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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1
215 192
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

2
160 169
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

3
128 135
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time

4
128 142
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Disco, Pop music, Dance music

5
166 191
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

6
127 142
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

7
125 140
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

8
116 129
Enya is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

9
133 151
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

10
136 156
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

11
118 133
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

12
123 140
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

13
128 147
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

14
117 133
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

15
127 146
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

16
116 132
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

17
139 165
Cher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

18
113 139
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

19
77 91
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

20
82 100
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

21
48 54
The Pointer Sisters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Girl group, New Wave, Pop music

22
68 82
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

23
138 182
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

24
52 64
Björk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

25
98 139
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

26
94 141
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

27
62 95
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

28
1 4
Nicole Scherzinger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Renato Silva Santos added Hip hop music, Synthpop, Pop music

29
1 4
Taylor Momsen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Renato Silva Santos added Pop punk, Rock music, Post-grunge

30
0 3
Maria Brink is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Renato Silva Santos added

31
4 15
Lzzy Hale is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time

32
39 79
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

33
26 57
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

34
3 13
Carly Simon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

35
3 13
Berlin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

36
18 44
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

37
11 32
Siouxsie & the Banshees is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

38
0 4
Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Renato Silva Santos added Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

39
36 80
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

40
15 41
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

41
23 57
Heart is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

42
27 65
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

43
43 96
Adele is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

44
19 50
Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

45
42 95
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

46
29 70
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

47
48 107
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

48
33 78
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

49
24 61
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

50
7 26
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music