Female Singers The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History  

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List Rules Vote up the greatest soprano voice singers in non-classical music.

Who are the greatest soprano singers of all time? This soprano vocalist list certainly includes some of the most well-known vocalists in music history. But there's one thing to keep in mind: these are non-classical music sopranos, so no opera allowed. This leaves a lot of room to rank the greatest soprano singers – without automatically saying “Maria Callas, of course!”

Who comes to mind immediately when you think of soprano vocalists? Soprano voice singers, with their higher range, are certainly popular, sought-after vocalists. The best soprano singers are able to hit the high notes with ease, resulting in a clear, bright tone. Soprano vocalists are often the leading ladies in opera, but that also seems true for other music genres, as you’ll see on this soprano voice vocalist list.

Some of the most famous soprano singers included on this list are from multiple musical genres, including everything from pop, country, and folk music to musical theater. Yes, there are long-established top soprano voice singers on this list like Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Alison Krauss, but there are other, newer, soprano voices in the world of pop as well, including Demi Lovato and Ingrid Michaelson.

Are these the top soprano singers ever? You decide, with your votes. Give your personal picks a nod to move them towards the top of the list, and add any singers that are missing.

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1
95 63
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

2
109 82
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Musical theater

3
92 77
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

4
55 41
Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
PertBert added Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Pop rock

5
62 48
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

6
81 71
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

7
62 57
Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Indie pop, Blues-rock, Synthpop

8
48 49
Agnetha Fältskog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Kasir Radojica added Disco, Pop music, Rock music

9
20 20
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
PertBert added Pop, Soul, R&B and Disco

10
41 46
Sarah Brightman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Rock music, Operatic pop, World music

11
31 35
Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Musical theater, Pop music

12
25 28
Kristin Chenoweth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Christian music, Musical theater

13
19 21
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
OldBayTiger added Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

14
47 56
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

15
38 45
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

16
4 3
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
PertBert added Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

17
34 41
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

18
30 36
Björk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

19
29 35
Minnie Riperton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Kasir Radojica added Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

20
34 42
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

21
26 32
Ellie Goulding is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Indie pop, Dubstep, Synthpop

22
14 18
Alison Goldfrapp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
PertBert added Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop

23
26 34
Lea Michele is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Musical theater, Pop music

24
17 23
Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Musical theater

25
8 12
Lykke Li is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
PertBert added Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

26
0 2
Renée Fleming is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Sci-fiFAN12 added Opera, Jazz

27
15 22
Yolanda Adams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

28
26 37
Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Pop punk, Pop music, Emo

29
26 37
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

30
10 16
Grimes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
PertBert added Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

31
4 8
Audra McDonald is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Inge Vervoort added Broadway, Jazz

32
21 31
Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

33
18 27
Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Country

34
15 23
Charlotte Church is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Indie pop, Pop music, Operatic pop

35
23 34
Regine Velasquez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Kasir Radojica added Adult contemporary music, Ballad, Pop music

36
14 22
Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music

37
63 89
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

38
28 42
Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

39
14 23
Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Musical theater

40
15 25
Tarja Turunen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Lied, Gothic metal, Operatic pop

41
12 22
Ingrid Michaelson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Indie pop, Indie folk

42
7 15
Delta Goodrem is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
PertBert added Adult contemporary music, Ballad, Pop music

43
9 18
Loreena McKennitt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
New Age music, World music, Celtic music

44
14 26
Ciara is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

45
9 19
Aimee Mann is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Rock music, Folk music

46
25 42
Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

47
6 15
Tift Merritt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Rock music, Folk music, Alternative country

48
12 24
Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

49
11 24
Mina is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Kasir Radojica added Nuevo tango, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

50
5 16
Rebecca Luker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Musical theater