Female 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

list ordered by

1
25,406 18,803
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

See: The Best Albums Of Whitney Houston

2
15,388 16,165
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

See: The Best Albums Of Aretha Franklin

3
20,862 17,667
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

See: The Best Songs Of Celine Dion

4
23,072 19,121
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

See: The Best Mariah Carey Songs

5
16,805 18,610
Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

See: The Best Adele Music Videos 

6
15,611 18,490
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Jeff Bazell-Derby added Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

See: The Best Songs Of Barbra Streisand

7
11,819 12,430
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
KenWeiner added Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

See: The Best Albums Of Ella Fitzgerald

8
15,751 14,912
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
tiummy added Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

See: The Best Songs Of Christina Aguilera

9
13,458 12,520
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Pop music, Soft rock

See: The Best Carpenters Albums of All Time

10
9,544 12,394
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

See: The Best Songs Of Tina Turner

11
10,896 10,886
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

See: The Best Songs Of Donna Summer

12
10,345 14,446
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

See: The Best Albums Of Stevie Nicks

13
8,570 11,128
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
KenWeiner added Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

See: The Best Songs Of Billie Holiday

14
8,318 10,722
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

See: The Best Songs Of Amy Winehouse

15
7,492 11,979
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

See: The Best Albums Of Annie Lennox

16
8,011 12,359
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
utcbest added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

See: The Best Albums Of Janis Joplin

17
7,615 10,303
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
huckleberry21 added Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

See: The Best Songs Of Etta James

18
6,898 10,475
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

See: The Best Albums Of Linda Ronstadt

19
9,263 11,863
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Beyoncé

20
7,739 11,194
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

See: The Best Songs Of Alicia Keys

21
5,990 6,118
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Songs of Lady Gaga 

22
5,864 6,521
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Dolly Parton

23
5,184 6,574
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

24
7,641 8,898
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

25
4,307 5,476
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

See: The Best Albums of Nina Simone

26
7,652 10,914
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

See: The Best Songs Of P!nk 

27
7,012 9,242
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

28
7,220 9,464
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 28 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

29
5,003 7,151
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

30
8,251 11,893
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
First L added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Albums Of Madonna

31
6,274 8,778
Cher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

See: The Best Songs Of Cher

32
4,115 4,780
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

33
5,060 7,556
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

See: The Best Albums of Pat Benetar 

34
5,171 6,402
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

35
4,593 6,235
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

See: The Best Songs of Shania Twain

36
6,031 11,029
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

See: The Best Albums Of Olivia Newton-John

37
4,631 5,809
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

38
4,195 4,881
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

39
3,474 4,993
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

See: The Best Albums of Dusty Springfield

40
5,059 6,773
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

See: The Best Songs Of Cyndi Lauper

41
4,161 5,586
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

See: The Best Songs of Sarah McLachlan

42
3,846 5,677
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
clash1977 added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

See: The Best Albums Of Debbie Harry

43
3,082 4,081
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 43 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

44
4,241 5,544
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Toni Braxton

45
4,398 5,645
Enya is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

See: The Best Albums Of Enya

46
3,583 4,786
Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

See: The Best Songs of Norah Jones 

47
3,143 4,716
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

See: The Best Songs of Sarah Vaughan 

48
3,905 5,560
Édith Piaf is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

49
2,614 4,215
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

See: The Best Songs of Joni Mitchell

50
3,028 3,339
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music