Singers 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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1
26,764 19,680
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
16,257 17,054
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
21,973 18,681
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
23,919 20,351
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
17,659 19,497
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
16,185 19,371
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
12,378 13,020
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
16,316 15,858
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
14,259 12,961
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
10,024 13,031
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
11,206 11,541
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
10,865 15,108
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
8,937 11,632
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
8,848 11,426
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
7,784 12,625
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
8,404 12,987
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
9,797 12,699
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Beyoncé

18
7,972 10,814
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
6,735 6,745
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Songs of Lady Gaga 

20
8,247 11,791
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
7,238 11,003
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

See: The Best Albums Of Linda Ronstadt

22
6,310 7,010
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
7,964 9,397
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

24
5,501 7,017
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

25
8,071 11,481
Pink is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

See: The Best Songs Of P!nk