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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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14,110 10,121
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Adele 21, 1988, 19

2
9,540 5,898
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WarrenMitchell added Beyoncé Knowles Beyonce, 4, I Am...Sasha Fierce

3
7,953 5,838
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Lady Gaga The Fame, Born This Way, Just Dance

4
9,204 8,773
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Taylor Swift 1989, Red, Speak Now

5
7,709 5,505
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Rihanna Loud, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna 3CD Collector's Set

6
8,036 6,171
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LanaTinaQueens added Christina Aguilera Back to Basics, My Kind of Christmas, Stripped

7
8,554 4,982
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mosquito234 added Ariana Grande My Everything, Yours Truly, Christmas Kisses EP

8
6,990 2,905
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Coolza added Sia Furler Some People Have Real Problems, Don't Bring Me Down E.P, OnlySee

9
7,463 7,478
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Katy Perry Prism, Prism (Acoustic), Teenage Dream

10
8,476 7,065
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P!nk M!ssundaztood, I'm Not Dead, Funhouse

11
5,769 5,224
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Alicia Keys Remixed & Unplugged in A minor, As I Am, Unplugged

12
6,021 3,865
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WarrenMitchell added Demi Lovato Don't Forget, Here We Go Again, Demi

13
6,378 5,839
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Kelly Clarkson Breakaway, Stronger, My December

14
5,479 4,280
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NormanBates added Shakira Live & Off the Record, Laundry Service, Where Are the Thieves?

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15
4,587 3,346
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Ellie Goulding Lights, Halcyon, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding

16
4,412 3,430
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Ralphie added Lorde Pure Heroine, The Love Club EP, Tennis Club EP

17
5,398 3,971
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MChi added Mariah Carey Daydream, Music Box, Mariah Carey

18
4,938 3,552
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Lana Del Rey Born to Die, Paradise, Lana Del Rey

19
3,519 985
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
5,991 5,230
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Carrie Underwood Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

21
5,718 3,791
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NormanBates added Madonna Rebel Heart, MDNA, Hard Candy

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2,272 1,379
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Florence Welch Team Perfect Cover Green Day's Nimrod

23
4,224 3,082
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radeo16 added Selena Gomez Stars Dance, Shake It Up, Come & Get It

24
4,157 2,499
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Coolza added Jessie J Domino, Alive, Who You Are

25
2,616 489
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Female Singers
Whitney Houston The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your Love

26
3,449 2,254
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Coolza added Gwen Stefani Love. Angel. Music. Baby., The Sweet Escape, The Sweet Escape

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3,528 3,306
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Avril Lavigne Let Go, My Happy Ending, Don't Tell Me

28
4,595 4,284
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nikosnikopoulos3 added Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time, Blackout, Oops!...I Did It Again

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2,793 1,928
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MChi added Miley Cyrus Can't Be Tamed, Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus, Breakout

30
2,464 2,027
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Boyle348 added Hayley Williams Stay The Night (Zedd & Kevin Drew Remix)

31
2,001 1,457
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Coolza added Norah Jones Come Away With Me, Feels Like Home, The Fall

32
956 727
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Coolza added Björk Homogenic, Debut, Vespertine

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1,929 1,578
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Amy Lee Aftermath

34
2,303 1,687
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Kesha Animal, Cannibal, TiK ToK

35
2,335 1,623
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Coolza added Leona Lewis Spirit, Best Kept Secret, Spirit (Deluxe Edition)

The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

36
1,189 384
Aretha is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Female Singers

37
1,932 1,248
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averagej123 added Christina Perri Lovestrong, Head or Heart, The Ocean Way Sessions

38
1,907 1,203
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himashashalini1993 added Jennifer Lopez Jenny From the Block, J.Lo, Dance Again

39
1,249 721
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himashashalini1993 added Nelly Furtado Loose, Whoa, Nelly!

40
2,063 1,234
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ErinElizabeth added Anna Kendrick Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2

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1,825 1,134
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Sara Bareilles Little Voice, The Blessed Unrest, Careful Confessions

42
1,093 364
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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1,490 1,148
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Carly Rae Jepsen Kiss, Tug of War, Kiss: The Remix

44
1,139 439
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
1,047 489
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AbzoluteArtistry added Kylie Minogue Fever, Light Years, Rhythm of Love

46
1,299 772
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Coolza added Rita Ora Ora, Radioactive Remixes, Shine Ya Light

47
2,259 1,652
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Nicki Minaj Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Starships

48
1,493 876
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mal1 added Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions, Tuesday Night Music Club

49
1,076 721
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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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1,259 773
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Colbie Caillat Coco, Breakthrough, Christmas in the Sand