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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, and perhaps landed them a Rolling Stone cover or two. 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. From the celebrated divas of the old guard, to the most popular artists of today, this list aims to celebrate the women whose powerful songs and strong live presence have earned them their spot in history. 

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If you need help putting together a Christmas music playlist, getting familiar with these women is a great place to start, as many of them have recorded unforgettable holiday classics. 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, be they American or located elsewhere in the world. 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
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
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
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
Adele is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Pop, R&B, Soul

See: The Best Adele Music Videos 

5
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Pop, Contemporary R&B

See: The Best Mariah Carey Songs

6
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
KenWeiner added Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

See: The Best Albums Of Ella Fitzgerald

7
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
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
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
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
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

See: The Best Songs Of Amy Winehouse

12
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
KenWeiner added Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

See: The Best Songs Of Billie Holiday

13
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

See: The Best Songs Of Donna Summer

14
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Pop, Dance, Electronic

See: The Best Songs of Lady Gaga 

15
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

See: The Best Albums Of Stevie Nicks

16
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

See: The Best Songs Of Alicia Keys

17
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

See: The Best Albums Of Annie Lennox

18
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
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added R&B, Pop, Hip hop

See: The Best Songs of Beyoncé

20
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
First L added Pop, Electronica

See: The Best Albums Of Madonna

21
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Pop punk, R&B

See: The Best Songs Of P!nk 

22
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

See: The Best Albums of Nina Simone

23
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

See: The Best Julie Andrews Albums

24
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly
25
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
utcbest added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

See: The Best Albums Of Janis Joplin