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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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1,753 2,844
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Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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52
1,388 1,552
Roberta Flack is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Roberta Flack Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

53
1,578 2,567
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mal1 added Alanis Morissette Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

54
1,986 2,523
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
1,719 2,460
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Ashtro1969 added Carly Simon Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

56
2,719 4,429
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Agnetha Fältskog Disco, Pop music, Rock music

57
2,071 3,152
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mal1 added Sheryl Crow Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

58
1,756 2,419
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
1,397 1,956
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Dionne Warwick Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

60
1,521 2,421
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First L added Kate Bush Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

61
1,662 2,012
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mal1 added Jennifer Hudson Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

62
1,372 1,279
Jackie Evancho is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
JoyceZG added Jackie Evancho Crossover

63
1,792 2,776
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Amy Lee Alternative rock, Alternative metal

64
1,279 1,788
Shirley Bassey is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
WayneHarrison added Shirley Bassey Popular music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

65
1,376 1,968
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Natalie Cole Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

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66
1,324 1,790
Gloria Estefan is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Gloria Estefan Pop music, Latin pop, Dance-pop

67
1,208 1,543
Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Alison Krauss Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

68
1,289 1,764
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

69
1,133 2,003
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sinéad O'Connor Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

70
1,245 1,713
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Bonnie Raitt Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

71
1,263 1,592
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mal1 added Faith Hill Country pop, Country

72
1,338 1,611
Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Reba McEntire Country pop, Country rock, Country

73
1,726 2,265
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Maria Callas Opera

74
1,140 1,699
Jewel is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Jewel Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music

75
1,196 1,919
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Joan Jett Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

76
1,702 2,542
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Gwen Stefani Hip Pop R&B, Synthpop, New Wave

77
1,466 2,011
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MChi added Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

78
1,121 1,639
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
1,369 1,828
Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Mary J. Blige Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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80
995 1,367
Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Doris Day Traditional pop music, Big band

81
1,360 1,989
Bonnie Tyler is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Bonnie Tyler Ballad, Wagnerian rock, Pop music

82
1,040 1,308
Cass Elliot is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cass Elliot Pop music, Folk rock

83
1,374 1,931
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mal1 added Leona Lewis Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

84
1,954 3,105
Anni-Frid Lyngstad is listed (or ranked) 84 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 ...

85
2,917 4,575
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Coolza added Susan Boyle Torch song, Pop music, Classical music

86
906 1,307
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Brianna Edmonson added Ariana Grande Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

87
666 718
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

88
750 1,473
Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Chrissie Hynde New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

89
900 1,184
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
967 1,821
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Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

91
1,186 2,048
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MChi added Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

92
981 1,511
LeAnn Rimes is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
LeAnn Rimes Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

93
1,132 1,742
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mal1 added Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

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94
833 1,313
Peggy Lee is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Peggy Lee Traditional pop music, Jazz

95
1,668 2,205
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Terence Lee added Liza Minnelli Pop music

96
883 1,464
Florence Welch is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Florence Welch Indie pop, Neo soul, Alternative rock

97
1,251 1,913
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
941 1,608
Joss Stone is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Joss Stone Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Neo soul

99
1,166 1,669
Anita Baker is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Anita Baker Adult contemporary music, Quiet storm, Smooth jazz

100
793 1,287
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Mahalia Jackson Gospel music