Female Professionals The Best Female Vocalists Ever  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
1.6M votes 111.9k voters 1.6M views 1,120 items

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

Ranker may collect a commission from links on this page. Prices & inventory are accurate as of publish date.
list ordered by

1
27,361 20,039
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
16,646 17,415
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
22,352 19,119
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
24,344 20,856
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
18,062 19,888
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
16,479 19,739
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 6 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

7
12,633 13,275
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
14,914 13,193
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Pop music, Soft rock

See: The Best Carpenters Albums of All Time

9
16,624 16,274
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
tiummy added Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

See: The Best Songs Of Christina Aguilera

10
10,258 13,282
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
11,401 11,789
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
11,098 15,366
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
9,105 11,833
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
9,092 11,689
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
7,923 12,862
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
8,573 13,244
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
7,110 7,010
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Songs of Lady Gaga 

18
8,137 10,987
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
10,048 13,044
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
8,482 11,994
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
7,409 11,166
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

See: The Best Albums Of Linda Ronstadt

22
6,555 7,161
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
5,668 7,152
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

24
8,147 9,558
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

See: The Best Julie Andrews Albums

25
8,280 11,692
Pink is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

See: The Best Songs Of P!nk