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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!

Rank: The Best Singers of All Time
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1
18,748 14,449
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B - See The Best Albums Of Whitney Houston

2
11,253 11,794
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues - See The Best Albums Of Aretha Franklin

3
15,920 13,213
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music - See The best Songs Of Celine Dion

4
12,325 13,879
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Jeff Bazell-Derby added Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music - See The Best Songs Of Barbra Streisand

5
12,337 13,592
Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

6
17,575 14,872
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B - See The Best Songs Of Mariah Carey

7
9,085 9,334
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
KenWeiner added Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music - See The Best Albums Of Ella Fitzgerald

8
12,006 10,714
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
tiummy added Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music - See The Best Songs Of Christina Aguilera

9
10,545 9,390
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

10
7,328 9,298
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues - See The Best Songs Of Tina Turner

11
8,810 8,321
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music - See The Best Songs Of Donna Summer

12
7,862 11,353
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music - See The Best Albums Of Stevie Nicks

13
6,754 8,643
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
KenWeiner added Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music - See The Best Songs Of Billie Holiday

14
6,136 8,865
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music - See The Best Albums Of Annie Lennox

The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years

15
5,758 7,465
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

16
6,177 9,339
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
utcbest added Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music - See The Best Albums Of Janis Joplin

17
5,310 7,914
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music - See The Best Albums Of Linda Ronstadt

18
5,835 7,831
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
huckleberry21 added Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll - See The Best Songs Of Etta James

19
5,509 7,989
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul - See The Best Songs Of Alicia Keys

20
5,036 8,297
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Diana Ross See The Best Albums Of Diana Ross

21
3,636 4,253
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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22
6,028 6,623
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

23
6,071 7,978
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

24
3,264 3,146
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Lady Gaga Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music - She may be a freakshow, but she has some pipes on her.  Google Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga (or go to Youtube and look for it).  She can sing

25
5,428 7,132
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

26
5,319 7,512
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

27
5,053 8,673
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock - See The Best Albums Of Olivia Newton-John

28
3,869 5,545
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

The Best Female Rock Singers

29
6,051 8,708
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
First L added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music - See The Best Albums Of Madonna

30
3,670 5,121
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ann Wilson Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

31
4,735 6,865
Cher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cher Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop - See The Best Songs Of Cher

32
4,010 4,729
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

33
4,933 7,036
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
FredNichols added Kelly Clarkson Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul - See The Best Songs Of Kelly Clarkson

34
2,886 3,894
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

35
3,371 4,598
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

36
2,849 3,315
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

37
2,661 3,635
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

38
3,127 4,258
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
clash1977 added Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave - See The Best Albums Of Debbie Harry

39
4,086 5,178
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cyndi Lauper Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music - See The Best Songs Of Cyndi Lauper

40
3,747 4,262
Enya is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music - See The Best Albums Of Enya

41
3,922 5,193
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Gladys Knight Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

42
2,785 3,497
Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Norah Jones Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

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43
2,559 3,526
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sarah Vaughan Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

44
2,282 2,862
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

45
3,517 4,627
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Patti LaBelle Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

46
3,301 4,366
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

47
2,668 3,309
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

48
3,288 4,386
Édith Piaf is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Édith Piaf Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

49
1,913 3,008
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

50
3,386 4,300
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music