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List Rules Vote up the singers who can bring the best music to your ears with their voices.

List of the best female singers of all time, ranked by music fans and casual critics like you. Who are the greatest female vocalists ever? This list includes everyone from Aretha Franklin to Stevie Nicks to Christina Perri – those great women in music who have topped the charts for decades. Both solo singers and famous frontwomen in bands are among those on this list, as it is their voices to focus on here, not just their careers.

Vote: The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

This list of the top female singers are both living, like Adele and Madonna, and long gone, like Nico and Amy Winehouse, though their albums and singles continue to sell to loyal and new audiences. Vote up those great female voices you think should be at the top of the list, and vote down those who you think come in a bit flat. Click "rerank" to make a list of your own!

Rank: The Best Singers of All Time

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Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop Contemporary R&B - See The Best Albums Of Whitney Houston

The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well

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Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music Rhythm and blues - See The Best Albums Of Aretha Franklin

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Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music Rock music - See The best Songs Of Celine Dion

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Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune Traditional pop music - See The Best Songs Of Barbra Streisand

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Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music Contemporary R&B - See The Best Songs Of Mariah Carey

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Adele 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul Rock music

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Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop Rock music - See The Best Songs Of Christina Aguilera

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Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music Traditional pop music - See The Best Albums Of Ella Fitzgerald

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Donna Summer New Wave, Disco Pop music - See The Best Songs Of Donna Summer

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Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

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Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop Rhythm and blues - See The Best Songs Of Tina Turner

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Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad Swing music - See The Best Songs Of Billie Holiday

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Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music Rock music - See The Best Albums Of Stevie Nicks

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Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave Pop music - See The Best Albums Of Annie Lennox

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Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music Folk music - See The Best Albums Of Janis Joplin

The Best Female Rock Singers The Most Musically Gifted Children of Musicians

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Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music Neo soul

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Madonna Pop music, Rock music Electronic music - See The Best Albums Of Madonna

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Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop Pop music

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Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music Latin American music - See The Best Albums Of Linda Ronstadt

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Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music Soft rock - See The Best Albums Of Olivia Newton-John

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Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues Rock and roll - See The Best Songs Of Etta James

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Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music Neo soul - See The Best Songs Of Alicia Keys

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Patsy Cline 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music Rockabilly

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Diana Ross See The Best Albums Of Diana Ross

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Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music Heavy metal

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Cher Hip hop music, Rock music Dance-pop - See The Best Songs Of Cher

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Enya 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland World music - See The Best Albums Of Enya

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Cyndi Lauper 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cyndi Lauper Adult contemporary music, New Wave Pop music - See The Best Songs Of Cyndi Lauper

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P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk Pop punk

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Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music Pop music

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Kelly Clarkson Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock Blue-eyed soul - See The Best Songs Of Kelly Clarkson

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ABBA 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
ABBA Synthpop, Disco Pop music - See The Best Songs Of ABBA

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Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music Rock music

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Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop New Wave - See The Best Albums Of Debbie Harry

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+ - 1,837 2,153
Lady Gaga 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Lady Gaga Pop music, Rock music Electronic music - She may be a freakshow, but she has some pipes on her.  Google Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga (or go to Youtube and look for it).  She can sing

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Carrie Underwood 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music Contemporary Christian music

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Ann Wilson Rock music, Folk rock Pop rock

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Norah Jones Vocal jazz, Jazz blues Jazz fusion

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Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Traditional pop music

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Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music Piano rock

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Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues Jazz

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Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music Pop music

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Gladys Knight Rhythm and blues, Soul music Gospel music

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Patti LaBelle Doo-wop, Girl group Ballad

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Édith Piaf Torch song, Chanson Cabaret

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Bette Midler 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Bette Midler Adult contemporary music, Pop music Rock music

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Carole King 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul Pop music