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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Momoland is listed (or ranked) 1 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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299 320
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

3
240 252
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

4
224 257
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
163 192
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

6
248 306
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

7
143 175
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

8
163 204
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

9
150 187
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

10
149 186
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

11
101 124
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

12
172 222
Cher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

13
163 211
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
147 190
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Disco, Pop music, Dance music

15
97 121
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

16
136 177
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

17
88 110
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

18
148 194
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

19
145 192
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time

20
126 170
Enya is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

21
130 176
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

22
125 170
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

23
93 126
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

24
130 181
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

25
125 176
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

26
33 41
Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Renato Silva Santos added Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

27
66 90
Björk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

28
62 91
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

29
69 102
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

30
71 107
Adele is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

31
52 79
The Pointer Sisters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Girl group, New Wave, Pop music

32
123 191
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

33
58 91
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

34
58 93
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

35
36 58
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

36
49 81
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

37
58 97
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

38
20 35
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

39
76 130
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

40
37 67
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Soft rock

41
41 78
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

42
35 68
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

43
39 75
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

44
33 66
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Glam punk, Rock and roll, Hard rock

45
33 66
Heart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

46
28 58
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

47
25 54
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

48
22 49
Gloria Estefan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Latin pop, Dance-pop

49
19 44
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

50
26 58
Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk