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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
Mahalia Jackson Gospel music

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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Tamela Mann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Tamela Mann Gospel music

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CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
CeCe Winans Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

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Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Shirley Caesar Gospel music

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Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Amy Grant Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

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Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Twinkie Clark Gospel music

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Mandisa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Mandisa Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rhythm and blues

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Yolanda Adams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Yolanda Adams Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

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Karen Clark Sheard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Karen Clark Sheard Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Rhythm and blues

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Patti LaBelle Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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Sinach is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Sinach Gospel music

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LaShun Pace is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
LaShun Pace Gospel music

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Vickie Winans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Vickie Winans Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Gospel music

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Dorothy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Dorothy Norwood Gospel music

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Kierra Kiki Sheard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Kierra Kiki Sheard Pop music, Neo soul, Urban contemporary gospel

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Kim Burrell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Kim Burrell Jazz, Gospel music

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Vestal Goodman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Vestal Goodman Southern Gospel

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Albertina Walker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Albertina Walker Gospel music

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Darlene McCoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Darlene McCoy Gospel music

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Candi Staton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Candi Staton House music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

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Vanessa Bell Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Vanessa Bell Armstrong Gospel music

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Kari Jobe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
vikiefernandona added Kari Jobe Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Country

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

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Inez Andrews is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Inez Andrews Gospel music

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

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Marion Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Marion Williams Christian music, Gospel music

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Beverly Crawford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Beverly Crawford Gospel music

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Evie Tornquist is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Evie Tornquist Gospel music

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Dottie Rambo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Dottie Rambo Christian music, Southern Gospel

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Darlene Zschech is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Darlene Zschech Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

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Monica Parker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Monica Parker Gospel music

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Kim Walker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
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Doris Akers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Doris Akers Gospel music

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Deniece Williams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Deniece Williams Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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

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Lynda Randle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Lynda Randle Christian music

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Erica Campbell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Erica Campbell Gospel singer

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LeJuene Thompson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
LeJuene Thompson Gospel music

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Britt Nicole is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
vikiefernandona added Britt Nicole Christian music, Pop music, Christian hip hop