Music History 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
413 399
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

2
300 354
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
227 270
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

4
198 235
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

5
200 238
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

6
195 236
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Disco, Pop music, Dance music

7
216 264
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

8
314 394
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

9
132 157
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

10
222 279
Cher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

11
136 167
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

12
191 244
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

13
92 109
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

14
365 487
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

15
207 270
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

16
154 198
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
102 127
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

18
98 122
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

19
71 85
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

20
121 156
Adele is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

21
128 166
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

22
127 167
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

23
152 203
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

24
170 229
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

25
160 215
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music