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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.

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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 See The Best Albums Of Whitney Houston

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Aretha Franklin See The Best Albums Of Aretha Franklin

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Barbra Streisand See The Best Songs Of Barbra Streisand

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Celine Dion See The best Songs Of Celine Dion

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Adele 
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Mariah Carey See The Best Songs Of Mariah Carey

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Christina Aguilera See The Best Songs Of Christina Aguilera

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Ella Fitzgerald See The Best Albums Of Ella Fitzgerald

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Donna Summer See The Best Songs Of Donna Summer

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Tina Turner See The Best Songs Of Tina Turner

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Stevie Nicks See The Best Albums Of Stevie Nicks

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Billie Holiday See The Best Songs Of Billie Holiday

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Annie Lennox See The Best Albums Of Annie Lennox

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Janis Joplin See The Best Albums Of Janis Joplin

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

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Linda Ronstadt See The Best Albums Of Linda Ronstadt

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Olivia Newton-John See The Best Albums Of Olivia Newton-John

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Madonna See The Best Albums Of Madonna

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Alicia Keys See The Best Songs Of Alicia Keys

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Etta James See The Best Songs Of Etta James

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Diana Ross See The Best Albums Of Diana Ross

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Patsy Cline 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Cher See The Best Songs Of Cher

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ABBA 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
ABBA See The Best Songs Of ABBA

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Kelly Clarkson See The Best Songs Of Kelly Clarkson

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Cyndi Lauper 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cyndi Lauper See The Best Songs Of Cyndi Lauper

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Enya 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Enya See The Best Albums Of Enya

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Debbie Harry See The Best Albums Of Debbie Harry

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Lady Gaga 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Lady Gaga 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) 41 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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