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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169 67
Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Mahalia Jackson Gospel music

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125 45
CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
CeCe Winans Pop music, Hymn, Contemporary worship music

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118 42
Shirley Caesar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Shirley Caesar Gospel music

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117 44
Tamela Mann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Tamela Mann Gospel music

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117 44
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

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80 32
Karen Clark Sheard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Karen Clark Sheard Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Rhythm and blues

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91 40
Yolanda Adams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Yolanda Adams Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

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78 36
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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57 28
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Patti LaBelle Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

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30 10
The Clark Sisters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
ahmirmiller added The Clark Sisters Urban contemporary gospel, Dance music, Rhythm and blues

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55 32
Twinkie Clark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Twinkie Clark Gospel music

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36 16
Vickie Winans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Vickie Winans Contemporary Christian music, Urban contemporary gospel, Gospel music

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40 20
Dottie Peoples is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Dottie Peoples Gospel music

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27 12
Dorinda Clark Cole is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
ahmirmiller added Dorinda Clark Cole Jazz

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39 23
Kierra Kiki Sheard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Kierra Kiki Sheard Pop music, Neo soul, Urban contemporary gospel

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46 31
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Amy Grant Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

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34 21
Albertina Walker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Albertina Walker Gospel music

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49 35
Sinach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Sinach Gospel music

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40 27
Mandisa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Mandisa Christian music, Contemporary Christian music, Rhythm and blues

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26 15
Vanessa Bell Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Vanessa Bell Armstrong Gospel music

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27 17
Kari Jobe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
vikiefernandona added Kari Jobe Contemporary worship music, Contemporary Christian music, Country

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

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30 21
LaShun Pace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
LaShun Pace Gospel music

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30 21
Erica Campbell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Erica Campbell Gospel singer

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38 29
Kim Burrell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Kim Burrell Jazz, Gospel music

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26 19
Dorothy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Dorothy Norwood Gospel music

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30 24
Vestal Goodman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Vestal Goodman Southern Gospel

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26 20
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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23 17
Beverly Crawford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Beverly Crawford Gospel music

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34 29
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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24 19
Kim Walker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
vikiefernandona added Kim Walker

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

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

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

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19 18
Inez Andrews is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Inez Andrews Gospel music

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19 18
Marion Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Marion Williams Christian music, Gospel music

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16 16
Jamie Grace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Bertha97 added Jamie Grace Gopsel hiphop, pop and folk

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

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19 23
Lynda Randle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Lynda Randle Christian music

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13 17
Monica Parker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Monica Parker Gospel music

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14 20
Deniece Williams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Deniece Williams Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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14 21
Dottie Rambo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Dottie Rambo Christian music, Southern Gospel

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13 21
LeJuene Thompson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
LeJuene Thompson Gospel music

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9 20
Britt Nicole is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
vikiefernandona added Britt Nicole Christian music, Pop music, Christian hip hop

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11 23
Doris Akers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Doris Akers Gospel music

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18 42
Sohyang is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female Gospel Singers
Jinsu Lee added Sohyang Contemporary Christian music