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The Best New Female Artists  

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List Rules Female artists in any genre who have released no more than two feature-length albums.

Rising female stars represent a diverse range of voices in the current music industry. From country to rap to pop, new female singers are impressing both critics and fans with their quality, engaging music. You can also find female DJs and girl rappers here. If you're looking for some up-and-coming female artists to watch, browse this list. How do these musicians compare to the best new male artists?

Some of these musicians will surprise you with how much they've achieved at such a young age. Some female singers are under 25 or still in their teenage years! The 20-year-old Zara Larson, for example, has been big in Sweden since winning a talent competition in 2008. She's just now making her debut in the United States, launching her into international fame. Other female artists to watch include Dua Lipa, SZA, Halsey, and Alessia Cara. New female rappers, like CL, Bhad Bhabie, and Kodie Shane, are also featured on this list. Young actresses who are making music are also on here, like Hailee Steinfeld and Bella Thorne. 

Out of all of these talented young singers, which one is the best? Vote up your favorites to the top. Did we miss any? Feel free to add them at the bottom of the list.

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Cardi B is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Hip hop, Trap
Belcalis Almanzar (born October 11, 1992), known professionally as Cardi B, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and media personality. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, she first ...more
2
Grace VanderWaal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Pop, Indie pop
Grace Avery VanderWaal (born January 15, 2004) is an American singer-songwriter from Suffern, NY. At age 12, she won the 11th season of the NBC competition show America's Got Talent, singing her ...more
3
Alessia Cara is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Alternative R&B, Pop, Soul
Alessia Caracciolo (born July 11, 1996), known professionally as Alessia Cara, is a Canadian singer and songwriter. After producing acoustic covers she signed with Def Jam Recordings and ...more
4
Camila Cabello is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Pop, Latin pop
Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao (born March 3, 1997) is a Cuban-American singer and songwriter. She rose to fame as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony, formed during the second season of The ...more
5
Dua Lipa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Female Artists
vithiyashri added Pop
Dua Lipa (born August 22, 1995) is an English singer, songwriter, and model. Her musical career began at age 14, when she began covering songs by other artists on YouTube. In 2015, she was ...more
6
SZA is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Alternative R&B, Neo soul, R&B
Solana Rowe, better known by her stage name SZA, is an American singer-songwriter. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, later relocating to Maplewood, New Jersey. In October 2012, Rowe ...more
7
Billie Eilish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Art pop, Dark pop, Electropop
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell (born December 18, 2001), known professionally as Billie Eilish, is an American singer and songwriter signed to Interscope Records. Her first experience with ...more
8
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Electropop, Synthpop, Indie pop
Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (born September 29, 1994), known professionally as Halsey, is an American singer and songwriter. Her initial recognition came from her self-released music posted on ...more
9
Bebe Rexha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Pop, Dance pop, R&B
Bleta "Bebe" Rexha (born August 30, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. She is best known for her collaborations with other artists, such as G-Eazy's "Me, ...more
10
NIKI is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Female Artists
acapellasrverycool added R&B
Nicole Zefanya (born 24 January 1999), known professionally as NIKI, is an Indonesian singer, songwriter, and record producer. She went to Sekolah Pelita Harapan Lippo Village in Indonesia. And ...more
11
Kehlani is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Female Artists
R&B, Hip hop, Neo soul
Kehlani Ashley Parrish (born April 24, 1995) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer, signed to Atlantic Records. Kehlani is originally from Oakland, California, where she achieved initial ...more
12
Hailee Steinfeld is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Pop, Dance pop, R&B
Hailee Steinfeld (born December 11, 1996) is an American actress and singer. She made her breakthrough starring as Mattie Ross in True Grit (2010), for which she was nominated for numerous ...more
13
Lizzo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Pop
Melissa Jefferson (born April 27, 1988), better known by her stage name Lizzo, is an American alternative hip hop artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a founding member of indie hip ...more
14
Zara Larsson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Pop music, Soul music
Zara Maria Larsson (born December 16, 1997) is a Swedish singer and songwriter. At the age of 10, she achieved national fame in Sweden for winning the 2008 season of the talent show Talang, the ...more
15
Anne-Marie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Pop, Grime, R&B
Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson (born 7 April 1991), known professionally as Anne-Marie, is an English singer and songwriter. She has attained several charting-singles on the UK Singles Chart, with ...more
16
Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Female Artists
harry_main01 added Children's music, Pop rock
Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman (born September 1, 1996) is an American actress and singer. She began her career appearing as a child model and backup dancer, before gaining prominence for her ...more
17
Kelsea Ballerini is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Country pop
Kelsea Nicole Ballerini (born September 12, 1993) is an American country pop singer and songwriter. She is signed to Black River Entertainment, and released her first album The First Time in ...more
18
Noah Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Pop
Noah Lindsey Cyrus (born January 8, 2000) is an American actress and singer. She voiced the title role in the English version of the 2009 animated feature film Ponyo. In 2016, she released her ...more
19
Julia Michaels is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Pop, Dance, EDM
Julia Carin Cavazos (born November 13, 1993), known by her stage name Julia Michaels, is an American singer and songwriter from Davenport, Iowa. She began performing as a teenager and later ...more
20
Poppy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Electropop, Synthpop, J-pop
Poppy (born January 1, 1995), formerly known as That Poppy, is an American singer, songwriter, ambient music composer, dancer, and YouTube personality portrayed by Moriah Rose Pereira. She moved ...more
21
Sabrina Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Pop
Sabrina Annlynn Carpenter (born May 11, 1999) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She had a recurring role as the young version of Chloe Goodwin in The Goodwin Games and starred as ...more
22
Becky G is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Pop, Latin pop, Dance pop
Rebbeca Marie Gomez (born March 2, 1997), better known by her stage name Becky G, is an American singer and actress. Gomez first gained recognition in 2011 when she began posting videos of ...more
23
Madison Beer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Pop
Madison Elle Beer (born March 5, 1999) is an American singer and actress. She gained media attention after pop star Justin Bieber tweeted a link to a video of her singing. "Dead" was ...more
24
Daya is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Pop, Synthpop, Electronic
Grace Martine Tandon (born October 24, 1998), professionally known as Daya, is an American singer and songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is signed to Artbeatz, Z Entertainment, and ...more
25
BLACKPINK is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Yağmur Ateş added K-pop, EDM, Hip-hop
Black Pink, stylized as BLACKPINK, is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment. Consisting of members Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, and Rosé, the group officially debuted on August 8, ...more