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
278 305
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
294 343
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

3
342 410
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

4
256 302
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
189 223
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

6
163 198
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
95 109
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

8
128 153
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

9
97 112
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
184 228
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

11
112 134
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

12
164 205
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Disco, Pop music, Dance music

13
182 232
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

14
159 201
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

15
159 203
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

16
148 189
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

17
156 200
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

18
188 244
Cher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

19
106 134
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

20
91 115
Adele is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

21
53 62
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

22
138 185
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

23
149 201
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time

24
134 180
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

25
76 98
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul