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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 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

1
21,303 16,141
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
12,687 13,569
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
18,008 14,797
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
13,769 15,662
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
14,196 15,608
Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

See: The Best Adele Music Videos 

6
19,805 16,365
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 Mariah Carey Songs

7
10,158 10,578
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
13,783 12,187
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
11,532 10,693
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

See: The Best Carpenters Albums of All Time

10
8,201 10,434
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
9,738 9,170
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
8,838 12,453
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

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13
7,493 9,533
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
6,700 9,959
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

15
6,809 8,585
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

See: The Best Songs Of Amy Winehouse

16
6,933 10,388
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
5,917 8,813
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

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18
6,583 8,656
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
6,463 9,114
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
5,554 9,303
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

21
6,319 8,755
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

See: The Best Songs Of P!nk 

22
7,279 9,408
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Beyoncé

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23
4,275 5,186
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

24
6,647 7,611
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

25
7,042 9,711
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
First L added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Albums Of Madonna

26
6,064 8,014
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

27
5,848 7,719
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 27 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

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28
4,222 5,865
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ann Wilson Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

29
5,443 9,679
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
4,352 6,303
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

See: The Best Albums of Pat Benetar 

31
4,261 4,272
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Lady Gaga Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Songs of Lady Gaga 

32
4,710 5,289
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Dolly Parton

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33
5,312 7,543
Cher is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cher Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

See: The Best Songs Of Cher

34
3,392 4,410
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

See: The Best Albums of Nina Simone

35
3,821 5,119
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

See: The Best Songs of Shania Twain

36
3,339 3,731
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

37
4,356 5,506
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Gladys Knight Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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38
2,923 4,045
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

See: The Best Albums of Dusty Springfield

39
4,473 5,636
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
3,370 4,681
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 40 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

41
3,250 3,710
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

42
3,911 4,937
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Patti LaBelle Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

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43
3,637 4,684
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

See: The Best Songs of Sarah McLachlan

44
2,773 3,857
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sarah Vaughan Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

See: The Best Songs of Sarah Vaughan 

45
3,102 3,868
Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Norah Jones Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

See: The Best Songs of Norah Jones 

46
2,571 3,196
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

See: The Best Albums of Carole King

47
3,992 4,683
Enya is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

See: The Best Albums Of Enya

48
2,180 3,327
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

See: The Best Songs of Joni Mitchell

49
3,536 4,700
Édith Piaf is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Édith Piaf Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

50
3,740 4,632
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

See: The Best Songs of Toni Braxton