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. 

list ordered by

1
186 185
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

2
220 235
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

3
197 209
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

4
166 184
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

5
136 156
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time

6
21 10
Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Renato Silva Santos added Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

7
134 156
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

8
85 95
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

9
134 164
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Disco, Pop music, Dance music

10
131 160
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

11
133 164
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

12
121 149
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

13
143 180
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

14
137 172
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

15
118 147
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

16
73 86
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

17
128 161
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

18
119 149
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

19
124 156
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

20
145 185
Cher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

21
117 147
Enya is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

22
81 98
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

23
112 142
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

24
84 105
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

25
50 59
The Pointer Sisters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Girl group, New Wave, Pop music

26
55 68
Björk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

27
114 163
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

28
105 151
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

29
1 5
Maria Brink is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Renato Silva Santos added

30
23 46
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

31
43 81
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

32
41 78
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

33
14 33
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

34
5 17
Lzzy Hale is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time

35
41 82
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

36
48 95
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

37
2 10
Taylor Momsen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Renato Silva Santos added Pop punk, Rock music, Post-grunge

38
5 18
Hole is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

39
27 58
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

40
30 65
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

41
47 97
Adele is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

42
5 19
Yeah Yeah Yeahs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Dance-punk, Rock music, Garage punk

43
8 26
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

44
36 78
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

45
6 22
Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, Pop rock

46
3 14
Berlin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

47
3 14
Carly Simon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

48
15 40
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

49
9 29
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

50
52 110
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music