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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
17,545 14,010
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
10,764 11,347
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
15,311 12,676
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
11,944 13,320
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
11,662 13,045
Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

6
16,841 14,367
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
8,693 9,062
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
11,541 10,224
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
10,129 9,135
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

10
6,993 9,072
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
8,601 8,082
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
7,484 11,115
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
6,504 8,438
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
5,879 8,618
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
5,341 7,201
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
5,893 9,112
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
5,119 7,699
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
4,822 8,116
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
5,224 7,750
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
5,806 6,428
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

21
3,428 4,072
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

22
5,580 7,670
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
4,927 8,461
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
5,862 8,357
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
First L added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music - See The Best Albums Of Madonna

25
5,215 6,968
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

26
5,676 7,652
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

27
3,701 5,397
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

28
4,951 7,314
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

29
2,869 2,916
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 29 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

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30
3,466 4,968
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ann Wilson Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

31
3,802 4,608
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

32
4,510 6,703
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
4,655 6,900
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
2,692 3,181
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

35
2,557 3,518
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

36
3,949 5,038
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cyndi Lauper Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music - See The Best Songs Of Cyndi Lauper

37
3,013 4,147
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 37 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

38
2,724 3,767
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

39
3,216 4,456
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

40
3,645 4,132
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
3,775 5,095
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
2,657 3,384
Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Norah Jones Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

43
2,476 3,410
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
3,194 4,250
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

45
2,185 2,755
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
3,373 4,534
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Patti LaBelle Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

47
3,175 4,274
Édith Piaf is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Édith Piaf Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

48
2,501 3,187
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
3,245 4,185
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
1,813 2,896
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz