Gospel The Greatest Female Gospel Singers  

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List Rules Vote up the top women in gospel music around the world.

These famous female gospel singers can enthrall audiences and congregations alike with their passionate, heartfelt, and powerful voices. They are the ladies whose songs bring life to the gospel, with soaring emotion. Are they the best female gospel singers of all time? Take a look at any woman on this list, and you'll likely answer yes.

When it comes to gospel music, few families are as famous as the Winans. It seems every member of this family was blessed with the gift of an incredible singing voice. Several of the Winans women are considered among the top female gospel singers in the world – and possibly of all time. The family includes CeCe Winans and Vickie Winans. They’re listed separately here, but they often collaborate. Other women gospel singers listed here are also known for their secular music, including the likes of Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, and Whitney Houston. It's up to you to decide whether they should be ranked more highly than women known solely for their gospel music.

From the stunning sounds of Albertina Walker to the powerful vocals of Mahalia Jackson and Shirley Caesar, these are the Queens of Gospel Music. Take a look at this list and vote your favorite singers up to the top.

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1
188 76
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

2
141 55
CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

3
131 50
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

4
127 56
Tamela Mann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

5
128 59
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

6
101 47
Yolanda Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

7
86 37
Karen Clark Sheard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Rhythm and blues

8
88 44
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

9
39 14
The Clark Sisters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
ahmirmiller added Urban contemporary gospel, Dance music, Rhythm and blues

10
64 37
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

11
44 22
Vickie Winans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Gospel music

12
60 36
Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

13
32 15
Dorinda Clark Cole is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
ahmirmiller added Jazz

14
43 26
Dottie Peoples is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

15
53 36
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

16
41 26
Kierra Kiki Sheard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Neo soul, Urban contemporary gospel

17
55 39
Sinach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Sinach Gospel music

18
32 19
Kari Jobe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
vikiefernandona added Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Country

19
38 25
Albertina Walker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

20
44 31
Kim Burrell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Jazz, Gospel music

21
44 31
Mandisa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rhythm and blues

22
29 18
Vanessa Bell Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

23
34 23
Darlene Zschech is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

24
36 26
Erica Campbell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel singer

25
33 24
LaShun Pace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

26
29 22
Dorothy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Dorothy Norwood Gospel music

27
26 19
Beverly Crawford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

28
27 21
Kim Walker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
vikiefernandona added

29
29 24
Sandi Patty is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

30
36 32
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

31
33 29
Vestal Goodman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Vestal Goodman Southern Gospel

32
20 17
Jamie Grace is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Bertha97 added Gopsel hiphop, pop and folk

33
32 30
Darlene McCoy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Darlene McCoy Gospel music

34
22 21
Candi Staton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
House music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

35
17 17
Ethel Waters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Popular music, Pop music, Big band

36
20 21
Inez Andrews is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

37
1 0
The Gospel Harmonettes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Daryl Parker added The Gospel Harmonettes

38
23 25
Lynda Randle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Lynda Randle Christian music

39
20 22
Marion Williams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Gospel music

40
20 22
Evie Tornquist is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Evie Tornquist Gospel music

41
20 23
Dottie Rambo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Southern Gospel

42
14 19
Monica Parker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Monica Parker Gospel music

43
16 22
Deniece Williams is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

44
15 24
LeJuene Thompson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
LeJuene Thompson Gospel music

45
12 21
Britt Nicole is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
vikiefernandona added Christian music, Pop music, Christian hip hop

46
13 25
Doris Akers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Doris Akers Gospel music

47
5 18
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John Justus added Mmapula Gospel Rap/ Hip Hop Singer -

(Mighty Elohim)

48
19 44
Sohyang is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Jinsu Lee added Contemporary Christian music