The Best Female Singers Of The 1980s

Over 200 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Female Singers Of The 1980s
Latest additions: Teresa Teng
Most divisive: Reba McEntire

Madonna, Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, Cyndi Lauper, Kate Bush… All of these women defined the 1980s pop culture music scene through their unparalleled talent and empowering hit songs. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Tina Turner, Joan Jett, and Pat Benatar shattered countless glass ceilings during the '80s, proving that women can rock even harder than men. Queens of soul Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross continued to build upon their legacies with more inspirational music, using their voices in advancing both racial and gender equality; and Janet Jackson and Gloria Estefan brought dance to the forefront of the music industry with “Rhythm Nation” and “Conga.”  

Which of these influential vocalists were the best female artists of the 1980s, and who deserves GOAT status at the top of this list? Vote below for your favorite 1980s female singers across the decade, and feel free to check out their discography lists afterwards if you'd like to discover more of their best albums.

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