Female Singers The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History  

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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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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Julie Andrews Musical theater

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Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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

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

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

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Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Demi Lovato Indie pop, Blues-rock, Synthpop

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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
OldBayTiger added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

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Sarah Brightman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Sarah Brightman Rock music, Operatic pop, World music

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Minnie Riperton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Kasir Radojica added Minnie Riperton Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

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Lea Michele is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Lea Michele Musical theater, Pop music

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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
PertBert added Diana Ross Pop, Soul, R&B and Disco

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Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Kelly Clarkson Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

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

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Hayley Williams Pop punk, Pop music, Emo

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Kristin Chenoweth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Kristin Chenoweth Christian music, Musical theater

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Agnetha Fältskog is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Kasir Radojica added Agnetha Fältskog Disco, Pop music, Rock music

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Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Kristen Bell Musical theater

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Björk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Björk Electronic dance music, Jazz, Tribal house

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Ellie Goulding is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Ellie Goulding Indie pop, Dubstep, Synthpop

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Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Martina McBride Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Country

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Grimes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
PertBert added Grimes Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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Alison Goldfrapp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
PertBert added Alison Goldfrapp Synthpop, Pop music, Trip hop

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Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Bernadette Peters Musical theater

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

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Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Anna Kendrick Musical theater, Pop music

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Regine Velasquez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Kasir Radojica added Regine Velasquez Adult contemporary music, Ballad, Pop music

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

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Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Cyndi Lauper Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

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

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Avril Lavigne is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Avril Lavigne Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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Tarja Turunen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Tarja Turunen Lied, Gothic metal, Operatic pop

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Audra McDonald is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Inge Vervoort added Audra McDonald Broadway, Jazz

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Delta Goodrem is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
PertBert added Delta Goodrem Adult contemporary music, Ballad, Pop music

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Lykke Li is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
PertBert added Lykke Li Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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Charlotte Church is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Charlotte Church Indie pop, Pop music, Operatic pop

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Ingrid Michaelson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Ingrid Michaelson Indie pop, Indie folk

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Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Emmylou Harris Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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Tift Merritt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Tift Merritt Rock music, Folk music, Alternative country

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Loreena McKennitt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Loreena McKennitt New Age music, World music, Celtic music

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Mina is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Kasir Radojica added Mina Nuevo tango, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Aimee Mann is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Aimee Mann Rock music, Folk music

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Rebecca Luker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Rebecca Luker Musical theater

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Ciara is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Ciara Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Britney Spears Urban contemporary, Bubblegum pop, Synthpop

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Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 30+ Greatest Soprano Singers in Music History
Kylie Minogue Synthpop, Rock music, Electronic music