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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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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
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music
3
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music
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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop, Electronica
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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B
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Momoland is listed (or ranked) 7 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.

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues
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Adele is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop, R&B, Soul
10
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music
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Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Jacob Bernstein added Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
12
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music
13
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly
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Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Soft rock
15
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul
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Etta James is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll
17
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music
18
Heart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock
19
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal
20
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Disco, Pop music, Dance music
21
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul
22
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop, Dance, Electronic
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Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
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Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul
25
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Disco, Pop music