Who are the greatest female vocalists ever? This list of the best female singers of all time, ranked by music fans and casual critics like you, includes all the famous female singers from Aretha Franklin and Stevie Nicks to Celine Dion and Mariah Carey (all great women in music who have topped the charts for decades, and perhaps landed them a Rolling Stone cover or two). Both solo singers and famous frontwomen in bands are among those on this list, as it is their voices to focus on here, not just their careers. From the celebrated divas of the old guard, to the most popular artists of today, this list aims to celebrate the women whose powerful songs and strong live presence have earned them their spot in history.
This list of the top female singers are both living, like Adele and Madonna, and long gone, like Nico and Amy Winehouse, though their albums and singles continue to sell to loyal and new audiences, be they American or located elsewhere in the world. Vote up those great female voices whom you think should be at the top of the list, and vote down those who you think come in a bit flat. Check out some of our other lists as well, including The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today and The Best Singers of All Time.