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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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16,043 11,520
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Adele 21, 1988, 19

2
11,084 7,517
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WarrenMitchell added Beyoncé Knowles Beyonce, 4, I Am...Sasha Fierce

3
9,350 7,250
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Lady Gaga The Fame, Born This Way, Just Dance

4
9,139 6,718
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Rihanna Loud, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna 3CD Collector's Set

5
8,271 3,721
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Coolza added Sia Furler Some People Have Real Problems, Don't Bring Me Down E.P, OnlySee

6
10,099 6,279
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
9,224 7,351
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LanaTinaQueens added Christina Aguilera Back to Basics, My Kind of Christmas, Stripped

8
9,913 7,880
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P!nk M!ssundaztood, I'm Not Dead, Funhouse

9
10,474 10,630
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Taylor Swift 1989, Red, Speak Now

10
6,820 5,944
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Alicia Keys Remixed & Unplugged in A minor, As I Am, Unplugged

11
7,183 4,667
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WarrenMitchell added Demi Lovato Don't Forget, Here We Go Again, Demi

12
8,289 8,793
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Katy Perry Prism, Prism (Acoustic), Teenage Dream

13
7,471 6,474
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Kelly Clarkson Breakaway, Stronger, My December

14
6,300 5,056
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NormanBates added Shakira Live & Off the Record, Laundry Service, Where Are the Thieves?

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15
4,545 1,531
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Jerry Vond added Celine Dion Falling into You, These Are Special Times, Miracle

16
5,161 4,214
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Ellie Goulding Lights, Halcyon, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding

17
6,744 5,865
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Carrie Underwood Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

18
6,107 4,866
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MChi added Mariah Carey Daydream, Music Box, Mariah Carey

19
5,526 4,379
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Lana Del Rey Born to Die, Paradise, Lana Del Rey

20
5,018 4,282
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Ralphie added Lorde Pure Heroine, The Love Club EP, Tennis Club EP

21
3,551 902
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 21 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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22
6,195 4,698
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
NormanBates added Madonna Rebel Heart, MDNA, Hard Candy

23
4,797 3,083
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Coolza added Jessie J Domino, Alive, Who You Are

24
4,952 3,942
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radeo16 added Selena Gomez Stars Dance, Shake It Up, Come & Get It

25
2,683 1,982
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Florence Welch Team Perfect Cover Green Day's Nimrod

26
3,895 2,799
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Coolza added Gwen Stefani Love. Angel. Music. Baby., The Sweet Escape, The Sweet Escape

27
3,918 3,989
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Avril Lavigne Let Go, My Happy Ending, Don't Tell Me

28
5,072 4,960
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nikosnikopoulos3 added Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time, Blackout, Oops!...I Did It Again

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29
3,360 2,544
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MChi added Miley Cyrus Can't Be Tamed, Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout

30
2,824 2,531
Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Boyle348 added Hayley Williams Stay The Night (Zedd & Kevin Drew Remix)

31
1,607 757
Aretha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Female Singers

32
2,691 2,025
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Coolza added Leona Lewis Spirit, Best Kept Secret, Spirit (Deluxe Edition)

33
2,276 2,013
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Amy Lee Aftermath

34
2,285 1,907
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Coolza added Norah Jones Come Away With Me, Feels Like Home, The Fall

35
2,689 2,155
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Kesha Animal, Cannibal, TiK ToK

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36
2,201 1,629
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
2,404 1,618
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ErinElizabeth added Anna Kendrick Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2

38
2,222 1,665
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himashashalini1993 added Jennifer Lopez Jenny From the Block, J.Lo, Dance Again

39
2,040 1,488
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Sara Bareilles Little Voice, The Blessed Unrest, Careful Confessions

40
1,455 1,100
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himashashalini1993 added Nelly Furtado Loose, Whoa, Nelly!

41
1,124 1,202
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Coolza added Björk Homogenic, Debut, Vespertine

42
1,303 697
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Jeremy Harding added Annie Lennox Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

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43
2,637 2,125
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Nicki Minaj Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships

44
1,395 768
Tori Kelly is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
ChristinaMorley added Tori Kelly Fill a Heart, Foreword, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

45
1,525 1,146
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Coolza added Rita Ora Ora, Radioactive Remixes, Shine Ya Light

46
1,660 1,589
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Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss, Tug of War, Kiss: The Remix

47
2,226 1,541
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Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson, I Remember Me, Think Like a Man

48
1,686 1,199
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mal1 added Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Tuesday Night Music Club

49
1,423 1,048
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Colbie Caillat Coco, Breakthrough, Christmas in the Sand

50
1,189 815
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AbzoluteArtistry added Kylie Minogue Fever, Light Years, Rhythm of Love