The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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List Criteria: 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!

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  1. 1
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    Whitney Houston 
	is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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

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  2. 2
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    Aretha Franklin 
	is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

    ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues See The Best Albums Of Aretha Franklin

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  3. 3
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    Celine Dion 
	is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

    ranked low on reranks
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music See The best Songs Of Celine Dion

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  4. 4
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    Barbra Streisand 
	is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

    the people's #1 & added by Jeff Bazell-Derby
    Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music See The Best Songs Of Barbra Streisand

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  5. 5
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    Mariah Carey 
	is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

    ranked low on reranks
    Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B See The Best Songs Of Mariah Carey

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

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  7. 7
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    Christina Aguilera 
	is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

    ranked low on reranks & added by tiummy
    Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music See The Best Songs Of Christina Aguilera

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  8. 8
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    added by KenWeiner
    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music See The Best Albums Of Ella Fitzgerald

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

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  10. 10
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    Karen Carpenter 
	is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

    added by mal1
    Pop music, Soft rock

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    Tina Turner 
	is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


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

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    Billie Holiday 
	is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

    added by KenWeiner
    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music See The Best Songs Of Billie Holiday

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    Stevie Nicks 
	is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


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

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    Annie Lennox 
	is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


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

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    Janis Joplin 
	is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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

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    Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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    Julie Andrews 
	is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

    ranked low on reranks

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    Madonna 
	is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

    ranked low on reranks & added by First L
    Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music See The Best Albums Of Madonna

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    Dolly Parton 
	is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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    Linda Ronstadt 
	is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


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

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    Olivia Newton-John 
	is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock See The Best Albums Of Olivia Newton-John

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    added by huckleberry21
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll See The Best Songs Of Etta James

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    Sade Adu 
	is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

    ranked low on reranks

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    Alicia Keys 
	is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


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

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    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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    New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Cher 
	is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


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

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    ranked low on reranks
    New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music See The Best Albums Of Enya

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    Judy Garland 
	is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


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    added by misterp01
    Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music See The Best Songs Of Cyndi Lauper

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    P!nk 
	is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

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    Beyoncé Knowles 
	is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

    added by mal1
    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

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    Kelly Clarkson 
	is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

    often listed & added by FredNichols
    Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul See The Best Songs Of Kelly Clarkson

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    Synthpop, Disco, Pop music See The Best Songs Of ABBA

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Debbie Harry 
	is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

    added by clash1977
    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave See The Best Albums Of Debbie Harry

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Ashtro1969
    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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    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Ann Wilson 
	is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

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    Dusty Springfield 
	is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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    Sarah McLachlan 
	is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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    Nina Simone 
	is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Toni Braxton 
	is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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    - 4,729
    Gladys Knight 
	is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

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    - 4,136
    Patti LaBelle 
	is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever


    Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

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    Édith Piaf 
	is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

    added by Coolza
    Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

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    - 2,227

    added by Coolza
    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by Ashtro1969
    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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