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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!

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51
1,525 1,702
Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Roberta Flack Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

52
1,725 2,732
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Alanis Morissette Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

53
1,845 2,585
Carly Simon is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Carly Simon Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

54
2,159 2,664
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Bette Midler Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

55
2,800 4,589
Agnetha Fältskog is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Agnetha Fältskog Disco, Pop music, Rock music

56
2,182 3,316
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Sheryl Crow Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

57
1,894 2,155
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Jennifer Hudson Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

58
1,547 2,088
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Dionne Warwick Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

59
1,900 2,569
Chaka Khan is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Chaka Khan Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Disco

60
1,991 2,924
Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Amy Lee Alternative rock, Alternative metal

61
1,638 2,567
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
First L added Kate Bush Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

62
1,518 2,085
Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Natalie Cole Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

63
1,392 1,922
Shirley Bassey is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
WayneHarrison added Shirley Bassey Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

64
1,427 1,892
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years

65
1,340 1,664
Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Alison Krauss Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

66
1,411 1,704
Faith Hill is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Faith Hill Country pop, Country

67
1,478 1,721
Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Reba McEntire Country pop, Country rock, Country

68
1,527 1,962
Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Mary J. Blige Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

69
1,235 2,175
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sinéad O'Connor Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

70
1,358 1,837
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Bonnie Raitt Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

71
1,311 2,036
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Joan Jett Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well

72
1,646 2,200
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
MChi added Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

73
1,216 1,518
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Brianna Edmonson added Ariana Grande Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

74
1,420 1,935
Gloria Estefan is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Gloria Estefan Pop music, Latin pop, Dance-pop

75
898 839
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

76
1,239 1,788
k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
k.d. lang Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

77
1,250 1,828
Jewel is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Jewel Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music

78
1,841 2,719
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Gwen Stefani Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

The Best Female Rock Singers

79
1,815 2,386
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Maria Callas Opera

80
1,102 1,465
Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Doris Day Traditional pop music, Big band

81
1,129 1,415
Cass Elliot is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cass Elliot Pop music, Folk rock

82
1,016 1,230
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
SlashLover added Demi Lovato Indie pop, Blues-rock, Synthpop

83
1,437 2,114
Bonnie Tyler is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Bonnie Tyler Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

84
1,495 2,046
Leona Lewis is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Leona Lewis Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

85
1,081 1,971
Björk is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

86
852 1,580
Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Chrissie Hynde New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

87
2,023 3,219
Anni-Frid Lyngstad is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
malone added Anni-Frid Lyngstad Pop music, Rock music, Schlager music - Jazz ,Pop (Lead singer from Abba! also known as Frida),rock,classic.... a, mezzo soprano /alto, capable of singing sweetly or with great power...an allround vocalist with a unique golden voice,and a very beautiful ,gracious ...

88
1,760 2,316
Liza Minnelli is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Terence Lee added Liza Minnelli Pop music

89
1,258 1,851
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

90
1,303 2,188
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
MChi added Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

91
3,015 4,719
Susan Boyle is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Susan Boyle Torch song, Pop music, Classical music

92
1,093 1,604
LeAnn Rimes is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
LeAnn Rimes Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

The Best Coachella Year Ever

93
987 1,290
Anne Murray is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
JeffMissinne added Anne Murray Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music - Pop music, country music, easy listening.

94
872 1,391
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Mahalia Jackson Gospel music

95
907 1,412
Peggy Lee is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Peggy Lee Traditional pop music, Jazz

96
1,279 1,751
Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Anita Baker Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz

97
983 1,572
Florence Welch is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Florence Welch Indie pop, Neo soul, Alternative rock

98
920 1,559
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Lana Del Rey Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

99
1,363 2,098
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

100
1,023 1,705
Joss Stone is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Joss Stone Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul