Singers The Best Female Vocalists Ever  

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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 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.

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!

Rank: The Best Singers of All Time

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51
2,618 2,670
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Jennifer Hudson Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

52
2,513 3,461
Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Amy Lee Alternative rock, Alternative metal

53
1,901 2,152
Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Roberta Flack Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

54
2,233 3,052
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
2,250 2,340
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Brianna Edmonson added Ariana Grande Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

56
2,618 3,159
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Bette Midler Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

57
593 238
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Diana Ross Disco, Pop music, Dance music

58
2,310 3,035
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
2,532 3,852
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Sheryl Crow Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

60
1,919 2,532
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Dionne Warwick Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

61
3,015 5,094
Agnetha Fältskog is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Agnetha Fältskog Disco, Pop music, Rock music

62
1,538 1,300
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

63
1,872 2,481
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
1,835 2,094
Faith Hill is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Faith Hill Country pop, Country

65
1,923 3,047
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
First L added Kate Bush Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

66
1,961 2,108
Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Reba McEntire Country pop, Country rock, Country

67
1,980 2,380
Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Mary J. Blige Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

68
1,720 1,796
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
SlashLover added Demi Lovato Indie pop, Blues-rock, Synthpop

69
2,314 3,282
Gwen Stefani is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Gwen Stefani Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

70
1,687 2,050
Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Alison Krauss Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

71
2,183 2,745
Shakira is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
MChi added Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

72
1,694 2,193
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Bonnie Raitt Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

73
1,759 2,319
Gloria Estefan is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Gloria Estefan Pop music, Latin pop, Dance-pop

74
1,765 2,326
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

75
1,633 2,322
Shirley Bassey is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
WayneHarrison added Shirley Bassey Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

76
1,636 2,442
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Joan Jett Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

77
1,511 2,651
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sinead O'Connor Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

78
1,564 2,243
Jewel is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Jewel Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music

79
1,750 2,205
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

80
1,496 2,226
k.d. lang is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
k.d.lang Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

81
1,999 2,677
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

82
1,873 2,418
Leona Lewis is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Leona Lewis Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

83
1,380 1,829
Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Doris Day Traditional pop music, Big band

84
2,045 2,755
Maria Callas is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Maria Callas Opera

85
1,431 1,732
Cass Elliot is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cass Elliot Pop music, Folk rock

86
1,719 2,615
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
MChi added Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

87
1,439 1,807
Jessie J is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Jessie J Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

88
1,302 2,035
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Lana Del Rey Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

89
1,300 1,922
Florence Welch is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Florence Welch Indie pop, Neo soul, Alternative rock

90
1,329 2,431
Björk is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

91
1,079 1,936
Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Chrissie Hynde New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

92
1,666 2,469
Bonnie Tyler is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Bonnie Tyler Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

93
990 1,234
Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Martina McBride Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Country

94
1,249 1,350
Selena is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Selena Mexican cumbia, Pop music, Latin American music

95
1,090 1,710
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Mahalia Jackson Gospel music

96
1,557 2,022
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
1,361 1,962
LeAnn Rimes is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
LeAnn Rimes Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

98
1,247 1,594
Anne Murray is listed (or ranked) 98 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.

99
3,273 5,113
Susan Boyle is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Susan Boyle Torch song, Pop music, Classical music

100
1,103 1,708
Peggy Lee is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Peggy Lee Traditional pop music, Jazz