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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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Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
2
CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music
3
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
4
The Clark Sisters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
ahmirmiller added Urban contemporary gospel, Dance music, Rhythm and blues
5
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
Yolanda Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music
7
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues
8
Tamela Mann is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
9
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B
10
Vickie Winans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Gospel music
11
Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
12
Dorinda Clark Cole is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
ahmirmiller added Jazz
13
Dottie Peoples is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
14
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad
15
Kierra Kiki Sheard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Neo soul, Urban contemporary gospel
16
Dorothy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
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
Sinach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
19
Beverly Crawford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
20
Vanessa Bell Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
21
Mandisa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rhythm and blues
22
Albertina Walker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
23
LaShun Pace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music
24
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music
25
Erica Campbell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel singer