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The Best Female Vocalists Ever  

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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 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. 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.

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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. 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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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

See: The Best Songs of Shania Twain

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Dolly Parton

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Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music
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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
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Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
FredNichols added Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

See: The Best Songs Of Kelly Clarkson

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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
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Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

See: The Best Albums Of Linda Ronstadt

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Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock
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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Disco, Pop music, Dance music
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Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music
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Cher is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

See: The Best Songs Of Cher

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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Brianna Edmonson added Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock
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Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music
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Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

See: The Best Albums of Pat Benetar 

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Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

See: The Best Songs of Sarah McLachlan

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Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

See: The Best Albums of Dusty Springfield

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Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad
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Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

See: The Best Albums Of Olivia Newton-John

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Enya is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

See: The Best Albums Of Enya

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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

See: The Best Albums of Carole King

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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Toni Braxton

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Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

See: The Best Songs of Norah Jones 

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Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
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Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop
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Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

See: The Best Songs of Sarah Vaughan