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
175 70
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

2
132 47
CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

3
123 45
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

4
120 47
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

5
118 50
Tamela Mann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

6
82 34
Karen Clark Sheard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Rhythm and blues

7
93 44
Yolanda Adams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

8
80 38
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

9
59 30
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

10
34 12
The Clark Sisters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
ahmirmiller added Urban contemporary gospel, Dance music, Rhythm and blues

11
39 18
Vickie Winans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Gospel music

12
56 34
Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

13
41 23
Dottie Peoples is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

14
48 32
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

15
28 14
Dorinda Clark Cole is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
ahmirmiller added Jazz

16
39 25
Kierra Kiki Sheard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Neo soul, Urban contemporary gospel

17
30 17
Kari Jobe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
vikiefernandona added Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Country

18
51 38
Sinach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Sinach Gospel music

19
41 29
Mandisa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rhythm and blues

20
35 24
Albertina Walker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

21
30 20
Darlene Zschech is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

22
41 31
Kim Burrell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Jazz, Gospel music

23
26 17
Vanessa Bell Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

24
31 23
LaShun Pace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

25
31 24
Erica Campbell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel singer

26
28 22
Sandi Patty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

27
27 21
Dorothy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Dorothy Norwood Gospel music

28
35 30
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

29
25 20
Kim Walker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
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30
23 19
Beverly Crawford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

31
30 27
Vestal Goodman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Vestal Goodman Southern Gospel

32
22 20
Candi Staton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
House music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

33
29 29
Darlene McCoy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Darlene McCoy Gospel music

34
17 16
Ethel Waters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Popular music, Pop music, Big band

35
20 20
Marion Williams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Gospel music

36
17 17
Jamie Grace is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Bertha97 added Gopsel hiphop, pop and folk

37
19 20
Inez Andrews is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

38
21 25
Lynda Randle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Lynda Randle Christian music

39
17 21
Evie Tornquist is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Evie Tornquist Gospel music

40
13 19
Monica Parker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Monica Parker Gospel music

41
15 23
Dottie Rambo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Southern Gospel

42
14 22
Deniece Williams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

43
14 23
LeJuene Thompson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
LeJuene Thompson Gospel music

44
10 21
Britt Nicole is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
vikiefernandona added Christian music, Pop music, Christian hip hop

45
11 25
Doris Akers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Doris Akers Gospel music

46
5 18
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John Justus added Mmapula Gospel Rap/ Hip Hop Singer - (Mighty Elohim)

47
18 44
Sohyang is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Jinsu Lee added Contemporary Christian music