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
259 263
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
326 352
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

3
237 275
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
171 204
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

5
260 323
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

6
113 131
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

7
172 215
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
155 193
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

9
146 183
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

10
155 196
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

11
156 199
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Disco, Pop music, Dance music

12
181 234
Cher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

13
104 128
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

14
172 222
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

15
146 187
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

16
155 200
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

17
78 94
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

18
149 198
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time

19
82 104
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

20
136 182
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

21
90 118
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

22
99 131
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

23
129 176
Enya is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

24
129 176
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

25
73 96
Björk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house