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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
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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Adele is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Etta James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Heart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Beyoncé Knowles ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
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Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time