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
284 314
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
305 345
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

3
198 226
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
258 305
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

5
343 422
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

6
169 199
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

7
101 113
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

8
101 114
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

9
187 229
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

10
128 155
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

11
113 135
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

12
166 207
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Disco, Pop music, Dance music

13
161 202
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

14
184 234
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
161 204
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

16
190 245
Cher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

17
149 190
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

18
108 135
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

19
156 202
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

20
93 117
Adele is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

21
79 99
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

22
54 64
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

23
96 125
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

24
67 84
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

25
150 203
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time