakthrough, Christmas in the Sand

50
1,176 975
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First L added Emeli Sandé Our Version of Events, Live at the Royal Albert Hall, iTunes Session