Music

The Best Female Musicians of All Time 

Ranker Music
Originally by
Updated February 10, 2020 36.9k votes 3.1k voters 34.7k views 154 items

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
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
2
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B
3
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues
4
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul
5
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music
6
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop, Electronica
7
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Soft rock
8
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music
9
Adele is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop, R&B, Soul
10
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
11
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music
12
Beyoncé Knowles ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
R&B, Pop, Hip hop
13
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop, Contemporary R&B
14
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music
15
Momoland is listed (or ranked) 15 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.

16
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul
17
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music
18
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Disco, Pop music, Dance music
19
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
20
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Latin pop
21
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop, Dance, Electronic
22
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Jacob Bernstein added
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
23
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave
24
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul
25
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly