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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, and perhaps landed them a Rolling Stone cover or two. 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. From the celebrated divas of the old guard, to the most popular artists of today, this list aims to celebrate the women whose powerful songs and strong live presence have earned them their spot in history. 

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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, be they American or located elsewhere in the world. 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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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Genre: Pop music, Dance-pop & Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

See: The Best Albums Of Whitney Houston

2
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

See: The Best Albums Of Aretha Franklin

3
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: Canada

See: The Best Songs Of Celine Dion

4
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Genre: Pop and Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America

See: The Best Mariah Carey Songs

5
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Genre: Pop music and Soft rock; Nationality: United States of America

See: The Best Carpenters Albums of All Time

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
KenWeiner added Genre: Ballad, Swing music & Traditional pop music; Nationality: United States of America

See: The Best Albums Of Ella Fitzgerald

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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
tiummy added Genre: Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

See: The Best Songs Of Christina Aguilera

8
Adele is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Genre: Pop, R&B & Soul; Nationality: England

See: The Best Adele Music Videos 

9
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Genre: Pop, Dance & Electronic; Nationality: United States of America

See: The Best Songs of Lady Gaga 

10
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Genre: New Wave, Disco & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

See: The Best Songs Of Donna Summer

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Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Jeff Bazell-Derby added Genre: Adult contemporary music, Show tune & Traditional pop music; Nationality: United States of America

See: The Best Songs Of Barbra Streisand

12
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Genre: Ballad, Country pop & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

See: The Best Songs of Dolly Parton

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Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Genre: Doo-wop, Pop music & Neo soul; Nationality: England

See: The Best Songs Of Amy Winehouse

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Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Genre: Rock music, Swing music & Rockabilly; Nationality: United States of America
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Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Genre: Rhythm and blues, Soul music & Gospel music; Nationality: United States of America
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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

See: The Best Julie Andrews Albums

17
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Genre: Folk music, Rhythm and blues & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

See: The Best Albums of Nina Simone

18
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
KenWeiner added Genre: Torch song, Ballad & Swing music; Nationality: United States of America

See: The Best Songs Of Billie Holiday

19
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Genre: Rock music, Dance-pop & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: Switzerland

See: The Best Songs Of Tina Turner

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Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
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Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Genre: Doo-wop, Girl group & Ballad; Nationality: United States of America
22
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Genre: Pop music, Contemporary R&B & Soul music; Nationality: United States of America
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Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Genre: Country pop, Christian & Pop rock; Nationality: United States of America
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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Brianna Edmonson added Genre: Pop and Contemporary R&B; Nationality: United States of America