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The Best Female Vocalists Ever

Updated October 28, 2020 1.8m votes 141.0k voters 1.9m views602 items

List RulesVote up the singers who can bring the best music to your ears with their voices.

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 all the famous female singers from Aretha Franklin to Stevie Nicks to Christina Perri – those great women in music who have topped the charts for decades, and perhaps landed them a Rolling Stone cover or two. 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. From the celebrated divas of the old guard, to the most popular artists of today, this list aims to celebrate the women whose powerful songs and strong live presence have earned them their spot in history. 

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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, be they American or located elsewhere in the world. 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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  • 26
    Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    5,697
    6,680

    Patti LaBelle

    Doo-wop, Girl group

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 27
    Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    6,692
    7,891

    Ann Wilson

    Rock music, Folk rock

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 28
    Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    6,926
    7,820

    Ariana Grande

    Pop, Contemporary R&B

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 29
    Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    9,427
    11,105

    Kelly Clarkson

    Country, Pop

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 30
    Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    4,115
    3,983

    Sia Furler

    Indie pop, Electronica

    NationalityAustralia

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  • 31
    Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    13,083
    15,626

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 32
    Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    10,352
    12,621

    Alicia Keys

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 33
    P!nk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    9,801
    12,465

    P!nk

    Pop punk, R&B

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 34
    Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    3,314
    3,937

    Roberta Flack

    Folk music, Rhythm and blues

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 35
    Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    3,427
    4,141

    Dionne Warwick

    Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 36
    Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    5,635
    6,743
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  • 37
    Carole King is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    4,157
    5,249

    Carole King

    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 38
    Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    5,819
    7,421

    Carrie Underwood

    Country pop, Christian

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 39
    Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    2,453
    2,856

    Joan Baez

    Americana, Pop music

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 40
    Cher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    7,408
    9,650

    Cher

    Hip hop music, Rock music

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 41
    Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    5,986
    7,967

    Pat Benatar

    New Wave, Rock music

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 42
    Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    4,697
    6,227

    Sarah McLachlan

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music

    NationalityCanada

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  • 43
    Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    4,352
    5,814

    Dusty Springfield

    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

    NationalityEngland

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  • 44
    The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    1,027
    936

    The Cranberries

    Jangle pop, New Wave
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  • 45
    Carly Simon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    3,342
    4,285

    Carly Simon

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 46
    Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    4,362
    5,765

    Norah Jones

    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 47
    Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    5,694
    7,652

    Shania Twain

    Country pop, Pop music

    NationalityCanada

    See: The Best Songs of Shania Twain

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  • 48
    Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    3,889
    5,153

    Rihanna

    R&B, Pop

    NationalityBarbados

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  • 49
    Blondie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    1,171
    1,003

    Blondie

    Hip hop music, Pop punk
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  • 50
    Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
    9,223
    12,790

    Janis Joplin

    Blues-rock, Rock music

    NationalityUnited States of America

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