Singers 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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3,968 4,054
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
4,159 2,224
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
2,424 2,343
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
3,311 2,655
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
2,567 3,152
SZA is listed (or ranked) 5 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
6
3,190 1,946
Billie Eilish is listed (or ranked) 6 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
7
3,112 2,695
Halsey is listed (or ranked) 7 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
8
2,317 2,406
Dua Lipa is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
1,887 2,295
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
509 51
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Dmitri Drujinin added Pop, Rock, Jazz
11
1,629 2,338
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
329 2,944
NIKI is listed (or ranked) 12 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. Nicole Zefanya, born 24 January 1999, was raised in Jakarta. She ...more
13
2,020 2,042
Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
1,449 2,290
Hailee Steinfeld is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
1,194 2,096
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
1,114 2,312
Zara Larsson is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
1,067 2,318
Julia Michaels is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
1,010 2,109
Sabrina Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
344 442
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Female Artists
Hippy Sunshine added Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock
Ariana Grande (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. As one of the world's leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for her wide vocal range. Grande has ...more
20
673 1,868
Daya is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
692 503
Courtney Hadwin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Female Artists
djen51799 added
Courtney Ann Hadwin (born July 6, 2004) is a British singer, best known for competing on the ITV's The Voice Kids UK 2017 and the thirteenth season of the NBC competition show America's Got
22
642 1,852
Noah Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
927 1,745
Momoland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Female Artists
K-pop

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Momoland is a South Korean girl group formed by Dublekick Company. They debuted on November 10, 2016, with the EP Welcome to Momoland. The members are the winners of survival program Finding ...more
24
781 1,354
Normani is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Female Artists
couturekordei added R&B, Singer, dancer
Normani Kordei Hamilton (born May 31, 1996), recording mononymously as Normani, is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. She is a former member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. In 2017, she ...more
25
787 1,799
Becky G is listed (or ranked) 25 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