Female 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
25,369 18,772
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
15,362 16,135
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
20,839 17,631
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
23,045 19,080
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

See: The Best Mariah Carey Songs

5
15,598 18,451
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
16,789 18,574
Adele is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

See: The Best Adele Music Videos 

7
11,801 12,404
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
15,738 14,881
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
13,428 12,507
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
9,538 12,363
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
10,889 10,857
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
10,332 14,418
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
8,561 11,102
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
8,302 10,695
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

See: The Best Songs Of Amy Winehouse

15
7,488 11,948
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

See: The Best Albums Of Annie Lennox

16
7,996 12,333
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
7,606 10,278
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
6,895 10,450
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

See: The Best Albums Of Linda Ronstadt

19
9,252 11,830
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Beyoncé

20
7,728 11,163
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

See: The Best Songs Of Alicia Keys

21
5,976 6,091
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Songs of Lady Gaga 

22
5,854 6,495
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Dolly Parton

23
5,177 6,550
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

24
7,629 8,879
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

25
4,299 5,454
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
7,646 10,887
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

See: The Best Songs Of P!nk 

27
7,008 9,217
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

28
7,210 9,440
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 28 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

29
8,247 11,859
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
First L added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Albums Of Madonna

30
4,997 7,129
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

31
6,271 8,753
Cher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

See: The Best Songs Of Cher

32
4,112 4,760
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

33
5,056 7,535
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

See: The Best Albums of Pat Benetar 

34
5,166 6,383
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

35
4,589 6,216
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
6,027 11,008
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

See: The Best Albums Of Olivia Newton-John

37
4,626 5,790
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

38
4,190 4,860
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

39
3,469 4,974
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

See: The Best Albums of Dusty Springfield

40
5,054 6,752
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

See: The Best Songs Of Cyndi Lauper

41
4,156 5,567
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

See: The Best Songs of Sarah McLachlan

42
3,079 4,061
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
3,839 5,660
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 43 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

44
4,237 5,523
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Toni Braxton

45
4,394 5,624
Enya is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

See: The Best Albums Of Enya

46
3,579 4,767
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
3,141 4,697
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

See: The Best Songs of Sarah Vaughan 

48
3,902 5,541
Édith Piaf is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

49
2,611 4,196
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

See: The Best Songs of Joni Mitchell

50
3,023 3,318
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music