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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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1,434 1,599
Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Roberta Flack Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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52
1,632 2,622
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
2,057 2,574
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Bette Midler Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

54
1,771 2,498
Carly Simon is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Carly Simon Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

55
2,753 4,484
Agnetha Fältskog is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Agnetha Fältskog Disco, Pop music, Rock music

56
2,118 3,203
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
1,457 1,992
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Dionne Warwick Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

58
1,809 2,464
Chaka Khan is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Chaka Khan Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Disco

59
1,748 2,051
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Jennifer Hudson Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

60
1,571 2,475
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
First L added Kate Bush Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

61
1,331 1,832
Shirley Bassey is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
WayneHarrison added Shirley Bassey Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

62
1,843 2,829
Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Amy Lee Alternative rock, Alternative metal

63
1,423 2,009
Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Natalie Cole Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

64
1,266 1,579
Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Alison Krauss Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

65
1,359 1,839
Gloria Estefan is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Gloria Estefan Pop music, Latin pop, Dance-pop

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66
1,333 1,811
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

67
1,395 1,644
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
1,320 1,628
Faith Hill is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Faith Hill Country pop, Country

69
1,293 1,749
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Bonnie Raitt Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

70
1,171 2,064
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sinéad O'Connor Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

71
1,172 1,686
k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
k.d. lang Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

72
1,529 2,074
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
MChi added Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

73
1,236 1,966
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Joan Jett Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

74
1,756 2,308
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Maria Callas Opera

75
1,748 2,612
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Gwen Stefani Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

76
1,176 1,749
Jewel is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Jewel Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music

77
1,417 1,870
Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Mary J. Blige Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

78
1,044 1,401
Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Doris Day Traditional pop music, Big band

79
1,389 2,035
Bonnie Tyler is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Bonnie Tyler Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

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80
1,075 1,346
Cass Elliot is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cass Elliot Pop music, Folk rock

81
1,415 1,974
Leona Lewis is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Leona Lewis Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

82
1,000 1,371
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Brianna Edmonson added Ariana Grande Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

83
739 764
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

84
1,715 2,241
Liza Minnelli is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Terence Lee added Liza Minnelli Pop music

85
1,980 3,151
Anni-Frid Lyngstad is listed (or ranked) 85 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 ...

86
796 1,516
Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Chrissie Hynde New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

87
2,957 4,632
Susan Boyle is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Susan Boyle Torch song, Pop music, Classical music

88
1,006 1,873
Björk is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

89
936 1,221
Anne Murray is listed (or ranked) 89 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.

90
1,230 2,092
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
1,024 1,539
LeAnn Rimes is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
LeAnn Rimes Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

92
859 1,350
Peggy Lee is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Peggy Lee Traditional pop music, Jazz

93
1,165 1,779
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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94
824 1,319
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Mahalia Jackson Gospel music

95
919 1,504
Florence Welch is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Florence Welch Indie pop, Neo soul, Alternative rock

96
852 1,108
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
SlashLover added Demi Lovato Indie pop, Blues-rock, Synthpop

97
1,281 1,940
Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
First L added Emmylou Harris Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

98
1,203 1,692
Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Anita Baker Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz

99
807 1,012
Connie Francis is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
FranF added Connie Francis Country pop, Rock music, Traditional pop music - Connie Francis is the best selling female recording artist ever.  From pop to ballads to rock to the ability to sing in multiple languages with her sweet yet powerful voice makes her worthy of being the best female vocalist ...

100
965 1,643
Joss Stone is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Joss Stone Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul