female singers The Best Current Female Singers  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
594.3k votes 58k voters 1.6M views 229 items

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.

1
16,368 11,810
Ranker Video
Adele 21, 1988, 19

2
11,390 7,805
Ranker Video
WarrenMitchell added Beyoncé Knowles Beyonce, 4, I Am...Sasha Fierce

3
9,583 7,547
Ranker Video
Lady Gaga The Fame, Born This Way, Just Dance

4
10,468 6,516
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
mosquito234 added Ariana Grande My Everything, Yours Truly, Christmas Kisses EP

5
9,408 6,960
Ranker Video
Rihanna Loud, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna 3CD Collector's Set

6
8,511 3,945
Ranker Video
Coolza added Sia Furler Some People Have Real Problems, Don't Bring Me Down E.P, OnlySee

7
9,436 7,580
Ranker Video
LanaTinaQueens added Christina Aguilera Back to Basics, My Kind of Christmas, Stripped

8
10,163 8,097
Ranker Video
P!nk M!ssundaztood, I'm Not Dead, Funhouse

9
10,750 10,878
Ranker Video
Taylor Swift 1989, Red, Speak Now

10
7,016 6,093
Ranker Video
Alicia Keys Remixed & Unplugged in A minor, As I Am, Unplugged

11
7,429 4,817
Ranker Video
WarrenMitchell added Demi Lovato Don't Forget, Here We Go Again, Demi

12
8,447 9,014
Ranker Video
Katy Perry Prism, Prism (Acoustic), Teenage Dream

13
7,649 6,622
Ranker Video
Kelly Clarkson Breakaway, Stronger, My December

14
6,468 5,209
Ranker Video
NormanBates added Shakira Live & Off the Record, Laundry Service, Where Are the Thieves?

The Smartest Celebrities

15
4,736 1,647
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
6,882 5,985
Ranker Video
Carrie Underwood Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

17
6,267 5,014
Ranker Video
MChi added Mariah Carey Daydream, Music Box, Mariah Carey

18
5,255 4,369
Ranker Video
Ellie Goulding Lights, Halcyon, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding

19
5,656 4,502
Ranker Video
Lana Del Rey Born to Die, Paradise, Lana Del Rey

20
5,129 4,432
Ranker Video
Ralphie added Lorde Pure Heroine, The Love Club EP, Tennis Club EP

21
3,742 994
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

The 30 Most WTF Sex Tips from Magazines

22
6,280 4,849
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
NormanBates added Madonna Rebel Heart, MDNA, Hard Candy

23
4,903 3,191
Ranker Video
Coolza added Jessie J Domino, Alive, Who You Are

24
5,110 4,076
Ranker Video
radeo16 added Selena Gomez Stars Dance, Shake It Up, Come & Get It

25
3,975 2,916
Ranker Video
Coolza added Gwen Stefani Love. Angel. Music. Baby., The Sweet Escape, The Sweet Escape

26
2,748 2,093
Ranker Video
Florence Welch Team Perfect Cover Green Day's Nimrod

27
4,001 4,102
Ranker Video
Avril Lavigne Let Go, My Happy Ending, Don't Tell Me

28
5,175 5,078
Ranker Video
nikosnikopoulos3 added Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time, Blackout, Oops!...I Did It Again

The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time

29
3,481 2,654
Ranker Video
MChi added Miley Cyrus Can't Be Tamed, Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout

30
2,911 2,610
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
1,678 827
Aretha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Female Singers

32
898 48
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Female Singers

33
2,751 2,099
Ranker Video
Coolza added Leona Lewis Spirit, Best Kept Secret, Spirit (Deluxe Edition)

34
2,331 2,093
Ranker Video
Amy Lee Aftermath

35
2,331 1,986
Ranker Video
Coolza added Norah Jones Come Away With Me, Feels Like Home, The Fall

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

36
2,659 2,205
Ranker Video
Kesha Animal, Cannibal, TiK ToK

37
2,257 1,692
Christina Perri is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
averagej123 added Christina Perri Lovestrong, Head or Heart, The Ocean Way Sessions

38
2,453 1,687
Ranker Video
ErinElizabeth added Anna Kendrick Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2

39
2,303 1,745
Ranker Video
himashashalini1993 added Jennifer Lopez Jenny From the Block, J.Lo, Dance Again

40
2,088 1,554
Ranker Video
Sara Bareilles Little Voice, The Blessed Unrest, Careful Confessions

41
1,488 1,165
Ranker Video
himashashalini1993 added Nelly Furtado Loose, Whoa, Nelly!

42
1,141 1,282
Ranker Video
Coolza added Björk Homogenic, Debut, Vespertine

The Best Songs on Drake's Album Scorpion

43
2,714 2,210
Ranker Video
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships

44
1,448 821
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
551 335
Marina & the Diamonds is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
sk8erhorse added Marina Diamandis The Family Jewels, Electra Heart, FROOT

46
1,576 1,210
Ranker Video
Coolza added Rita Ora Ora, Radioactive Remixes, Shine Ya Light

47
1,333 759
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Jeremy Harding added Annie Lennox Diva, Why, Songs of Mass Destruction

48
2,293 1,580
Ranker Video
Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson, I Remember Me, Think Like a Man

49
1,729 1,250
Ranker Video
mal1 added Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Tuesday Night Music Club

50
1,692 1,664
Ranker Video
Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss, Tug of War, Kiss: The Remix