Female Professionals The Best Female Musicians of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the female bands and musicians of all time, regardless of genre.

When it comes to the best female musicians of all time, there's a long list of female powerhouses that could be considered the greatest of all time. Whether it be a female-led band like Blondie or a group of female singers like the Supremes, music has seen some incredible females throughout its history. Of course, you also have to consider all the single ladies out there. You know, the top female vocalists like Etta James, Mariah Carey, Adele and P!nk, who made careers of their very own (among a great deal of others).

So, while you may have a favorite female singer of all-women band, it's time to rank the top female musicians of all time. That means any genre, any type of group, and any type of woman. From the girl groups of the 60s and 70s to the top female singers out right now, you certainly have your work cut out for you. Some of the greatest musical acts of all time have been led by females and some have been exclusively female. In fact, some even led bands and had successful solo careers—and both can be found on this list. That means if you like Gwen Stefani's music more than No Doubt, vote accordingly! 

Check out the extensive list of female musicians below and vote up your favorites, or those who you think are the absolute best. In short, who made the best music? Keep in mind, you can vote any female bands and singers down, as well as add your own picks to the list if they're missing. 

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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30 18
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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24 13
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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P!nk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Adele is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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15 8
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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Beyoncé is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Beyoncé Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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20 14
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Lady Gaga Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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18 12
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
The Supremes Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

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Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

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Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Janet Jackson Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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18 13
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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15 10
Heart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Heart Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Diana Ross Disco, Pop music, Dance music

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15 12
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Joan Jett Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

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13 10
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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13 10
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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15 14
Cher is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Cher Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

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13 12
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

The Greatest Female Gospel Singers

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Etta James is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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Shakira is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Feeb added Shakira Urban contemporary, Merengue music, Synthpop

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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9 8
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

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14 14
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

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Gloria Estefan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Gloria Estefan Pop music, Latin pop, Dance-pop

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10 10
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Alanis Morissette Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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8 8
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Jennifer Hudson Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Soul music

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8 8
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Cyndi Lauper Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

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10 11
TLC is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
TLC Hip hop music, Girl group, Alternative hip hop

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9 10
Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Patti Smith Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Sia Furler Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

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Chrissie Hynde is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Chrissie Hynde New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock

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7 8
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Siouxsie & the Banshees New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Britney Spears Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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6 7
The Go-Go's is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
The Go-Go's Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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10 12
The Bangles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
The Bangles Jangle pop, Girl group, New Wave

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9 11
Missy Elliott is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Missy Elliott Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop

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8 10
Björk is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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8 10
PJ Harvey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
PJ Harvey Punk blues, Grunge, Electronica