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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
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1
18,347 14,261
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

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2
11,034 11,617
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
15,657 12,998
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
12,167 13,640
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
12,045 13,381
Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

6
17,285 14,673
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 Songs Of Mariah Carey

7
8,920 9,213
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
11,803 10,509
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
10,380 9,282
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

10
7,184 9,200
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
8,721 8,215
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
7,681 11,252
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

13
6,637 8,550
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
6,020 8,765
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
5,584 7,357
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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16
6,034 9,248
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
5,216 7,815
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

18
4,953 8,222
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Diana Ross See The Best Albums Of Diana Ross

19
5,392 7,880
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
5,716 7,760
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
3,537 4,173
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

22
5,929 6,529
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

23
5,002 8,582
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
5,329 7,058
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

25
5,919 7,834
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

26
3,103 3,037
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Lady Gaga Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music - She may be a freakshow, but she has some pipes on her.  Google Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga (or go to Youtube and look for it).  She can sing

27
5,152 7,428
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

28
5,988 8,574
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
3,790 5,487
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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30
3,582 5,051
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ann Wilson Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

31
3,916 4,679
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

32
4,633 6,796
Cher is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cher Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop - See The Best Songs Of Cher

33
4,804 6,976
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
2,778 3,254
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

35
3,301 4,525
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

36
2,813 3,832
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

37
2,616 3,581
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

38
4,030 5,115
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
3,068 4,213
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 39 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

40
3,698 4,204
Enya is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music - See The Best Albums Of Enya

41
3,852 5,151
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Gladys Knight Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

42
2,731 3,449
Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Norah Jones Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

43
2,522 3,473
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sarah Vaughan Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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44
3,457 4,582
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Patti LaBelle Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

45
2,237 2,814
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

46
3,243 4,311
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

47
3,240 4,335
Édith Piaf is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Édith Piaf Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

48
2,585 3,252
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

49
3,330 4,244
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

50
1,866 2,960
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz