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
460 452
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music
2
353 396
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
266 317
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
230 276
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Disco, Pop music
5
239 293
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music
6
114 128
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues
7
250 309
Cher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop
8
216 267
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Disco, Pop music, Dance music
9
164 201
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music
10
149 182
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music
11
158 195
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
12
118 142
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music
13
217 278
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
14
343 451
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B
15
93 109
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
16
141 176
Adele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music
17
209 270
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music
18
140 178
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music
19
386 523
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop
20
140 180
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul
21
172 225
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul
22
120 152
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul
23
164 216
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
165 218
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop
25
73 88
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music