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.

list ordered by

1
200 78
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

2
146 57
CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

3
136 52
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

4
136 58
Tamela Mann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

5
91 37
Karen Clark Sheard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Rhythm and blues

6
128 63
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

7
104 48
Yolanda Adams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

8
89 45
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

9
42 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
45 22
Vickie Winans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Gospel music

11
65 39
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

12
61 37
Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

13
33 15
Dorinda Clark Cole is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
ahmirmiller added Jazz

14
44 26
Dottie Peoples is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

15
54 36
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

16
43 27
Kierra Kiki Sheard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Neo soul, Urban contemporary gospel

17
56 39
Sinach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Sinach Gospel music

18
47 32
Kim Burrell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Jazz, Gospel music

19
39 25
Albertina Walker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

20
31 18
Vanessa Bell Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

21
32 19
Kari Jobe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
vikiefernandona added Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Country

22
36 23
Darlene Zschech is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

23
44 31
Mandisa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rhythm and blues

24
38 26
Erica Campbell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel singer

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

26
34 26
LaShun Pace is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

27
31 24
Sandi Patty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

28
30 23
Dorothy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Dorothy Norwood Gospel music

29
27 21
Kim Walker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
vikiefernandona added

30
34 29
Vestal Goodman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Vestal Goodman Southern Gospel

31
36 33
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

32
4 0
The Gospel Harmonettes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Daryl Parker added The Gospel Harmonettes

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

34
20 18
Jamie Grace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Bertha97 added Gopsel hiphop, pop and folk

35
25 25
Lynda Randle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Lynda Randle Christian music

36
22 22
Candi Staton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
House music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

37
21 21
Inez Andrews is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

38
17 17
Ethel Waters is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Popular music, Pop music, Big band

39
21 22
Evie Tornquist is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Evie Tornquist Gospel music

40
21 23
Dottie Rambo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Southern Gospel

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

42
17 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 21
Monica Parker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Monica Parker Gospel 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 19
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John Justus added Mmapula Gospel Rap/ Hip Hop Singer -

(Mighty Elohim)

48
21 45
Sohyang is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Jinsu Lee added Contemporary Christian music