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
215 200
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
209 216
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
248 261
Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

4
153 165
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

5
234 278
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

6
134 158
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

7
154 185
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

8
144 174
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

9
157 192
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

10
163 201
Cher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

11
93 109
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

12
143 178
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time

13
140 174
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

14
92 111
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

15
81 99
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

16
141 182
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Disco, Pop music, Dance music

17
141 182
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
New Wave, Disco, Pop music

18
9 1
Momoland is listed (or ranked) 18 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.

19
127 167
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

20
123 162
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
124 166
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

22
128 175
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

23
118 161
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop

24
88 120
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

25
123 171
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

26
28 34
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
58 84
Björk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

28
51 74
The Pointer Sisters is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Girl group, New Wave, Pop music

29
119 182
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

30
54 88
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

31
32 55
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

32
61 103
Adele is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

33
51 89
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

34
57 100
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

35
47 84
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

36
43 78
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
49 90
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

38
16 34
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

39
33 65
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

40
39 76
Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

41
31 62
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Soft rock

42
36 71
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

43
20 44
Gloria Estefan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Pop music, Latin pop, Dance-pop

44
65 124
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

45
5 18
Carly Simon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

46
23 51
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

47
25 56
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

48
17 42
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

49
7 24
Hole is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Noise rock, Grunge, Pop rock

50
29 64
Lana Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Musicians of All Time
Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop