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List of the best female singers of all time, ranked by music fans and casual critics like you. Who are the greatest female vocalists ever? This list includes everyone from Aretha Franklin to Stevie Nicks to Christina Perri – those great women in music who have topped the charts for decades. Both solo singers and famous frontwomen in bands are among those on this list, as it is their voices to focus on here, not just their careers.

Vote: The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

This list of the top female singers are both living, like Adele and Madonna, and long gone, like Nico and Amy Winehouse, though their albums and singles continue to sell to loyal and new audiences. Vote up those great female voices you think should be at the top of the list, and vote down those who you think come in a bit flat. Click "rerank" to make a list of your own!

Rank: The Best Singers of All Time
list ordered by

1
19,556 14,978
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B - See The Best Albums Of Whitney Houston

2
11,704 12,337
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues - See The Best Albums Of Aretha Franklin

3
16,563 13,677
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music - See The best Songs Of Celine Dion

4
12,774 14,422
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Jeff Bazell-Derby added Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music - See The Best Songs Of Barbra Streisand

5
12,940 14,205
Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

6
18,191 15,422
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B - See The Best Songs Of Mariah Carey

7
9,432 9,736
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
KenWeiner added Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music - See The Best Albums Of Ella Fitzgerald

8
12,674 11,128
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
tiummy added Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music - See The Best Songs Of Christina Aguilera

9
10,875 9,789
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

10
7,601 9,676
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues - See The Best Songs Of Tina Turner

11
9,102 8,575
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music - See The Best Songs Of Donna Summer

12
8,169 11,719
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music - See The Best Albums Of Stevie Nicks

13
6,975 8,954
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
KenWeiner added Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music - See The Best Songs Of Billie Holiday

14
6,331 9,242
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music - See The Best Albums Of Annie Lennox

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15
6,116 7,838
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

16
6,405 9,703
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
utcbest added Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music - See The Best Albums Of Janis Joplin

17
5,462 8,243
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music - See The Best Albums Of Linda Ronstadt

18
6,059 8,112
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
huckleberry21 added Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - See The Best Songs Of Etta James

19
5,789 8,369
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul - See The Best Songs Of Alicia Keys

20
5,179 8,611
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Diana Ross See The Best Albums Of Diana Ross

21
3,824 4,557
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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22
6,183 6,943
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

23
6,447 8,405
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

24
5,632 7,845
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

25
3,557 3,494
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Lady Gaga Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music - She may be a freakshow, but she has some pipes on her.  Google Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga (or go to Youtube and look for it).  She can sing

26
5,172 8,989
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock - See The Best Albums Of Olivia Newton-John

27
5,612 7,404
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

28
6,365 9,004
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
First L added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music - See The Best Albums Of Madonna

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29
4,005 5,827
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

30
3,827 5,384
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ann Wilson Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

31
5,210 7,276
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
FredNichols added Kelly Clarkson Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul - See The Best Songs Of Kelly Clarkson

32
4,903 7,133
Cher is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cher Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop - See The Best Songs Of Cher

33
4,207 4,965
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

34
3,048 4,094
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

35
3,060 3,444
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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36
3,500 4,771
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

37
2,755 3,756
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

38
3,197 4,387
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
clash1977 added Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave - See The Best Albums Of Debbie Harry

39
4,215 5,307
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cyndi Lauper Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music - See The Best Songs Of Cyndi Lauper

40
4,065 5,287
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Gladys Knight Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

41
3,830 4,384
Enya is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music - See The Best Albums Of Enya

42
2,625 3,632
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sarah Vaughan Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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43
2,888 3,610
Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Norah Jones Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

44
2,825 3,428
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

45
3,407 4,456
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

46
3,634 4,733
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Patti LaBelle Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

47
2,359 2,970
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

48
3,375 4,482
Édith Piaf is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Édith Piaf Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

49
1,999 3,104
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

50
3,489 4,404
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music