Best Female Singers of the 21st Century

Which one of our female stars of the 21st century is the best.

The Top TenXW

1Sarah Brightman

I was so happy to see Sarah Brightman at #1, I agree with the voters on some of the other ladies on this list. However, miss Brightman deserves (in my humble opinion ) to be at the top of this list. Very few performers have the ability to consistently bring tears to the audiences eyes during performances. Her vocal range is unique, and her stage presence commanding. She is still the unassailed angel of music. Listen to one of her classics and wonder about all the vocally challenged "stars" like britany spears as they gyrate and grind their way around the stage to mask the mediocre voice. Remember, as a wise man once said. "Anyone can sing pop music, but it takes a world class voice to rise above ". Thanks Sarah for the world class voice,
And the classy act.

I agree she is the best singer out of this list. I like Whitney and Mariah they belted out some great songs and had incredible live performances, but neither matches Sarah. Though there are many better Opera singers than Sarah Brightman. I believe she is closer to the pop genre. Her melodies are too long winded and whimsical to be ready friendly hits. But nevertheless having seen all three in concert/theatre I can without a doubt come to my determination.

In my opinion Sarah Brightman is by far the very best, using her God given talent to perfection. Sarah's live performance is truly amazing, it is spectacular to say the least, and really stirs the emotion of the audience, Sarah is also such a beautiful lady, and such a pleasure to behold, With you all the way Sarah. Number One.

What about Dolly Parton

V52 Comments
2Amy Lee

She's the best female singer of all time,
Her voice's beautiful,
Perfect singer with the perfect look...

Just the best female singer? She is the best singer in the UNIVERSE! - 05yusuf09

She is a miracle! Her voice can reach amazing high notes! The quality of her tones are perfect! Her angelic voice as may critics have said is "One of a kind". Amazing voice, amazing looks, and amazing music! Her Lyrics are so deep that they are broke all expectations and will live on forever! Thank you Amy, your place is well deserved!

Damm She must be on TOP!
Dont even compare her voice with any other...
shez the most awesome and great singer "EVER LIVED AND WILL EVER LIVE"! - kimberly_frozenblood

While Amy Lee is a reasonably good singer she is not in the same league as Sharon den Adel

V49 Comments
3Pink

Simply Amazing! Pink never gets the recognition she deserves... Still she is one of the best pop singers of all time!

strong and powerful vocals, hot and spicy look. she's out to kill

Pinks amazing she is a singer who doesn't lip sync unlike others

Pink hasn't really deserved enough fame in the US, but over here in Australia she's actually extremely popular. If you don't believe me look at Pink's discography and see the numerous top ten hits. I counted 22. I know it's crazy!

V13 Comments
4Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera is one of the few singers that is so unappreciated, but could beat out anybody else on this list if it came to who has the best vocal ability. She is an extreme inspiration to many great new singers, such as Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and Ariana Grande, who are all talented in their own right. Christina's vocal range and ability is so vast and powerful, giving her extreme dominance as a pop diva with her raspy but booming voice that really showcases her emotion and talent. Xtina has great control over her singing, which makes her a better singer. Her songs are incredible as well. Genie in a Bottle generated as one of the greatest pop songs of the generation,. Reflection was the lead single for the Mulan soundtrack. Beautiful, Fighter, and Walk Away became anthems. Dirrty made everybody want to dance on tables and party. Ain't No Other Man exploded Aguilera's career and became a popular song to cover by many artist on singing competitions. Candyman and Makes Me Want To Pray were smash hits on the charts. Bionic introduced a hot new side of Christina. You Lost Me expressed emotion and shook audiences everywhere, like Hurt, which also had its own emotion emulates strongly as well. Your Body blasted Christina's sexual side and Just A Fool mixed Aguilera's talent with Blake Shelton's country flare. Collaborations with Maroon 5, Pitbull, TI, Lady Gaga, and A Great Big World expressed Xtina's artistry and brought her to the frontline of the charts. This Princess of Pop, who is also considered as the Voice of the Generation, is also a great actress, mother, mentor, and activist. Overall, Christina Aguilera is the greatest singer of the 21st Century hands down.

Christina has so much emotion and talent in everything she sings and that she is real artist! Her voice is so powerful and Christina can control it like a master. Why someone would say that they don't like Christina cause how she seems to be or what kind of impression you get? And how good songs she write! She is a talented young lady and she can act, too! She is perfect singer-songwriter and actress! And yes, she is so much better than Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Whitney Houston. They aren't in this list as Christina. You should listen her songs and how much emotion she puts in those songs. I'm OK and Oh Mother are strong as Hurt and she can sing all kinds of music.

Christina Aguilera sings from the heart and she has powerful voice that can belt high notes. She should be above Regine, or even Charice

She is way better than that boring taylor swift that thinks she's the queen. The real queen here is Christina Aguilera, she's has a powerful voice so beautiful, no one could do that. Her music is interesting cause of her voice and far better than that taylor swift girl so many people like.

V56 Comments
5Agnes Monica

She's the best singer in Indonesia because she has an international quality. People, just wait until the world knows her name, because she is in her path of reaching the international world. Dream, believe, make it happen..

I love agnes voice... she's the next diva in the world...
dream, believe and make it happen

best vocal, best dancing and she is so inspired (dream, believe & make it happen)
i know if she will be better and better than now. because she have quality of a diva.

She's the best artist, singer, dancer, composer, and producer in indonesia and also asia. She's the pride of asia and the queen of asia in a whole package

V511 Comments
6Katy Perry

Katy Perry is such a good singer! And great style too! Just look at how many hits she got for her video California Gurls? Everyone has heard of her. Sure she has only had two major albums, but Double Rainbow should be coming out soon! She has an amazing voice and a great history. She's moved on from her past and has changed a lot. I just wish her parents (especially her dad) would except her for who she is, and not call her a "Devil Child". They should be proud f her sudden rise to fame. Katy Perry's songs actually have a very true and deep meaning. Most of Taylor Swift's songs are all about her breaking up with all her ex-boyfriends and how she's over it now. Plus, Taylor Swift just goes right ahead and gives away what the song is about, according to the title. We Are Never Getting Back Together. Hm... I wonder what that could be about?

A fan of Taylor Swift, but I must admit that singing about exes can be immature sometimes especially when you've done it so many times. Katy is more successful and her songs have deeper meaning.

She's really awesome..! She should be at least in top ten..!
Love to listen her songs.. And please vote her...

Katy forever she is number one

V32 Comments
7Taylor Swift

Has a beautiful voice, is an amazing songwriter, is modest, is grateful gives so much back to her fans, has principles and doesn't let her success change her, is nice to everyone she meets, is stunning inside and out, is encouraging and inspirational. I think it's fair to say she's amazing.

Taylor Swift has beautiful voice and she is really really amazing! She the first singer that I really love so much. And all her songs are the greatest songs I've ever heard!

I like her very much! Young, talented and Beautiful! Good song writer, you can hear it and prove it on every album of her. It's so genuine and touch me! So she deserve of all credits! -Luis Magno - East Timor-

I have seen 4 of her concerts! She just rocks!

V69 Comments
8Whitney Houston

Best voice and range of any singer listed. No one touched her in her prime not even Maria, aguilara, Brightman, beyonce, shakira.. please, Hillary duff pleease, nobody close... only Minnie Riperton has better singing range

whitney houston hands down greatest singer of all time - AllTimeLowFan

I love her voice and action at all. She's got the most attractive voice and manner. She is singer of me all time

You've got to be kidding me - Witney Houston - the BEST nobody could surpass that voice...

V18 Comments
9Mariah Carey

she has the best voice of all times if you go to some people's house, they would actually have collections of her albums because of her fabulous an amassing voice but you won't see people doing that for beyonce, she has a great voice but better videos, but mariah carey, you listen to her music because of her voice not because of the video, and if you listing carfuly you'd see that she makes the music not the background beat or anything, her, and she can also do that thing while holding her ear that no one else can
so i think that she should be on the top 10 and if not the first one on that lists.
and that's how i feel!!! - cicybaby1m

hey everyone that is musically oriented should no that mariah carey is the best female singer in the 21st century.she has stood the test of time hits all the high notes other female singers cant really heat,she is simply the best.celine whitney or anyother music female star shines behind her i.e mariah carey they even know themselves,right on mariah u r the best.

I'll tell you why she's the best singer in the 21st century. Not only does she have a five octave range, but she's more versatile than any other singer. She can sing pop, r^^b, jazz, country, you name it. She has that glass-breaking high note that sends tingles down your spine. This woman's voice is the best!

Beautiful voice! Unbelievable that she and Whitney Houston are below Katy Perry.

V22 Comments
10Charice Pempengco

At the age of nineteen this 2011, she's the only female singer to achieve such huge recognition.. Her Vocal range is Greater than any singer of the same age. She can sing songs of Celine, Whitney, Chaka Khan, Toni braxton, Shania, Mariah carey and many more... She can rap, dance and sing effortlessly.. No any other singer of today's generation can beat her.. She make those legendary singers feel that their songs will now be safe and will continue to be heard by all the people around the world... The life of music world was prolonged by her.. Gives us chills, shivers and makes us cry. A true inspirational singer to all mankind...

She's the best young female singer I've ever heard.
No, she's the 'best female singer' I've ever heard!
There are so many talented singers like Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera etc. and some legend singers like Celine Dion, Whitney Houston etc.
Now... Charice is just 18 and she can sing as good as the legend singers or even better.

I think that she's the best singer ever and will be the world's best singer

Charice is "a gift from God" (Ti Lascio Una Canzone -- Italian T.V. Program); "the most talented girl in the world" (Oprah) "when she opens her mouth, angels fly out" (Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy). Incredible control, emotion, range, and power in a 4'11" package. Did I mention power?

I love her voice! It seriously have me goosebumps every time I listen to her.

V27 Comments

The Contenders

11Carrie Underwood

Carrie is by far the best vocalist. She can do things with her vocals that most would only dream about doing. She feels her songs therefore her audience feels them also. Example--How Great Thou Art on youtube. She has changed many lives. Is there another artist out there that can lay claim to that? I don't think so. Carrie for #1.

Carrie Underwood is the best female vocalist in my opinion. I enjoy her singing and her performances more than any other artist. I love her concerts and hers are the only concerts I care to attend. There is something about her voice and her personality that I truly love. I can hardly wait for her next album to be released.

Carrie performs better live than on her album recordings; she's a beautiful woman who keeps it classy all the time and would never disappoint her family. She's the most successful artist ever to come out of American Idol, and her song lyrics address a seemingly limitless number of topics including everything from having the courage to change the world to getting revenge on a cheating ex boyfriend! I'm a Carrie Underwood expert, and she has never ceased to amaze me, whether it be with her vocal performances or just her gorgeous personality. Just recently, she even rescued a dog, bloody and severely injured, from the side of the road, and brought it to a vet so that it could later be adopted! I also know a lot about the human voice, and Carrie's is clear and unique in its timbre, and she has incredibly unbelievable breath control (just watch one of her live performances of "I Know You Won't" or her cover of "How Great Thou Art"). Honestly, Carrie Underwood is the kind of artist whose music will never fade away, and she is truly amazing in every way!

She is a excellent role model and is a great person

V194 Comments
12Avril Lavigne

Avril's the most talented singer I've ever listened to. I grew up listening to her songs and she gave me strength when I needed it. She never cared about what people and haters think of her, and that's what makes her who she is today. She's always been in the music industry, and she'll always be. She's also a sweetheart who created a foundation in support of children and youth living with serious illnesses and disabilities. She absolutely deserves the 1st place.

Avril's voice is not altered in the slightest! I've heard her live and it sounds almost exactly like it does on the album. You should check what Taylor swift sounds like live! Then tell me who you would vote for. Her songs are all so heart-felt, How can someone not like her!

How can Avril be in 17th? She sings about love, hate, forgiveness and basicly everything! People can relate to it easily I am amazed that its not at the top!

Avril is love. Avril is Life. - TeamDougTWD

V36 Comments
13Sarah Geronimo

no wonder why I vote for sarah geronimo, caz the first time when she was started to sing since she was a kid, there`s something in her that can touch lives to everybody, in fact until her growth, the more she become adult, the more her voice beautiful, the more people loves her, caz she can touch lives when she sing! - enchanted

A lot of people love all her songs. All her albums achieve platinum in just a few weeks. Indeed, she's a certified popstar in the philippines. This girl will surely be in the business for many years to come because of her good attitude and of course genuine talent.

she captures everyone's heart when she start singing,,and u can feel her emotions and she is very charismatic singer in the philippines,,,she kind,beautiful,and down to earth
great talent
and great attitude

Who is she anyway

V26 Comments
14Adele

Adele would for sure be in my top 10. Adele's voice is perfection, raw, beautiful. Her songs are just as well written!

Pink not in the top 10, beyonce not in the top 10, ADELE not in the top 10! Three of the greatest voices of the 21st century out of top 10 while auto tuniness rihanna, madonna 2.0 ( lady gaga ) and taylor swift in the top 10. What is wrong with you people!

I think she's not higher up because she doesn't have as much music or years as the other artists. Her accessible persona, powerful husky cosmic voice and maturity are attributes which drew me (a guy) to her. She shows that a powerful or popular woman is not construed to one label or the other. She is elegant and graceful but straightfoward and formidable

Seriously! Adele not in top 5! People have gone dead now!

V14 Comments
15Kelly Clarkson

This girl should be in the top 5 at least. She is one of the best singers ever, the best singer in today's music along with Adele, she can sing every note on the scale. No other singer is as versatile as she is hands down. Kelly is one of the best live vocalists. I love how much emotion she pours into her performances as well. The girl is definitely on this Earth for a reason. Lastly she is the best American Idol ever.

I love Kelly's music. She changed my life on July 4th. I thought all I would be able to think about was my home, my friends, my old life, the way my life changed, and how much I miss everything I left behind. The truth is, I had the time of my life! I was just enjoying everything, and what's not to like about her voice, and her songs? Kelly Clarkson was the first to win American Idol, and my attention for what music to listen to. Also, with her past, and all she has been through, along with the fact she sings from her heart, shealso won my heart. Kelly Clarkson is a star, and one that Carrie Underwood has to work extremely hard to keep up with.

Kelly Clarkson is an incredible vocalist. Her gift is incredible and she's able to connect with the audience and make others happy. 12 years in the music industry and still people are talking about her, listening to her music. She was the first to win AMERICAN IDOL, and a role model for many "hopeful Idols" and many succesful winners after her. She rules.

In the top five. Her voice resonates with all of her audiences, soul, jazz, country pop, rock, big band, contemporary. She makes it seem so easy, enjoy anything she sings. One of my all time best.

V13 Comments
16Lzzy Hale

One of the greatest voices in rock (not just females)

One of the greatest voices EVER

Because Rock'n'roll is alive! This woman is sheer power, talent, and genuine emotion when she sings.

17Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce's probably 1 of the best singers and performers of all time! I mean... Listen to her amazing vocal skills, the runs, the riffs the scales. Not to mention the power, range and versatility of her voice that are simply outstanding. She's also an awesome dancer and a good actress. She's the complete package.. And history proves it... She's won more grammy's than whitney in her prime.. And than all of the other modern musicians and singers.. She's the most praised and recognized American artist of the last decade. Enough said

Shes should be on top.. Shes a whole package, she sings while dancing.. But she really perfectly did both... Shes just a masterpiece... I love her... Shes sweet and humble.. If I were you. I will vote her ;;;;;

I can't believe that beyonce is below Rihanna on this list! People, don't you get tired of having A Rihanna album released yearly? And beyonce doesn't always sing about sex either, which makees her all the better. Surveys show that way more people find beyonce attractive than Rihanna... Anyway.. With songs like sweet dreams and irreplaceable, you know beyonce is the real queen. VOTE BEYONCE!

What Beyoncé behind Taylor swift

V46 Comments
18Pat Benatar
19Britney Spears

It's definitely Britney Spears the best of the 21st century. Who didn't sang toxic or me against the music. Who didn't love every time or overprotected. The sales of her albums show that she is the most beloved singer.

britney spears is the best she deserves to be on top just see the album sales and you will know

One of the seriously huge superstars of our generation. Her influence on pop culture and pop music is undeniable. She has a very fascinating and intriguing persona and is known through out the world as being one of the coolest people.

Britney has good songs, but she can't sing.

V20 Comments
20Jennifer Lopez

She should be number 1 because she is the best and her performances are amazing

BAdd New Item

Related Lists

Female Singers of 21st Century With the Best Live Performances Top 10 Sexiest 21st Century Music Videos by Female Singers Best Songs of the 21st Century by Female Singers Top 10 Most Beautiful Female Singers of the 21st Century Most Talented Female Singers of the 21st Century

List StatsUpdated 4 Sep 2015

26,000 votes
222 listings
8 years, 86 days old

Top Remixes (28)

1. Jackie Evancho
2. Hayley Westenra
3. Toni Gibson
jackieandbuffyfan
1. Rihanna
2. Christina Aguilera
3. Lady Gaga
rihannasbiggestfan
1. Christina Aguilera
2. Amy Lee
3. Hayley Williams
mrg3r4rd

WRemix
View All 28

Posts

Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P