Female Singers 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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1
213 197
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

2
248 256
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

3
208 213
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

4
152 164
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

5
234 276
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

6
133 157
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

7
153 184
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

8
143 173
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

9
156 191
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

10
162 199
Cher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

11
92 107
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

12
143 176
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time

13
140 172
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

14
92 109
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

15
81 96
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

16
141 179
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

17
141 179
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Disco, Pop music, Dance music

18
127 163
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

19
123 158
Enya is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

20
123 162
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

21
128 171
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

22
118 157
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

23
28 30
Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Renato Silva Santos added Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

24
88 116
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

25
123 167
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

26
51 72
The Pointer Sisters is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Girl group, New Wave, Pop music

27
58 83
Björk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

28
2 0
Momoland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Daisy Yoo added K-Pop, Pop, Ballad -

Momoland (Korean: 모모랜드) is a South Korean girl group formed by MLD Entertainment (formerly known as Duble Kick Entertainment) through the 2016 reality show Finding Momoland. The show winners became the seven members, Hyebin, Yeonwoo, Jane, Nayun, JooE, Ahin, and Nancy, and debuted on November 10, 2016, with the EP Welcome to Momoland. Momoland added two members: Daisy (Finding Momoland eliminated contestant) on March 28, 2017 and Kim Taeha (Produce 101 eliminated contestant) on April 10, 2017.

29
119 182
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

30
53 88
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

31
32 55
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

32
61 103
Adele is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

33
51 89
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

34
57 100
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

35
47 84
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

36
49 90
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

37
42 78
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

38
36 71
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

39
20 44
Gloria Estefan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Latin pop, Dance-pop

40
38 76
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

41
30 62
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Soft rock

42
64 123
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

43
14 34
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

44
5 18
Carly Simon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

45
31 65
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

46
23 51
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

47
25 55
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

48
17 42
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

49
29 64
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

50
7 24
Hole is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock