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
182 74
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

2
134 52
CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

3
126 49
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

4
125 55
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

5
120 54
Tamela Mann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

6
96 46
Yolanda Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

7
83 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
83 43
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

9
36 13
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
60 34
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

11
58 35
Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

12
41 21
Vickie Winans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Gospel music

13
29 15
Dorinda Clark Cole is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
ahmirmiller added Jazz

14
41 26
Dottie Peoples is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

15
53 38
Sinach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Sinach Gospel music

16
31 18
Kari Jobe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
vikiefernandona added Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Country

17
33 20
Darlene Zschech is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

18
49 35
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

19
39 26
Kierra Kiki Sheard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Pop music, Neo soul, Urban contemporary gospel

20
36 24
Albertina Walker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

21
43 31
Mandisa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rhythm and blues

22
42 31
Kim Burrell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Jazz, Gospel music

23
35 25
Erica Campbell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel singer

24
26 18
Vanessa Bell Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

25
31 24
LaShun Pace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

26
27 20
Kim Walker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
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27
36 31
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

28
28 23
Sandi Patty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Contemporary Christian music

29
27 22
Dorothy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Dorothy Norwood Gospel music

30
24 19
Beverly Crawford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Gospel music

31
31 28
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
30 29
Darlene McCoy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Darlene McCoy Gospel music

34
18 17
Jamie Grace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Bertha97 added Gopsel hiphop, pop and folk

35
17 16
Ethel Waters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Popular music, Pop music, Big band

36
20 20
Marion Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Gospel music

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

38
18 21
Evie Tornquist is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Evie Tornquist Gospel music

39
21 25
Lynda Randle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Lynda Randle Christian music

40
14 19
Monica Parker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Monica Parker Gospel music

41
17 23
Dottie Rambo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Christian music, Southern Gospel

42
15 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
11 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
12 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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47
19 44
Sohyang is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Jinsu Lee added Contemporary Christian music