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
23,173 17,365
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
14,100 14,730
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
19,502 15,924
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
14,786 16,941
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 4 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

5
15,486 17,038
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
21,331 17,375
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

See: The Best Mariah Carey Songs

7
10,988 11,379
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
14,809 13,398
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
12,270 11,640
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
8,844 11,281
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
10,445 9,774
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
9,605 13,298
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
8,038 10,233
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
7,102 10,862
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

See: The Best Albums Of Annie Lennox

15
7,571 9,540
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

See: The Best Songs Of Amy Winehouse

16
7,477 11,265
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
6,490 9,471
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

See: The Best Albums Of Linda Ronstadt

18
7,086 9,454
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
7,100 10,112
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

See: The Best Songs Of Alicia Keys

20
7,001 9,897
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

See: The Best Songs Of P!nk 

21
7,916 10,667
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
First L added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Albums Of Madonna

22
8,119 10,687
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Beyoncé

23
6,592 8,605
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
6,571 8,537
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

25
3,902 4,742
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
7,172 8,149
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

27
4,734 5,884
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

28
5,333 5,724
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Dolly Parton

29
5,038 5,051
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Songs of Lady Gaga 

30
4,654 6,454
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

31
4,729 6,872
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

See: The Best Albums of Pat Benetar 

32
5,776 10,254
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

See: The Best Albums Of Olivia Newton-John

33
3,784 4,070
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

34
5,866 7,987
Cher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

See: The Best Songs Of Cher

35
4,236 5,517
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
4,810 5,787
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

37
3,241 4,359
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

See: The Best Albums of Dusty Springfield

38
3,789 4,154
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

39
4,829 6,020
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

See: The Best Songs Of Cyndi Lauper

40
3,640 5,029
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 40 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

41
4,306 5,202
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

42
2,843 3,466
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 42 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

43
3,900 4,964
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

See: The Best Songs of Sarah McLachlan

44
2,970 4,123
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

See: The Best Songs of Sarah Vaughan 

45
2,399 3,613
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

See: The Best Songs of Joni Mitchell

46
3,336 4,169
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
4,184 5,000
Enya is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

See: The Best Albums Of Enya

48
3,974 4,916
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Toni Braxton

49
3,697 4,971
Édith Piaf is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

50
2,234 3,397
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock