Singers The Best Female Vocalists Ever  

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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 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.

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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
26,093 19,285
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
15,836 16,648
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
21,274 18,248
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
23,492 19,749
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
17,207 19,128
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
15,880 19,010
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
12,104 12,812
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
16,046 15,457
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
13,956 12,743
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
9,786 12,786
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
11,039 11,297
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
10,615 14,849
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
8,753 11,465
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
8,580 11,146
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
7,638 12,381
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
8,202 12,744
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
7,795 10,638
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
9,530 12,334
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Beyoncé

19
7,992 11,566
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
7,083 10,825
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

See: The Best Albums Of Linda Ronstadt

21
6,320 6,510
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
6,086 6,843
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
7,811 9,229
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

24
5,348 6,881
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

25
4,442 5,786
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