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List Rules Vote 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 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
1,958 3,005
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Alanis Morissette Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

52
1,709 1,918
Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Roberta Flack Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

53
2,023 2,802
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
2,385 2,887
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
2,233 2,398
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Jennifer Hudson Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

56
2,349 3,570
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
2,250 3,170
Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Amy Lee Alternative rock, Alternative metal

58
1,710 2,293
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
2,917 4,840
Agnetha Fältskog is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Agnetha Fältskog Disco, Pop music, Rock music

60
2,091 2,788
Chaka Khan is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Chaka Khan Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Disco

61
1,690 2,270
Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Natalie Cole Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

62
1,220 1,042
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

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63
1,680 1,879
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Brianna Edmonson added Ariana Grande Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

64
1,793 2,802
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
First L added Kate Bush Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

65
1,716 1,896
Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Reba McEntire Country pop, Country rock, Country

66
1,613 1,881
Faith Hill is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Faith Hill Country pop, Country

67
1,517 2,124
Shirley Bassey is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
WayneHarrison added Shirley Bassey Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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68
1,500 1,846
Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Alison Krauss Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

69
1,749 2,164
Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Mary J. Blige Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

70
1,584 2,108
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

71
1,486 2,227
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Joan Jett Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

72
1,585 2,108
Gloria Estefan is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Gloria Estefan Pop music, Latin pop, Dance-pop

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73
1,884 2,440
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
MChi added Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

74
1,384 2,395
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sinead O'Connor Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

75
2,076 2,959
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
1,505 2,007
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Bonnie Raitt Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

77
1,415 2,024
Jewel is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Jewel Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music

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78
1,355 1,996
k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
k.d.lang Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

79
1,343 1,479
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
SlashLover added Demi Lovato Indie pop, Blues-rock, Synthpop

80
1,925 2,566
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Maria Callas Opera

81
1,495 2,008
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

82
1,241 1,639
Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Doris Day Traditional pop music, Big band

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83
1,274 1,563
Cass Elliot is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cass Elliot Pop music, Folk rock

84
1,684 2,223
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
1,659 2,364
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

86
1,553 2,281
Bonnie Tyler is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Bonnie Tyler Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

87
1,507 2,378
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
MChi added Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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88
976 1,753
Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Chrissie Hynde New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

89
1,217 2,198
Björk is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

90
1,230 1,592
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Jessie J Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

91
1,115 1,779
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Lana Del Rey Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

92
1,141 1,735
Florence Welch is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Florence Welch Indie pop, Neo soul, Alternative rock

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93
229 85
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Diana Ross Disco, Pop music, Dance music

94
1,227 1,765
LeAnn Rimes is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
LeAnn Rimes Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

95
2,117 3,391
Anni-Frid Lyngstad is listed (or ranked) 95 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
 and sophisticated lady too.

96
2,592 3,272
Lara Fabian is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
wildswan added Lara Fabian Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Dance music

97
973 1,543
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Mahalia Jackson Gospel music

98
3,150 4,900
Susan Boyle is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Susan Boyle Torch song, Pop music, Classical music

99
1,010 1,554
Peggy Lee is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Peggy Lee Traditional pop music, Jazz

100
1,109 1,430
Anne Murray is listed (or ranked) 100 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.