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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 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
list ordered by

1
20,076 15,355
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
12,011 12,704
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
17,020 14,016
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
13,088 14,791
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
13,353 14,630
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
18,631 15,723
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
9,661 9,992
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
13,068 11,419
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
11,072 10,053
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
7,779 9,907
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
9,303 8,733
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
8,372 11,941
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

The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years

13
7,129 9,128
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
6,449 9,452
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
6,345 8,051
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
6,560 9,903
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
5,575 8,425
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

Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well

18
6,200 8,267
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
5,992 8,569
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
5,293 8,799
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

21
3,965 4,738
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

22
5,838 8,093
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

See: The Best Songs Of P!nk 

The Best Female Rock Singers

23
6,719 8,698
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
6,322 7,141
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

25
3,767 3,734
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 25 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 

26
5,754 7,572
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

27
5,233 9,202
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 27 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

The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

28
6,555 9,192
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
First L added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Albums Of Madonna

29
4,098 5,995
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

See: The Best Albums of Pat Benetar 

30
3,935 5,550
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ann Wilson Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

31
5,403 7,434
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
4,354 5,083
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

The Best Coachella Year Ever

33
5,022 7,263
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
3,149 4,194
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
3,605 4,882
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
3,141 3,524
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

37
2,802 3,835
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 37 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

The Conspiracy Theories You Believe Are True

38
4,289 5,394
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cyndi Lauper Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

See: The Best Songs Of Cyndi Lauper

39
4,146 5,343
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Gladys Knight Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

40
3,245 4,471
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
3,881 4,472
Enya is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

See: The Best Albums Of Enya

42
2,952 3,501
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

The Best Frontmen in Rock

43
2,669 3,699
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sarah Vaughan Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

See: The Best Songs of Sarah Vaughan 

44
2,954 3,679
Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Norah Jones Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

See: The Best Songs of Norah Jones 

45
3,700 4,787
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Patti LaBelle Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

46
3,473 4,513
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

See: The Best Songs of Sarah McLachlan

47
2,422 3,026
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 47 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

48
3,416 4,543
Édith Piaf is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Édith Piaf Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

49
2,046 3,163
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

See: The Best Songs of Joni Mitchell

50
3,559 4,463
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