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
23,270 17,393
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
14,151 14,770
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
19,561 15,974
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
14,828 16,994
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
15,547 17,091
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
21,407 17,418
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
11,029 11,407
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
14,858 13,440
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
12,307 11,668
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
8,877 11,307
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
10,465 9,804
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
9,640 13,330
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
8,065 10,247
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
7,124 10,892
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
7,607 9,574
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
7,510 11,289
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
6,509 9,494
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
7,114 9,473
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
7,133 10,144
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
7,037 9,934
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
7,932 10,728
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
8,168 10,723
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
6,629 8,631
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
3,924 4,759
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

See: The Best Albums of Nina Simone

25
6,590 8,554
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

26
4,761 5,901
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

27
7,193 8,163
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

28
5,084 5,077
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Songs of Lady Gaga 

29
5,358 5,745
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Dolly Parton

30
4,673 6,472
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

31
4,743 6,887
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
5,783 10,276
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
3,807 4,089
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

34
5,885 8,005
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
4,253 5,539
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
4,828 5,802
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

37
3,254 4,371
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
3,810 4,174
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

39
4,840 6,040
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
3,645 5,046
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
4,318 5,213
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

42
2,851 3,476
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
3,914 4,978
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
2,980 4,134
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
2,409 3,623
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
3,342 4,183
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
4,194 5,013
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
3,985 4,931
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
3,708 4,983
Édith Piaf is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

50
2,239 3,413
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock