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The Best Female Vocalists Ever  

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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 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.

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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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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
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Genres (Music): Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B, Dance music, Rhythm and blues, + more

Albums: The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your Love, I'm Your Baby Tonight, The Preacher's Wife: Original Soundtrack Album, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Sony Music Entertainment, Arista Records, RCA Records

Career Began: East Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
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Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Pop rock, Jazz, + more

Albums: Lady Soul, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Young, Gifted and Black, Respect, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Atlantic Records, Arista Records, Columbia, RCA Records

Career Began: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
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Genres (Music): Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B, + more

Albums: Falling into You, These Are Special Times, Miracle, Loved Me Back to Life, Céline Dion chante Noël, + more

Nationality: Canada

Labels: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Sony 550 Music, 550 Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Epic Records, + more

Career Began: Montreal, Canada

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
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Genres (Music): Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music, Nashville sound, Rhythm and blues, + more

Albums: 21, 19, Make You Feel My Love, Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Cold Shoulder, + more

Nationality: England

Labels: XL Recordings, Universal Music Group, Columbia

Career Began: Tottenham, London, United Kingdom

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